Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Report that has not been released, and won’t be until after the election. THE FREE PRESS

The Swartwood II Report Justice that is deserved, will continue to be denied until after the election, but why? The investigation has been completed, but not released, in spite of the demands of many elected officials from both parties. There is something about this report that is keeping (Acting) Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank from releasing the514 page report on the follow-up investigation by Special Master Charles Swartwood of NOAA enforcement abuses of fishermen and fishing associated businesses. Swartwood II was completed in March, 2012 and delivered to the Commerce Department. A spokesman for Commerce explained this is “to gather more information regarding issues identified in the second Swartwood report.” I’m curious to understand the need for Commerce to gather “more information” that won’t be added to Swartwood II.

Black and orange lobster caught off Mass.

Photo by Nancy Lane BOSTON — A Massachusetts fisherman has caught a rare lobster known as a “split” that is colored to match Halloween. The New England Aquarium says the one-pound female lobster has an orange side and a black side, with the colors perfectly split down the middle.

Chad See Named to Head Freezer Longline Coalition

The Freezer Longline Coalition in Seattle has hired federal policy professional Chad See as its new executive director. See fills the slot vacated when Kenny Down left to become the new president and chief executive officer of Blue North Fisheries Inc., a coalition member. See was previously with the global law firm K & L Gates LLP, and spent 12 years as a member of the firm’s public policy and law group in Washington DC. See has over a decade of experience in developing coalitions and advocating to federal officials in presidential administrations and in Congress. He has also served on the staffs of US Senators Patty Murray, D-WA, and John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W VA.

UFA Wants Coast Guard Presence in Arctic in Line With Development

Alaska’s largest statewide commercial fishing trade association is tracking movement in Congress on revisions of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, which is key to Coast Guard appropriations for fiscal 2013 and 2014. Separate House and Senate versions of the legislation are yet to be reconciled. Mark Vinsel, executive director of UFA, said there are several areas of concern, including United Fishermen of Alaska is keeping a close eye on revisions of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act now before Congress, which will authorize Coast Guard appropriations for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

Fisherynation want’s to know! ecnewellman. Are you alright?

ec is in New York City. When you can, ec, check in with us. We’re thinking about you and all the others from the mid Atlantic region. BH

Fishermens Northeast Ground Fish Science Forum – Portsmouth, New Hampshire.- Second Announcement – November 9, 2012 Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

An Invitation from Bill Karp

Think about attending if you want to: Meet with people from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center and others who know the northeast groundfish stock assessments inside and out Find out what’s known about fish stock condition, how it’s known, and what’s limiting better understanding.  Share what you know. Help make assessments better.

This meeting is open to the  public. No fees for attendance or parking.  For more information contact [email protected] / 508 495 2239.

We are trying to get an attendance estimate.  To confirm your attendance or for more information contact [email protected] / 508 495 2239.

HMS Bounty crew member dies and captain missing in stormy seas

Dramatic footage of the HMS Bounty rescue released by the US Coast Guard Link to this video

When the Bounty set sail last week, the captain running the ship made famous in Hollywood adventure films believed he could navigate around hurricane Sandy and weather the storm. After two days in rough seas, he realised his journey would be far more difficult.

Governor McDonnell visits Chincoteague Island to tour the area affected by Hurricane Sandy

Governor McDonnell will also meet with representatives of the Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and other state personnel.

WDFW invites public comments on fishery restructuring

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission invites public comments on plans to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River at a public meeting scheduled for Nov. 8 and 9 in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., in Olympia, Wash. An agenda for the meeting is available at

NH Seacoast fishermen await calm to check on battered gear – Hurricane Sandy

While his boat escaped the storm unscathed, Walsh said he was still concerned about his 350 traps that remained in the water. He said he moved the traps away from the rocky bottom and into deeper waters, where the bottom is sandy, to prevent damage. At $40 to $50 for a new trap, Walsh said the potential financial impact of the damage is “huge.” “You can’t insure that stuff, you know?” he said.

