‘Deadliest Catch’ Cleans Up with Wins at 2014 Creative Emmy Awards

Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch won big at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, August 16, taking home three awards including a win for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.  Deadliest Catch, which recently wrapped its landmark 10th season on Discovery Channel, also won for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming and Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming. Read more here 22:52

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Coast Guard medevacs 68-year-old man from F/V Tidelands

uscg-logoThe Coast Guard medevaced a 68-year-old man Wednesday from the 200-foot fishing vessel Tidelands approximately five miles northeast of Great Machipongo Inlet near Cape Charles. Read more here 20:51

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Coast Guard medevacs another injured fisherman. This one near Dutch Harbor

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a request for assistance from a crewmember aboard the Patricia Lee who reported a 27-year-old fisherman suffered an injury to his foot and needed to be medevaced. Read more here 20:16

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Introducing the New GARFO Groundfish Disaster Spend Plan Updates Webpage, by RONCO, (as seen on tv!)

NOAA Federal – To make it easier to find the latest news and developments pertaining to the groundfish disaster spend plan, we have created a new webpage with links to various information.  This page will be updated periodically when new information on this topic is shared.  So be sure and check back.  For ease of finding, you may want to book mark this page. Groundfish Disaster Spend Plan Updates   Gulf of Maine Cod River HerringFishing Through Tough Times — a living document that includes various ongoing activities to assist the groundfish industry We expect to add to this menu as new issues emerge.  Have a nice day! Read more here  17:48

 

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Where’s the fight for our fishery? – Phil Earle, Carbonear

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2If the government of the U.S.A. and the fishing fleets of foreign countries behaved in their fishery like they do here in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Americans would have a civil uprising; it would never be allowed to take place. Read more here 17:06

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Alaska’s Fisheries – Dear Alaskan, Throughout my entire career, I have pushed to build our fisheries – Mead Treadwell

To represent Alaska, you have to know Alaska. I respectfully ask for your vote. Here’s why: My first job in Alaska, forty years ago, was helping former Gov. Wally Hickel in the fight for the 200 mile limit. That was the mid-1970’s. Read more here 15:57

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Mendocino Coast fishermen smiling over 2014 salmon returns

Over the past decade the numbers of fall run Sacramento River Chinook salmon predicted to return by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) have been overestimated, sometimes wildly so. Read more here 14:58

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N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission offers webcast of meeting – informal question and answer session at 6 p.m. tonight

This week’s meeting of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will be in Raleigh, but you won’t have to hit the road to follow the board’s discussions of red drum and other issues. For the first time, the commission will offer a live webcast of its meeting, which begins tonight with a public comment period and continues with business sessions Thursday and Friday. webcast instructions here, webcast link here Read more here 12:52

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Newport: Two fishing vessels collide near the mouth of the jaws Monday evening – no injuries – photos

pegasus-starboard-damage-8-19-14Just before midnight last evening (Monday), two fishing vessels, one leaving Newport, the other returning, came upon each other in the fog near the mouth of the Newport jaws.  They were on a collision course.  Both bridges tried evasive action but there was a collision anyway. The F/V Blue Horizon and the F/V Pegasus,,, Read more here 12:26

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Government Waste – Regulatory Discards

GOVERNMENT WASTEThis is what the government and their stupid regulations make us discard. Thrown away dead feeding the crabs. Fishermen would be more than happy to bring them home and give them away to feed the hungry. But nooo can’t do that. With what stupid regulations make us discard we could end hunger in this nation. Totally outrageous. 11:10

 

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 65′ DMR Trawler/Scalloper/Lobster, CAT 3408

dr3669_01This vessel had extensive rebuild and is presently used as a herring carrier. Specifications, and information and  photos, Click here To see all the boats in this series, Click here  10:51

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A Look Into The Role Of Fisheries Observers – Today @ 12:20 PST/3:20 EST on OPB.org

On August 13, deck boss Richard Clayton Palek was arrested and charged with a federal misdemeanor violation of a law that prohibits anyone from forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, intimidating, sexually harassing, bribing, or interfering with a fishery observer. Palek allegedly threatened and physically assaulted the observer.  TODAY @ 12:20 PST/3:20 EST   NOAA Fisheries@NOAAFisheries 35m  “Think Out Loud”: bit.ly/1pMf55M  10:22

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Delaware NREC issues shellfish aquaculture regulations – Permits could be issued as early as this fall

In anticipation of the moment when the state will begin accepting applications for shellfish aquaculture permits, Steve Friend started getting ready. He’s began building oyster and clam cages in March. Read more here 09:07

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Up to $6.2m in payroll rebates for expansion of Mulgrave fish oil plant

A Guysborough County plant that produces fish-oil supplements is getting a $30-million expansion, with $6.2 million in help from the province. DSM Nutritional Products announced plans Monday to upgrade its Mulgrave facility. Read more here 08:51

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Vietnamese fishermen eat snake for strength and enthusiasm at work!

