Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Fishy Revolving Door Story – Arne Fuglvog registered to lobby for four different commercial fishing companies — Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Blue North Fisheries, Fishermen’s Finest and Glacier Fish —

OpenSecrets Blog – Last February,  was sentenced to five months in prison by a federal court in Alaska for lying about how many tons of sablefish his commercial fishing operation harvested. But Fuglvog isn’t just any commercial fisherman; he’s a former fishing regulator and fishery adviser to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Even while he worked with Murkowski in Washington, his boat continued to harvest an illegal amount of fish, former employees have said.

Now, having paid his debt to society and the sablefish population, Fuglvog is back in Washington — as a lobbyist. continued

New England 2013 Final Rules for Framework 50, Framework 48 and Interim Final Rule for Sector Operations Plans

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This afternoon the final rules implementing final fishing measures for the groundfish fishery filed with the federal register. To view the regulations that go into effect tomorrow you can click on the links to each of the following rules.
Framework 50 implements catch limits for groundfish stocks for 2013 through 2015, as well as catch limits for the U.S./Canada stocks for 2013.  Bulletin  
Framework 48 also contains measures to enhance fishing opportunities for groundfish vessels to mitigate potential negative economic impacts from reductions in catch limits for 2013.  Bulletin  
The sector operations plans interim final rule partially approves operations plans and grants 23 regulatory exemptions for 17 fishing sectors for fishing year 2013.  Bulletin

First of nine new COAST GUARD Hero Class vessels unveiled in Sarnia

RCMP officials have a new tool to stop crossborder smuggling and human trafficking across the Great Lakes. Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield unveiled the first of nine new Hero Class mid-shore patrol vessels in a ceremony at the Sarnia Government Dock Tuesday. continued

Nova Scotia Family makes a go of lobster fishery

Herald Chronical – At the tip of the Cape George, which juts out into the Northumberland Strait, forming the northern edge of St. Georges Bay, Father Evo DiPierro was blessing the fleet on Sunday.“I found her in a snowbank,” Colin said of his wife Yvette as he brought the Paper Maker within range of the priest’s holy water. Yvette laughed and said, “We don’t need to put all our stories in the paper.” Every fisherman has to scrounge and save for a new boat, but few have worked as hard as Colin and Yvette. continued

These guy’s are in trouble! Taking alligators during a closed season. Taking a bullfrog during a closed season. bullfrog? Hang ’em.

The agent cited Jason T. Causey, 23, of Gonzales, and Shane H. Knapp, 23, of Baton Rouge, for taking alligators during a closed season, hunting alligators at night with a firearm, illegal possession of alligators, taking alligators without a license, unauthorized use of a moveable, violating frog regulations for possessing a firearm, taking a bullfrog during a closed season and fishing without a basic fishing license. continued

Louisiana Gov. Jindal: BP Agrees to Pay $340 Million for Restoration Projects – BP has agreed to fund approximately $340 million in restoration projects for Louisiana. This investment is part of the $1 billion that BP agreed to invest for early restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. continued

Spiny Dogfish Quotas to be Increased for Commercial Fishermen

Inline image 1Spiny Dogfish Quotas to be Increased for Commercial Fishermen, For more information on these measures click here.

You lucky bastards! And they never do nuthin’ for ya?

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced the final management measures for the Northeast Groundfish Fishery for 2013.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — April 30, 2013 — Based largely on advice from the New England Fisheries Management Council, NOAA Fisheries announced today  final management measures for the Northeast groundfish fishery, including much lower quotas for some key groundfish stocks, and actions that will help fishermen better manage and adjust to these quotas.  In anticipation of these cuts, the Department of Commerce pre-emptively declared a fishery disaster in the fall of 2012 and continues to work with Congress to help mitigate impacts to the region and maintain the long-standing culture of fishing in these communities. continued

Passamaquoddys reduce elver licenses by over 100, seek appeal to federal regulators

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Representatives of the Passamaquoddy Tribe say they plan to go around state fisheries officials and appeal directly to federal regulators about the tribe’s elver management plan. continued

‘Wicked Tuna’ sets sail for filming Season 3 (top search engine story here is Hard Merch sinking at the dock)

The third season holds new surprises with Marciano taking to the seas in a newly outfitted boat, the Hard Merchandise, after it sank at the dock at the Gloucester Marine Railways last December when a fitting let go. Marciano was watching another reality show called “Moonshiners” at the time he got the call from the Coast Guard. “After three months of extensive work, ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is officially back together again,” Marciano said of the boat, which was built in 1984 and which he bought used in the first place. continued

