Fishermen temporarily block Pacific Seafood Group’s acquisition of Ocean Gold Seafoods, claiming monopoly

Commercial fishermen, including a groundfish trawler from Astoria, have won a temporary restraining order blocking Pacific Seafood Group’s acquisition of Ocean Gold Seafoods, among the largest seafood processors on the West Coast. The fishermen allege that the acquisition would increase Pacific Seafood’s monopoly power in the groundfish, whiting and coldwater shrimp markets in violation of federal antitrust law. Read the rest here 09:07

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PEER Aleutian Sanctuary Ocean Grab Stalls Out

thCAWQFEFIOn Friday, the NOAA announced that the Aleutians won’t advance in the process to become a national marine sanctuary — mostly due to a lack of local support. Adak, King Cove, Akutan, and the Aleutians East Borough all came out against the nomination. Environmentalists (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) and research groups had been seeking permanent limits on oil and gas leasing and commercial fishing in federal waters around the Chain. Read the rest here 22:50

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LDWF Announces 2015 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup; Volunteers Needed

The blue crab 2 was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps. In order to conduct the trap cleanups, licensed crab fishermen received a notice informing them that they must remove their crab traps from within the closure area during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers. For a map of the closure area click here. Read the rest here 19:42

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2015 IPHC Annual Meeting – Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30, 2015 – Listen via Webinar

The Ninety-First Annual Meeting of the will be held from Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. This year’s meeting is scheduled to open on Monday with presentations on the fishery, the 2014 stock assessment, and the harvest decision table, and conclude on Friday with Commission approval of catch limits and regulations. All public sessions and administrative sessions will be open to the public. These open sessions will also be webcast. Read the rest here, webinar links. 17:30

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Victoria’s Secret: Dumping Raw Sewage Like It’s 1915

When friends of mine recently got norovirus from eating foraged Gulf Island oysters, my first instinct was a strange one. I blamed Victoria. More specifically, I blamed Victoria’s raw sewage, which is pumped out to the Juan de Fuca Strait at a rate of 130 million litres per day. British Columbia’s capital is one of the last major cities north of San Diego to dump all of its untreated waste (including pesticides, street runoff and pharmaceuticals) into the ocean. Read the rest here 16:59

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UPDATED!! NEFMC – Revised Council Meeting Agenda!

NEFMC SidebarDear Interested Parties: Because of the winter storm that is headed to New England, the Council leadership has reorganized the previously distributed agenda. The meeting will now be held in Portsmouth, NH from late afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 28th, through Thursday, January 29th. Also, a number of items have been eliminated and will be addressed at a future date. Please see the new agenda REV.agenda_Jan2015 for details  or check our website www.nefmc.org, under Council Meetings. 15:08

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The American eel’s ‘endangered’ designation isn’t backed up by the science

elver eelOver the past decade, eel fishermen in Maine and all along the Atlantic coast have been part of a responsibly managed fishery, adhering to stringent regulations developed across state, provincial and international lines.,, Despite these notable management efforts, in late 2014, the environmental group International Union for the Conservation of Nature placed American eel on its “Red List” of endangered species. Read the rest here 14:55

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I dunno about this one! Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms

“There will be an interchange of the fish communities between those two seas,” beginning as soon as 2050, said Mary Wisz, lead author on the report in Nature Climate Change and a senior ecosystem scientist at Aarhaus University in Denmark. “We know from historical examples that this kind of interchange, when biotas have been separated over long evolutionary time scales, can have huge consequences.” Read the rest here! 12:25

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Just in! – NCFA Weekly Update for Jan. 23, 2015

NCFAWeekly Update for Jan. 23, 2015 as a PDF 11:42

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Elver Eel exporters may need new license

elver eelThe Maine Department of Marine Resources is preparing legislation that would require individuals who ship the baby eels overseas to purchase a $5,000 exporter’s license. The state already licenses both elver fishermen and dealers, so DMR officials said the exporter license will ensure the state is monitoring every aspect of an industry that has drawn poachers and federal scrutiny in recent years. Read the rest here 10:45

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Louisiana Fishing Industry Battles Big Oil over Coastline Erosion

Louisiana’s fishermen and the oil and gas extraction industry have co-existed for years. Some fishermen even work on the oil rigs to supplement their incomes. But some are now taking Big Oil to task for ruining fisheries and even the land on which the fishermen live. “We’re paying the price for their greed and irresponsible exploration,” lifelong commercial shrimper George Barisich, whose business and home were badly damaged by the double-whammy of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Read the rest here 10:31

