Monthly Archives: December 2013

AK New Year kicks off with cod; goes all year round

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch….January marks the start of Alaska’s largest fisheries – and that means more jobs than any other Alaska industry!  More [email protected] 19:07

Mandated elver catch reduction to be discussed Jan. 2 in Brewer, Me

BDNThe purpose of the meeting is for Maine Department of Marine Resources officials to talk to elver fishermen and dealers about landings reductions that have been mandated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The commission has told Maine that it must reduce its 2014 elver landings total by 25 to 40 percent from the 2013 harvest total. Read [email protected]  18:07

Holiday season is time to crack down on oyster poaching in Chesapeake Bay

 The weeks leading to the holidays tend to be the most active for oyster poachers in the Chesapeake Bay, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and state police were hoping in recent days that new technology and harsher penalties would help them crack down on illegal oyster harvesting. Read [email protected]  13:10

 

Top Gloucester Times Story of the Year – Fishing collapse named ’13’s biggest local story

gdt icon It was an escalating crisis everyone saw coming, yet one that nobody ever stepped up to stop. Already declared a federally recognized economic disaster in September 2012, the Gloucester fleet and the Northeast groundfishery virtually collapsed in 2013 under the weight of tight federal cuts in allowable catch limits. And that ongoing saga — which this year included longtime fishermen selling their boats and/or homes, and other waterfront businesses seeking relief — has been chosen as the year’s No. 1 local story in voting by the staff of the Gloucester Daily Times and gloucestertimes.com. Read [email protected] 12:29

The Myopic Ramblings of Talking Fish. ENGO Year in Review – 2013

duncey peteAs 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the ups and downs of fisheries management featured on Talking Fish this year. Read [email protected] 12:15

Boat of the Week from the Athearn Agency:1988, 67 ft. Dragger Fiberglass, CAT, 425HP with permits

dr3437_01Specifications and information here  11:49

Hmm. Fishing quotas causing concern in Morro Bay

Commercial fishing in Morro Bay could suffer a big blow come January 1. That’s because a two-year old program called the “Catch Share System” will allow fishermen to buy and sell fish catch quotas to the highest bidder after the New Year. “It was a big push by most environmental groups across the nation,” said Morro Bay fisherman Mark Tognazzini. “They thought this was the answer to all answers and it really has not been.” Read [email protected]  11:31

Two Charlotte County Fishermen cited for commercial netting

On Monday December 23 at about 3:30 pm, the Marine Patrol unit found Zachary R. Tooker, 21, of 6480 Happy Hollow Road in Punta Gorda, and Clifford E. Brody IV, 23, of Crestview, Florida, travelling south on Coral Creek in Tooker’s mullet skiff.  They were coming from the section of the creek north of the Coral Creek Bridge. Read [email protected]  10:45

Processing Asian Carp – Nearly half of Grafton fish plant equipment installed

Falcon Protein Products’ green technology and equipment inventors, Ken Mosley and Rick Renninger, along with others from their company, which partners with American Heartland Fish Products, or AHFP, delivered 40 percent of the equipment package needed to implement a new rendering system that American Heartland’s Grafton fish protein plant will use to turn whole Asian carp into fish meal and Omega 3 oil. The green technology and equipment enables the new system to dehydrate fish offal, or non-edible parts, instead of cooking the animal waste like conventional rendering. Read [email protected] 09:08

Your View: Groundfish fishery has struggled for generations

sct logoThe historical record makes it clear that the current New England groundfish fishery disaster is but one of many disasters that have threatened the industry over its 400-year history (“Our View: Complex fisheries need the best minds,” Dec. 22). The fishery has endured chronic crises since at least 1789, Read [email protected]  05:14

Submitted by George Washington – Seals, Sea Lions, Polar Bears, Bald Eagles, Sea Stars, Turtles, King and Sockeye Salmon, Herring, Anchovies, Sardines All Dying

We’ve previous documented that seals, sea lions, polar bears, sea stars, turtles, sockeye salmon, herring, anchovies and sardines on the West Coast of North America are all suffering mysterious diseases … which are killing many. We’ve asked whether this is related  to  massive releases of radiation from Fukushima. Update Sadly, we can now add other wildlife to the list.  George Washington @ zero hedge. I dunno. Interesting read. Catch Radical Marijuana’s interesting comment. Read [email protected]  23:13

