Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bankrupt fish processor’s quota for sale – 25 per cent, or 3,750 tonnes, of the province’s total allowable silver hake catch.

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The deadline for offers is Friday, March 14, at 3 p.m., according to a notice published in this newspaper on Jan. 28. The Business Development Bank of Canada appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as receiver for D’Eon assets under its security, including the fishing licence, on Dec. 10, 2013. Read [email protected]  23:21

Tug-of-war over salmon on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula may reach fever pitch

Each summer in Alaska, salmon by the millions flood into the great mixing bowl of Cook Inlet between the popular and populated Kenai Peninsula to the south and the towering, wild Aleutian Range to the north. The fish are money — Alaska wild silver prime for the taking — and for that reason they have come to fuel one of state’s longest-running and most contentious political battles. Read [email protected]  23:09

Can Regulations Help a Man Learn to Fish? Kissing boss Bloomberg’s ass?

(James Greiff’s boss just granted $56 million to increase fish stocks in Brazil, Chile and the Philippines.) There probably isn’t a lament repeated more often by small business owners than the complaint that government regulation is strangling them. Maybe there’s some truth to this, and yet what sometimes goes missing is the corollary: Without regulations, some of those businesses might not survive. The latest example comes from a New Bedford, Massachusetts, commercial fisherman who told Fox News that limits on how many fish can be hauled from U.S. coastal waters will be the ruin of the domestic industry. Be sure to click the links! Read [email protected] 19:41

Did You Know: Montauk Is Ground Zero for Community Supported Fisheries

Lucky us. On Long Island it’s easy to find fresh fish. Try living in suburban New Jersey, where my sister lives, and you have to drive two towns over to find a store that sells fish and only fish. Read [email protected]  16:03

Board of Fisheries is in Session! Listen Live.

When in session, the Board of Fish hosts streaming live audio.  Click here  15:44

The Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meeting starts this Friday.

Posted January 27, 2014 Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Anchorage, January 31–February 13, 2014 on Upper Cook Inlet Finfish    information here  17:42

No worries! – BSEE, Coast Guard Responding to Loss of Well Control Incident in Gulf of Mexico

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Coast Guard are responding to a loss of well control event at Vermilion Block 356 in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 108 miles southwest of Lafayette, Louisiana. Read [email protected]  12:08:

42-year-old Fisherman Coast Guard medevaced from New Bedford F/V PATIENCE

IFNEW YORK – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 42-year-old man from a New Bedford, Mass., fishing vessel approximately 75 miles south east of the New York Harbor, Thursday. The patient is currently in stable condition and is being evaluated by the Jersey Shore Medical staff. Read [email protected]  10:39

Maine seafood company set for ‘exponential’ growth as Silicon Valley investor buys in

Roughly 80 percent of its business is scallops and haddock. While the scallops are sourced from all over the world, from local fishermen to scallop farms in Peru, the haddock all arrives frozen from Scandinavia — hook-and-line caught, not trawler-caught, Pardy pointed out. Read [email protected]  09:43

Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization – West Coast and Western Pacific Perspectives – Archived Webcast

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing on Thursday, January 30, 2014  Webcast here  09:01

Shelton Barlow – Atlantic Marine Industries Hall of Fame – 2014 Mariner of the Year

All of his work with and for fishermen earned Barlow entry this year into the Atlantic Marine Industries Hall of Fame as 2014 mariner of the year. He received the special recognition during the recent Fish Canada Workboat Canada trade show in Moncton. The Navigator Magazine and Master Promotions Ltd. sponsor the award. Read [email protected]  08:37

The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Friday kicks off a two-week meeting with a fish war at its center.

