Groups hope MSA update won’t move fish conservation ‘backwards’

A number of regional fishing associations are joining forces to strengthen the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association announced last week (9-9-14) that it’s reached an agreement with the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and several east-coast industry groups to form the Fishing Community Coalition. Read the rest here 21:25

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Boom! Oil-exploring seismic blasts could soon disrupt whale territory

Obama BPNAGS HEAD, N.C. As early as next spring, the boom of seismic cannons will sound under the Atlantic Ocean as the first oil and gas exploration allowed off the East Coast in three decades gets underway. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved opening an area of the Atlantic Coast from Delaware to Florida for the seismic blasts, saying there “has been no documented scientific evidence”,, Read the rest here

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Rubio Introduces Legislation To Improve Florida Fisheries

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, today introduced a bill that outlines legislative priorities that will improve fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic regions. Read the rest here 18:24

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ONE LAST PUSH! ADD YOUR VOICE TO FISHING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY CALLING FOR PROTECTION OF BRISTOL BAY

Bristol Bay, Alaska salmon fishermen are battling a proposal by a Canadian mining company to develop the “Pebble Mine”. If built, this copper and gold mine would become the largest open pit mine in North America and would straddle the headwaters of two of the richest salmon spawning rivers on the planet. INDIVIDUALS: Sign this petition, put together by Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay. Then share it with your friends. Don’t forget: the deadline is this Friday, September 19, at midnight EST / 8:00 Alaska time.  16:45

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November referendum would dedicate $7 million in public money to Maine seafood and lobster processing.

lobsterDM0811_468x521THE US state of Maine has decided to challenge Canada’s historic and long held  dominance of the North Atlantic lobster business. The New England community will decide through a referendum in November whether to spend $7-million of public funds on its  seafood and lobster processing sector. Read the rest here 15:02
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Group tells IRS Sierra Club evading taxes, colludes with commercial firms

supereco manSierra Club officials pay no taxes on income the environmental nonprofit generates from solar panel sales by its commercial partners. At the same time, the  functions in a manner that illegally benefits private commercial interests, including some of the nation’s largest energy firms. Read the rest here 12:04

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Longtime Stonington lobsterman Frank Gotwals to chair the board of the new Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

As Sea Song, his 38-foot wooden boat, pulls away from Stonington Lobster Co-Op wharf, Gotwals gets into a rhythm that has become etched into his muscle memory over the past 40 years. Assisted by sternman Alyssa LaPointe, he pulls up to one of his red, white and blue buoys, and with the help of a gaff hook, brings two wire lobster traps to the side of the boat. Read the rest here 11:29

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Greenport fisherman urges Suffolk DA to investigate village’s dock records

A North Fork fisherman has escalated his battle with Greenport Village after he said officials targeted his commercial boat for eviction from a village dock following long-standing criticism of the local government. Read the rest here 11:14

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Nova Scotia fishing industry continues to be most deadly

Nova Scotia’s fishing industry continues to be the deadliest workplace in the province because health and safety are not priorities, a legislature committee heard Wednesday. “We see an industry that’s struggling with high levels of fatality and also severe injury and a high frequency of injury,” said MacLean. Read the rest here 10:43

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TONIGHT!!! Pamlico County Fishermen’​s Associatio​n Meeting

NCFAAttention – Pamlico County Fishermen’s Association – The Pamlico Fishermen’s Association will meet this Thursday, September 18th at 7:00pm at the County Opry on Hwy 55, one mile before you get to Grantsboro. (Coming from New Bern.) – Please encourage all the fishermen you know to attend this meeting!  07:47:15

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Commerce Secretary asked to cut by-catch of salmon in the Bering sea–Aleutian Islands Pollock fishery

T–C–C officials said the Chinook salmon stocks are crashing, and they need to do everything possible to reverse the trend. The petition asks for an order to reduce the Chinook Salmon by–catch in the Bering sea–Aleutian Islands Pollock fishery. It would cut by–catch from 60 thousand down to 20 thousand. Read the rest here 23:22

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New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Oversight Committee want emergency measures to conserve cod

nefmc logoThe federal New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Oversight Committee recommended a battery of changes, including one restriction that would prohibit fishing by private recreational and charter boats in the spawning closure areas. The committee also recommended new prohibitions on some commercial groundfishing vessels, and requested a review of the extent of cod bycatch in the lobster fishery. Read the rest here 22:53