Coast Guard Responds to Fishers Fears of Compliance – WPMC searching for potential exemptions

Honolulu – The US Coast Guard, Monday in Honolulu, presented the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council with an overview of the new federal safety examination requirements for commercial fishing vessels. USCG Fisheries Enforcement Specialist Charlie Medlicott said the Coast Guard recognizes that these safety requirements may be inappropriate for small vessels fishing in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The requirements would apply  Read More

Former Fairbanksan John Winther helped lead modern Alaska fishing industry- Died Oct. 15 in Mesa, Ariz.,Fighting cancer

The employees at the Alaska Ship & Drydock facility in Ketchikan gathered  for a moment of silence recently in honor of a former Fairbanksan who was a key  figure in the building of the modern commercial fishing industry in  Alaska.
John Winther, 67, was born in Fairbanks and graduated from  Lathrop High School in 1963 before he headed to Southeast to begin his long  career in fisheries.
Read more:  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – entry Former Fairbanksan John Winther helped lead modern Alaska fishing industry

Trials set to begin for western Alaska subsistence fishermen – Alaska Native subsistence fishermen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Some call it a protest by Alaska Native subsistence fishermen, but that’s not the way it looks to Harry David and a couple dozen others charged with illegally fishing for king salmon in waters severely restricted by the state because of dismal runs of the prized fish. “We’ve been taught since we were growing up to gather food from the land for winter,” said David, a Yup’ik Eskimo from the western Alaska village of Tuntutuliak. David, 48, is heading for trial in Bethel northeast of his village and is contesting non-criminal charge of using the wrong-size net in June at the Kuskokwim River.

National ocean policy sparks partisan fight National ocean policy sparks partisan fight. Wrong, Juliet. It’s non partisan.

Check the Links

Partisan battles are engulfing the nation’s ocean policy, showing that polarization over environmental issuesdoesn’t stop at the water’s edge. For years, ocean policy was the preserve of wonks. But President Obama created the first national ocean policy, with a tiny White House staff, and with that set off some fierce election-year fights. Conservative Republicans warn that the administration is determined to expand its regulatory reach and curb the extraction of valuable energy resources, while many Democrats, and their environmentalist allies, argue that the policy will keep the ocean healthy and reduce conflicts over its use.

Tall Ship Bounty lost to Sandy. Two missing

Bounty goes down off NC coast. Fourteen recovered, two missing. Details as they arrive.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Donning survival suits and boarding life boats, the crew of a tall ship in distress off North Carolina’s Outer Banks abandoned the vessel as Hurricane Sandy swirled toward the East Coast, the Coast Guard said early Monday.


I’m sitting here tonight, worrying about the people I care about the most.

The constant reminders of the monster called Sandy have me on edge with genuine concern about my fisherman friends along the mid-Atlantic, and southern New England coastlines.

I’m praying for everyone, and you’re in my head and my heart . God bless, and good luck. BH

Coast Guard calls in fishing fleet in preparation for Sandy By ARIEL WITTENBERG

However, the Coast Guard’s bulletin warns that “no matter where this storm tracks, a dangerous, potentially life-threatening storm is expected for mariners.” “Winds and seas of this nature can damage even large vessels,” the bulletin reads. At the New Bedford waterfront Friday afternoon, fishermen were preparing for the storm by securing their boats with extra lines and placing bumpers at places where their boats could crash against the docks during the storm. “I’m just doubling up the lines and hoping for the best,” said John Gallant, who owns the Christine Julie. “There’s not much else you can do.” David Pereira, who owns the Hustler, said he has been keeping an eye on weather reports. “We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen but it’s Mother Nature. What can you do?” he said. Dave Bucklin, who Friday afternoon was working on the Linda, said he would feel better about the boat if the hurricane barrier closes. “Once they do that, this is a safe haven (and) we’re good to go,” he said.

Kwik’Pak Fisheries Attain Alaska RFM Chain of Custody

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has announced that Kwik’Pak Fisheries LLC. has successfully met the requirements of the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Chain of Custody Certification.

Kwik’Pak Fisheries joins Triad Fisheries Ltd, Glacier Fish Company, LLC, Seafood Producers Cooperative, Icicle Seafoods, Inc., Ocean Beauty Seafoods, LLC,, Canadian Fishing Company and Peter Pan Seafoods, Inc. in attaining Chain of Custody to the RFM certification.

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update October 28, 2012

Striped bass juvenile index falls below average Maryland Department of Natural Resources

“While we expect large variation in striped bass reproduction from year to year and do not view this low value as an imminent problem, we will be carefully monitoring the results of future surveys,” said DNR Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell. “Three consecutive years of poor reproduction would be necessary to trigger mandatory conservation measures.”

