Monthly Archives: May 2013

Jarvis Newman, early fiberglass trend-setter

BDN – Newman recalls meeting Irona’s owner, Frank Cram. He convinced Cram to let him take a mold from the classy yacht, which was Bunker and Ellis’ 42nd boat, launched in 1964.“I said, ‘Look, if I take your boat for the winter, I’ll bring it back to you in the spring and I’ll pay for the storage, and I’ll completely take all the paint off the hull and repaint it for nothing,’” recalls Newman. “It was a very big win-win for him. It was a scary thought, taking a mold off a boat like that, because if it ever stuck – oooh, that would be a disaster.” continued

House members blast Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan – A real fish killer!

Five members of Congress (all Democrats) held a news conference in Sacramento this morning to renew their staunch opposition to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposed by  Gov. Jerry Brown and the U.S. Department of the Interior. continued

RAY HILBORN: Magnuson Reauthorization must address food, jobs, and revenue, as well as fish

SEAFOOD.COM  – Ray Hilborn (Guest Editorial)  May 30, 2013 – Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington,May 30, 2013 — Some would argue that the current low fishing logopressure is necessary to rebuild overfished stocks and once all stocks are rebuilt fishing pressure can rise again.  Under the current management system this will never happen because some stocks are always going to be depleted due to natural fluctuations and climate change, and, as we add annual catch limits for more species, the problem will only get worse. continued

New Herring Regulation​s Proposed — Public Comments Accepted through July 18

Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan link here

Judge: NMFS Erred in Beluga Whale Estimates, Maybe the 18 Beluga’s waiting for import permit approval would give them a benchmark!

JUNEAU- A federal judge says the National Marine Fisheries Service made mathematical errors in estimating how many endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet could be harmed or harassed by seismic testing. continued  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS),  is the agency responsible for approving the beluga permit to import 18 Beluga’s from Russia, captured in Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk.

The biggest environmental decision facing Obama you’ve never heard of. Unless you are a Fisherynation follower!

bristolbayWashington Post – If you want to get a sense of how contentious the decision is over whether the  Obama administration is going to block a planned cooper and gold mine near Bristol Bay, consider this: the Environmental Protection Agency has just decided to allow the public another month to weigh in on a scientific review of the project they released a year ago. continued

Coakley Sues NOAA Over Catch Limits, Peter Baker Spews the Pew Poo, and Saving Seafood’s Bob Vanasse Takes a Stand

WBUR – Coakley Sues NOAA Over Catch Limits – Audio includes Pew Charitable Trust pampered poodle Peter Baker.’s Bob Vanasse set’s the record straight in the comment section. Nice work, Bob. link

This data base, The Big Green Money Machine, constructed by Nils Stolpe will be helpful in understanding the “connections”.

Mullet Fishermen from the Florida Panhandle Call ‘Foul’ Over Net Size – Video

WCTV – Ronald Crum with the Wakulla Fisherman Association says current limits on fishing nets kills small fish and prevents significant mullet catches. continued

Rising radioactive spills leave Fukushima fishermen floundering

We used to be so proud of our fish. They were famous across Japan and we made a decent living out of them,” said 80-year-old Yaoita, who survived the tsunami by taking on the waves and sailing the six-person True Prosperity out to sea. “Now the only thing for us is sampling.” continued

House bill would damage state’s commercial fishing – John Day, Saxapahaw, North Carolina – One of the most beleaguered segments of the local food system is wild-caught seafood. It’s a story of cultural heritage and very healthy, tasty food running up against coastal developers, the sport fishing industry, imports and political agendas. continued

Atlantic Salmon Federation says Greenland catch may be key to declining salmon stocks

The Canadian Press  – ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Atlantic Salmon Federation says a decline in wild salmon populations in North America raises questions about the number of fish caught in Greenland. Salmon returns dropped most in the southerly part of their range. In the Penobscot River in Maine, for example, the numbers fell to 614 from 3,092 — a decline of 80 per cent, according to the latest council estimates. continued

Outdoors: Commercial hoarding threatens to flatten winter flounder stocks – Jason Colby, a charter boat captain who specializes in flounder fishing there, has fished the harbor dozens of times this season, coming home disappointed, depressed and infuriated. A confrontation between recreational and commercial interests seems imminent. continued

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in for some heavy lifting at its June 6 and 7 meeting

