Monthly Archives: August 2013
Last September, with great fanfare, Ocean Power Technologies began construction on America’s first wave-powered utility. Holding the first – and only – wave energy permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, OPT had planned to deploy a test buoy off the by spring. But a year after the permit, regulatory and technical difficulties have all but halted the project. Federal regulators notified the company earlier this year it had violated the license after failing to file a variety of plans and assessments. All that remains in the water are pieces of a single anchoring system on the ocean floor. State officials have told the New Jersey company to remove them by month’s end. [email protected] 19:46
A St. John’s member of Parliament has criticized the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for refusing to release the amount of compensation paid to Gray Aqua for its diseased salmon — but adds the company’s financial troubles may prompt the release of that information soon. [email protected] 19:02
Something fishy is going on in the nation’s lobster capital – (lottsa mishmash). People listen to these guys about investment?
With tourism booming and demand for local lobster as popular as ever, life in eastern Maine this summer is good. But there’s a catch. Lobster prices have recovered very little from their historic lows last year, squeezing profits for lobstermen. That’s prompted community leaders to push an idea that may seem radical to many Down Easters—making Maine less dependent on a single species from the sea. They’re creating incentives for fishermen to catch a variety of high-quality marine food, at a fair price for the long haul. [email protected] 16:51 watch video!
Do you get tired of Chef’s that think they understand the “situation”? How much dogfish you eatin’ at home, by the way! “y’ want fry’s wi dat”??
“The fishermen have one of the worst jobs around,” said Kaldrovich, gently touching a plate of just-caught dogfish. “This is the fish that the fishermen eat at home … The more we can help, the better.” CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — In the basement of the posh Inn by The Sea, executive chef Mitchell Kaldrovich conducts a fish fry. He fillets a piece of white fish in a skillet as flames shoot up all around. The “nice, flakey fish” turns a golden brown and the chef plates it on a bed of quinoa tabbouleh with an artistic dash of yogurt lime sauce. [email protected] 16:28
Humboldt Harbor commissioner accused of poaching abalone, deer: Court documents point to long-term behavior pattern
While the bulk of the 11 criminal charges facing Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Commissioner Aaron Newman stem from a few specific poaching allegations, court documents in the case suggest they may be part of a larger pattern of behavior. Newman was arrested June 8 and has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include four felonies. He stands accused of lying and using illegal tags in 2009 and 2012 to circumvent state limitations on abalone and deer harvests. Manny Daskal, Newman’s attorney, declined to comment for this story. [email protected] 13:45
Lobster was Maine’s top fishery for the year by far, with a record 127 million-pound catch valued at a record $341 million. Lobster accounted for 65 percent of the value of the total catch for the year. Elvers came in at No. 2, while soft-shell clams were the third-most-valuable fishery, at $15.6 million. Herring, with a value of nearly $15 million, was the No. 4 fishery, while groundfish — cod, haddock and other bottom-dwelling fish — rounded out the top 5. [email protected] 12:24
Unalaskans Question Funding for Arctic Research – are we going to be reassured that our existing science in the Bering Sea and the North Pacific is going to be there for the future?
Right now, the studies are coming out of two different pots: NOAA covers fishery surveys in the Bering Sea. They couldn’t afford to do the Arctic trawl survey, so the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management paid for it.But it’s not clear if BOEM will have enough money to continue doing the Arctic survey again. And the fear is that as the federal budget shrinks, agencies will cut back in the Aleutians to better serve the Arctic. [email protected] 10:04
A son laments: Nonetheless, my father typed on about what were to him the greatest fish-habitat concerns of the day.
