And they’re off; lobster boats hitting the water in LFA 33

LFA 33 openerSHELBURNE – Harbours along the South Shore twinkled with the lights of lobster boats Friday morning as the fall season got underway for LFA 33, which includes eastern parts of Shelburne County. Read the rest here 12:07

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Regulations changed on AJs, black sea bass in South Atlantic

SAFMC SidebarThe date change also aligns the beginning of the commercial harvest season for black sea bass with the commercial season for vermilion snapper, which are commonly caught together with hook-and-line gear.,, The trip-limit changes will all be on the commercial side and include reducing the trip limit for black sea bass, Read the rest here 09:45

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Maryland: Commissioners ask state to roll back rockfish limit

 A former waterman, Fithian described the proposed reduction of the bag limit as a direct attack on commercial fishing. Fithian said after reading the letter at the commissioners meeting that he recently saw a rockfish cut open to reveal a large number of immature crabs in its stomach.,, might be partly responsible for recent downturns in the crab population. Read the rest here 09:35

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Princeton Professor Emeritus of Geosciences Defends Marine Seismic Surveys for Study of Earth

R/V Maurice Ewing – The vessel was also slated for use in summer 2014 for a Rutgers University-led near-shore seismic study – opposed by many on the Jersey Shore, including fishermen, lawmakers and the nonprofit Clean Ocean Action, because of potential harm to sea life and fisheries commerce. Read the rest here 08:29

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Know Your Supplier: FDA Refusing Record Amounts of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently reported that in October 2014 the agency refused a total of 101 entry lines of seafood. Of these refusals, 35 of the refusals were of entry lines of shrimp due to antibiotic contamination. Read the rest here 23:34

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Cod prohobition imperils deep-sea fishing charter businesses

Gibson said the ban on cod possession probably will remain for two years and could last a generation if cod stocks don’t recover. In recent years, a ban on cod possession lasted only a few months. During those months, business dropped by half, said Tim Tower, who runs Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing in Ogunquit. “They said, ‘We won’t be going out fishing again until we can keep cod,’” Tower said. Read more here 22:52

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Updated :James Landry ‘murder for lobster’ trial hears closing arguments

Phillipe Boudreu‘Cripple’ and ‘destroy’ – But Crown prosecutor Shane Russell told the jury that James Landry was directly involved in the killing. He said Landry told police he had been pushed to the limit and wanted to “cripple” and “destroy” Boudreau if he got the chance and “let the crabs eat him.” When Landry saw Boudreau that morning and suspected him of cutting traps, that was the opportunity to get rid of him, the prosecutor said. Read the rest here 21:57

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We wish you a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

We wish you a Wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends, and loved ones. We also want those that have lost power due to the Nor’easter, and have been inconvenienced that you will be in our thought’s today.  09:40

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It’s Thanksgiving in St.Johns for these Sailors, a Community Outpouring! – Ship has arrived in heaven

A couple of weeks ago, a news conference was held at the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) office to let people know the crew members are in hard shape. “They said they feel like their boat has docked in heaven,” says Geanine Mulrooney. “I couldn’t get over that there were 11 men next door to where I grew up and they were literally starting to starve,” says Mulrooney. Read the rest here 07:36

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World Wide Phenomenon – Fishermen in the South West braced for damaging cut in EU quotas

EU Quota cuts, UKJim Portus, chief executive of South Western Fish Producer Organisation, said “things were looking pretty bad” and blamed Government cuts to the number of research voyages which he claimed had not correctly assessed fish stocks. European fisheries policy sets quotas to achieve what it calls Maximum Sustainable Yield – essentially the point at which fishing would not affect whether a species could thrive.  Read more here 06:35

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NOAA Draws Criticism Over Revised Steller Sea Lion Measures

warrenchukOceanic senior scientist and campaign manager Jon Warrenchuk, in Juneau is critical of NOAA’s decision. “We had hoped that the Fisheries Service would show the leadership needed to find long term and sustainable solutions to management in the Aleutians,” he said. “Instead of giving protection measures a chance to work, the Fisheries Service has opened the floodgates. Read the rest here  21:45

