Monthly Archives: July 2013
“Big fish are ecologically extinct,” Steneck said of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. “They’re not absent … but in terms of an ecological presence, they’re extinct.” The same warmer ocean temperatures that have helped push cod populations north, Steneck said, have provided lobster with a deeper range in which to settle their larva. Sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic were the highest ever recorded in 2012, following years of historically rapid warming.
“We had a big red hake fishery 30 or 40 years ago,” testified veteran Rhode Island fisherman Rodman Sykes during a morning panel discussion. “We’d fill our boats with them. … We didn’t know where they went. I learned today they came up here [to Maine].” [email protected]
In a lengthy and detailed face-to-face meeting with local seafood industry leaders Monday afternoon, Florida aquaculture officials signaled they planned to take a cautious approach to opening up Apalachicola Bay to small oyster harvesting leases. [email protected]
The Gulf of Maine has experienced significant warming over the last 40 years “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before,” Will Enviro’s continue to blame?
Maine’s fishermen must be better informed, more communicative about conditions on the water and responsive to change to survive the constant shifts brought by a warming climate and water that is growing warmer and saltier. That was the message from about 100 marine biologists, fisheries managers, commercial fishermen and others who shared both scientific findings and anecdotal observations on the changes that are occurring in the Gulf of Maine. [email protected]
Fishermen showed their opposition on Tuesday as well, with nearly two dozen fish captains anchoring their commercial vessels in the Neuse River in protest and more than 600 people attending a public hearing on the petition at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Jimmy Ruhle, a third generation commercial fisherman from Wanchese, said he thought the petition was a back-door attempt to attack allocations. He also said banning trawls from the coastal waters would increase the problems with oxygen depletion in deep waters – due to trawls not being there to turn over the bottom and disperse toxins – and with invasive species not getting caught. [email protected]
For the third time in three years, dead fish have been spotted rising to the surface of Barclay Brook where thousands of fish died in 2011 and 2012 after pesticides from farmers’ fields ran off into the water. Agricultural runoff into streams and other aquatic habitat is not a rare occurrence. Runoff impacts aquatic life, especially sensitive and endangered species. In the U.S., sizeable fish kills have resulted from pesticide use, [email protected]
Harvesters Land and Sea Coalition alleges Maryland Department of Natural Resources illegally set menhaden regulations
EASTON — A recently organized group, the Harvesters Land and Sea Coalition, is calling for the withdrawal of regulations put into effect in June by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on the total allowable catch of menhaden, alleging that DNR didn’t follow proper procedure for promulgating the regulations. “We’ve tried and tried and tried to work with DNR, and the reason this coalition was started is we can’t do anything else,” Bob Newberry, spokesman for the coalition, said. [email protected]
As a federal research vessel heads out to study the impact of ocean acidification on Pacific marine life, Oregon biologists are reporting both benign and negative impacts on regional shellfish. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration dispatched the R/V Fairweather from Seattle on Monday for a month-long cruise to collect water, plankton and algae samples. But biologist Steve Rumrill said the future of the South Coast’s native oyster isn’t looking too bad. [email protected]
Results Are In for Public Survey on Goliath Grouper – News Bulletin From University of Florida IFAS and Florida Sea Grant, July 31, 2013
Among the survey results: Many commercial reef fishermen believe that goliath grouper negatively impact ecosystems by decimating other fish populations. In addition, goliath interfere with fishing operations and many commercial fishermen (43 percent of hook and line, 87 percent of spear fishermen) have had to change where and how they fish to reduce such interactions. More than 70 percent of commercial fishermen surveyed would like to see the goliath-harvesting moratorium lifted. [email protected]
Setnetters – Alaska Department of Fish and Game head-to-head in an Anchorage courtroom on Tuesday. Kenai King Salmon Alliance granted intervention status
Setnetters and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game went head-to-head at a preliminary injunction hearing in an Anchorage courtroom on Tuesday. The Kenai King Salmon Alliance was granted intervention status by the court on Monday, meaning it will be allowed to advocate for the state. [email protected]
The ship’s company, Alaskan Leader Fisheries, is holding an open house at Pier 91 at the Port of Seattle between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. Inslee will put his christening powers to work at 1 p.m. [email protected]
In advance of the vessel’s christening in Seattle today, all of the Northern Leader’s Alaskan cod is already earmarked for distribution through a marketing partnership announced by Alaskan Leader Fisheries and Copper River Seafoods. “The completion of the Northern Leader project represents the culmination of over three years of hard work and the commitment of many people,” said Robin Samuelsen, board chairman of Alaskan Leader Fisheries and Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. [email protected]
There wasn’t much to see when two Italian-born brothers sailed into San Pedro Bay in 1883. Although there were some shops in the downtown and an established railroad, old photographs of the bay itself show little more than a hilly waterfront with dirt roads dotted with shacks. But there was one major attraction: the fish. The ocean was teeming with them. [email protected]
A convenient truth: 90% of the tunas are gone! The ENGO battle cry of sensationalism based on a known flawed Myers/Worm analysis.