Of all his worries about the state of wild salmon in B.C., my late father, a commercial salmon fisherman for about a half-century, was particularly worried about the dangerously negative repercussions of the over-warming of waters on our wild salmon, not to mention fish-farming and pollution. Many very-early mornings, I’d briefly get up for a washroom break and see the light breaking through underneath his bedroom door and into the hallway’s darkness, with my father on the other side very-slowly typewriting missives to various politicians. I must’ve proofread and made many grammar corrections to almost a couple hundred letters of his over the years, just on this topic alone. [email protected] 09:41
Researchers in New York have found two wild lake sturgeon juveniles, the first caught after years of stocking intended to restore populations of the once-plentiful Great Lakes fish. [email protected] 09:16
Pilot fish survey taps industry expertise – comes amid intense criticism of traditional scientific methods for counting fish.
Fish sampling surveys provide critical data for assessing the health of fish populations, which are at the core of fishing rules. Critics say the assessments have proven to be deeply flawed and it’s wrong to use them as the basis for setting the struggling industry’s catch limits. Scientists say their overall methods are sound, but they acknowledge some consistent problems. “We can learn, and we do want to build confidence and be responsive,” said Bill Karp, the Northeast’s chief federal fisheries scientist. The pilot survey was more expansive, covering 175 stations in Georges Bank compared with about 60 in a typical survey, said Steve Cadrin, a former federal fisheries scientist who works at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. [email protected] 08:58
Tillion said the presence of competition has caused Trident to soften its stance some, saying its first offer was rejected. He said the huge Seattle-based processor wanted The Aleut Corporation to eliminate a quota for small fishing boats under 60 feet long, so that Trident’s bigger boats could catch all the fish. “The Aleuts aren’t really too happy about that,” Tillion said, since the corporation wants Adak to provide opportunity for small boats from King Cove and Sand Point.
Icicle decided to close its operation in Adak, citing concerns about the short- and long-term health of the region’s Pacific cod resource and increased regulatory uncertainty, the company’ new top official Amy Humphreys said in a press release in April. Icicle, headquartered in Seattle, is owned by the private equity firm Paine and Partners, with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, and specializes in buying major corporations. The company’ new top official Amy Humphreys, was appointed to the board of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute this month by Gov. Sean Parnell. [email protected] 08:22
Kuskokwim Chinook salmon – or Kings as they are known locally – did not make it to the spawning grounds this year as managers had expected. Counting projects are showing the lowest escapements in history for nearly all of the river’s tributaries. Managers and residents are trying to make a plan for next year. [email protected] 07:57
Nothing is fishy about Patrick Morales and his haunting indie folk ballads — except for his inspiration, that is. “Shortly after college, I took a job working on commercial fishing vessels as a fisheries biologist in the Bering Sea. While on two boats, The Viking and The Progress, I wrote a collection of songs,” he says. “I spent my downtime on the boats writing in small deck closets with a hand-held recorder set to its own soundtrack of diesel boat noise. That low hum would serve as a guide and the backdrop for my record.” [email protected] A song La Divine 07:33
In an economically depressed Maine county, Bill Sheldon is the kingpin of a $40 million baby-eel industry that may be doomed to extinction. Find out what happens when a community full of armed fishermen and elver dealers stop being polite and start getting real. [email protected] 00:21
Another large seafood processor has withdrawn support for the effort to get Alaska’s commercially caught salmon recertified by the Marine Stewardship Council. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details. 23:56
A number of modifications over the years had gradually made the North Carolina-based vessel less safe, according to the report. In addition, a decision to open a hatch on deck was unsafe and contributed to the sinking. The report concluded that the boat wasn’t involved in a collision as originally speculated, but that sea water had gotten onto the main deck and flooded through the open hatch. Still, the report continued, the crew could have survived the sinking. Read the Report [email protected] 22:41
