Alberta pushing Fort Chip commercial fishers north to Great Slave Lake

After 57 years of setting his nets on Lake Athabasca, Ray Ladouceur is out of work, a victim of the Alberta government’s decision in August to end commercial fishing across the province. “We’re looking for compensation, but so far, nothing has been offered,” Ladouceur told The Journal last week. Read the rest here 21:59

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Bering Sea fleet shrinks in face of catch shares

The Bering Sea crab fleet now stands at 77 vessels, a far cry from the nearly 250 boats that participated in a frenzied race to pull pots before the fishery downsized to catch shares in 2005. Fewer boats means fewer hands on deck, and as with other fisheries, the Bering Sea crabbers are ‘graying’ and need to recruit young entrants to sustain the iconic fisheries. The shareholders have devised a way to give captains and crews a first crack at available crab.  Read the rest here 20:12

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F/V Southern Skies makes it to safe harbor at Criehaven

As a fall nor’easter brought heavy windswept rain into the state Wednesday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard boat responded to a fishing boat taking on water in high seas off this Penobscot Bay island. The fishing boat was able to make it safely to Criehaven early Wednesday afternoon. Read the rest here 19:22

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Around and around we go, Where the Rogue NMFS Asset Forfeiture Fund Money goes, nobody knows! It’ll cost ya to find out!

Still RogueOn, or about, Sept. 15th, 2014 I inquired from the same FOIA office the following information: ‘Please forward information on all monetary disbursements from the  (NMFS) …(who were the recipients and what was the dollar amounts and for what purpose) from 2010 to the present (August 31, 2014). Also, what is the current balance in the account. The charge for that request would be $2965.44 …letter attached. Business must be booming! Read the rest here 19:09

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Understanding the Canadian Commercial Fishing Industry on Lake Erie

The natural resources that Lake Erie provides are valuable to millions of people. That is why conversations get heated with the topic of Lake Erie fisheries management. Distrust and blame are often beseeched upon neighboring management agencies. Canadian commercial fishermen are looked upon with disdain by many Americans for their use of gill nets and harvest rates. Read the rest here 16:57

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Harbor commissioner mulling plea offer in poaching, perjury case

The poaching and perjury case against Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Commissioner Aaron Newman may end in a plea deal after attorneys said during a Tuesday trial confirmation hearing that an offer was in the works. He has been charged with six misdemeanor violations related to poaching allegations, as well as. Read the rest here 16:45

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Pacific nations agree to historic tuna fishery pact to protect local industries

Officials from the Pacific Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) countries, meeting in Solomon Islands, have agreed on the text for a framework for managing the fishery, known as the Tokelau Arrangement for the Management of the South Pacific Longline Fishery. The meeting’s chair and Samoa’s ministry of agriculture and fisheries assistant chief executive, Joyce Samuelu Ah Leong, said catch limits will be set. Read the rest here 16:21

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Herring, tuna fishing interests collide at sea

The collision of fishing interests came Saturday night into Sunday morning, out along Jeffreys Ledge, ground zero for the extraordinarily hard bluefin tuna bite that unfolded in the waters off Cape Ann throughout the middle of October. By all accounts, including those of NOAA Fisheries, the state’s  and even Moody, the herring boats had every right to be fishing in the area as long as they didn’t violate the spawning closure by fishing before 12:01 a.m. Sunday and landing any of their catch before Monday at 12:01 a.m. Read the rest here 14:31

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Corn Belt Pollution: Louisiana Shrimp And Oysters Pay The Price as EPA raises the ethanol mandate

Nitrogen run-off from the nation’s booming Corn Belt is the single largest source of nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River basin, which drains a stunning 41 percent of the waterways in the contiguous United States. Massive amounts of water, sediment and nutrients wash off cornfields from as far away as Minnesota, enter the Mississippi River system, and eventually reach the Gulf. Read the rest here 12:07

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 44’x18′ 2003, Gillnetter,Lobster Fiberglass, Cummins, 530HP

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Crew stranded in Argentia receives help from fisheries union

Life aboard a cargo vessel that is stranded in the port of Argentia became a little more bearable for 11 crew members this week following the arrival of a shipment of food. Video, Read the rest here  11:20

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New charges in Lower Keys spiny lobster case – All are accused of violating the Lacey Act

