Monthly Archives: December 2012

Get ready to be Hooked! The story behind the story of a Sitka fisherman found adrift in fish tote. Video

Back in September, there was a news story about a fisherman found adrift in a plastic fish tote following the sinking of the troller he was fishing from.

This true story had a tremendous ending for the fact that both fishermen defied the odds and survived!

This would usually be the end of the story, alls well that ends well.

There is so much to this tale of good fortune, and through a lot of luck for all that read this, and who also watch the video of a wonderful writer, and story-teller who by fate, found herself right in the middle of it along with her life partner Joel Brady-Power and Bear the Boat Cat on board F/V Nerka out of Sitka, Alaska, you will feel like you are there!

Enough out of me, though.

This is Tele Aadsen, and these are her story’s from her blog, Hooked.


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A nice audio presentation of the NEFMC December 20, 2012 public comments from

I just got this from savingseafood and am posting it for those interested in listening to the comments without the hassle of listening to the audio recordings posted on on December 21, 2012 from the nefmc website.

AUDIO: Council Members Face Angry Fishermen  and Threats From Environmentalists at NEFMC Dec. 20 Meeting Click Here  Click  “COUNCIL AUDIO” Click “Groundfish FW 48 Discussion (AM) (few minutes at the beginning of discussion not recorded)  Listen in its entirety or left click the slider and move it to 1:55.00 to listen to the public comments.

Please forgive my substandard post. I will strive to do better. BH

“It became very apparent that we were in a fight for our industry at that point,”

Every-one together

Every family takes proactive role during summer king salmon disaster

By Rashah McChesney

  Travis Every spent June and July standing at his family’s setnet sites watching the sockeye salmon jump in their rush toward the Kenai River.

But, instead of setting his nets in the water to catch a portion of the season’s estimated 6.2 million sockeye run, Travis — like many other East Side setnetters in the Cook Inlet — remained beached, his nets drying in the sun.

“We didn’t do anything else,” Travis said. “You get up and even though you aren’t fishing, you wake up at five in the morning, drive to the beach site, have coffee, watch all the fish jump, get pissed off, get on the phone and start calling people.”

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Hurricane Sandy Aid Bill Includes $150 Million for Alaskan Fisheries – BREITBART (as our industry disasters East and West are marginalized)

One out of every $20 spent in a new bill to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy will go to “non-relief-related pork,” says American Majority Action Spokesman Ron Meyer in an email to Breitbart News. Read More 


Challenges abound for Florida Keys commercial fishermen

A limit instituted for yellowtail snapper created a considerable amount of drama for Keys commercial fishermen, as the commercial fishery was poised to close in the Atlantic Ocean in September but analysis showed the fishing stock10172769-large was stronger than originally thought and the season remained open. National Marine Fisheries Service announced in August that the annual commercial yellowtail quota in the Atlantic had nearly been reached, and that the fishery would be closed Sept. 11 through Jan. 1. The Science and Statistical Committee for the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic fishery management councils recommended, federal fishery managers agreed, to an annual commercial harvest of yellowtail snapper that increased the yield from 2.9 million pounds to 4.1 million pounds. Read More

Louisiana – Commercial Fishing Season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks Opening January 1

Commercial fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, January 1. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service will also open the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico at this time. Read More


A group of state legislators is urging the California Fish and Game Commission to declare the white shark endangered, warning that the marine predators are in a “perilous situation.”

On Feb. 6, the commission will consider whether to make white sharks a candidate for protection. Within a year of that meeting, it would decide whether to list the sharks as a state endangered species.

Assembly members Paul Fong, D-Cupertino; Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco; Bob Blumenfield, D-San Fernando Valley; Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley; Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont; and Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara; and state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, last week submitted a letter to the commission in support of the listing.

In August, three environmental groups — Oceana, Center for Biological Diversity and Shark Stewards — petitioned….. Read More

“I prefer my Sea Otter in a nice stew, thank you!” In Our View – Santa Maria Times- Ensuring life for all creatures

Good news for the otter, however, is not such good news for fishermen, especial sea urchin divers, who insist that the otters decimate the shellfish population. They’re right about that dynamic, but unfortunately for them, otters were fissrewhing these waters eons before human divers came around.