Climate change could be affected by changing phytoplankton – Mridul Thomas MSU

In the current issue of Science Express, Michigan State University researchers show that by the end of the 21st century, warmer oceans will cause populations of these marine microorganisms to thrive near the poles and may shrink in equatorial waters. Since phytoplankton play a key role in the food chain and the world’s cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and other elements, a drastic drop could have measurable consequences.

BOEM Talks Fishing/Offshore Wind Mitigation. Translation: We’re Sticking This Junk out on the Fishing Grounds. Shut Up, and DEAL WITH IT!

Here’s your official BOEM info.

Outdoors: Politicians friendly to fisherman sometimes do them no favors. Do me a favor. Stick with writing about moose, will ya?

The Senate race in Massachusetts could affect our region’s fish resources. In televised messages, Sen. Scott Brown tells us that our commercial fishermen (my son is one of them) need more help, that they’ve been over-regulated, excessively fined and unfairly punished. Brown is essentially echoing the same message against commercial fishing regulations that Mitt Romney earlier expressed at a campaign event in April in Portsmouth, N.H., trying to convince voters that protective policies choke small business growth. The two Republican politicians’ solution to deregulate the fishing industry could actually hurt it. Commercial fishermen like Adam Smith, who was forced out of the industry, confides he couldn’t make a living with current regulations. But the real reason he and others like him are out of business is that there aren’t enough fish. Read more.

BP caps, plugs equipment believed to be source of recent sheen in Gulf near site of 2010 spill

NEW ORLEANS — BP PLC said Thursday it has capped and plugged an abandoned piece of equipment that is believed to be the source of a sheen spotted near the site of its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More

My comment at the article. Thank you Nils Stolpe.

The liberal left and their Environ faction have forgotten and have chosen to overlook, the Obama Administrations complete folly and manipulation by BP in the Gulf of Mexico.
Lubchenco’s/NOAA’s role in the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015
“In her September 21, 2009 twenty-six page response to Lisa Birnbaum, Director of the Mineral Management Service on the Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015. Ms. Lubchenco precedes her comments with a rundown of the federal laws that Read More.

Fish report release unlikely before elections By Richard Gaines Staff Writer Gloucester Daily Times

The Obama administration, through its Commerce Department and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has declined to respond to inquiries as to whether it would release before the Nov. 6 election a special investigator’s set of case studies into allegations of abuse and excesses against American fishermen by federal law enforcers still insulated and protected by top Commerce and NOAA officials. Numerous telephone and email questions over the past month to the acting commerce secretary, Rebecca Blank, General Counsel Cameron Kerry, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and her chief counsel, Lois Schiffer, have been ignored. Read More.

Why would US Commerce hold back Swartwood II until after the election? Are they complicit?

Why will this administration continue to obstruct justice and not release this report? It is complicit. The Obama Administrations Commerce Department has chosen to involve itself in this perverse abomination.

We are all aware of the gooey details of Administrative Law Judge Joseph Ingolia, pressing Special Master Swartwood to alter his report to cover up details that have shown theUSCG ALJ was involved in a despicable kangaroo court cash grab, all but guaranteeing that Dale Jones’ All Star cast of “Special Agents” and Chuck Juliand would build up a $100 million dollar slush fund, and rifle through half of that on cars planes, and video games, while Andy sold merchandise on E-Bay with his GI phone. Andy should be re scrutinized.

When Lubchenco requested the investigation, she had the chance to fix, but she chose not to.

“The notes and emails to Swartwood coordinating the meeting reflect the active involvement of Cam Kerry, chief counsel for the Commerce Department, and his deputy  Geovette Washington, as well as Monica  Medina, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco’s  principal deputy. Their initiative was aimed at  clearing the reputation of the Coast Guard  judges via the secret meeting.”

