Monthly Archives: September 2013

October is National Seafood Month – Where people eat the most/least seafood. This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than  a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries. Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year.  [email protected] 22:14

Catch Limits Increased in Atlantic Herring Fishery

nmfs_logoNOAA Fisheries NMFS today announced that we are  it is increasing the catch limits for Atlantic herring fishery, due to the healthy condition of the Atlantic herring stock, [email protected]  22:09

Health Exchange Info for Fishermen and Fishing Groups – Information from UFA

Health Care Open Enrollment to start October 1 Info on the Affordable Care Act for Fishermen and Fishing Groups Read the Details in Public Notices 20:59

Atlantic Herring Management Area 2 Trip Limit Removed Effective October 1, 2013

nmfs_logoNOAA Fisheries NMFS today announced that it will temporarily remove the 2,000-lb trip limit for the Atlantic herring fishery in Management Area 2 because catch data indicate that 95 percent of the total sub-annual catch limit threshold in Area 2 has not been fully attained. Click here for more information. (if you can find noaa fisheries on that notice, I’ll eat your crusty skivvy’s) BH 20:37

Changes Coming Tuesday to the Marine Weather Forecasts for Southwest Alaska – audio

radio-microphoneThe National Weather Service is rolling out some significant changes to the marine weather forecast for the Bristol Bay region. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details @kdlg 20:30

PETA Lobster Shutdown. Maine DA: No charges to be filed

District Attorney Geoffrey A. Rushlau sent a letter Monday afternoon to officials at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, saying he did a legal analysis and determined the state statute only applies to sentient beings, and does not apply to invertebrates. [email protected] 20:01

Attn Gillnet Fishermen: Gulf of Maine Gillnet Fishery Closure to Protect Harbor Porpoise WILL NOT be implemente​d tomorrow!

nmfs_logoToday NOAA Fisheries NMFS announced revisions to the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan. Amendments include removal of the consequence closure strategy, including the Coastal Gulf of Maine, Eastern Cape Cod, and Cape Cod South Expansion Closure Areas. Therefore the previously triggered Coastal Gulf of Maine Closure Area will NOT go into effect tomorrow (October 1). Maggie Mooney-Seus Communications Officer NOAA Fisheries Department of Commerce 55 Great Republic Drive Gloucester, MA 01930978-281-9175 ( c ) 774-392-4865 [email protected] 17:57

New Bedford: Officials promise to continue to fight for fishermen at annual blessing ceremony

sct logoThe trials and tribulations fishermen face every day — from the perilous journeys to their limited benefits — were highlighted in speeches aboard the stately schooner Ernestina Sunday afternoon. “It’s not just an industry, it’s the livelihood of people,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley at the 44th annual blessing of the fleet.  Two such committed individuals were awarded the Offshore Mariners’ Wives 2013 Friend of the Fishing Industry award — Angela Sanfilippo and J.J. Bartlett. [email protected] 17:51

Dollar Value of commercial catch to Sonoma County Fishermen in 2011? $14.3 million

The commercial fishing  industry is often overlooked in the annual Sonoma County crop reports, but it was a $14.3 million dollar industry in 2011, nearly all of it from Dungeness crab, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s figures included in  the 2012 crop report. The value of the commercial catch in 2001 was $3.1 million. The breakdown and [email protected] 17:34

“We mean business.” Virginia Marine Police target poachers as oyster season opens

NEWPORT NEWS – Oyster season opens Oct. 1, and the Virginia Marine Police will combat oyster theft by air, land and sea in an intensive effort to end poaching. “We mean business. We will vigorously pursue anyone who violates the oyster regulations, and we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” said Virginia Marine Police Chief Rick Lauderman. “Stealing oysters from the public oyster grounds, private leased grounds or from oyster sanctuaries in particular will not be tolerated. Oyster poaching in Virginia will stop.” [email protected] 17:18