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My Turn: Time to empower and employ the next generation of Alaska fishermen, by Rachel Donkersloot

The lack of young Alaskans entering commercial fisheries is compounded by another troubling trend, the rise in nonresident permit ownership in some fisheries. Together these concerning trends threaten the long-term viability of our coastal communities and state. As we work to better understand the problem, we must also work toward effective solutions. Our aging fleet means many of the rights to Alaska fisheries will change hands in the next decade. What will this transfer mean for the well-being of coastal Alaska and those who call it home? Read the rest here 10:07

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The Snobby Neighbors of Beaufort County – Jellyfish Company Files Suit, Video

When jelly-fishers wanted to do business in Beaufort County, not all neighbors were supportive. Groups against the jelly-fishing are still speaking-out against an operation nearly a year later. The groups want to stop a company from unloading and rinsing cannonball jellyfish waste water into Jenkins Creek. However, that company is now suing Beaufort County over an ordinance that makes doing business harder. Video, and read the rest here 07:24

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Roger the lobster saved after his date with a dinner plate falls through

roger lobster 1_jpg-pwrt2A LEVIATHAN lobster has been saved from the cooking pot after fishery bosses took pity on him and gave the king-sized crustacean a last-minute reprieve. The marine monster weighs in at a whopping 12lb and was destined to end up on dinner plates at a swanky London restaurant. The lobster – nicknamed Roger – had been specially shipped from Canada,, Read the rest here 06:56

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From: Tom Nies,Executive Director, NEFMC – Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:34 PM

NEFMC SidebarTo All – Due to the expected blizzard conditions that will develop in New England late Monday night and extend into Tuesday, the first day of the Council meeting, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 is cancelled. The meeting will tentatively begin  Wednesday afternoon (time TBD) but I will publish a revised agenda tomorrow morning after checking the weather forecast again. Please contact me with your questions. Tom Nies Executive Director New England Fishery Management Council tnies@nefmc.org 978-465-0492 ext 113 18:57

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Subsistence gillnets on Alaska’s Kenai, Kasilof rivers get go-ahead

Anglers on the most heavily used river in the state will be joined by another group of fishermen this year after the Federal Subsistence Board voted to allow subsistence gillnetting on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. Tension between state management and federal management caused frustration among state biologists at the meeting. Read the rest here 18:37

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Greenpeace comes to the aid of Britain’s small fishing vessels – Lucky bastards!

There may be plenty more fish in the sea according to some, but local fishermen are banned from catching them. The UK is sending many fishermen into bankruptcy by only offering them a fraction of the nation’s fishing quota, according to Greenpeace who on Friday, launched legal action against the government at the High Court. Sarah North, Greenpeace Head of Oceans campaign, Read the rest here 17:18

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Meeting January 26 – 29, 2015, Point Clear, AL

GMFMC SidebarAgenda and Summary Documents, Commitees Agenda can be found here  Register for the meeting webinar here, and listen live. 15:55

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As the scallop fishery rebounds, divers hope for a break

These are tough guys (and at this point, no women hold commercial licenses to scallop dive). There are a lot of ways one could explain that: the plunge into wintry waters of, say, 37 degrees, the even colder temperatures on deck, the solitary nature of this form of fishing. But Sewell? If ever there were a way to take the measure of a man’s toughness, it would be Sewell. He was in a snowmobile accident in 2009, and it cost him dearly. Read the rest here 14:25

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Crews receive honors Friday for saving fishermen’s lives

rescued, dylan ray photoA special recognition ceremony Friday honored those involved in a rescue mission along Carteret County’s coast in mid-December of last year. According to U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspector and Investigator Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bobby L. Conners, about midday on Dec. 16, 2014, Dunnie L. Smith of Beaufort, owner and captain of the fishing boat Shelly, left Homer Smith Seafood’s docks in Beaufort for a day trip to fish for tuna.  Read the rest here 13:38

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New Website Bridges Gap Between Local Seafood, Consumers

