Alaska lawmaker wants to limit seine vessel length

A Ketchikan lawmaker is proposing that no seine vessels longer than 58 feet can fish in state salmon fisheries.  Rep. Dan Ortiz said the bill he introduced Wednesday would protect fishing and processing opportunities for Alaskans by limiting the size of boats seining for salmon.  Read the rest here 19:32

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A Tale of two pictures – NOAA and Enviros have it all wrong on Gulf of Maine Cod!

tale of two pctures 2This is a picture of approximately 2000 lbs. of cod.  It represents the first time I have targeted cod in two years.  While one picture does not determine the status of the stock it is a powerful illustrator of our current assessment shortcomings.  This presentation is on Gulf of Maine Cod but the problems it illustrates cut across numerous species.  By way of background, this was a one hour research tow in an open area.  I travelled 20 miles to make this tow and it represents the first area that had not been taken over by lobster traps.  This alone is cause for concern because most of the Gulf of Maine is now defacto closed to commercial fishing and the trawl survey, by the proliferation of fixed gear.  The fact is, none of us now know how many cod exist because no one, including the NOAA trawl survey can fish here. Read the rest here, by David Goethel 16:36

Enviros Petition for Immediate and Permanent Rule Making to Prohibit Fishing for Gulf of Maine Cod

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Togiak Herring Biomass Forecast Above 10-Year Average

Alaska fishery area management biologists in Dillingham say the 2015 Togiak District herring biomass is forecast to be 163,480 tons, about 110 percent of the recent 10-year average. The forecast issued in late February is based on an age-structured analysis model in use since 1993. It shows so far that herring ages 4-6 are expected to comprise 17 percent of the projected biomass, ages -7 and -8 comprising 27 percent, ages 9-11 up to 50 percent, and the remaining 6 percent from fish ages 12 years and over. Read the rest here 15:22

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$1 million fish pier project tops Rockland list

A $1 million overhaul at the city’s fish pier tops Rockland’s proposed capital improvement program for 2015-2016. The fish pier work would consist of replacing the surface of the pier, which has deteriorated over the past few decades. New concrete will be poured, new pilings will be installed and two new cranes would be purchased to help fishermen unload their catches. Read the rest here 14:43

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 63′ Steel Shrimper/Trawler,1986, Dragger, Shrimper Steel, Detroit

sh3824_02Specifications, and information and 10 photos of the vessel, click here  To see all the boats in this series, Click here 13:20

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There really ARE more fish in the sea: Scientists find deep sea species untouched by fishing makes up 95% of all fish in the world

Scientists have vastly underestimated the number of fish in the sea –  and say the majority of them have never been fished.Australian researchers found that mesopelagic fish, which live between 100 and 1000m below the surface, constitute 95 per cent of the world’s fish biomass and are untouched by fishing. They say the secret to the animal’s success may be its ability to evade fishing nets. Read the rest here 10:49

 

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40 Years of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum

Forum2015_noboxofcolor“We had an industry that was nearly unregulated—nobody had experience dealing with regulators. People were being thrust into this world where the government would have a large say in how their lives ran,” said Jim Wilson. Wilson attended a meeting of fishermen in Rhode Island, and when he returned to Maine, he came up with the idea for the Maine Fishermen’s Forum (Click here). “The idea of the forum was to build a community that could start to prepare for this brave new world.” Read the rest here 10:19

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Longtime Kenai River habitat advocate applies for Board of Fisheries seat

robert ruffnerA Kenai Peninsula resident known for his habitat advocacy has applied to be on Alaska’s Board of Fisheries. Robert Ruffner is a 19-year resident of Soldotna and has supervised dozens of culvert and fish passage projects on the Kenai Peninsula. Ruffner, who has not actively participated in fisheries politics on one side of the sport, commercial, or personal-use fishing battle over Cook Inlet fish, could be a less polarizing figure. Read the rest here 08:47