Tarr Senate bill targets seafood marketing

gdt iconBOSTON – State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, renewing his call to confront “serious threats to the survival of the groundfish industry in Massachusetts,” has filed legislation aimed at putting the state’s clout behind marketing seafood products. Tarr, the Gloucester Republican, said his bill is aimed at aiding an industry that remains caught in a federally recognized “economic disaster” since September 2012 and now continues to deal with NOAA-imposed groundfishing landing limits of up to 78 percent in the current fishing year, which runs through April 30. Read [email protected]  20:37

Mike Voisin’s Widow to Walk the Hill A Year After Husband’s Death

The owner of one of Louisiana’s oldest and best known oyster-processing companies, Mike Voisin was instrumental in founding the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board in 1984, as well as the Oyster Walk. He was an outspoken voice, supporting both the quality of Gulf seafood, as well as the culture of its community. Read [email protected]  20:23

Kodiak’s Local Fishermen Voice Opinions For New Gulf Catch Share Plan

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.  Kodiak locals take action in new Gulf catch share plan. More after this…listen @fishradio  16:45

Bristol residents question offshore wind project – Fishermen voice concern

BDNBRISTOL, Maine — A committee appointed by the Bristol Board of Selectmen plans to determine whether the town has any say over a proposed offshore wind project 2 ½ miles off Monhegan Island — and 10 miles away from Bristol. Read [email protected]  15:18

Yuba County Water Agency’s FERC relicensing applications – Conservation groups decry lack of protection for fish

While some groups are excited about the what the Yuba County Water Agency’s FERC relicensing applications contains, other groups are lamenting what is missing — namely, provisions that address removing barriers to native spawning habitat for endangered fish. Charles Sharp’s comment at the article clarifies some real issues. Read [email protected]  14:35

Texas’ Matagorda Bay suffering from drought, water use

Dwindling rains, a stubborn drought and more demand for water upriver in Austin have taken a toll on the crabs, shrimp, oysters and fish that provide livelihoods for coastal communities. “We’re in bad shape already. The shrimp and oysters are almost gone,” said Treybig, a self-appointed defender of the bay and an advocate for people who depend on it to make a living. Big shrimp boats are chained up on shore; Treybig said their owners couldn’t make enough fishing to pay for fuel. Read [email protected]   12:53

Oregon Coast to see new restricted areas – become off-limits to fishing and other “consumptive” recreational pastimes and commercial fishing beginning Wednesday.

Restrictions begin at two new marine reserves at Cascade Head just north of Lincoln City and at Cape Perpetua south of Yachats, as well as slightly less-restrictive rules at marine protected areas north and south of both reserves and on the western edge of the reserve at Cascade Head. All fishing is prohibited inside the boundaries of the reserves, and the taking of invertebrates as well as seaweed and wildlife also is banned. Along the shoreline, the prohibitions apply to areas that are marked in orange on the reserve/protected area maps. Read [email protected]

Rocky Barker: The Endangered Species Act survives, but not all species will

Aldo Leopold’s seed of wisdom grew into the law that has become the foundation of ecosystem protection for 40 years. President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law Dec. 28, 1973. It put into U.S. statutes what Leopold’s classic 1940s essay, “Round River,” called for — saving all the parts of the natural world. “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering,” Leopold wrote.   Read [email protected]  09:50

Secret Memo Casts Doubt on Feds’ Claims for Science Library Closures

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2A federal document marked “secret” obtained by Postmedia News indicating the closure or destruction of more than half a dozen world famous science libraries has little if anything to do with digitizing books as claimed by the Harper government. Read [email protected]  09:38

Editorial: NOAA leadership grades spotlight agency’s low credibility

gdt iconSalazar+MMS+Director+Testify+House+Hearing+enFuUMv-6cEcThe word that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s strategic management has drawn scathing reviews in a new survey assessing federal worker satisfaction should come as no surprise. By all appearances, NOAA has no meaningful national leadership since last February’s overdue exit by then-administrator Jane Lubchenco, whose willful destruction of the fishing industry through her catch share policies and other actions helped plunge Gloucester’s diminishing fleet and the Northeast groundfishing industry into the economic disaster that even her own Department of Commerce recognized in September 2012. Read [email protected]  05:33

