Monthly Archives: November 2012

NOAA Fisheries to close white hake fishery for Groundfish Common Pool on December 5, 2012

NOAA announces, based on available data, that 90 percent of the available Trimester 2 white hake quota has been harvested. Effective 0001 hours December 5, the groundfish common pool will no longer be able to harvest white hake.  This closure will remain in effect until the end of Trimester 2, which is 2400 hours December 31.

Marjorie Mooney-Seus – NOAA Federal [email protected]

International Pacific Halibut Commission looks at possible 30 percent reduction

Halibut catch limits could be cut more than 30 percent under preliminary  numbers discussed at the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim  meeting Nov. 29. The commission met in Seattle and heard from staff about a new stock  assessment model and new format for harvest advice.  Read more: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/April-2012/Halibut-Commission-looks-at-possible-30-percent-reduction/#ixzz2DjvqMCdZ

Interior Secretary Announces First-Ever Renewable Energy Lease Sales on the Outer Continental Shelf

“Wind energy along the Atlantic holds enormous potential, and today we are moving closer to tapping into this massive domestic energy resource to create jobs, increase our energy security and strengthen our nation’s competitiveness in this new energy frontier,” said Salazar, with the look of discomfort like a fisherman that just got a windfarm stuffed up his ass. “Holding competitive lease sales on the wind-rich east coast means blow jobs all around,” promised the Secretary as he wore a pleasantly painful expression.http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=bgwiiwiab&v=001J8BvtJGIt7uojsOTOb5KB021g8lTQl8JZ-9Wx7XCNysfPazHAWJ0FGociM0JkJ4smHQSmT21lEJ60zRNFH5qI5aA44FfU6BKmoG13dCY1UoXvX-qaK3-mdVfd2e81Jcq36-z4FrJKbOTPv56lKh5gXDevAUtPTyiPq2k8Mzc2x6_2T0FkCGESg%3D%3D

Fishing groups object to federal program putting part-time observers on small halibut boats

The new North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program was approved Nov. 20 by the National Marine Fisheries Service, an arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Starting Jan. 1, biologist observers will be placed on some of Alaska’s 1,300 small commercial halibut and sablefish boats to collect harvest data. http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/3b1aa773bc72404e9d9212dad10fced9/AK–Halibut-Fishery-Observers

Commercial crabbers concerned about Center for Biological Diversity’s coral petition

“We’re terrified of the petition,” Linda Kozak, a fisheries consultant in Kodiak, told the Fisherman. “This could be another sea lion issue where just to be safe they close all the fishing to bottom contact gear.”

http://www.anchoragepress.com/news/commercial-crabbers-concerned-about-coral-petition/article_3b5bc85c-3a94-11e2-9b41-001a4bcf887a.html

Fishing Permit the Main Catch in Viking Purchase – buyer is primarily interested in the inshore state fishing permits

With the sale of Viking, a 40-foot fishing boat that has plied the waters off the Vineyard for three generations, the Island’s once-vibrant fleet of small wooden draggers is now at the brink of extinction.

Craig Coutinho of Vineyard Haven confirmed this week that he will sell Viking along with his fishing permits.http://www.mvgazette.com/news/2012/11/29/fishing-permit-main-catch-viking-purchase

photo Mark Lovewell

BURT PARKER, CHRIS PETERSON, AND DENNIS RYDMAN: NOAA must change Pacific whiting quotas to benefit small fishermen

The first inconvenient truth is that the allocation was purely political and was made primarily to gain support of those who wanted to retire from the fishery holding IFQ to lease or sell to active participants.

The second inconvenient truth is that the Pacific whiting fishery, after being listed as overfished in 2002-2004, had by 2010 become the model of good management, earning the right to use the Marine Stewardship Council sustainability logo.

The third inconvenient truth is that studies of earlier IFQ Programs, in particular the British Columbia halibut fishery, have concluded that IFQ Programs that do not consider the cost of leasing going forward have shown very little improvement in efficiency.