Coastal Enterprises Inc., or CEI — which works to spur small business development — says the idea is to do for seafood what the locavore and “buy local” movements are doing for Maine agriculture. From an office overlooking Portland’s working waterfront, Hugh Cowperthwaite sits hunched over his computer. At his fingertips, he says, is a wealth of information about Maine seafood — all in one place. Cowperthwaite is the fisheries project director for CEI, which has just launched a website to integrate Maine’s lucrative seafood industry into the local food movement. Read the rest here

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, January 25, 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 10:51

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Three Lower Keys brothers accused of harvesting lobster from illegal artificial habitats – expected to plead guilty

Charles, Ryan and Tyson Veach face allegations of harvesting spiny lobsters from casitas, catching more than their daily commercial bag limit and falsifying commercial fishing reports to conceal their take. Each was indicted on charges of conspiracy and violating the Lacey Act, which makes it a federal offense to import, export, transport, sell or purchase in interstate commerce any wildlife protected at the state level.  Read the rest here 10:10

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Federal restrictions hit recreational fishermen

Atlantic cod-John Bullard, Northeast regional administrator at NOAA, said he believes the scientists working with NOAA and who came to the recent conclusions about cod should be fairly acknowledged by the fishermen. Their studies are peer reviewed, he said, meaning they’ve been examined and approved by scientists familiar with the subject not involved with the study directly. He said he sympathizes with the fishermen and others impacted by the economic hit the regulations are causing, but he believes the restrictions are necessary.  Read the rest here 09:34

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Upping their groundfish game

pollock sieningDespite more than thirty years of fishing around Alaska, Kasilof fisherman Rob Nelson had never let out a net hoping to catch pollock before December. But the long-time seiner has been learning how to catch the groundfish in Kachemak Bay as part of an experimental fishery this winter. In most of Alaska, pollock are caught by trawlers. But Nelson and other fishermen are hoping that seines could provide a way to safely catch the fish, without worrying about bycatch. Read the rest here 08:39

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Regulations have done little to boost cod in Gulf of Maine: Lobster management offers clear direction

Colonial America’s first true industry, groundfishing, has followed the path of many others. Technology improved as the industrial revolution took hold — it kept improving afterward — and a growing population of fishermen, both domestic and foreign, became more productive as they pursued cod, haddock and other species found near the ocean floor.  Yada yada yada!  Read the rest here 21:20

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Weekend Focus: Marshall decision still ripples through native fishery

Gary Denny is a captain. He wouldn’t likely be a fishing captain if Donald Marshall Jr. hadn’t set eel nets in Antigonish County’s Pomquet Harbour in 1993. Marshall, from Membertou First Nation, sold the 463 pounds of eels for $787.10 and was arrested. He was charged with fishing without a licence, setting illegal nets during a closed season and selling eels without a licence. Nova Scotia’s courts upheld those charges, but then the Supreme Court of Canada surprised everyone in 1999 — everyone except the Mi’kmaq. Read the rest here 17:41

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PD Editorial: No more red herrings in water talks – “Without a healthy Bay-Delta system, there is no salmon fishing,”

The delta smelt is an easy target. Substitute “salmon” for “smelt” and try making the case for giving up on an endangered species to secure a water supply for growers who switched from crops like lettuce and tomatoes that can be fallowed in times of drought to almond orchards that need continuous irrigation. You can see why the growers and their allies talk almost exclusively about smelt.  Read the rest here 15:53

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Lake Manitoba Commercial Fishing In Jeopardy

The local commercial fishing industry is being threatened by the people_perry_gaudry into Lake Manitoba. Fishermen have noticed more jackfish, also known as northern pike, since water from the Assiniboine River was diverted into Lake Manitoba during the flood of 2011. Perry Gaudry’s a commercial ice fisherman, and says the increased population is starting to reduce the population of the other fish. Read the rest here 12:27

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Alaska’s Flatfish Trawl Fleet is an Important Economic Contributor Committed to Reducing Halibut Bycatch

By Chris Woodley  - With recent evidence showing a possible decrease in the Bering Sea halibut allocation this year, there has been a growing concern about Halibut bycatch, and discard discard mortality, ad what to do about it. Both groundfish, and halibut fishermen will be affected by the outcomes. Read the rest here 11:43

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Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: Calamari: Still No. 1 after all these years

Dungeness crab and calamari fishermen were happy campers this past year with full nets and pots typically coming back on board vessels. In recent years, these two have been at the top of the state’s commercial fisheries. Calamari, or market squid, has been fished in Monterey Bay for more than 150 years, originally by Chinese immigrants and later by Italians. Their short life span, their reproduction style, and the huge numbers of eggs laid by each female, has made this an historically sustainable fishery. Read the rest here 11:07