Bringing Your Livelihood to the Table (at that Council Meeting) Makes an Impact

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Fish managers of the North Pacific Council need the boots on deck prospective. Bringing a first hand experience to the table can make a huge impact on decisions made in the fishing industry.  When the council sits down this week by catch and on board observers are  just a few hot topics they are tackling. [email protected] 14:59

Sea lions, Gulf quotas, salmon bycatch top NPFMC agenda

npfmcA final decision is scheduled for Steller sea lion protection measures at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s October meeting. The council will meet Oct. 2-8 in Anchorage, with Steller sea lion protections slated to come up Oct. 3. Other items on the agenda are fishing limits for several crab stocks including Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea snow crab, final action on an economic data collection program for Gulf of Alaska trawlers and groundfish harvest specifications. [email protected]  Livestreaming information is here  13:31

BP oil spill trial: NOLA.com reporters cover it live from the courthouse

bird-oil-2Monday, Sept. 30, marked the beginning of the second phase of the  civil trial against BP and its partners in the ill-fated Macondo oil well. The news team at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune will cover every day of the trial. Find comprehensive updates and analysis on our Gulf Oil Spill page, and follow business reporter Mark Waller and environment reporter Mark Schleifstein on Twitter or in the window below. [email protected] 11:24

Coast Guard Closes Depoe Bay,Siuslaw,Tillamook Bay,Coos Bay,Umpqua River Bar Entrance’s Due to Hazardous Condition’s

uscg-logoThe Coast Guard will re-evaluate the bar closure’s on an ongoing basis and will re-open the waterway as soon as the offshore weather improves. The Coast Guard understands the effects these closures have on commerce and will make every effort to re-open these waterways as soon as they are considered safe for navigation. [email protected]  08:02

Aquaculture insider: the diseases that could ruin my industry

The damaging escape of a virus from an abalone farm is no surprise, an aquaculture insider explains; the industry has serious problems and some sites are breeding grounds for diseases and parasites. [email protected] 07:39

Walleye Pollock – A bounty of fish: Questions about sustainability

It sounds too good to be true: There are so many fish that Seattle-based boats haul in more than a million metric tons of them every year without depleting the population. “It still boggles my mind how much is a million tons of fish,” says David Fluharty, an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. “To actually catch that much protein . . .”[email protected]  07:17

How Government shutdown will Affect NOAA Emloyees and other agency’s

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, based in Silver Spring,  will lose about half of its staff in the face of a shutdown. According to a  recent Commerce Department document outlining its shutdown plan, roughly 6,600  NOAA employees would stay on the job. Most of those workers would come from the National Weather Service, which is  required to continue functioning because its work can identify “imminent threats  to protect life and property.” In addition, about 500 employees from the  National Marine Fisheries Service, which regulates and enforces laws related to  marine wildlife, would also stay on the job. However, even with those exceptions, approximately 5,400 NOAA employees —  about 45 percent of the agency’s workforce — would be sent home. [email protected] 20:18  4 comments

All around Washington State, Salmon returns to the Rivers

A major annual salmon migration from sea to river happens around the  state in the fall. Community festivals, salmon bakes and 10K runs are  scheduled to recognize this annual event. The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office also is releasing six, 2-minute  videos that focus on those affected by the decline of salmon  populations and those working to restore salmon and salmon habitat, all  available on YouTube. Commercial fisherman Marc Jerkovich, Gig Harbor  [email protected] 18:26

Seismic airgun activities place Georgia’s right whales at risk during oil exploration

Highly endangered right whales, which give birth in the waters off Georgia, could be harmed by the use of seismic airguns to explore for oil and gas there, said panelists at a forum Thursday night at Savannah State University. In its draft environmental study, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management estimates that seismic airgun activities planned for an eight-year span for the Atlantic will injure and possibly kill 138,500 dolphins and whales. [email protected] 17:56

Defending the Lionfish while slamming Artificial Reefs

The spear-it-on-sight mandate and eradication tournaments targeting Gulf of Mexico lionfish are well-meaning sleights of hand. Now the hobgoblin of anyone who bottom-fishes, lionfish have been portrayed as a serious threat to the Gulf’s recreational and commercial fishing businesses because they eat the fry of red snapper, grouper and triggerfish. [email protected] 17:35