The otter population is far from what it once was. By the time federal agencies began their attempt to relocate otters in an effort to save the species, the count had dropped from an estimated high of more than 16,000 in the late 18th century to less than 3,000. The dramatic depopulation was mostly a result of hunting during the early 19th century, in search of the otters’ luxurious fur.

This was a good year for otters, to be sure, but it looks like some fishermen will have to find a new way to earn a living.

And 2012 has also been a thumbs-up month for California’s marine reserve network, as the final piece of the underwater puzzle fell into place earlier this month in waters off the northern coast. Read More

Yurok Tribe Dispute with State over Coastal Access Entangled in Alleged Embezzlement – “fake marine protected areas” (wow)

Dan Bacher, an environmental writer, calls the South Coast region “fake marine protected areas” that shield the ocean from fishing but fail to protect it from “oil spills and drilling, pollution, military testing, corporate aquaculture, wind and wave energy projects.”

The MLPA blue-ribbon task force that developed the marine plans was originally chaired by Susan Golding, ex-two-term San Diego mayor and former CEO of the Golding Group. She has sat on the boards of 1st Pacific Bank, Avinir Pharmaceuticals and Titan Industries. Others on the panel include Bill Anderson, president and CEO at the nation’s largest owner and operator of waterfront marinas, and Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association, who has repeatedly called for weaker environmental regulations and new oil drilling off the California coast.

The MLPA also takes its share of flack from the sport fishermen and the political right. California Fish and Game Commissioner Daniel Richards, when he was commission president, said, “These radical, left-wing environmentalists want to put up massive reserves to keep people from fishing. It’s all being funded, this takeover of California’s marine resources, by the Packard Foundation, backed by a billionaire with nefarious intentions. They are anti-fishing, anti-hunting, anti-people.”

Early in 2012, the Yurok Tribe discovered it had another reason to be suspicious of MLPA motives. Arrest warrants were issued for three men, including the co-chair of the MLPA Task Force Science Advisory Team, who were suspected of conspiring to embezzle $870,000 from the tribe. Read More

Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Strategy

Dispute rages on over low energy seismic testing – former vice president of the Port San Luis Commercial Fishermen’s Association – lack of an environmental impact report

The former vice president of the Port San Luis Commercial  Fishermen’s Association is resigning over PG&E’S fault line  surveys near Diablo Canyon. He claims some of those tests were carried out without the proper  permits and said he’s owed compensation for lost catches during  the two year low energy testing  From 2010 to 2012, low energy testing was completed in the waters  off Port San Luis and Morro Bay.  The information was used to measure the seismicity surrounding  Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. According to the now former vice president Brian Stacey, the  testing should have required an environmental impact report but  was approved without one. Read More

BOEM Five Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil And Gas Leasing Program Under Attack

Thank You, Dick G

The Center for Sustainable Economy, a non-profit public interest consulting firm, filed a lawsuit today against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in an attempt to halt that agency’s first approved five-year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program since the BP oil spill. The Program, which establishes a schedule for 2012-2017 to be used as a basis for considering where and when oil and gas leasing might be appropriate in both the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, received final approval from U.S. Department of the Interior on August 27, 2012. Read More

Fish aid dollars in limbo – Senate clears package, but House may let it expire

The U.S. Senate Friday easily beat back an effort to drop from the $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy relief bill a package of $150 million in fisheries disaster aid, including funding for Massachusetts, the other four coastal New England100_1584 states and New York whose fishermen ply the Atlantic for groundfish and face a cataclysm of cuts in catch limits next year.

”This is a big win for our fishermen, but this has been a fight more than a year in the making and there’s still work to do,” said Kerry in an email. “I’ve made their case to the leadership of the Senate, the Appropriations Committee and to the Administration to get this far, and I’ll continue to work with my Massachusetts colleagues in the House to make sure that this funding is enacted into law.”  Read More

Calling All Green Horns – Kodiak Arts Council auctioning week on crab boat – live aboard a Kodiak-based Tanner crab boat!!


