Monthly Archives: November 2013

Lobster boat sinks; four Nova Scotia fishermen rescued

Four fishermen have been rescued from a sinking fishing vessel off the South Shore just a few hours after the start of the lobster season. The vessel Shawn and Gary was reported sinking 20 miles south of Liverpool shortly before 10 a.m. and a Mayday call was issued and relayed by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax. The fishermen had abandoned the boat. Two crewmembers were in a liferaft and two were in the water for a short time until were rescued by another nearby vessel, the Patty and Andy, which was only two miles away when the Mayday call came in. [email protected] 20:33

CG medevacs injured F/V Sea Angels fisherman Clint Owens, 41, of Townsend, Ga.

uscg-logoSomeone aboard the 105-foot fishing vessel Sea Angels, homeported in Beaufort, N.C., used a VHF-FM marine radio to notify Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Fla., watchstanders at 7 a.m. Owens became injured after he was struck in the head with part of the vessel’s rigging equipment. The crewman reported Owens had short-term memory loss, a laceration, severe neck pain and a jaw injury. [email protected] 19:45

Fish-farm firm still focused on Atlantic salmon in B.C. despite shift in Chile

VANCOUVER – One of the world’s largest aquaculture companies is betting future economic growth in Chile on a “robust” species of salmon native to the Pacific but will continue to raise the controversial Atlantic salmon on its British Columbia farms. Norwegian-based Cermaq has released plans for its economic growth in the South American country, saying coho salmon will become a key component of future growth. [email protected] 16:51

Listen to The Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up on this Thanksgiving week show, 2014 forecasts are out for sockeye in Bristol Bay and pinks in Southeast, small boat fishermen work to expand the availability of electronic monitoring, and, keep an eye on your boat this winter, will ya? We’re thankful for help this week from KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham. listen here

SC Fishermen William Collins, 55, and Josh Carter, 25 rescued after F/V Little D runs aground, begins taking on water

uscg-logoCHARLESTON, S.C. – Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen early Saturday morning after their 55-foot boat ran aground and began taking on water at the south tip of Jekyll Island, Ga. Rescued are William Collins, 55, and Josh Carter, 25. The men used a VHF-FM marine radio to report to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston at 3:49 a.m. that the vessel, Little D, lost engine power before running aground in 3-foot breakers and was beginning to take on water. [email protected] 10:55

Crab: no in Oregon, yes in California

The commercial season for Dungeness crab in Oregon has been delayed until at least Dec. 16 after sample testing of crab showed low meat content. However, some commercial fishermen can head just over the border into California, where the season is set to begin Sunday. That is, if fishermen and crab buyers in California can agree to a price on crab. With around 50 percent of Brookings’ commercial fishermen holding both Oregon and California licenses, many are already out on the water setting crabs pots south of the 42nd parallel that divides Oregon and California. [email protected] 10:36

Lobster season off southern N.S. opens after weather delay – optimism as dumping day begins

CBC_News_logoFisheries and Oceans Canada had postponed the opening for five days, fearing poor weather during the past week would make it too dangerous for fishermen. The Canadian Coast Guard and dozens of fisheries officers are monitoring the first day. In Meteghan, N.S., crowds gathered at the wharf Saturday morning. Fishermen there say it’s been one of the longest weather delays to the start of the season in recent memory. [email protected]

Fewer right whales seen, counted in Gulf of Maine

Only one North Atlantic right whale was spotted in the Gulf of Maine this fall by biologists who are tracking the species. “Right whales have different feeding areas at different times of year,” LaCasse said. Their year-round habitat extends from the Canadian Maritimes to southern New England, but the whales move in search of food. Their whereabouts, regardless of the time of year, are likely tied primarily to food and the conditions of the ecosystem in which they thrive, marine scientists said. “These whales are grazers,” said Mayo. “It’s a moving feast, quite literally, for these animals. Wherever they are, I guarantee that they’re sitting on a pile of food.”  [email protected] 05:53

Rescued at sea – Turr hunters attribute CF/V White Star I crew to saving their lives

article_large Rescued at SeaThanks to the efforts of three Randell brothers – Ralph, Kevin and Keith – from Bide Arm, Graham Hancock and Tom Fillier are safely back on shore and able to share a few laughs about their experience on the water. But everyone involved certainly appreciated the seriousness of the situation, last Monday, when Hancock and Fillier failed to return to home after a day of turr hunting. To the rescue Ralph Randell had been keeping an eye out for Hancock’s boat from his window throughout the day. When darkness set in and Hancock’s boat wasn’t at the wharf it started playing on his mind. He was watching the evening news when his wife answered the phone, Hancock and Fillier hadn’t returned home. [email protected]  21:57

