Daily Archives: December 30, 2013

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]n  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