Heiltsuk take over DFO office to stop herring fishery

Heiltsuk tears and anger were cast at Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers standing on the front steps of the federal office on Denny Island Sunday afternoon, as band Elders, leaders, women and youth pleaded for the controversial herring fishery not to resume on the central B.C. coast. Within hours, more than a dozen band members also occupied the DFO office, promising to remain there until the herring fishery is closed.  Read the rest here 22:34

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NMFS Implements Management Measures to End Overfishing of Blueline Tilefish in the South Atlantic

SAFMC SidebarNOAA Fisheries NMFS is implementing management measures in Amendment 32 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 32). The final rule publishes in the Federal Register, and is effective, on March 30, 2015. A commercial trip limit of 100 pounds gutted weight is included. Read the notice here 16:57

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In considering the lobster, PETA only inflicts pain on itself

At least People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) makes things fun for its critics. The pro-vegetarian group yet again proved its incompetence this week by attempting to claim credit for a business decision it had nothing to do with, this one concerning a Minor League baseball team and what’s being served at its concession stands during games. Read the rest here 14:56

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MAFMC to Hold Scoping Hearings for Squid Capacity Amendment: April 6 – 21, 2015

MAFMC SidebarThe amendment would likely consider a variety of approaches for reducing capacity in the squid fisheries, such as a requalification of permits, a tiered limited access system, and/or individual fishing quotas (also known as “catch shares”). If the Council decides to move forward with an amendment, a range of alternatives would be developed for analysis and additional public comment. Meetings and dates here 13:49

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, MAR 29, 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 13:16

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American Fishermen, American Consumers and Coastal Communities, Support the A-7 Survival Fund – Highly Migratory Species

American fishermen,American consumers and coastal communities all lose under the current A-7  amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for Highly Migratory Species. Fearing further decline of domestic fisheries for rebuilt stocks of swordfish, some tuna, and the possible resulting transfer of the United States’ international quota to foreign fleets, members of the Pelagic Longline Fleet and other related businesses have filed suits challenging aspects of Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan for Highly Migratory Species, which includes swordfish and tunas. Read the rest here 11:56

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Record prices help buoy Maine scallop fishery

In the mid-2000s, when Maine’s scallop fishery hit historic lows for volume and value, its future did not look promising. A lot has changed since then. Annual catch totals still may lag behind what they were in past decades but, according to Maine Department of Marine Resources, 2014 is one of the most lucrative years the state fishery has ever had. Scallop fishermen harvested 584,000 pounds of scallop meat in Maine’s coastal waters last year and,,,   Read the rest here 10:42

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Is Austral Fisheries Legitimizing Sea Shepherd? In Pursuit of the Thunder

For the past 100 days Sea Shepherd’s flagship the Bob Barker has been chasing an illegal fishing vessel caught taking valuable Patagonian toothfish from Australian territorial waters off Heard Island in the Southern Ocean. The two ships were off the west coast of central Africa. Carter said although neither Sea Shepherd nor Austral could do much apart from pressure the illegal vessel FV Thunder, he had been “impressed” by the group’s commitment and wanted to help. Read the rest here 10:01

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Key West charter Captain files change of plea in illegal sale of finfish and lobster case

The last of five Lower Keys fishermen snared last year in a state wildlife case and accused of illegally selling fish to undercover officers will likely plead guilty in Plantation Key on April 9. Key West charter Capt. William Osgood Wickers Jr., 42, of Big Coppitt Key, has a change of plea scheduled before county Judge William Ptomey, according to court records. An earlier report, click here  Read the rest here 08:59

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Conservationists push to bypass or remove dams, restore alewife run in Maine

Alewives, which grow to 11-12 inches in length, play a critical role in the marine ecosystem. They are eaten by virtually every other marine fish, mammal and bird, and are commonly used as lobster bait. The more alewives that are introduced, the healthier the overall ecosystem will be, Gray said. China Lake has the potential to create a gigantic population bump. Read the rest here 08:40

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Fish-farm madness – A US/Canadian Collaborative, The “Joint Forward Plan”

The Joint Forward Plan states that “Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worked on aligning product reviews and risk assessment methodologies” in order to “reduce administrative burden on industry and provide simultaneous product access” to users. Regarding fish farms, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is collaborating with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read the rest here 16:02

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Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet, Charter Fishermen are FURIOUS with four days left of the Blue Fin Tuna Season.

Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and as Easter week approaches. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey, which showed that search-and-rescue vessels can no longer get out of the inlet. Read the rest here 14:53

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2 commercial fishermen convicted of trap robbing

Two commercial fishermen were convicted this week of robbing another fisherman’s stone crab traps last year. Both will face a maximum of five years in prison at sentencing, according to the State Attorney’s Office. A FWC pilot alerted FWC officers on the ground after tracking Salado’s boat, according to reports.The officers spotted the duo in the vessel March 8, 2013, on the oceanside of Ballast Key, pulling four traps with colors that did not match their vessel number. Some 25 undersized stone crab claws were found on the boat when it was boarded by FWC, reports state. Read the rest here 14:15

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NEFSC Conducting Protected Species Program Review April 13-16 in Woods Hole, MA

NOAA ScientistScience programs at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center that support protected species conservation and management in the Northeast will be peer reviewed at the Center’s facility in Woods Hole, MA April 13-16, 2015. The species involved include whales, small cetaceans, seals, and sea turtles, as well as fish populations that fall under provisions of the federal Endangered Species Act. Click here for more information on the meeting, including logistics and meeting materials. Read the notice here 13:46
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Massachusetts: Local lobstermen busy selves during NMFS lobster/pot ban

100_1271The federally mandated lobster/pot closure aims to protect endangered whales during the three-month stretch when the mammals are known to frequent the restricted waters, according to the NMFS National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries division. Local lobstermen, backed by the Scituate-based , maintain they can co-exist with the whales. “We can land a man on the moon. There has to be a way for us to co-exist,” Herb said. Read the rest here 10:39

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Ocean Salmon Season Will Open April 4 by Dan Bacher

The recreational salmon fishing season is slated to begin in the Fort Bragg, San Francisco and Monterey South regions of the California coast on Saturday, April 4, 2015. In spite of the record drought, the outlook for this year’s season is promising, due to an abundance of both Sacramento and Klamath River Chinook salmon. On March 12, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) adopted three public review options for the 2015 recreational and commercial salmon seasons off the West Coast. Read the rest here 10:01

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Letter: Fishermen grateful for Congressman Seth Moulton’s efforts

manatthewheelWe would like to publicly thank Congressman Seth Moulton for his support for fishing business in Gloucester. During the campaign, Congressman Moulton promised to advocate for sound policies for the fishing industry. In office for less than one month, he has delivered on that promise. Congressman Moulton’s strong and timely support of a sector-based solution offered by the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund was critical and well received. Ultimately, NOAA agreed to amend the Gulf of Maine cod for the remainder of this fishing year. Read the rest here 09:31

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With fish spotting, aviation’s relationship with fishing turned contentious

Of all the ways in which Alaska’s aviation and fishing industries have been associated over the years, the use of aircraft to spot fish for commercial fishing operators has by far been the most controversial. Fish spotting is not unique to Alaska or even the West Coast; according to Aerial Age Weekly, it was used as early as 1920 off the coast of Virginia when “….each morning at 5 o’clock a flying boat carrying a pilot, radio operator and fish spotter leaves the station to aid fishing craft.” Read the rest here 08:23

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for March 27, 2015

NCFAClick here> Weekly Update for March 27, 2015 22:51

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Halibut bycatch tough to manage

alaska-halibut__frontA lot has changed in Alaska since commercial vessels began fishing for halibut off the coastline in 1888, but in almost 130 years, halibut has remained a staple of the state’s fishing economy and culture. Along with salmon and crab, no species of fish captures the Alaskan imagination and fills Alaskan pocketbooks more than halibut. So it comes as little surprise that the Bering Sea fishery’s estimated 4.5 million pounds of halibut bycatch in 2014 has lot of people concerned. Read the rest here 18:18

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Fur Seals Caught Preying on Sharks Off South Africa – The seals only consume the viscera

The seal’s picky consumption of only the viscera, the most energy-dense part of the shark, is also noteworthy. Although fishers have noted for years that seals sometimes eat the viscera of large fish trapped in their nets, this type of predation has rarely been documented properly in free-swimming prey that fall victim to marine mammals. The fact that the seal discarded the rest of its catch shows that it had the option to be picky and is probably not at a loss for food. Read the rest here 17:13

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Crabbers Want In on Federal Plan to Trace Illegal Seafood

Alaska’s crab fleet catches many of the same species as their counterparts in Russia — from red, blue and brown king crab, to snow and tanner crab. But illegal fishing in Russia is thought to account for a large part of the crab that finds its way to American consumers. Studies suggest that’s cost Alaska $600 million since 2000. “There’s no fishing boats docking in the United States with illegal crab on board,” Jacobsen says. “It all comes after being laundered through Korea and China.” Read the rest here 15:16