She chose to manipulate, and her Gulf BP oil dripping hands are all over this. Cover up. Secret meetings. Business as usual. Don’t rock the NOAA boat. Blow it out of the water. It’s beyond time for a full dismantling of this agency and Jane Lubchenco’s firing. As always,


Current Fisheries Management Jeopardizes Marine Ecosystems Source:Stony Brook University dedicated to advancing ocean conservation through science

TRADITIONAL FISHERIES MANAGEMENT APPROACH JEOPARDIZES MARINE ECOSYSTEMS WORLDWIDE Fisheries expert and executive director of Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University presents assessment of current fisheries management in the journal Science Newswise — STONY BROOK, NY– In a Perspectives article, “The Risks of Overfishing,” published online today in the October 26 issue of the journal Science, Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and professor at Stony[status]=3&search[sort]=date+desc&search[has_multimedia]=

Taking over the fishing regulations of a nation involves vanity and corruption – Part 1. In 1975, Jane Lubchenco, a young zoology student from,,,,,Coincidentally, during that period (1983-1987), Dr. Ellen Pikitch also worked as an Asst Professor Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife at,,,,,Read More. Lots More.

Letter: Fish ‘reopenings’ another false premise- Captain PAUL COHAN F/V Sasquatch

To the editor:

All through the fisheries “crises’” over the past 25 years, the New England Fishery Management Council has always left the offshore fleet somewhere to fish — not so with the inshore fleet, which has been admittedly overburdened by extensive inshore closures, forcing them to tie up for periods of up to six months over the course of a season.

Untransparent NOAA want’s to erect a lead barrior to shield observer data. WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE???? AGAIN AND STILL????

Fisheries Rule Could Limit Scientific Access to Data.   What are these slimeballs up to?

By RACHEL NUWER   A draft rule proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may limit public access to fisheries data collected by independent observers on fishing vessels. The agency cites protection of confidential personal and business information as the reason, but some scientists and advocates fear that such a rule will limit their ability to examine and evaluate fisheries data for research purposes.

The Role of Oceans (and Overfishing) in Climate Change

To understand how/why NOAA/NMFS are destroying our fishing industry, you need to look to the UN and the ENGO’s that control it’s agenda. That is why I’m here at Fishery Nation, together we can expose this shakedown by the Big Green Mafia!

Blue Carbon: The Role of Oceans (and Overfishing) in Climate Change

Interesting article on the ocean’s understudied role in climate change. See video at end of story which highlights research on overfishing disrupting oceanic carbon sink:
“…The Patagonian shelf absorbs about 17 million metric tons of carbon per year, equivalent to all the carbon contained in 100 thousand hectares of rain forest. The Patagonian shelf break is one of the most important fisheries regions on earth. Today most experiments agree that marine ecosystems are badly overfished and that at the present pace no fisheries are sustainable. A decrease in fish population could eventually affect zooplankton and phytoplankton communities thereby disrupted by (sic) the ability of the oceans to capture CO2. Such alterations of the marine ecosystem would be analogous to the impact of land use change on the continental carbon budget. These changes are still poorly understood and may bring with them unexpected surprises. Monitoring ocean productivity, carbon budgets and fisheries is important to understand options and interventions in the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.”


My Alaska connection was ranting about the scmucks at EDF and I thought I’d share it with you. It is the second EDF related communication to my mailbox tonight. The other one was about a sell out saying, well, nothing like this, and I like this a Hell of a lot better. It’s all true. BH

Catch share proponents like EDF are not comfortable with just writing out the truth of what they want, or what they are willing to do to others’ rights in order to get what they want. They won’t simply write the US Congress or even the Washington Post or whatever major news venue, and use straight-forward facts about failures around the world of catch share systems, and reveal their true thoughts and intentions. To real fishermen, those thoughts apparently go something like this. Read More

Carbon Emissions Threaten The Fishing Industry By Shrinking Fish Sizes

Check the links. Its a Pew Allstar Cast! Plenty of those Oldie but Goody’s.

A team of researchers projecting carbon emissions into the future has determined that they could have a severe effect on fish populations – shrinking the size of some species by as much as 24%. That could mean a huge blow in the future to the beleaguered fishing industry. The findings were published in Nature Climate Change this week.

“We were surprised to see such a large decrease in fish size,” If its Danial Pauley and Boris Worm, there are  no surprises here!

Robert E. Beal Named ASMFC Executive Director

In accepting the position, Mr. Beal stated, “I am honored and privileged to serve as the Commission’s Executive Director and work for people I admire and for a cause I feel so strongly about. It’s been nearly 20 years since passage of the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act and the states, through the Commission, have achieved many impressive accomplishments from species rebuilding, improved data collection, to sound stock assessments for data poor species such as American eel and shad and river herring. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the states, in concert with our federal partners, to build upon these successes and address the challenges that are ahead.”