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‘Unfair sharing’ of shrimp resources at centre of FFAW protest

The  announced in the fall it would be cutting the inshore shrimp quota by 26 per cent, while the offshore quota would be cut by three per cent. About 30 shrimpers protested against those cuts on Friday. They said the changes will result in the loss of thousands of jobs, resulting in a devastating impact on the coastal communities that rely on the resource. They blocked the offshore vessel Newfound Pioneer from offloading shrimp at Moorfrost. Video, Read the rest here 10:13

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OPINION: Halibut waste in the Bering Sea is deplorable – By Pete Wedin

alaska-halibut__frontThe Bering Sea directed halibut fishery is in a state of crisis. For the 2015 season, IPHC proposes reduction of the catch limits in Area 4CDE by a whopping 71 percent. How many of us could weather such a cut?In the mean time, trawl bycatch caps in the Bering Sea remain unchanged, and millions of pounds larger than the directed fishery quota. The truly sad thing about all of this is that more than 65 percent of the halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea is caused by trawlers targeting two species: yellowfin sole and rock sole. Read the rest here 09:18

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Maine Scallop Advisory Council Looks to Keep Rotational Management

mkScallop Advisory Council members believe they have found a possible solution to the shortage of plentiful harvests across Maine. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said,  “The focus is to try to move through this first year of rotational management ensuring that we have a good amount of product on the bottom.  So when we do close it, it will be closed for 2 years prior to these areas reopening with a good abundance of scallops.”  Read the rest here 08:26

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NOAA enforcement officers rescue crew members from sunken tugboat

When the tugboat Nalani sank in waters off Oahu’s leeward coast Thursday, safety for some of the crew members came in the form of a NOAA patrol boat. Jeff Pollack and Grant Demesillo are enforcement officers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They were aboard NOAA Patrol Boat F3503 Thursday afternoon. Read the rest here 08:00

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California crab task force recommending a number of changes to the fishery.

The state’s advisory panel on crab fishing has released its report to the state legislature recommending a number of changes to the fishery. The panel was formed according to a 2008 law meant to help make the fishery, which has become one of the most valuable in California, especially to independent commercial vessels. The task force promised to look into changes in the state’s program on limiting crab traps per boat and reactivating unused permits. Read the rest here 19:13

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OPINION: IPHC must reduce allowable bycatch – By Curtis Jackson

deckhand-halibut-longline-rbI first began commercial fishing for halibut along the Aleutian Chain and Bering Sea in 2002. The Aleutian Islands are an incredibly wild and beautiful place to make a living. The halibut we often saw were averaging 100 pounds and we had several trips of thirty to forty thousand pounds caught in just a few days and long hard working nights. The money was good and the work was some of the most difficult and rewarding I have ever done. Read the rest here 17:25

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NOAA ’13 report is bleakest yet – Data shows 4-year lows in landings, revenues

paul vitale 2012The Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery hit four-year lows in just about every pivotal category during the 2013 fishing season, including landings, revenues and the number of boats fishing in the inshore day-boat fleet. The findings, contained in NOAA’s final report on the season released Thursday, sketch a pessimistic and dire portrait of an entire fishery under siege from economic, regulatory and environmental pressures during the past four years. Read the rest here 16:26:

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Reducing bycatch has been a hot topic in the pollock trawl industry.

Scientists are working with the commercial fishermen to find a solution to the problem. And, at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium this week in Anchorage, they say they are making progress. Ideally, the pollock trawl fleet fishes pelagically – meaning in the water column above the sea floor, but, according to Carwyn Hammond, who is with the conservation engineering group at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, sometimes that’s not where the fish are. Listen, and read the rest here 14:28

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Alaska Gov. Walker Touts Fisheries in Pep Talk

Wednesday night’s State of the State address by Governor Bill Walker was as much a pep talk as any thing else to a state facing huge budget deficits. In it, he touted Alaskan’s can-do spirit and the many assets we have to work with. One of those is our fisheries.” And Alaska’s resources aren’t just under our feet—they are also under our boats. Fisheries remain the state’s top employer and we will work with this crucial sector to strengthen sustainable fisheries. In Alaska, every boat is a small family business.” Listen, and read the rest here 13:42

