Three Island Fishermen, One Big Tuna Close the Season
Vivian Ewing

Johnny Osmers, Paul McDonald and Tim Sauer had been fishing from their 35-foot Menemsha lobster boat Shearwater for less than an hour on the first day of November, when they felt the bite.

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Island Fishermen Hail Strict New Limits to Save North Atlantic Herring
Noah Asimow
The New England Fishery Management Council voted last week to limit both the scope and size of the commercial herring catch for the next three years.
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Bait Barrel Respect
Fish only in the bait barrel labeled fish only.
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In Rare Appearance, Brown Booby Takes a Shine to Menemsha
Katherine Gianni

Menemsha fisherman Walter Dixon had a surprise shipmate join his fishing trip on Monday afternoon: a brown booby.

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Captain Porky's Bait and Tackle Shop Changes Ownership
Noah Asimow
After 25 years the Edgartown tackle shop that has been the go-to place to get equipment, bait and catch up with Capt. Porky and his wife Carol, is changing hands.
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Saltwater Derby Winners
Landry Harlan
The Vineyard made a strong showing recently at the Massachusetts Saltwater Derby Awards ceremony at the New England Boat Show in Boston.
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State of Beaches: Surfcasters Hear Reports at Annual Meeting
Nelson Sigelman

Beach access, erosion and the effects of climate change were all topics of discussion at the annual Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters Association banquet held Saturday in Edgartown.

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Codfather Arrest Shines Light on Fishing System
Sara Brown

Dozens of New Bedford-based commercial fishing boats were ordered to stop fishing last week in the wake of the federal prosecution of fishing magnate Carlos Rafael, known as The Codfather.

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Call It Quaint If You Must, But Menemsha Remains a Fishing Village
Mark Alan Lovewell
Menemsha fishermen rise with the sun. On a cool, clear morning this week, the lobstermen came down one by one to take their boats to sea.
 
Pat Jenkinson came down to his lobster boat Solitude. Herbert Hancock’s boat Billie H. began with a roar of its diesel engine.
 
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To Rebuild Dragger Wrecked by Explosion
Vineyard Gazette
The forty-foot dragger Viking, which blew up and burned in Menemsha Creek Basin this summer, has been sold by her former owner, M.S. Duarte of Vineyard Haven, to Capt. John Coutinho of the same town. The Viking has been hauled out at the Martha’s Vineyard Shipbuilding Company yards, and will be completely rebuilt. Albert Allen, yard superintendent, and his regular crew, will perform the work. When she is once more in condition, Captain Coutinho will replace his present small fishing boat with the Viking.
 
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