They called these hidden costs of leasing IFQs ”the elephant in the room.”  This elephant is now rearing its ugly head in the Pacific whiting fishery because of the poorly conceived initial allocation of IFQ approved by NOAA in 2010.

Read More Here.

City loses bid to have catch share tossed By Richard Gaines

The plaintiffs included U.S. Congressmen John Tierney, whose district includes Gloucester, and Barney Frank, who represents New Bedford.  The Conservation Law Foundation was allowed to intervene, allied with the government. A core complaint by the plaintiffs, rejected by the court, was the adoption of the catch share system without putting the regimen to a binding referendum. “Not allowing a referendum on such a measure effectively leaves the fishery up for grabs to the highest bidder,” said Tierney in an email. “This isn’t in the best interest of fishermen.”http://www.gloucestertimes.com/topstories/x1839362063/City-loses-bid-to-have-catch-share-tossed

Feds shut down 100-year-old oyster company, Stooge Salizar caught with smoking gun. Video of the year! Must see.

Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar decided todaythe farm’s lease will not be renewed, despite some support for it from from Sen. Dianne Feinstein and serious questions raised by scientists about the research used to impugn the Lunnys.

“After careful consideration of the applicable law and policy, I have directed the National Park Service to allow the permit for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company to expire at the end of its current term and to return the Drakes Estero to the state of wilderness that Congress designated for it in 1976,” Salazar said in a statement. “I believe it is the right decision for Point Reyes National Seashore and for future generations who will enjoy this treasured landscape.”http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/29/video-feds-shut-down-100-year-old-oyster-company-destroys-some-lives-and-dreams/   http://oysterzone.wordpress.com/about/

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules Against New Bedford & Gloucester et al- Sides with Feds and Special Interests

        The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down every one of a number of arguments the cities and their co-plaintiffs in the industry made in their appeal. The court upheld a 2011 lower court decision in the suit brought by the two ports as well as fishermen and fishing groups. Broadly speaking, the court ruled that the government stayed within the letter and spirit of the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Act, which was designed to end overfishing in the Northeast.

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121129/NEWS/211290345

Court rejects Mass. ports’ suit against fish law-Cape Cod Times
BOSTON – A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected claims by New England’s two largest fishing ports that federal regulators improperly enacted fishing rules that they say are wiping out local fleets.
Attorney Stephen Ouellette, who represented the New Hampshire Commercial Fishermen’s Association, “The fishery is now available to the highest bidder,”
Peter Shelley, senior counsel of the Conservation Law Foundation, which intervened on behalf of the government, said the plaintiffs’ claims “bordered on frivolous” and amounted to a “political sideshow.”

He said with two unambiguous court rulings in the government’s favor, there should be no doubt now that the fishing law is legal. “The challenge now is to get this fishery functioning in the way it ought to be functioning,” Shelley said.

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121129/NEWS11/121129728

Read the official ruling here  Read the background on the case and appeal here

Did crab pot lines cause the Lady Cecelia’s sinking? Coast Guard Formal Board of Investigation starts second round hearings

Did crab pot lines cause the Lady Cecelia’s sinking?

 

The vessel was in good condition,” said Ward, adding that it was very strange to have a cluster of crab pot buoys underwater. Lt. Anthony Hillenbrand, the lead investigator, would later introduce the fishing term “flower pots” as a possibility for what the Lady Cecelia got tangled up in. It means a group of crab pot lines tangled and wound up during a storm or surge and appearing like flowers from the top.He said that, in his opinion, the vessel, which was rumored to have near its maximum load of fish, might have run into multiple crab pot lines, started listing to the left while caught on the lines, catastrophically rolled the opposite direction when the port side stabilizer finally snapped off, and capsized in a quick roll.

http://www.dailyastorian.com/free/did-crab-pot-lines-cause-the-lady-cecelia-s-sinking/article_8ab55064-38c6-11e2-9adc-001a4bcf887a.html