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James Landry admits to police he shot Phillip Boudreau

imagePhillipe BoudreuThe 67-year-old Cape Breton fisherman accused of murdering Phillip Boudreau admitted to police that he shot the man, according to a taped statement played Wednesday to a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury in Port Hawkesbury. Police interviewed Joseph James Landry a week after Boudreau disappeared. Read the rest here 19:27

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Japan vows to resume Antarctic whale hunt for ‘science’ next year – Critics guilty of “eco-imperialism”

Critics of Japan’s whaling practices are guilty of “eco-imperialism” for trying to impose their beliefs on countries that hunt and eat whales, Japan’s pointman on the issue said Wednesday. Critics of whaling needed to drop their “zero tolerance” stance and recognize that different countries have “different codes,”  Read the rest here 16:10

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Fishermen vent about proposal to close Stellwagen Bank, other areas for research. “playground for scientists,”

PLYMOUTH – A charter boat captain who makes a living chasing tuna, Johnny Johnson finds it infuriating that regulators may close stretches of ocean in the name of research, but he doesn’t know when, exactly where or for how long “You’re telling me I can’t go feed my family. That’s what you’re telling me.  “Our kids are hungry every single day, and we can’t have these people making these decisions about how we will survive.” Read the rest here 13:33

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New smelt regulations: quiet hearing, strong feelings

Maine’s smelt fishery is far from the largest in volume and very, very far from the top in value, but the silvery little fish stir strong feelings within a cluster of Mainers who ascribe an almost mythic quality to the toothy delicacy that run up many of the state’s coastal brooks from the sea each spring to spawn. Read the rest here 13:11

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 43′ Fiberglass Lobster/Crab/Gillnet – 300HP, John Deere 6081

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Aquaculture debated in Delaware, booming in Maryland

Looking into Tar Bay, the man at the helm of the Chesapeake Gold confidently clicks the mud-splattered throttle forward. The morning is too cold, he says; temperatures have dipped to the 20s. Water freezes in place as it splashes the deck. Those are January temperatures, not mid-November. The wind stings the face of everyone on board. Read more here 11:30

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Massachusetts: At Large Seat on NEFMC- Needs to be filled – Applications due Dcember 1

NEFMC SidebarInterested in serving on the New England Fishery Management Council? Applications are due 12/1:  09:34

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Southwestern Nova Scotia: Lobster season opening set for Friday morning

UPDATED: Unless there is a drastic change over the next couple of days, the opening of the lobster fishing season off southwestern Nova Scotia is set for Friday, Nov. 28, with the LFA 34 district opening at 6 a.m. and the LFA 33 district opening at 7 a.m. Read the rest here 09:03

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Greenpeace whines about John Sackton’s seafoodnews.com pollock redlisting comment while kissing undercurrents fanny

After numerous suggestions to Seafood.com’s John Sackton that his stories about Greenpeace might be more accurate if he took the time to check in with us, we finally concluded that if his biases were obvious to us, they were probably obvious to others as well. Read the rest here 08:31

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UPDATED: Search suspended – Coast Guard searches for overdue crabber near Anacortes, Wash.

USCGMissing is Dean Harvey, 48, of Bremerton. Robert Romero, Harvey’s brother, reported that they both left Anacortes around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on separate, 18-foot fishing vessels to go crabbing and agreed to return to Anacortes at 3:30 p.m. Romero returned to Anacortes at 3:30 p.m. and waited for his brother to return until 4:30 p.m., when he called Skagit County 911 operators to report him overdue. Read the rest here. 07:30 Update here 22:22

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Philip Boudreau ‘murder for lobster’ trial Continues: Crown witness was so frightened, he soiled himself.

Phillipe BoudreuOn Monday, Craig Landry told court, it was James Landry who fired the shots at Boudreau’s boat, who dragged Boudreau out to sea with a gaff and who helped tie Boudreau to an anchor. Early Tuesday, the defence drilled Craig Landry on his testimony from the day before, asking him why he didn’t say anything when Landry allegedly fired shots at Boudreau’s boat. Read more here 22:12

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Swimmers could be attacked in British waters by killer grey seals, warns a new report.

