P.E.I. and Nova Scotia: Lobster licence stacking to reduce fishery

A new plan to allow P.E.I. and Nova Scotia fishermen to hold more than one lobster licence will reduce the number of traps in the water. Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea made the announcement in a news release overnight Wednesday. The new rules will,, Read more here 10:12

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Fire at Millennium Marine USA ruins boats

EASTPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — This weekend’s grand opening of the Millennium Marine USA in Eastport is on hold. That’s because of a fire that destroyed two boats being built for fishermen. The sprinkler system managed to save the building from burning down last night. Read more here 09:20

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US Fishermen that land Sharks in some states will be penalized by ignorant politicians

Shark finning, a deplorable practice, is becoming the rally cry for some ignorant politicians to remove the ability of US fishermen to fill a niche market that is being dismantled simply because they cannot tell the difference between legal and illegal fishery issues. These state enacted bans are another assault on fishermen that play by the rules. Are they to just throw the legally landed shark products into the landfill, wasting condemned portions? Read  Massachusetts to ban shark fin trade 09:07

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Maine lobster shedding its shell caught in photos

When a lobster first sheds its shell, the new shell is so soft that it feels like a rotten banana. Occasionally they come up in lobster traps, and are commonly referred to as “jelly bellies”. They’re so soft that an elastic band would crush their claws, and they can’t  be sold for wholesale because they would get crushed.  Read more and view the pictures here 08:17:

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Virginia Marine Resources Commission revokes licenses over oyster violations

NEWPORT NEWS — The commercial fishing licenses of four local watermen were revoked Tuesday for numerous and repeated criminal oyster violations. Two of the watermen, , are from Gloucester. Daniel T. West is from Newport News and Kenneth W. Jenkins lives in Norfolk. Read more here 07:40

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Climate Change Threat To New England Fisheries

WGBH News’ Stephanie Leydon reports, in part two of our FOCUS report on climate change, there is evidence that warming waters are impacting one of the region’s most vital natural resources: seafood. GUESTS- John Bullard  - National Marine Fisheries Service.  Jackie Odell - Northeast Seafood Coalition.  Watch the video here 07:25

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New Critical Turtle Habitat in Place, Somone should tell the Turtles! “We’re in a natural lull”

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The number of loggerhead sea turtle nests on the South Carolina coast is down sharply this year but apparently there is no cause for concern. Figures from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources show there have been only about 1,700 loggerhead turtle nests recorded this year compared with a record of almost 5,200 a year ago. Read more here 07:05

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The 61st annual Stonington Blessing of the Fleet is slated for Sunday, July 27.

“It will never be like it was, just like the industry, but the reason this was begun in 1953 was to honor the fishermen that died at sea. And it’s so important to bless these boats and these (fishermen), the ones that are still fishing, because the peril is still there,” said Michael Crowley, one of the event’s co-chairs. Read more here 20:49

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Coast Guard: Good Samaritans Rescue 11 Boaters in 4 Calls Tuesday

uscg logoANCHORAGE -  The U.S. Coast Guard says good Samaritans off Southcentral and Southeast Alaska rescued nearly a dozen boaters aboard four vessels in distress Tuesday, including one which sank and another that beached. F/V  Alaska Rose catches fire and sinks.  Read more here  20:21

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Some Inconvenient Truths about California Squid Marketing: C W P A responds to Paul Greenberg’s “The long journey of local seafood to your plate”,

On July 11 the Los Angeles Times carried an opinion editorial “The long journey of local seafood to your plate”, by author Paul Greenberg, who made a pitch for local seafood while lamenting the volume exported overseas.  Seafood News picked up the story, but with a twist. (its what they do) First, here’s the story as it appeared in Seafood News: Read more here 18:00

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We need guy’s like this. An EU racket to raid Scotland’s fish stocks

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Always Top Quality! Your Seafreeze Ltd. PREFERED PRICE LIST for July 23,2014 has arrived

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  15:47

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Conversation with – Capt. Carl Snow

capt snowFor almost 50 years, Capt. Carl Snow has been plying Cape Fear’s waters as a commercial fisherman and charter boat captain. His extensive experience has earned him the reputation as the captain who puts fish on the dock among the locals in Carolina Beach. Read more here 15:33

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Kuskokwim Fishers: Stop Commercial Openings, Call in Feds

The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group wants the state to end to all commercial openings for the remainder of the summer. The say despite unmet subsistence needs the state has allowed commercial salmon openings. Read more here 15:24:

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Virginia: Some area marinas collecting increased bushel fees from oyster harvesters as baywide delicacy rebounds

On a cloudy muggy morning along the shores of Deep Creek in Newport News’ Menchville area, third generation marina operator Lonnell Perok-Coffen carries on the business left in her hands nearly five years ago by her father Steven Perok. “Business has been very good,” Coffen said, shortly after zooming around on her forklift at Newport News’ Menchville Marina. “The watermen are bringing in more, which is good to see.” Read more here 15:11

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: Rhode Island Marine 55′ Steel Lobster/Scalloper/ Scallop-LAGC-IFQ permit

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Detroit 8-V-71 Twin Disc All USCG Required Safety Equipment Including Satellite 406 EPIRB and Givens (4) Person Life Raft (4) Pipe Bunks in Foc’sle Stainless Steel Sink (4) Burner Propane Stove Microwave Dinette Table & Refrigerator in PilothouseSpecifications, and information and 6 photos,Click here To see all the boats in this series, Click here  11:28

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Commercial fishing issues dominate port board meeting – No fishing zones within the Oregon marine reserves

No fishing zones within the Oregon marine reserves and commercial moorage rates were the focus of the July 16 Port of Siuslaw board meeting.  No fishing, crabbing or gathering of any kind is allowed within the boundaries of the five sites. The restrictions are currently in effect for four of the reserve sites, Redfish Rocks, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua and Cascade Head. Restrictions on the fifth marine reserve site, Cape Falcon, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016. Read more here 09:41

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Clyde River, Nunavut to hunt first bowhead whale in a century, “We are all getting excited as the harvest time is getting closer,”

A group of hunters in Clyde River, Nunavut has been selected to take part in the first bowhead whale hunt in over 100 years. Commercial whalers depleted the bowhead whale population to near extinction by the early 1900s. By 2008, the federal government asserted that bowhead whales were as abundant as they had been before commercial whaling took off. Read more here 09:15

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Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea refuses to budge on inshore shrimp cuts

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea stood her ground Tuesday on controversial quota reductions that will cut most deeply among inshore fishermen, and admonished Newfoundland and Labrador for an unfulfilled promise to rationalize the processing sector. “We believe we are looking at plant closures. We are looking at harvesters who are getting maybe bankruptcies,” (Keith) Hutchings told reporters. Read more here 08:56

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Does this sound familiar? An open letter to Fisheries Minsiter, George Eustice

It would be difficult to exaggerate the sense of frustration within the fishing industry over this year’s ICES advice, especially when read in conjunction with the Commission’s Communication on how it intends to approach the December negotiations this year. With a few exceptions, stock after stock displays low or declining fishing mortality and steadily rebuilding biomass. The advice also suggests that major cuts quota will be proposed for 2015. Read more here  21:52

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Massachusetts: “Hey ! your going the wrong way.” Renewable Energy Failures Mount, While in RI,,,

wogangsterumdieeckeknallen-hauptfotoRemember Governor Patrick (the guy fighting Commerce for Fish Aid?) wanted the Massachusetts taxpayers to build the 91 million dollar “ship to no where” in 2010? Governor Patrick proposed a specialized “jack up” vessel for installing offshore wind farms. Who exactly is determining the direction of spending hundreds of millions of Massachusetts taxpayer dollars on ocean wind turbine projects ? You’ve gotta Read more here! 19:21

Deepwater Wind critic alleges mishandling of public hearings   The complaint filed on July 11 centers on Shields’ testimony at a CRMC subcommittee hearing on Feb. 27, when he alleges the subcommittee members prevented him and two other individuals from testifying on the potential negative economic impact of the wind farm, while proponents of Deepwater Wind were allowed to comment on project costs and economics without interruption. 20:40

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EU fisheries policy ‘a failure’, concludes UK review

The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy failed to achieve its central objectives, the government’s review of the balance of power between the UK and the EU has concluded.  Those submitting evidence to the review “overwhelmingly” felt it had not successfully maintained fish stocks, the government said. Read more here 17:40

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Connecticut: Keeping tabs on invasive shrimp in local waters

“Guys,” called Bors, a doctoral candidate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, to the four marine sciences interns working with her at the Town Dock. “There’s huge … lots of shrimp here. And you know what’s interesting? I got all these from the sediment.” Read more here 16:31

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Alaska Salmon Fish Skins are a Work of Art

I’m Stephanie Mangini. Her teachings and passion is Alaska. It was September 4th 2002 when Audrey Armstrong was mesmerized by a king salmon she had caught. From that day on she has turned salmon skins into beautiful pieces of art.   Read more here  14:31