Many environmental groups embraced it as proof that all tunas, not just the bluefins, were in serious trouble. On the other hand, tuna scientists who were actually conducting stock assessments, especially for tropical tunas knew immediately that the 90% number was totally wrong. [email protected]
“We’re going to learn about how this animal lives from day to day,” said Greg Skomal, a state scientist and leader of Massachusetts’ shark research project, who set sail with the OCEARCH on Tuesday. The vessel is named after the nonprofit ocean-based research organization that spearheaded the trip and got the funding. [email protected]
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hearing outcry, sanctuary panel puts off vote on expanded no-take areas
“Everybody just now is getting wind of this,” said Ernie Piton, president of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association and a member of the working group. “There’s no way we’re getting through this today. It’s not possible.” [email protected]
NOAA Ripped and Gutted the Heart and Souls of those seeing no way out of financial ruin – ‘We’ve been left with nothing’
A few years back, when the feds advised Joe Orlando to increase his number of fishing permits, he invested some $400,000, continuing to follow all the rules and expecting to see the industry bounce back as promised. [email protected]
New Bern man’s petition to close North Carolina’s sounds and rivers to trawlers seemed to go down in flames Tuesday evening.
One fisheries commission officer estimated that more than 1,000 people attended the meeting, many to speak their piece and others to give support to the fishing industry. Only a couple spoke out in favor of the proposes ruling. [email protected]
PLF challenges bureaucrats’ decision to ignore Congress, let sea otters decimate Southern California fisheries
We represent four organizations that rely on the health of SoCal fisheries—the California Sea Urchin Commission, California Abalone Association, California Lobster and Trap Fishermen’s Association, and the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara. The otter threatens the ability of these fisherman to put food on their table, literally. And the effects will ripple because of the many local businesses that are related to fishing. [email protected]
Shellfish Industry Lobs Bomb at Sea Otters @courthousenews
Lawsuit challenges sea otter boundary change @the heraldnews
Local businesses, fishing families and coastal communities depend on catches from trawlers – namely shrimp – as a source of economic commerce, as well as locally-grown, organic protein. More than 90 percent of all shrimp consumed in the country is imported. By designating the state’s inland waters as permanent secondary nursery areas, they would be closed to trawling. If that were to happen, North Carolina would loose a considerable amount of income to foreign competition, as well as access to this bountiful resource and a historic profession among generations of coastal citizens. Secondary nursery areas are already in place to protect habitat in inland waters. Please don’t close the entire area to trawling. Petition
Re-opening of the OCI plant in Fortune could be delayed Scientists are keeping a close eye on cod in Newman Sound.
Continuing concerns on the south coast about infectious salmon anemia We’ll find out how vessel design rules are affecting new boat construction.
Some fishy DNA testing happening on the Humber River Open net salmon farms, is the province moving too fast when it comes to aquaculture development?
Commercial salmon fishermen in Prince Rupert spent three days tied to the dock last week, forgoing fishery openings, in protest of a drop in salmon prices. “The fishermen are pissed!” said seine boat skipper Darrell Enger. “They [Canfisco] just dropped the price without any warning. [email protected]
Also, while it’s unknown where the ocean plastic came from, microscopic examination of Great Lakes samples has produced a smoking gun: many particles are perfectly round pellets. The scientists suspect they are abrasive “micro beads” used in personal care products such as facial and body washes and toothpaste. They’re so minuscule that they flow through screens at waste treatment plants and wind up in the lakes,, [email protected]
A P.E.I. lab that said it detected a deadly fish virus in British Columbia salmon lacked proper quality standards and didn’t thoroughly investigate conflicting test results, a review has found. [email protected]
“A Climate of Change,” – Climate change and fisheries experts to gather in Portland for wo-day symposium
The nonprofit Island Institute, based in Rockland, will host the meeting Wednesday and Thursday to focus on issues facing fishermen and their communities, as well as scientific findings of scientists about affected marine ecosystems. [email protected]
Walmart Back Peddles on it’s MSC Issue. I’m calling it Corporate MSC Blue Washing. Let’s Keel Haul ’em.