Possibly due to improving water quality a century later, Lake Michigan whitefish are turning up in Wisconsin rivers

Marinette — The venerable Lake Michigan whitefish — a favorite of ice anglers and commercial fishermen — is turning up on inland waters where it hasn’t been seen in a century. Adult fish populations are leaving Green Bay and have been found in at least four rivers in northeast Wisconsin, possibly due to improving water quality of those rivers, says the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. [email protected]  20:23

Veteran fisheries biologist John Hilsinger Joins Aleutian King Crab Research Foundation as Science Advisor

Foundation president Rip Carlton, a veteran golden king crab fisherman from Bend, Oregon, said the harvesters want improved research and stock assessments of this fishery, which Carlton said is valued at $20 million to $30 million. Carlton said the foundation, which is self funded, met with members of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game during the recent Fish Expo in Seattle and hopes to work with ADF&G and the National Marine Fisheries Services to find out more about golden king crab in the Aleutians. [email protected]  19:58

Arctic waters increasingly vulnerable to foreign species

When most people think of climate change, they picture polar bears, not zooplankton. Zooplankton are a huge group of water organisms which range from microscopic crustaceans to jellyfish and live in both fresh and salt water. Just about everything in the ocean eats zooplankton, from tiny fish to huge whales. In other words, they’re important to the Arctic food chain. But that food chain is about to change dramatically because of climate change and increased shipping traffic, according to some recent studies. [email protected]  18:00

Big week for AK fish meetings: IPHC/halibut catches, BOF & NPFMC

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.    Halibut catches – Board of Fish and the Council.  It’s a big week for fish meetings. [email protected]  16:26

Unalaska marine salvage expert Dan Magone, blast needed to free shipwrecked crabber F/V Arctic Hunter

Magone said Monday that removing the boat will start next week at the earliest. The vessel’s fishing career is over, he said. “It’s still shaped like a boat, but it’s just wreckage.” Blasting the rock away is actually a very small part of the job, he said. The biggest task involves pulling the boat from the shore with heavy cables, and then sinking it. Once secured underwater, the vessel will be lifted up and moved elsewhere, he said. [email protected]  16:15

Books and papers cited most often by fisheries scientists by Trevor Branch

Books and papers cited most often by fisheries scientists – here Methods – I conducted an exhaustive search of potential references on Web of Science, Google Scholar, and through personal contacts, examining reference lists, looking through colleague’s libraries, etc. Based on discovery rates I estimate this list contains >90% of all highly cited references. Read more from Trevor Branch (scroll to bottom of page)  15:59

Tuna quota unchanged, PEI fishermen disappointed

CBC_News_logoTroy Bruce, who fishes out of Kingsboro, P.E.I., said from the perspective of fishermen on the Island the tuna stocks are very strong. “From what we see in our own area we would definitely feel there should be an increase,” said Bruce. [email protected]  15:40

2 men cited for catching undersized fish

Marine patrol officers met with Ronald Lamar Cole, 44, and Stuart Ray Middleton, 36, about 7:45 a.m. Monday. The men were aboard a docked commercial mullet skiff, culling fish from a seine net, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies noticed an undersize snook and small tarpon in another net on the boat. [email protected] 15:36

USCB, DNR to study toxic effects of rainfall in coastal SC waters

USCB and DNR have purchased equipment that will be stationed at various spots throughout the waterways for a year. The devices, to be deployed in about a week, will let researchers measure rainfall amounts, water temperature, water salinity and chemicals, Montie said. The study comes in the wake of a massive die-off of the county’s oyster population in recent weeks. Environmental officials and fishermen have said that as much as 75 to 90 percent of the oysters are dead. [email protected] 10:59

Dishonest fisherman Scott Steer jailed, banned for 10 years

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2A skilled fishing master who plundered the halibut and sablefish grounds off the west coast of Vancouver Island has been jailed and effectively banned from the waterfront for 10 years by the Provincial Court of B.C. In a decision handed down this week, Justice Ted Gouge convicted Scott Steer on eight counts for illegally turning off a camera system aboard the Pacific Titan (standard equipment on commercial boats to monitor catches) and for repeatedly landing and selling “thousands of pounds” of fish without recording or reporting it. [email protected] 10:45

Gloucester: Sam Novello straight up tell’s it like it is. It ain’t pretty.

