Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update April 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

Big Luke

Fairhaven fisherman dies after apparent fall

sct logoNEW BEDFORD — The body of a Fairhaven fisherman was pulled up by divers Friday night, found 28 feet beneath the boat he was scheduled to sail with that morning. Joshua Greaves, 30, was last seen around 1:30 a.m. Friday at a “downtown drinking establishment,” Lt. John Chaves said. “It looked like he slipped getting into the boat and then went into the water,” he said. Read more here 07:03

Bloated Bureaucracy Creating Conflict by Executive Order – NOP Riverhead “Listening Session”

baby fishermanNotice of the Riverhead listening sessions was sent to stakeholders by email and via a listserv, Michael Snyder of the N.Y. Department of State, said after the meeting. Notice was not given to the news media for public dissemination, he acknowledged. A host of nongovernmental organizations were represented in the audience, including: The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Peconic Estuary Program, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, Sea Grant, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, the Surfrider Foundation and the N.Y. Aquarium. riverheadlocal.com  Read more here  17:44

Clogged Oregon Inlet keeps charter boats docked

HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. — Boat owners are concerned that the start of charter fishing season may leave them high and dry because the Oregon Inlet is clogged with sand. newsobserver.com  Read more here  17:13

BP Spill Fines Pay for Inland Cleanup

NA-CA857_GULF_2_G_20140418190805Four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some states have started using fines paid by  BP and its partners to clean up inland water pollution. wsj.com Read more here 16:39

Whitefish population healthy in Green Bay, Lake Michigan

Winter weather and state regulations, not a dropping whitefish population, led to some shortages of the popular species this spring.  “It’s not a stock problem,” said Wisconsin Commercial Fisheries Association president Charlie Henriksen of Sister Bay, a commercial fishermen who sets nets in both Green Bay and Lake Michigan. “It’s a Mother Nature problem.” doorcountyadvocate.com Read more here 15:54

Red drum season closed for summer after commercial harvest exceeds annual quota – CCA-NC Very Concerned!

Commercial fishermen will go nearly a year without a red drum season following an unusually large harvest in the fall that has prompted a closure. The Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina “obviously very concerned about the significant amount that the commercial red drum quota was exceeded,” said CCA-NC Chairman Greg Hurt. jdnew.com Read more here 11:36

Alaskan claimed ‘unbearable’ physical disability, went fishing

A 56-year-old Alaskan who claimed disability over the course of five years allegedly went dip netting and fishing nonetheless. Now Amancio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. has been indicted for fraud and stealing money from the government. Read more here 08:38

Former fisherman Paul Ciaramitaro pays homage to disappearing industry – Of wooden boats and iron men

gdt iconPaul Ciaramitaro grew up working on the Gloucester waterfront, in a family where money was hard to come by. His hard-knock life has been marked at various periods by the back-breaking work of both fishing and working on the wharves, by addiction — not uncommon among waterfront workers and fish hands — and the constant struggle to earn enough money to stay afloat. But Ciaramitaro’s lifelong penchant for drawing never waned, and as an adult, he has transformed his childhood passion into a career as an artist. Read more here, watch three video’s 08:01

Fisherynation Introduces – The “Gold Standard” in Monitoring System’s, The Nature Con 2014 with GoPEW Villian 3 Video

unnamedHere at Nature’s Conservancy we are very excited about the Nature Con 2014 with GoPEW Villian 3 Video, the latest innovation in environmental defense and monitoring. Surveillance of environmentally dangerous activities like fishing, wood cutting, and cattle ranching occur in environmentally sensitive habitat areas every day. Many of the people involved in these activities are little better than common outlaws. We must have continuous monitoring of these individuals to bring the guilty to justice, and prevent criminal activity by creating an understanding  that no environmental crime will go unseen and unpunished. System Equipment here 17:42

Senate draft of fisheries act begins circulating – Molly Dischner

23523_354387901211_7651997_aThe newest version of the Magnuson-Stevens Act out for discussion adds subsistence users and Tribal governments to the fisheries management law and has the potential to create new Community Development Quota in the Arctic, but it has not yet been made widely available to the public for review. Read more here    Senate Draft here 15:50