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Bi Partisan Amendment to Support Monitoring of New England Fisheries

fishery observerUnited States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bipartisan budget amendment to support at-sea and dockside monitoring for fisheries that have received economic disaster assistance on Thursday, March 26.  A fishery disaster declaration was declared in 2012 for the Northeast. Read the amendment here  Read the rest here 15:06

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Heiltsuk will risk arrest to blockade herring boats, warns chief councillor

The herring battle on the central B.C. coast heated up Thursday with warnings from Heiltsuk tribal leaders that further commercial herring boats will be physically blockaded if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans re-opens the catch further.  “We have a small fleet of boats getting ready to go out on to the water if the [herring] fishery is opened by DFO,” said Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett with the Heiltsuk Tribal Council. “We are putting DFO on notice,,, Read the rest here 13:21

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Bill to ax Alaska fish commission passes out of committee

The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The unanimous vote came despite fishermen’s objections that the bill upends the separation of power between the commission that oversees Alaska’s limited-entry fisheries like salmon and the agency that regulates commercial fishing. Read the rest here 13:02

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COMFISH 2015 Is coming to Kodiak! April 2nd thru the 4th

Comfish 2015, coming to Kodiak April 2-4, will feature presentations on safety and research, plus updates on state and federal fisheries issues, environmental films, and a lively fish filleting competition with challengers from shoreside processors. The annual fisheries forum and trade show kicks off at the Best Western Kodiak Inn on April 2 with forums on man overboard safety at sea, new vessel safety compliance programs and lessons from fishing vessel energy audits. Read the rest here  http://comfishalaska.com/ 10:46

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NMFS Accepts Two Petitions to List Porbeagle Sharks under the Endangered Species Act

nmfs_logoToday, we announce that we have made a positive 90-day finding on two petitions (Wild Earth Guardians, and Humane Society US) submitted to us to consider listing porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This action is being taken in response to a recent court order concerning the negative 90-day finding we published in 2010, and in response to new information we have on porbeagle sharks. Read the rest here 10:06

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Canadian Cod: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I write this in response to some recent comments by a fisheries research scientist, Dr. George Rose, about the status of Northern Cod. Specifically, he said that we are a decade or so away from anything that would be a recovery. Let’s turn the clock back to the mid-1980s.  Inshore fish harvesters were telling fisheries scientists and managers and politicians that all was not well with the Northern Cod stock. Large cod were disappearing, historical migrations patterns,,, Read the rest here 09:23

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$244M economic impact shows importance of Lake Erie commercial fishery

Lake Erie’s commercial fishing and processing industry has an economic impact of more than $244 million and includes the world’s largest freshwater commercial fishing industry in Wheatley. Yet few realize that, industry leaders say. “Most people in Windsor don’t even know there’s a fishing industry here in Lake Erie,” Tony Giacalone, president of fish processor La Nassa Foods in Kingsville, said Wednesday. “There is a lot of politicians who don’t even know we exist.” Read the rest here 07:54

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You’ll wish you’d met this Alaskan fishing captain after reading his obit

tcobitmalcolm20150326Today, I have come across the greatest obituary ever written. And Lord knows I wished I had met this guy. You’ll probably feel the same way. It begins: “Captain Donald Alexander Malcolm Jr., 60, died Feb. 28, 2015, nestled in the bosom of his family, while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies. He died from complications resulting from being stubborn, refusing to go to the doctor, and raising hell for six decades. Stomach cancer also played a minor role in his demise.” Then it gets better,,, Read the rest here 20:24

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Sea lions inundate Oregon Coast in historic numbers wreaking havoc on fisheries, causing damage to docks and infuriating fishermen

During a Feb. 11 aerial survey, WDFW also counted more than 1,200 California sea lions at the East End Mooring Basin, along with nearly 600 Steller and California sea lions on the South Jetty. On Friday, spokeswoman Jessica Sall of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said, her agency counted 2,340 California sea lions at the East End Mooring Basin. Increasing numbers of pinnipeds, driven by starvation in California to the healthy smelt and salmon runs in the Columbia River, have put a strain,,, Read the rest here 19:59

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Magnuson Stevens Act changes focused on flexibility, science, accountability, and transparency

Young’s proposed version of the MSA is titled the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” His philosophy is to let the councils, who have more intimate understandings of their stocks and more responsiveness than the Department of Commerce, have more control of their respective operations, and to update the act to account for better scientific governance and more attention to economic effects. The revised act has several amendments regarding stock rebuilding protocols, council transparency,,, Read the rest here 14:55