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Red snapper catches reported as outstanding, stock assessment needed now

council_fishing_headerAfter two of the three weekends of the red snapper recreational mini-season, outstanding catches have been reported throughout the South Atlantic region. Here are some of the news reports: Read more here 14:06

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Frustrated South Shore lobstermen fear impact of new restrictions

Duxbury lobsterman 2Lobsterman Michael Duane gets by without a paycheck for two-and-a-half months each year, but he says going much longer than that would be difficult. Duane could face that reality next winter, as new regulations set by the National Marine Fisheries Service ban the use of lobster trap and pot gear from Jan. 1 to April 30 off much of the state’s coast. The measure aims to eliminate whale entanglements with lobster gear. What a bunch of bureaucratic crap! Read more here 13:09

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Press Release – Tradex Foods Launches Tradex LIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Victoria, British Columbia – July 22nd, 2014 -Tradex Foods Launches Tradex LIVE - Tradex Foods a Global Seafood Producer and Distributor is proud to announce a new and exciting tool for purchasing seafood – TradexLIVE  Read the press release here, and try the demo!  12:09

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Tom Nies: Erroneous Oceana report ignores efforts of local fishermen

Tom NiesThe New England Fishery Management Council takes a different position from the one expressed in the July 1 editorial (“Frightening waste of fish”), as well as those reported in recent publications about wasteful fisheries bycatch and the related costs to fishermen and society. Read more here Saving Seafood analysis here  11:47

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Fish wars obscure need to manage for max economic yield

KENAI RIVER — On the very day Arni Thomson, a spokesman for commercial fishing interests in Cook Inlet, complained in ADN that the salmon resource is being used “as a platform for division,’’ the F/V Peregrine was cutting in close to the north bank of this river at the ideal speed to send a rolling wave of wake washing over dipnetters along that shore. Talk about creating division …Yes Craig, read the comments. Read more here 09:25

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Leona Aglukkaq targets Greenpeace in ICC speech, warns of alignment with the enviros.

Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut’s MP and Canada’s Minister of Environment, had strong words against Greenpeace in her keynote address at the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s general assembly in Inuvik, N.W.T. “Inuit were victims of misinformation and lies spread by a group that had no regard for their impact on our way of life,” she said of Greenpeace’s campaign against the seal hunt. Read more here 08:33

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Asian Carp vs. Commercial Fishermen: 2.5M lbs of now out of Illinois

It’s been four years since the discovery of an Asian carp between the electric barriers and    Lake Michigan. That’s when the state went into emergency mode. They hired a select group of Illinois commercial fishermen. Video, Read more here  07:53

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Keating: concerned that the parameters of the (disaster aid spending) plan neglects the fishermen who need assistance most.

Despite the extensive negotiations, I remain concerned that the  parameters of the plan neglects the  fishermen who need assistance  most.,, Further, fishermen with multiple  permits may be eligible to be compensated multiple times, while other active permit holders are entirely  excluded from the relief. Read more here 07:24

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Yarmouth herring seiner grounded off Isle Haute

Lady MellisaA quiet island in the Bay of Fundy saw much more activity than usual July 20, as a large fishing vessel became grounded near its shores. The Lady Melissa, a 368-tonne herring seiner from Yarmouth, was one of several vessels on a mission to explore the abundant herring supply near Advocate, but became beached on a gravel bar off Isle Haute shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday. Read more here 21:09

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Senate releases new MSA draft – I can’t wait see that! Here’s the link

23523_354387901211_7651997_aA new draft of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which guides fisheries management, was recently released by the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. Read more here  Staff Working Draft 20:48

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Stakeholders Laud Senator Murkowski’s Legislation Pushing Back Against Presidential “Fiat”

“My legislation is designed to ensure that our oceans are not locked away with a stroke of the President’s pen,” Murkowski said. “The continued foreclosure of our lands and waters threatens economic activities from fishing to exploration for oil and natural gas.” GO LISA!!!! Read more here 17:26

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Sockeye draft recovery plan for Snake River sockeye salmon shows just how far away success is

NOAA Fisheries NMFS has proposed a recovery goal for Idaho Snake River sockeye salmon of 2,500 natural origin spawners in the lakes of the Sawtooth Valley. The goal was revealed in a recovery plan put out for public comment Monday by the agency with the support of its partners,,, Read more here 15:38

