NEFMC fails to tackle cod problem – “We’re losing the rest of that value to protect one stock that is highly romanticized,”

g0002580000000000000bea0810c3a6cac2be28188b42d824fdbd10e7d9Josh Wiersma, who manages two New Hampshire fishing sectors with 14 fishing vessels, said fishermen get $100 million a year catching groundfish species like cod, haddock and flounders, but only $5 million of that comes from cod. His fishermen, he said, have been able to make a living catching other species like Pollock, redfish and hake. “We don’t think cod is more valuable, but apparently the council is willing to shut down everything we built,” he said. Read the rest here 09:50

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Your View: Cod report has no scientific value, by Richard Canastra –

The Gulf of Maine cod fishery faces some big-ticket problems. Warming waters, concerns of overfishing, an economic disaster and stock assessment controversy all threaten this essential coastal industry. The common thread between these varied issues, however, is a troubling pattern of distrust. That pattern continues, unfortunately, with this latest assessment update of Gulf of Maine cod. The process by which the assessment was conducted, and in turn its results, speak to fishermen’s valid concerns for a serious need for greater transparency and cooperation in fisheries management. Read the rest here 09:21

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New England Regional Fisheries Council can’t agree on plan to help cod

NEFMC SidebarNOAA Fisheries  has the Gulf of Maine cod crisis all to himself after the New England Regional Fisheries Council found no consensus and simply voted to ask him to just do something. The proposal drew heaps of derision, as did NOAA fisheries’ methods, which were variously described as rushed, secretive and riddled with assumptions, the main one being the expectation that cod mortality would be cut in half in two years. Read the rest here 08:52

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Emergency plan on cod fishing off of New England sought from federal regulators

NEFMC SidebarThe National Marine Fisheries Service expects to implement emergency measures in November aimed at stemming cod fish decline in the Gulf of Maine. The fisheries service is crafting the measures at the request of the New England Fishery Management Council, which asked for them at its meeting in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. The measures will apply to the current fishing year, which ends April 30 Read the rest here 08:43

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Young and Dunbar tussle in fisheries debate in Kodiak

In a fiery debut, a young Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Don Young asked voters at a fisheries debate in Kodiak to oust the congressman from his long-held seat, saying Young has lost his clout because of a past ethical violation and is no longer effective. Read the rest here 08:28

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Tough topic, tough audience for Sullivan in debate with Begich on fisheries issues in Kodiak

A sharp, wide-ranging debate on Alaska fisheries Wednesday evening saw organizers and Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich put Republican challenger Dan Sullivan on the defensive over his pro-development record, with Sullivan delivering some targeted shots of his own to keep Begich from getting too comfortable. Read the rest here 08:21

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B.C. Algae kills 280K Marine Harvest Canada farmed fish

The largest salmon farming company in B.C. lost up to 280,000 fish last week to a type of “harmful algae” associated with warm waters known to kill salmon. Marine Harvest Canada communications manager Ian Roberts said on Tuesday the deaths represent up to 4% of the company’s annual production, adding there was 30 times more algae than needed to kill the fish present at a Port Hardy area farm earlier this month. Read the rest here 00:47

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AMSEA Updates “Beating the Odds: A Guide to Commercial Fishing Safety,”

beating the oddsThe seventh edition of  “Beating the Odds: A Guide to Commercial Fishing Safety,” by Susan Clark Jensen and Jerry Dzugan of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, is hot off the presses, with updated information on survival at sea. The 250-page book tackles a wide range of issues, from reading the weather and handling fishing gear safely to fatigue, hydration and nutrition, putting out fires onboard and the importance of safe seamanship. Read the rest here 21:08

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Governor Brown signs Chesbro bill to protect fisheries from ‘frankenfish’

Salmon and steelhead face a lot of problems in California, ranging from the state and federal mismanagement of northern California reservoirs during the record drought to the Governor’s plan to build two giant peripheral tunnels under the Delta, but one challenge they won’t face here is the threat posed by the commercial hatchery production, cultivation or stocking of transgenic salmonids, or “frankenfish.” Read the rest here 20:49

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Randy Moniz has left the fishing grounds for the last time and crossed the bar.