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Letter to the Editor: RE: The Truth about the Herring – By Sam Bergeron, Ketchikan, Alaska

SitNews – Terri Wenger Anderson thinks if you call someone names their argument will be moot. Turns out the guy,,,continued

North Carolina’s HB 983,(anti commercial fishing bill) like so much state policy, is based on bogus science

Beaufort Observer Online – Why would any legislator, especially a conservative “small-government” Republican even consider such an idea? The answer they give is in the bill itself, which reads:

Whereas, the General Assembly recognizes the importance of providing plentiful fishery resources to maintain and enhance tourism as a major contributor to the economy of the State; and Whereas, the General Assembly recognizes the need to protect our coastal fishery resources and to balance the commercial and recreational interests through better management of these resources; and …”

But here’s the problem.  There is no valid or reliable scientific evidence that banning the commercial fishermen from catching these species will “provide plentiful fishery resources.” continued

Bristol Bay: Largest Salmon Fishery vs Giant Mine Proposal

Environment News Service –  April 29, 2013 (ENS) – If Bristol Bay, Alaska is opened to mining, the ore deposit would be mined for decades, and the wastes would require management “for centuries or even in perpetuity,” finds a revised environmental assessment issued Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. continued

Crafting of Bycatch Reduction Plan for Trawl Groundfish Fisheries – Like it or not, catch share programs are a preferred tool for federal fishery managers.

SitNews – Fishing industry stakeholders and federal managers in June will begin crafting a bycatch reduction plan for trawl groundfish fisheries in the Gulf.  It will include some form of catch share plan, and as the main delivery port for more than $100 million worth of pollock, cod, flats and other fishes, Kodiak is closely guarding any giveaways. continued

EDITORIAL: High time for safety sea change in fishery – The Chronicle Herald

As Nova Scotians gathered Sunday to honour workers who have died on the job, many of them were remembering fishermen who never returned home. continued

P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association – Lobster price optimism fading

CBC_News_logoThe P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association is watching lobster prices fall as the season on the Island opens. continued

Fisherman airlifted safely from F/V Newfoundland Pioneer after suspected heart attack

CBC_News_logoCBCNews – A fisherman had to be airlifted to hospital in St. Anthony on Monday amid a medical emergency. A search and rescue official said a Cormorant helicopter from Gander performed the medevac shortly after 3 p.m. The 46-year-old patient was aboard the vessel Newfoundland Pioneer, about 100 kilometres north of St. Anthony. It’s believed the man suffered a heart attack while fishing in the area. The official called it a successful mission, but there was no word on the patient’s condition.

Maine seaweed company vies for $50,000 prize at national Slow Money event

Bangor Daily News – The VitaminSea business is growing, with SeaCrunch varieties available in health food and specialty grocery stores around the state. Whole Foods is going to stock the product at its Portland store starting in May, according to Rod Williams, one of VitaminSea’s investors who handles marketing for the company. continued

Maines Groundfish industry considers options with lobster bycatch bill’s defeat

BDNWith the bill’s defeat, Odlin said it makes no sense to continue living in Maine when his livelihood in more viable in Massachusetts. “Looks like we are moving the company down to Gloucester,” Odlin said. continued

“day of reckoning”? the fishing community “can’t take its foot off the pedal. This is a fight that has to continue,”

paul vitaleBut Bullard was the person who made the official decision to slash quotas to rebuild stocks, and there were many in the crowd who are angry at him for that. Finally, after the speeches had ended, Paul Vitale, of Gloucester, owner of thsct logoe 50-foot trawler Angela and Rose out of Gloucester, broke the silence over Bullard, angrily challenging Bullard to explain himself, but Bullard said nothing. Vitale told The Standard-Times that with the new quotas, he will be fishing “one or two times a month” and is looking for outside work. continued


Taking the Long View – The Fall & Rise & Fall of Stripers

Striped bass, for thousands of years, have been coming back to the great spawning rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. And scientists, for decades, have been trying to figure out why striped bass reproduce so well during certain eras and so poorly during other eras. Bob Wood (above) has come up with a new theory that may answer these old questions. Credit: top, David Harp; bottom, Michael W. Fincham.

That’s a twist worthy of the old gods out of Greek myths. Every gift they ever gave us mortals carried a dark side. As mere mortals trying to manage the natural world, we instinctively try to maximize all the fish that matter most to us. We want a Bay full of stripers and a Bay full of menhaden. But that may not be an option. continued

Fishing regulators to hold hearing on elvers today

AUGUSTA — Maine elver fishermen are being given a chance to comment on a proposed range of new regulations for the American eel fishery. continued

‘Take the ‘no’ out of NOAA,’ rally speakers urge

gdt icon130307_GT_ABO_BULLARD_1It was Attorney General Martha Coakley, a leading advocate for the fishing industry along with Gov. Deval Patrick who put it directly to NOAA’s Gloucester-based Northeast regional administrator while addressing the roughly 300 fishermen present as well.

