Tributes flow for big, loving, New Zealand Fisherman Leighton Muir

Leighton Muir died at sea“That big personality of yours sure had an effect on so many lives but especially your family,” sister Krystle Muir. “You dreamed big and I know you would have made all your dreams come true. You worked so hard to make them happen.” “He was a happy, hard-working young man who always had a great big, beaming smile. “He was always looking for the next adventure. He was a lovely, grounded and caring young man,” Read more here  22:11

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Its never enough. National Marine Sanctuary eco bureaucracy panel says more protected marine zones likely needed

New ecological reserves should be considered as part of an updated marine zoning plan for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, local advisors say. Read more here  19:55

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FEDERAL COURT DECISION ON CAPE WIND NSTAR CONTRACT “GRAVELY FLAWED”

tweedledee beenie duvalwogangsterumdieeckeknallen-hauptfoto“DOER … saw NSTAR’s merger application as an opportunity to accomplish through backroom strong-arming what Massachusetts was not lawfully permitted to do openly and directly: to compel NSTAR to enter a contract procuring electricity from Cape Wind at a price high enough to allow Cape Wind to build,” according to the brief. Read more here  19:27

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La. shrimpers encouraged to report Asian tiger prawn catches

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is aware of and constantly monitoring the presence of Asian tiger prawns, a non-native species, in Louisiana waters. LDWF officials are asking local shrimp harvesters to report catches of tiger prawns to the Department. Read more here 16:52

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 55′ Fiberglass Dragger/Shrimper, 540HP Cummins,

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Specifications, information and 28 photo’s click here 12:55 To see all the boats in this series, Click here 14:27

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Eel fishermen meet with DFO to prevent gear conflicts

The eel fishing season has started on Prince Edward Island and representatives from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans have met with fishermen to help prevent any trouble. Higher eel prices and a decline in other fishing industries have encouraged people to harvest eels. Read more here 11:39

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San Mateo County Harbor District defends itself: Board of Commissioners responds to civil grand jury report calling for dissolution

The district has come under strict public scrutiny after a stack of uncashed rent checks surfaced, commercial fishing industry representatives claims that they’re misrepresented and commissioners slinging insults in public forums.  Read more here  10:51

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William Y. Brown, chief environmental officer for BOEM says, Stop Freaking Out Over Seismic. It’s Harmless!

I wanted to take some time to clear up a few misperceptions about the bureau’s decision and what it means. As a scientist who has spent a good part of my career working in non-governmental environmental organizations and in industry, I understand and appreciate advocacy. At the same time, I believe that everyone benefits by getting the facts right. Read more here 10:35

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Big Green, Diversify or Die! (I thought it was about the Environment) It’s about employment!

The newly launched Diverse Environmental Leaders National Speakers Bureau, or “DEL,” convened yesterday on the 98th birthday of the National Park Service to convey chiefly two things: That environmentalists of color are plentiful and available as employees and leaders, and that environmental groups and government agencies have no legitimate excuses for having predominantly white workforces. Read more here 10:21

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Pay attention to this one. Proposed Rule. List of Fisheries for 2015

nmfs_logoThe National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. comment period that ends in 28 days (09/24/2014)  Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. Read more here 09:43

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Oregon Wildlife officials confirm economic position of coast’s fishing industry

“First of all, we don’t have the population pressures on our coast that Washington and California do,” he said. “So, we have room for commercial fisheries — fleets, processing centers — those are the kind of things that have been the backbone of the Oregon coast for many decades. But, that’s really true now, thanks to the increased demand for the quality seafood that we produce off our coast.” Read more here, 09:03

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Kiwi dies on commercial fishing trawler

Capt MJ SouzaA Nelson man has died after being struck by a wire on a commercial fishing vessel on the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand authorities are investigating after Leighton Muir, 27, died on board the Talley’s operated fishing vessel Captain MJ Souza near Kiribati on Sunday. A Maritime New Zealand spokeswoman said a crew member had been “struck by a wire under tension”. Read more here 08:47

