Fishermen Question Cod-Fishing Ban Data -one boat couldn’t catch any cod — and that boat happens to belong to the U.S. government.”

“I am certain that the science is wrong by a lot on this one,” said Vito Giacalone,,, David Goethel, captain of the Ellen Diane out of Hampton, New Hampshire, agreed. “I think there are a lot more cod than they are finding,” Goethel said. “I think we’re in the position we’re in basically because one boat couldn’t catch any cod — and that boat happens to belong to the U.S. government.” Video, and read the rest here 08:53

  • Rocky Novello

    LAST WEEK ON BIGELOW, ,IMPRESSIVE VESSEL,FAR SUPERIOR THAN ALBATROSS. BIGELOW HAS NEW NET WHICH WOULD OUT FISH ALBATROSS 10 TO 1
    BUT HAVE TO BE ON COD TO CATCH THEM. LOTS OF DEAD COD SPOTS IN GOM SURVEY

    FISHERMEN SHOULD PICK THE SURVEY SPOTS ON GOM SURVEY. BE CAUSE OF COD DEAD SPOTS .

    STARTING TO BELIEVE ABOVE 42*00 LINE, NOAA TREATS FISHERMEN DIFFERENTLY THAN BELOW THE LINE

    WHAT DO YOU THINK!!!!!

    • StripedBassHole

      Boy John it’s really an honest game when your dealing from a STACKED DECK in a State of the Art Vessel. How much experience did the person at the Helm have? How fast were they towing the Net? Was the Net equipped with Sensors showing that it’s spread was proper and the Wings were symmetrical? Was the Head Rope open or was it close to the Sweep? Was the Net tending BOTTOM? Was there ample forage Fish in the Area? Were they working and Edge where Cod normally hang out foraging for prey? Did they use their State of the Art Electronics or a Computer Model? How much commercial fishing experience did the Capt. have? Was there a REAL COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN providing guidance for the proper parameters for using the Net and finding Fish? Was the Area heavily fished prior to the Survey? You know like the Survey taken after the Large Vessels were allowed to pound the Area like previous Surveys? Was it the same Capt. that ran over a Whale with another state of the Art Vessel while breaking protocol traveling at a high rate of speed when he should have been traveling at a reasonable rate of speed knowing there were Whales near by? Were they really trying to find Fish? Did they remember to close the Codend? Do you really think the Fishing Community believe your findings after disproving them on their own? Do you feel guilty cashing your pay Check? How do you sleep at Night knowing what your organization has done to the Fishing Community and their Families? Bo you think I used enough QUESTIOM MARKS?

    • Rocky Novello

      STATE OF ART VESSEL , DOES NOT CATCH FISH, THE CAPTAIN MAKES VESSEL CATCH FISH .CAPTAINS OF NOAA’S VESSELS ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THEIR VESSEL AND THE RULES OF NAVIGATION ,BUT,I BELIEVE THEY DO NOT CARE IF,FISH ARE CAUGHT OR NOT.THE NET IS TOWED IN A STRAIGHT LINE FOR 1 MILE ,AT THE SPEED OF 3 KNOTS AND DOES HAVE SENSORS AT ALL THE RIGHT PLACES, THEIR NET OPENING FROM TOP TO BOTTOM IS 14 TO 16 FT. WHICH SHOULD HAVE A HIGHER OPENING CONSIDERING THE AMOUNT TWINE IN THE NET.ALSO THE NET SHOULD HAVE MORE BOTTOM CONTACT.

      THE NET AND GEAR TALKS TO GOOD FISHING CAPTAIN !!!! .

  • StripedBassHole

    DEAR JOHN,
    I find it difficult to send this Letter, but after a lot of thought I believe this RELATIONSHIP is not working out. You know how it is. Your People and my People really aren’t comfortable together. So that makes this relationship very difficult for us both. Given these circumstances it would be unfair to cast blame, even though I know the people in your life have a strong influence over you.
    So I find it best that we should break up. Maybe you should RETIRE and go out find ADVENTURE maybe on the Sea Shepard or did that sink? Well anyway please give it some genuine thought. I know my people would be routing for you should you RETIRE go Fly-fishing, play Golf, write a Book something FICTIONAL like “OCEAN of ABUNDANCE” I know you would excel in something like that. You’ve put your time in now it’s time to make the little JOHNNY inside you HAPPY. That’s about all I should say…
    GOOD BYE JOHN

  • borehead

    There are some goals I would like to set, and achieve.
    NOAA has guests aboard these research vessel for different projects, one being Teachers at Sea.
    I propose we lobby to get commercial fishermen and their advocates to be involved in all fishery related surveys, and experiments that affect the fishing industry through a new Observer Program, with observers positioned in all phases of the operation, from on deck observers, to observers on the bridge, interacting with government employees, verifying all data.
    If this is un acceptable to the NOAA/NMFS, I propose we lobby to have all stock surveys conducted exclusively on industry vessels, and have the NOAA fleet cut to the bare minimum.

    • StripedBassHole

      So basically what you’re saying is we should use our most experienced Fishermen with Gear that is proven to catch Fish to do the SURVEYING? Now that’s how a CEO of a successful Business would conduct research at least that’s been my experience. We’d be applying COMMON SENSE in this regard. Isn’t that what the AMERICAN PEOPLE should expect from those that represent them in CONGRESS?

      • Joel Hovanesian

        Common sense? There is no common sense when you are from a government agency or congress. And until the voters figure it out nothing will change.
        I fear for the republic. The whole world is upside down.

    • StripedBassHole

      This would be within OUR LEGAL RIGHTS to create a PETITION for. What do you think B.H.? Do we have any LEGAL EAGLES out there?
      Would FACEBOOK or another Venue be a suitable means to gather such?

  • StripedBassHole

    How BOUT You ALASKAGAL what’re your thoughts?

  • StripedBassHole

    Like they say if you don’t STAND UP for SOMETHING you’ll FALL for ANYTHING…

  • StripedBassHole

    I don’t know how many people that are visiting this sight realize that this is an off-shoot of the Blogs from the “Gloucester Daily Times” from Gloucester Mass. That Blog was really hopping back when God-Bless his Soul Reporter “Richard Gaines” was alive. After Richard passed away the Rules of the Blog changed and like Richard the Blog pretty much died. Unfortunately the G.D.Times decided to make the Blog a Subscription only, even though the majority of it consisted of “Letters to the Editor” and Our CANDOR in other words of no COST to them. Ray Lamont the Editor and Chief has horded OUR WORDS unless you have a SUBSCRIPTION. Like F.N. we worked off a DISQUS format and OUR WORDS from the past would’ve been available. In all fairness I think DISQUS should find a way to open the Vault. I think you would find it most enlightening as I said they got a lot of FREE input, so I’d say WE own it just as much as they do if not more.
    At this point I would like to THANK BoreHead for continuing on holding “THE TORCH” so we can at the very least VENT OUR discord. He’s put a BOAT LOAD of work into this and he deserves every ounce of credit. KUDOS to you B.H. without you we’d be alone with OUR DISSPAIR. You’ve carried a MIGHTY TORCH lighting the way so that we can tell OUR STORIES. The DEEP-POCKETED MEDIA wouldn’t even give us a second glance unless there was a TRAGEDY involved, how GOULISH, yet it SELLS PAPERS.
    Now lets give this PETITION some genuine thought.