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South coast harvesters blast DFO and FFAW; call conservation ‘a joke’ – Cod fishery extended into spawning season … again

Inshore fish harvesters on the south coast of Newfoundland are accusing the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) of using the guise of science to allow large company-owned trawlers to catch cod during a time that is traditionally closed for cod spawning. The cod fishery in area 3Ps was set to close for spawning on March 1. But it was decided, the same as last year, the fishery would remain open until the end of March to help gather more information. Read the rest here 07:55

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Bureaucratic Run Around – Fishing crews still playing waiting game for disaster aid

“It’s just not right that these guys are having to wait as long as they have,” said longtime Gloucester boat owner Joe Orlando said. Peter Lorenz, spokesman for the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which oversees the Division of Marine Fisheries, said DMF hopes to begin supplying applications for the crew and shore-side portions of the financial assistance by the end of March.”The crews were told they would have money for Christmas,” said Manchester captain and boat owner Richard Burgess. Read the rest here  20:41

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New technique improves forecasts for Canada’s prized salmon fishery

A method for analyzing and predicting nature’s dynamic and interconnected systems has improved forecasts of populations of Fraser River Sockeye Salmon, a highly prized fishery in British Columbia, has been developed by scientists. Read the rest here 18:12
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BOSTON: Fisheries summit a rallying cry

20131019_113944  Miss TrishThe fishermen, scientists, fishery regulators and environmentalists who slogged through slushy streets and half-cleared sidewalks below could only wish that the summit they were attending Monday had a similar sunny prospect. But this was not a meeting to announce some dramatic turnaround for the beleaguered New England fishing industry. This was a rallying of the troops in advance of a new fishing year in May that promised deeper gloom than the one just past. Read the rest here 16:56

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Young Kodiak Fisherman Found Dead in Bunk

 Though Troopers are still awaiting autopsy results from the state medical examiner, their investigation revealed nothing suspicious aboard a Kodiak fishing vessel where a crewman was found dead Saturday morning.  A little after 11 a.m. On Saturday, Troopers were notified by the skipper of the fishing vessel Alaskan Dream that 29-year-old Sean O’Callahan was found dead in his bunk. (Fred Wahl photo) Read the rest here 14:32

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Enviros Petition for Immediate and Permanent Rule Making to Prohibit Fishing for Gulf of Maine Cod

Today’s petition, filed under the Administrative Procedure Act, urges the Fisheries Service to follow the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requirement to rebuild overfished species. The  called for the Fisheries Service to prohibit fishing for Gulf of Maine cod, allowing catch only incidental to other targeted fish, and reduce such bycatch to levels that allow the cod population to rebuild. Read the rest here 13:33

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NH Public Hearing on Northern Shrimp – Public Hearings this week to discuss limited entry fishery

ASMFC SidebarStarts March 3, 2015 7:00 pm Ends March 3, 2015 9:00 pm Location Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire Information:Email: douglas.grout@wildlife.nh.gov  Northern Shrimp Draft Amendment 3 Public Information Document (public comment accepted until 5 PM EST April 15, 2015; send public comments to comments@asmfc.org – Subject line: Shrimp PID) Also, March 4, in Mass, March 7 in Maine 10:43

 

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Auditor says Louisiana is charging too little for oysters

The state could generate $1.29 million in additional revenue by increasing the oyster lease rate from $2 an acre to the $5.20 per acre average of five other states that harvest Eastern oysters. In 1980, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, which manages the state’s water bottoms, put the lease rate at $2 per acre. Auditors also found that 36 people — using different corporations and partnerships — were able to circumvent state limitations of 2,500 acres leased to control more than half of the available water bottoms. Read the rest here 10:16:

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Seafood Wholesaler and Company Fined and Owner Sentenced to 26 Months in Prison for Illegally Trafficking in Oysters

clip_image002_001Mark Bryan, 59, of New Market, Maryland, and his Delaware-based seafood wholesale business, Harbor House Seafood, were sentenced on Friday in federal court in Camden, New Jersey, for trafficking in illegally possessed oysters, creating false health and safety records, and conspiracy charges. “Today’s sentence underscores the value that state partnerships add to  ability to complete its mission,” said Assistant Director Logan Gregory for NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement Read the rest here 09:34

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Drilling group unlikely to tap Gulf of Maine for oil and gas

A coalition of U.S. governors pushing for more offshore oil and gas drilling turned heads in Maine last month when it announced that Gov. Paul LePage had become a member. But LePage’s participation doesn’t foreshadow oil rigs off the Maine coast – the latest federal research suggests that the Gulf of Maine lacks the right geology to hold commercial deposits of oil or natural gas. Read the rest here 08:42

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Fisherman’s Diary: Bluefin Tuna in the Northeast

keper connelWhen I say to folks,”I am a Bluefin Tuna Fisherman” the response is usually something along the same lines: “Oh my, you must be rich! Don’t those sell for thousands of dollars a pound?” My nose curls and my hands clench – the fact is that this kind of stuff is just not true. I don’t make a lot of money catching one fish at a time. Thanks to the highly successful reality show “Wicked Tuna,” the viewing public has a wildly inflated impression on just how much New England fishermen are getting paid. Read the rest here 20:17

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Maine: Winter weather is tough on clammers

The winter weather that is driving Mainers to distraction is making life even tougher than usual for Maine’s clam diggers. From the shores of Cobscook Bay way Downeast to Waldoboro on the Midcoast, diggers are struggling to get access to the softshell clams they harvest for a living. One Pembroke shellfish dealer reports that landings in his area have dropped by 90 percent since stormy weather has brought unremitting ice and snow to the area over the past month. Read the rest here 17:21

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Coast Guard conducts medevac near Dutch Harbor, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced an ailing mariner from a fishing vessel in Beaver Inlet, approximately 13 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Sunday. The helicopter crew, deployed with the Munro on a Bering Sea patrol, departed Dutch Harbor, safely hoisted the 37-year-old man from Northern Victor, and transported him to Iliuliuk Family and Health Services in Dutch Harbor. Read the rest here 16:17

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South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting March 2-6, 2015

SAFMC SidebarMeeting Agenda (posted 2/10)  Briefing Book Materials (posted 2/13)  Webinar Registration: Watch the meeting LIVE as it happens – Sign up for daily Webinars at the links here. 15:31

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Fishing for business: Cortez one of Florida’s few remaining fishing villages

Karen Bell can’t think of any­thing she’d rather be do­ing than run­ning a com­mer­cial fish­ing op­er­a­tion along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A.P. Bell, on the north­ern edge of Sara­sota Bay, is one of the few re­main­ing work­ing wa­ter­fronts left in Florida. The com­pany owns eight boats that dock at the pier. Another five in­de­pen­dent fish­ers bring their catches to the fish house.The boats that catch bait for the off­shore long-line fish­er­men and the stone crab­bers go out for only a day at a time, but the fish­er­men who bring in the pop- ular grouper are of­ten out in deep wa­ter for 10 or 12 days. Read the rest here  14:44

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FisherPoets Gathering – Fishing for dreams on Cold Steam

cold streamEach year, Astoria’s Dave Densmore opens Cold Stream, his wooden, 50-year-old piece of commercial fishing history, to visitors at Pier 39 during the FisherPoets Gathering. “This boat is an extension of the people,” said Densmore, a fisherman for more than 60 years, raised in Kodiak, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands chain. “It’s my identity, I guess.” His working boat these days is the Dreamer, homeported in Larsen Bay, Alaska. Cold Stream, which he bought in 1996, is the project Densmore uses to give visitors a glimpse of what it’s like for the people catching the seafood. Read the rest here 13:14