NOAA shelves turtle protection plans to require “turtle excluder devices” for small fishing operations-Center for Biological Diversity “critical”

“The information we now have suggests the conservation benefit does not justify the burden this rule would place on the industry. We need more research looking at different options,” Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries, said in a statement. The rules had been set to take effect by spring. Gulf of Mexico shrimpers had said the requirement could push them out of business. The change would have affected 2,600 fishermen, including an estimated 2,300 vessels in Louisiana. Crabtree said federal officials will continue their research to help prevent turtle deaths. http://www.thenewsstar.com/viewart/20121128/NEWS01/211280341/NOAA-shelves-turtle-protection-plans

Limits set on bigeye tuna catches in Pacific – World Wildlife Fund says move by fishing panel doesn’t go far enough. Yeah yeah. We know.

The WWF’s Peter Trott criticized the system, saying plans to put monitors on boats would cover as little as 5 percent of the fishing fleets for all but two months of the year. It will make it almost impossible to prevent countries from underreporting their catches, he said. The commission is responsible for regulating commercial fishing in the region, which stretches from Hawaii to Asia and as far south as Australia. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28196049/ns/world_news-world_environment/

Alaska fishing groups protest expanded observers program Ketchican, Alaska

“A lot of Alaska fishermen are sitting here saying this program, which is  scheduled to start in a month, is extremely onerous for the small  community-based boats and doesn’t contain the logistical detail that we need to  know – and didn’t have input on – in order to minimize the impact on our  businesses,” Falvey said.
The new program will include commercial boats  under 60 feet. For 2013, vessels under 40 feet will remain exempt.
Read more:  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Alaska fishing groups protest expanded observers program

McDonald’s getting their feet wet. The Dented Bucket

McDonald’s will be launching, late this year, their $1 Fish McBites. I’m guessing the fish is  U.S. caught Alaskan pollock. This is the opposite of buy local, keep your dollars in town. This is the other business model: fish/ process industry partners with mega-food giant McDonald’s and comes up with product at a very affordable price. The pollock industry ….Read More  http://www.thedentedbucket.com/

Southeast Alaska Seiners Struggling With Salmon Observer Program

Commercial harvesters in the Southeast Alaska salmon drift gillnet fishery, mandated for observation under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, say changes are needed in the program because it’s disrupting their fishery. “It’s just a colossal waste of money,” said B.J. King, a veteran commercial fisherman from Kent, Washington. “They’re not telling us what they’re really after. “I was observed twice this year, and it wasn’t a very pleasant experience,” he said. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2012/11/southeast-alaska-seiners-struggling.html

Washington state confronts ocean acidification- threat to the state’s $270 million shellfish industry

The order signed by Gregoire, whose term will end in January, calls on the state to invest more money in scientific research, curb nutrient runoff from land, and push for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions on a regional, national and global scale. It accepts the recommendations that a blue-ribbon panel issued Tuesday on how to assess and limit the effects of ocean acidification. The group was co-chaired by former Environmental Protection Agency administrator William D. Ruckelshaus and former Gregoire chief of staff Jay Manning. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/washington-state-confronts-ocean-acidification/2012/11/27/c2270ba0-38bc-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html

President signs whistle-blower bill for US workers. Could this be the beginning of getting justice for victims of NMFS OLE?

WASHINGTON — Federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse in government operations now have new protections against retaliation. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Tuesday, 13 years after groups representing whistle-blowers began lobbying for the added protections http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1061177747&format=comments&cnum=2

Will they roll, baby roll will they roll, baby roll, will they roll, baby roll, all night long,,,,,,,sung to the Roadhouse, The Doors.

The war over Menhaden @ Saving Menhaden Fisheries. Stock Assessment Exacerbates, Inflames Envirokooks

   November 27, 2012 — In the Fredericksburg (Virginia) Free Lance-Star, Mr. Deil argues that “while the environmental advocacy community claims these precipitous cuts are necessary to conserve the resource, the truth is much more nuanced.”
And in the Roanoke (Virginia) Times, Mr. Deil engaged in a “point-counterpoint” with Chris Moore of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

http://www.savingseafood.org/alerts/menhaden-on-the-opinion-pages-in-virginia.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

Top lobster scientists gather for Maine symposium ( wonder if they have any experts coming. Like lobstermen?)