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Agencies weighing next steps in gillnet-replacement fisheries on the Columbia River

Purse and beach seine gear could be a part of the regular Columbia River commercial salmon fishery this year, drawing from the same pool as the rest of the fleet — even when it comes to the number of fish they can keep or handle before everyone has to stop fishing. Whether or not the new seine fishery will exist has come down to a question of numbers. Specifically, which numbers.After testing seine gear on the river following a mandate from Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to phase out the use of commercial gillnets on the mainstem of the Columbia,,, Read the rest here 14:27

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Bad weather keeping halibut boats tied to dock, and various other fish news reports

alaska-halibut__frontTen days into the 2015 halibut season, prices are beginning to fall slightly, but production is nearly nonexistent, at least in the central Gulf of Alaska, Area 3A. Stormy weather and big tides have conspired to make a slow start to the season in Area 3A, with the weather continuing to keep boats in port this week. Boats in the area delivered only 146,000 pounds from 26 deliveries during the first 10 days, although deliveries in Southeast Alaska, Area 2C, topped out at 420,000 pounds from 62 deliveries. Read the rest here 13:58

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Dear America, our seals are not endangered

March 25, 2015 Bruce A. Heyman Embassy of the United States to Canada 100 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1AOA6  Mr. Heyman, I am writing with deep concern over misinformation being spread by United States Customs and Border Protection agents that seal populations found off of Canada’s East Coast are an endangered species. A Newfoundland and Labrador woman’s seal-skin purse was confiscated recently at the seal-skin purse was confiscated in Bridgewater, Maine after agents informed her that seals are an “endangered species.” Read the rest here 13:27

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Scallop Vessel Burns Up in Southwest Harbor – Video

The 50-foot boat called We’re Here, owned by local fisherman Nahum Kelley, had been moored in the harbor when Coast Guard personnel monitoring a security camera saw it was on fire, according to Chisholm. The boat had burned off its mooring before the Coast Guard notified the fire department and then sent out one of its own boats to try to douse the flames. Chisholm said he and the Coast Guard believe a kerosene heater,,, Read the rest here 12:01

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Bagged on face book – Two Pasadena Men Jailed for Stealing Crabs from Watermen

A Facebook post by a poacher helped authorities win a conviction against two Pasadena men caught stealing $6,400 worth of crabs from the crab pots of commercial watermen. The men were sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail by an Anne Arundel District Court judge. Maryland Natural Resources Police say in a release that John Allen Schuman, 37, of Pasadena, was found guilty of six charges stemming from his arrest Sept. 15, 2014, off Bodkin Point at the mouth of the Patapsco River. Leslie Eugene Jenne III, 31, of Pasadena, was found guilty of two charges Read the rest here 11:38

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Shrimpers, Crabbers Learn New Regulations at Louisiana Fisheries Meeting

Shrimpers and crabbers learned about the newest regulations, techniques and equipment at a Louisiana Fisheries Forward meeting on March 24, organized by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant. Thu Bui, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant fisheries agent, said the meetings are intended to help fishers learn about new developments before their peak seasons get underway soon. “It makes them more professional and gives them the information so they can become more profitable,” Read the rest here 09:55

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North/South Carolina Views vary on drilling – Feds take comments until Monday

The Associated Press reports five congressmen representing coastal districts in the Carolinas reflect the opposing views in states where both governors are strong advocates of offshore drilling and almost 20 coastal communities oppose the idea. To date, seven coastal communities in South Carolina and 12 in North Carolina are on record against drilling. None are in Carteret County. Read the rest here 09:33

 

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Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population rebounding

Last year was a dismal episode for Chesapeake Bay blue crabs and the watermen who harvest them. It’s not that crabs were being overfished. Instead, experts suspect a combination of environmental factors. The good news now is that preliminary evidence from the annual blue crab winter dredge survey shows the numbers are climbing again. Read the rest here 08:26

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Their careers and their futures depend on attacking fishermen and fishing. What more can we expect from them?

earthjustice $upereco-manThere are people who don’t like fishing. There are people who don’t like anyone who isn’t a vegan. There are people who don’t like progress. There are people who don’t like efficiency. There are people who don’t like to thoroughly research issues. There are people who don’t like technology. There are people who don’t like competition. There are people who don’t like people. There are people who don’t like the truth. There are people who don’t like whatever they’re paid not to like. Let’s say that you shared a number of these traits and you were in search of what would be to you a rewarding career. Could you do much better than becoming an anti-fishing activist? Read the rest here 18:29