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Fishing industry hails court decision to open West Coast of Vancouver Island herring fishery

bc seafood alliance “The right decision for the right reasons,” says BC Seafood Alliance Executive Director Christina Burridge of Mr. Justice Manson’s decision on 27 February 2015 to dismiss the application by five First Nations for an interlocutory injunction to close the West Coast of Vancouver Island roe herring fishery.  Read the rest here 10:25

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Drones don’t fly at Alaska’s Board of Fish – Audio

The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend (3-1-15). They also shot down the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing. The Board rejected the proposed ban on spotter planes. Drones, however, were not so lucky. Proposal 205 would ban the use of unmanned aircraft in salmon fisheries. Read the rest here 09:59

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MEDIA ADVISORY: UNITED FOR COASTAL COMMUNITIES – Standing up for adjacency

FFAW-Unifor is hosting a rally at Hotel Gander on Wednesday, March 4 at 10:30 am to bring awareness to the significant impacts unfair cuts to the inshore shrimp quota are having on coastal Newfoundland and Labrador. These cuts are not just affecting shrimp harvesters and plant workers, they are also having serious consequences on the economic sustainability of entire communities. Read the rest here 08:35

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New Investments in PEI Fishing Harbors Dredging

DFO SidebarRecent major projects funded in the province include: Wharf reconstruction, and construction of a wharf extension and shore protection at Tignish Harbor; – Reconstruction of a marginal wharf at North Lake Harbor; and – Reconstruction of the east breakwater and construction of a service area at West Point Harbor.  will oversee a total of approximately $551 million in investments across the country, particularly in rural and coastal communities. Read the rest here 08:19

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NOAA rejects Eubalaena Oculina National Marine Sanctuary request in Atlantic

A North Florida non-profit proposing a National Marine Sanctuary for Northern right whales and Oculina coral that would cover more than 7,000-square miles of ocean from Jacksonville to Fort Pierce is headed back to the drawing board after having its initial application rejected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The Southeastern Fisheries Association — and I believe every other commercial fishing organization — is opposed to this nomination,”  Read the rest here 17:57

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New Bedford: Frozen Fishing From a New England Port

Mark Abraham, who has fished the New England coast for decades, kept a sharp eye on his catch as the slimy haddock spilled onto a dockside conveyor belt. He had just returned from 10 frigid days at sea, among the most brutal he has spent. “It’s probably been the worst winter in 10 years,” he said as workers sorted the fish by weight and slid them into bins. “It’s not even the ice that’s stopping you, it’s the wind. It’s too rough to fish. If it’s rough like that, you don’t catch anything.” Read the rest here 16:58

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Chesapeake Bay ice challenges commerce, navigation and fishing

Sheets of ice up to a foot thick in the Chesapeake Bay have beached small boats and fishermen, hampered operations at the port of Baltimore and kept one Coast Guard cutter busy tending to stranded islanders for more than a week amid the worst freeze in decades. For watermen who don’t risk the icy waters of the bay, the winter months can still take a toll. Some have lost nearly a month’s work, Brown said. “Some parts of the bay have been frozen for the whole month of February,” Read the rest here 16:46

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Company aims to restore Tasmania’s squid fishing industry to its glory days

A Tasmanian woman has partnered with the Commonwealth Government to resurrect the once booming Tasmanian squid industry. Fishermen call them the weeds of the sea because they are the most abundant species in the ocean. But 30 years ago the squid trade was thriving in Tasmania, with annual hauls of up to 8,000 tonnes and strong Japanese interest in the sector. Debbie Wisby runs one of the only remaining Tasmanian squid fishing companies, Aqua Marine, with her husband Glen. Read the rest here 16:02

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Asian demand for Canadian lobster on the rise – price not reflecting the increase

