Daily Archives: September 26, 2012

Today John Bullard, New Leader of NOAA’s Northeast Region, earned respect

I was almost sure, JB was gonna do what fishermen in New England are used to. I just knew he would follow suit. He did not. He gave the netters a reprieve from extinction. Many would not have survived had it not been for Bullard’s common sense move. He is not in lock step with his superiors.

A renegade?

I hope!

Been listening to the council meeting for the past two days. I’ve heard John Bullard say a few times he should’ve thought things through when he took the job. I believe he could be right. I’ve heard plenty in the last couple of days to convince me that we don’t have a fishery failure. We have a fishery management failure compounded with fishery science that is not the best available, but the only science available.

Peter Mullen, a mid-water herring boat owner asked about something I’ve brought up a number of times after reading an article written by Gloucester’s Carmine Gorga, PhD. He brought up the predator/prey issues that apparently, from the answer Mr Mullen received, have not been considered by the scientist trying to figure out fishery issues like cod and yellow tail. The Pew whores and their pixies are convinced herring is forage for cod, but would never consider codling would be forage feed for the superabundant herring.

The relationship is this. The larvae of the bottom fish need to go to the surface of the ocean in order to obtain food – plankton – and light. While they go up, they become a feast for the pelagic. When those larvae that survive become codling, they want to go back to their friends and relatives. While they descend to their native habitat, they become a second feast for the pelagic. a Fish and Future

Between an exploding number of predators, skate, dogfish, seals, and yes, herring, is it any wonder that fish stocks are in trouble, if they are indeed in trouble, while the regulators, pushed by the NOAA socio economic counted interlopers have allowed the ecosystem to become over run in the name of,,,,,,conservation.

If John Bullard has administrators remorse, who could blame him?

You hang in there John. You’re gaining respect. Something very unique when it comes to NOAA. BH

a, http://carmine3.newsvine.com/_news/2010/11/04/5408211-fish-and-future

New Bedford Mayor asks Council to Consider Economic Ramifications of Groundfish Cuts; Lauds SSC for Including 1,150mt Upper Range in Yellowtail ACL

New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell urged the NEFMC to “forestall or mitigate”  upcoming cuts in the Annual Catch Limits (ACL) for the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery.



Bring on the Cuccinelli Principle (American Thinker)

On the surface, it may not seem like an important topic for the grassroots at Fishery Nation. I’ve been examining the takeover of the government by leftists for years now, and this topic makes perfect sense to me, and it related directly to the crisis we are in.

It’s all about “fighting big, lawbreaking government”, and this is why I’m here.

Here are some excerpts from this great essay, that I think should hit home for us all.

“Unlike many other state attorneys general who sometimes swarm like wolf packs against only the private sector, Cuccinelli takes a more even-handed approach to tackling lawbreaking in both the private sector and government.”

Cuccinelli’s biggest problem in enforcing the law on government is a legal system that has come to be flawed and even corrupt in how it too often protects government lawbreaking.”

BREAKING—-John Bullard comes through for Gulf of Maine and New England Gill Netters!

John Bullard, the new regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, decides in favor of fishermen, justifiably so! A pending  closure for an area of ocean extending from southern Maine to Gloucester, Mass., slated to go into effect on Oct. 1 to protect harbor porpoise, unintentionally caught in gill nets. Information will be forthcoming as it arrives!

Bullard – Harbor Porpoise – Will Announce Decision Wednesday at NEFMC Meeting – Sept. 26 at 1:15 pm – LISTEN LIVE!

Mr. Bullard has stated that he will announce whether he has decided to change NOAA’s position Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 1:15 pm at a New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

LISTEN LIVE https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/423548903

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Panelists to review Pebble Mine science

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savingseafood.org ISSUE BRIEF: Failure to Address Habitat Closures Could Cost the Scallop Fishery more than $75-80 million

September 25, 2012 — On September 13, The New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) approved  projections made by the

 Council’s Scallop Plan Development Team to set the annual catch limit (ACL) for scallops in fishing year 2013 at 21,000 metric tons.

 While this value is less than the previous year’s 27,000 metric ton ACL, the basis for this reduction is founded in a series of scientific survey data including that conducted via cooperative research with industry “research set aside” funds. This array of information sources distinguishes the scallop fishery from many other Atlantic fisheries.

Changes To Northeast Multispecies Common Pool Fishery Days-At-Sea Counting Rates For Fishing Year 2012 Effective Date: September 26, 2012


Scallops keep Cape May the No. 2 East Coast port

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) – Cape May remained the East Coast’s second-most valuable  fishing port last year, aided by rising scallop prices that offset a declining  catch, according to a report.

The report from the National Marine Fisheries Service shows the port, which  includes docks in Lower Township and Wildwood but none actually in Cape May,  took in $103 million last year. That’s up from $81 million in 2010.

Read more:  http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/25/scallops-keep-cape-may-the-no-2-east-coast-port/#ixzz27ZXSHf3W – vcstar.com