It appears that Vietnamese fishermen eat a type of snake every time they go to sea in order to ensure strength and enthusiasm at work! Local fisherman Khairuddin Mustapha, who has befriended many Vietnamese fishermen and,,, meanwhile, Malaysia could rely on 100% fish imports by 2019. Read this and other interesting tidbits here  07:47

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Anyone that supports this should be forced to lick the skidmarks out of Fred Krupps Dirty skiveys

dinkVitter: Gulf Council Considers Red Snapper Allocation Pushed by NY Based Environmental Activist Group. The amendment today is endorsed by the New York based Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF has received a $225,959 Fisheries Innovation Fund grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This grant program is primarily funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Walton Family Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Read more here 22:25

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Maine Lobstering Union Mourns Fallen Lobsterman Jeremy Philbrook

The IAM Maine Lobstering Union (IMLU) Local 207 mourns the loss of member Jeremy Philbrook, who died on the job last week after falling overboard and drowning, investigators believe. Philbrook, 36, was an early, key supporter of the formation of the IMLU. Read more here 20:52

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Connecticut: State study an important first step in solving lobster die-off

T0912_Lobster_cover_CM_C.jpgDepending on whom you ask, there’s a variety of answers for why the lobster population is falling, starting with a die-off in 1999, the year after the peak, when the take was down more than a million pounds. Lobstermen have claimed, State scientists have blamed. Read more here 20:19

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Appeals court orders state board to reconsider Atlantic City windfarm

The order requires the BPU to reconsider Fishermen’s Energy’s application to build the 25-megawatt project — which it rejected in April while citing costs to ratepayers — using supplemental information. “This is a big win both for Fishermen’s Energy and the state of New Jersey,” said Fishermen’s CEO Chris Wissemann.  Read more here 16:38

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The Cahills hosted a SeaChange Party for the wealthy Hollywood Oceana crowd. Oh! You weren’t invited?

“Yes we want to make sure that we regulate how much fish that (the fisheries) get,” said Rachael Harris, “but also what happens in the wake of those nets is that sea turtles and all kinds of different wildlife are disrupted and killed, and also the ocean floor is completely disrupted.” Speaking about her own inspiration for attending, Jenna Ushkowitz joked about being a dolphin in her past life.  Oceana has such momentum and they make such large movements.  (oh yeah) Read more here! 16:03

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Impact of Shrimp Quota Cuts Felt in Twillingate: Mayor

The impact of drastic cuts to the inshore northern shrimp quota are being felt this summer.  says the third shift at the Notre Dame Seafoods plant in Twillingate didn’t get any work, and he’s not sure what that will mean in the long term.  He says the second shift still hasn’t earned enough hours to qualify for Employment Insurance, and the third shift hasn’t had any work at all. Listen to the audio’s here 15:01

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Northwest Alaska villagers concerned about dead salmon washing up along Kobuk River

For the last week, from Shugnak all the way down to Kotzebue, people are reporting dead fish washed up on the banks of Northwest Alaska’s Kobuk River in astonishing numbers. The fish appear to have been healthy and unspawned. Some have mysterious white welts dotting their backs. Read more here 14:39

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Baytown, Texas – Coast Guard: 3 rescued, 1 missing from Texas shrimp boat

Mr Anthony ShrimperThe U.S. Coast Guard says three crew members have been rescued from an overturned shrimp boat and it will resume a search for a missing man. A Port of Houston Fireboat crew rescued two people who were stranded on top of the boat and a woman trapped under it. It’s unclear how the boat named Mr. Anthony overturned. Authorities haven’t identified the crew members. Read more here 14:16

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Bill Blue, Morro Bay

Morro Bay: Life on the wide, blue water – Bill Blue makes his living catching crab and cod out of Morro Bay

Bill Blue has fished for 40 years out of Morro Bay, and his career is far from over. The 58-year-old Morro Bay resident and owner of the Brita Michelle docks along the Embarcadero near Beach Street and makes his living catching Dungeness crab and black cod. “I love being out on the water,” Read more here 13:15

