Monthly Archives: March 2013

Passamaquoddys: Catch quota better way to protect elvers than fishing license limit. Catch capped at 3600 lbs – video

CALAIS, Maine — Imposing a catch limit is a better way of protecting the the state’s elver population than limiting the number of licenses .Tribal representatives said that limiting the catch to 3,600 pounds and allowing fishermen to use just one net was a better way to manage the resource than issuing a set number of licenses to tribal members.  State invalidating all but 150 of the 575 licenses issued by the Passamaquoddy tribe. Any tribal license numbered 151 or higher will be considered void by Maine Marine Patrol, he said. continued

The global warming campaign is filled with Boris Wormism, and it’s catching up ” the self-serving coalition of environmentalists and big business hoping to create a carbon cartel”.

In Denial –  The meltdown of the climate campaign.  By STEVEN F. HAYWARD. It is increasingly clear that the leak of the internal emails and documents of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in November has done for the climate change debate what the Pentagon Papers did for the Vietnam war debate 40 years ago—changed the narrative decisively. Additional revelations of unethical behavior, errors, and serial exaggeration in climate science are rolling out on an almost daily basis, and there is good reason to expect more. continued

heating up – Passamaquoddys to hold press conference on elver fishing controversy

The press conference is being held in response to a statement Friday by Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher that the tribe had put the state out of compliance with fishing restrictions imposed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission by issuing more than twice the number of elver licenses it should have. Keliher said that by issuing 575, the tribe has put Maine out of compliance with elver regulations. continued

From the Deckboss

Halfway there in Sitka herring fishery, Processor refloated, And they’re off!, Dipnet supremacy?, and more. As always, read the comment’s. continue to Deckboss.

More Tidal – The Race for an alternative energy source

The Day, New London – Because of the strong tidal force — ranging from about 4.4 to 6.7 mph — The Race is among three dozen locations nationwide cited in a 2011 Georgia Tech-U.S. Department of Energy report as having the potential to generate more than 100 megawatts of power from underwater turbines. continued

Coast Guard medevacs fisherman from F/V Atlantic Warrior 60 miles off Ocean City, NJ

uscg logoATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 42-year-old man from a fishing vessel approximately 60 miles southeast of Ocean City Saturday. Personnel aboard the fishing vessel Atlantic Warrior contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday, reporting a man aboard was experiencing pain and required medical assistance. continued

Proposed LNG Terminal and storage tank in Searsport threatens Penobscot Bay

By Rob Snyder, Special to the BDN – Today, fisheries make up 25 percent of the jobs in the bay’s economy and contribute $108 million, or 12 percent, of the economic base of the bay. The fisheries economy is perhaps the most fragile: lobster landings have increased fourfold over the past 20 years, pointing to a seemingly unsustainable population dynamic. continued

Massive storm spans Atlantic Ocean, coast to coast

The storm shown here stretches west to east from Newfoundland to Portugal. Its southern tail (cold front) extends into the Caribbean and the north side of its comma head touches southern Greenland. continued

Starting in Maine, tidal energy projects slowly taking hold across nation

In addition to developing its site in Maine, Ocean Renewable also is working in Alaska and with two other companies on developing their sites. Grants from the state of Maine and the federal Energy Department were key to getting the Cobscook Bay project off the ground, Sauer said. continued

Fortuna City Council to meet Monday; fisheries restoration grant up for discussion

Times-Standard – The Fortuna City Council will meet Monday to consider a resolution that would allow city staff to apply for a fisheries restoration grant. continued

Emerson C. Hasbrouck, senior educator of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program testifies before U.S. Senate on commercial fishing imbalances

Aiming to correct imbalances, Emerson C. Hasbrouck, senior educator of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program, testified before the U.S. Senate March 19 that the federal quotas on harvesting summer flounder — also called fluke — puts New York’s commercial fishermen at a disadvantage when compared with other states. continued

Senator calls for an end to ‘seal slaughter’

OTTAWA – A rogue Liberal senator and a Canadian animal rights group called for the end of the commercial “seal slaughter” Tuesday. Sen. Mac Harb and Humane Society International/Canada said the 2010 commercial seal hunt must be cancelled because an “ecological disaster” is threatening the future of the seal population. continue reading

Death of whale found at B.C. salmon farm remains a mystery – Video

Fisheries officials investigating the death of a humpback whale discovered inside a fish farm are hoping to figure out whether the farm’s net played any role in the mammal’s death. continue reading