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Foreign bids on Icicle higher than US suitors expected, players up against American Fisheries Act

First round bids for the purchase of Icicle Seafoods — up for sale by private equity owner Paine & Partners —  are far, far higher than expected, sources involved in the sale process told Undercurrent News. Major foreign players have — so far— made “insane” offers, well beyond what US-based companies are willing to pay. If foreign players ultimately do outbid their US competitors, they will have to fenagle their way around the American Fisheries Act, which limits foreign ownership of fishing vessels. Read the rest here 16:42

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Ocean Acidification: Natural Cycles and Ubiquitous Uncertainties

From the article: Nonetheless in a study sponsored by NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program Bednarsek 2014 argued those examples of shell dissolution were caused by anthropogenic carbon writing, “We estimate that the incidence of severe pteropod shell dissolution owing to anthropogenic OA has doubled in near shore habitats since pre-industrial conditions across this region and is on track to triple by 2050.” But such “conclusions” are unsupported speculation at best.,, Shame on those NOAA scientists for such biased interpretations. Read the rest here 15:29

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Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: PRICE REDUCED! 45′ Guimond Tuna/Lobster/Charter (2) Cummins 6CTA8.3L

tuna 2113_01Specifications, and information and 15 photos of the vessel, click here  To see all the boats in this series, Click here 14:57

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Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. Here, in the Indonesian island village of Benjina and the surrounding waters, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry. This intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood . Read the rest here 12:00

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Maine Rep. Robert Alley, D-Beals looks to cap Maine scallop harvest

mkMaine’s rebounding scallop fishery is the target of a lawmaker’s plan to put a cap on daily harvesting. Maine Rep. Robert Alley, D-Beals, is proposing a law that would limit scallop harvesters to 90 pounds per day, per person. The proposal is the subject of a public hearing in Augusta on April 1. The state’s meaty scallops are prized in the culinary world and often fetch several dollars more per pound at market than others. Read the rest here 11:12

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Gulf reef fish anglers – You wanted it! You got it! Welcome To The Machine.

Attention Gulf reef fish anglers (a little tribute tune!) : You’ve asked for better data and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has listened and taken action. Now the FWC needs your help. Signing up to participate in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey becomes mandatory April 1, so sign up today. The easy, no-cost process will help the FWC paint a clearer picture of how many people are targeting Gulf reef fish, like red snapper and gag grouper, and what anglers are seeing on the water. Read the rest here 10:19

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Good News for Cortez? Sarasota Bay Fisheries go to Tallahassee

Manatee County Commissioners will take the booming and sustainable future of Florida’s west coast fisheries to Tallahassee. Among the legislative priority requests named at Tuesday’s meeting, which also includes the transit fleet facility, channel dredging and next generation radios, is protecting and replenishing Sarasota Bay fisheries. New methods of how to seed oysters and clams and harvest mullet roe are bringing promise to what at times has been a shaky future for the fishing village of Cortez. Read the rest here 08:52

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Local operators unhappy with long-line fishing changes in American Samoa

Collision Am SamoaRecent changes to fishing regulations have not gone down well with local operators in American Samoa after the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council reduced the long-line fishing boat limit from 50 miles offshore (80 kilometres) to just 12 miles (19 kilometres). Audio Report, Click here to listen 08:36

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Oceana blame’s sardine overfishing, not just warmer waters, for sea lion deaths.

stupid-mainBut marine conservation nonprofit Oceana, which has a California office in Monterey’s Heritage Harbor, connects another dot to the scarcity of sea lion food: sardine fishing. The Pacific Coast sardine population is at its lowest level in 15 years, Oceana reports. “Any fishing on Pacific sardine right now is overfishing,” said Geoff Shester, Oceana California campaign director. “While federal officials are quick to blame ocean conditions for the declines in [sea lion] prey, they have turned a blind eye to the effects of sardine fishing,,, Read the rest here 07:44

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Mandatory Humane Harvesting Training for the Seal Fishery

csaDFO reminds all commercial Sealers that Humane Harvesting Training on the three-step process is mandatory for all commercial Seal licence holders prior to participating in the 2015 season and in any future Sealing seasons. In order to renew a Sealing licence for the 2015 Seal harvesting season, all Sealers must have renewed their 2014 licence and also must have successfully completed the mandatory Humane Harvesting Training on the three-step process. Read the rest here19:56

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Gov. Walker makes another unorthodox pick for Fish Board, Meanwhile in Montana, former Fish Board appointee charged!