“We’ve caught a couple of calico ones, with orange and black spots, and we’ve seen some blue ones,” said Anna Mason of Ship to Shore Lobster Co., “but I’d never seen one that was half-red like that, split right down the middle.” [email protected] They should get out of town more often. This black and orange fella was caught last year in Salem Ma. Link
BC Native fisherman Nathan Chickite is of the traditional sector or otherwise known as Native fishery – wasn’t breaking the law
From a pure Fisheries perspective, Native fisherman Nathan Chickite was not breaking the law when he took his gillnetter through the Tyee Pool on Monday night. That’s the word from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Field Supervisor Greg Askey who said there are two laws at play here. Following this event, social media lit up with threats and insults to Chickite, including threats to ram, block or damage his boat. [email protected] 17:27
Cyr Couturier, executive director, Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association Blames Federal Policy in Gray Aqua woes
Cyr Couturier, executive director of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association, said that under Canadian Food Inspection Agency rules Gray Aqua Group had to destroy fish infected by outbreaks of salmon anemia, costing the company millions of dollars. Couturier said the company had to destroy its fish before they were large enough to sell. (who wants diseased fish?) [email protected] 17:07
A sketchy report, and we await more info. – Federal scientists have completed a pilot project in which they relied heavily on the expertise of fishermen
BOSTON (AP) _ The survey of flatfish, such as flounder, came as scientific methods for counting fish are under fire. Critics say it’s unreliable and a poor basis for setting fishermen’s catch limits. The survey, conducted this month, put new focus on certain geographic areas suggested by fishermen. It also used different nets and operated from two commercial fishing boats, rather than the federal research vessel normally used. Fishery scientists say data from such surveys can bolster population estimates, both now and in the future. That’s if the government can pay for them. That’s a potential difficulty, since the recent survey cost roughly a half million dollars. 16:24 http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/news/features/2013_ytf_pilot/
Jes Waitin’ for the Cabbage to Hit the Fan – Obama Administration Proposal Weakens Endangered Species Protections
“America’s endangered species are already dying deaths by a thousand cuts, because too often no one’s keeping an eye on the big picture,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “This proposal will make that problem even worse.” “Our wildlife agencies should be working on stronger and more sophisticated mechanisms to understand and track harms that occur at these sweeping, landscape scales,” Hartl said. “Instead they’re just walking away from the challenge — and endangered species will suffer.” [email protected] 15:39
Reuters Special Report: Experimental climate fixes stir hopes, fears, lawyers – Bring On the CALCIUM!
Last year the Haida, an indigenous group in Canada, set out to increase their salmon stocks and save the planet. Helped by American businessman Russ George, a group of villagers dumped 100 metric tons (110.23 tons) of iron dust from a boat into the Pacific Ocean. They that could promote fish numbers and absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Instead, in March, they were raided by Canadian officials for illegal dumping at sea. [email protected] 14:29
Hawai’i Fishermen’s Alliance Petition To Delist the North Pacific Population of the Humpback Whale from Endangered Species Act
NMFS announce a 90-day finding on a petition to identify the (Megaptera novaeangliae) as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The humpback whale was listed as an endangered species in 1970 under the Endangered Species and Conservation Act of 1969, which was later superseded by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). We find that the petition viewed in the context of information readily available in our files presents substantial scientific and commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. more here 13:44
Fisheries of the E E Z Off Alaska; Amendment 95 to the FMP for Groundfish – comment period ends (10/28/2013)
Notification Of Availability Of Fishery Management Plan Amendment; Request For Comments. – NMFS announces that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 95 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) for review by the Secretary of Commerce. If approved, Amendment 95 would modify the FMP to: establish halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) in Federal regulation; reduce the GOA halibut more here 12:28