“I hope, Mr. Bullard,” she said, speaking beneath a big canvas tent, “that you can take the ‘no’ out of NOAA.” continued

I am disgusted.

0001On May 1st, the allocation for cod will be cut by as much as 78% , and drastic cuts to yellow tail flounder and other species, will all but finish off New England’s storied fishing fleet, and jeopardize the nation’s most lucrative fishery, the scallop industry. Following these articles and reading endless proclamation’s of politicians stating their outrage, and pledging help,,, continued

As feds look to replenish fisheries, catch limits decried at rally

Wicked Local Photo By David Sokol. Caleb

By Matt Murphy/STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE – At times heckled by angry fishermen during the course of the rally, NOAA  Regional Administration John Bullard, a former mayor of New Bedford, stood  silently for almost two hours as elected official after official criticized his  agency for refusing to intervene. continued

Facing deep cuts, fishermen & politicians demand disaster relief – video

BOSTON, Massachusetts (NEWS CENTER) – Fishermen from Maine and the rest of New England are calling new federal fishing quotas “a disaster”, and say many of them will be put out of work. continued

New England Fishermen Rally For Relief From Strict Catch Limits

WBUR BOSTON — As of May 1, commercial fishermen in New England won’t be allowed to catch as many cod and haddock and other groundfish — not nearly as many. Federal regulators have drastically reduced so-called catch limits so that depleted stocks can recover. On Boston’s fish pier Monday, with a newly painted fishing boat as a backdrop, fishermen and Massachusetts politicians railed against the new catch limits — and asked for a reprieve. Richie Canastra, co-owner of the New Bedford and Boston seafood auctions, cited reports from boats currently out at sea that groundfish such as flounder are coming back. continued

Hundreds Gather Today in Boston to Demand Federal Action on New England Groundfish Disaster

We did what we could for the Northeast Seafood Coalition, and we were glad to do it.

0001Not sure if our viewers noticed the big blue banner ad we posted for the Northeast Seafood Coalition to promote the Boston Fish Rally, but we were pleased to put that information out there for them, in support of the cause.We posted supporting articles that included all the press information, including the speakers they had lined up to address the situation of New England fishermen, and the still looming allocation gutting for the up coming fishing season.

The reason we are here is to inform interested people about these issues, and we will be glad to post any information from any organization that has a need to bring attention to their issues.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help.

Mariner’s Day in works for Nova Scotia

The work and sacrifices of Nova Scotians who make a living at sea will be commemorated annually as the province sets aside a special day to honour them. Each year, the second Sunday in August will be known as Mariner’s Day in Nova Scotia. While speaking at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced on April 29, that he is introducing legislation to create the Mariner’s Day Act. “The recent tragic loss of five young men aboard the Miss Ally serves as a reminder of the dangers fishers face while supporting their families and communities,” said Belliveau. continued

California commercial salmon fishing season opens May 1 – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — May 1 marks the opening day of the California commercial salmon fishing season, which continues through October 15. “2013 is predicted to be a good year for California Kings,” says Aaron Newman, Chairman of the California Salmon Council. He adds, “California has traditionally been the leading producing state for troll-caught (hook-and-line) wild king salmon along the Pacific Coast. We’re projected to catch 3 million pounds this season, which is an increase over last year’s 2.5 million pounds.” continued

Joe Romm Predicts “…All But Certain Ruin for Modern Civilization…” from a NOAA Fisheries Press Release

You can’t make this stuff up. The April 25, 2013 NOAA press release Sea Surface Temperatures Reach Highest Level in 150 Years on Northeast Continental Shelf has been getting coverage by the mainstream media, including alarmist websites like Climate Progress. Sea surface temperatures may be the warmest in 150 years in specific regions of the Northeast Continental Shelf, but NOAA advised that they’re comparable to sea surface temperatures experienced in the late 1940s and early 1950s: continued

Boston rally urges 11th-hour reprieve for fishermen (conflicting number of attendee’s)