New Initiative Would Require Legislative Approval for Large-Scale Mine

Opponents of large-scale metallic sulfide mining within the Bristol Bay Fisheries Refuge have filed an application to put an initiative on a statewide Alaska ballot to require legislative approval for development of such mines.

New Crab Study in Southeast Alaska – Fishermen’s News

Female red king crab from the Juneau area will be the subject of a study to optimize the diet of larval king crab by the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Oregon State University.

Industrialized…Fishing??? How about a Green Energy Industrial Assault?

I guess it’s OK to plant hundreds of 600′ tall (that’s equivalent to a 60 story building) wind towers on prime fishing grounds off of Delaware; but, according to this “Scraping the Seafloor Smooth” op-ed in the NY Times and posted on   “heavy bottom trawling” is leveling off sea mounts and doing drastic damage to our ocean bottom

“Heavy trawling takes place all around the world, including off the coasts of the United States. In the scientists’ study area — the Mediterranean Sea near Spain   Read More

WASHINGTON -As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau today announced that BOEM has reached agreement on a lease for commercial wind energy development in federal waters that covers 96,430 acres approximately 11 nautical miles off the coast of Delaware.

US Army Corps Assesses Oyster Crisis-Apalachicola- Chattahoochee-Flint water basin, Since 2005, the Corps has restricted the water flow from Lake Lanier

Eastpoint, Fla. – The last couple of months have been tough on oystermen in Franklin County, and projections look bleak. That’s why stake holders of the Apalachicola- Chattahoochee-Flint water basin invited the Army Corps of Engineers to see the devastation for themselves. The stakeholders say it basically boils down to an unbalanced system. The lack of fresh water is causing oysters to die at a rapid rate, and if you couple that with a lack of funding for research and infrastructure projects, it’s a catastrophe in the works. “There’s nothing out there to look forward to.” Devin Barber, an oysterman of 13 years says this is the worst he’s seen the bay.

Program aims for better oyster management – Louisiana’s 1.6 million acres of public oyster beds.

By  State officials are launching a pilot program to better manage Louisiana’s 1.6 million acres of public oyster beds. The Vessel Monitoring System Pilot Program aims to collect data on oyster harvests on public grounds by requiring tracking units on harvest boats. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide the tracking units to licensed oyster harvesters for free, with costs limited to minimal maintenance and care.The state is contracting with Pole Star Space Applications, a fleet management and monitoring company, to provide,,,,,,,,Read More

Update: Coast Guard suspends search for missing Haines fisherman F/V Darlin’ Michelle

A Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 from Air Station Sitka were dispatched to the scene. A Wings of Alaska plane on a scheduled flight from Haines to Skagway and a tour company helicopter from Skagway assisted with the air search. An Alaska State Troopers’ boat and fishing vessels from Haines were helping with the search on water. Darlin’ Michelle is captained by Haines fisherman Ted Lynch. Several independent reports from searchers identified Lynch as the missing fisherman, who was commercial shrimping in the Tayia Inlet between Haines and Skagway. Skies were clear and sunny in the area Tuesday afternoon. But the National Weather Service has a gale warning in effect through Tuesday evening for the Upper Lynn Canal with a north wind of 35 knots and gusts up to 50 knots forecasted. Seas were expected to reach 7 feet. Read More

CAPITAL GAZETTE: rockfish survey records all-time low-But lets not get ahead of ourselves! Article, and Analysis. Saving Menhaden Fisheries

Also critical to the striper stock’s health is  adequate food, principally menhaden. For year fishermen and fishing  conservation groups have argued that too many adult menhaden are being  harvested from the Chesapeake, and as a result a significant ,,,,,Analysis: The article, “Outdoors: Rock survey records all-time low” in the Capital Gazette, alleges that the current rate of menhaden fishing is having a negative impact on predator fish species, such as striped bass, even though the science behind these claims,,,,Read More.