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, which meets June 6 and 7 in Tigard, will have a long list of weighty topics from commercial and sport salmon fishing to big-game tags and future hunting seasons. continued  complete agenda here

Alaska Fishermen’s Fund Provides Up to $10,000 for Emergency Fishing Injuries

Injured fisherman can now receive up to 10 thousand dollars to cover emergency healthcare costs through the state’s Alaska Fishermen’s Fund. continued

Editorial: Attorney General’s suit captures root of NOAA wrongdoing

gdt iconThat’s the blatant disregard NOAA’s leadership has consistently shown for the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the law that governs all of America’s fisheries and lays out a suite of rules and guidelines that NOAA is charged with enforcing. Instead, the agency has been running roughshod over it and ignoring provisions that leaders like former administrator Jane Lubchenco and now general counsel Lois Schiffer simply don’t seem to like. continued

AG’s suit targets NOAA fishing actions – “We will take it all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary,”

gdt iconBOSTON — Representing the entire elected political leadership of Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley Thursday filed suit in U.S. District Court against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to block NOAA’s month-old commercial fishing restrictions, describing them as a “death penalty” for an industry which has been fishing legally and responsibly for years while successive waves of resource protection dragged the industry into an economic “disaster.” continued

“The Attorney General is wrong on the law and she is wrong on the facts.” – Peter Shelley, Conservation Law Foundation

“The Attorney General is wrong on the law and she is wrong on the facts,” said Peter Shelley, senior counsel with CLF, who has been actively engaged in fisheries management for more than 20 years. “Political interference like this action by Attorney General Coakley has been a leading cause of the destruction of these fisheries over the past twenty years, harassing fishery managers to ignore the best science available.” continued , believe it or not.

New Brunswick: Record lobster season hurting fishermen – Some brokers have stopped buying, set quotas due to unprecedented catches

CBC_News_logoLobster fishermen in northeastern New Brunswick are reporting record catches and are getting nervous no one will buy their product. It’s only halfway through the lobster season, but some brokers have already stopped buying and others have set daily quotas. continued

Ottawa breaching N.L.’s confidence in trade talks, says premier – N.L. and Ottawa at odds over fish processing requirements

CBC_News_logoNewfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale says Ottawa has been trying to cut side deals with other provinces to build support for trade talks with the European Union, while excluding her province’s demands from the final terms of the deal. continued

National Marine Fisheries Service made mathematical errors??? No! estimating how many endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet – This week’s decision by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason was a partial victory for conservation groups and the Alaska Native village of Chickaloon. They sued last year, claiming that seismic testing related to oil and g

as exploration in Cook Inlet in south-central Alaska would harm the belugas and that the fisheries service improperly issued exploration permits to Apache Alaska Corp. for high-intensity seismic work. continued

What happened to the crab pots in Wrightsville Beach NC?

WECT6 – David Inscore said he and his fellow fishermen found one missing pot after another Wednesday morning around Wrightsville Beach. Inscore lost almost 20, but some of his colleagues’ losses are double that. continued

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed suit against NOAA – Go Martha!

BOSTON — State Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed suit against the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, charging that NOAA wrongly failed to consider the “devastating economic impact” on fishing commungdt iconities when it set crippling new catch limits on Gloucester and other Massachusetts fishermen.  continued

No-fishing zones proposed in New Jersey – New Jersey, like many other coastal states, has never considered adopting what several marine conservation groups call the most effective tool to aid coastal ocean habitat – “no-take” protected areas that prohibit fishing and other activity, such as exploratory drilling, in the designated zones. “There are already a lot of areas where we are limited through regulations on gear or what season we can fish in,” said Nils Stolpe, communications director for the Garden State Seafood Association. continued

Late breakup means late opening for dip-netters at Chitina – Alaska Department of Fish and Game delayed the opening – FAIRBANKS — Dip-netters champing at the bit to scoop salmon out of the Copper River at Chitina are going to have to hold on to their hip boots. continued

David Suzuki sounds the alarm that the sky is falling, and there is no limit to his “endangered species” dogma

Suzuki: Downgrading endangered species legislation troubling – Despite the evidence that endangered species laws are effective, governments in Canada are proceeding with deregulation and abdicating their responsibilities for wildlife habitat protection, often quietly. After all, only a few environmental watchdogs such as the David Suzuki Foundation are looking out for creatures that otherwise have no voice. Read the article

A Washington ecologist’s wet dream: New Pacific herring populations – The Minnow, a NOAA research vessel, takes off across Elliott Bay. In less than five minutes it reaches its destination — the base of the cliffs that line Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood — and puts down anchor. audio, and article here

FFAW President Earle McCurdy says EU issue of minimum processing requirements worth a look.