KODIAK, Alaska – “Deadliest Catch” shows up on T-shirts, coffee mugs and even fireworks that try to cash in on the success of the Discovery Channel’s most popular Alaska-based TV series.

Now, the Kodiak Arts Council is hoping to turn that popularity to some good as it auctions a weeklong opportunity to live aboard a Kodiak-based Tanner crab boat.

 “It seemed like a natural way to try to get money for a nonprofit,” said Skip Bolton, a longtime Kodiak fisherman who serves on the arts council’s board of directors.

The auction, listed on eBay, promises “the adventure of a lifetime on an Alaskan crab fishing expedition.” Read More. Hell! Put in a bid!

Wicked Rye fisherman adds flavor to bluefin tuna TV show

RYE — Local fisherman Tyler McLaughlin has taken his love for tuna fishing to the television

McLaughlin, a 25-year-old captain from Rye, will be among a group of tuna fishermen featured in season two of the National Geographic Channel’s series “Wicked Tuna.”

In the new season, which is set to premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, television crews from the National Geographic Channel follow McLaughlin and his crew — first mates Adam Moser and Alex Whitney — onboard the Pin Wheel as they troll the north Atlantic Ocean looking for bluefin tuna. Read More

Study looks at balancing fishing for and preserving menhaden – Population at lowest point in 50 years? hmm

Fisheries scientists are conducting a study on Atlantic menhaden that will help identify the balance between harvesting and preserving the species. Atlantic menhaden, described as “small, oily fish” that migrate along the East Coast, are the “favorite menu item of prized rockfish,” and have a high commercial value, according to a statement the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Currently, the menhaden population is at its lowest point in more than 50 years due to harvesting and predation, the statement says. But fisheries scientists from UMCES are investigating the balance between fishing for Atlantic menhaden and the value the fish has in the ecosystem, thanks to a grant from the Lenfest Ocean Program. The Lenfest Ocean Program “funds scientific research on policy-relevant topics concerning the world’s oceans and communicates the results of the supported research to decision makers and other interested audiences,” according to its website. Read More

‘Founder of New Bedford scalloping’ dies at 91- Myron Marder – accountant turned fleet owner helped jump-start the industry in the 1960s.

NEW BEDFORD — Myron Marder was a scalloper before shellfish was the city’s biggest industry.

Friends of Marder, who died Dec. 24 at the age of 91, remember how the accountant turned fleet owner helped jump-start the industry in the 1960s.

“He was really one of the founders of the scalloping industry in New Bedford,” Robert Mitchell, of R.A. Mitchell, said Thursday. Mitchell said both he and his father have been friends with Marder since the 1950s.

Marder got his start in the fishing industry when he opened an accounting office on the New Bedford waterfront in 1946 after serving in the Army during World War II.

From there, he built a fleet of up to six wooden-hulled scallop vessels which led the city’s scalloping industry.

“Myron would always have the best captains on his boats because he got to know them when he was doing the books for their boats,” Mitchell said.  Read More

Upbeat NOAA fishery report challenged


NEW BEDFORD — To say that Richard Canastra didn’t quite believe an upbeat NOAA report on the state of the Northeast groundfish industry is to understate it.

“It’s a crock,” said Canastra, who co-owns the BASE seafood display auction. Only a few days ago he was telling regulators that this year might be the fleet’s “last hurrah.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration painted a sunny picture in a Dec. 26 report, saying that even with a smaller fleet, the catch was up, profits were up and total catch was up.

Canastra replied: “The headline looks great but when you look at it it’s just like the science. Everything NOAA does they try to cover up.”

There was also unanimous suspicion about the timing of the report, which was released the morning after Christmas, usually not a big news day. Read More

Local waters were a passion for fisherman who died on the Broad River – Tragedy

Martin Luther Stewart Sr. felt “blessed” to make his living on the river.

He died there Wednesday after the 19-foot skiff he was on with fellow fisherman Vincent Chaplin capsized.

Sea Eagle Market owner Craig Reaves, who hired Stewart a few months ago, recalled gathering oysters with him last Sunday.

“He looked at me and said ‘you know most people go to work because they have to. Me and you are blessed because we get to do something we love.'”