Former Passamaquoddy representative charged with poaching elvers in New York

BDNA high-profile member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe is one of eight people who have been charged with felony elver poaching in New York, according to an official with that state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Read more here 15:17

PEI Snow crab season delayed by ice in Gulf – expected to start on May 1

CBC_News_logoSnow crab fishermen on P.E.I. are anxious to get out on the water since ice conditions have delayed the season. cbcnews  Read more here 14:28

How BP turned a whole community into an endangered species

oysters_louisiana-by-shawn-escoffery-cropThe reason: the BP oil spill disaster of 2010, which dumped over 205 million gallons of oil and another 2 million gallons of possibly toxic dispersants into the Gulf, devastating the area that’s responsible for 40 percent of the seafood sold commercially across the U.S. grist.org  Read more here 10:57

Dolphin Expert Stephen McCulloch Fired By FAU, Seeks Reinstatement

Stephen McCulloch wants his job back. A prominent master of the arcane art of dolphin rescue, for more than a decade he was a leader and key force at the Marine Mammal Program at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). Last February 14 he was fired. browardpalmbeach.com  Read more here  10:41

PEI fall lobster fishermen remain opposed to further carapace increases

The PCFA strongly resisted a push last year from the Maritime Fishermen’s Union to have the minimum carapace measure increased to 77 mm by 2015. There was a one mm increase in minimum carapace size last year, moving it to 72 mm, and that is where the P.E.I. fishermen insisted it should remain. journalpioneer.com Read more here  10:27

Japan aims to resume whaling in Antarctic – A Sustainable Natural Resource

Japan’s eventual goal is to resume commercial whaling. What Tokyo calls “research whaling” is aimed at collecting scientific data to prove that catching whales commercially would not dent sustainable use of the whale stocks. The government also decided to continue its whaling in the Pacific Ocean this fiscal year, with whalers set to depart later this month. abs-cbnnews Read more here 10:07

Two Massachusetts men arrested in Portland for illegal elver possession

BDNJoshua P. Medeiros, 30, of South Dartmouth, Mass., and Andrew P. Cournoyer, 43, of West Wareham, Mass., both were charged with possession of elvers without a license, a Class D crime punishable by,,, Read more here  07:38

Massachusetts Department of Public Health aims to shut down Joe’s Lobster Mart

In the wake of last month’s guilty plea by Joseph Vaudo to selling stolen oysters in his fish market, the state Department of Public Health now seeks to revoke his license to sell and distribute seafood, a spokesman for the agency said Thursday. Read more here capecodonline.com  07:18

“Ask Any Mermaid You Happen to See…” Whats her name? Catalina the Mermaid from Chicken of the Sea!

Chicken of the Sea Picks Name for Its Mermaid after 60 Years of Anonymity . Today, though, she finally swims home with her own name. After seafood fans submitted more than 49,000 entries in a nationwide contest to christen the brand’s beloved icon — and earn a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize — one perfect name floated to the top: Catalina. Read more here  reuters.com  06:55

“Hot doggin’ lobsterman.” Small boat capsizes off Cape Elizabeth

CAPE ELIZABETH (WGME) — A small lobster boat capsized off the coast of Cape Elizabeth early Thursday afternoon. The boat broke into pieces, but at the last second, the lone lobsterman on board jumped out, right before it flipped over. Read more here wgme 21:05

Fishermen say impacts still linger from BP oil spill – video

gulf“We believe this disaster has greatly impacted the ability of fisheries to spawn. And that’s why they’re not seeing the fisheries they used to. They’re not catching what they used to. We believe that the spawning ability has been greatly impacted,” said Thao Vo, an advocate for fishing families. Read more here wlox 20:02

Alaska Legislature confirms fish board incumbents

23523_354387901211_7651997_aThree incumbent members of Alaska’s Board of Fisheries were unanimously confirmed, after a Chugiak representative withdraw his objection to the two commercial fishers on the board. Read more here 19:43