PORTLAND, Maine  — Top lobster scientists are meeting to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years after a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices. The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is hosting a conference in Portland beginning Tuesday focusing on issues such as warming ocean temperatures, the changing food web and seafood economics. About 135 people have registered, including scientists from the United States, Canada and Europe, regulators and industry representatives. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP25a6a09cc2c242a597a0abbc9287bcb1.html

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell proposes king salmon research

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnellsays he will propose $30 million over five years to study king salmon abundance. Parnell says the first installment will be $10 million in the fiscal year 2014 budget. Low chinook salmon returns this year resulted in fishing closures or limits. State commerce officials estimate commercial fishermen lost $16.8 million in direct revenue. Subsistence fishermen and the sport fishing industry also saw losses. http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/11/alaska_gov_sean_parnell_propos.html

Editorial: NOAA chief’s stand to cut tuna limit must be last straw. Lubchenco has now shown her own disdain for fishery science itself.

They should also not be any surprise. She has, after all, ignored several calls for action from congressional leaders ranging from Congressman John Tierney to Sens. Scott Brown and John Kerry. And she has run her agency against the grain of the president’s own position, figuratively scoffing at his campaign promise to promote “jobs, jobs, jobs” by holding to her job-killing catch share management system that has produced a government-recognized “economic disaster” in New England and across the waterfronts of the Northeast.http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x1839361256/Editorial-NOAA-chiefs-stand-to-cut-tuna-limit-must-be-last-straw

Gillnet fishermen work to reduce porpoise bycatch, are continuing to make concerted, proactive choices

Preliminary data from October indicates that delaying the consequence closure of the gillnet fishery did not have a negative impact on harbor porpoises. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration planned to impose a consequence closure on the gillnet fishery for October and November because fishermen failed to comply with a section of the Marine Mammal Protection Act that restricts bycatch of harbor porpoises. Gillnetters use stationary nets anchored by weights to catch groundfish such as cod and flounder, and bycatch occurs when harbor porpoises or other marine animals are inadvertently caught. http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20121127-NEWS-211270352

 

Fishermen hope legislation benefits industry. Charlston Huckster wearing a cheap rug strokes’ em with Pew Lotion!

Locals in the fishing industry, including Baumann, hope the research could lead to further regulatory change to the Magnuson-Stevens Act which sets catch limits designed to prevent overfishing, but also has fishermen stuck at the docks.J. Dean Foster, with Foster Associates, a marketing group based in Charleston, said the congressional committee likely will debate the bill early next year. Foster is working with Pew Environment Group to drum up support for the bill http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/11/26/3190554/fishermen-hope-legislation-benefits.htmlor the bill http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/11/26/3190554/fishermen-hope-legislation-benefits.html

Seafood processors fined for releasing millions of lb of seafood waste into the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and North Pacific Ocean

Three seafood processors agreed to settle federal Clean Water Act violations for their vessels’ seafood waste discharges off Alaska’s coast with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and pay fines. Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc, United States Seafoods, LLC and Ocean Peace Inc, and their vessels are responsible for releasing millions of lb of seafood waste into the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and North Pacific Ocean every year. http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&ndb=1&id=57136

NOAA / NMFS Reopens public comment period. Proposed Rule to Expand Exempted Redfish Fishery for Groundfish Sectors

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.