Fishermen Charles and Tyson Veach and their company, Super Grouper Inc. of Stock Island and their company, Super Grouper Inc. of Stock Island, have been additionally charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with selling illegally caught lobster on three dates in August, according to court documents. A third brother,  was charged previously in an indictment handed down in August.  Read the rest here 09:22

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Why Canada, U.S. must resolve their Arctic border disputes

As most Canadians are aware, Canada and United States have two sovereignty disputes in the Arctic. Our differences regarding the Northwest Passage are better known, but we have also had an ongoing dispute with the Americans as to how to divide the Beaufort Sea. Read the rest here  09:11

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Yes on Question 7: Maine needs to prepare for a changing fisheries future

Do you favor a $7,000,000 bond issue to facilitate the growth of marine businesses and commercial enterprises that create jobs and improve the sustainability of the State’s marine economy and related industries through capital investments, to be matched by at least $7,000,000 in private and other funds? Maine’s fisheries are a defining part of the state’s economy, but they face an uncertain future. Read the rest here 22:57

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Why a Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break

A swordfish’s “sword” is its most prominent feature, but scientists have only now discovered the unusual properties that keep the sword strong and ready to slash. A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that the fish have an unusual way to repair their bone, keeping it strong and stiff. Read the rest here 19:22

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Red snapper amendments are on the table and all alternatives are bad: reader opinion

GMFMC SidebarOn the table for discussion are a couple of contentious issues. The most immediate is Amendment 40, which would separate the recreational community into two sectors – the “for hire” or charter sector and the private recreational sector. The other issue, Amendment 28, would address reallocation of the red snapper quota between the recreational and commercial sectors. Read the rest here 18:57

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BOEM to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for Potential Cook Inlet Lease Sale

boem-logoThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced that it will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in support of a potential oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet, off Alaska’s south central coast. The Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS, which will be published in the Federal Register on Oct. 23, 2014, will open a public comment period extending through Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Read the rest here 16:58

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More than 450 Cook Inlet fishermen receive aid money

In Cook Inlet, 454 checks were mailed — 481 eligible fishermen received applications for the payments. Another 330 checks were sent to Kuskokwim fishermen, out of 471 initially expected to be eligible, and 564 out of 599 eligible Yukon fishermen received payments. Read the rest here 16:26

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Kodiak needs a crab restoration effort – LudgerDochtermann

Lu DochtormannToby Sullivan wrote a great piece on the early Kodiak crab fishery. A kick in the mouth with a reminder that the community of Kodiak was built on crab. This city, the state and federal government have spent up to one billion dollars in often unbelievable financial indebtedness and flat-out government largesse, all taxpayer drains.  Read the rest here 16:00

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Researchers, shrimpers look for black gill shrimp in Georgia

Black Gill in shrimpThis wasn’t your typical cruise. For starters, the day-long journey around Chatham County waterways on the 92-foot R/V Savannah on Thursday was focused on a tiny parasite on shrimp that turns their gills an unsightly and unmarketable black. And instead of scientists researching the problem by themselves and reporting their results in a scientific journal years from now, they invited along shrimpers,,, Video,   Read the rest here

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BOFFFFs (big, old, fat, fertile, female fish) sustain fisheries

Recreational fishermen prize large trophy fish. Commercial fishing gear targets big fish. After all, larger fish feed the egos of humans as well as their bellies. A new compilation of research from around the world now shows that big, old, fat, fertile, female fish – known as BOFFFFs to scientists – are essential for ensuring that fishery stocks remain sustainable. Read the rest here 10:37

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Something’s fishy about Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal – and that’s a good thing

Living in Seattle, we have a tendency to take great seafood for granted; we know that come spring, our halibut will have a soft landing in herbed butter. It’s a given that we can drive to Fishermen’s Terminal and buy freshly-caught salmon just feet from where the boat docks. We can be confident our crab,,, Read the rest here 10:20

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Companies to Provide Modernization and Implementation of entellitrak® to Power NOAA’s Law Enforcement Personnel Activities

clip_image002_001MicroPact, Inc., the global leader in Data-First™ Case Management and Business Process Management (BPM) software, has secured a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to deploy entellitrak® as the Trident Case Management System for the federal agency’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE). Read the rest here 10:12

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Jacobs (fourth-generation waterman) unopposed in District 36 in the Maryland House of Delegates