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Hired Skipper Privileges Changing in Halibut/Sablefish IFQ Fisheries

Frank Miles of Kodiak, who made the proposal, said that grandfather/hired skipper privileges had led to widespread abuse of the 20 percent boat ownership requirement, and that the hired skipper privileges promoted leasing of quota and the common practice of charging excessive rents. Read the rest here  17:58

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Dangers of lobster fishing

Commercial fishing, particularly lobster fishing, is a high-risk livelihood for many families in the Gaspé and the Maritimes. Mitch Girard, a second generation lobster fisherman in Barachois in the Gaspé, weighs in with this audio report. Listen here 16:59

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Am. Samoa Governor Implores Obama Not To Expand Marine Monument

I mean, What the Hell is an extra 700,000 square miles, right?

I mean, What the Hell is an extra 700,000 square miles, right?

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Sept. 16, 2014) – To protect fishing grounds of the U.S. Pacific jurisdictions, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has urged U.S. President Barack Obama not to expand existing marine national monuments or create new monuments in the U.S. Pacific islands. Read the rest here

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Anxiety grows about red tide bloom 5-15 miles off northeast Gulf of Mexico local beaches

It’s like Florida’s version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region’s economy. Karenia brevis is not believed to be caused by man-made pollution such as agricultural runoff, and historical accounts of what is believed to be the same red tide date back to the 1700s. Read the rest here 13:59

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ICES honours scientists – Outstanding Achievement Award to Bill Karp, Northeast Regional Science Center

“Bill Karp has been involved with ICES for over 20 years, serving in many roles – from member of various groups and committees, including the Science Committee (SCICOM), to symposia convener. Read the rest here 12:12

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 45′ Dixon Tuna/Longliner 800HP, 6 Cylinder CAT, Prices Optional!

tn3478_01Specifications, information and 27 photo’s click here 12:55 To see all the boats in this series, Click here  11:53

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Whaling opponents and pro-whaling nations, led by Japan, remain at odds

Diplomats were preparing for one last push to find a compromise capable of bridging the divide between whaling nations and their opponents at the biennial International Whaling Commission summit in Slovenia. Read the rest here 11:09

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In 100 Years, Maryland’s Crab Cakes Might Be Shrimp Cakes

blue crab 2For centuries, the Chesapeake Bay has been a natural seafood factory along the East Coast, and that wealth of marine resources has shaped the area’s food culture and history—a 2011 Garden & Gun article referred to Maryland crab cakes as “practically a religion.” Seafood production also represents a critical portion of the Chesapeake Bay’s economic backbone. Read the rest here 10:17
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Lots of lobster, few workers – Curb on foreign employees imperils industry, processors say

Changes to the lobsterDM0811_468x521 might mean the lobster on your plate may someday be processed outside of the Maritimes. “The other alternative they have is to go offshore and have the work done in some other country, and we don’t want that.” Read the rest here 09:52

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NEFMC Groundfish Oversight Committee meet’s today to discuss shutting down the Cod fishery

nefmc logoThe New England Fishery Management Council is working on new management measures for the fish. The full council will consider the ground fish committee’s recommendation at its meeting later this month. Read the rest here 07:56

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Fraser River’s sockeye salmon run size uncertain, but ‘great’ – seine boats given a three-day opener

The Fraser River’s sockeye run is being hailed as exceptional by fisheries experts even though there is considerable doubt about how many millions of salmon remain at sea and how many of those fish should be caught. “I would call it a great run,” Jennifer Nener, area director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), said Tuesday as seine boats were given a three-day opening to scoop up late-arriving sockeye off the mouth of the Fraser. Read the rest here 21:08

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Day at the Docks kicks off Thursday night – Hatteras, North Carolina

Day at the Docks was started to celebrate the “Spirit of Hatteras” when the village recovered from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 as an intact community, anchored by the commercial and charter fishermen.  The day long event is a confirmation of the strength of community, heritage and living traditions of the waterman. Food, Fun, Exhibits. Something for everyone! Have a great time! Read about it here.  20:01

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New paper finds North Carolina sea levels rising < 7 inches per century

A new paper published in Quaternary Research reconstructs sea level rise in North Carolina over the past 1000 years and finds sea level rise since 1845 has been only 1.71 mm/year, equivalent to 6.7 inches per century and in line with many other papers finding global sea level rise of less than 7 inches per century. Read the rest here  18:43