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Central Valley irrigators ask judge to stop releases for salmon

Agricultural water providers in California’s Central Valley have asked a federal judge to stop the newly approved releases of extra water intended to help salmon in the Klamath Basin survive the drought. Read more here  08:07

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Attorney: Yup’ik Fishermen Wrongfully Convicted

Attorneys argued before the Alaska Court of Appeals in downtown Anchorage today about whether Yup’ik fishermen, who fished for Chinook or king Salmon during a closure on the Kuskokwim River in 2012, were wrongfully convicted. Listen, and Read more here 07:52

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Coast Guard, good Samaritans assist fishing vessel near Sitka, Alaska

Sandra L USCGKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and three good Samaritan vessels assisted the fishing vessel  after it began taking on water near Cosmos Cove Tuesday morning. Read more here  20:08

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AK retaliates against Russian seafood boycott; Mariculture RFPs wanted

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska retaliates against Russia’s seafood boycott reactions and help wanted to get Alaska mariculture moving.  If Russia won’t buy US salmon roe, pollock, whiting and other seafoods, we won’t buy theirs.  Read more here 16:53

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Aug. 28-29 – Gulf of Maine Cod Peer Review Meeting – Sheraton Harborside Hotel Portsmouth, NH

nefmc logoMeeting: The public is invited to listen in to a panel of scientific experts who will review the recently released Draft Gulf of Maine Cod Operational Assessment Report.The meeting is scheduled to convene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Please click here for all meeting documents, including the agenda and other materials to be considered. Webinar Information: Click here to join in online   Full Press Release here 13:47

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Pound Net Watermen Prepare for Menhaden Bycatch Limits

Today, a Maryland waterman with a pound net can catch as many menhaden as he or she would like,  on Friday, that gets cut back to 6,000 pounds a day to protect the species from overfishing, Video, and Read more here 12:26

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Japan plans to propose a 50 percent cut on catches of young bluefin tuna in the Western and Central Pacific

Japan plans to propose a 50 percent cut on catches of young bluefin tuna in the Western and Central Pacific, officials said Tuesday (Aug 26), in a historic shift aimed at safeguarding the at-risk species. Tokyo – the world’s biggest consumer of tuna – has been reluctant to reduce catches, despite mounting scientific evidence that stocks are near collapse. Read more here 11:35

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Three brothers who live in the Lower Keys, buyer charged in spiny lobsters take case

Three brothers who live in the Lower Keys have been indicted for harvesting spiny lobsters from illegal habitat called casitas, catching more than their daily commercial bag limit and falsifying commercial fishing reports to conceal their take. A commercial fish wholesale buyer has also been charged Read more here 08:25

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‘Adopted’ baby lobsters released in Shediac Bay

Thousands of baby lobsters have a new home near Shediac, thanks to an adoption program designed to sustain the species and the industry. Lobster larvae have less than a one per cent chance of growing to maturity in the wild, said Diego Ritchie, the program co-ordinator. Read more here 08:09

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Katsheshuk Fisheries fined $90K for incident that killed worker

A St. John’s court has fined Katsheshuk Fisheries $90,000 for occupational health and safety charges laid after a man was killed on a shrimp trawler two years ago. Aaron Cull, 25, was killed in February 2012 when a metal door on a holding tank fell on his neck while he was working on the trawler . Cull’s father, Kenneth Cull, was on board the Katsheshuk II when the accident occurred; he was one of the first people to reach his son. Read more here 07:53

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UPDATE: 24 hour commercial salmon fishery now underway on the Fraser River – Video

WATCH: Commercial gillnetters are taking full advantage of a 24 hour sockeye salmon opening in the province. Jill Bennett has the latest. It’s a busy day on the Fraser River today with the 24 hour opening of the commercial salmon fishery, Watch, and Read more here  02:08

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PRIMNM Town Hall Listening Session: Strong Opposition to Proposed Monument Expansion

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The (Newest) Trouble With Chilean Sea Bass – MSC certification labels aren’t as trustworthy as they seem