Regulators in New England cap river herring catch

100_1068The caps proposed Thursday by the New England Fishery Management Council during their meeting on Cape Cod target so-called mid-water trawlers, which catch herring by pulling a large net between them. The caps limit the trawlers to a  total of 500,000 pounds of river herring in three areas off New England. [email protected] 17:15

Alaska Board of Fisheries focus will be on Pacific cod Oct.18-22

Thirty-six proposals related to Pacific cod will be up for consideration when the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets Oct. 18-22 in Anchorage. In addition to submitting written public comments, the board is inviting the public to offer oral testimony during the meeting, beginning Oct. 18. Any person intending to testify in person must sign up at the meeting site at the Anchorage Hilton by 2 p.m. on Oct. 18. The testimony will continue until everyone who has signed up and is present have had an opportunity to speak, the board said in an announcement issued in late September. [email protected]  Board of Fisheries website  Agenda  13:08

Community Supported Fishery: Beaufort seafood business to sell shares in exchange for fresh fish – video

“There’s less infrastructure, (fewer) boats,” Craig Reaves says. “If something doesn’t change, there’s not going to be a fishing industry.” So he’s adopting a model small farmers have turned to to bolster business — community-supported sales. Reaves, who owns Sea Eagle Market in Beaufort, has spent decades connecting with fishermen across the state and serves on the board of the S.C. Seafood Alliance. He’s been searching for a way to help preserve fishing heritage and believes a community-supported fishery might be the answer. [email protected] 11:32

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update September 29, 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 11:08

Glider Palooza 2013 – Diving ocean gliders capture valuable data

“That boat is right where we want to be,” Rock said, glancing down at his GPS screen and pointing to where a big fish dragger, with long mantislike stabilizer arms spread wide, towed a net right through the area where the torpedo-shaped glider should be waiting for them. [email protected] 10:49

NH Public Hearing: October 16, 2013, Marine Aquaculture License Amendment – Proposed Shellfish Aquaculture Operation

The proposed amendment would be for an Aquaculture  License held by Michael Chambers of the University of New Hampshire and would  modify an existing Marine Aquaculture License (2013-12) by adding three  shellfish species and six seaweed species to a license that currently allows  for growth and sale of steelhead trout and blue mussel.[email protected] 09:58

Better Sitka fisheries aim of scientist’s work

SITKA, Alaska — Jamal Moss is one of the scores of scientists working on the most exhaustive studies to date on the fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska. Moss, a principal investigator for the ongoing Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystems Research was in Sitka last week preparing for another study of Southeast fisheries. The multi-year project started with a pilot study in 2010 and focuses on the survival rates of black cod, Pacific cod, rockfish, pollock and the arrowtooth flounder. [email protected] 09:35

Exploring aquaculture on Newfoundland’s south coast

Check out the videos above as CBC’s Mark Quinn takes a closer look at farming on the south coast of the island, and the ups and downs the industry is experiencing. [email protected] 09:22

North Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting September 30 – October 8

npfmcAgenda, (updated 9/27) September 30 – October 8, Anchorage Hilton.  To listen live while the meeting is in session: npfmc.webex.com  08:43

The Will of Wanchese by Susan West

Wanchese, North Carolina, wears its heart on its sleeve. Located on the southern tip of Roanoke Island, where the Roanoke and the Croatan sounds spill into the Pamlico, the fishing port holds a fiery grip on the lashes binding it to the sea. “We might go down, but we’ll go down swinging,” says fish dealer Billy Carl Tillett, sitting in his office at Moon Tillett Fish Company in Wanchese. The office sits high above the harbor, like the osprey nests over the marsh on the outskirts of town. [email protected]  08:12

New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival features tunes and tales