Saving the Antarctic scientists, er media, er, activists, er tourists trapped by sea ice

UPDATE: get a load of the hilarious announcement from the expedition, where they claim sea ice is disappearing, see update 2 below. There’s quite an ongoing worldwide fascination over the So much sea ice in Antarctica that a research vessel gets stuck, in summer! episode with the ship Akademik Shokalskiy we first reported on WUWT. I think it was best summed up by this Tweet: Read more @wattsupwiththat.com  18:29

Laine Welch: From sockeye to basketballs, the notable fishing news of 2013

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard again in 2013 to ramp up its message to policymakers, most of whom still tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance to the state and beyond. What is that message? That “the industry” is made up of thousands of small businesses — the fishing boats that each supports one or several families. That the seafood companies in coastal towns provide one of the state’s biggest tax bases. Together, fishing and processing provide more jobs in Alaska than oil and gas, mining, tourism and timber combined. Seafood is Alaska’s top export, far exceeding all other natural resources. Here are some other “news notes” from 2013, in no particular order. Read more @fishradio 12:43

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update DECEMBER 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  09:44

Baker: The year that cod could not be sold at any price

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2In the fishery you can always tell if something is going pretty well because you don’t hear a lot about it, and that was the case this year in both the crab and shrimp fisheries. They make up about 80 per cent of the entire industry’s wealth in this province, and it seems things went well on the water and in the market for the most part in 2013. That said, it is clear there are some resource challenges coming: the ocean is changing, groundfish are returning and we may see crab and shrimp stocks taking dips as a result. Read more @cbcnews  06:05

Offshore Wind Scam?: Beating the Jones Act – Offshore wind developers outsmart century-old federal law

sct logoThe Jones Act, initially passed to protect maritime merchants, requires vessels transporting cargo or equipment between two U.S. points to be American flagged and manufactured. But because the offshore wind industry has not yet taken off in the states, the only vessels in the world capable of helping it along are manufactured in Europe. That could leave Massachusetts stuck in a Catch-22, in which manufacturers don’t want to construct vessels for an industry that does not yet exist. Read more @southcoasttoday  05:50

Revealed: how global warming is changing Scotland’s marine life – Kinda like here!

The report points out that over the last 30 years landings of cold-water fish like cod, haddock and whiting from the north-east Atlantic have halved. This trend is predicted to continue in the coming decades. Kinda like here! Read more @heraldscotland  05:28

Rising sea threatens wetlands and seafood species, NOAA NMFS/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study says

Rising sea levels are swamping coastal wetlands at an alarming rate, threatening migratory birds and some of the most valuable seafood species, a new federal study shows. NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, issued a report that also found losses tied to traditional problems, such as urban and rural Read more @pressofatlanticcitty 21:16

New Bedford Marine Commerce Ocean Terminal Another “Big Dig”? – Massachusetts Another Renewable Energy Failure – Posted by Paul Shaw

New England: They say they support the Fishermen, while they support offshore wind? Check these interesting New Bedford facts! New Bedford Marine Commerce Ocean Terminal Another “Big Dig”  – On October 20,2010 Governor Deval Patrick announced the building of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. The projected cost of the project was 35 million dollars. The project is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Many ask if this is another in a long string of failed renewable energy projects in Massachusetts. Evergreen Solar tops the list in 100 million dollar losses to Massachusetts taxpayers. Read more @southendpatch.com  16:54

The Endangered Species Act Turns 40—Hold the Applause – Schiff and MacDonald – Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

The badly administered law has had a limited effect on wildlife while inflicting great social and economic costs. Forty years ago, on Dec. 28, 1973, the Endangered Species Act became law. If you want to celebrate, you’ll need to close your eyes to hard truths. Read more @facebook.com  16:26

The 131-foot fishing processor Juno caught fire in Westport, Wash., at approximately 1:30 a.m – Nothing crazy to report yet.

uscg-logoThe master of the fish processor was aboard the vessel at the time it caught fire, but no injuries have been reported. The fire was reported out at 4:05 a.m. There is thought to be approximately 5,000 gallons of firefighting water aboard, with 4 1/2 to 5 feet on deck, causing the vessel to list. Members of the incident management division from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., were dispatched to the scene. Read more @uscgnews  16:09

Monhegan residents voice concerns over proposed offshore wind project – worry about noise and visual impacts, as well as effects on lobstering.