CBCnews -“We’re currently at a competitive disadvantage in terms of the tariffs, regulations, and so on,” said McCurdy. “So this may be a chance to strengthen the industry, stabilize jobs in our plants and on our fishing boats, and just improve our return from the market.” continued

Smart, innovative Maryland kids, Luke Andraka and Dana Lunkenheimer, build a better, or at least less problematic, crab trap

For years, environmentalists and watermen have been searching for a way to deal  with the Chesapeake Bay’s “ghost pots” — continued

SC considers seafood origins truth-in-advertising bill

the – If those tasty crustaceans smothered by grits in South Carolina restaurants are from Florida, the restaurant owner would be breaking the law by calling them “local” shrimp, under a change working its way through the Legislature. continued 

Fish consumers may not notice cuts that are hurting New England’s fishermen

Associated Press – To the 79-year-old, the decline of the industry has stolen jobs, community  spirit and opportunity. And it’s not over, Gilson said. This month , New England’s fishermen again saw a cut to the number of fish  they can catch, this time so deep that the historic industry’s existence is  threatened from Rhode Island to Maine,,, continued

Gloucester: Confronting a crisis – Fishermen shift focus; Tierney renews push for federal aid

gdt iconJoe Orlando, captain of the mid-sized dragger Padre Pio and president of the 35-boat Gloucester trawl sector, was modifying his nets to keep them closer to the bottom as he shifts his fishing focus from the iconic cod and haddock to dabs —  smallest of the flatfish, which burrow in the sand and mud of the Gulf of Maine. He and the rest of the day boat fishermen preparing for the bittersweet opening June 1 of hundreds of nautical miles of water that was closed to fishing through May. continued

Researchers declare success in 15-year quest for artificial bait – the scent of horseshoe crab!

For more than 15 years, University of Delaware researcher Nancy Targett has  been on an odd and elusive quest to identify just what it is in the scent of a  horseshoe crab that makes it such an alluring bait. Alas, she never succeeded.

She still doesn’t know what precisely constitutes  eau de crab. continued

Commercial shrimp season opened today; Beaufort Co. shrimpers optimistic

The commercial trawling season for white roe shrimp opens today in South Carolina waters, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. DNR decides when to open the season based on factors such as spawning, growth and weather.The past few months have been unusually cool, slowing shrimp growth, according to Mel Bell, director of the Office of Fisheries Management. But the shrimp, although slightly smaller than usual, are spawning on schedule, he said. continued

National Marine Fisheries Service wants to see at least four Southwest Washington streams identified as wild steelhead strongholds

theColumbian – The National Marine Fisheries Service wants to see at least four Southwest Washington streams identified as wild steelhead strongholds with no planting of hatchery fish beginning in 2014. Rob Jones, hatcheries and inland fisheries chief for NMFS in Portland, said determining which streams will be a joint effort between the federal fish agency and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. continued

Editorial: Mayor undercutting fishermen with bogus ‘bridge’ plan

It’s curious that, when Mayor Carolyn Kirk began touting a “bridge plan” purported to be a transition course for Gloucester’s fishing industry and waterfront, she didn’t bother discussing the approach with her own city fisheries commission — to whom she’s deferred in the past. And it’s troubling that she’s pushing this so-called plan without also speaking with leaders of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition,,,,continued Editorial: The Great Atlantic Sturgeon Debacle

0001This Sturgeon debacle should serve as a pretty clear indication of how our fisheries “management” system works, or more to the point, how it doesn’t work.
How, by any stretch of regulation protocol, methodology, or just plain ol’ administrative integrity, can NOAA declare a species to be endangered without an assessment?  Perhaps NOAA’s luminous legal department, Lois Schiffer, could give us the “legal” justification,,,continued

A Senate committee is recommending the federal and provincial governments continue a program aimed at retiring lobster fishing licences.

The Canadian Press – A Senate committee is recommending the federal and provincial governments continue a program aimed at retiring lobster fishing licences. continued

Lobster buyout extension welcomed by fishermen

cbcnews – The president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association says he welcomes a Senate committee report that recommends a program to buy out lobster fishermen continue past 2014. continued

Scientists from Canada find transgenic Atlantic salmon can cross-breed with a closely related species – the brown trout.