NEW BEDFORD — Thousands congregated on the city docks Saturday afternoon for the Working Waterfront Festival, getting a taste of the city’s seafood and the death-defying efforts to bring it to shore. New Bedford fisherman Phil Ashworth sat with a bare prosthetic leg and an American flag bandana around his forehead, featured at a music and poetry event titled Storms & Close Calls. [email protected] 01:22

Another Invasive Species Found in Maine:UM Machias students discover invasive crab in Beals which poses threat to Maine’s shoreline ecosystem

MACHIAS, Maine — A group of students from the University of Maine-Machias made a bittersweet discovery this week. They found an Asian shore crab on Great Wass Island in Beals, the northernmost point where the crab has been sighted. [email protected] 22:52

The American Samoa Government has signed a new lease with StarKist Samoa

The new lease, which has been submitted to the Fono for review, is for 408,203 square feet of land in Atu’u. The old 30-year lease between StarKist and ASG expired last month and it was for 270,126 sq. feet which covers the cannery premises, warehouse net lockers, marine railway, area along the dock, guard shack and below guard shack. [email protected] 18:15

The Big Q: why did Anglo American exit now? The Big A: Could it be that Anglo American believes the EPA will block the mine?

Before pulling out of the Pebble Mine project last week, Anglo American (PINK:AAUKY), 1 of the world’s biggest mining companies invested 6 yrs and at least $541-M in a partnership with Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals (NYSE:NAK) to develop the site in southwestern Alaska. Wait, pause on that number for a sec: $541-M. [email protected] 17:16

DFO seizes illegally harvested fish in Hay River

Yellowknife, NWT – An investigation is underway and charges are expected to be laid after Fisheries officers seized 2.35 tons of illegally harvested fish in Hay River on Saturday. During a Fisheries and Oceans Canada aerial patrol, officers caught four commercial fishing vessels operating in areas that are closed to commercial fishing. [email protected] 17:03

Slow Start to F/V Lone Star Salvage Ops in the Igushik River

A second, more substantial salvage operation got underway this week, but it seems crews have already run into problems. [email protected] 13:51

Baker | Alaska seafood: we could learn a thing or three

It’s always been a common way of doing business in eastern Canadian fisheries. When markets take downturns and prices dip, the answer is simple: catch more fish…But what if we did have an option? What if we actually had coordinated marketing for our seafood so that we could drive demand, instead of just increasing supply every time we hit a bump in the road? Seems like it’s working out fine for Alaska. [email protected] 09:22

As an avid listener to the Fisheries Broadcast, I find disappointment that the website’s podcast archives have become incomplete since Jamie Baker became the host. There are a number of missing podcasts that I would have linked to fisherynation.com, because they have bearing on New England’s groundfish issues. The basis for Baker’s article today was a discussion with an ASMI representative that would have been linked earlier in the week, and relinked to this post so you could listen to the conversation. I have communicated my concerns. BH

Thanks, But No Thanks OPINION: EPA intervention not in Alaska’s best interest – Ron Bowers, Dillingham, Alaska

I appreciate the EPA Administrator’s efforts to hear the concerns of local residents on a proposed . However I am totally opposed to inviting a heavy handed and out of control federal agency full of unelected bureaucrats to intervene in this issue that needs to be decided by Alaskans. [email protected]  09:00

Fishermen reiterated their opposition to any new Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary closed areas.

A Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary working group will reconvene Monday, after holding more public meetings this week to get input on potentially closing more areas to fishing and other hot-button topics. The sanctuary held the extra meetings after fishermen voiced opposition to a series of maps, detailing proposed closed fishing areas, by some members of the sanctuary’s Ecosystem Protection Working Group. [email protected] 08:46

Research trip sparks big-picture ocean talks – big picture debate

gdt iconThe ideas, he says, had been germinating for a while — big-picture ruminations on alternative and sustainable energy sources, with the future of the oceans and their fisheries serving as a backdrop to the more tightly focused attention on Gloucester and its harborfront and fishing issues. But it wasn’t until this summer, when Camron Adibi took part in a research trip by the Gloucester-based Ocean Alliance to the Gulf of Mexico to study the toxicity of sperm whales after the BP Oil disaster, that it finally crystalized in his mind. [email protected] 08:00