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Report Report on the Economic Performance of the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery (May 2013 – April 2014)

NOAA ScientistThe Northeast Fisheries Science Center (the fish stock assessment people) has issued an annual report on the economic performance of the fishery since 2010. The results provide indicators of vessel performance, employment, financial viability, and fleet diversity. Unlike the 2010-2013 reports, this year’s uses constant dollars (nominal dollars adjusted for inflation using 2010 as the base year) for information reported in dollars so that figures may be better compared over time. Read the bad news here 13:23

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Lobster marketing board meetings provide ‘good feedback’

P.E.I. lobster fishermen have just a few more days to register to vote in the upcoming lobster marketing board plebiscite. The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association has been holding information meetings across the province about the marketing board, which will be in charge of collecting a one cent a pound harvester levy that will be used to promote Island lobster. Fishermen have already voted in favour of the levy, but now they have to vote on the marketing board itself. Read the rest here 11:04

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Clam shortage in Nova Scotia due in part to weak dollar

Craving clams? You’ll probably have to wait until the loonie digs itself out of its hole. Until the Nova Scotia clam season reopens in April, supply will be nearly non-existent across the province, say sellers. The shortage is partly due to the poor exchange rate, with New Brunswick exporters taking advantage of the strong U.S. dollar to sell over the border. Read the rest here 10:43

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Our Jobs, Our Resources: Unfair Sharing of Northern Shrimp

SHRIMP-master675The future of our coastal communities is at risk. Thousands of jobs are in jeopardy due to unfair sharing of the northern shrimp resource. The federal government has deliberately chosen to ignore the longstanding principle of adjacency to the benefit of the corporate-owned offshore fleet, to the detriment of our coastal communities. Our northern shrimp resources are being taken out of our waters with no benefit to our province’s economy. Read the rest here 10:10

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Commercial King Mackerel Trip Limit to Decrease in the Southern West Coast Florida Subzone

nmfs_logoThe daily vessel trip limit is reduced to 500 pounds beginning 12:01 a.m., local time, January 24, 2015, for Gulf group king mackerel in the southern Florida west coast subzone. NMFS NOAA Fisheries is reducing the trip limit because 75 percent (or 413,586 pounds) of the 551,448-pound quota is projected to be taken. The 500-pound daily trip limit will remain in effect until the quota is reached or through the end of the fishing year, June 30, 2015, whichever occurs first. Read the rest here 09:39

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Commercial fishermen for the second time accuse Pacific Seafood of abusing its market power

After a two-year armistice, the legal warfare has resumed between Pacific Seafood Group and a handful of Oregon commercial fishermen who claim the large Clackamas company abuses its market power. The fishermen sued Pacific Seafood Thursday claiming the company violated terms of the 2012 settlement of an earlier class-action anti-trust lawsuit. The fishermen are seeking a temporary restraining order to block Pacific Seafood’s pending acquisition of a Westport, Wash.-based fish processing company. Read the rest here 21:42

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BOEM plans on industrializing 300,000 acres of ocean bottom off North Carolina Coast

obama beenie 3As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA) supporting a potential lease sale for more than 300,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of North Carolina for wind energy development. Read the rest here 20:22

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Congressman Walter B. Jones asks Corps of Engineers for more funding to dredge Morehead City Harbor

Congressman Jones explained that the harbor’s channel has shoaled from its authorized depth of 45 feet down to 35 feet.  Furthermore, the $4,855,000 provided for the project in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request is helpful but not sufficient to return the channel to its authorized depth.  As a result, many of the jobs and economic impact related to the harbor are in serious peril.   Read the rest here 18:51

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NOAA laments loss of Democratic senator in Magnuson reform – What NOAA? POLITICS NOT YOUR PLACE!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told Fortune magazine in an article detailing the history of and turmoil around the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act that “it remains unclear if the administration will put forward a reauthorization bill” after Begich’s defeat. “It is reasonable to assume that the recent election, including the loss of Senator , has added uncertainty to the process,” NOAA said in a statement to Fortune. Read the rest here 17:38

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Coast Guard, National Marine Fisheries Service seize 2,700 pounds of shrimp near Cameron, Louisiana

siezed shrimp,The Coast Guard along with the National Marine Fisheries Service seized 2,700 pounds of catch, Tuesday evening, after boarding a fishing vessel near the jetties off Cameron, Louisiana. A Station Lake Charles boarding team was on a routine boarding when they discovered the fishing vessel Kathleen Yvonne was not equipped with the . Read the rest here 17:11