gdt iconA TV news segment earlier this week showcased what’s happening in – or what’s happened to — our fishing industry at the hand of our own government. It showed Al Cottone had caught his yearly quota of cod, not within a year, but within a period of just five hours. That’s what he was allowed for the year, and filled it in one tow. The arrogant John Bullard, who doesn’t qualify to be called with a prefix of mister, was asked by the TV reporter if he was insinuating that fisherman were liars — and he had to think for a minute to cover himself and say he wasn’t saying that. [email protected] 06:15

I ain’t buyin’ it. Maine lobster caught, released at Farallon Islands

The first Maine lobster verified off the Bay Area coast was caught by accident last week in a crab trap set by Sean Hodges of the sport fishing boat Hog Heaven. After a photo to prove the event, Hodges released the lobster back to the sea. The lobster was found in a crab trap that had been set on the ocean floor 250 feet deep near the Farallon Islands. [email protected] 22:50

Letter: Fishermen well aware of enviro issues – Captain Paul Cohan, F/V Sasquatch, Gloucester

gdt iconI am writing in response to the letter from Mike Dyer (“Stories show need to focus on NOAA science,” the Times, Saturday, Nov. 23). You know, Mike, It wasn’t too long ago that your quip about fishermen in denial would have been plausible, if not factual. But over the last few decades fishermen have learned a lot about the marine environment, the food chain, and ultimately, our responsibilities — being, as we are, the “master link.” [email protected] 22:13

Environment Canada greases the AquaBounty skids – clears one hurdle but still waits for key OKs

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2What seemed like a step towards approving the world’s first genetically modified (GM) creature for human consumption a few days ago actually “doesn’t change anything,” according to a spokesman for AquaBounty Technologies, which has been trying to bring a transgenic salmon to market for years. Last week, the company got permission from Environment Canada to ramp up production of salmon eggs from research levels to greater commercial quantities. [email protected]

Revised Alaska Department of Fish and Game Bristol Bay Sockeye forecast/catch

Following the release of the original forecast, we discovered a database error that prompted a re-evaluation. This most recent forecast is approximately 620 thousand fish less than the initial release. more here 20:29

Murkowski Muscles GSA in Sustainability Fight – Gets Major Change in Guidelines

In a recent letter (attached) from a GSA Assistant Commissioner, the official writes to Senator Murkowski that the agency agrees, and that “American managed fisheries do not require third-party certification to demonstrate responsible and sustainable practices.” [email protected] 13:40

We Want Ours! Coastal Conservation Association – 500 recreational permits for the zone – Biscayne National Park

A move away from an initial proposal for a no-fishing area covering 16 square miles pleased board members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission when they met Thursday in Weston in Broward County. [email protected]

Rolls-Royce Builds a Salmon Tanker

A boat built for fish would seem to be a technology whose time will never come. But Rolls-Royce is designing one. For salmon, to be specific. Bakkafrost is paying Rolls-Royce $9.4 million to design and equip the ship, which will be built at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey and delivered in May 2015. [email protected] 12:50

Ottawa introduces hovercraft to offset closure of busy Kitsilano Coast Guard base

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2A new hovercraft that was promised by the federal government to assuage anger over the closure of Vancouver’s coast guard station has arrived. Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced the arrival of the rescue craft Wednesday with little fanfare. [email protected] 08:33

Fish Farts? Yes, Fish Farts! – Fish ‘soundscape’ tells where they are, what they are doing

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — Fish sounds gives clues to where they are and what they’re doing. More after this – [email protected]

Experts worry whales may have contracted dolphin disease

Overall, more than 800 dolphins have stranded along the coast, although officials fear far more have died offshore and never been discovered. And now, officials have a new worry: The virus causing the dolphins’ deaths may be jumping species. Among five other species tested, the virus has been detected in three humpback whales and two pygmy sperm whales that stranded in Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. [email protected] 08:23

Alaska salmon management: A unique process for a unique state

Editor’s note: this is the fifth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particular, was a driving force during the push for statehood, and more than a century before that, the commercial fishing industry was a major component of the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1857. [email protected] 12:25

Stephen Taufen sent me a can of Fields Wild Salmon, Premium Red! I feel ALIVE!