“He’d been in the river his whole life,” Reaves said. “That’s what he loved and that was his passion.” Read More

Cape fishermen dubious of latest catch report –

CHATHAM — A report released earlier this week by the National Marine Fisheries Service shows landings of bottom-dwelling fish were up for the 2011-2012 fishing season in the Northeast, but Cape fishermen say the numbers don’t reflect the current scarcity of fish in New England waters. The report, issued Wednesday, compared the fishing year that ended April 2012 to the two prior. The combination of rising prices paid to fishermen for catching groundfish, which include cod, haddock and flounder, and increased landings meant that revenue was also higher than in the past three years, the report states. Read More

Fishing aid faces Senate floor fight – $336 million for AMTRAK !!

Republican Sens. John McCain and Tom Coburn have signaled an effort to strip from a $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill today the $150 million targeted for fisheries disaster funding — the bulk of which would go to tmanatthewheelhe five coastal New England states and New York whose fishermen work the Atlantic for groundfish. Read More

Commercial shad fishing season opens two weeks early in Georgetown area

The American shad commercial fishing season will open Jan. 15, 2013 in the  Georgetown area. This is two weeks earlier than the traditional opening in early  February. This change keeps the commercial shad season in compliance with the  Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) American shad sustainable  fishing plan for South Carolina and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)  mandate to reduce by-catch of Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon.
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Rep. Broun: NOAA’s Response to Sandy Service Assessment Inquiry Disappointing (Lubchenco under the weather) !

805562027_qrX5M-M“…I am disappointed that you elected not to answer many of my questions,”

A series relating to NOAA weather problems! It ain’t fishin’ but it’s all Jane!

Lubchenco replied by the requested deadline to Broun’s first letter citing that she understood Broun’s concerns. She left many of his questions unanswered, however.

“…I am disappointed that you elected not to answer many of my questions,” Broun wrote in his most recent letter, adding that her reply also raised ‘additional questions that require explanation.’  Read Lots More!!

Many tanner crab areas closed; quotas reduced

By Cristy Fry –  The bairdi tanner crab season in Kodiak and along the Alaska Peninsula continues its quota yo-yo this year with quotas either down or areas closed entirely when the season begins Jan. 15. On Kodiak Island, only two areas out of eight are open, the east side and southeast sections, for a total of 660,000 pounds, down from 950,000 pounds in 2012 and 1.47 million pounds in 2011. Read More

Florida Seasonal Grouper Closure Starts January 1st

FLORIDA STATE WATERS — Several species of grouper will close  to recreational and commercial harvest  starting January 1st 2013 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including  Monroe County. Read More

SitNews – Complaint Filed in U.S. District Court Challenging Fisheries Monitoring Program

(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska – The Juneau-based Boat Company has filed a complaint  in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska challenging the  National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) program for monitoring discard  (bycatch) in large volume trawl fisheries. The complaint, filed on December  21st, requests that the court remand the Final Rule to NMFS for,,,,,,, Read More

A message from Dr. Rothschild regarding what he would do as NOAA administrator. Chris McCaffity

Chris McCaffity
A message from Dr. Rothschild regarding what he would do as NOAA administrator. As you know, a NOAA administrator has many different tasks. Some are well known, but others seem to come from nowhere. The BP spill is a good example. Because of this an Administrator needs to work on a set of principles. Here are some examples.
1. Follow the letter of the law(it seems almost unnecessary to say this, but the past administration would have done a better job if they had studied the laws that govern fisheries management).   2. Focus the scientific effort on critical issues and base management decisions on science.   3. Listen to the folks that are most effected by management decisions.   4. Promote cooperative research.   5. Be transparent and operate in the sunshine.   6. Provide incentives to employees to follow principals   7.Integrate elements of NOAA to be more cost effective(e.g. Sea Grant and NMFS).
Brian J. Rothschild Montgomery Charter Professor of Marine Science and Technology   School for Marine Science and Technology University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 706 South Rodney French Boulevard   New Bedford, MA 02744-1221 USA
Please sign the petition asking President Obama to appoint Dr. Rothschild as the new NOAA administrator.