Former Minerals Management Service director, Elizabeth Birnbaum,: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, the former Minerals Management Service director, Elizabeth Birnbaum, says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.” Birnbaum, who was ousted from her job overseeing offshore drilling just weeks after BP’s Macondo well blew out in the Gulf, penned the op-ed with Jacqueline Savitz, vice president for U.S. oceans at the conservation group Oceana. Read more here NOAA Inaction in the Gulf of Mexico -In her September 21, 2009 twenty-six page response to Lisa Birnbaum, Director of the Mineral Management Service on the Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015. Ms. Lubchenco Read more here  18:43

Alewives and Blueback Herring haven’t rebounded

But like many fish, herring face a veritable Pandora’s box of pressure. Habitat degradation, the damming of rivers, overfishing and pollution have cut their numbers drastically, by as much as 95 percent by some esitimates. Read more here capecodonline  13:13

4 icebound CF/V Double N sealers safe after airlift off Fogo Island

double-n-during-rescue-by-cormorantMajor Martel Thompson of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax said the Double N was stuck in ice about 125 kilometres off Fogo Island. Read more here cbcnews 10:13

Closely watched Maine elver season marked by slow start, low prices

Tim LaRochelle sat in the bow of a 16-foot canoe, scanning the murky river water by the light of a headlamp and a nearly full moon. “There’s one,” LaRochelle said, pointing at a squiggle created near the water’s surface by a tiny, translucent immature eel – an elver. LaRochelle kept looking, but nearly a minute passed before he pointed to another squiggle. Read more here portlandpress  09:52

BP’s 3 Miles of Bull Bleep: “bringing to a close the extensive four-year active cleanup of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon accident.”

Is this man on drugs?

Is this man on drugs?

BP oil spill cleanup will continue, Coast Guard tells state coastal authority – The Coast Guard has scaled back its clean-up response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but that scale-back is not as extensive as BP indicated in a news release issued Tuesday, an irritated Capt. Thomas Sparks told the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday. Read more here nola.com 09:25

Eastern Caribbean whalers follow a 139-year-old tradition, now under siege – Why? Because the Eco Evangelicals need to feel good.

Gaston Bess, “Whaling is a tradition around Bequia,” he says. “We will continue to whale, and we’ll continue the tradition.” Sue Fisher, an animal advocate with the Washington-based Animal Welfare Institute, hopes St. Vincent’s license won’t be renewed again. “They are not able to demonstrate a long-standing need for whale meat. They like it, they eat it, but it’s not meeting any nutritional subsistence needs. They are not struggling for protein.” Read more here 07:40

The Canadian government recently approved, without fanfare, the world’s first genetically modified fish to be produced in PEI.

Canada quietly made history last November when officials at Environment Canada gave the go-ahead on production of the world’s first genetically modified food fish: the AquAdvantage® salmon. Read more here 06:56

Acadia Parish man face theft of crawfish charge

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish. Read more here 06:36

Rodney Mercer’s “sealfie” of Ellen DeGeneres has found a home at Gitanos’ Supper Club and Tapas Bar

The seal fur creation can now be seen at Gitanos’ Supper Club and Tapas Bar in the Millbrook Mall, hanging near the entrance of the Donna Thistle-owned establishment. Mercer envisioned the work as a response to the daytime talk show host’s selfie she tweeted during this year’s Academy Awards broadcast, which became the most retweeted photo in the history of Twitter. Read more here 21:07

There’s No Crying on a Fishing Boat by Stephanie Boudreau.

cropped-small-scales-banner1My father likes to joke that he comes from a place where “the men are men, and the women are men too”.  While my folks moved away from a life on the water, at least during their time with the Armed Forces, I moved towards one. As I was completing my MSc and looking for work, I applied to be a fisheries observer in the North Pacific. Read more here  17:08

Convictions under the Fisheries Act – April 16, 2014

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Convictions under the Fisheries Act, North Shore here Convictions under the Fisheries Act, Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence here  16:34

Free Beer! ComFish Alaska 2014 Opens Tomorrow In Kodiak.