Contrary to recent reports that Walmart is swearing off Alaska salmon due to major processors’ decision to cut ties with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a spokesman for the global retail giant says Walmart never meant to give that impression. “We’re very committed to Alaska salmon,” Chris Schraeder, a spokesman for Walmart, told Undercurrent News. [email protected]
It’s too late! Read Nils Stolpes Seafood certification – who’s really on first?
Born in Norway, he was the son of Karin (Andersen) Monsen of Norway and the late Svein Monsen.
Geir was the co-founder of Seafreeze, Ltd. of North Kingstown. He was an avid sailor.
Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Eirik Monsen and his wife Jennifer of Norton, MA; two step-sons, James Herard of Wickford and Timothy Herard and his wife Kristen of VA; and a grandson Geir Johan Monsen.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours, Thursday August 1, 2013 from 4-8pm in the FAGAN-QUINN Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown. His funeral and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Point Judith Fishermen Memorial Foundation, PO Box 3315, Narragansett, RI 02882 will be appreciated.
“Sustainability certification” has become a watchword of people in the so-called marine conservation community in recent years. However, their interest seems to transcend the determination of the actual sustainability of the methods employed to harvest particular species of finfish and shellfish and to use the certification process and the certifiers to advance either their own particular agendas or perhaps the agendas of those foundations that support them financially. continued here
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is the largest international organization – headquartered in London – providing fish and seafood sustainability certification. It was started in 1996 as a joint effort of the World Wildlife Fund, a transnational ENGO, and Unilever a transnational provider of consumer goods.
David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Monterey Bay Aquarium, National Park Service, NOAA, Obama Victory Fund., Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, Resources Legacy Foundation, Senator Lisa Murkowski, The Writings of Nils Stolpe, US Department of the Interior, Walmart, Walton Family Foundation, World Wildlife Fund
Feeding the Fire – Fishing for Energy Partnership Ports of Gloucester, MA Martha’s Vineyard to Participate
HAVERHILL, MA–(Marketwired – Jul 29, 2013) – Fishing for Energy, the innovative public-private partnership that provides commercial fishermen a cost-free way to recycle old and unusable fishing gear,,[email protected]
Today in New Bern NC – “We can no longer sit back – The commercial fishermen need all of us to be their lobbyist.” Ruth King, Sea Level, NC
On Tuesday July 30, at 12:30 p.m. there will be joint meeting of the Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, Shellfish/Crustacean and Sea Turtle Advisory Committees at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
One of the largest recreational groups to work against the commercial fisherman is the Coastal Conservation Association, CCA.,,,currently retain as many as 17 professional state and federal lobbyists and that many of their members are a former U.S. president, Cabinet members, congressmen, senators, ICCAT commissioners (The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas), Fishery Management Council members, governors, state legislators and state and federal fisheries managers. Wow! What a group! Read the [email protected]
RCMP have concluded a four-year investigation into the Shubenacadie Band’s fishery without laying charges. Fisheries and Oceans Canada contacted the police in 2009 to look into the management of a contribution agreement between the department and the band. The deal, signed in 2005 and awash in controversy, gave a band-operated company $5 million for a commercial fishery and covered the purchase of gear, boats, licences and other items. [email protected]
Proposal to halt shrimp trawling in coastal North Carolina areas – video – Marine Fisheries Commission meets today in New Bern
The State Marine Fisheries Commission is considering a controversial fishing ban that would stop shrimp trawling in North Carolina inner coastal waterways. The commission will discuss the petition at a meeting on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.