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A Big One! NEFMC Groundfish Committee Meeting – Wed. and Thurs. September 17-18, 2014 – Listen Live

nefmc logo The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. each day at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, ME 04106. Webinar Registration: For online access to the meeting, please click here Meeting Materials: Please consult the Council’s website by clicking here You will find an agenda and copies of the materials to be considered.  Questions? call Pat Fiorelli (978) 465-0492 ext. 106, or email at pfiorelli@nefmc.org. Read this letter from David Pierce, Deputy Director NEFMC. Background, Serious Trouble Read it here Gulf of Maine Cod Stock Status and Needed Action 16:57

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‘Wicked Tuna: North vs. South’s’ Dave Marciano: ‘Sailing down from Gloucester was a nightmare’

Q, How would you compare the fish in the Outer Banks to the ones in Gloucester? A: Historically, we get bigger fish back home. But [last summer], because of water conditions, the water got real hot, our fish were … a smaller run than,,, Read the rest here 14:56

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Scientists defrost and dissect one of the sea’s rarest creatures: A colossal squid

It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. Read the rest here  14:43

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“The State of the Crab” – Panel talks crab population, regulations

blue crabThe first of three panel discussions entitled “The State of the Crab” took place on Sunday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  The focus of the first panel discussion was primarily the cultural and social dynamics of the crabbing industry, as well as the history of harvesting and industry regulations. Nearly 25 attendees took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about where the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population stands. Read the rest here 12:28 This one was found in Yarmouth NS!

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Cannonball jellyfish operation – Let science decide if business is good fit

You don’t have to like the idea of a cannonball jellyfish operation — or trust the people who would operate it — to admit their legal representative makes a valid point: A zoning change designed simply to throw another hurdle in front of an unpopular enterprise would be “an irrational, knee-jerk reaction.” Read the rest here 09:05

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Summer flounder fishing rules to get examined and overhauled

Summer flounder fishing rules for the Atlantic Ocean may get an overhaul. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is starting a process to prepare an environmental impact statement and plan a scoping process to change the fishery management. NMFS is announcing the effort in the Federal Register of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. NMFS plans a series of 14 public scoping meetings where the public can speak between Sept. 22 and Oct. 29. Read the rest here 08:23

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Marine monument expansion stirs controversy

No Fishing“This attempt at crafting an environmental legacy for our nation will ultimately prove to accomplish the opposite by disenfranchising our own fishermen and outsourcing domestic seafood demand to nations whose standards for environmental protections pale in comparison to our own,” remarked Sean Martin, of the Hawai’i Longline Association. Read the rest here 07:57

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Time to protect cod habitat

The decline of cod is the result of bad decisions by federal fisheries managers (under pressure from powerful fishing interests?) that encouraged overfishing for decades and failed to protect the habitat cod need to thrive. Read the rest here 07:40

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Nations square off at International Whaling Commission conference

The commission’s 65th meeting kicked off in Slovenia with a vote of 46 to 11, with three abstentions, in favour of Greenland’s proposed 207 kills per year from 2015 to 2018, with conservationists fearing much of the meat meant for aboriginal subsistence was actually being sold. “More than 800 whales were condemned today just in the Greenland vote,” Wendy Higgins of the Humane Society International Shut up Read the rest here 19:51

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This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – AK fishing updates; high halibut $

Alaska’s total salmon catch looks like it will come in at just over 150 million fish – that’s about 20 million more than expected. That’s due in part to a healthy run of reds in many regions, notably Bristol Bay. With sockeye salmon shortfalls in Russia and a lower run than expected at B.C.’s Fraser River, market reports are putting Alaska sockeyes at a premium. Speaking of premiums – halibut prices are,,, Read the rest here 18:18

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SAFMC Meeting – September 15-19, 2014

Webinar Registration: Watch the meeting LIVE as it happens – Sign up for daily Webinars here.    Meeting Agenda here   Briefing Book Materials 14:29

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Placentia Bay – Boats destroyed in Southern Harbour wharf fire – as many as 10 vessels.