Killer SealsBritain’s largest carnivorous mammal has been blamed for a spate of mysterious mutilations of harbour porpoises in the North Sea. Many of the carcasses were washed up on Dutch shores frequented by human bathers who may also be endangered by attacks from the vicious predators. Read the rest here

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A Rosie Report! Observer program gets ‘sea legs’ as fisheries recover

observer sean sullivanThis summer, the alleged assault of a federal fisheries observer by a deck boss of a groundfish trawler from Astoria,,, Brad Pettinger, director of the Oregon Trawl Commission, called it a “renewal of the social contract that we have with the public.” Now, NOAA is juggling new questions ,, And observers, once viewed with distrust and even hostility, say their jobs have gotten easier. Read the rest here 18:00

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Fishermen Are Going To Rename Dogfish (Sand Sharks) So We Will Eat Them – Hippies Top 5 Names! Can you beat them?

Real Cape HippieFeeney and his colleagues, along with the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance and the National Oceanic,,,Orrrr… maybe the reason for dogfish’s popularity in the UK might be the fact that they are used to eating grey meat that had all the flavor sucked out of it by boiling water? Or,,, Video, Read the rest here 16:30

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Comparing the Pacific Coast’s Commercial Fisheries

Salmon-fishing-BoatsSince these Fish Reports focused exclusively on salmon and striped bass fishing in California, we wanted to share an expanded review of fisheries harvests and their economic value in other Pacific Coast states, based on a report from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS 2014), and in a nod to the recent World Fisheries Day. Read the rest here 15:55

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Squid Fishermen save Six Kayakers off the Coast of Malibu

Six kayakers off the coast of Malibu were unexpectedly blown out to sea today as the Santa Ana winds returned to the region on Sunday morning, but thankfully a squid-fishing fleet came to their rescue. Read the rest here 13:16

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Tradex:It’s a Buyers Market for Pacific Cod; 2015 Alaska Salmon Fisheries

It certainly is a buyers market right now for Pacific Cod out of the Gulf of Alaska; Processors are holding high levels of inventory, especially in fillets. The 2015 Bristol Bay Sockeye fishery is predicted to be the largest harvest in the past 20 years Click Full Screen, lower right 11:52

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Controversial Bristol Bay salmon permit buyback support falters

Bristol Bay salmon fishermen’s 81% support of studying the economic impact of a drift gillnet buyback program in Bristol Bay broke down into a general sense of opposition during a Pacific Marine Expo discussion on the program last week. Fishermen and regulators criticized the potential program’s cost, whether it is even necessary and the uncertainty of its ability to improve the fishery. Read the rest here 11:37

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BOEM OCEAN GRABBING – To Auction of 742,000 more acres of Fishing Grounds for commercial wind scam energy production

obama beenie 3US BuffaloOffshore wind energy generation always seems to be a distant reality, for the United States at least. But the development pace could pick up with the planned auction of over 742,000 acres off Massachusetts that could produce enough electricity to power half of the homes in that state, said the U.S. Department of Interior on Monday. Read the rest here 11:17

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Fisherman Racism? Cape Breton aboriginal man blames boat damage on non-native fishermen

Kenny Basque says he knew he would suffer racism when he was getting into the native fishery five years ago, but he didn’t expect it would lead to serious vandalism. His boat sustained more than $9,000 in damage after it was untied from its mooring at the St. Peter’s Canal on Nov. 3. Read the rest here 08:54

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Overwhelmed with turtles, aquarium even uses airlift

This year, nearly 1,000 endangered sea turtles have been recovered from Cape Cod Bay beaches, and the turtle pipeline is full. The New England Aquarium, the regional destination for injured and cold-stunned turtles, has already treated nearly 400 animals, almost double the record for a full year. Read the rest here 08:07

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November 2014 PFMC Decision Summary Document Online

PFMC SidebarThe Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 14-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.  Read it here 19:46

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Change Islands wharf shut down, too dangerous to use

People in Change Islands said their wharf would be shut down — and now it has been. That means the island’s main employer, the Quin-Sea Fisheries sea cucumber operation, based in the town’s fish plant, also has to shut down. Read the rest here 16:36

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Philip Boudreau ‘murder for lobster trial’ resumes with key witness “He’s going to get a scare this time.”