Barring the extraordinary, draconian cuts in landings for the (New England) 2013 fishing season will take effect on Wednesday — May 1, the start of the new fishing year. It was Attorney General Martha Coakley, a leading advocate for thegdt icon fishing industry along with Gov. Deval Patrick who put it directly to NOAA’s Gloucester-based Northeast regional administrator while addressing the 300-400 fishermen present as well.Boston rally urges 11th-hour reprieve. John Bullard who stood in the audience that numbered about 250 people, told the Times moments later he has heard nothing from higher authorities,  NOAA, however, has still not posted on the Federal Register the catch limits for groundfish for the 2013 fishing year. continued

EU spars with Canada, Norway at WTO over seal ban

GlobalPost – The European Union locked horns Monday with Canada and Norway at the World Trade Organisation over its hotly contested ban on the import and sale of seal products. The EU was hauled before the WTO’s dispute settlement body by Ottawa and Oslo after imposing a ban in 2010 due to what it says are inhumane hunting methods. continued

Seal in Veal Reduction with Sour Cherries: recipe – video

Toronto Star – Food reporter Michele Henry follows the seal hunt from ice floe to plate in the April 20, Toronto Star Life section. Watch online for the soon-to-be-published ebook.Searing seals in seal’s flavor, continued

Imports and Rising Costs Concerns For Seafood Board’s Keith Watts

Competition from imports and the rising costs of doing business are just two of the pressures facing Louisiana crabbers, said Keith Watts as he prepares to represent the state’s crabbing industry on the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. continued

ahh,,, what the Hell. Saving Seafood ALERT – PRESS RELEASE: Federal, State, & Local Officials, Industry Leaders to Speak at Groundfish Industry Rally Today at Boston Fish Pier

10:50 AM (4 minutes ago) logo

WHAT: Groundfish Industry Rally

WHEN: Monday, April 29, 2013
Program begins at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Boston Fish Pier
Rally event will take place alongside 212 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Cortez in running for “Ultimate Fishing Town” title – CORTEZ — Manatee County’s historic fishing village is a contender to be voted the “Ultimate Fishing Town.” Cortez was nominated for World Fishing Networks’ Ultimate Fishing Town contest,

putting the community in contention for a regional prize of $3,500 or grand prize of $25,000. “I just think Cortez is coming into its own,” Karen Bell said. “People are learning to appreciate commercial fishing.” continued

Shad make a run up the Hudson River

Poughkeepsie Journal – One of the Hudson River’s signature species has begun its annual spring run up the river. American shad come back to the Hudson each year to spawn. Shad were the basis of a commercial fishery that was closed in 2010 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation due to declining numbers. continued

American Dynasty Update. Power failure followed by an unexpected engine restart, Driving her right into HMCS Winnipeg

Looks like she’s smiling!

A power failure followed by an unexpected engine restart aboard an American fishing trawler occurred moments before it rammed a Canadian navy frigate in Esquimalt Harbour, near Victoria. continued

Man dies after fall from fishing boat near Richmond, Vancouver, BC

CBCNews – A 36-year-old man has died after he fell off a fishing boat in the waters off Richmond last night, Vancouver police said on Sunday. The Coast Guard was called to the boat around 8:40 p.m. PT on Saturday. Two crewmates had pulled the man back on board by the time the rescue hovercraft arrived. continued


Prince Edward Island: Malpeque fishermen worry sandbar will block boats

CBCNews – Lobster fishermen in Malpeque are worried their season could get off to a dangerous start Monday because of a large sandbar that is blocking the entrance to Malpeque Harbour. continued

Dartmouth budget amendment calls for School for Marine Science and Technology fisheries research with the state Division of Marine Fisheries

The earmark, if passed, would send the money to the School for Marine Science and Technology at the UMass Dartmouth in collaboration with the state Division of Marine Fisheries to assess the number of groundfish, including cosct logod and yellowtail. continued


Elver price dips from 2012 high but poaching persists – BDN MAINE

Illegalities stoke California squid fishing war – Brail-fleet members allege Canadian-built purse seiners are grabbing all the catch

Monterey County Herald – A David and Goliath battle is brewing in the commercial squid fishery, with “scoop” fishermen alleging larger purse seiners are robbing them of their livelihoods, sometimes illegally. Based mostly in Southern California, members of the smaller brail, or scoop net, fleet say they have not been allowed to fish for three years because larger purse seiners, many of them built in Canada, have pulled in the quota of 118,000 tons before the brail season becomes ripe. continued

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Letter to theEditor: Catch share aid corporations, not fishermen – Meredith Moore, Senior Policy Analyst, Food & Water Watch, Washington, D.C.