Feds officially propose cuts in NE fish catch

BOSTON (AP) – Federal fisheries managers have officially announced proposed  cuts in catch limits that they acknowledge will devastate the New England  fleet.  continue reading


Coast Guard officials will be bilingual, says commissioner

The Canadian Coast Guard says it won’t close a Quebec search and rescue facility until the Official Language Commissioner is satisfied other facilities can provide adequate French-language Services. continue reading

Passamaquoddys issue far more elver licenses than allowed by law

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A year after catching state officials off guard by issuing 236 elver fishing licenses in the middle of elver season, the Passamaquoddy Tribe has issued more than twice that amount for 2013. continue reading

Fishermen Encouraged by Proposal to Restore Island Swordfishing – “Swordfish is somewhat of a success story,”

Thirty deepwater fishermen from around New England expressed their approval at a meeting in Gloucester Thursday night for a new proposal to open up swordfishing to rod and reel and harpoon fishermen. Gregory Mayhew and his son Todd, both Menemsha fishermen, attended, as did Alex Friedman, president of the Martha’s Vineyard/Dukes County Fishermen’s Association. continue reading

B.C. Indian Chiefs: Wild salmon is the first and foremost priority by Dan Bacher

“It is completely unacceptable and First Nations cannot continue to stand idly by as the wild salmon runs die off,” said Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice-President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs continue reading

Guest View: Rotating closed areas may be better for stocks

sct logoBy Ron Smolowitz – Ron Smolowitz is a marine engineer and retired NOAA Corps officer, and has been conducting fisheries research and fishing gear development for almost 40 years. continue reading

Cod research could revive species

sct logoFive years ago, a state fisheries employee was on a busman’s holiday: fishing in 170 feet of water near a small gravel sandbar 3 miles east of Gloucester, happily hauling up one large cod after another. He had discovered the epicenter of a mass of spawning cod, possibly 30,000 fish, that returned to this spot every spring. State fisheries scientists realized this was a unique opportunity to observe spawning cod in the wild so, in 2009, they set up an underwater laboratory at the site. continue reading

A Fish Story

This documentary follows the plight of 2 commercial fishing families as they cope with falling fish stocks and increasing government regulation. This is a foundational expose of a relationship between enviro- opportunists and a certain type of fisherman. I will link this interesting and timely piece written by our own Dick Grachek, “CLF and CLF Ventures: or we get rich by litigating the hostile takeover and trading away of public resources for corporate exploitation while claiming to save the planet.” read the article  and the video,  A Fish Story

This is also quite a read! Like I said. Timely!

From the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal – Cost/benefit of litigation in fishery management, Vol 7-1, 2001
Ten Years After The Fall: Litigation And Groundfish Recovery In New England
Peter Shelley, Esq., Vice President, Conservation Law Foundation

Underwater Observations of Square Mesh 4-Panel Codends | HD

Published on Mar 19, 2013           Square Mesh 4-Panel Codends to reduce the discards of juvenile haddock taken in a trawl fishery off Cornwall. This work was Financed by the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and carried out by Sea Fish Industry Authority at the request of a local fishermen who wanted to conserve juvenile haddock. Underwater video was taken of 2 different types of square mesh using a DSVR type recording system. This video shows that fishermen can reduce discards through voluntary use of conservation measures – like square mesh 4-panel codends.

Canadian boat builder plans to expand to Eastport, creating 50 jobs

EASTPORT, Maine — A long-established Canadian boat-building firm is expanding its operations to the Washington County community of Eastport later this year, a project expected to create as many as 50 jobs. New Brunswick-based Millennium Marine has been building boats in Escuminac since the 1940s and now produces a line of custom-built fiberglass boats that range in hull size from 25 to 60 feet. continue reading

What’s Behind Spike in Gulf Coast Dolphin Attacks? psst,,, they say it’s you fishermen. The psychologist’s weigh in.