I opened the can, drained it, and started to eat it with a fork. I felt life taking over my body with every bite! I MUST have more! Thank you, Stephen, for the jump start, and the Crewmens Association hat! Fish Killed – Boats Filled! BH

JACKSON COUNTY, MS – Not enough wildlife officers to go around

“We’re in dire straits,” admitted Colonel Steve Adcock, Chief of Law Enforcement with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. He says his officers are spread too thin. [email protected] 11:24

Oregon: Start of commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed again

According to Hugh Link, director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, the delays are necessary to ensure consumers get a lot of meat for their dollar — and that fishermen get a lot of dollars for their meat. “The fuller they are of meat, the better they are for the consumer and for the fisherman,” Link said. [email protected] 10:31

California’s Dungeness crab season off to a promising start

Dungeness crab season kicked off Nov. 15, and there’s plenty of good news for those who crave this tasty crustacean. The commercial season started on time, the crabs are looking pleasantly plump, and prices remain stable. So if you were planning to boil some crabs plucked fresh from the San Francisco Bay – or looking to add some cracked legs and claws to a pot of cioppino – keep a bib, fork and some drawn butter on standby. [email protected] 10:21

AquaBounty CEO Ron Stotish is brushing off criticism from anti-GMO groups

The CEO of an American company producing genetically modified salmon eggs in eastern Prince Edward Island is brushing off criticism from anti-GMO groups. AquaBounty announced this week it had received approval from Environment Canada to produce the eggs on a commercial scale. It had been operating as a research facility. Critics have complained the Canadian government’s approval of its hatchery in Bay Fortune, P.E.I., was done in secret without public consultation. [email protected] 09:06

Using satellite imagery from Google Earth, Daniel Pauly and Associates Bust Ancient Persian Gulf Weir Fishermen! Now THAT’s Science!

Ah. He’s a clever one! Large fish traps in the Persian Gulf could be catching up to six times more fish than what’s being officially reported, according to the first investigation of fish catches from space conducted by University of British Columbia scientists. [email protected] 22:26

Bluenose II project manager cost triples to $1.3M – Canadian Taxpayers Federation calling on province to fire Bluenose II project .

“The job of the management consultant is to work with the government to ensure that the boat is delivered on time and on budget,” said Kevin Lacey, the Atlantic Canada director of the taxpayers federation. “Now we’re two and a half years late … and it’s millions over budget. And now even the people in charge of ensuring that that doesn’t happen, their contract is also three times more.” [email protected] 21:26

For example, if not planned carefully, wind energy development could harm productive fisheries, Really?!!!

Newburyport — The Storm Surge speaker series continues at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Tpke., with a screening of “Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea,” followed by a panel discussion.(and what a panel it is!) Panelists will include Catherine Bowes, program manager, Northeast Offshore Wind Program, National Wildlife Federation, and Christopher Boelke, field offices supervisor, NOAA Fisheries, Habitat Conservation Division. [email protected] 21:09

Maine Department of Marine Resources to meet with fishermen about reducing elver catch

ELLSWORTH, Maine — State officials have scheduled two public meetings to get feedback from fishermen about how Maine should reduce its elver landings next spring. [email protected] 20:52

Altamaha Riverkeeper to Sue Rayonier for Clean Water Violations

“They have just spent several hundred million dollars to update their mill, but they continue to discharge dark, chemical-laden water into the Altamaha,” said Deborah Sheppard, executive director of ARK. [email protected] 20:45

Kodiak gives thanks for the fish …

Thanksgiving-fishThis is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Thankful are we to Alaska’s fisheries,,,“I am most thankful for the people I got to know on the boat and for teaching me how to work on the boat.”“The little boost in salmon prices. That’s been helpful the past couple of years.”“Good weather whenever we get it.” [email protected] 20:20

Gulf Nova Scotia Sustainable Fisheries Collaborative Research Society out to net individual N.S. fishermen

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2“Particularly in the (Gulf of St. Lawrence) region, there’s a certain amount of animosity between some organizations,” said Patty King, who has been hired as a consultant to kick-start the society, on Monday. “But one thing they all have in common is the need for good solid fisheries science.” [email protected] 15:02

Washington still hooked on fishing – sprawling, 150-year-old maritime industry continues to be a major mainstay of the state’s economy.

Water, water everywhere and lots of jobs to boot. That’s the gist of a new report on the economic impact of the maritime industry in Washington State. The report spotlights the important role the maritime industry plays in the state’s economy, estimating that the sector generates $30 billion in total revenues and about 148,000 jobs. [email protected] 14:23

Appointees named for Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Board

BDNThe board, established by the Legislature, was formed in October and is charged with marketing and promoting Maine lobster. It is the first step in a five-year, multimillion-dollar investment the industry has committed to marketing Maine lobster. [email protected] 14:12

Migrating dolphins found dead in NE Fla.