Once again, representatives in Congress are being attacked for suggesting common-sense precautions to slow the spread of catch shares management in our nation’s federal fisheries. And once again, those attacks are based in,gdt icon

at best, deep misunderstandings and, at worst, deliberate obfuscations, about the effects of catch shares. continued

NEFMC to ask Congress in its rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Act to establish a certification program for seafood

gdt iconThe council voted 16-0 at the end of its three day meeting in Mystic, Conn., to ask Congress to include in its rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Act language establishing a certification program for seafood — similar to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s stamp of approval for meat, according to the debate at the council. continued

Coast Guard responds to F/V Kalyn D boat fire and grounding

uscg logoWatchstanders at Coast Guard Station Gloucester were notified by Rockport Harbormaster reporting that the 40-foot lobster fishing vessel Kalyn D. was on fire with two persons aboard, Saturday at approximately 1:15 p.m. continued

Portsmouth Fire Capt. Mike Hogan: Overturned boaters rescued by lobstermen

NEW CASTLE – The flipped boat and pair of wet occupants were reported Sunday at about 6 p.m. to emergency crews in New Castle and Portsmouth. The boat reportedly overturned in the waters off the causeway connecting Portsmouth and New Castle on Route 1B. The tide was out at the time. continued

Brilliant Doesn’t Begin To Describe The Genius That is The Chum Cutter – Video – GoodMorningGloucester

Our buddy Stevie Corbett designed something so simple, so efficient so time saving for ANYONE that does ANY amount of fishing.  Unless of course you’d rather spend your time chopping up bait for hours instead of getting your lines in the water. continued

Alewife fish run through former site of Hopewell Mills Dam in Taunton

The Taunton Daily Gazette —The alewife are back..The river herring are running through the former site of the Hopewell Mills  Dam, according to the Nature Conservancy. Over the last nearly two centuries,  dams in the river clogged up the waterway, impeded migration and made the area  uninhabitable for the fish, the environmental group said. continued


Elver eel price dips from 2012 high but poaching persists

BDNELLSWORTH, Maine — Maine’s 2013 elver fishing season is not playing out as a repeat of 2012. For one, the penalties now are higher, thanks to a new law that went into effect on Tuesday. Anyone who fishes or possesses the young American eels without a license now can be taken to jail for a first offense. Plenty of issues. continued

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board could become Louisiana’s newest agency

BATON ROUGE — With lawmakers debating this session where to place the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and who should oversee it, a new proposal has emerged to give it full autonomy and transform it into a standalone political subdivision. continued

BREAKING : Governor Patrick takes New England fishery case to White House – furious,11th-hour effort(a rare Sunday gdt post!)

gdt iconI asked that the White House do everything it can to ensure that all federal resources are made available to our fishing industry,” Patrick also wrote.

The furious, 11th-hour effort to obtain some relief from the unprecedented cuts in allowed landings of many key stocks — most in the 40-50 percent range — comes as the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition prepares for a rally Monday at 11 a.m. on the Boston Fish Pier, with Coakley, U.S. Rep. John Tierney, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and William “Mo” Cowan, and other officials, including Mayor Carolyn Kirk, scheduled to be among the speakers. Patrick will be represented by his secretary of energy and environmental affairs, Rick Sullivan. continued


NMFS Proposed rule to amend hired master regulations IFQ program fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries in the BSAI.

Proposed rule to amend the hired master regulations of the IFQ program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries in the BSAI. Comment period through May 28, 2013. View pdf

Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce EDITORIAL: Shame to share for scallop shenanigans – ANDREW JENSEN, MANAGING EDITOR

Alaska’s rural communities will lose out after a backdoor move to preserve  the status quo in the state scallop fishery backfired in the closing days of the  legislative session. The stage for the standoff between Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer and Sen. Donny  Olson of Nome was set when Olson attempted to bypass Seaton’s Fisheries  Committee by attaching an unrelated permit program onto an uncontroversial House  bill to extend the 25-year-old Alaska Regional Development Organization. continued


Reasons to Reject the Law of the Sea Treaty

Oceans cover 71 percent of Earth’s surface. As the new focal point of the environmental agenda, oceans are the subject of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty, called LOST. With Secretary of State John Kerry recently outlining the importance of oceanic conservation, continued

Puget Sound can’t heal itself – We can no longer put off the work needed to restore valuable waters, By Dave Somers

On a nice day, looking out from Everett across Port Gardner toward the Olympic Mountains, it is excusable to think all is well. The water is blue, the seagulls soar, and the boats cut back and forth.  Do not be lulled by this vision. Past generations can be forgiven for not understanding the negative effects of their actions. We cannot claim the same excuse. continued

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update APRIL 28, 2013

rifa“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