Some residents of Monhegan aren’t ready to trade their cherished natural sanctuary for cheaper electricity. Residents and visitors to the island have submitted their concerns to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, which is considering the merits of a pilot wind-power project called Maine Aqua Ventus. The project could lead to a 50-turbine wind farm in the Gulf of Maine that could produce enough power for 6,000 homes and slash the cost of electricity on Monhegan, which is 16 miles off the mainland. Read more @portlandpress  12:06

It’s all about the habitat – River-herring restoration booming

Millions of dollars in federal, state and private money have created a small boom in state-of-the-art, fishway construction projects on many Rhode Island rivers and streams. Fish ladders are being put in, dams are coming down. And on the coast, in the port of Galilee in Narragansett, fishermen are working with scientists in new ways to come up with river-herring-avoidance programs. Read more @pbn.com 09:02

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Eddie Hayes | Dungy 2013 from JuneauTek

Dungeness season off the Oregon Coast is just getting started this time of year. Eddie Hayes delivers a super professional edit of the harsh conditions and long hours aboard the F/V Aleutians Isle. The weather looks less than enjoyable, but the payday is the key. Crew members can easily make 30,000 dollars in a winter season of crabbing. This film will be featured in the upcoming 2014 Commercial Fishing Film Festival.  Watch Video here  03:10

New Bedford Harbor Development Commission – Request for proposals – Launch Service

The New Bedford Harbor Development Commission is seeking requests from persons interested in operating a launch service (on call taxi service) in New Bedford Harbor for the 2014 boating season. Proposals due, January 27, 2014 Read the details here  22:04

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester files bi partisan Seafood Marketing Program bill

100_1589The bill, which calls for the establishment of a Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Program within the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), has drawn the support of 23 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and the Senate. It calls for the establishment of a coordinated program within DMF to market seafood landed in the commonwealth and to take actions to increase consumer demand and preference for the local seafood products and support for the commonwealth’s fishing and seafood industry. Read [email protected]  17:20

Alaska Court of Appeals reinstates fishing charges against ex-lawmaker, two others, forth pleads out.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated charges against a former state senator and others for violating conditions of their subsistence fishing permits. A wildlife officer in August 2009 cited then-lawmaker Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, and others for catching more sockeye salmon than allowed under a subsistence fishing permit. Read [email protected] 17:06

Chefs are on guard against crooked suppliers passing off cheap impostors for more valuable species

Douglas Katz is the chef and owner of Fire food and drink at Shaker Square,The Katz Club in Cleveland Heights, and Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art. And he’s an environmentalist. The group Entrepreneurs for Sustainability has named him a Champion of Sustainability. His main concern is the health of our oceans and rivers in an era of climate change. And that ties in to his primary passion…fine food.  “The wild fish populations are depleting so you have to know whether there’s enough fish to sustain our restaurant.” Read [email protected]  12:01

North Pacific: Revisions to federal fisheries act released for public review

npfmcThe House Natural Resources Committee released draft legislation Dec. 19 with 30 pages of proposed MSA changes that address several major fisheries issues, including catch share programs, electronic monitoring, rebuilding plans and the term “overfished.” Catch share programs also would be adjusted under the draft legislation. The law would define catch share programs in regulation, and give processors a spot at the table as future programs are developed. Read [email protected]  11:05

Salmon farmer fishing for higher returns

As the co-owner of Omega Pacific Hatchery, near Port Alberni, Ms. Schmitt has been growing salmon for the fish-farming industry for 34 years. During that time, she figures the company has spawned more than 10,000 adult Chinook and reared more than 30 million juveniles from eggs. Along the way, she became convinced the best way to grow young Chinook salmon is to mimic nature by raising them in colder water, for longer and feeding them less than the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) does in its federally run hatcheries. Read [email protected]  08:03