Canadian lobster lobsterDM0811_468x521 are growing but one lobster fisherman says that hasn’t had much impact on Maritime shore prices. Bernie Berry of the Coldwater Lobster Association said prices are not yet reflecting the increased Asian demand. “We’re not trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, it’s just we were expecting maybe a little bit more,” said Berry, whose organization represents fisherman in southwestern Nova Scotia. Read the rest here  15:35

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Always Top Quality! Your Seafreeze Ltd. Preferred Price List for MARCH 1, 2015 – Includes Fishermen Wanted Contact Info

SF-Boat1-PersistenceContact our sales team today @ 401 295 2585 or 800 732 273  Click here for the complete price list from Seafreeze Ltd. We are Direct to the Source-We are Fishermen-We are Seafreeze Ltd!  Visit our website! 11:15

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update MAR 1, 2015

rifa2The Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance is dedicated to its mission of continuing to help create sustainable fisheries without putting licensed fishermen out of business.” Read the update here  To read all the updates, click here 10:49

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Illegal oyster harvest, drugs lead to 2 arrests in St. Bernard

Louisiana wildlife and fisheries agents arrested 33-year-old Oliver Rudesill Jr. and 23-year-old Tracy Gallardo Jr. for several oyster, boating safety and drug violations after a boating safety inspection earlier this week. During the inspection, agents found 28 sacks of oysters and learned that Rudesill is on probation for prior oyster harvesting violations. Agents also found Gallardo in possession of oxycodone, suboxone and drug paraphernalia. Read the rest here 08:42

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Commercial Snapper limit announced in the South Atlantic

Fisheries officials have announced a reduction in the daily trip limit for the commercial harvest of vermillion snapper in the South Atlantic. Effective March 2, the harvest is reduced from 1,000 pounds gutted weight to 500 pounds gutted weight, according to information from NMFS NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries NMFS has determined 75 percent of the January-June quota will be landed by March 2. Read the rest here 08:27

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Study finds 7,500 marine mammals in lower Columbia River

An aerial survey of marine mammals in the lower Columbia River found spring Chinook salmon will have to make it past more than 6,000 hungry harbor seals, 1,500 California sea lions and 100 Steller sea lions. The marine mammals are drawn into the river this time of year to take advantage of a large smelt run. But the animals will switch to spring Chinook by spring. A study last year indicated as much as 40 percent of the spring and summer chinook run that enters the Columbia River disappears. Read the rest here 08:06

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Coast Guard crew frees second fishing boat in two days from ice near Woods Hole

capt rm chaseA Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. This is the second case in two days that Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole rescued a fishing crew from the ice. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat  notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that they became lodged in ice while returning to New Bedford, Massachusetts after a fishing trip. 23:12

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At Board of Fish, a preview of pot vs. longline conflict

The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Friday (2-27-15) took no action on a set of proposals to allow pots in the Southeast black cod fishery. The fishery is now open only to longliners, with some exceptions. But the debate was a preview of a larger fight brewing later this spring — over what kind of gear will be allowed across the entire Gulf of Alaska. Audio, Read the rest here 21:09

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Maryland, Virginia Members Disagree on Atlantic Oil Drilling

The Obama administration’s recent proposal to lease oil and gas drilling in a swath of the Atlantic Ocean generated the expected mix of cheers and jeers on Capitol Hill, but local reaction was mostly divided along state borders rather than party affiliations. Marylanders are reluctant, while Virginians appear to want to charge ahead, especially if it might mean more cash in their state coffers Read the rest here 16:12

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Turkey’s unilateral decision to exceed catch limits threatening Bluefin tuna recovery

thumbnailCAI0LXDYDocuments seen by The Associated Press and EU comments on Friday show that during an intense meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas early this week, delegates were angry at for announcing it would catch up to 73 percent more Bluefin than under an internationally agreed plan. Turkey said this week that its “longstanding and rightful demand” for a higher quota had not been met, forcing it to take independent action. Read the rest here 15:12

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Why is Ottawa drawing a blank on Georges Bank?