Randy MonizRandy was a terrific fisherman. Everyone who fishes will be saddened by the news.  He was larger than life, big in body and in spirit. His stories made you laugh out loud. His last boat the LUAL was named for his mom and dad, I believe. He also owned and fished the Resolute for a number of years. Read the rest here @nauticaltwilight Blog  Randy Moniz here 16:44

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Maine Panel Approves 2014-15 Scallop Rules

The state Department of Marine Resources said Wednesday that the council signed off on proposed rules for the season. The rules call for the season to last from Dec. 1 to April 11. Zones one and two will have a 70-day season while zone three will have a 50-day season. Zone three includes scallop-rich Cobscook Bay. Read the rest here 16:16

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Always Top Quality! Your Seafreeze Ltd. Prefered Price List for October 1, 2014

Seafreeze_eMail_HeaderContact our sales team today @ 401 295 2585 or 800 732 273  Click here for the complete price list from Seafreeze Ltd. where The Only Thing They Treat YOUR Fish is With Respect ! Visit our website 15:24

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“Deadliest Catch” fisherman was a pasenger in fatal car wreck. Another fisherman dead, driver fled the scene

Fatal CrashThe man believed to have been the driver in a single vehicle accident Sept. 19 on Simonds Road in Kirkland was actually one of the passengers, according to the Kirkland Police Department. Kenmore resident and Redmond High School graduate Kyle J. Reel died at the scene of the crash where he was initially thought to have been the driver. His body was found in the front of the car, but it was later discovered he had been sitting in the back and was thrown forward during the crash, according to police. It is also believe that Dave “Beaver” Zielinski, one of the fisherman on the boat “Time Bandit,” Read the rest here 14:44

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Letter: BLAME CONGRESS NOT NOAA FOR FISHING REGULATIONS

manatthewheelFishing regulations are controlled by politics and big business, not to mention environmental interests. We all want to help preserve our fish stocks, but how about leveling the playing field?  In 1976, the U.S. Congress passed the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act purportedly to “re-Americanize fisheries by controlling or limiting foreign fishing and to restore and conserve the fish.”  Read the rest here 14:11

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Congressional Candidates Debate Alaska Fisheries

Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich squares off against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, followed by U.S. House Rep. Don Young and his challenger Forrest Dunbar. The debate happens live in Kodiak, and will be streamed live on KSKA. It runs from 19:00 – 21:00. That’s 7pm – 9pm for you landlubbers. Live streaming is here 13:49

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 37′ Fiberglass Lobster – 375HP, 6 Cylinder John Deere 6081 Diesel

lb3707_01Specifications, information and 9 photo’s click here  To see all the boats in this series, Click here 12:36

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Alaska: As debate approaches, Sullivan swims upstream to challenge Begich on fisheries

The difference in reception for the two U.S. Senate candidates was stark. The Republican, Dan Sullivan, got 45 minutes Friday morning to make his pitch to the United Fishermen of Alaska’s board of directors in a dimly lit hotel conference room in Anchorage — a pitch that at best would draw just a few votes away from his opponent, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, whom the group had endorsed months earlier. Read the rest here 11:41

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Fishermen challenge proposed closures in Biscayne National Park at final workshop

About five dozen commercial fishermen from South Florida made their final case last week against proposed closures in Biscayne National Park. The 180,000-acre marine park, which stretches 22 miles from just south of Key Biscayne to just north of Key Largo, is seeking to bolster declining fisheries by increasing the size and abundance of fish and invertebrates within its waters by 20 percent. Read the rest here 11:12

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Federal fisheries regulators holding LI hearings on fluke take