Booths from a wide-range of fisheries related businesses and groups are located at the Kodiak Convention Center. Forums will be held at the Harbor Room in the Kodiak Best Western Inn. Read more here  15:49

President Barack Obama targets Iceland’s sustainable commercial whaling and trade in fin whale meat

baby fishermanTHE United States and Iceland are heading  for serious dispute after President Barack Obama  announced a series  of measures against Iceland over its policy to continue hunting whales. But the measures  appear to stop of short of banning Icelandic fish or seafood products which a number of environmental groups have been demanding. Read more here 12:21

Japan’s Diet committee urges gov’t to keep whaling

A fishery committee of the Japanese Lower House on Wednesday adopted a resolution, urging the government to continue whaling in the Antarctic and consider”every possibly option”to preserve the tradition of whaling, local media reported. Read more here 12:06

The Great Sea Urchin Crisis – “They’re completely dying off,”

Tye Zinck chips the ice off his scuba mask, yells a warrior cry and lunges off the boat. Until he can slow his gasping, he floats atop the 40 degree water, the wind of Sambro Cove, Nove Scotia, biting at his ears. The seams of his dry suit are so thick that it looks inside out. Read more here  11:56


John Furlong, CBC host and producer, dead at 63

John Furlong, a CBC journalist who covered every facet of Newfoundland and Labrador, has died just weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 63. Having worked behind the scenes for most of his career, he went on air in 2005 as the host of the Fisheries Broadcast, which he helmed until last year before switching to Radio Noon. Read more here  10:04

Seals and Sealing Network on location to document the start of the sealing season

Members of the Seals and Sealing Network (SSN) will be on location to document the start of the North Atlantic sealing season, speaking with sealers, processors and members of the coastal communities whose livelihoods depend on the sustainable and responsibly managed industry. Read more here 09:54

Boat of the Week from the Athearn Marine Agency: 90′ Raised Foc’sle Trawler, 720HP, CAT D-348 Diesel

dr3600_01Specification’s and information here  09:40

Researchers explore fishing-related injuries and prevention strategies

Handling frozen fish caused nearly half of all injuries aboard commercial freezer-trawlers and about a quarter of the injuries on freezer-longliner vessels operating off the coast of Alaska, new research from Oregon State University shows. However, an analysis of 12 years of injury data showed that fishing on the freezer vessels was less risky than many other types of commercial fishing,,, Read more here   09:06

Two Suspected Fish Thieves Caught in Santa Barbara – Video

Two Santa Ynez Valley men have been arrested for allegedly stealing fish from the Santa Barbara Harbor area as part of a reselling scheme in Hollywood. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said the arrests came after an extensive investigation. Read more here keyt.com 01:13

Gloucester’s oldest fishing vessel is entering its next stage of restoration, and we need your help to see it through.

We are the Phyllis A. Marine Association (PAMA), Inc., a non-profit corporation established in 2006, to promote the history of gillnetting in Gloucester, Massachusetts through the display and preservation of the fishing vessel Phyllis A. PAMA is setting out to raise $20,000 via Indiegogo and direct, tax-deductible donations to our 501(c)3. Read more here 21:04

Angry Newfoundland fishery workers in formed picket line Tuesday to protest the latest cuts to inshore shrimp quotas.

Earlier this month, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced a 9,000-tonne cut from the inshore fishery for northern shrimp quotas, while only 1,000 was cut from the offshore trawler fleet. Read move here 19:53

Challenge to marine observer program to be heard April 16

23523_354387901211_7651997_aOral argument in the lawsuit over the revised federal marine observer program will be heard April 16 in Alaska U.S. District Court. Judge H. Russel Holland will hear from The Boat Company, Fixed Gear Alliance and the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding the program at the hearing in Anchorage. Read more here 17:54

Always Top Quality! Your Seafreeze Ltd. Price List for April 15, 2014 has arrived!

seafreeze vesselsContact 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  17:35

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Values of fishing permits and IFQs are on the rise.

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Alaska salmon permit values are increasing in many regions; likewise quota shares of halibut Listings by four brokers show that Bristol Bay drift permits are valued at about $134,000 by the state and listed for sale at 150,000 to $170,000. That compares to $90,000 this past January. Read more here  17:26

ADFG releases 2014 Cook Inlet commercial fishing outlook

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the fishing outlook for Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fisheries today. The full report, which includes a summary of regulatory changes, can be read herealaskajournal  14:22