Photos of grinning fishermen holding up sizable red snapper sprouted like bright flowers across social media this week as anglers showed off their catches during the three-day recreational snapper season last weekend. Meanwhile, a commercial fishing season for red snapper began Monday, but Jimmy Hull, who owns Hull’s Seafood in Ormond Beach, said the commercial trip limit – 75 pounds gutted weight — is so small that most commercial fishermen don’t make a special trip just to catch red snapper. “You can’t afford to fuel your boat up and go catch 75 pounds of red snapper and expect to come in and make any money,” Hull said. The commercial season will close once a total catch limit is met. [email protected] 10:38
“It is unreasonable to expect these fishermen to come and defend their right to earn a living.” “It’s more than just one man,” behind the petition said Chris McCaffity, a commercial fisherman from Morehead City . “He’s just the mouthpiece.” McCaffity added that commercial fishermen are constantly being called on to defend their industry. “It’s one thing after another, and it’s bordering on harassment here,” he said. [email protected] 10:24
The cod fishery appeared limitless and its value to Europe helped settle and enrich New England and Eastern Canada. Now the much smaller cod that survive are embattled by years of overfishing and other pressures. One of the major pressures is climate change. [email protected] 09:53 Plenty of ENGO anecdotes, and climate denialism! “Climate, while important, was not the primary reason for the collapse of cod,” “We did that. We mismanaged our ecosystem. We made that mess.” Tom Dempsey
There is not a cod collapse. There IS a cod exodus. Canada is being enriched once again, and they look at it as a cod crisis threatening the shrimp and crab they prefer to catch, based on landing value, as flat earthers like Dempsey, Bullard, and Crockett expose themselves as out of touch, preferring to continue the charade of failed fishery management that they are involved with! Tragic.
Record number of schooners in this weekend’s Gloucester Schooner Festival – historic dory fishing schooner “Adventure” to race
“This is a very exciting time for the Adventure and her supporters as she returns to her place among the historic tall ships” says Schooner Adventure Executive Director Joanne Souza. “She will be racing for the Mayor’s Cup on Sunday of Gloucester Schooner Festival, but in the near future, she will be sailing so supporters and visitors will be able to experience the life of a Gloucester fisherman at the beginning of the 21st century.” [email protected] 08:36
Schooners participate in the festival 1. Adirondack III 2. Adventure 3. Adventurer 4. American Eagle 5. Ardelle 6. Bald Eagle 7. Brilliant 8. Estrela 9. Fame 10. Green Dragon 11. Humble 12. Irena 13. Lewis Story 14. Light Reign 15. Liberty Clipper 16. Morning Light 17. Perception 18. Roseway 19. Sugar Babe 20. Thomas Lannon 21. Tillicum I 22. Tyrone 23. Virginia
“I have to clean up this mess first,” Edgar Samson, president of Premium Seafoods Group, said Thursday. “We’ll be sending out a press release soon but that’s all I can say for now.” The plant employed 70 people. Premium Seafoods also owns crab and shrimp plants on the island, along with a lobster pound. [email protected] 08:15
The studies were done ahead of the Navy applying to the National Marine Fisheries Service for permits for its activities. The Navy said that the studies focused on waters off the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California and Hawaii from 2014 through 2019, the main areas that the service branch tests equipment and trains sailors. [email protected] 08:01
Opportunity could lie out in the waters of the Bering Sea. That’s why members of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission met for the second time this summer in Unalaska to discuss Alaska’s role in leading the way in shaping the United State’s arctic policy. [email protected]
Japanese characters on the side of the tank and the large amount of marine growth led Berg to conclude that the tank came from Japan after the March 2011 tsunami. [email protected] 07:25
Dolphins in central and south Florida may have been exposed to a virus blamed for this summer’s massive dolphin die-off, the worst since the late 1980s. The 333 marine mammal deaths that have occurred so far this summer have all been in waters off New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. But Adam Schaefer, a researcher with Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, said he and his colleagues have seen evidence of exposure to the morbillivirus among Indian River Lagoon bottlenose dolphins. [email protected] 07:13
