Daughter continues work of father lost at sea on Maine fishing boat

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PORTLAND, Maine — In January 2020, the 42-foot fishing boat Hayley Ann sank 50 miles southeast of Portland. The Coast Guard never determined what happened. No distress call was sent. Only an automated emergency beacon alerted them to the tragedy.

The disaster claimed the lives of Capt. Arnold “Joe” Nickerson, 60, of Arundel and his crewman, 44-year-old Christopher Pinkham of Boothbay Harbor.

Homeported in Cape Porpoise, Nickerson was chair of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association board of directors and known up and down the coast for his quiet, strong leadership in the fishing community. He was a tireless advocate for fishermen’s safety, health and well-being. Nickerson was also dedicated to preserving diverse, small-boat fishing culture.

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