“For 20 years, I feel like Annapolis has really regulated the industry, really in a way that has been very detrimental to the industry,” Jacobs said. “The first year or two I was there, it was very frustrating for me to see legislation introduced and passed by legislators who had no idea what a waterman looked like.” Jacobs said there is a lot of influence on legislators from environmental interest groups and the information they have received for the last 20 years has been “really one-sided.” Read the rest here 09:14

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Federal Conservatives under fire after ‘blind luck’ keeps drifting ship afloat

OTTAWA – Opposition critics say B.C.’s northern coast dodged a bullet this week when a disabled cargo ship drifted dangerously close to the shores of Haida Gwaii. The Russian-flagged Simushir has been safely towed to Prince Rupert by a commercial U.S. tug but New Democrats and Liberals in Ottawa say the incident doesn’t bode well for a dramatic increase in supertankers plying the same waters. Read the rest here 21:02

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Zhangzidao Group takes over Eastern Passage fish plant – “We will be sponsoring hockey teams,”

Feeding China’s booming middle-class population has led to a major investment in Nova Scotia by a large Chinese seafood company. The Zhangzidao Group says it expects to export between 2.3 to 4.5 million kilograms of Nova Scotia lobster to China in the next year and spend millions of dollars on new holding and processing facilities in the province. Read the rest here 18:07

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Drive to Mine the Deep Sea Raises Concerns Over Impacts

Nautilus-AR-2012-600Armed with new high-tech equipment, mining companies are targeting vast areas of the deep ocean for mineral extraction. But with few regulations in place, critics fear such development could threaten seabed ecosystems that scientists say are only now being fully understood. Read the rest here 17:50

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Coast Guard medevacs injured fisherman after crab pot falls on him

uscg-logo A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to Cold Bay, medevaced an injured fisherman from a fishing vessel 150 miles southeast of Sand Point, Alaska, Sunday evening.,, injured after a crab pot fell on him during loading operations  Read the rest here 16:35

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UAF Researchers Montior Gulf of Alaska and Find Waters Warmer

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been studying the waters in the Gulf of Alaska and found that the warmer than normal temperatures are averaging one to five degrees warmer than the September average of 55-57 degrees Fahrenheit. Read the rest here 15:07

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North Devon fishing industry is facing ruin and set to collapse following a ban on ray fishing.

The North Devon fishing industry is facing ruin and set to collapse following a ban on ray fishing. Local fishermen are facing selling their boats and Appledore Fish Dock has closed down after the unexpected ban left the industry contemplating the loss of almost three quarters of its revenue. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has levied the ban, which includes the Bristol Channel, after the country as a whole went over its quota for the year. Read the rest here 14:19

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No profits found in this tangled catch – Fishermen taking a beating!

Heterosiphonia japonica RILocal fishermen this year have had a tough time with a species of red seaweed, an algae, that looks like matted hair. The algae began to bloom and spread in May. Nets would get fouled – often beyond recognition – and the fishermen would spend hours cleaning them, only to have their nets get “weeded up” on the very next tide. And to add insult to injury, when the weed was thickest, covering acres of the seabed, the nets would often be empty of fish. Read the rest here 13:23

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From pencil to computer: Lobstermen adapting to digital data collection

Just 10% of Maine’s lobster fishermen, selected randomly each year, are required to report landings and other data to the Department of Marine Resources. They use good old pen and paper, the forms provided by the DMR. In this digital age, that seems inefficient says Susan Corbett, CEO of Axiom Technologies in Machias. In recent years, she and Axiom, a broadband provider, have worked to develop an online data collection system for lobster harvesters. Read the rest here 10:10

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Green Crab found near Pool’s Cove – Could be a serious issue in Fortune Bay

According to Cynthia McKenzie, a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans, the green crab has established a foothold in the Pool’s Cove area of Fortune Bay. She said DFO issued experimental licenses to the Conne River Band and a group in Pool’s Cove this past summer to catch green crab. Read the rest here 09:59

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Marin voice: Prop. 1 – One more shovel of dirt on the grave of our fisheries – Zeke Grader

Proposition 1 is one more shovel of dirt on the grave of our salmon, crab and other . Heightening dams or building new ones takes years. Our salmon fisheries need water now, not in 10 years. Our salmon fishermen and their families need water to flow down our rivers now to sustain these great fish that provide for us. Read the rest here 09:11