Trouble seems to follow the Chilean sea bass, a prehistoric-looking, toothy beast that lives in the chilly waters off the coast of Antarctica and nearby countries.,, nearly a quarter of fish given the stamp of approval from the Marine Stewardship Council, a leading authority on seafood sustainability, did not originate from their designated fisheries, Read more here 19:55

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Maine Can Kiss Cape Cod’s Ass With This “Rare” Blue Lobster!

calico-lobsterOh hey isn’t that cute, a blue lobster and they named it and everything. How amazing that only one in two million lobsters are blue like that, what a crazy story. Hey Maine, why don’t you suck on this one in 30 million calico lobster that’s here on The Cape. Read more here!  18:17

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New Disaster Assistance Announced for Apalachicola Bay

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today welcomed the announcement made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to disburse $6,310,216 of new disaster assistance funding aimed to restore the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay Florida. Read more here  17:31
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Vitter urges administration not to remove oil rig serving as artificial reef

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who sits on the Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell requesting that her department not remove a collapsed oil rig currently serving as an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more here 16:17

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TradexFoods 3-Minute Market Insight – Pacific Hake Plugging Up West Coast, Upcoming Puget Sound Chum Salmon Run

A Major producer in the United States has reported that more than 1000 metric tonnes of Pacific Hake will be unable to ship to Russia due to the recent import bans. Washington Dept of F & W has forecast a return of about 1.1 Million Fish in the Fall Chum Run. Some vendors are predicting a poor chum season, claiming that it is an “off year”, unlike last year. 13:14

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This fish net uses LED lights to save fish

Watson joins a growing number of innovators designing more selective fishing gear to reduce bycatch—the unwanted fish, dolphins, whales and birds that get scooped up by longlines, gillnets and trawlers each year and then discarded. Read more here 12:14

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Steve Urbon: Fisherman finds his way through industry morass

Willis “Bill” Blount calls himself “the poster child for struggling fishermen” in the hyper-regulated Northeast fishery. Blount was the sole fishing permit holder to attend a three-hour help session in the city for those applying for a slice of the fisheries disaster money, according to Kevin Creighton, fiscal officer for the Mass. Division of Fisheries. Dozens of others have already filed their paperwork, he said. We ran this article on Aug, 6, 2014  Read more here 11:59

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Details are sketchy, Collision Between a shrimper, and offshore supply vessel 18 miles south of Pascagoula Sunday evening

uscg-logoWatchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a hailing mayday at 10:40 p.m. from a 74-foot shrimping vessel 18 miles south of Pascagoula, Mississippi. The vessel reported colliding with a 130-foot offshore supply vessel, the Gloria May. All three crew on board the shrimper successfully entered into their life raft and were subsequently picked up by the Gloria May. Read more here 11:32

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Methane Is Discovered Seeping From Seafloor Off East Coast, Scientists Say

The methane is emanating from at least 570 locations, called seeps, from near Cape Hatteras, N.C., to the Georges Bank southeast of Nantucket, Mass. While the seepage is widespread, the researchers estimated that the amount of gas was tiny compared with the amount released from all sources each year. Read more here  11:15

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Lobster trade may profit from Canada-EU trade deal, says Shea

“The lobster industry, it’s a market of supply and demand, so, we as a government are working on the demand side opening trade agreements around the world to create more markets, but the industry has to soon step up and do that marketing,” said Shea. Read more here 08:46

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796 pound tuna largest bluefin landed in Wedgeport tournament

One thing organizers say they like most about the Wedegport Tuna Tournament and Festival is it is a family affair. That proved to be the case on the first night of the weigh-ins as two boats captained by brothers landed the biggest bluefins. Video, and Read more here 08:07

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Spiny dogfish populations 2014 – Using satellites to reassess population estimates

As of August 2014, it is suspected that there are more spiny dogfish in the Gulf of Maine and perhaps the northeast than has been thought in the past. A new study written by University of New England professor James Sulikowski implies that  known as spiny dogfish, a small shark, really, could be more of a threat to other species. Read more here  04:39

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Meeting, Biloxi, MS. , August 25 – 28, 2014

View Council Agenda here -  View Committees Agenda here - Click here to watch the meetings live  23:32

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Tuna Gets Snagged in Food Safety Tug-of-War – “clearly out of step with mainstream published peer-reviewed science.”