The productivity of this bank is witnessed by the largest year class of haddock (2010) that has been recorded in the last 50 years. You would think that governments responsible for managing this unique ocean area would want to protect it from . A blowout similar to the recent Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico would be devastating to many fishing communities in southwestern Nova Scotia and New England. Eighty per cent of Georges Bank lies in American waters. Read the rest here 11:30

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Canada uses Submarines for Fishery Patrols?

new Victoria-class fleet of submarines are now operational. HMC Submarines Windsor, Victoria, and Chicoutimi were all tested out at sea in December 2014, spending approximately 260 days out on the open water. Canada’s submarines are not just a war-fighting vessel, said a Royal Canadian Navy press release, they also fulfill a variety of peacetime naval roles such as fishery patrols, surveillance on Canada’s coasts, support of maritime law enforcement, and deterrence of would-be terrorists, smugglers, and polluters. Read the rest here 10:47

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Coast Guard rescues fishermen in consecutive cases in Matagorda Bay, Texas

two sisters, matorga bay rescueCoast Guard boat and air crews rescued a 64-year-old man after his oyster boat went aground and began taking on water in Matagorda Bay early this morning and rescued another man after his oyster boat went aground in the same area this afternoon.  At approximately 5:30 a.m., the son of the master of the oyster vessel Two Sisters contacted Station Port Aransas by phone stating his father had run aground and his boat was rapidly taking on water. Read the rest here

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Lionfish Causing Problems for the Panhandle

The FWC has been bringing awareness to some of Florida’s most invasive species with Invasive Species Awareness Week. One particular highlighted menace has been creeping into the Gulf since 1985. The lionfish is causing problems for some of Florida’s native species which is in turn causing problems for both recreational and commercial fishing, especially here in the Panhandle. Video, Read the rest here 09:42

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Sacramento River King Salmon hold on, but drought, heat may take toll next year

The California drought and a strange warming trend in the ocean have not yet killed off the Sacramento River’s king salmon, which are swimming off the coast unaware of all the doomsaying. That could all change next year, fisheries experts warn, when the full effect of the four-year dry spell hits the scaly creatures where they live. There are 652,000 fall run chinook salmon that were born in the Sacramento swimming in the sea right now, about 17,000 more fish than there were at this time last year, according to estimates by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Read the rest here 09:23

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PETA launches second attack on Cumbrian aquarium for selling fishing tackle!

An aquarium urged to cut fish from its cafe menu is once again facing pressure to change – this time for selling tackle and bait on the premises. Ms Bekhechi said: “From hacking fish apart and dropping them into a deep fryer to tricking them into impaling themselves in the face, the Lake District Coast Aquarium looks like a rough place for fish, who studies have shown are intelligent individuals who have complex social relationships and long-term memories.”  Read the rest here  07:59

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Feb. 27, 2015

NCFAWeekly Update for Feb. 17, 2015 as a PDF  07:06

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Feds to re-open herring fishery, over scientist and Aboriginal objections

A federal court struck down a legal attack by coastal B.C. First Nations attempting to overturn the federal Conservative fishing minister’s decision to re-open herring fisheries in coastal waters. Controversially, the court heard that Minister Gail Shea, a Conservative MLA from PEI, made the decision against the views of her own federal scientists. The Minister was not immediately available for comment late Friday. Read the rest here 22:55

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Coast Guard terminate US fishing vessel voyage near Bellingham, Wash.