B97194174Z_120130613062542000G4G35TL4_11Craig Landry told the court that on the morning of June 1, they were setting traps near Mackerel Cove when they saw an object about a quarter-mile away. He said Samson suspected it was Boudreau playing with the traps. Read the rest here 16:27

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Fishermen’s Finest to build Skipsteknisk AS Designed 268 foot Catcher/Processer Vessel at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes WA

Fishermens FinestThis trawler becomes the most environmental friendly- and complete vessel ever built for the US deep sea fisheries.This US flagged Amendment 80 stern trawler to be built for producing frozen at sea, white fish products, groundfish including yellow- and rock sole species.  Read the rest here 15:24

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‘The Mortal Sea': Overfishing not a new problem

The closing of the Gulf of Maine cod fishery two weeks ago was no surprise to Jeffery Bolster, a University of New Hampshire history professor. Bolster began by charting the course of North Atlantic fishing, dating back to 1000 A.D.; before then, eating fish was an uncommon practice in Europe, he said. It wasn’t until the Vikings, Read the rest here 12:58

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NMFS Caves to the Enviro Quackeroos on Right Whale federally designated “critical habitat” under the Endangered Species Act

earthjustice $upereco-manIn 2009, a coalition of environmental and animal protection groups formally petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to significantly expand habitat protections to include all of the whales’ nursery and breeding and feeding grounds.,, protected area more than tenfold, from roughly 4,000 square miles to more than 50,000 square miles.,vulnerable to threats that include commercial fishing gear, ship strikes.  Read the rest here 12:20

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Good to Go! – There will be Dungeness crabs for the holidays

Commercial crabbing will open Dec. 1 off the coast of Oregon, Washington and Northern California. In order for the season to open, crabs taken in sample fishing must meet criteria for the percentage of crabs that have filled their shells after the most-recent molt. In past years, commercial openers have been delayed because crabs didn’t meet the standards. Read the rest here 11:49

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Autopsies from space: who killed the sea lions?

A decade ago, we set out to unravel deep ocean crime scenes we weren’t even sure existed. The crime? Endangered Steller sea lions were rapidly disappearing in parts of Alaska. Why is this important? To promote the recovery of Steller sea lion populations, fishing has been restricted in some regions of Alaska. These regulations are based on the assumption – not backed by hard evidence – that sea lions are suffering from lack of foodRead the rest here 11:32

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October/November 2014 issue of ASMFC Fisheries Focus

ASMFC SidebarAll the ASMFC news you can use! Fisheries Management Actions, Proposed Management Actions, and much more. Read ASMFC Fisheries Focus here 11:03

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Shrinking shrimp fishery could be as detrimental as cod collapse: professor

SHRIMP-master675The economic, social and political stakes involved in the shrimp fishery are high and the uncertainty around the resource’s allocations draws parallels to the shutdown of the cod fishery 22 years ago. That was one point made in Paul Foley’s presentation at the final session of the,, Read the rest here 09:40

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End of season Georgia shrimp – “It’s just part of being a fisherman. Sometimes they’re there, sometimes they’re not.”

Capt. Joseph Fawcett says the past few days he’s spent shrimp fishing aboard the Little Lloyd with his family have been cold, but he doesn’t blame the weather for the less than stellar trip. “Those shrimp can leave a spot overnight sometimes,” he said. Read the rest here 09:07

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Maine’s Scallop Fishing Season Begins in 1 Week

Maine’s scallop season begins in one week with state regulators again focusing efforts on rebuilding the fishery.  Department of Marine Resources say their 10-year rotational management plan for scallops in one of Maine’s three scalloping zones will be fully phased in this season. Read the rest here 08:43

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CORPUS CHRISTI – Game Wardens Target Illegal Fishing In Gulf – Video

An increase in illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted Texas Parks and Wildlife to not only step up patrols, but also ask the public for tips. During a recent night patrol offshore, game wardens came across a “long line”, which is similar to a common trotline that you might see on a lake, but much longer. Read the rest here 07:20

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Turkish seal fur magnate responds to Western criticism with new brand: ‘Fok You’

Fok You“Many NGOs from Europe and the United States have told me to stop the business in the name of humanity. They tried to buy my company by collecting money. In the brand’s name, Yavuz uses the word “Fok,” which means “seal” in Turkish but vocally resembles “f… you” when read quickly. Read the rest here  16:27

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Maritime lobster levy delayed, fisheries ministers say

morning mistA promise from the three Maritime provinces to have a levy in place before the end of the year to  for the region’s embattled, $1-billion lobster industry is facing more delays.  Read the rest here 15:53

