Category Archives: Letters

Letter: Taking stock of cod stock assessments

In a Telegram letter published May 6, (“Perfectly good fisheries data being ignored,” click here ) Harvey Jarvis criticized the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ assessments of northern cod and 3Ps (i.e. south coast) cod. Based on my 20-plus years of experience with stock assessments in Newfoundland and Labrador and other regions (Canada, the U.S., and Europe), I think Jarvis is absolutely correct about the 3Ps cod assessment, but he is incorrect about the new northern cod assessment framework that DFO adopted in 2016. Jarvis suggested that the only information used in the northern cod assessment model to estimate stock biomass is the DFO research vessel survey index. He indicated that the commercial catch, the commercial logbook data and the cod sentinel catch rate indices are not used. This is not true. The 2016 northern cod stock assessment used a state-of-the-art model,,, click here to read the letter 17:23

Controversy over New England region’s cod population – Now fishermen spend more time avoiding cod than catching it

Three letters to the editor, one from from Jackie Odell, Executive director Northeast Seafood Coalition, Re “dwindling” cod population no fluke in Mass.” (Editorial, April 5): Small family-owned fishing businesses operating in New England rely upon sound science. In recent years, reports for stocks like Gulf of Maine cod have gone from being overly optimistic to overly pessimistic, seemingly overnight. This flip-flop has justifiably created doubt and suspicion among those who participate in the fishery.,, a joint letter from Reps Keating, Lynch, and Moulton, We represent the Commonwealth’s coastal communities and their hard-working fishermen and -women as well as the scientists working to better understand how the fishery is evolving. We share a common goal: understanding the science that can get us to a sustainable fishery.,, and Peter Dorfman. The cod, which used to be abundant and a staple of our economy, are now scarce and possibly on the verge of extinction. It is a genuine shame that the people responsible for this situation cannot bring themselves to accept what has long been scientifically established fact. Click here to read them, and check out the comments. 19:23

Comment on Amendment 23 re: Slighted Ports – Jim Kendall

I wasn’t going to offer a comment on this Amendment simply because GARFO & company has once again chosen to ignore the value & the importance of holding a public hearing with the New Bedford/Fairhaven, & Rhode Island groundfish fishermen! My comment with regard to Amendment 23 to the NE GroundFish Multispecies’ FMP remains the same as I last tried to convey to the NEFMC & RA John Bullard! When the hell does New Bedford/Fairhaven, the largest groundfish port on the East Coast, rate a Scoping Hearing? This same question is being raised in Rhode Island as it pertains to them as well. continue reading the rest here 16:34

NOAA rejected New Bedford for its Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Why? It makes too much sense!

maxresdefaultIt is no surprise that NOAA has rejected New Bedford as the new site for its Northeast Fisheries Science Center. It makes too much sense. New Bedford Harbor is where it happens for the federal agency, with the heart of the East Coast fishery right here. There is deep-water berthing for its research vessels right here. UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology, a premiere oceanographic institution, is right here. There are acres of available land both on and nearby the waterfront right here in New Bedford. There are hundreds of fishing vessels that can participate in joint research efforts right here. There is major highway, rail, and regional airport access right here. No, it makes too much sense to move to New Bedford. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials would rather live and work on Cape Cod, even though their facility is over-crowded, real estate prices are at a premium, and the lack of a sizable berth forces them to dock their research vessel in Newport, Rhode Island. Leave it to a federal agency to choose a more expensive and inefficient means of operation. Leave it to a federal agency to be politically influenced to not choose the best situated, most affordable, and sensible location with the best infrastructure for their new expanded facility. Davis Sullivan, Rochester  Link 18:15

Letter: Lobster decline’s link to warmth not clear

lobsterDM0811_468x521On Saturday, The Bulletin presented an article, “Research supports blaming warmer waters for lobster decline,” which was somewhat confusing. On my weekly visits to the local markets, large marine seawater aquariums are typical and usually overfilled with lobsters with frequent sales available, indicating little or no decline noticeable for the popular lobster. These are animals typical marine bottom-feeders living in cold bottom water temperatures, characteristic of the marine environment. The article reports that the populations in New England waters are booming. The temperature typical of the lobster environment was not reported, and therefore one can only assume that bottom water temperature has not changed significantly and probably is not a factor in the lobster environment. Without the temperature data available, it is hard to understand the suggestion concerning lobster decline in the article. Many of these types of presentations appear to be based on emotion and not on the scientific data. DONALD E. LEONE SR. Norwich link 11:19

The word play of the Environmentalists’

liars-all-aroundsCharles Edwardson, born and raised in Ketchikan with deep roots there, write’s about the environmentalists’ manipulative wordsmithing regarding the proposed old growth timber harvest on Prince of Wales Island.,, Now these Environmentalists groups are just throwing crap out there with no requirement to be factual. On the other hand to be factual is a requirement through federal and state,,, great letter, Read the rest here 08:28

NOAA out of touch with scallop grounds, Fred Crabtree, New Bedford

NOAA ScientistNOAA is proposing more regulations on the scallop industry, to justify its existence (“Council expected to vote on scallop grounds,” April 23). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has regulated the finfish industry to almost non-existence. The draggers that are still fishing have to buy fishing time from the draggers that stay tied to the dock. The scallop fishery would also be in the same shape were it not for UMass Dartmouth. Read the rest here  08:25