AquaBounty, which created the salmon, said any  risks were negligible as the fish they were producing were all female, sterile  and would be kept in tanks on land. (of course they do!) continued

VANCOUVER: After 200 court appearances winning an absolute discharge, Sto:Lo woman is free to fish again

Patricia Kelly’s long, hard road to justice began in the summer of 2004, when federal fisheries officers surrounded her outside a processing plant in the Fraser Valley. “I argued I had constitutional, protected rights. But the DFO officer said: ‘Tell it to a judge,’” she said in recalling the incident. continued

Yellowtail Snapper harvest might increase – Allocation for the commercial segment would rise by nearly 460,000 pounds – After it took an emergency rule to keep Florida’s commercial harvest of yellowtail snapper open through all of 2012, federal managers want to boost the allowable catch. The National Marine Fisheries Service now proposes to establish an annual catch limit of 3 million pounds of whole yellowtail, up from 2.2 million pounds. Allocation for the commercial segment would rise by nearly 460,000 pounds, to 1.59 million pounds of yellowtail. continued

Danny Williams says Harper needs to be pushed on trade – International trade minister denies link between hydro project and fish regulations

The federal government insists it is not forcing Newfoundland and Labrador to drop fish processing rules in return for financial support for Muskrat Falls, although former premier Danny Williams says his successor has a good reason to take the issue public. continuedCBC_News_logo

2013 Marine Debris Cleanup Projects Announced

SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – The Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation announced today that it will be conducting eight marine debris cleanup projects throughout Alaska this season with several of the cleanup projects located in southeast. continued

Fish at its freshest

ut sandiego – I’ve come to learn how to buy fish from Tommy Gomes, aka “the fish guy,” the son of a multigenerational Portuguese fishing family who settled in Point Loma in 1892 and whose grandfather founded Bumble Bee Tuna. Previously a tommy_gomes_t180commercial fisherman and boat captain for 18 years, Gomes has provided the public face for Catalina Offshore for the last decade. During my visit, a succession of top San Diego chefs stopped to banter with Gomes, who fills their orders based on middle-of-the-night texts. continued

NOAA concedes:sturgeon not endangered, after all

gdt iconWithout a stock assessment and to howls of outrage by industry and questions about the justification of the action by the New England Fishery Management Council, NOAA approved a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council 15 months ago that granted Atlantic sturgeon protection under the Endangered Species Act. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided that its Jan. 31, 2012 action — declaring the sturgeon endangered along the entire Atlantic Coast except in the Gulf of Maine, where it was only “threatened” — was premature and may not have been necessary. continued

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fined $81.6 Million for dumping chemicals and fertilizers down the drain!

SAN FRANCISCO — Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.The company entered the guilty plea in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act and a law regulating pesticides. continued

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries meeting May 29-30,

A report on seafood landings for 2012 will be given during the upcoming meeting of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. The commission will meet today and Thursday, May 29-30, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. The meeting begins at 6 tonight, May 29 and 9 a.m. Thursday and is open to the public. A presentation of the 2012 commercial and recreational landings will be made. continued

Environmental group Oceana Inc. sues’ National Marine Fisheries Service for inadequate monitor coverage

Gib Brogan, Oceana’s representative in Boston, said fishermen fish differently when monitors are on board, yet only 22 percent of boats in the groundfish fleet have them.  “Under sector management and catch shares, very high levels ofsct logo observers are generally necessary,” Brogan said.  It accuses NOAA of changing the rules at mid-game, describing new guidelines that are different from the ones in Magnuson and in a previous settlement with Oceana. continued

Louisiana Seafood News: The Aristocratic Louisiana Oyster

A little over two years ago Jim Gossen gave a talk to a group of Louisiana oystermen gathered on Grand Isle.  He had filled boxes with the prettiest oysters from both the east and west coast. Beausoleil oysters in one little box, and Island Creeks in another. Putting them on a table he told the group, “these oysters are three times better than yours, they must be because they are getting more than three times the price.” continued

Begich, Wicker, Schatz Introduce NOAA Corps Amendments Act – U.S. Senators Mark Begich, Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced legislation to strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps as a national asset and improve its ability to recruit and retain talented candidates like other uniformed services. continued

Fishery resource status of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland to be assessed