“Fraser sockeye have had some highly variable return rates over the years, so this isn’t one of the better ones, but it is an improvement.” Jantz said sockeye in 2010 returned in near-record numbers — 30 million by some estimates — and the department is seeing an improving annual trend in marine survival, and its scientists hope those numbers will continue into the future. Still, the news isn’t all good for the 2013 run, and the fishery has been closed since the second week of August because of high water temperatures and poor river conditions. In fact, Jantz said the mortality rate of returning sockeye is expected to hit 70 per cent. [email protected] 22:59
The value of the seafood from Alaska in 2011 was well over $6-billion dollars according to a new report from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. The report is titled the “Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry” and it was prepared for ASMI by the McDowell Group. [email protected] 20:28
Copper River Seafoods plans to withdraw support for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the Alaska salmon fishery in 2014, leaving Silver Bay Seafoods as the only remaining large processor still in support. This is the latest blow to the efforts of the Seattle-based Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA) to get the fishery re-certified to the MSC standard, which the top eight salmon processing companies — Trident Seafoods, Icicle Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Peter Pan Seafoods, Alaska General Seafoods, E & E Foods, Kwikpak Fisheries, and North Pacific Seafoods — all oppose. read more here 20:00
“Wicked Tuna” is a reality television show on the National Geographic Channel that documents the competitive New England-based commercial bluefin tuna industry. It’s also a story of the hard-core East Coast fishermen who make their living off the giant tuna — fishermen who live for the sport [email protected] 17:45
So. Let me get this Straight! Failure of weather buoy could endanger fishermen, but NOAA don’t have the dough to FIX IT??
A buoy failure off the coast of Half Moon Bay threatens the safety of commercial and recreational fishermen as well as other vessels during the more dangerous winter season, fishermen say. [email protected]
They can provide funding for costume parties for their lawyers in Philly, and call it “training”, performance bonuses from the AFF, have “contests” to award prizes to grant applicants from the S-K Fund, announce today that they awarded close to half a million dollars in funds to support nine educational projects in New England to provide hands-on learning experiences for K-12 students to foster greater understanding of and connection to local watersheds, I could continue, but they can’t find the money to fix Buoy Station 46012? HEY! Chuck Grassley! When the HELL are them NOAA heads gonna ROLL?!!!
REJECTED REJECTED REJECTED – North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission DUMPS bid for trawler ban in sounds
The Marine Fisheries Commission meeting in Raleigh on Thursday unanimously dumped a petition seeking rules declaring most internal coastal waters as seafood nursery areas off limits to trawlers. [email protected] 14:26
The vertical steam boiler of Parat Pin Tube MPW type, will have a capacity of 6,000kgs/h and is chosen due to high capacity and small size. This boiler will also be equipped with a new rotary cup burner and auxiliary system, that is designed to both start and burn on 100% fish oil without heating, which will be a big advantage for the vessel. [email protected] 14:18
Biologists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirm that a single live Grass Carp has been caught near Dunnville, Ontario in the Grand River
This specimen follows an earlier catch of a grass carp on April 27, 2013 in the same area. Testing has confirmed that this specimen was sterile; and, therefore, not able to reproduce. [email protected] 13:49
Blue Wave Seafoods Inc., a fish processor and exporter, employs nearly 70 full and part-time staff at its facility in Port Mouton. The province is lending Blue Wave Seafoods $500,000 in working capital as the company restructures to achieve long-term sustainability. The loan is fully repayable over 10 years. [email protected] 13:40
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a public comment period for proposed amendments to Saltwater Fishing Regulations
DNR staff will hold public meetings to present the proposed changes and to receive comment in Richmond Hill on September 9 and Brunswick on September 10, 2013. The proposed changes affect recreational and commercial saltwater fishing and are as follows: [email protected] 12:46
The best treat available in the local fish market, and in the restaurants, is something you haven’t eaten in a while — black sea bass, another Vineyard waterfront success story. Striped Bass Hiccup – The state Division of Marine Fisheries will reopen the commercial striped bass fishing season on Sunday for one day. Shellfish Season – There is a bounty of juvenile oysters in Tisbury Great Pond. [email protected] 12:36