StripedBassHole, The old GDT Blog, and Opening our Eyes to Global Issues

It’s interesting how blind we can become to the World around us. News in general be it written, Radio, Television, Internet, you name it. Has a great influence on us and the information is funneled by the direction of the owner of whichever form of Media you are drawn too. Now we can either be Sheep and absorb it and say well that’s the way it is or keep an open mind and seek out other sources. The truth being you’ll never know for sure unless you witness it and have a good understanding of other factors relevant to the event, even that’ll leave gray areas. So it all comes down to TRUST. Read the rest here 16:09

CODFISH IN GULF OF MAINE – Sam Novello, Gulf of Maine Fisherman

thCAJ773GXMy family  has been  fishing the GULF OF MAINE,since 1920  to  present  times . My grandfather  and  father  always  told  me ,the  GULF OF  MAINE  HAS  VAST  CODFISH  LESS AREAS!!  I  have fished  this  area  most of  my life and  agree  with them . Noaa  ,when they do their  surveys  , it seems, they  always  pick  codfish dead  areas. , the  GULF OF MAINE  IS  MORE  COMPLEX  THEN  MOST AREAS  SURVEYED BY NOAA  BECAUSE  OF    TOPOGRAPHICAL  FEATURES  OF  GULF OF  MAINE.Lots  of  valleys and peaks. Codfish  fellow  contours  and   depths , where  Noaa  goes in a straight line. So, all  GULF  OF MAINE  FISHERMEN SHOULD  HAVE a  SAY  WHERE NOAA  SURVEY TOWS  ARE  MADE  IN  THE   FUTURE!!!!! SAM  NOVELLO, GULF  OF  MAINE   FISHERMAN 12:32

Letter to NOAA RA John Bullard, From Fisherman Sam Novello – Open Area 1 Early for Whiting

130307_GT_ABO_BULLARD_1TO  REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR  MR. JOHN  BULLARD, AT THE PRESENT TIME, THE  WHITING  STARTS (  JULY  15  AND   ENDS  NOV. 15  ) ,DUE TO GLOBAL  WARMING AND  CHANGES  IN OUR  OCEAN , WHITING HAVE BEEN  ARRIVING  EARLIER , AND  ARE GONE  SOONER . THIS  PAST  YEAR, THE  WHITING  LEFT AREA  BY  AUG. 30 , 2014. Read the rest here 09:39

Sam Novello Writes: I HAVE FISHED GULF OF MAINE FOR FORTY YEARS

TIME, I  LEARNED   WHERE  CODFISH  USUALLY  ARE , AND  WHERE THEIR  SPAWNING AREAS ARE   AND   THE  TIME  OF  SPAWNING  WITH  IN     TEN DAYS.  MOST  VETERAN  FISHERMEN  KNOW  THIS . MOST CODFISH  SPAWN  IN 40 TO 60  FTMS,,, Read the rest here 14:59

Hello Ms. Schiffer, Chief Counsel, NMFS – About that Document Shredding

g12200000000000000059821060cb1e7b3b33b412df8d2f2e39f9f731ddOnce again, I find it difficult to understand, as indicated by the attached article, how a poor working stiff fisherman is hauled all the way to the Supreme Court for discarding two fish. As I am sure you will recall, your Mr. Dale Jones (at the time, head of enforcement) admitted to Congress, on camera, that he routinely shredded documents, including those under scrutiny,  and he appeared to be smiling when he admitted it. Mr. Jones apparently was confident that  he was in safe hands. A short time later he was given a cushy reassignment and a raise. Crime pays when you work for the government! Read the rest here 15:56

BRING CODFISH HATCHERIES BACK USING S-K GRANTS – Sam Novello

Atlantic cod- GLOUCESTER HAD A CODFISH HATCHERY  FROM  1897  TO  1954  , WHICH  WAS  HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL, HALF  OF  THE EGGS  THAT  WERE COLLECTED  WERE HATCHED  INTO  FRYS   AND  THEN  DEPOSITED  IN NATURAL SPAWNING- GROUNDS. Read the rest here 12:28

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

Gentlemen, I am addressing these comments to you and not the council – David Goethel

100_1726Mr. John Bullard, Dr. Bill Karp, Gene Martin, Esq.,     Gentlemen, I am addressing these comments to you and not the council because I believe you are the people that have to address the issue. From my perspective, as a scientist, NOAA committed two unpardonable sins with its press release on Gulf of Maine cod on August 1. Science was replaced with advocacy that day when statements were made about the condition of cod, and that immediate action must be taken after a secret, experimental stock status update before peer review. Read the rest here 18:47

Letter: BLAME CONGRESS NOT NOAA FOR FISHING REGULATIONS

manatthewheelFishing regulations are controlled by politics and big business, not to mention environmental interests. We all want to help preserve our fish stocks, but how about leveling the playing field?  In 1976, the U.S. Congress passed the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act purportedly to “re-Americanize fisheries by controlling or limiting foreign fishing and to restore and conserve the fish.”  Read the rest here 14:11

Letter: Ludger W. Dochtermann, Bycatch 14-011 (C7) CGOA Trawl Bycatch Management Discussion Paper & CFAs etc.

Secretary Pritzker, Chair Olson and NPFMC members: My name is Ludger W. Dochtermann, owner of the F/V Stormbird and F/V Northpoint. Among the species we fish are Halibut and Sablefish. We tender salmon, as well. 1. I remain steadfastly against the allocation of Groundfisheries Catch Shares in the Gulf of Alaska. 2. I especially oppose the awarding of Bycatch Quotas of Halibut, Salmon and other species. Bycatch quotas are,,,  Read the rest here 20:21