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The Amarissa Joye, new $9-million vessel will transport farmed fish, and the owner isn’t apologizing

The Amarissa Joye,Port Hardy’s James Walkus is not apologetic about his big new $9-million transporter boat being involved in the fish farming industry. “I believe it needs to be,” said Walkus, 75, of fish farming. “Our wild fishery won’t support the supply and demand. Critics of fish farming say the process despoils the ocean beds below the pens where the farm fish are kept and that the problem of sea lice on wild fish is heightened by the pens’ proximity to those wild fish. Read the rest here 22:02

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“It is clear the green groups want to ignore the science and play dumb when it comes to the small pelagic fishery.”

kevinhearn“Green groups are quick to criticise and accuse government of lack of consultation, yet this boycott of consultation gives the impression they are not genuinely interested. They just want to play cheap political games and expose themselves as little more than anti industry activists.”  Read the rest here  21:46

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American Samoa: Collision at the main dock causes oil spill, Crewman hurt

Collision Am SamoaA major oil spill occurred at the main dock after a purse seiner struck the bow of another purse seiner before 8 this morning (Thursday) .  Harbor Master Silila Patane reports that the Captain Vincent Gann had engine problems when it came into dock and the captain had difficulty controlling the vessel. Read the rest here 21:27

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Maine shellfish dealer to be sentenced for illegal money transactions related to unauthorized purchases of lobsters

The owner of a seafood dealership in southern Maine who was snared in a federal and state probe that began with an allegation that more than $1 million worth of lobsters were stolen from one of the state’s largest cooperatives is scheduled to be sentenced next week. Read the rest here 20:37

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Gulf of Alaska catch share proposals move to analysis

Catch shares in the Gulf of Alaska are one step closer after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council asked for analysis of an alternative structure to reduce bycatch and end the race to fish. Read the rest here 16:18

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Cordova residents voice concerns over Navy training in Gulf of Alaska

“The proposed increase would cause an additional 10,000 pounds of hazardous material to be expended in the Gulf, over 350,000 pounds of other materials,” said Eyak Preservation Council member Peter Knape. ”They’d sink two ships. They’d conduct two carrier strike exercises and some anti-submarine warfare exercises.” Video, Read the rest here 15:23

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Meeting October 20 – 24, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama

GMFMC SidebarClick here to view the Committees Agenda – Click here to view the Council Agenda – Click here to watch the meetings live 14:43

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Diane Roberts: Red snapper’s future is in our hands

Floridians love Gulf red snapper. We love to catch them; we love to eat them. But between the anti-science types and bad faith, with a little greed and arrogance thrown in, we could lose one of our most prized species. Some sport fishermen — the ones with their own six-figure fancy boats — get positively pouty over restrictions on how many days they can fish and how many snapper they can take. Read the rest here 13:01

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Fishing Partnership Support Services – Hyannis Safety Training, October 23, 2014

img-logo-fpssFishing Partnership Support Services is offering two hands-on training sessions taught by Coast Guard-Certified Fishing Vessel Safety Instructors. These day-long trainings are FREE for commercial fishermen – and you’ll be learning from the best. Type: Safety Training Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum – 135 South Street, Hyannis Port, MA, 02601 Date: October 23, 2014 Time: 07:30am – 03:00pm Event Registration Form is here  fishingpartnership.org 12:42

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Live Streaming Informatio​n – NEFMC Scientific and Statistica​l Committee Meeting, October 20, 2014

NEFMC SidebarThe public is invited to listen in to the New England Fishery Management Council’s SSC Meeting on Monday, October 20, 2014 Time:  8:30 a.m. The webinar will be activated beginning at 8:00 a.m. and end at approximately 6:00 p.m. Meeting Materials: here  Webinar registration here 11:52

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, October 19, 2014

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  10:40

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Ron McKinley wants TFW exemption for lobster processing plants

P.E.I.’s fisheries minister is calling on Ottawa to ease up on temporary foreign worker restrictions in Atlantic Canada lobster processing plants. Ron McKinley raised the issue while hosting a meeting this week of fishery ministers from across Canada. Read the rest here 10:28

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PEI – Souris Harbour Authority taking over mothballed Ocean Choice fish plant

 A deal is on its way that will see local interests take over the mothballed Ocean Choice fish plant here and open the doors to new tenants, including a fish processing operation, by next year. The Guardian has learned the Souris Harbour Authority will take over the former fish processing facility in eastern P.E.I. by the end of the month. Read the rest here 22:43

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Alaska Board of Fisheries spurns Central Peninsula – stigma that this area is dangerous to board members

By the time the Alaska Board of Fisheries holds its next meeting on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries, it will have been nearly 20 years since its members have chosen to do so on the Kenai Peninsula. Many of the public comments on holding the meeting away from the Peninsula referred to Anchorage as a “neutral” area between the Mat-Su region and the central Kenai Peninsula. Read the rest here 18:05

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First Installment of Federal Fish Disaster Assistance Released, part of the $75 million for fishery disasters nationwide.