In Honor of Retiring SMAST Dean Brian Rothschild, a Research Fund.

smastTo celebrate Rothschild’s career and raise money for the fund, a dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Century House in Acushnet. Tickets, which must be ordered by Oct. 11, range from $100 and $250 for individuals to $5,000 for a table for 10, including recognition in the program and from the podium. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the University Advancement Office at 508-999-8200 or [email protected] [email protected]  01:49

Canada Continues to Advance Sustainable Fisheries Management and Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems at the Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization

Halifax, Nova Scotia – At this year’s  annual meeting in Halifax, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)  adopted a range of measures to strengthen the conservation and management of  key fish stocks and to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems (VME) that form  habitat for many of those species. [email protected] 22:37

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries asking pound net fishermen to be turtle diligent in checking nets

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued a news release Friday in response to last week’s reported interactions with the sea turtles. In addition, the division is asking the public to promptly report turtles entangled or caught in fishing gear. [email protected] 22:24

Wild salmon: Are their best days all behind them?

Chinook salmon returns are setting records on the Columbia this year. But 80 percent are hatchery fish. Thirteen wild salmon populations in the region are listed as endangered and 11 are threatened. The latest threat, warming waters, comes on top of the longstanding dangers of hydropower for salmon. [email protected] 20:29

Three Fishermen Rescued from Sinking F/V Fjord Mist off the Washington Coast this morning

uscg-logo450x338_q75 fjord mistWARRENTON, Ore. — Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, Wash., crews rescue three fishermen from the sinking  F/V Fjord Mist two miles west of James Island, Friday. The fishermen were safely transported to Station Quillayute River by one of two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews that responded to the sinking 50-foot fishing vessel; the second vessel remained on scene until the fishing vessel sank at 11:23 a.m. in 103 feet of water. [email protected]  Additional photo’s here 17:53

A safety program created for fishermen and delivered by fishermen test piloted in British Columbia

FISH SAFE has helped to move forward a culture of safety and helped fishermen in British Columbia to see where the safety shortcomings are on their own vessels. But the idea has always been that this is a program that could benefit the fishing industry in all of Canada. With this in mind, this week and part of next week, a version of the program – Safest Catch Nova Scotia – is undergoing a pilot project on the East Coast of the country, with some training and execution of the program happening in southwestern Nova Scotia, including in Yarmouth and Digby counties. [email protected]  www.fishsafebc.com 14:16

October 1, 2013 Closure of the New York Summer Flounder Fishery

nmfs_logoNMFS announced that the 2013 commercial summer flounder quota allocated to New York has been harvested.  Effective 0001 hours, October 1, 2013, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the summer flounder fishery may no longer land summer flounder in New York for the remainder of the 2013 calendar year  Click here to read more. 13:51

Back in Black: Black Sea Bass Stock is Rebuilt

The wait wasn’t easy but it’s over. NOAA Fisheries has declared the southern stock of black sea bass successfully rebuiltnmfs_logo. With that, the combined commercial and recreational catch limit for this popular species has more than doubled, to 1.8 million pounds. The southern stock of black sea bass ranges from Cape Hatteras, NC to the Florida Keys. For the communities along that stretch of coast, the higher catch limit is extremely good news. [email protected]  13:47

Are rebounding cod numbers really behind the decline in crab? The Fisheries Broadcast with Jamie Baker

CBC_News_logoWe’ll hear more concerns about the salmon escape in Hermitage Bay. [email protected] fisheriesbroadcast  13:38

Coast Guard medevacs crewman from F/V Poncho 60 miles south of Intracoastal City

450x335_q75 ponchoNEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 45-year-old crewman from a 100-foot shrimper approximately 60 miles south of Intracoastal City in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday. [email protected]

Haida Salmon Restoration Corp’s work has been described as a “rogue experiment”. Is it? – Company officials find receptive audience in Squamish