MAFMC SidebarASMFC SidebarRepresentatives from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council were in Montauk Tuesday night and will be in East Setauket Wednesday to solicit comments on the plan,, At the Montauk meeting, dozens of commercial fishermen blasted rules that reduce fluke quotas to 50 to 100 pounds a day and force those with federal permits to steam to faraway ports to land their fish. Read the rest here 10:34

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COD: OFFICIALS SAY FISHERMEN, REGULATORS SHARE BLAME

130307_GT_ABO_BULLARD_1Back in July 2012, John Bullard was the newly minted Northeast regional director for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Soon after he took the reins, Bullard anguished over quota cuts of 77 percent for Gulf of Maine cod and 55 percent for Georges Bank cod, deemed necessary to rebuild those failing stocks. Read the rest here 09:41

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Day 2, NEFMC Meeting – 8:30 a.m. Groundfish Committee Report Listen Live

NEFMC SidebarRead the Agenda here  Register to attend the meeting via Webinar here  11:31

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Sandy grant program open to N.J. fishing businesses – From NOAA federal fishery disaster declaration fund

Sandy grant moneyFishing businesses upended by Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for up to $10,000 in grants to recover from the 2012 storm that tossed around boats and splintered apart docks. The money is available for party and charter boat operators, commercial dealers and commercial fishermen and owners of aquaculture businesses, marinas and bait and tackle shops through a $2.1 million program announced by the state Department of Environmental Protection today. Read more here 07:52

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35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Observers last week saw about 50 carcasses on the beach from animals that may have been killed in a stampede, and the agency was assembly a necropsy team to determine their cause of death. Read the rest here 21:18

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Letter: Ludger W. Dochtermann, Bycatch 14-011 (C7) CGOA Trawl Bycatch Management Discussion Paper & CFAs etc.

Secretary Pritzker, Chair Olson and NPFMC members: My name is Ludger W. Dochtermann, owner of the F/V Stormbird and F/V Northpoint. Among the species we fish are Halibut and Sablefish. We tender salmon, as well. 1. I remain steadfastly against the allocation of Groundfisheries Catch Shares in the Gulf of Alaska. 2. I especially oppose the awarding of Bycatch Quotas of Halibut, Salmon and other species. Bycatch quotas are,,,  Read the rest here 20:21

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NRDC petitions NMFS to list a new (and very endangered) species. Of course they do.

About 50 mysterious baleen whales live in an underwater canyon off the Florida Panhandle, making them the only resident baleen whales, aka great whales, in the Gulf of Mexico. Several other baleen species visit the Gulf, but these 50 leviathans are the only ones known to live there year-round. But new genetic testing suggests the 50 Gulf whales might be a distinct subspecies of Bryde’s — or a new species altogether. If so,,, Read the rest here 19:39

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Another hit for the (inshore) Newfoundland shrimp fishery

SHRIMP-master675The total allowable catch for shrimp in the NAFO area this year is about 4,300 tonnes, of which Canada has been allocated 3,580 tonnes. With the loss of this quota in 2015, and possible shrimp quota reductions in fishing areas regulated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), an ongoing battle between the inshore and offshore fishery sectors is certain to heat up again. Read the rest here 16:37

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Veteran, Gig Harbor

A fishing Veteran returns to harbor

Jake Bujacich and Nick Fahey sat in the fo’c’sle (the front underside of a boat, for those unfamiliar with maritime lingo) of the Veteran and tried to count how many of the boats built at the Skansie Ship Building Company are still around today. The answer was somewhat disappointing: Not many. Read the rest here 16:03

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Oh WOW, Man. Not the Pot Gardens! – Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

 Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency’s website. Read the rest here 15:38

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North Carolina DMF treading water on JEA, waiting for approval from top government officials

The state budget, echoing a directive from the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, gave Dr. Louis Daniel, NCDMF’s executive director, the authority to enter into an Joint Enforcement Agreement with the  that would provide the state with an estimated $600,000 per year to allow the marine patrol and NMFS enforcement officers to respond to fisheries violations in either state or federal waters off North Carolina. Read the rest here 14:54