Gov. Bill Walker has made a second try at filling a vacant seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, this time picking Robert Ruffner, the director of a Kenai Peninsula conservation group for a position traditionally held by members sympathetic to sportfishing interests. Read the rest here  Meanwhile, Montana law enforcement officials have charged Gov. Bill Walker’s one-time fish board appointee, Roland Maw,  with seven misdemeanor counts of applying for and buying Montana resident licenses while he was not a resident of the state. Read the rest here 15:54

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Heiltsuk heartbroken by herring fishery’s re-start, with RCMP protection

web-bc-herring-fishery23It’s come to this.  The police protection of the controversial herring fishing, on B.C.’s central coast.  Heiltsuk Nation had opposed the return of the large fishing boats for weeks, warning federal fishery officials, that the fishing could wipe out the fragile herring stocks in their traditional waters.,, harsh words for the fishermen. “One of them told his captain to tell us to ‘f-off’ — and I told him to ‘f-off’ and gave him the one finger salute,” said Humchitt.  “After that we toned down, and we asked how much quota they were taking and they just turned their backs on us.” Read the rest here 15:17

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Michigan officials weigh idea of Great Lakes fish farming

The state Department of Environmental Quality has heard from two operators interested in raising rainbow trout in netted enclosures, spokesman Brad Wurfel told The Associated Press. “We’re going to put the absolute best minds available around the table and give it due consideration,” he said. “But we haven’t forgotten that job one is protecting Michigan’s waters. We’ve been trying to be very clear that the bar here would be incredibly high.” Read the rest here 15:04

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Winchester Bay, Thar be sardines here

“In our minds,” he said, “fish buyers, fishermen in the sardine industry … we get a quota and it keeps getting reduced. We don’t think NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) does a very good job doing their science. In fact, we use airplanes to see our fish. “We may not get a July 1 season this year,” he explained, “because they say there’s no fish in the ocean. So, we happened to be down here buying live crab from the local guys, here, and they’ve been telling me ‘we’re seeing sardines.’ I’m saying ‘no you aren’t. They’re not here.’ ‘No, we’re seeing sardines.’” Read the rest here 12:46

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RCMP tell onlookers to stay away from Bonavista boat fire

Firefighters are battling a blaze aboard a boat at the Bonavista Marina that’s been burning since 6 a.m. According to the RCMP, the Trinity Bay North and Bonavista fire departments are trying to extinguish the “large” boat fire.  Photos and video quickly began showing up on social media of the fire, including this video posted on YouTube by Barry Langdon. Read the rest here 11:40

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Three Louisiana men cited for commercial shark-fishing violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited three Louisiana men this weekend for alleged commercial shark-fishing violations off the coast of Grand Isle. According to a press release, Daie Minh Le, 42, of Buras, Hung Van Le, 38, of New Orleans and Thanh Van Le, 52, of Buras, were ticketed for being over the limit of large coastal sharks. Agents on patrol found the men still actively fishing and already in possession of 74 large coastal sharks, the release states. Most of the sharks were black tip sharks, as well as one hammerhead. Read the rest here 10:52

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New distribution model helps Skipper Otto’s expand beyond B.C. borders

Just over a year ago, Sonia and Shaun Strobel decided to expand their community supported fisheries business, Skipper Otto’s, beyond British Columbia’s borders. Unofficially, they were already there. The business had ballooned from 40 people buying fish from a locker on Granville Island to more than 1,000 members, buying thousands of pounds of seafood, across Western Canada. Read the rest here 08:47

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Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Chief Reacts To Being On Chopping Block

The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission is defending itself against a recent state report pointing out inefficiencies and legislation that could dissolve the agency. Since its creation in 1973, Twomley says the commission has been going through a deluge of thousands of applications to limited entry fisheries and is now down to the last 28 cases. The report recommends those be complete by the end of June. A more reasonable time frame, says Twomley, is by the end of 2016. Audio, Read the rest here 08:35

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DNV GL Launches Rules for US Fishing Fleet

The fishing vessel industry fatality rate is 30 times higher than the average of all U.S. industries. To address this, U.S. legislation requires that all new fishing vessels larger than 50 feet must be built to classification rules. DNV GL is the only classification society to develop rules specifically for the U.S. domestic fishing fleet, addressing how fishing vessels are designed, built and maintained for safety. Read the rest here 21:10

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