NatGeo – According to a December report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in 2012 three dolphins with gunshot wounds were found “stranded” (or washed ashore) along the Gulf Coast—the highest number since 2004. continue reading

Effort to unionize Maine lobstermen attracts 250 potential members

STONINGTON, Maine — Lobstermen and union organizers are taking aim at an established industry group in an effort to form Maine’s first union for lobster harvesters. About 250 lobster harvesters have signed up for the union so far, and organizers have submitted an application for a charter with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, or IAM. continue reading

Fish on Fridays: The Dollars and Science of Fishery Management

Earlier this month the House Committee on Natural Resources formally kicked off the Magnuson reauthorization festivities with a hearing that, according to Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), was “intended to highlight issues that could provide the basis for future hearings.” A hearing about future hearings: government efficiency at its finest. Most remarkable about this particular bit of political theater was,,, continue reading

Shortages send lobster prices up

WEST YARMOUTH — The bins in the display case at Cape Codder Seafoods were overflowing with glistening fresh fish, scallops and shellfish, a harvest from the deep waters off Georges Bank all the way down to the shallow bays of Falmouth. That abundance was not true of the lobster pools, which were populated by just a few specimens, huddled in the corners. continue reading

Proposed Offshore Long Island Wind Farm Threatens East Coast Scallop Fishery

logoWASHINGTON — 29 March 2013 — The Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), representing the majority of full-time Atlantic scallop limited access permit holders, submitted comments earlier this month on an unsolicited request by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for a commercial wind energy lease approximately 12 miles offshore Long Island, New York. The proposed wind farm would overlap lucrative scallop grounds, creating major concerns for scallopers who routinely transit and conduct fishing operations in the area. Read the comments from the Fisheries Survival Fund

Your job is Dangerous. The public health of fishing vessel winches. (Seriously!)

We in public health—and probably much of the public—tend to think that our field is about large-scale prevention and intervention efforts on behalf of the population’s well-being. Think anti-smoking laws and regulations, battles over soda size, and fights over the Affordable Care Act. But most of what public health does is, in fact, fairly mundane. It thinks about the ways our daily routines can either harm us or make us healthier— in our eating habits or in our jobs, for example—and then finding ways capitalize on that information. Take the fishing vessel winches. continue reading

State House hearing on calamari shows importance of squid to R.I. economy

Some 17.5 million pounds of annual squid landings valued at about $18 million makes squid the state’s most valuable commercial fishery, said R.I. Department of Environmental Management assistant director Robert Ballou. There are currently about 125 vessels in commercial squid fishery. continue reading

Board of Fisheries adopts change to Kenai king escapement

The Board of Fisheries changed the escapement goal for late-run king salmon  on the Kenai River March 21. The new escapement goal, which passed unanimously, is 15,000 to 30,000. The  change is based on a change in sonar counters from split-beam to DIDSON. The  board took up the Cook Inlet issue as part of its statewide finish meeting, held  in Anchorage March 19 to 23. continue reading


Letter to the Editor: NOAA system needs thorough overhaul – Susan Waller, Rockport, Ma.

Three years ago, I watched a horrifying movie at Gloucester High School which showed fishermen having to throw overboard half, if not more, of everything they caught. They couldn’t even give away their bycatch to the needy — all those fish dead, overboard and doing nobody any good. continue reading

EPA requiring ships to better clean dumped ballast water that’s blamed for invasive species

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new requirements for cleansing ballast water dumped from ships, which scientists believe has provided a pathway to U.S. waters for invasive species that damage ecosystems and cost the economy billions of dollars. continue reading

Editorial: Sound science? Maybe, but always read the fine print.

Spin is eternal. Always read the fine print. That’s the message that interested citizens should take from the Interior Department’s review of a scientific-integrity complaint by former Bureau of Reclamation official Paul Houser, a scientific-integrty officer who lost his job when he had the gall to do his job. continue reading Scientific integrity? It’s a fine slogan and guide, but it’s rarely the final word when it comes to government.

Maryland Electronic Crab Reporting Gaining Interest

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland crabbing industry officials say electronic harvest reporting is catching on. continue reading

Push for aid for fishery intensifies as budget process begins

WASHINGTON — Less than three months after an effort to provide a pool of aid to distressed fisheries across the nation died at the end of the last Congress, efforts to secure disaster relief funding for New England fishermen are heating up on Capitol Hill. continue reading

Feds: Sperm whales near Miss. River are different!

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About 1,300 sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico may  be different enough from others in their endangered species to be considered for  specific protections, the federal government said Thursday. continue reading

Fishing quotas cut for yellow perch, pickerel

Commercial fishermen on Lake Erie have had their quota for this year reduced. The Lake Erie Committee announced the total allowable catch for 2013 on Thursday. continue reading

CLF and CLF Ventures: or we get rich by litigating the hostile takeover and trading away of public resources for corporate exploitation while claiming to save the planet. Dick Grachek

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and their “strategy-consulting arm” CLF Ventures apparently have become fisheries Policy Makers, Litigators, Fishing Quota Fund Administrators, and the authors of a “suite” of fishery conservation goals and the “metrics of success” of this suite of goals.