NOAA gets low grades among fed workplaces – Patent and Trademark office #1 – The difference between destruction and production?

gdt iconA NOAA spokesman declined to comment on the survey results, instead issuing a statement that did not address the apparent increasing dissatisfaction among the agency’s employees or indicate whether the agency’s management consider the results an accurate barometer of NOAA leadership and its workplace environment. The survey results particularly reflect a continuing trend of disenchantment among NOAA’s employees with the agency’s leadership, which has been a study in instability and upheaval for more than five years, beginning with the tumultuous term of Administrator Jane Lubchenco and into the current term of Kathryn Sullivan. Read [email protected]  00:36

Video Presentation – Fishers Forum: Debunking Fishery Myths from the WPRFMC

Learn what’s fact and fiction in Hawaii’s fisheries: longlines (Jim Cook), lay net (Frank Farm), aquarium fish collecting (Matthew Ross) and SCUBA spearfishing (Makani Christensen). Watch the video here  22:00

No friend of the fishing industry, Sally Jewell at a different kind of summit: Head of the Department of the Interior

Sally Jewell would rather scale the Washington Monument than sit in one more meeting about cutting her budget. This is not just hyperbole. The secretary of the interior has done both and clearly prefers the former. Read [email protected]  16:53

MSA: Renewal of fisheries law brings back debate over managing stocks

As a Star Wars movie, the title might be: Return of the Anglers, Net Fishermen Fight Back.Catching fish and saving fish are real-life pursuits, however, not a movie. The people who catch fish had the nation’s premier federal fishing law on their side until reauthorizations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1996 and 2006. Those reauthorizations of a law originally enacted in 1976 to kick foreign fishermen off the coast and boost the U.S. fishing industry were heavily influenced by environmental groups trying to save fish stocks. The effort has produced some success stories, but it has also put a lot of fishermen out of business. Read [email protected]  14:41

In halibut turf wars, no one’s looking out for the little guy

The time is well past for contemplating why the U.S. government would stick it to Alaska halibut fishermen least able to defend themselves, but that doesn’t make the question moot. Too long it has been ignored, and in that regard I am forced to contemplate the long-ago comments of an acquaintance highly placed in the hierarchy of the bureaucracy dictating the management of fisheries in the north Pacific Ocean.  For reasons about to become obvious, this person will remain nameless. Suffice to say, however, that it was a member of a federal bureaucracy that is supposed to protect the interests of all Americans Read [email protected]  14:08

Ya can’t make this stuff up! – This weird deep-sea worm has a dick on its head – From the good folks at grist

The bone-eating snot-flower worm (or Osedax mucofloris if you wanna get prissy) was just discovered less than a decade ago, on the ocean floor — and it’s hella weird. For starters, 600 or more males can compete for each female. (AW yeah!) Plus, it looks like a fluffy pink cloud. Well, a cloud with a giant dick blossoming out of it: Read [email protected]  11:42

Knitting with Stainless Steel Wire! (get ready to bleed) Grant’s Getaways-Winter Crab – Video

When you’re lucky enough to go fishing with a good friend who knows the water well, you’re sure to learn something new. That’s especially true when the Columbia River is under your keel to carry you toward new adventure. Steve Fick first explored the Columbia River estuary as a kid, so he knows his way around the vast waterway where the river meets the sea. Read  [email protected]  09:05

A king without a crown: Chinook vulnerable to ocean forces

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in the Morris Communications series –  “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne. The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought-after by fisherman from all over the world. Their massive presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fisherman to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource. Read [email protected]  08:48

Splitting the S-K NOAA Crumbs: NOAA zeroing in on tariff grants – Editorial: Fishing aid dollars shouldn’t be limited to new appropriations

gdt iconNOAA zeroing in on tariff grants – The process for determining the successful applicants for Saltonstall-Kennedy grant funds is entering the final stages of technical review and administrators hope to begin the flow of money to successful candidates sometime in January, NOAA officials said Tuesday. The money is drawn from federal tariffs paid on seafood imported into the U.S., and nearly 90 percent of all seafood sold in the U.S. is now imported. Read [email protected]