BP asks for Gulf spill deal ok despite objections – calls for BP to pay $2.3 billion for seafood-related claims by commercial fishing vessel owners, captains and deckhands

IT AIN”T ENOUGH!    Nov. 1 is the opt-out deadline. BP says only a minuscule percentage of eligible claimants have asked to be excluded so far. The settlement calls for BP to pay $2.3 billion for seafood-related claims by commercial fishing vessel owners, captains and deckhands. Several objectors argued the seafood program doesn’t adequately account for uncertain future risks to Gulf fisheries. “The continuing decline of the fisheries and the possibility of a fishery collapse or closure expose commercial fishermen to significant future risk,” wrote an advocacy group called Gulf Organized Fisheries in Solidarity & Hope, or GO FISH. BP countered that objections about the seafood program are based on “anecdotal and unreliable evidence, unsubstantiated allegations, and mere speculation.” The agreement also calls for paying medical claims by cleanup workers and others who say they suffered illnesses from exposure to the oil or chemicals used to disperse it.

Scientists offer tips for Alaska king salmon study – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Oct  23, 2012  ANCHORAGE, Alaska – State fisheries  biologists planning research to determine the cause for Alaska’s poor king  salmon returns were urged to focus studies on near-shore marine waters and the  human effects on the fish.

Read more:  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Scientists offer tips for Alaska king salmon study

Canada Plan to cull 70,000 grey seals gets Senate panel’s approval.

The Senate’s fisheries committee has endorsed a contentious cull of 70,000 grey seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence over a four-year period, in a bid to conserve cod stocks. But critics say that plans for a cull have been driven by politics, not science.

A group of marine biologists at Dalhousie University in Halifax issued an open letter last fall that said a cull could produce unintended consequences, including further depletion of the cod. (now THAT makes alotta sense!!!) One cannot credibly predict from a science perspective whether a cull of grey seals would have a positive impact on cod or negative impact on cod … or no impact whatsoever,” he said. (I’m thinkin’ outside the box. It’ll help the cod!)

Salmon won’t be getting help from Delta gates, This year the gates will not be closed.

Water diversion gates in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Walnut Grovewill not be closed this month to assist migrating salmon, as they were last year. The Delta Cross Channel Gates, operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, were built in 1953. They are typically open in fall to divert fresh water from the Sacramento River to the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This reduces the salinity of water exported from the Delta for urban and farm use. In recent years, concern has emerged that salmon migrating upstream to spawn in the Mokelumne River are disoriented by flows diverted through the gates and often end up spawning in the wrong stream. So the gates were closed last year for 10 days in October, which may have contributed to a rebound in salmon production at the Mokelumne River Hatchery, operated by the state Department of Fish and Game.

Scraping the Seafloor Smooth,impact of bottom trawling. The New York Times

Click the link in the article for a study conducted by somebody. A real sleeper. These people will not rest until fishermen are eradicated.

It is hard to grasp just how industrialized commercial fishing has become. You may know about the problems inherent in fish farming. You may have read some of the stunning accounts of work aboard the factory ships that catch, process and freeze fish. But there is no better way to grasp the scale of industrial fishing than to consider the impact of bottom trawling.

Economic relief needed for fishermen – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen

In recent years, New Hampshire fishermen have seen their incomes decline as federal regulations designed to end overfishing have limited the amount of fish they can catch. To make matters worse, these often-onerous regulations haven’t helped the cod population rebound as expected. In fact, a 2011 scientific study by the National Marine Fisheries Service found so few codfish in the Gulf of Maine that the quota for the upcoming fishing year must be set extremely low — so low that it jeopardizes the survival of New Hampshire’s fishing industry.             The Survey SUCKS!BH

Permit Income, Crew Size Rule for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish

US – NOAA Fisheries has published a final rule (77 FR 64237) for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Permit Requirements and Dual-Permitted Vessel Crew Size. The rule was effective on 19 November, 2012. The rule eliminates the earned income qualification requirement for the renewal of Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish permits, and increases the maximum number of crew members for dual-permitted (commercial and charter) vessels.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council determined the existing earned income requirement in the reef fish fishery is no longer necessary. The regulation pertaining to the maximum number of crew stipulates that dual-permitted vessels without a certificate of inspection are limited to a three-person crew when fishing commercially. The increase to four crew members would most directly benefit commercial spear fishermen, by allowing two persons to remain aboard, resulting in improved safety during commercial diving operations.
This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.
Electronic copies of the amendment and final rule may be obtained from the NOAA Fisheries Web site