Public Comment Sought on Genetically Modified Salmon

Instructions for electronic submissions are at Written comments should be addressed to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Comments should refer to the docket number, Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0899.

Northeast Groundfish Vessel Landings Up, Revenues Top $330 Million in Fishing Year 2011- Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Landings, gross revenues, and  net revenues per vessel reached three-year highs for Northeast groundfish  vessels during the fishing year that ended in April 2012! Read More

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Salmon or gold: Alaska ballot initiative puts Pebble Mine to a statewide vote

Opponents of the Pebble Project believe Alaskans should get a chance to choose which resource the state prizes most from Bristol Bay — gold or wild salmon — and they’re one step closer to bringing the issue before voters.

A little more than a year after voters out in the remote Lake and Peninsula Borough of Southwest Alaska rejected the Pebble mine project by narrowly approving a ballot initiative to ban open-pit mining in the watershed of Bristol Bay — home to one of the world’s most profitable wild salmon fisheries — mine opponents have submitted another initiative aimed at blocking the megaproject. Read More

Thanks Alaska delegation for listening to the fishing industry

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recently approved a restructured observer program that extends observer coverage to Alaska’s small boat fleet.  With the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) taking over observer deployment, the industry-funded restructured program increases the cost of an observer day from the current $400 to approximately $1,000. Read More

Why FDA’s Frankenfish salmon report is fundamentally flawed

Real trouble with Frankenfish

But the FDA’s report approving the salmon misses the point. It misunderstands salmon history. It neglects the complicated nature of the global salmon economy, and it begins by asking fundamentally flawed questions that focus narrowly on the ecological damage that might be caused by breeding and interspecies competition. Read More


 Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (department) announced today that the 2013 directed commercial fishery for Demersal Shelf Rockfish (DSR) will open in the Northern Southeast Inside (NSEI) Subdistrict and portions of the Southern Southeast Inside (SSEI) Subdistrict on Saturday, January 5, at 9:00 am. These areas will remain open until allocations are taken or until 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the commercial halibut fishery, whichever occurs first. The seven species of rockfish in the DSR assemblage are yelloweye, quillback, canary, copper, china, tiger, and rosethorn. The 2013 annual directed commercial DSR harvest limit for each area is 55,125 round pounds (25 mt) with 37,485 pounds (17 mt) allocated to the winter fishery. The remainder of the harvest objective will be available for harvest in the fall portion of the fishery.  Read More

Is opening Georges to Surf Clam/Quahog Dredging Site Mitigation payback for the Proposed Fisherman’s Energy NJ windmills?

Is it just me? Am I the only one that thinks this is a big fat smooch for Daniel Cohen, and his Ocean destroying friends?

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–December 18, 2012. Beginning this January, fishermen will be able to target abundant stocks of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs on portions of  Georges Bank that have been closed to harvesting for 22 years.

Something they are worried about across the pond. Should we be worried? Yes.

  Wind farm rush ‘may hit lobster and crab fishing’

Published on Wednesday 26 December 2012 06:00 THE drive for green energy could threaten the future of one of Yorkshire’s most lucrative traditional industries, its leaders have warned. The sea bed off the East Riding coast is described as the “perfect” habitat for crab and lobster and is the biggest fishery of its kind in the UK, netting an annual catch worth millions. But although generations have fished it sustainably for 200 years, fishermen say the industry is facing an unprecedented threat from the development of offshore wind farms, which it is feared will lead to large-scale industrialisation of the sea bed. Read More

Jensen Maritime Awarded for Vision and Innovation in Design of the Northern Leader Fishing Vessel

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, has been honored with the New Wave Award, which recognizes the company’s vision and innovation for the concept and design of the Northern Leader, a 184-foot long, environmentally-friendly longline fishing vessel owned by Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC.