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NMFS Requests Commercial Fishermen Participate in HMS Research

nmfs_logoThe National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requests commercial shark fishermen who would like to participate in the 2015 shark research fishery and are fishing or plan to fish in the Gulf of Mexico fishing region to submit both a completed shark research fishery application and the required vessel information to the HMS Management Division by February 5, 2015. Read the rest here 16:03

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Council for Sustainable Fishing based in Inlet is watchdog for fishermen

council_fishing_headerFederal regulations on the fishing industry over the last several years were the catalyst for Mershon and Swatzel to form the Council for Sustainable Fishing, a nonprofit watchdog group for fishermen from North Carolina to the Florida Keys. They started the nonprofit group in December 2013. One big issue the fishing industry faces is the “catch share” program. Read the rest here 14:42

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DNA may hold key to identify those ‘lost at sea’

In 1990, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 4,407 people nationwide. On March 25, 1990, however, William Hokanson Sr. and his 19-year-old son William Hokanson Jr. went down off Martha’s Vineyard with the elder Hokanson’s commercial fishing vessel Sol E Mar and were never seen again. Decades passed and family members largely moved on with their lives. But a relatively new federal database, known as the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, Read the rest here  14:01

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“They treat us like criminals,” – Commercial Fishermen Rally In Hampton Bays, Demand Changes To DEC’s Enforcement Policies

Dozens of commercial fishermen from Southampton, East Hampton and other harbors across Long Island rallied on a windswept dock in Hampton Bays on Monday afternoon in defense of one of their own, and to protest what they said is the latest example of overzealous persecution by officers employed with the State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Read the rest here 13:30

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The thorny business of sea urchins – Video

Joe Leask spends most of his workday much like he starts it: swallowed in darkness. First by the morning, and later by the sea. Awake at 3:30 a.m., Leask heads first to the Bath, Maine, outpost of Frosty’s Donuts for a Boston creme, small-town pleasantries and precisely the amount of coffee you would expect for a witching hour wake-up call. Then, it’s an hour drive to the coastal community of Rockland and his floating “office,” the November Gale. Read the rest here 11:54

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Columbia River fisheries reforms: A two-year report card

Two years ago, Washington and Oregon adopted the most sweeping reforms of lower Columbia River sport and commercial fishing policies since the 1930s. Commercial fishing that remains in the main Columbia is to be done with live-capture methods — such as purse seines and beach seines — designed to harvest hatchery stocks and release wild fish. Read the rest here 11:11

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12 Eastern Carolina commercial fishermen charged with illegally harvesting and selling Atlantic Striped Bass

Thirteen commercial fishermen in North Carolina and Georgia have been charged in federal court in Raleigh for their role in the illegal harvest and sale and false reporting of approximately 90,000 pounds of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina during 2009 and 2010, according to the . This investigation began as a result of the U.S. Coast Guard boarding of the fishing vessel Lady Samaira in February 2010, based on a complaint that multiple vessels were fishing Striped Bass illegally. Read the rest here 09:05

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Pew Enviro Fueled Legislative Witch Hunt: An end to ‘curtains of death’?

California Assembly and Senate have asked federal fishery managers to end drift gillnets, which some call “curtains of death.” California remains the only state where drift gillnet fishing are legal. The legislature has authority over remaining gillnet permits. Recently lawmakers sent a letter to Pacific Fishery Management Council and National Marine Fisheries Service, demanding a transition to alternative fishing methods. Read the rest here 08:08

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Fishermen get an education on all the most desired schools

Last week, 25 commercial and for-hire recreational fishermen, along with industry participants, went to school to learn about fish populations — how they grow, what impacts them and how we can keep them at maximum sustainable yield levels. The session focused on science issues as they relate to fisheries. Read the rest here 07:54

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“All this is thrown away because of one man in Oregon,’’ – Commercial fishermen unhappy with Columbia River reforms

Commercial fishermen have reiterated their disgruntlement with the Columbia River reforms adopted two years ago by the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions. At a public hearing earlier this month in Tumwater before the Washington commission, several leaders in the lower Columbia commercial community made their unhappiness with the reforms known. Read the rest here 21:26

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