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Southeast Alaska dive fisheries open in October

Southeast Alaska commercial dive fishermen are gearing up to start fishing for geoduck clams and sea cucumbers in October. For geoducks, a complicated fishery has become even more so following last year’s Chinese ban on U.S. Pacific coast shellfish. Read the rest here 11:59

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Harvesters find possible commercial shrimp stock near Nunavut’s northernmost hamlet

The discovery of those two species, and in such large numbers, has Grise Fiord taking the first steps towards opening a local, inshore fishery. “The excitement in our community is unbelievable,” said Jaypetee Akeeagok, chairman of Iviq Hunter and Trapper Organization, in a Sept. 29 release put out by the Arctic Fishery Alliance. Read the rest here 11:47

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Greenland killer whale butchering in photo posted on Facebook

Inuit in eastern Greenland have been hunting more killer whales as climate change leaves the area free of ice longer, says a Dane who recently posted a photo on Facebook of a hunter butchering a whale.  Thomas Bilde Below lives in Copenhagen, but travels to Greenland every year. “It doesn’t have the same fishy taste that other whale meats. I think it’s one of the best whale meats I’ve tasted ever,” says Below. Read the rest here 11:18

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PEI: Fishermen, processors try to sway Jason Kenney on foreign workers

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association and Seafood Processors Association spent two hours Sunday with  trying to change his mind about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. The purpose of the meeting was to explain to the minister why they couldn’t find local Islanders to staff their operations. Read the rest here 11:06

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Cod threat: Closures, ban in mix

gdt iconThe full New England Fishery Management Council  for managing Gulf of Maine cod when it meets this week for the first time since the release of the unscheduled and dire stock assessment that showed the state of the species worsening rather than improving. Read the rest here 09:22

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Bigelow Lab in the summer found a record-low growth rate for plankton, a crucial food source.

In recent years, the researchers have measured a fivefold decline in the growth rate of phytoplankton, an indication of lower levels of the critical single-celled plants at the bottom of the marine food chain. Because phytoplankton are food for fish larvae, a lower abundance of phytoplankton could mean lower numbers of adult fish populations years from now, Balch said Based on measurements this year between June and September, however, the growth rate of phytoplankton is on pace to be at the lowest level since 2001. Read the rest here  08:24

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Fishing Partnership Support Services – Health insurance open enrollment begins November 15th

img-logo-fpssFeel free to contact us for assistance or if you have any questions about your health insurance You can reach us at (888) 282-8816 or visit our website – http://fishingpartnership.org/ 23:43

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Sockeye season good, but it could have been better – overly cautious escapement policies cost B.C. fishermen $20 million

When 21 million sockeye salmon return just five years after stocks crashed below two million, it’s hard to complain. But commercial fishermen in B.C. will leave about $20 million on the table this year, according to one estimate, thanks to overly cautious escapements this year. As this year’s Fraser River sockeye season drew to a close last week, returns were estimated at 20.8 million. Read the rest here 23:16

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Ginger Zee of ‘Good Morning America’ heads north to work a fishing boat on ‘Deadliest Catch’

Zee joins the crew of the family-owned Northwestern, a 125-foot fishing ship. She’ll spend time with Mandy Hansen, the first female crew member to be featured on “Deadliest Catch.” “The only thing I’m really worried about is getting seasick.” A former member of the crew who films the show once told us that even the most grizzled fishermen featured on “Deadliest Catch” usually spend much of their time on the Bering Sea tossing their cookies. WHAT?? Read the rest here

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Ninth Circuit Outlaws Random Motorist Searches Over Fish – Fish Cop stop and search was Fourth Amendment violation.

