Daily Archives: February 10, 2013

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update February 10, 2013

“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 the update hererifa

Oregon program recycles salmon carcasses to put nutrients in streams

An Oregon marine program is being billed as “stream enrichment,” but it’s a lot smellier than it sounds. That’s because the program really comes down to dumping hundreds of excess hatchery fish carcasses into tributaries. It’s a conservation program billed as a way to make up for the loss of marine-derived nutrients that get flushed from West Coast streams. Read more here

Emotions run high over EPA’s Bristol Bay watershed study

“Three years ago, commercial fishermen, Alaska Native tribes and sport fishermen asked the Obama Administration to protect the world’s greatest sockeye salmon fishery and the 14,000 jobs it sustains from the threats of mega mining. We did not ask for years of study and process.” Read more here

New England begins the big dig-out after epic snow

We got slammed! Read more here

Maine Voices: ‘Overfishing’ or ‘mismanagement’? By Alan Tracy (thank you mr. tracy)

Instead of using the term “overfishing,” perhaps news coverage should use “mismanagement” or “overprotection” as the underlying cause leading to quota cuts and a crisis. It is not completely out of bounds to question which is more accurate in describing the current state of affairs….This is also the same industry that employs folks at the Portland Fish Exchange, Vessel Services and the processors on the Fish Pier — the truckers, shippers, suppliers and more all up and down Commercial Street and up and down the coast. Read more here

Federal scrutiny on the Bounty’s ill-fated final voyage

More than a week before Hurricane Sandy became a superstorm that would zero in on New York and New Jersey, the captain of the tall ship Picton Castle decided to play it safe and stay home. Another captain sailing roughly the same route headed out to sea. The HMS Bounty sailed dead into the path of Sandy. Read more here

Washington State Bill would allow counties to ban fish farming

OLYMPIA — A bill sponsored by a Sequim Democrat in the state House would allow counties to ban net pen aquaculture. The one-page bill, filed Thursday by state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, a Sequim Democrat, says: “Master programs may include provisions for siting or prohibiting the siting of marine aquaculture net pen facilities.” Read more here

Simrad New Technology Improves Accuracy and Reliability for Fishery Surveys

Simrad, a Kongsberg Maritime AS brand and developer of hydro acoustic technology for commercial fishing and scientific vessels has released a significant update for its ME70 Scientific Multibeam Echo Sounder. Read more here