NEFMC Groundfish Committee’s Oct. 11 Meeting Prompts Discussion Related to Closed Area Access and Transboundary Stock Shares- Lots of Audio

NEFMC Groundfish  Oversight Committee met last Thursday to continue development of  Framework Adjustment 48. HAMPTON, N.H. – October 11, 2012 – The New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) Groundfish Oversight Committee met last Thursday to  continue development of Framework Adjustment 48 to the Northeast  Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. Throughout the discussion, there  were several key issues that emerged as focal points for a great deal of Committee and public comment, as well as debate.

Mandatory safety exams required for commercial fishing vessels-Bremerton Patriot

October 20, 2012 On October 16, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard began implementing a requirement enacted as part of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 that certain commercial fishing vessels demonstrate full compliance with existing commercial fishing vessel safety standards by completing a mandatory safety examination at the dock. Read More.

If you have any questions about the new requirements please contact Mr. Dan Hardin at the 13th Coast Guard District office in Seattle at (206) 220-7226 or [email protected].

OPINION-High Class, Low Class – The Case for No Class-Fishing Vessel Safety-Pacific Fisheries Review

We want the USCG back as our inspectors. Please write your Senators and Representatives asking them to give fishermen and the USCG the latitude to handle this in a in a more logical, practical and safer manner at a much lower cost. Establish user fees and we will pay.  Unfortunately, maritime accidents are,,,,,Read More

With ‘Deadliest Catch’ cameras onboard, crabbers head to Bristol Bay -an increasing presence of Alaska Natives and Alaskan-owned boats.

The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery opened Monday with a larger quota, Hollywood on board again, and an increasing presence of Alaska Natives and Alaskan-owned boats. “We call it the Yupikest catch,” said Morgen Crowe, executive director of the Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF), the community development quota group in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. CVRF has purchased three crabbers, the Bering Sea, Arctic Sea, and North Sea, and about a third of combined crew members are Yupik Eskimo deckhands. While none are captains yet, that’s only a matter of time and training, Crowe said, adding that the crew earned $50,000 to $80,000 during the last snow crab season, Crowe said. The Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) program allocates a percentage of,,,,,,,,,,Read More

Missouri men facing commercial fishing violations – unlawful harvest of shovelnose sturgeon on the Mississippi River

For the Daily Gate City WAPELLO – Two southeast Missouri men face 74 counts and more than $43,000 in fines and civil damages for the alleged unlawful harvest of shovelnose sturgeon on the Mississippi River in Louisa County. Robert Housman, 43, of Sikeston Mo., was charged with 35 counts of unlawful take and possession of shovelnose sturgeon and two counts of setting entanglement gear (commercial fishing nets) in a closed zone for a total of $3,671 in fines. The state also is seeking $18,000 in liquidated damages from Housman. Michael Dye, 39, of Charleston, Mo., was charged with 34 counts of unlawful take and possession of shovelnose sturgeon, two counts of setting entanglement gear (commercial fishing nets) in a closed zone and one count of no commercial fishing license for a total of $3,772.50 in fines

Recognition abounds for UMass professor Brian Rothschild By DON CUDDY – HEAR! HEAR!

NEW BEDFORD — Accolades are piling up for UMass Dartmouth professor and renowned marine scientist Brian Rothschild. This month, National Fisherman magazine announced it was giving Rothschild, 78, its Highliner Achievement Award for a lifetime of service to the fishing industry. Rothschild is one of four honorees from around the nation to be recognized the by the magazine of record for the commercial fishing industry. “These are the people who bring hope to their fishing communities,” National Fisherman editor Jessica Hathaway wrote in the November issue. “Their work sheds light on the way things can and should be done in the fishing industry.”

The announcement from National Fisherman comes at the same time that New Bedford’s Prince Henry Society selected the professor for its Man of the Year award, presented to an individual whose work has benefited the Portuguese community. Many of boats in the New Bedford fleet are owned and crewed by Portuguese fishermen. At UMass Dartmouth’s School of Marine Science and Technology, Rothschild and Dr. Kevin Stokesbury developed an innovative video survey for counting sea scallops in 1996 that is credited with preventing the collapse of what has become the most valuable fishery in the U.S. Rothschild was the founding dean of SMAST in 1995 and is known around the world for his work in population dynamics, biological oceanography and fisheries management. He has worked in fishery science for more than 50 years and has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and reports.