The New Wave Award is issued each year by National Fisherman and WorkBoat magazines during Boatyard Day, an event held during Seattle’s Pacific Marine Expo. Boatyard Day celebrates the boatbuilding industry with a series of special events honoring excellence in vessel design, construction and gear for the commercial fishing industry. Read More

Editorial: Extending interim fish catch limits has benefits for all – Gloucester Daily Times

Simply put, if our own federal government is considering any type of move that would virtually shut down an entire industry, it had better be absolutely certain that an such industry poses either such a threat to public safety or, conceivably, the environment, that it would pose a public hazard to allow it to continue.  And commercial fishing, of course, falls far, far short of any such risk. Read More

Fishermen could use a little extra under the tree – Steve Urbon

I have never seen former New Bedford Mayor John Bullard look so downcast as he did last Thursday at the special meeting of the New England Fisheries Management council in Wakefield. Bullard, who now heads NOAA fisheries in the Northeast, was trying to break the news gently that what the council is about to do with quota allocations wasn’t going to be easy. Someone in the room full of 150 people, mostly fishermen and their families, had asked him to “do the right thing” when it comes to issuing allocations. “Doing the right thing is going to be very, very hard,” Bullard said repeatedly speaking slowly in a low voice. He didn’t get specific, but everyone in the room knew what he meant: This wasn’t going to be pretty. Peter Shelley, senior attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, made it clear what he and other environmentalist groups were expecting from the council: “You all swore an oath to uphold the Magnuson-Stevens Act,” he reminded them darkly before sitting back down to a chorus of boos and hisses. Shelley apparently didn’t have it in him to acknowledge what the fishermen were telling the council: After following the council’s draconian rules for years in order to rebuild the fishery, they were being repaid by being forced out of business.

Year after year, fishermen are asked to follow rules that boggle the mind and empty the treasury. Any reporter covering fisheries management will tell you it is one of the most impenetrable briar patches of science, politics and bureaucracy that can be imagined. Read More

What’s next? NOAA warns large ships to avoid Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

PORT ANGELES — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking ships of 400 gross tons or greater to stay farther away voluntarily from part of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary when traveling along the coast to protect the area from possible oil spills. Read More

Gloucester Va. harbor targeted for preservation

Gloucester is “no different than other coastal communities where watermen are forced to move from the coast or are restricted from using traditional access points, causing them to struggle to sustain their ” Lawrence said. “With limited space and limited sites available for mooring their boats, and with limited safe infrastructure where they can conduct business, watermen desperately need new solutions.”   Read More

New Jersey’s Congressmen push for fishing industry disaster relief

“New Jersey’s fishing industry is one of the drivers of our regional economy and a staple in coastal communities,” the congressmen wrote. “The fishing industry impacts a wide swath of New Jersey’s economy and includes not only fishermen, but processors, boat builders, bait and tackle shops, marinas, distributors, and tourism thanks to New Jersey’s vast charter boat operations.” Read More

Merry Christmas to all, and God Bless our Fishermen.


We should pay attention! Fishermen avoid more European quota cuts

BERWICKSHIRE fishermen will not be facing any further cuts to the days they spend at sea or the quota of fish they can catch as they head into a new year. The European Union fishing talks concluded with ministers accepting that there is no justification for further restrictions as part of the cod recovery plan. Borders MP Michael Moore and local MSP John Lamont welcomed the halting of cuts in cod quota and the number of days at sea as good news for Berwickshire fishermen. Berwickshire fishermen have long been challenging EU conservation measures, telling politicians the North Sea is full of fish. Read More


2013 Parallel Groundfish Fishery Registration Reminder Vessel owners and operators are reminded that a State of Alaska vessel registration is required for all vessels fishing during parallel seasons in territorial waters (0-3 nautical miles) of Alaska.. ..Beginning January 1, 2013, the National Marine Fisheries Service will implement a new fisheries observer program for Alaska’s federal commercial groundfish and halibut fisheries. Read More. Don’t get in trouble!