Wildlife officials say at least 16 dead dolphins have washed up on northeast Florida beaches. In addition, NOAA fisheries spokeswoman Allison Garrett says 11 other dolphins were recovered over the weekend. [email protected] 13:35

Cod not in danger, researcher George Rose says

g0002580000000000000bea0810c3a6cac2be28188b42d824fdbd10e7d9George Rose, a former federal fisheries scientist who has studied cod for decades, said while stocks are not as plentiful as they once were, they are not nearing extinction.  “I don’t really believe that there is any danger for any of these species — cod, redfish or plaice — going biologically extinct,” Rose told CBC News in a telephone interview. [email protected] 13:26

Furious over threats to the (Chesapeake) bay [Letter]

I speak on behalf of all those who are passionate about the health of the Chesapeake Bay when I say I am furious (“Farm pollution rule withdrawn,” Nov. 18).It seems like with every passing week, there is another story about dead zones, or fisheries in decline, or harbor businesses struggling; but no mention of meaningful attempts to restore the bay. read more here 13:13

Seal product ban upheld on ‘ethical’ grounds – ‘Public moral concerns’ cited

The WTO, while finding that the EU’s so-called Seal Regime had violated international trade agreements, also determined that the ban was valid because of a controversial public morals clause. [email protected] 10:08

Gulf of Maine Shrimp season may be a non-starter

In a report prepared last week, the Northern Shrimp Technical Committee of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said it will recommend a total “moratorium on fishing in 2014 to maximize spawning potential” of the Gulf of Maine shrimp population. [email protected]gdt icon 09:55

EPA Awards $500,000 to Reduce Marine Emissions

Two Massachusetts projects have been awarded more than half a million dollars under a competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions. [email protected] 09:48

Fishing Industry At Risk Of Disappearing In New England – Video

“You base all the management on best available science, now does that mean perfect science, of course not there is no such thing as perfect science,” says John Bullard of NOAA. According to Bullard, the science says there is no cod. As a result they have cut the catch limit for fisherman by 78 percent. Al Cottone says he recently caught his annual quota of five thousand pounds of cod. Not in a month or week, but in just five hours.  [email protected]  00:38

PNA Must Cut Purse-Seine Juvenile Bigeye Catches

HONOLULU (23 November 2013) A proposal that would subject the US longline tuna fisheries to a 45 percent reduction in bigeye tuna catch is being proposed by the Parties of Nauru Agreement (PNA), an organization that has supported rampant expansion of tuna purse-seining in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO), says Arnold Palacios, chair of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC). This impact of the purse-seine expansion has led to bigeye overfishing and a 75 percent reduction in bigeye yield. Read more here 22:07

New fines, policy in place for Fisheries Act – Environmental groups disappointed with changes

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The amendments include an increase in the penalties under s. 40 of the act including a minimum fine of $500,000 for large corporations and a maximum $6 million fine for companies on first offences (on indictment) and that doubles on second offences for environmental provisions (fines on illegal fishing have not changed). [email protected]  20:01

2014 Alaska groundfish catches set for release

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522The numbers for next year’s groundfish catch quotas are scheduled to be posted today/Tuesday by federal overseers. This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A first glimpse at next year’s groundfish catches. More after this @fishradio  19:14

Oil and gas wins, fish lose with changes to Fisheries Act, say environmentalists

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Changes to Canada’s fisheries legislation that came into force November 25 could help speed up resource development at the expense of fragile ocean and freshwater ecosystems, environmental groups and scientists are warning. [email protected] 17:52

Only half of drugs, other newly emerging contaminants removed from sewage treatment

Only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants. More than 1,400 wastewater treatment plants in the United States and Canada discharge 4.8 billion gallons of treated effluent into the Great Lakes basin every day, according to the study.The scientists reviewed 10 years of data from wastewater treatment plants worldwide to see how well they removed 42 compounds that are increasingly showing up in the Great Lakes. [email protected]  17:09

Alaska – The End of the Year Fisheries Wrap Up

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. The end of the 2013 fishing season draws near. More fisheries updates after this…listen @fishradio  17:03

Bluefin Tuna Catch Quota Maintained as Shark Limit Rejected

The commission, which is known as ICCAT and has 46 member countries as well as the European Union, decided to leave the 2014 quota at 1,750 metric tons in the western Atlantic and 13,400 metric tons in the eastern Atlantic at a week-long meeting in Cape Town. [email protected]  13:59

Changing food source bodes ill for whales, cod

Friedland believes this connection might help explain why Atlantic cod still remains at low population levels despite nearly 20 years of increasingly harsh fishing regulations. [email protected]  12:59