The Prince Henry Society presented the award during the Society’s annual banquet at White’s of Westport on Saturday evening. Later this month, Rothschild flies to China at the invitation of the Shanghai Ocean University, where he will be the featured speaker at an event celebrating the university’s centennial year.

“To be honored by my Chinese colleagues in ocean science, my friends in the fishing industry, and my friends and neighbors in greater New Bedford is a tribute that I share with all of my friends and colleagues who have sharpened my commitment to discovery and public service,” Rothschild said in a university press release.

Get ready. More Secrets. NOAA Rule Would Restrict Access to Fisheries Data – NMFS Director Samuel Rauch declined an interview request through a spokesperson.

by Erik Stokstad on 19 October 2012,

Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spends about $40 million to    put independent observers on fishing vessels, where they collect data on what’s caught in U.S. waters.    The information is crucial for evaluating how well fishery management plans are working. Now NOAA wants to limit public access to these data in order to protect confidential business information. While the fishing industry welcomes the proposal, scientists and environmental groups are    anxious. “Our worry is that this will limit third-party involvement in fisheries management,” says Lee Crockett of the Pew Environment Group in Washington, D.C. Public    comments are due by 21 October.

Commercial fishery for black sea bass ends after four months – Closed – Cape Hatteras to Key West, Fla.,

The year-long commercial fishery for black sea bass closed earlier this month after being open for just four months, a preemptive measure designed to protect recovering fish populations throughout the Atlantic Ocean. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the fishery’s 309,000-pound annual catch limit – the amount of fish that can be harvested each year without adversely affecting population levels, according to federal regulators – was reached early.

Northern Eagle, The Ultimate Factory Trawler

Built to suit a specific purpose, the Northern Eagle trawler is incomparable to any other fishing trawler of its like. Owned by the American Seafoods conglomerate, the vessel’s functionality extends to more than being only a trawling vessel for the Pollack specimen of fishes and encompasses the entire ambit of the fishes’ processing and further treatment for consumption, across the globe. The demand generated for the Pollack forms an important constituent of the fisheries sector worldwide. It is only through the operational commitment of fishing vessels like the Northern Eagle trawler vessel that there has been able to be maintained a steady tandem between the demand and supply of the Pollack specimen, found only in the freezing Arctic.

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update October 21, 2012

The Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance is dedicated to its mission of continuing to help create sustainable fisheries without putting licensed fishermen out of business.”

Coast Guard helps New Bedford vessel sinking off Nantucket

NEW BEDFORD — A  New Bedford fishing vessel, in danger of sinking early Saturday morning, was saved following prompt action from Coast Guard crews. The 84-foot steel dragger Luzitano was around 40 miles southeast of Nantucket, when the crew discovered flooding in the engine room. Coast Guard watchstanders received a distress call from the Luzitano at approximately 4:18 a.m reporting that they were taking on water with seven people aboard. Although the Luzitano had three dewatering pumps onboard, they were not keeping up with the flooding. A Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Falcon Jet crew launched from  to assist the fishermen and delivered two additional pumps to the Luzitano. With the additional pumps the crew was able to keep up with the flooding which resulted from a four-inch hole in the engine room. The Luzitano was making its way to Woods Hole on Saturday where a Coast Guard crew is scheduled to escort them to New Bedford. “This case is a good example on why it is important to contact the Coast Guard immediately,” said Scott Backholm, the command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England. “The faster we have visibility on a situation the faster our rescue crews can respond.” The Luzitano, built in 1978, is owned by the Hope II, Inc.


Don Cuddy

SSC Meeting: October 23-25, 2012 North Charleston, SC

  • SSC Meeting: October 23-25, 2012  North Charleston, SC

Crowne Plaza, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418; phone: 843/744-4422

Meeting Agenda        Briefing Book Materials   (posted 10/9; updated 10/17)


Socio-Economic Panel (SEP) Meeting : October 22, 2012 North Charleston, SC

Crowne Plaza, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418; phone: 843/744-4422

Meeting Agenda         Briefing Book Materials   (posted 10/9; updated 10/17)