CLF and CLF Ventures engineered this catch share privatization scam right from the beginning—with the help of some Cape Cod “fishermen”.  The Cape Cod Trust program was set up as a “success story”, a prototype for the implementation of the Amendment 16 catch shares program, the market-based atrocity that we have today.  CLF Ventures (most deservedly) collects fees along the line “…as the strategy-consulting arm of the Conservation Law Foundation.”

It’s the “doing good while doing well” credo of “Free-Market Environmentalism, the Enviro- Capitalists” or translated: We get rich by stealing and trading public resources while claiming to save the planet. continue reading!

New lobster processor in Gouldsboro to hire 160, start this summer

GOULDSBORO, Maine — Once again, there are signs that the former Stinson Seafood sardine cannery in the village of Prospect Harbor is coming back to life. Two years ago, it was Live Lobster that was trying to reincarnate the sprawling 100,000-square-foot cannery as a lobster processing plant. This year, it is Maine Fair Trade Lobster, a joint venture between Garbo Lobster and East Coast Seafood. continue reading

Money for aquaculture, but not wild salmon, critics note – MPs say federal budget fails to respond to Cohen report on B.C. salmon decline

Money in this year’s federal budget for aquaculture has critics wondering when Ottawa plans to speak up for wild salmon on the west coast. continue reading

Opportunit​y to Comment on Proposed Management Measures for Groundfish Fishery for 2013: DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS APRIL 15, 2013

Today, NOAA Fisheries is officially announcing several new management measures for groundfish.
These measures include, among other things, recommendations by the New England Fishery Management Council and a joint US/Canada management body, for catch limits for fishing years 2013-2015 for Northeast groundfish stocks.
 As previously conveyed, substantial reductions are proposed for both Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank cod and six other stocks. Catch limit increases are being proposed for several other stocks including healthy redfish and pollock.  We are also proposing to allow some fishing on Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder in 2013, but at levels that will continue to prevent overfishing.  According to Council analysis, access to winter flounder should generate an estimated $5.4 million in additional ex-vessel revenue for the fishery.
 To learn more about proposed measures and how to provide public comments on these proposed measures click here. The deadline for submitting public comments is April 15, 2013.

Controversial ocean fertilization project defended by B.C. village

Dumping of iron-rich soil off Haida Gwaii still being investigated by Environment Canada – The head of a small First Nations community in British Columbia plans to go ahead with a second controversial iron fertilization project in the North Pacific, despite an international outcry and ongoing investigation by Environment Canada. continue reading

Maine Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee tables bill to reorganize lobster council

Lawmakers want more information about who in the industry will bear the brunt of funding for the Maine Lobster Promotion Council. The cost is to be divvied up among various interest groups — from lobstermen who harvest the catch to those who sell, transport or process it. continue reading

What effect did the ABC campaign have on fishery matters? More on Seals. The Fisheries Broadcast with John Furlong

Remember the ABC campaign that Danny Williams launched when he was premier. What role did that play in scuttling a chance for Newfoundland to have a say in its own fisheries matters. The discussion includes the role of the environmental “movement” audio here

Fishermen glad anti-seal hunt group staying off ice

Too many seals?

In 1991, researchers counted six seal pups on Muskeget Island just northwest of Nantucket. In 2007 they counted 2,096. That, in a nutshell, describes the trigger for this past Saturday’s Outer Cape Seal Symposium. More than 200 scientists, fishermen, and other people involved in coastal activities gathered at the Chatham High School auditorium to learn, share, and work on a process for dealing with what can, at times, seems like a fish-eating flippered invasion. continue reading

Bay Weld celebrates 100th boat

Homer Tribune – Bay Welding Services, Inc. passed a landmark this month in the completion of its 100th steel-fabricated boat. This boat is the biggest yet, and the fifth one for the Alaska State Troopers. “One of the things we’ve done is take commercial fishing concepts – what they look for – and integrate that into recreational and patrol boats,” said Eric Engebretsen, general manager of Bay Weld. continue reading

VIDEO: Crews raise, move sunken fishing boat – F/V Dawn Till Dusk see’s daylight!