SUMMARY: This action reopens the comment period for an Acadian redfish proposed rule that published on November 8, 2012. The original comment period closed on November 23, 2012; the comment period is being reopened to provide additional opportunity for public comment through December 31, 2012. http://www.nero.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2012/11/redfish_extension.pdf

GEARNET Northeast Groundfish Gear Conservation Engineering & Demonstration Network- Proposals are due December 31, 2012

Northeast Groundfish Gear Conservation Engineering & Demonstration Network  FINAL CALL FOR PROPOSALS –GEARNET is currently scheduling port and sector meetings for December to develop your  ideas for a second round of proposals. Our goal is to address your gear needs through pilot ‐scale projects funded by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center Cooperative Research Program. Proposals are due December 31st, 2012.

Why should you get involved?

Are you struggling to catch your allocation because you run into fish for which you have no allocation?

Are you interested in improving fuel efficiency and lowering your operating costs?

Would you like to try sensors to measure door spread or indicate when your codend is full?

Do you have ideas for improving your gear’s selectivity but cannot afford to make the changes?

Would you like to try a topless trawl or raised footrope gillnet? Or other fishing gear that you’ve heard about but don’t have access to?

For more information about GEARNET and current projects please visit us at www.gearnet.org. http://www.gearnet.org/about.html

 

Friends of Captain Jean Frottier devastated by loss of fisherman

Frottier’s friends and fellow fishermen, many of whom have spent much of their lives at MacMillan Pier by his side, said they are devastated by the loss of a man who served as an emblem for so much of what is special about their lifestyle.

http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/11/22/missing-scalloper-lost-sea-off-provincetown-remembered-fearless/SBezalM3mnZgBxGOqxNtxN/story.html

New England Fishery Management Council November 2012 Meeting Report

http://www.nefmc.org/actions/council_reports/CR_NOV2012.pdf

SD’s tuna fleet went to war, changed an industry “You’re going to Guadalcanal,” one of the skippers was ordered. “This cargo has got to go through.”

The two vessels, the 110-foot Paramount and the 128-foot Picaroto, sailed northeast from the New Hebrides and into The Slot, one of the South Pacific’s most dangerous passages. Evading Japanese patrols, the two vessels reached Guadalcanal’s Red Beach in November. They were greeted by a band of Marines who, though exhausted by combat and malaria, unloaded both boats in record time. “We won’t take a chance on you boys getting sunk,” one Marine assured the Paramount’s captain, Ed Madruga. “This cargo is really important.”

The cargo? Turkeys, potatoes, cranberries, oranges: Thanksgiving dinner.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/25/voyage-yippies-when-san-diegos-tuna-clippers-went-/?page=1#article

Coast Guard Officials to inspect sunken P’town fishing vessel Twin Lights,

PROVINCETOWN–State police divers and the Coast Guard plan to inspect the sunken Twin Lights commercial fishing vessel Tuesday using a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, Coast Guard Station Provincetown Chief John Harker said Monday. The vessel, which capsized just before noon Nov. 18, is believed to be sitting in about 198 feet of water two miles north of Provincetown. http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121126/NEWS11/121129817/-1/NEWS11

Lawyer blasts NOAA ‘failure’ on fishing – gdt

“This Thanksgiving, I want to give an overdue thanks to the region’s remaining fishermen who brave the elements and bring my family fish and seafood products to eat,” Shelley wrote. “All of us have failed to provide you with a rational, predictable and equitable business environment in which to nourish your hopes of being part of the American dream.“The system has failed you and will continue to fail you as long as it continues to give each of you what you individually demand.”Shelley’s harsh judgment comes as a time when NOAA, led by Jane Lubchenco, is under fire from industry groups and congressional figures from both parties for its policies.