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GARFO: Distribution of Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Disaster Monies to States for First-Third of Consensus Plan

NOAA destroying fishermenNOAA has awarded the first set of grants to five states (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut), totaling approximately $10.6 million to provide direct financial assistance to fishermen affected by the groundfish fisheries resource disaster. We are working with the state of New York to finalize their grant application and hope to distribute that award shortly. Eligibility Criteria for First-Third of Federal Funding, All the details, Read more here 10:50

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As Illegal Fishing in Gulf Grows, U.S. Fishermen Call for Stronger Policies and Enforcement

It seems that every week brings another story of U.S. Coast Guard or other Gulf Coast maritime law enforcement giving chase to foreign fishermen who have snuck into U.S. waters to fish illegally. Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf, mostly by Mexican crew in boats called lanchas, is a persistent – and alarming – problem, say authorities from Gulf Coast states and the federal government. Read more here 10:16

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Fiji police investigate high-seas shooting video

A mobile phone left behind in a Suva taxi by an Asian fishing boat crewman is at the heart of a horrific video showing the killing of four castaways on the high seas. Whether the dead men are Fijian, stateless Rohingyas from Burma or Somalis, is still unresolved. Nor is it known who killed them or why. Read more here 09:58

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Dredge opponents fear Penobscot River pollution

For the opponents of the Searsport dredge project, mercury contamination is the big worry. Those concerns deepened in February when the Maine Department of Marine Resources closed seven square miles to lobster and crab fishing after unsafe levels of  Read more here 08:25

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EDITORIAL: A different kettle of …lobster

lobsterDM0811_468x521We’ve supported the idea of a two-cent-per-pound lobster levy since an independent panel recommended it last fall in a report on the fickle Maritime lobster fishery. We even suggested that the Nova Scotia government, in particular, should legislate the levy, even if it couldn’t reach a consensus with lobster fishermen across the province. Read more here 22:57

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This is an OUTRAGE! Fishing vessel fijian crew gettin shot, out side fiji waters – MURDER

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Ocean Wind Turbines Spell Doom For Commercial Fishing

No Fishing

The fishing industry and ocean commercial wind turbine business is about to butt heads and the winner has already been determined. Today the fishing industry is being groomed with informational meetings, tools and being asked to weigh the benefits of offshore wind energy in their communities. My suggestion is the same as someone who lives near a land based wind turbine proposal. Sell your house before it’s too late. The same goes for the fishing industry. Read more here 21:03
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Boston Swordfish & Tuna Fires Current Market Basket Management!

We are one of several suppliers of fresh seafood to Market Basket- possibly the largest. We provide a variety of wild items typically found in retail markets throughout New England, including Cod, Haddock, Scallops, swordfish and tuna. The largest volume we provide is farmed Atlantic salmon from Norway- over 30,000 pounds per week. It is a great value for Market Basket customers, and has helped us grow our business with MB over the ten years we have worked together. Tim Malley  CEO Boston Sword & Tuna See More 18:57

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3-Minute Market Insight – Fraser River Sockeye, Definitely Buyers Market, Russia Salmon 2 Weeks Late

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Lotsa NOAA OLE RAH RAH – Oregon deck boss charged with assaulting federal fishery observer – allegedly

clip_image002_001Law enforcement officers this week arrested the deck boss of a groundfish trawler from Astoria, Ore., for allegedly assaulting, impeding and interfering with a federal fishery observer while the vessel was at sea in May. “Observers are trained scientists who add to the credibility and integrity of fisheries by collecting data,,,  Read more here 16:42

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N.C. – 4 Days for public comments – seismic BLASTING from Sept. 15 to Oct. 22

This is the first I’ve read about this project off the NC coast, and according to the article, there are only four days left to comment. North Carolinian Fishermen are very good at standing up and being heard. Make sure they hear you now. Just say no. All those marine mammals you get crucified over are going to get pounded to death, and your fish will take a big hit. Read more here, and blast some letters out. 15:47

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Project serves up big data to guide managing America’s coastal waters

Researchers have given a sweeping assessment to understand how human activities are affecting estuaries, the nation’s sounds, bays, gulfs and bayous. This first comprehensive look at changes in land cover, river flow, pollution and nutrient levels offers a comprehensive look at the state of America’s estuaries. Read more here 15:04

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Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

A great white attacks a submersible “SharkCam” deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, shattering its teeth on the metal bite-proof cylinder. Off Baja California, the crew of a research boat feeds a single great white 400 pounds of tuna in a boyish science test to see how much one shark can eat,,, Read more here 12:51

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Suffolk Closeup: Drill, baby … spill? – using the precise words of the oil industry — an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.