But the operators of a B.C.-based company under investigation for possible violations of Canada’s Environmental Assessment Act appear to be making headway in their quest to gain public and scientific acceptance of the iron fertilization project done in the summer of 2012 in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Haida Gwaii. [email protected]  12:17

Coho tangle-net fishing coming to lower Columbia

The Columbia River Compact on Thursday approved eight days of fishing downstream of Warrior Rock on Sauvie Island with 3.75-inch-mesh nets and recovery boxes. The nets can not be in the water longer than 30 minutes at a time. Tangle nets are smaller mesh nets than used traditionally. They are intended to catch fish by tangling in the teeth or jaw, rather than in the fragile gills. Wild fish can be placed in the recovery boxes, then released. [email protected] 11:54

Documentary filmmaker Twyla Roscovich captures the wild life of salmon

It’s a Vancouver International Film Festival first for Ms. Roscovich, who has worked as a director and cinematographer for the BBC Natural History and Discovery Channel. The film raises questions about the salmon-farming industry’s role in the situation. Ms. Morton’s Pacific Wild Salmon Society financed the project. [email protected] 10:07

Report: Polluted farm runoff linked to toxic green algae slime in U.S. waters

They call it the green slime, a toxic ooze of algae that covered lakes and other water bodies across the United States this summer, closing beaches in Wisconsin and Kentucky, and killing scores of dolphins, manatees, birds and fish in Florida, a report says. [email protected] 09:45

NMFS is harming efforts to ban the sale of shark fins Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States.

Absolute foolishness– The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 was designed as a statutory shield to protect the world’s troubled shark populations. Any sensible person would deduce this. Few could have anticipated, however, that the National Marine Fisheries Service would pervert the act and use it as a regulatory spear against millions of sharks, against conservation and against common sense. [email protected]  03:56

An open letter from the MSC to Alaska – From the Marine Stewardship Council/9/26/13

MSC-LogoAn open letter and fact sheet to address negative and inaccurate statements about the MSC program by ASMI, Alaska elected officials and trade journal reporting. [email protected] via Deckboss  02:37

As someone said Another black eye for real fishermen – Man charged on warrants after raid on boat

gdt iconPolice, acting on a tip, arrested a Maine man on a boat Tuesday on warrants from his home state after a raid on two boats that did not turn up drugs, but signs that crew members had  been using heroin. Police first responded to a report of a “brick” of heroin aboard the F/V Orion, which was tied up next to the vessel Capt. Joe at the Jodrey State Fish Pier around 10 p.m. unfortunately, [email protected] 23:58

Cooke Aquaculture’s escaped farmed salmon a major concern, says Opposition critic – Number of escapees estimated to be better than 50,000

Liberal fisheries critic Jim Bennett says a recent incident of Cooke Aquaculture’s farmed salmon escaping from into Hermitage Bay compounds concern over an earlier escape on the Garnish River. Bennett said in a news release, he’s been informed that the number is closer to 50,000 rather than the reported 20,000. [email protected]  16:36

Research reveals bottom feeding techniques of tagged humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary

The study further states that the observed feeding behavior also leads to vulnerability to entanglement in bottom set fishing gear,  an issue which is a major mortality factor for the species. This finding reaffirms a NOAA Fisheries regulation that mandates the use of sinking line between fishing traps used in the lobster fishery as a way of reducing entanglements. [email protected] 16:21

New policies, and a court ruling, protect whales from ships in SF Bay and along the Pacific coast from the US Navy.

nmfs_logoWhales, dolphins, and marine mammals in the San Francisco Bay and along the California coast could be better protected by a federal court ruling on US Navy exercises and new policies being put in place to prevent whales from being struck by ships. US District Court Judge Nandor Vadas issued a ruling late yesterday (Wed/25) finding that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to protect thousands of whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals, and porpoises from Navy training exercises along the Pacific coast. It requires the agency to reconsider permits and whether they violated the Endangered Species Act.  [email protected] 16:13