During the next three months researchers and technicians of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) will evaluate the state of exploitation of the fishery resources of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The research work will be carried out onboard the vessel Vizconde de Eza, belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama). The ship left the port of Vigo on 25 May, toward the Regulatory Area of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) to develop three fisheries research surveys: Platuxa, Flemish Cap and Black Halibut 3L. continued

Federal minister says N.L. briefed on EU trade talks – “the EU is strongly pressuring Canada to abolish minimum processing requirements”

Canadian fish products are subject to high EU tariffs. (CBC)

International Trade Minister Ed Fast says he has been talking with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale about trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union, a day after Dunderdale revealed she has been under pressure from the Harper government to make a major trade concession. In a speech to the St. John’s Board of Trade on Monday, Dunderdale said the Muskrat Falls loan guarantee nearly fell apart when Ottawa suddenly demanded the province give up the requirement that fish landed in Newfoundland and Labrador be processed within the province. continued

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Maine lawmakers divided over bill to end fines for lobster bycatch

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers are divided over a proposal to remove penalties for Maine-based groundfishing trawlers that catch lobsters in federally regulated waters. The proposal, L.D. 1549, is designed to ensure that the state’s dwindling groundfishing fleet can keep the lobsters that come up in trawl nets and sell them in states that allow such lobsters to be landed. continued

Methods to consider predators in Fishery Management according to Pew

Predator-prey relationships can have profound effects on fish populations, but they are generally not considered explicitly in fisheries management. Several methods are available today to incorporate predators, a practical step toward ecosystem-based management. continued

Alaska Fish Radio – Laine Welch – A grim outlook for sea otters versus Southeast Alaska fisheries.

Sea otters are cleaning out valuable commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska – they have been at it for decades.  A second report updates the financial hit the otters have caused to the region’s fisheries since 2005. continued

“The maggots screaming on the sidelines, they’re done. They can scream all they want. Nobody can save them,” Carlos Rafael

Carlos Rafael and His Fish Are the American Dream???

Rafael is currently railing against the lobbying effort of the smaller New England groundfishermen who he says are trying to put a cap on the amount of permits one individual can own. “They are like mosquitoes on the balls of an elephant,” he says of the smaller operations in the port. “Biting, biting, biting, until finally [the government] is going to say (edited) off, we got to do something.” They’re screaming anyway. Smaller fishermen want federal regulators to change the rules, saying it unfairly benefits the large operations like Rafael. This pisses him off. Why should he be punished for his business acumen, he asks? continued


Ottawa pressing N.L. on fish processing, says premier – Kathy Dunderdale says PM has often raised idea of dropping processing requirements at Europe’s request

Provincial regulations dictate that fish landed in Newfoundland and Labrador must be processed in the province, in the interest of protecting jobs for local plant workers.  But Dunderdale said those regulations are a sticking point in trade talks between Canada and Europe, because the Europeans want a free market on Canadian fish, no matter where the catch is landed. continued

4 fishing boats stuck on sandbar in Tabusintac freed up

CBC_News_logoAt least four fishing boats that were stuck on a sandbar in Tabusintac for about five hours on Monday afternoon have now been freed up and are slowly making their way back to Wishart’s Wharf. .In light of the recent tragedy, Monday’s events had everyone scared, said Kevin Kelly, who was on one of the stranded boats. continued

Ocean Exploration: The drug for rich people. “There’s no doubt discovering things is an absolute drug in some ways.” Oil and Gas, anyone?

Wealthy backers support scientific efforts to explore deep seas –A small but growing number of wealthy patrons, enamored of the possibilities of undersea exploration, are donating the use of ships, submersibles and other resources to support missions that might otherwise be unaffordable…“I wanted to be sure to fund this enough so that they would have the people and resources to absorb this stuff, describe it and publish it, to have it available” said Cameron, He is also an adviser for Woods Hole’s new Center for Marine Robotics, which aims to speed development of advanced ocean technologies through partnerships with private companies in fields such as oil and gas  continued

Louisiana Fishermen fight major river diversions – “We are being sacrificed in hopes that we can build land with these diversions,” – Fishermen are protesting large Mississippi River diversion projects they fear could damage productive fisheries in the Barataria Basin and east of the river. But the diversions are necessary for saving the coast, state officials and environmentalists say. Clint Guidry, president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, said a number of industry groups have joined forces to form The Save Louisiana Coalition, continued