NOAA N.E. chief eyes delay on limits

The New England Fishery Management Council approved the proposal from the Gloucester-based coalition at its special meeting Wednesday in Wakefield. The move came in conjunction with a decision to defer setting catch limits for the groundfishery until the regularly scheduled January meeting – a time frae tha would benefit from a benchmark Gulf of Maine stock assessment and the vetting of it by the council’s Science and Statistical Committee. The coalition wrote last Monday to the council laying out a legal theory derived from an interpretation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act by NOAA last year that became the basis of a one-year interim emergency action on inshore cod that kept the reduction in landings to 22 percent. Read more

Vigil for Captain and Crew Member of Foxy Lady II – goodmorninggloucester (horrible sad)

DSCF0585The families of  Captain Wally Gray, Jr. and  crew member Wayne Young, of F.V. Foxy Lady II along with dozens of friends and supporters from Maine and Gloucester gathered at the Fisherman’s Memorial to pay their respects to the two men who were declared lost at sea this week.(photos by Marty Luster)   link


Fishing regulators delay vote on catch cuts

The council voted 15-2 to delay a vote until its next meeting, Jan. 29-31. Proposed allocations for the year starting May 1 have been cut drastically, 75 percent for some species. A Groundfish Committee proposal that would have replaced those cuts with an across-the-board cut of 10 percent of the 2012 landings was declared out of order by council Chairman C. M. “Rip” Cunningham. He said it wouldn’t satisfy the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act that governs fishing and could never be accepted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The proposal had already been sideswiped by Peter Shelley, senior counsel for the Conservation Law Foundation, for the same reason. He threatened a lawsuit, drawing boos from the packed hall where about 150 New England fishermen faced down the council. About 20 people from Greater New Bedford were among those in attendance.

Much of Thursday’s meeting dealt with the flawed science used to make quota decisions, especially the data collected by the research vessel Bigelow. Seafood consultant Jim Kendall, of New Bedford, along with council member John Quinn, of Dartmouth, ridiculed NOAA for making decisions with nothing but poor science, speculation and guesswork.

The Bigelow’s data on yellowtail flounder has resulted in a dramatic cut in quota for next year, which could well shut down the Gulf of Maine fishery. But the fishermen insisted the Bigelow was taking test trawls in places where they knew there would be no fish and avoided the places where there were fish.

The council did adopt a motion to allow fishing in some areas that have been closed to groundfishing for 22 years. This angered the environmental representatives, both Shelley and Oceana’s Gib Brogan. Read More

Invasive seaweed spreads along New England coast

As it continues to proliferate, Heterosiphonia japonica can create problems for Maine lobstermen as it has for lobstermen in Massachusetts. Last spring, the plant clung to the sides of Skip Ryan’s gear and clogged his traps to the point where he was forced to move his traps from inner Boston Harbor into deeper waters, where the seaweed wasn’t so bad. When Ryan reached inside the traps to remove the seaweed, it would break apart in his fingers, creating a nasty mess. Some of his traps became so weighted down with the stuff that it was hard for him to pull them aboard. “It gets all over the ground line, it’s all over the wheelhouse of the boat, it’s all over the pot hauler,” he said. “The stuff is horrendous.” Some are concerned the seaweed could squeeze out native varieties and smother sea grass beds, which serve as important nursery grounds for fish, lobsters and other marine species. Read More

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Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update December 23, 2012

Logo-RIFA 4“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.”  Read More


Judge OKs Settlement In BP Class-Action Suit – $2.3 billion to cover seafood-related claims by commercial fishing vessel owners, captains and deckhands.

untitledbp deathBP will pay $2.3 billion to cover seafood-related claims by commercial fishing vessel owners, captains and deckhands. That fund is the settlement’s only limit, Barbier wrote. He said that it is about five times the average industry gross revenue from 2007 to 2009 and, according to evidence provided, more than 19 times the revenue the industry lost in 2010. Still unresolved are environmental damage claims brought by the federal government and Gulf Coast states against BP and its partners on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and claims against Switzerland-based rig owner Transocean Ltd., and Houston-based cement contractor Halliburton. Read More

Expert: Fishing gear likely killed whale – 30-foot dead whale washed up on Flagler Beach on Wednesday

McLellan said the fishing industry is a partner in trying to reduce the number of animals caught in their gear, and they’re working to try to do that by making fishing gear more visible to whales and strong enough to catch fish, but breakable if, say, a 30,000-pound whale gets caught in it. “Strategic parts of the gear have to be able to break and allow that gear to be released off the animal so the animal can swim away and continue on its normal course of what it wants to do in a day,” McLellan said. Read More