The dead zone covers a large area of the Gulf but is not as large as scientists originally predicted, according to Nancy Rabalais, executive director of LUMCON, the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, and head of the dead zone research cruise. [email protected]
An LDWF bulldozer and utility vehicle (UTV) were first noticed missing on July 24 on the Big Island portion of Atchafalaya Delta WMA. The bulldozer was buried in mud and water up to the floorboard. The UTV was found stuck in a ditch. [email protected]
Durbin says cuts would have a major impact on federal programs created to address ecological problems facing the Great Lakes, including fighting the spread of Asian carp. [email protected]
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 27th and 28th includes several stories that were not included in the Fisheries Report aired on Friday. [email protected]
Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay disappointed by Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea’s response to crisis in the lobster industry.
Shea recently dismissed MacAulay’s calls for a return to short-term help to assist low-income lobster fishermen with the price crisis. [email protected] sou’wester
NEFMC to NOAA on Closed Area Access: “Council Opposes 100% Observer Requirement” – “Your Arguments Are Not Convincing”
New England Fishery Management Council Chairman C.M. “Rip” Cunningham has written to NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard expressing the Council’s opposition to NOAA’s requirement for the industry to fund all at-sea monitoring coverage for closed area access. Chairman Cunningham suggests this requirement may prevent any participation in the program. He notes that as a result of the fragile economic state of many participants, the increased costs to fund observers may not be affordable. He also noted that little, if any, justification for this requirement was provided other than two general statements which the Council did not find convincing. Read the Letter
Each June and July near the full moon, the northern Gulf of Mexico hosts a mysterious gathering of sharks.
Dozens of hulking whale sharks glide around each other with mouths agape as they skim the water’s surface during a 12-hour tuna egg buffet of sorts. A decade ago, records of these unusual gatherings existed only in the tales of fishermen. LWDF fisheries biologist Jennifer McKinney said these assemblies coincide with tuna spawning events and consistently occur near the Ewing Bank, about 100 miles from Cocodrie. [email protected]
Dwayne Matthew Samson appeared in court on Monday. Samson’s lawyers said he will reapply for bail. The body of 43-year-old Phillip Boudreau has not been found, but three men —Samson, James Joseph Landry and Craig Landry— have been charged with second-degree murder. [email protected]
Attached is a joint news release from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, New England Fishery Management Council, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council continued here
BOEM Announces Second Potential Wind Energy Research Lease for Federal Waters Offshore Virginia – Agency Seeks Public Comment on Virginia’s Proposed Project
WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy development, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today – [email protected]/pressreleases
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – According to Lolo, in spite of international political and financial trends, at a local level there is resurgence in the fisheries industry and that is a positive indicator that the local economy may be headed in the right direction. “We must be aware, however of aggressive investments in fisheries development by China and European countries which continue to threaten the competitive advantage of our canneries. [email protected]
A throng filled the streets of the borough Sunday morning to remember fishermen lost at sea and watch Bishop of Norwich Rev. Michael R. Cote bless the vessels that comprise the state’s last surviving commercial fishing fleet. [email protected]
The abandoned rigs question is already getting a first-rate look by the right eyes – researchers at the Gulf of Mexico Institute at the Harte Research Institute in Corpus Christi. That work, which will require four years to complete, is being funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It should be allowed to be finished before far-reaching conclusions are drawn. [email protected]
BARNEGAT LIGHT — Tears mixed with the salty air of the sea Saturday as more than 200 people showed up to help dedicate the Fishermen’s Story Memorial near the Barnegat Lighthouse. The memorial was created in memory of Jim Mears, who died Jan. 11, 2012, when his commercial fishing boat, the Mandy Ness, sank off Long Beach Island. He and his two brothers, Dan and Rick, had gone out in three separate boats in search of monkfish. [email protected]
SWAN QUARTER There was a steady pulse on the crab picking floor at Mattamuskeet Seafood in Swan Quarter last Tuesday morning. [email protected]
July 24, 2013 – John Aldridge, a crewmember of the 44-foot lobster vessel Anna Mary was last seen aboard the boat during his watch relief at 9 p.m., Tuesday, while the vessel was underway off Montauk, N.Y. How many times have you read of or heard of a fisherman going overboard, only to watch an unsuccessful chain of events involving fruitless search and rescue operation’s to see them become possible recovery operation’s, and predictably, abandoned after a period of time, dictated by estimates of rate of survival and sea conditions? Way too many. Scroll down the page to continued here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation that will make it illegal to possess, sell, or distribute a shark fin in New York State. (with exceptions)