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Dozens of fishermen killed, attacked by Islamic extremists in the northeastern Nigerian village of Doron Baga

Fisherman Usman Abubakar said that the suspected Islamic militants of Boko Haram drove into the town of Doron Baga and shot people on sight. He said he counted 60 bodies. Security officials have not yet responded to questions about the attack. Gideon Jubrin, spokesman for the Borno state police, said he has not received any official confirmation of the attack.(AP) 14:12

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Supermarkets accused of selling ‘fresh fish’ that’s 15 DAYS OLD

Shoppers buying fish labelled “fresh” might expect it to have been pulled from the sea a day or two before. But a Sunday Mirror ­investigation has found that supermarkets are selling cod, mackerel, haddock and plaice that is TWO WEEKS old. Read the rest here 12:17

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, November 23, 2014

rifa2The Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance is dedicated to its mission of continuing to help create sustainable fisheries without putting licensed fishermen out of business.” Read the update here  To read all the updates, click here  11:22

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Coast Guard assists flooded fishing vessel near Isle of Shoals, Maine

USCGCoast Guard rescue crews assisted a fishing crew aboard a flooding boat 40 miles east of Isle of Shoals, Maine, Sunday. Watchstanders at the Sector Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine received a call at approximately 5:05 a.m. via VHF radio from the crew aboard the F/V Two Megs reporting their engine room was flooded. F/VRachel T also arrived on scene to help.  photo, F/V Two Megs  Read the rest here  10:50

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Newport Fishermen’s Wives seeks injunction to prevent the USCG from eliminating our helicopter

af5857_bd597e2a1bf84cecafda9cd4c6078a2d_jpg_srz_359_244_75_22_0_50_1_20_0Newport Fishermen’s Wives is filing suit in federal court, seeking an injunction to prevent the USCG in Wash D.C. from eliminating our helicopter. To make a contribution for legal fees, click the link below. OR mail your contribution to NFW P.O. Box 971 Newport, OR 97365 NFW is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Thank you so much. ‪#‎savethehelo‬ http://www.newportfishermenswives.com/#!savethehelo/ccmz 10:17

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REBRANDING DOGFISH

In Chatham, where Feeney is part of a co-op of about 30 fishermen, more than 4 million pounds of dogfish have been harvested this year since the start of the season in June, said Nancy Civetta, communications director for . Most of the dogfish caught there are processed in New Bedford and then exported, Civetta said. Read the rest here 09:09

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A fisherman’s prayer

When the manaratbat – a person, usually an old man or woman, who officiates the prayer for the dead – does not arrive, Losanto ‘Ka Jun’ Castillo, a spry fisherman in his 50s, tells me he will improvise. We are on Cancabato Bay, Tacloban, about to begin a ceremony to remember the dead of Yolanda,, Read the rest here 08:28

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Record North Pacific temperatures threatening B.C. marine species

The North Pacific Ocean is setting record high temperatures this year and raising concerns about the potential impact on cold water marine species along the B.C. coast, including salmon. Video, Read the rest here 05:49

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NJ BPU Does it’s part to keep junk out of the ocean – again rejects pilot wind farm off Jersey coast

The state on Friday again rejected a pilot wind farm project off the New Jersey coast, arguing that the company’s financial plan is unsound and would require a state subsidy so large it would make the energy produced too costly for ratepayers. Read the rest here 18:42

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Efficient reduction of Cod, Halibut and skate wings in flatfish fishery.

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Fish Tales: Al Cottone hanging on, ‘one month at a time’

fish tales al cottoneHe kind of knew that when he signed up (at least in his own mind) the summer he was 12. That summer, he started fishing regularly with his father, Frank Cottone, aboard the Peter and Josephine. That’s when he had his own Big Bang moment and his universe was created. “I caught the bug early,” he said. Read the rest here 17:32

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The “New” Gulf of Maine Fish War – Local fishermen fight ‘ridiculous’ recreational ban

Recreational and charter boats are essentially banned from fishing due to this, and local fishermen believe this decision is flawed because they say they have data that indicates the commercial fishermen are the ones doing more harm to fish populations. Read the rest here photo, eastmans.com 13:22

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