Obama BPDespite the 2010 offshore oil drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, despite the U.S. suddenly becoming the top oil producer in the world and despite decades of opposition, President Barack Obama is moving to open up the offshore Atlantic to oil and gas drilling. Read more here  12:12

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Commercial fishermen seek to halt recreational angling?

You think the differences between commercial fishing groups and recreational anglers has been heated in the past? Well … consider this just in from the “you aren’t going to believe this” file. In the comment section: I’d care to bet the use of long line commercial and net techniques vastly outweigh the stray rec hook & line incident. These clowns are simply trying to divert attention away from an obvious fact: commercial netting is the #1 way to overfish any fish population. I can’t believe it! Read more here 08:49

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What it means to be a Newfoundlander is quickly changing

Traditional Newfoundland – a world of isolated, tightly knit communities that relied on the fishery and each other for survival – is still at the heart of our conception of ourselves, of how we present ourselves to the world. Read more here  07:37

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N.W.T. forest fires to blame for slow fishing season

It’s been a slow summer for  commercial fishers in the Northwest Territories who have netted less than half of last year’s catch. The lower numbers are partially due to forest fires, according to Jason Grabowski with the Winnipeg-based Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, which buys, processes and markets all freshwater fish caught for commercial sale in Manitoba, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories.  Read more here 19:48

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Pacific call out big fishing nations on catch data– Bigeye crisis link to high seas, reporting loopholes

Pacific nations have slammed major fishing nations using loopholes to duck out of properly reporting their fishing catches in the Pacific.  members attending the 10th Scientific Committee meeting of the WCPFC say the missing data is critical to help prevent overfishing in Pacific waters.  Read more here 16:54

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INAUGURAL INDUCTEES – LEGENDS OF CANADIAN FISHERIES SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

The Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society has launched a new recognition program called “Legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management.”  The goal of the program is to recognize the accomplishments of fisheries professionals in Canada.  Read more here 16:34

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, August 17, 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 12:17

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Officials considering closing fishing areas from Florida Keys to North Carolina – seeking fishermen’s comments.

Representatives from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council held meetings last week in Key West and other areas of the state to obtain input on setting aside fishery areas as a way to protect critical spawning habitat.The goal of the proposal is to identify important spawning habitats for snapper and grouper species, while minimizing the social and economic impacts to snapper and grouper fishermen. Read more here 10:54

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Mount Polley mine: sediment near spill may harm fish – B.C. tailings dam breach sent millions of cubic metres of wastewater and silt spilling into lakes and rivers

“All the raw data from the tests has been shared with First Nations and Interior Health,” said Polak. “The results were tested at an independent lab in Vancouver and show that the sediment poses no human health risk. However, it may pose adverse effects on aquatic life and it exceeds B.C. guidelines for sediments and contaminated sites regulation standards for copper and iron.” Read more here 10:17

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Blue crab panel: Take action to avoid fishery collapse

blue crabConvinced that the state’s management plan to rebuild the decimated blue crab stock is failing, a commercial watermen’s advisory panel is urging a new approach to avoid a collapse of the fishery. Catch Shares? Cooler heads prevail. So far! Read more here 09:40

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The First Indicator – Looking Back. The 2nd indicator, looking forward.

hatLet me say first off, no one ever accused me of being smart, not even me. I learned at an early age what a stupid son of a bitch was, and I learned it the hard way.,, “This is pretty dire,” said Russell Brown, deputy science and research director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the branch of NOAA that did the research. Warning! Savory language ahead. Not to be read if offended easily! Read more here 09:06

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NEW BEDFORD —Offshore wind and fishing industries must ‘coexist to survive’

arcturus“Our people know what they’re doing at sea.” That’s the common refrain of city and state politicians alike as they try to convince industry leaders and the public that New Bedford should be America’s offshore wind hub. “There is a big feeling that this is just another thing encroaching on us,” said seafood consultant Jim Kendall. “But we know we’ll have to coexist to survive.” Read more here  08:18

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Cook Inlet and Yukon River Commercial Fishery disaster fund plan moving forward

Cook Inlet and Yukon River commercial fishermen could receive direct payments as part of the 2012 fishery disaster relief aid this fall. According to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration award notice, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is,,, Read more here  07:44

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