What a phoney bastard. BH

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/topstories/x520553412/Lawyer-blasts-NOAA-failure-on-fishing

EDITORIAL: Menhaden oversight getting serious [The Virginian-Pilot]

Members of the General Assembly have persistently rejected measures turning authority over to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, which is charged with regulating all other fisheries. An amendment pending approval by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission next month might be enough, however, to lead lawmakers to finally recognize their own limitations. The commission, composed of the 15 Atlantic coast states, coordinates conservation and management of fisheries because, according to its website, “fish do not adhere to political boundaries.” http://www.equities.com/news/headline-story?dt=2012-11-26&val=753162&cat=material

EPA grant to fund sea lamprey testing. Lamprey threaten both the ecosystem and commercial fishing in the Great Lakes

  LANSING — A $392,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant will pay for testing sea lamprey repellent on three to-be-named spawning streams in the state. The project is expected to be completed within the 10 years the EPA requires.
Sea lamprey are attracted to the smell of their young and repulsed by the stench of their dead, said Michael Wagner, lead researcher on the project and an assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University. http://record-eagle.com/statenews/x1839360630/EPA-grant-to-fund-sea-lamprey-testing

The Provincetown fishing fleet has had its share of tragedy, Carol Green has formed a committee to raise money for a permanent memorial in Provincetown

“You wake up, and your life is forever changed,” said Provincetown resident Joan Cordeiro, whose husband, Ernest, died on the Patricia Marie. “They’re gone, and you keep thinking that they’re going to find them. It is, ” it’s heartbreaking.”

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121124/NEWS/211240318/-1/NEWS11

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update November 25, 2012

http://hosted.vresp.com/1181479/fabfb06fd2/545568053/ad93d20bca/

Alaska whale hunters wary of oil drilling-“This place has been transformed because of oil.” Barrow, Alaska

Barrow, Alaska — Minutes after the hunters’ harpoon pierced the flesh of a bowhead whale, the  call went out. By cell phone and radio, Alaska whale hunters wary of oil drilling-“This place has been transformed because of oil.”  “The infrastructure that you see in Barrow is what was brought in by oil,”  Leavitt said. “Before the discovery of oil, there was no education  past eighth grade. This place has been transformed because of oil.” http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Alaska-whale-hunters-wary-of-oil-drilling-4062827.php

I guess Ollie Leavitt thinks it’s also time to bring “progress” to Indigenous tribe discovered in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest!

 

Alaska’s salmon harvest, value falls from 2011 dropping 21 percent and 30 percent, respectively.

Alaska’s salmon harvest and value for 2012 came in well below last year, dropping 21 percent and 30 percent, respectively. According to preliminary state tallies, the value of the salmon catch totaled nearly $506 million at the docks this summer on a statewide catch of 124 million fish. That compares to a 2011 take of 177 million salmon valued at just over $641 million. http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1247years_salmon_harvest_value_falls_from_2011

Sardine fishery quota slashed for 2013, but worries remain.- Oceana, “It is frankly unbelievable”, Pacific Fishery Management Council – catch levels will be lower in 2013

While catch levels will be lower in 2013 than in 2012, the fishery council ignored increasing catch rates by Canada and Mexico; ignored warnings from scientists that the stock is collapsing; and failed to account for the importance of sardines as prey for whales, seabirds and other fish like salmon and tuna, Oceana wrote. http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&ndb=1&id=57017

I think OCEANA are the ones ignoring increasing catch rates by Canada and Mexico, and should refocus on the problem. If there is a problem.

Molestation of a Manatee. Joyride leads to ride in the Squad Car!

manatee_20121124124931_JPG       Ana Gloria Gutierrez was caught on camera riding the manatee at Fort DeSoto Park  in late September. http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_pinellas/ana-gutierrez-53–arrested-for-violation-of-the-florida-manatee-sanctuary-act

IDFA Review: Dirty Energy – Exxon Valdeez/Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill comparison with video

When the BP oil spill occurred, reporters from all over the world set up camp in the areas which were most hit by the events. But as time went on they packed up there recorders, cameras and notepads and moved on to the next big story. But for the people working and living in the areas surrounding the Gulf of Mexico the story is far from over…Louisiana supplies about a third of all the wild seafood caught in North America but is now compromised in being able to provide these resources for the future. In addition a highly unique and rich culture is in danger of disappearing forever. As one Louisiana Shrimp fisherman expressed to oil representatives at a local meeting: “You are not only messing me up now, you’re messing me up for the rest of my life.”http://docgeeks.com/2012/11/24/idfa-review-dirty-energy/

Greenpeace seeks to protect Alaska underwater canyons-Commercial fishermen are watching closely.

