Daily Archives: November 13, 2013

Beleaguered Mar-Lees signs lease on New York plant to produce meals on plates – Deal makers dropping like fly’s!

Michael Strange, who joined Mar-Lees as vice president of product development, has a photo on his Linkedin page of “plated entrees with ‘Skin Pak’ technology”, which other sources confirmed is the product. Mar-Lees also states on its website it now offers “hand-crafted meal plates”. Strange joined Mar-Lees in May, brought on board by former vice president of sales, Steve McDonnell. “Steve Mac [McDonnell] brought them [Mar-Lees] that business,” one source told Undercurrent. McDonnell, who could not be reached for comment, was then let go by Mar-Lees for reasons the company has not clarified. Rick Marino, former VP of business development, was leading the sales drive on the product, sources told Undercurrent.Marino has also been let go, for reasons not clarified by Mar-Lees. [email protected] 21:01

Funding Sought for Commercial Fishery Failures

The letter, signed by a total of 22 members of Congress, notes five fishery failures declared by the Secretary of Commerce still in need of funds. These include the disaster declared Sept. 12, 2012, for Alaska king salmon fisheries in the Yukon River, Kuskokwim River and Cook Inlet. Also cited were the Mississippi oyster and blue crab disaster, declared Sept. 12, 2012; the Northeast multispecies groundfish fishery disaster in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, declared Sept. 13, 2012; Superstorm Sandy fisheries impacts, for New Jersey and New York, declared Nov. 16, 2012; and Florida oysters, due to excessive drought conditions on that state’s west coast, Aug. 12, 2013. [email protected]  17:23

Gillnet fishermen benefit thanks to a special purchase brokered by the Northeast Seafood Coalition

Pingers emit a high-frequency sound that harbor porpoises in particular do not like. Gillnet fishermen attach these devices, about the size of a closed fist, to the rope of the nets they suspend vertically in the water from buoys, like sheets on a clothesline, to catch fish. [email protected]  17:08

Man overboard drills planned for local lobster fishermen

Lobster fishermen are starting a new season and the Fisheries Safety Association hopes they will start some new safety habits too. Stewart Franck, executive director of the association will be visiting local wharfs in the run up to the opening of LFAs 33 and 34 to talk to fishermen about safety. “We’re talking to a lot of people about PFDs,” he says. “But the PFDs are just a proxy to open dialogue on a whole bunch of stuff like emergency plans and drills and health and safety committees.” [email protected]’wester  16:01

MSC trying to ‘whitewash’ the record books of Alaska salmon objection, say NGOs

MSC-LogoThe conservation groups that objected the the Alaska salmon fishery’s re-certification, which became final Tuesday, say the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) appears to be trying to whitewash the objection from the record books. They bring forth what they claim is an error in the MSC’s fisheries update for Tuesday. In the update, the MSC stated the Alaska salmon fishery had been re-certified after “no objections were received”. [email protected] 13:59

More Salmon May Survive The Ocean Than Previously Thought

When Columbia River salmon reach the ocean, they may swim off in different directions than previously thought. that could require new thinking on how many fish are surviving their journey to the sea. [email protected] 13:48

SAFMC Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 – To fillet or not fillet? Webinar Slated

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 would allow fishermen to fillet the dolphin and wahoo they legally catch in Bahamian waters on their boat before they reach port, said Brian Cheuvront, the council’s fisheries economist. [email protected]  13:12

Baker | A tale of two controversial fisheries magnates – Bill Barry and Gus Etchegary: Agree or disagree with their views, it matters not to them

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to chat a couple of the most polarizing, and at the same time influential and intriguing people in the fishing industry in this part of the world. [email protected] 12:10

Now We’re Talkin’! – Assessing the potential of calcium-based artificial ocean alkalinization to mitigate rising atmospheric CO2 and ocean acidification

Enhancement of ocean alkalinity using Calcium-compounds, e.g. lime has been proposed to mitigate further increase of atmospheric CO2 and ocean acidification due to anthropogenic CO2 emissions. [email protected] 10:13

Fishing Industry Fights Back Against Proposed Set-net Ban

Fish politics can be messy stuff. They’re complicated; they’re emotional, and there’s a lot of money involved. Now that a group with ties to the  lobby is trying to put the existence of the Cook Inlet setnet fishery to a vote, fish politics are being taken to their messy extreme. [email protected]  09:41

FRIENDSHIP, Maine – proposed wind turbine farm off Monhegan Island was met with skepticism and outright opposition

BDNThe presentation was made by representatives of the University of Maine to about 30 people at the Friendship town office. The wind farm would cover an 8-mile-by-8-mile area off Monhegan. “This would devastate fishing in that area if you do that,” said fisherman Kevin Benner. [email protected] 09:21

Minister Highlights Benefits to Fisheries of Canada-EU Trade Agreement

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2CANADA – Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, followed the recent announcement of a new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union with a visit to a New Brunswick fish processing plant, where the benefits of the Agreement are already being welcomed. [email protected] 08:58