Consumer alert: Pregnant women should avoid eating tuna, including tuna salad sandwiches, sushi, and grilled tuna steaks, a new study from Consumer Reports says. “We’re particularly concerned about canned tuna,,, Read more here 20:12

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Joe Macinko spanks Eric Olson: Fishery council chair’s response to bycatch criticism snagged bottom

The outgoing chairman of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Eric Olson, has responded to my commentary “Canada’s trawlers drastically cut bycatch, why can’t Alaska’s?” In his response, he says I have ignored all the good work done by the council in the way of bycatch reduction. Rather than refute my claims, several of the statements, misdirections and omissions he makes serve to illustrate my points. Read it here 14:46

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‘Warm blob’ keeps possible record sockeye run away from U.S. waters

In a development that has left local fishermen scratching their heads, it appears an unusually warm section of ocean water is helping send nearly the entire sockeye salmon run into Canadian fishing waters this season. According to data from the Pacific Salmon Commission through Tuesday, Aug. 19, in recent weeks about 99 percent of the sockeye salmon has gone through the Johnstone Strait  into Canadian waters. Read more here 14:00

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EPA warns Ghana to protect whales

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised red flag over the increasing deaths of whales along the coast, saying Ghana risks oil sanctions if adequate measures are not instituted to curb the trend. Read more here 13:23

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Gulf fishing authority says red-snapper fix is easy, as Recs turn on each other, Charters want a Piece of the Rock!

Dr. Bob Shipp is THE authority on Gulf of Mexico red snapper. He recently retired after serving the last 20 years as chairman of the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama, and he also served two nine-year stints on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the board responsible for making recommendations to NOAA Fisheries NMFS about how federal Gulf fisheries are to be managed.   Read more here 11:03

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Flourishing commercial chum fishery has Kotzebue fishermen breaking out the boats

ChumFishery140805-017KOTZEBUE — In an industry full of booms and busts, the Kotzebue commercial chum salmon fishery is exploding. The reasons for the banner year are twofold. One is that it’s turning out to be one of the best chum salmon runs in decades. The other is competition, with three fish buyers on the scene driving up the price per pound. Read more here 10:21

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Killer Whale caught in net, Freed by Fishermen. High Drama for Whale Watchers

A young killer whale is trapped in a fisherman’s net. A pod of distressed whales cries out frantically as the youngster struggles to get free. Sightseers aboard a whale-watching boat that arrives to help are stunned at what they see. Read more here 09:44

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, August 24, 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 09:11

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Please give to the Galloway Family Fund in Memory of Captain Ronald Lynn Galloway

Ron GallowayThe Galloway family was struck by tragedy this week when his shrimp boat was over turned while returning to dock. This man sacrificed his life to save his daughter and sons life. He leaves behind a beautiful wife and 4 gorgeous kids. Please come together and help support this family in his time of need. Please donate here, gofundme.com  http://fisherynation.com/archives/28230  22:13

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Where Barnegat Bay’s pollution really comes from

Rapid growth in southern Ocean County in the last decade may be accelerating the marked decline of Barnegat Bay in the last few years —extending southward problems that are already severe in the county’s heavily developed north, data from a new government report show. Read more here 21:03

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From Virginia, another idea for reversing crab decline

The latest idea for pulling Chesapeake blue crabs back from the brink of disaster — a fascinating and frustrating subject about which everyone seems to have an opinion — comes from the watermen who harvest and sell crabs in the Virginia end of the bay. Read more here 16:55

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Updated: Reclamation reverses course on water for Klamath River

Water release from Trinity Reservoir will begin Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m.; Public urged to take safety precautions on or near the river while flows are high. The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River to help protect the  Read more here  12:53

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