This bill addresses the growing global demand for shark fins and provides a fair balance between the market for this ingredient and the need to protect sharks by allowing the sale of shark fins of two species of dogfish, which is the most abundant shark species in the North Atlantic Ocean. It also has an exception for shark fins used for educational purposes. [email protected]
Endangered Species Act gone wild! The ENGO Northern spotted owl in the Coal Mine?, or Nature Prevail’s despite Meddling
Endangered Species Act gone wild! It’s too bad another species of owl must lose its life in the process: Authorities are proposing to shoot or remove more than 3,600 barred owls from four test areas of California, Oregon and Washington forests. The more successful barred owls — larger, less picky about their food and more aggressive — have taken over much of the spotted owl’s territory. That territory used to be prime timber harvest land until the Endangered Species Act, which protects the spotted owl, forced the government to shut down 90 percent of logging on federal lands in the Pacific Northwest. [email protected]
Local investors have received approvals needed to move full speed ahead on a $3.1 million fish Asian Carp rendering plant
The plant primarily will render Asian carp for high-protein supplement products, but can render any fish caught by commercial fishermen contracted to bring in fish for the operation. [email protected]
SANIBEL ISLAND, FL – Hundreds of volunteers spent their Saturday morning counting scallops. It sounds silly, but the scallop population has plummeted in recent years because of red tide and freshwater releases. [email protected]
NOAA ship Fairweather to take acid trip with ENGO’s – setting sail Monday (July 29) on a monthlong research cruise off the U.S. and Canadian West Coast
The world’s oceans are 30 percent more acidic than they were before the Industrial Revolution, scientists estimate. This cruise follows up on a similar effort in 2007 that supplied “jaw-dropping” data on how much ocean acidification was hurting oysters, said Brad Warren, director of the Global Ocean Health Partnership, at a news conference today (July 25). (The partnership is an alliance of governments, private groups and international organizations.) [email protected]
Oyster virus delegation hopes to revive Maritime industry – Representatives from all Maritime provinces traveling to Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Eleven years after a fatal disease damaged Nova Scotia’s oyster industry, a maritime delegation is travelling to the United States to learn how New England’s aquaculture industry was so successfully revitalized. [email protected]
WPRO’s “Fishing for Answers” – a conversation about the Rhode Island fishing industry and where it’s headed
Published on Jul 26, 2013 – WPRO continued our Debate Series with “Fishing for Answers,” a conversation about the local fishing industry and where it’s headed. Hosted by WPRO’s Tara Granahan, the discussion featured panelists Rick Fuka of the Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance; Representative Joe McNamara; Narragansett Baykeeper Tom Kutcher, and Tina Jackson, President of American Alliance of Fishermen and their Communities. Filmed July 24, 2013 at Rhode Island College. Watch the 56:45 video here
Certified salmon: Park Service director endorses Alaska fish without the MSC label. He does NOT go far enough.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski put Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service on the hot seat, and he tried to wiggle his way off the hook by seeking closed door discussion over the Alaska Salmon issue. That’s all well and good for Alaska, while the point is missed that by law all US fishery’s are regulated to be sustainably fished. What about other sustainable by law fish that does not carry the British ENGO label? This NPS issue is just getting started.
From newsminer – So Mr. Jarvis obviously felt a little uncomfortable at a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday when Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, dug into a Park Service recommendation that could curtail Alaska salmon sales by park concessioners nationwide. [email protected]
“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
SitNews – Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions Misinformation about halibut catch sharing plan by Tom Gemmell
There has been a lot of misinformation going around about the halibut catch sharing plan (CSP). In an effort to correct this the Halibut Coalition prepared a commentary on Mr Medred’s article in the Alaska Dispatch published on July 20 and other online publications. [email protected]
The below permit was just made available to me by a shark advocate on the east coast. It is the most incomplete, unprofessional, ridiculous farce for a permit I’ve ever read. [email protected]
There’s a new Alaska reality show, courtesy of the Alaska Cam Sled. “Alaska Cam Sled is a towed imaging system that takes a lot of high-resolution pictures of the bottom of the ocean,” explained Gregg Rosenkranz, a state scallop biometrician based in Kodiak. [email protected]