Bay Area conservationists are back from a dramatic deep sea expedition to research and protect huge underwater canyons in Alaska. The area is the heart of the state’s $1 billion-a-year fishing industry and the canyons may be a vital link in the lifecycle of fish that you eat. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/assignment_7&id=8894604

NOAA New federal fisheries observer program for Alaska fisheries goes into effect January 1 SitNews

(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska – NOAA Fisheries will implement a new fisheries observer program for Alaska’s commercial groundfish and halibut fisheries beginning January 1, 2013. http://www.sitnews.us/1112News/112312/112312_observer_program.html

Government Presents Five Offshore Wind Options – A final option would call for no action at all, and no wind energy leases granted.

Mr. Krevor said concerns ranging from marine mammals to commercial fishing and economic impacts were examined. He said that in the daytime, the widest portion of the meteorological tower would not be visible from shore. At night, he said, lighting markers at the top of the tower could be visible on a clear night. http://www.mvgazette.com/news/2012/11/21/government-presents-five-offshore-wind-options

Rewards offered for information in Gulf of Mexico dolphin attacks Captain Paul Watson pledged a whopping $20,000 reward

The attacks have been so severe that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration (NOAA), was forced to issue a “heads up” directive last week to  environmental and enforcement              agencies, for increased human-dolphin interaction. http://digitaljournal.com/article/337226

California city building ‘tsunami-resistant’ port

Comment

Federal law requiring a million salmon is ignored by Dan Bacher

On one historic day in 1992, I marched through the State Capitol Building and adjoining Senate Offices with hundreds of recreational fishermen, commercial fishermen and environmentalists working for the passage of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA). Arrayed in yellow and green commercial fishing slickers and colorful recreational fishing group shirts and jackets, we carried big banners and signs calling for the passage of the CVPIA and restoration of salmon populations.  We marched by the offices of Senator John Seymour, one of the key opponents of the CVPIA, and the crowd spontaneously erupted in raucus shouts of “No More Seymour, “No More Seymour!” http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/11/22/18726225.php

Scientists release a million tiny scallops into Sarasota Bay

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A microscope photograph of scallop larvae like those released Wednesday into an area of Sarasota Bay as part of a series of releases designed to restore scallops to the area. Provided Photograph/Ronda Ryan, SarasotBay Watch RONDA RYAN

http://www.bradenton.com/2012/11/22/4288764/scientists-release-a-million-tiny.html

Bringing the ocean back into the Earth Summit Briefing and Recommendations to the First Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD (Rio+20) The Pew Environment Group

 75% of global fisheries are either fully utilized or overutilized; 10 and it was reported a few years ago that 90% of the large marine predators have already vanished due to unsustainable fishing,11

11 Worm et al., ―Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services.‖, 314 Science (3 November 2006), 787-790.

The Conference is to result in a focused political document, 4 and both the Conference and the preparatory process are5 to carry out an overall appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Protecting_ocean_life/Pew_Rio20_brief.pdf

The Foley Fish Company Obtains MSC Certification

The Foley Fish Company, a fourth generation, family-owned, New England seafood business, renowned for its commitment to quality and stewardship, has obtained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification. The company sells to fine dining restaurants, resorts, hotels and specialty retailers across the country. http://fis.com/fis/techno/newtechno.asp?l=e&id=56979  http://www.foleyfish.com/StoreBoston/main/home.aspx

“Dark Energy”: Life Beneath the Seafloor Discussed at Upcoming American Geophysical Union Conference

“Who in his wildest dreams could have imagined that, beneath the crust of our Earth, there could exist a real ocean…a sea that has given shelter to species unknown?” http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126049&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Letter: Quota caps would further harm fishery Paul Cohan – Captain, F/V Sasquatch Gloucester

NOAA and administrator Jane Lubchenco demanded and enacted a deeply flawed, possibly illegal amendment in which various interests have invested millions. It is just not financially feasible to undo this. Amendment 16 privatized and commodified fishing rights. Unless they intend to scuttle the “catch scam” system altogether, which is highly unlikely, the council will only exacerbate and perpetuate the misfortune of some while ensuring the fortunes of others by establishing accumulation limits this late in the game. Read More http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x520551946/Letter-Quota-caps-would-further-harm-fishery

Despite stock gains, NOAA chief sought cuts for tuna catch

 “She is on an agenda to deny American fishermen the right to succeed.”