Editorial: Fishing aid dollars shouldn’t be limited to new appropriations – It’s been 15 months now since Rebecca Blank, then the acting secretary heading the U.S. Department of Commerce, formally declared the Northeast groundfishery an “economic disaster.” Still, with independent fishermen selling off their boats, and in some cases their homes, to find a means of support for themselves and their families, the federal government largely responsible for these death-through-regulation mandates and policies has still not provided a dime of meaningful aid for those on the front lines of the crisis. Read [email protected]  08:26

“We really don’t know if the stock is rebuilt,” Roy Crabtree of the National Marine Fisheries Service – Goliath grouper could be placed back on the hook

The possible future of South Florida fishing rules, including the latest information on Goliath grouper populations, goes before combined panels of federal and state fishery experts convening Jan. 7-9 in Key Largo. “This is really interesting stuff,” said Robert Mahood, executive director of the federal South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Read [email protected]”  01:15

North Carolina could reap a great deal of both the potential rewards and costs if the Atlantic coastline were to be opened up to oil and gas exploration.

Offshore development would require the construction of a massive support infrastructure, which could certainly negatively affect the important inland waterways and wetlands across Eastern North Carolina. And oil spills and drilling rig accidents are a fact of life in the coastal waters where offshore drilling is allowed in other parts of the country. Read [email protected]  01:03

Maryland assigning commercial fishermen catch shares – will have individual quotas of striped bass

State fisheries officials say they’re not trying to hurt watermen. “Whenever you have a major change like this … you have winners and losers,” said Tom O’Connell, state fisheries director. “It sorts itself out.” Read [email protected]  00:57

Effects, lessons of 1983 freeze evident on Texas ecosystem

Ed Hegen still shivers at the memory of the frigid morning 30 years ago this week when the Rockport-based coastal fisheries biologist boarded commercial fisherman Bucky Vannoy’s skiff at Flour Bluff and they beat their way across miles of a leaden Upper Laguna Madre to Baffin Bay. Read [email protected]  00:37

Merry Christmas to Our Fishermen, and those that support the Commercial Fishing Industry

Moms talk about their kids choosing a fishing career – This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522You’ve heard the song “Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.” You’ll hear how Kodiak moms feel about their kids growing up to be commercial fishermen after this – Listen and [email protected]  23:10

These Dweebs never question the science unless its THEIR crusading issue. How many sharks in the sea? Enviros want feds to reconsider endangered status

kevinhearnMONTEREY — Environmental groups are appealing a federal finding that West Coast great white sharks aren’t teetering on the brink of extinction. With concerns that the numbers of white sharks was dangerously low, last year Monterey-based Oceana and the San Francisco-based Center for Biological Diversity asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to look into special protections for the species. Read [email protected]   22:59

Lobster gets lift despite ice storm – Weekend shipment involving four planes largest ever for Halifax airport

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2A massive airlift of lobster out of the Halifax airport was declared a success over the weekend. The lobster took flight despite an ice storm that stranded many travellers at the airport. “We completed our largest-ever weekend airlift of almost 280 tonnes in four aircraft under some very challenging weather conditions,” Doug McRae, a director of Gateway Facilities ULC, said Monday. Read [email protected]  11:54

Vancouver: Top story of ’13? Fish

For three days in late August, a series of unexpected visitors came calling on Squamish. The sight of commercial fishing vessels that dropped their nets near the mouth of the Squamish River was, in fact, so novel that more than one person phoned The Chief on Aug. 22 report an obvious breach of commercial fishing regulations. Read [email protected]  10:38

Company launching seafood processing business in Eastport Maine

BDNA company known as Campobello Holdings is investing a half million dollars to start a seafood processing business in Eastport, Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday.The company will process, freeze, package, store and export lobster and other seafood products to customers around the world, according to state officials. Read [email protected]  09:59

Boat of the Week from the Athearn Agency: Price Reduced, 44′ Fiberglass Trawler/Lobster, 6 Cylinder Lugger 6140 Diesel

dr3320_10Specification’s and information here  09:34