The Shiprider Program allows both Canadian and American forces aboard each other’s vessels to conduct at-sea boardings and ensure maritime safety along shared borders. SO! The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with the assistance of the Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel crew for several discrepancies found during an at-sea boarding near Bellingham Thursday.  Read the rest here 21:43

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Jersey Shore reps will head up new Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus in Congress

New Jersey Congressmen Frank Pallone, Jr. and Frank LoBiondo joined with colleagues on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to launch the , a bipartisan group designed to highlight the unique concerns of those that live, work, and do business along America’s coasts, according to LoBiondo’s office. The lawmakers, who both represent parts of the Jersey Shore, will serve as co-chairmen of the caucus. Read the rest here 19:57

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The Organic Green Washing of Salmon Farms

sealice61The recent discovery of the chemical Teflubenzuron at hundreds of times the legal limit in the environment of a Marine Harvest salmon farm in Scotland highlights the dangers of releasing chemicals uncontrolled into our waters. The old attitude of ‘dilute and disperse’ has in fact despoiled our environment, both in the air and in the seas. Teflubenzuron is one of the chemicals used to control sea lice. These can harm and even kill farmed salmon. Resistance to chemicals builds and sea lice are regularly recorded at levels,,, Read the rest here 17:03

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Coast Guard frees fishing boat from ice in Quicks Hole Passage

misty blue iceboundA Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Quicks Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Friday. At about 10 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England were notified that the 69-foot fishing vessel Misty Blue was stuck in ice north of the passage. Read the rest here 15:59

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Byrne, and Florida senator send letter in support of snapper – We Love Snapper!

Two respected Gulf Congressmen have taken the lead on a letter addressed to the Secretary of Commerce ensuring NOAA acts swiftly on the distribution of Gulf recreational electronic data collection funding passed last year.  The U.S. Congress, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Fisheries Management Council, Gulf commercial fishermen and federally permitted Gulf recreational charter-for-hire captains know the importance of accurate and real time data collection based on electronic monitoring of Gulf fisheries,,, Read the rest here 12:47

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East End legislators at odds over bill to study Millstone power plant impacts

“The water temperatures of the sound are rising at an alarming rate,” Schneiderman said. “Data collected show the sound’s temperature is rising one degree per decade for the last 40 years. The ocean temperature is rising one degree per century. That’s significantly faster,” he said. “Millstone is the smoking gun,” the legislator said. (a 40degree rise over 40 years?) Read the rest here 12:33

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Fall chinook run shaping up to be third largest in modern era

Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are predicting an estimated return of 900,200 adult fall chinook. It would be the third largest return on record dating back to 1938. Returns in 2013 — a total of 1.2 million adults — remain the highest on record. Last year, the second highest return, came out to 1.1 million adults. Commercial and recreational fishermen alike reported an amazing season last year and Pacific County, Wash., ports were clogged with boats coming and going. Read the rest here 11:54

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Grand Manan’s lobster season hurt by hard winter – ‘The guys out on deck are freezing’

Weather has all but ended the lobster fishing season in. The season started in November and recent weather has caused most fishermen to miss more than double the number of the days they would in typical year. “There’s a limit to how much wind you can stand when it’s cold like it has been this winter. The guys out on deck are freezing,” said fisherman Laurence Cook. Read the rest here 08:52

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Canadian Lobster Identity Crisis! Homarus Canadianus loses lobster name game

Canadian lobster will have to masquerade as Americans once again if Maritime seafood is going to gain access into one of the most lucrative marketplaces in the world. And all because of three European countries that say no and a language scarcely used by anyone but the Pope. The fishing industry is anxious to gain access to the 28 countries of Europe, but the European Union requires that lobster must be identified by its Latin name — namely “Homarus Americanus” or American lobster. Read the rest here 07:30

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Indoctrinated Youth: What young people are writing about Commercial Fishing.

One problem that’s being hotly debated all over the world is the issues of commercial fishing. Some say that fishing is all for us and we should keep fishing until its all gone. While protesters say that the fish will be gone if we don’t stop these fishing practices. While some say that sports/commercial fishing provides us food, money and jobs the truth is that these fishing practices are destroying our ocean, slowly but surely. Some of the reasons fishing is bad is Bottom Trawling is destroying ocean beds, Using nets is snagging innocent fish and in most cases dolphins, Fishing is destroying the ocean ecosystem and it could be wiped out by 2048. Read the rest here 07:12

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