While the RCMP investigate, fishermen and boat owners are figuring out what’s next, after an early Monday morning blaze at a wharf in Southern Harbour destroyed as many as 10 vessels. “I was talking to one fisherman there today and he was pretty devastated. He just bought two new engines to go on his boat in the last couple of weeks or so, and everything was destroyed.” Read the rest here 13:20

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ASMFC Tonight @ConnDEEP Public Hearing on Cancer Crab management. 7PM, Old Lyme

Connecticut tonight, Maine September 22, Maryland September 24, Massachusetts September 24, Rhode Island September 25. Information is here for review  13:06

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Maine’s problematic green crabs dwindled in 2014

University of Maine at Machias marine ecology researcher Brian Beal says the amount of crabs is 10 percent of last year’s level at a key Freeport trapping site. Beal says the harsh winter may have culled population. Read the rest here 12:47

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The Gulf of Alaska is unusually warm, and weird fish are showing up

Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the NOAA. Read the rest here 12:26

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Maine Voices: Dredging of Searsport Harbor would be economic folly – Rocky Allen, Maine Lobstering Union

Sen. Susan Collins has observed: “In parts of Maine, the environment is our economy.” No place epitomizes that principle more than Penobscot Bay. The members of the Maine Lobstering Union unanimously oppose the Searsport dredging project, as proposed, because it simply makes no economic sense for Maine. Read the rest here 11:53

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Fraser River sockeye run still avoiding U.S. waters, frustrating Whatcom County fishermen

With the sockeye salmon run into the Fraser River nearly complete, the fortunes of local U.S. commercial fishermen haven’t improved much. In recent years about 50 percent of the sockeye run went south through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, putting the fish in U.S. waters. This season nearly the entire run has gone around the north part of Vancouver Island through Johnstone Strait into Canadian waters. Read the rest here 11:35

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Trade agreement sparks Canadian interest in Grimsby, the UK gateway to seafood retailing

Grimsby played host to a strong delegation from Canada’s fishing fraternity, with companies with a combined turnover of £500 million travelling up from London to take in the award-winning cluster and meet with businesses keen to receive their exports. Read the rest here 09:23

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Cod cut would increase discards, Shetland fishermen warn

Fishermen in Shetland are urging the EU and Norway to abandon a controversial cod management plan and increase North Sea quotas to help reduce dumping of healthy fish at sea.,, “On the one hand they want to eliminate discards, but on the other they want to cut quotas which would have the direct effect of increasing discards. Read the rest here 08:39

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At the Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting Today, A Citizen Made a Public Comment

eatusseafoodSometimes I wonder why I invest time listening to Fishery Council Meetings. I listen to plenty of them. Today, I was tuned into the PFMC webinar, listening to Public Comments, and a fella named Jonathan Gonzales from Santa Barbara California made his. You’ve got to read it, and look at the presentation he put together. I listened, but didn’t see the slides he put together, but, they are in this power point. Leave a comment here. You’ll want to be ready to be impressed. I am. Read it here 22:09

On September 13, this was released by Center for Biological Diversity.  New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals. “Every year that drift gillnets are used off the California coast to catch swordfish, the result is that iconic whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and thousands of fish are ensnared and killed as bycatch,” said Geoff Shester, California campaign director for Oceana. “Ultimately this gear type must be fully prohibited off the West Coast so we can have a sustainable swordfish fishery.” Jeff Shester is in Jon’s power point. I wonder what he thinks of it!

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Listen in – 0800 September 15, 2014 NEFMC Scientific and Statistica​l Committee Meeting

nefmc logoMeeting: The public is invited to listen in to the September 15, 2014 Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting (SSC). It is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Boston/Logan Airport, 225 McClellan Highway, Boston, MA 02128. Listen by webinar here  Meeting Materials here  Press release here  18:11

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Apalachicola: Fully-funded oysterman retraining stirs scant interest – they like what they do.

“This is understandable, this is generational work,” said Bodine. “They like what they’re doing. They like being their own boss. It’s difficult for them (to transition). They can make quite a bit of money out there, so it’s kind of a hard sell, to go to making less money after taxes and reporting to someone else.” Read the rest here  17:19

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The Government of Canada Invests in Mission Harbour

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbour improvement project at Mission Harbour, British Columbia. Read the rest here 17:02

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Dick Pinney’s Guidelines: New Hampshire’s Great Bay’s natural resources declining

THIS COLUMN is a copy of a report about the decline of the Great Bay natural resources that has happened over the span of my 76 years of living and loving Great Bay,,, “Anyone that doubts the harmful effects of the millions of gallons of sewerage that is released into the Great Bay watershed by the many municipalities has to have their head buried in the heavily polluted sand and muck around the shorelines.” Read the rest here click for larger image 16:40

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