Friday marked the release of $7.5 million in federal disaster assistance for commercial fishermen affected by the 2012 failure of the Chinook salmon in the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers and Cook Inlet.  Both US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich welcomed the news and spoke in support of the decision. Read the rest here 17:26

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Report: Big illegal catches of Russian crab threaten stocks, flood global markets

crabmafia_630x420Illegal crab harvests in the Russian Far East are threatening stocks and flooding markets, said a new report issued by the  The illegal catches of crab in Russian waters of the Bering Sea and in Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk are 1.7 to four times as high as the legal harvests, said the report, titled “Illegal Russian Crab: An Investigation of Trade Flow.” Read the rest here 15:28 From June 20, 2014-Searching for the Russian Crab Mafia here

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Canada: No new fisheries in the Arctic following federal ban

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Under the policy, which was developed with local aboriginal groups, new commercial fisheries in the Beaufort Sea will only be considered after research has shown surplus and sustainable stocks. The policy also gives local Inuvialuit first dibs on any new licences granted in those waters. Read the rest here 13:01

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Vancleave man loses spill-fraud appeal; pretended to be shrimp boat captain

Clements Gulf GrifterThe 5th U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled a federal judge in Gulfport gave Joseph Anthony Clements an appropriate prison term for his sophisticated scheme. Clements claimed he was a shrimp-boat captain who lost his livelihood because of the 2010 oil spill and was on the verge of losing his home and vehicle.  Read the rest here 12:38

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Efforts to clean up oil spill in north Caddo Parish continue, some of which entered Tete Bayou

KTBS 3 News is expected to learn more later today about the efforts going on right now to clean up an oil spill in north Caddo Parish. Officials say about 4,000 barrels of crude oil spilled, some of which entered Tete Bayou but did not reach Caddo Lake, nor affect drinking water, according Caddo Parish authorities. Video, read the rest here 11:59

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Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association in full battle mode for the Gulf of Maine fishery – Reinforcements needed

“Right now, John Bullard is thinking about what he is going to do,” Angela Sanfilippo, president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association told a small group of fishermen this week. “We need to remind him that people like you are going to be greatly affected by this.” “We need to make people understand that this is going to kill the industry,” she said. “This will be the last nail in the coffin and every day it’s moving closer and closer.” Read the rest here 08:50

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Canada (Fisheries and Oceans) vs. Ahousaht First Nation

The Federal Court of Appeal released a decision on September 24, 2014 in Canada (Fisheries and Oceans) v. Ahousaht First Nation, dismissing Fisheries and Oceans Canada (“DFO”)’s appeal against a Federal Court decision to grant various Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations applicants with an interlocutory injunction. Read the rest here 21:34

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NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for Oct. 17, 2014 as a PDF 19:35

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Always Top Quality! Your Seafreeze Ltd. Preferred Price List for October 17, 2014

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 19:12 

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Coast Guard Rescues Two Fishermen near Ketchikan (so the story goes!)

fishing vessel FreedomA Coast Guard Station Ketchikan Response Boat-Small crew rescued two boaters after their 53-foot vessel Freedom capsized in Tongass Narrows near Ketchikan, Wednesday morning. Read the rest here I stumbled onto the real story here, and the large photo. This is about people looking out for each other. I love it! Great job Kurtis Morin. 19:06

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The Perfect Fishing Electronics Installation!

vigilant_electronics4Nobeltec dealer Marine Radar is located in Washington state and recently worked on a complete integrated marine electronics system for a commercial fishing vessel. Ryan Hisey explains their perfect fishing electronics installation! This installation was on a new Fred Wahl Marine 58 x 22 commercial fishing boat, “Vigilant”, built by Dean Haltiner. Read the rest here  17:54

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