The fishing boat Dawn Till Dusk, that sank February 4 at its mooring at the Annapolis Royal Causeway, was sucessfully raised off the bottom and towed to the wharf Wednesday morning and afternoon. Photo gallery, and video. continue reading

Port Sulphur man accused of trying to kill fisheries agent

PORT SULPHUR, La. – A 50-year-old Port Sulphur man has been booked with attempted murder after allegedly attacking a fisheries agent who tried to make him stop harvesting oysters in a polluted area, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Wednesday. continue reading

The fishing vessel Enterprise in New Bedford harbor

boatThe fishing vessel Enterprise in New Bedford harbor on Monday, 3/25/2013, loaded with herring. They made the 9 am bridge opening and tied up at the Norpel fish processing facility to unload their catch. Notice the way the vessel loads heavy by the stern allowing easy observation of the weight of her catch. jj the fisherman

Thank you Massachusettes Senate candidate Steve Lynch for including fishermen in the debate with Ed Markey

Thank you Steve Lynch for bringing  the New England  fishermen’s concerns to the debate, and holding Ed Markey’s feet to the fire. He dodged the subject once and you came back with the issue again! Thank you. BH

Menhaden: Overfished or bad research?

REEDVILLE—A new scientific study released February 1 on the status of menhaden along the Atlantic coast has resulted in more questions than answers on whether the species are overfished—a claim that led to a decision last December by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to slash the allowable catch by 20%. continue reading

Board of Fish does not act on task force proposals

The Alaska Board of Fisheries met last week to look at statewide finfish issues, and took up a proposal submitted by the Upper Cook Inlet Task Force that would have provided new guidelines for the management of Kenai River chinook salmon for the upcoming season. also, The 2013 halibut season opened Saturday to decidedly wintery weather, with gale and storm warnings coupled with heavy freezing spray warnings for most of the Gulf of Alaska. continue reading

On the Menu This Easter in Newfoundland: Seal Flipper Pie

In Newfoundland, having a  “scoff” (the local word for “big meal”) includes some pretty interesting food  items unique to the region: scrunchions (fried pork fat), cod tongues and fishcakes, for example. But perhaps the  least appetizing dish, which is traditionally made during the Lenten  season—specifically on Good Friday and Easter—is seal flipper pie.  continue reading, bon appetite


Newfoundland government gives another loan to seal processing plant

DILDO, N.L. – A seal processing plant in Newfoundland will get a $3.6 million loan from the provincial government this year. continue reading

Asian carp may be back in Lake Erie, scientists worry

Is the dreaded Asian carp swimming in Lake Erie again? It’s a mystery as big as the lake. The question terrifies several agencies in the U.S. and Canada, but one scientist says there is a strong likelihood it is back. continue reading

There’s more to shrimping than trawling

DELCAMBRE – Experts from the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant met with area  shrimpers to help them become more efficient, learn new technology and comply  with federal fishing regulations. “We are talking about efficiency and  quality,” said Thomas Hymel, AgCenter and Sea Grant extension agent. “The  challenge the Louisiana shrimping industry has is to bring in a quality product  competitive with imports.” Hymel said the state’s shrimping business has  lost significant numbers. “The folks out there now are the survivors.” continue reading

Maine Elver Fishermen’s Association founded – Elver fishermen organize to preserve the fishery

ELLSWORTH — More than 40 elver fishermen gathered at the Ellsworth Elks Club on Tuesday afternoon voted to form a new association to lobby on their behalf before federal fisheries regulators. continue reading

New Power in the Heart of the Alaskan Beast: faithful Cummins diesel engines replaced with state-of-the-art version. – Fans of the popular Discovery Channel series “The Deadliest Catch” thrill at the sight of the 113-foot, black-hulled Time Bandit’s bow rearing out of a cresting wave. Onboard men launch and recover 1000-pound crab pots while chilled Arctic seas wash over the working deck. In the wheelhouse, the crab boat’s skippers Andy or Jonathan Hillstrand monitor the deck crew and the boat’s electronic navigation equipment. continue reading

North Lake fish plant to reopen with new owners – California-based owners will employ 100 people at the facility

The fish plant in North Lake is preparing to open again with new owners who plan to employ about 100 people. The 13-year-old plant, which had changed ownership and closed a few times in the past five years, was recently purchased by a California-based company. continue reading