Two Englewood men were caught fishing with an expired commercial license Tuesday off Boca Grande.Both men told deputies they were fishing with the intent to sell their catch, which at the time was about 700 pounds of fish, including mullet, trout, sheepshead and jack. [email protected] 12:24
The hungry critter’s first dish was mussels. Then scallops. Now it’s soft-shell clams. Voracious Invasive Crab Threatening Maine’s Shellfish Industry
And some fear lobsters will be next. European green crabs are devouring a shellfish buffet along Maine’s seashore, plundering populations in their wake. To get a snapshot of just how severe the problem is, clammers, scientists, and marine officials took a survey today along Maine’s coast. Patty Wight joined them in Freeport. [email protected] Green Crab and Sculpin Sam Fisheries Broadcast 12:00
“No amount of money or jobs can replace our way of life,” Nondalton Tribal Council President William Evanoff told the EPA leader. “The threats are real.” In the Bristol Bay fishing town of Dillingham, everyone who spoke to McCarthy was against the Pebble mine. The town of about 2,300 lives and breathes salmon, with vivid murals on the weathered buildings celebrating salmon and urging their preservation. [email protected] 11:49
N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will decide Aug. 29 whether to approve a petition that has received opposition from commercial fishermen, others
If approved, the proposed rule would halt shrimp and crab trawling in North Carolina inshore waters. The petition was filed by Timothy Hergenrader of New Bern, who cites Division of Marine Fisheries documents and says the reclassification would protect juvenile fish of species such as weakfish, croaker and spot, which are being caught as bycatch in trawl nets. [email protected] photo kinston.com 11:03
What’s going on with our water ? A wet spring and very wet early summer have delivered more rain than the greater Everglades ecosystem – that stretches from Orlando to Florida Bay, Fort Myers to Stuart – can hold. Drainage and flood control projects created in the 1940s were designed to drain water off the land to accommodate growth and development in South Florida. During this very wet rainy season,,,, [email protected] 10:51
Two hundred thirty commercial groundfish fishing industry members of the Northeast Seafood Coalition wrote to Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and Senator Richard C. Shelby, Raking Member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations to express sincere thanks for their efforts to secure $150 million in fishery disaster assistance in the FY2014 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill. continued here 08:51
Letter from Executive Director Jackie Odell
Northeast Fishermen thank Senators Mikulski, Shelby for including $150 million in fishery disaster assistance in a recent appropriations bill.
The House must still approve the allocation, would be split between the Northeast, Alaska and Gulf Coast fisheries. Last year, the House stripped an identical funding amount out of a different bill. [email protected] 08:06
The plant suffered triple meltdowns after the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Co., is putting tonnes of water into its reactors to cool them and is struggling to contain the resulting waste water.A sliver of hope emerged after recent sampling results showed a decline in radioactivity in some fish species. But a new crisis spawned by fresh leaks of radioactive water from the plant last week may have dashed those prospects. [email protected] 07:21
The son of a Gloucester fisherman, the late Paul Francis Frontiero Sr., began fishing with his father at the age of 12. He did not know then that this would become his way of life for many years. He never finished Gloucester High School because his father was injured while fishing and he had to leave his studies. As a result, he spent many years laboring in jobs at sea. [email protected] 01:11
Today, the no such entity, NOAA Fisheries, announced that is decreasing the possession limit for Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder and Gulf of Maine haddock for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the remainder of the 2013 fishing year. We are taking this action because the common pool has caught 73 percent of its Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder quota, and 96 percent of its Gulf of Maine haddock quota. This action is intended to prevent the overharvest of the common pool’s allocation of Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder and Gulf of Maine haddock for the 2013 fishing year. 00:16
A judge agreed last week to slap a lien for more than $1 million attachment on properties of a southern Maine seafood dealer as well as the former manager of the Spruce Head Fishermen’s Cooperative over allegations by the midcoast cooperative that those parties conspired to steal and sell huge quantities of lobster. more@bdn 20:52