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FRESH CATCH: Off Nantucket, the Point Judith boat Lena Pearl's squid net comes up the stern as deckhand Chris Gillis hustles to "trip it open" and get the net back in the water quickly. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE

After a record run of squid, local fishermen warily eye competition,...

It was the best single run of longfin squid anyone on the East Coast had ever seen – and it happened fast and was...
GOOD CATCH: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Rhode Island landed about 66 percent of all butterfish on the East Coast between 1965 and 1995. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE

In search of a lost market

From the late 1970s through the ’80s, the small, silver-colored butterfish was a high-flying commodity in Japan. Millions upon millions of pounds were bought...
SEEING RED: Galilee fisherman Ben Piquette displays a handful of the invasive, red weed. In the background is crewman Peter D' Ambra. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE

No profits found in this tangled catch

Local fishermen this year have had a tough time with a species of red seaweed, an algae, that looks like matted hair. The algae...
RUNNING DEEP: The upper Pawcatuck River in Richmond and Charlestown has seen, over the last three years, the removal of two dams and the installation of a fish ladder. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE

River-herring restoration booming

(Corrected, Jan. 3, 4 p.m.) Millions of dollars in federal, state and private money have created a small boom in state-of-the-art, fishway construction projects on...
HOMEGROWN: Oyster farmer Nick Papa packs his oysters at the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative. Papa’s oysters are grown on his farm in Ninigret Pond in Charlestown. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE

Signs promising for oyster market

Rhode Island has two groups of shellfishermen. One group digs clams off the bottom of Narragansett Bay. These are the wild harvesters. Many Rhode...
TAKES GUTS: Michael Marchetti, executive director of the Rhode Island-based Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, sees potential profits in scallop viscera. / COURTESY JOHN LEE

Using more scallop parts could create new industry

A few years ago Point Judith scallop captain Michael Marchetti had a conversation with Peg Parker, the executive director of the Rhode Island-based Commercial...
CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY: Joel Hovanesian, 52, owner and captain of the Excalibur, says that the fishing industry is getting forced into sectors, though most fishermen are opposed. /

Tumult in region’s fishing industry

Commercial fishing has a history of independence, cracked hands on the twine and the endless horizon. But by Sept. 1, roughly 650 groundfish permit-holders,...
SUPPORTING STAFF: Province Mortgage Associates Inc. looks to motivate its employees through its culture of respect and by providing a positive atmosphere. /

Investing in staff a growth strategy at Province

The mortgage climate nationwide is grim. So how does a small mortgage-brokerage company attract talented advisers, keep them and manage to show a profit?...
TEAM BUILDING: Shawmut Design & Construction employees Beverly Smith, left, Heidi O’Malley, center, and Nicole Blais. /

Financial stake in Shawmut motivates employees

When asked about what makes Shawmut Design and Construction a great company to work for, Chris Maury, a project executive who manages the Providence...

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