Your View: Rothschild’s removal propped up by weak reasons – southcoasttoday

Dick Grachek is a fishing boat owner who lives in Mystic, Conn. He fishes out of Point Judith, R.I., in Sector 13.  Dr. Brian Rothschild a world-renowned fisheries researcher and author, and dean emeritus of Marine Fisheries Institute, has been removed from his co-directorship of the institute, which he founded and developed over the past 10 years. This move by the UMass president’s office will place the institute under the control of the president’s office and the institute’s co-directorship will go to the current School of Marine Science and Technology dean, Dr. Steve Lohrenz, not exactly a fish specialist,,,,,,,Read More

Alaska Delegation Fillets GM Salmon Report – Begich said. “I will fight tooth and nail,,,,,,,”

FrankenFishANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s congressional delegation was united in its opposition Friday to a draft report from the federal Food and Drug Administration saying that the nation’s health and environment wouldn’t be significantly harmed by genetically modified salmon. The fish, introduced by Massachusetts biotechnology firm AquaBounty, are engineered to grow much larger than wild salmon — but many Alaskans see them as a threat to both the market for and the existence of wild fish.  Read More

Alaska – Better alternatives to fisheries observer program story – dwarfed by the public comment!

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recently approved a restructured observer program that extends observer coverage to Alaska’s small boat fleet. With the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) taking over observer deployment, the industry-funded restructured program increases the cost of an observer day from the current $400 to approximately $1,000.

The Great King Salmon Mystery – You may be wondering why you failed to that king salmon this year? Some are calling it a king salmon crisis but few if any will attempt to answer the mysterious question as to where all of our king salmon have gone to. It’s not a salmon crisis when your neighbor fails to catch a king, it’s a crisis when you fail to catch one. If you ask the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, they will claim that our freshwater rivers and streams are producing plenty of baby king salmon. The mystery…. Read More

One Man’s Fight – Chris McCaffity – a commercial snapper/grouper fisherman

I had the pleasure of meeting Chris online today, and it turned into a long telephone conversation discussing fishery issues that neither one of us knew much about because of the different regions we are familiar with, he South East, I north East. I am impressed with his methodology and tenacity, as he finds himself in the same boat as many fishermen find themselves. Endangered!

I will not bore you with a long drawn out synopsis of our conversation, what I will do, however, is give you the link to his website. This is the cornerstone that he has built from to engage government official”s, ENGO’s, and his fellow citizen’s and fishermen. Visit, and get to know this fisherman from North Carolina. OH! Buy a calender from him. He fights for you, too!

FLORIDA KEYS – Stone Crab Prices Putting The Pinch On Wallets – many Florida Keys commercial fishermen are struggling

(Source: CBS4 / Al Sunshine)FLORIDA KEYS (CBSMiami) – Just two months into stone crab season, many Florida Keys commercial fisherman are struggling or even giving up, despite skyhigh prices for stone-crab claws. Read More

San Francisco, Calif – Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Delayed Once More

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.- Commercial dungeness crab season in northern California was delayed once more, right before the busy Christmas holiday. Read More

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)-possible regulation changes-Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing Proclamation

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has  scheduled three public scoping meetings in January to gather  input about possible regulation changes for 2013-14. The scoping  items include incorporation of a rule regarding recreational  possession limit, clarification of fish harassment rules, bonus  red drum tag requirement changes and new possession rules in  state waters for aquatic resources in excess of federal limits. Read More

Tell Your Members of Congress: Stop the Approval of GE Salmon – Food & Water Watch

This holiday season, the FDA has disregarded the concerns of hundreds of thousands of consumers around the country by moving forward with the approval of genetically engineered salmon. This frankenfish would become the first genetically engineered meat to hit the market, potentially opening up the floodgates for more GE food animal to come. And, to add insult to injury, the GE salmon may not even be labeled, preventing consumers from making informed decisions about their food..The best way we can fight the FDA’s abuse of its approval power is by  asking our legislators to keep GE salmon out of our grocery stores. Join us in sending an email to your members of Congress today asking them to block the approval of GE salmon. Read More