Daily Archives: December 12, 2013

Proposed Tuna Regs Unfairly Target New England Fleet

Maine’s congressional delegation is urging federal regulators to revise proposed rule changes for the management of Atlantic bluefin tuna. The concern – which is shared by lawmakers from other coastal New England states – is that the region’s traditional, near-shore tuna fleet is being unfairly targeted for a problem over which they have no control. But federal regulators say that’s not the case. Tom Porter has [email protected]  19:31

Plenty of Fish in the Sea? Melissa Pandika calls herself a journalist? Heh heh yeeeah OK!

Why you should careWithin our lifetimes, the world’s supply of fish could collapse entirely. That’s right: no more sushi, no more pet goldfish and moreover, devastated economies and food supplies in the developing world.  Link Malissa Pandika put her name on this swill that is the hottest twitter trash being passed around to every engo groupy that is networked together. That’s a huge amount of uninformed, thirsty for alarmist ecoblab people that will read it without understanding it, or of the disservice to real journalism. It’s built on a bunch of WWF, Boris Worm dogma.

In the comment section, beneath the stacking tweets that will be endess, stands one man that dissected this pile of crap. Bob Vannase destroys the “article” with fact. It would go unnoticed unless pointed out. 17:43

Christopher Byers, D.C. Air & Seafood Inc., a Maine seafood wholesaler, facing five years in prison and a $250,000 fine in Scallop Poaching Scam

In admitting its guilt, D.C. Air & Seafood Inc., the Maine seafood wholesaler, handed over documents showing it failed to report about 79,666 pounds of scallops that were harvested off the New Jersey coast and Cape Cod in Massachusetts, authorities said. Six fishing boat operators who conspired with D.C. Air & Seafood, authorities said, hauled in the scallops from a fishing ground off the mid-Atlantic Coast that was regulated in order to help keep its scallop population at proper levels. [email protected]  09:49

RI Fishing Industry Faces Extinction under Federal Regulations

rifaIt’s hard to image an Ocean State without a commercial fishing industry, but one local business owner warns it could happen. Increasingly restrictive federal regulations have cut the commercial fishing fleet in half over the last four years and are imperiling its future, according to Richard Fuka, the president of the Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance. “We’re at a dangerous low level,” Fuka said. If the fleet is diminished any further, Rhode Islanders could see a local heritage industry “slip away” and become “a museum piece,” Fuka says. Further tightening federal regulations he says could be just thing that pushes the industry over the edge, according to Fuka. (See below slides for data on the decline.) Fuka said things took a decided turn for the worse after President Obama took office and his new appointee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agenda has pursued a more aggressive regulatory agenda. But he says the industry was already chafing under regulations passed in the later years of the Bush administration. [email protected]  09:26

Gloucesterman haunted by urge to go to sea, loss of vessel

Joe Orlando still wakes up in the night, when the wind is whistling, and wonders if he should go down to the Gloucester House and make sure the Padre Pio’s lines are secure. There still are days when the longtime Gloucester fisherman, as if lured by something invisible and irresistible, finds himself heading toward the dock to check on his boat. “I say to myself, ‘What am I doing’?” Orlando said. He is doing what he’s done for the past 30 years, what he’s done since he bought the 65-foot steel fishing boat in 1983 in partnership with his sister Angela Sanfilippo and her husband John. There’s only problem: Orlando no longer owns the Padre Pio. [email protected]  01:58