Fish and Wildlife Captain Michael Cenci and his subordinates have followed the Tarabochias, detained them without cause, confronted them on their fishing boat and threatened them on several occasions with various criminal charges. In 2006, the brothers made a formal complaint to the local prosecutor who invited Cenci to discuss the issue in a meeting. Before it began, Cenci tried to frisk Joseph Tarabochia, which the prosecutor immediately stopped saying Cenci’s behavior was “outrageous.” Read the rest here  Fishing family’s civil-rights suit against state officials reinstated – the “organized crime of fishing.” here

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Canada Wraps-Up Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Annual Meeting – A Mixed Bag

VIGO, SPAIN — On the heels of this year’s Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Annual Meeting, Fisheries and Oceans Canada highlighted the various management decisions taken by the Organization, with a view to ensuring conservation and sustainability. Read the rest here 18:38

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Working Waterfront Festival – Annual blessing, UMass Dartmouth SMAST Recieves Friend of the Fishing Industry award

smastJames Kendall, of New Bedford Seafood Consulting, also spoke, and presented Offshore Mariners’ Wives Association Friend of the Fishing Industry awards to members of the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology . Kendall said in the past, the award went to key members of SMAST, or “captains.” “This year, we would like to try something a little different. This year we want to acknowledge their mate and crew,” Kendall said, referring to members of SMAST faculty and students. Read the rest here 17:15

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Photo Article: China: Entire bays covered by wooden homes which provide two thirds of the world’s seafood

China fish farmsLatest figures show China’s aquaculture industry is now so large, at more than 32 million tons a year, it accounts for two thirds of the world’s entire production. Text and photo series here  16:38

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Rutgers lab churning out baby horseshoe crabs

It’s part of an effort to replenish the population of horseshoe crabs, which is under pressure from habitat loss, commercial fishing that uses them as bait for whelk and eels (New Jersey prohibits harvesting them but neighboring Delaware does not), pollution and poachers. Read the rest here 15:50

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Spanish Wells Fishing Industry in Serious Decline says Association – Dominican and US poachers a problem.

(Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, Bahamas) – The commercial fishing community in Spanish Wells has seen a downward trend in their ‘catch’ for the past four to five years, said, President of the Spanish Wells FishingRead the rest here  14:29

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Maine Voices: Rebuild cod stock with low quotas and protection of older, larger females

Today, despite a wealth of survey data, a sophisticated process to estimate the number of fish and determine catch levels and a fishery that now operates well within these limits, we find ourselves with a cod stock that remains drastically overfished and unresponsive to our best rebuilding efforts. Read the rest here 11:50

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Alaska’s 2014 Whaling Season in Photographs

Whaling-Monica-Edwardsen-jpgAlaska Native whaling crews are setting out for this year’s season, and Channel 2 viewers have sent in these photos of their catch thus far. See the rest here 09:04

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Coldwater shrimp sector faces more cuts as NAFO closes Grand Banks

Further steep reductions in also known as northern shrimp, could come in 2015 in both the Grand Banks and Greenland. After years of declining catches in the Grand Banks, the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) has now recommended that all fishing in the Grand Banks be stopped next year. Read the rest here  08:30

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Researcher warns of looming ‘catastrophe’ for St. Lawrence beluga population

MONTREAL – A researcher monitoring belugas in the St. Lawrence estuary is warning of a looming “catastrophe” after another difficult calving season for the endangered whale. “It’s a catastrophic trajectory we’re observing, and we don’t yet know exactly what are the causes for that,” Read the rest here 08:15

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Warmer Chesapeake Bay will change fishery

Rom Lipcius, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has been crunching data from winter blue crab dredge surveys since 1990 and says the bay has warmed by half a degree more per decade than the global average of .3 to .5 degrees Fahrenheit. “As the bay warms, it will lose temperate species and the biogeographical boundary will shift a little further north and the bay will be more subtropical,” he said. Read the rest here 07:50

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ODFW to host public meetings on commercial nearshore fishery

NEWPORT — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss the commercial black and blue rockfish and nearshore fisheries at three public meetings in Brookings, Port Orford and Pacific City in late September and early October. Read the rest here 17:53