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77 years spent on the trappings of Maine lobster – For Andy Gove, 84, of Stonington, lobster boat racing is his hobby and fishing his passion.

lobstermanAndy Gove has figured out a surefire solution to staying warm while lobstering in the icy waters of Penobscot Bay. “I take my long johns off on the Fourth of July,” Gove says, “and put ‘em back on on the fifth.” That’s advice from a man who knows what he’s talking about. Gove got his first lobster license in 1937. “I haven’t missed a year since,” he says. Video Read more here 12:16

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Seafish reacts to report on fishing impact on English Channel ecosystem

Claims that cod and haddock are ‘fast running out’, for example, directly contradict established data from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), which shows the status of these stocks has improved during the past few years. Read more here 07:29

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P.E.I. Great White caught more than 30 years ago named one of the world’s top five legendary, by Discovery Channel

The shark caught off western P.E.I. , who has since died, was 5.2 metres long. It got caught in McKendrick’s net, and was dead when he pulled it to the surface. Warren Joyce of the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory in Bedford, N.S. said the shark is in the top two largest ever measured in the world Read more here 07:03

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America catches some of the world’s best salmon but eats some of the worst

The US is a salmon-catching powerhouse. Nearly one-third of the world’s wild salmon supply comes from US nets. Even when you take into account farmed salmon, US fishermen still bring around one-tenth of the total supply of salmon to the market. But more than half of America’s salmon catch is going overseas: Read more here 06:45

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Coast Guard Lifts Sick Fisherman from F/V Warrior III – Video

uscg-logoWatchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified of the situation via a distress radio call at approximately 8:27 a.m., Sunday. The report stated a crewmember aboard the 44-foot fishing vessel Warrior III was suffering chest from pains and stomach complications. Video, Read more here 15:29

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These Politicians that tell you they are they are concerned about the Groundfishery are on a different page!

Greed Energy – The Massachusetts Green Energy community (and the Mass fishing industry) has been duped and they still don’t get it. When the general population of Massachusetts figures out what happened in the last eight years how can they justify any state renewable energy policies in the future. Read more here 13:48

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As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

— Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. Read more here 12:56

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/07/20/5263283/as-numbers-of-gray-seals-rise.html?sp=/99/102#storylink=cpy
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NORTH CAROLINA FISHERIES ASSOCIATION – WEEKLY UPDATE

NCFARead the update here 12:16

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update JULY 20, 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 12:01

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EPA rules would likely block Pebble Mine in Alaska

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced severe restrictions on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, a move that is likely to block a project the EPA said could devastate the best run of wild salmon left on the planet. Read more here 10:10

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/07/18/3757097/epa-rules-would-likely-block-pebble.html#storylink=cpy
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Cape Winds Massachusetts Renewable Energy Circus – local news media lacks any kind of investigative journalism.

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In 2010 Governor Deval Patrick announced the building of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal costing 35 million. The terminal is being built as an ocean wind turbine port today at a price of 100 million. At least that is what it being told the public through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.   At the same in 2010 the BOEM, Bureau of Ocean Management gave Cape Wind a federal permit to build and stage their Nantucket Shoals 130 wind turbines from Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Read more here 09:43

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A slow news day, Screwed up Menu, and 2 job postings on the Bluenose II, or III or whatever they call her

I’m digging, guy’s, but it’s slow digging for fish news. I’ll dredge some up. I always scrape something up. The menu on the blue portion of the header bar is screwed up! Was up till the early hours tryin’ to get it squared away with nothing positive to report. Like, FIXED! It’s drivin’ me nuts! I did come up with something for all the sailors though, the new, reformulated Bluenose that has our Nova Scotia friends up in arms, is posting 2 crew openings! Each job is a temporary, full-time opportunity for the Second Mate, and a deck hand. Read more here

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Fishermen tangle lines in U.S. battle over popular red snapper

Weekend sportfisherman Charlie Caplinger says he can hardly drop a line in the Gulf of Mexico without reeling in a red snapper. “It breaks my heart,” Caplinger said. Quota owner- “It’s like having a bank account and someone is taking a lot of money out that’s not theirs,” said Keith Guindon of Galveston, Texas, whose family has fished commercially for 50 years. Read more here 23:27

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Some Say Kuskokwim Commercial Fishing Opening Unfair

Commercial fishermen on the Kuskokwim River had another chance to cast their nets on Friday — but not without upsetting several subsistence users in the area. It was the second chance commercial fishermen on the river had to target chum salmon and bring home a paycheck, but some others would prefer those fish made it up river. Read more here 22:56

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