“Dr. Lubchenco pushed hard to reduce the projected quota to far less than the current 1,750 metric tons to further conserve bluefin although such a reduction would have a devastating effect on fishermen and their communities,” Zales said in an email to the Times. “Managing and maintaining maximum sustainable yield is the prime objective of ICCAT and NOAA.” http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x520552032/Status-quo-holds-for-tuna-catch

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Council Meeting in Baltimore, MD: December 10-13, 2012

November 20, 2012 — The public is invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s December 2012 meeting to be held at Pier V Hotel, 711 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202, phone 410-539-2000.  Below is the meeting agenda.  NOTE:  For online access to the meeting, register here. Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with the information you need to join the Webinar. http://www.savingseafood.org/council-actions/mid-atlantic-fishery-council-meeting-in-baltimore-md-december-10-13-2.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

Oregon Halibut Fisherman Fined for Federal Fisheries Crimes

During sentencing, Holland found that Hankins had knowingly testified falsely at his trial when he denied that he falsified the landing reports, and that this testimony amounted to perjury. Holland found further that Hankins were still “in a state of denial” about having committed the crime for which the jury convicted him. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2012/11/oregon-halibut-fisherman-fined-for.html

Competition Offers Options in Commercial Fishing Gear. Grundens-Helly Hansen

When it comes to choosing rain gear and boots for the commercial fishing season, durability, staying dry and comfort are still deciding factors. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2012/11/competition-offers-options-in.html

BP Deepwater Horizon disaster – Who are they trying to protect with this mosquito prosecution?

BP is hoping that everyone has forgotten the facts. The field crew were arguing over the abnormal negative tests and the move to proceed forward. Schlumberger crew was brought in earlier to assess the “dangerous situation”. Kaluza being inexperienced in offshore, called BP HQ on the eve of the blowout.  http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2012/11/21/15341451-who-are-they-trying-to-protect-with-this-mosquito-prosecution?email=html

northeast fisheries science center woods hole, ma. seeks comments …upcoming white hake stock assessment,

WOODS HOLE — On Dec. 11, the Population Dynamics Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center will hold an open meeting in Woods Hole to review data for use in the upcoming white hake stock assessment, NOAA Fisheries Service said. In preparation for the meeting, officials are seeking comment from fishermen regarding the nature of the fisheries or catches. Written comments are welcome from those who can’t attend in person and should be submitted by Dec. 5. Comments can be emailed to Katherine Sosebee ([email protected]) or Gary Shepherd ([email protected]).  Comments can also be mailed to them at 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543.

CG Cutter Valiant Returns From 50-Day Deployment – issued 68 fisheries and safety violations.

Valiant crewmembers examined more than 160,000 lbs of shrimp worth a market value of nearly $800,000 during 20 at-sea boardings. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2012/11/21/cg-cutter-valiant-returns-from-50-day-deployment.html?comp=7000023468292&rank=2

Divvying up more sea floor for possible future wave energy devices riles commercial fishermen at TSP meeting in Newport.

Territorial Sea Plan Meeting Oregon Coast Community College, Friday Oregon Coast commercial and sport fishermen were not a happy group all day Friday as they were pressured to give up more valuable fishing areas to accommodate future wave energy devices, many of which are not yet fully designed, manufactured or tested.  In fact if these devises ever show up off the Oregon Coast they are likely to require,,,,,,,Read more http://www.newslincolncounty.com/?p=66562