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Oak Island, NC – Dozens of dead sharks found washed ashore

Oak Island dead sharksThe NC Division of Marine Fisheries is investigating after dozens of dead sharks were found washed ashore on a popular beach strand in Brunswick County on Sunday morning. Michael Boswell, a local resident, was walking on the beach when he spotted “approximately 50 dead sharks” on the sand near Southeast 64th Street in Oak Island. Read the rest here  17:30

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Cortez preservation group FISH continues to preserve fishing village’s heritage

Plum Taylor’s 80th birthday celebration was the first event held in the newly remodeled kitchen and dining area of the Fishermen’s Hall community complex. FISH paid about $240,000 for the church, parsonage, Sunday school building and a large vacant lot about five years ago and has been renovating and restoring the property, as funds allow, into a community center for  that hugs Sarasota Bay. Read the rest here 12:08

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, September 28, 2014

rifa2“The 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  10:59:07

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ASMFC says Striped Bass on a downward trend – Watermen comment on proposed options

ASMFC SidebarThere are many options in front of the commercial striped bass fishery right now. The ASMFC’s striped bass management board is considering three options to reduce the striped bass fishery both coast-wide and in the Chesapeake Bay. The board is expected to make its decision at a conference in late October on whether it wants to spread out the regulations over three years or make the whole reduction in one year. Read the rest here 10:48

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New England: Fisheries research collaborative calls for new regional projects

The University of New Hampshire-led Northeast Consortium has been selected to lead a new collaborative research initiative on the groundfish stocks and groundfish fishery in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The NEFMC stated in announcing the new funding initiative, “The NEC’s excellent track record over the course of 14 years speaks for itself.  Read the rest here 09:01

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Working Waterfront bridges the generations in New Bedford

Every family fishing tradition has to start somewhere. Capt. Lou Lagace of the sea clamming vessel “Mariette” said his began with a summer job in 1978. “I’m first generation,” Lagace said Saturday, standing on the docks at the 11th annual Working Waterfront Festival. Although he was the first in his family to enter the industry, Lagace started the tradition when he brought in his 29-year-old son. Read the rest here 08:54

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Craig Medred Trashes Fisherman, He Responds – Dispatch News fall short of journalistic standards

alaska dispatchMy name is Wally Page. I’ve been a Cook Inlet commercial fisherman since before statehood. I’m nobody special, just a regular Alaskan working hard to support my family. I’m not someone “in the news.” Nevertheless, on July 21 of this year, the Alaska Dispatch News published a long article entitled, Fish wars obscure need to manage for economic yield.” It was written by regular Dispatch columnist Craig Medred and focused on me. Read the rest here  07:02

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Mississippi Department of Marine Resources opening more waters for shrimping on Monday

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will open additional waters for shrimping on Monday, Sept. 29, according to a news release. Beginning at 6 a.m., all waters south and west of a line beginning at beacon “18” in the Biloxi Bay Channel and,, Read the rest here 21:12

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Swordfish washes ashore in Loon Bay!

It was a peculiar sight — a large swordfish washed ashore on a beach in Loon Bay on Sept. 16.  “It’s the first time I’ve seen a swordfish wash ashore. I’ve seen sunfish, but never one like this,” said Loon Bay resident Jon Lewis. The fish was approximately 12 feet long from the tip of its sword to its tail. Lewis estimated the sword was about three feet long.  Read the rest here 18:53

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Fishermen get a Fair Shake, Opposition whines – Championing Ocean Conservation Or Paying Lip Service to the Seas?

President Barack Obama this week extended the no-fishing areas around three remote pacific islands, eliciting praise from some, and disappointment from those who fear the move did not go far enough towards helping depleted species of fish recover. “We missed a unique opportunity to do something important for the oceans,” said Doug McCauley, a marine ecologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Ingrate Read the rest here 18:07

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