Daily Archives: December 7, 2013

Maine Voices: A catch share system would be better than canceling the shrimp season

The recent cancellation of the 2014 shrimp fishing season has been a devastating blow to Maine fishermen, many of whom rely heavily on the short yet profitable season. While the shrimp industry decides where to go from here, many of us find ourselves looking back and wondering: Could we have prevented this? Let me offer a presumably controversial answer: yes. The Maine shrimping industry could have been saved if it had switched to a privatized fishery years ago. [email protected]  21:02

Alaska promises to do better on Yukon River salmon

CBC_News_logoInternational salmon talks with the Yukon River Panel have wrapped up in Whitehorse. In the last seven years, Alaska has delivered its salmon quotas on the Yukon River, twice. This year, the Alaskans are promising to do better. Andrew Bassich is the U.S. delegate from Eagle, Alaska. [email protected]  20:31

UPDATED: F/V Support – Commercial fisherman rescued by the Coast Guard off Montauk Point, NY

uscg-logoA 47-foot Motor Life Boat rescue crew from Station Montauk diverted from training to the location. Once on scene, the crew recovered a 52-year-old commercial fisherman from a life raft and brought him on board where he received treatment for hypothermia. “The initial report came from a birdwatcher in the area who observed a person in the water that appeared to be hanging onto a life raft,” The fisherman’s 38-foot vessel reportedly capsized and sank approximately six miles from Montauk Point. [email protected]  20:12

Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman Found Floating Off Montauk Point Saturday [email protected] 16:48

The C word

Certification. It’s a nasty word in Alaska right now. So nasty in fact, that the State has successfully lobbied the US government to remove mention of the C word from its seafood purchasing guidelines. The General Services Administration has now removed all references to 3rd party certifications from its “Healthy and Sustainable Food Guidelines. Alaska is right to do so. Certification of seafood is now big business. [email protected]   15:15

LDWF Reopens Commercial and Recreational Fishing within a Portion of Coastal Waters Adjacent to Elmer’s Island

The closure area had previously included a one-mile buffer established in an abundance of caution for public safety following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The area has been reopened to establish consistency with other oil spill related closures in state outside waters, and it shows no visible surface oil and no known oil residues in the area. [email protected]  14:59

Nikiski, Alaska: Grinding fish heads for the goodness within

In a chilly building across Cook Inlet from the white pyramid of Mount Redoubt rest a few dozen plastic-lined cardboard totes filled to the brim with an amber liquid. Each chest-high cube holds about a ton of fish oil extracted this summer from the heads of salmon. It’s a product that would have been lost to the Kenai River if Pat Simpson had not recovered it. [email protected]  14:49

Floating gear a go for now in offshore Provincetown-Truro shellfish grants

Fishermen who already hold grants in the Aquaculture Development Area in Provincetown and Truro may be as happy as clams with a recent decision by a state agency that allows them to use floating aquaculture gear — but those who want a lease and don’t have one are going to have to wait. “While the [state] Division of Marine Fisheries has longstanding concerns about the potential for whale and turtle entanglement in the ADA, we feel there would be public benefits to allow the controlled development of the use of ‘OysterGro’ devices in the water column in a ‘pilot program,’” Paul Diodati, of the DMF, wrote in a letter to Tony Jackett, who serves as Provincetown’s shellfish warden and Truro’s shellfish constable. “Given our concerns about the potential for entanglements of endangered species, DMF staff will work through you to develop safe, reasonable and effective permit conditions for these operations.” [email protected]  10:13

Business for sea urchins is brisk in Edmunds

EDMUNDS, Maine — Business was brisk for fishermen plying Denny’s Bay at the start of the late dragging season for sea urchins on Monday. A couple of companies bought sea urchins from fishermen as they landed their catch at the boat ramp at Cobscook Bay State Park. Prices were off compared to the same time about a year ago, but most fishermen were not arguing and were happy to exchange their catch for cash. [email protected]  07:32