Sportfishing interests are asking the state to protect plummeting numbers of Kenai River king salmon by restricting commercial fishing. Setnet groups are pressing for access to healthy runs of sockeye.  Read [email protected]  08:24

Mass. Fishing industry Bill expands appeals rules for transfer of permits

gdt iconProposed legislation to protect due-process rights of the holders of fisheries licenses and permits has passed the Massachusetts House and is on the way to the Senate for deliberation there. Read [email protected]  01:27

Our View: One fish, two fish … way too many fake fish – Was it wild salmon you ordered? Would you be surprised and disappointed to learn that you got coho instead? Read [email protected]

With lobsters in mind, legislator proposes ban on methoprene and resmethrin

splitterAccording to a press release from the House Democrats, the two pesticides were found in the tissue of dead lobsters that turned up in Long Island Sound in the 1990s. Read [email protected]  23:01

5 Vancouver Island native bands get commercial fishery – Supreme Court of Canada dismisses federal government appeal ending decades-long legal fight

Five First Nations on Vancouver Island, who are part of the collective known as the Nuu-chah-nulth, have had their right to catch and sell nearly all species of fish found within their territories recognized by the country’s highest court. Read [email protected]  19:23

MSA TELE-BRIEFING: Congress To Begin Updating Nation’s Primary Ocean Fish Law

Proposal could reverse progress in rebuilding fish populations,,, commercial and recreational fishermen will join a representative from a coalition of national conservation groups to discuss the changes needed to strengthen the law and build upon recent progress in rebuilding fish populations, ending overfishing, and sustaining coastal economies. WAIT’ LL YA SEE THIS LINEUP!  Read more here  19:09

Two From Alaska Fish Radio

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Strong US dollar = more expensive for AK seafood exports; cheaper for imports – How a strong US dollar affects Alaska seafood sales. Listen @alaskafishradio  17:42

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In Alaska: A New Opener for an Old Fishery – This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini

Last year legislators re opened state waters for weather-vane scallops. It has always been a smaller fishery; looking back to the late eighties and into the early nineties under 20 boats dredged for scallops around Alaska. Listen @alaskafishradio  12:42

Maine lobster entrepreneur looks to go global

Mark Murrell, the man behind ‘dock to doorstep’ lobster deliveries across the US, is preparing to grow his business further afield in 2014. Starting out in Maine in 2010, his online operation selling lobster and seafood direct to customers got a boost after Chase Bank featured Get Maine Lobster in a national advertising campaign for small businesses, and since then Murrell has looked for those outside-the-box ways to reach buyers. Read [email protected]  11:43

New poll shows majority of Canadians support the seal hunt and oppose WTO ruling

Read the report here 11:09

King Mackerel Gillnet Fishing Closed for Year in S. Florida W. Coast Subzone

NMFS has determined the 551,448-pound commercial quota has been met. With this action, king mackerel commercial gillnet fishing is prohibited in the Gulf of Mexico off Collier and Monroe Counties, – Read [email protected]   10:51

Shell says it won’t drill in Alaska in 2014, cites court challenge

Shell spokesman Curtis Smith blamed “uncertainty raised by the recent Ninth Circuit Court decision that requires the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management to gather and synthesize additional data related to Chukchi Lease Sale 193.” He said “the lack of a clear path forward and an associated timeline makes it impossible to commit the resources needed to explore safely in 2014.” Read [email protected]  10:16

Off-Bottom Oyster Farming Launched in Grand Isle Waters

A project demonstrating an alternative way to grow oysters, using off-bottom systems, has launched in the waters off of Grand Isle. If successful, the project could spark new interest in oyster farming and provide a new source for oysters consumed by the half-shell. Read [email protected] 10:08

With elver season at risk, Maine moves closer to deal with Indian tribes

The state and Maine’s Indian tribes are approaching a deal that would effectively allocate part of the lucrative elver fishery to the tribes, defusing tension that arose last year but creating separate regulations for tribal and non-tribal fishermen. Read [email protected]  09:50

Lobster Fishermen Gather for Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s Conference, Talk of Future

The future is uncertain for lobster fishing south of Cape Cod, a top state fisheries biologist told a gathering of lobster fishermen at a conference last weekend. “It will likely be poor for the foreseeable future,” said Bob Glenn, a senior biologist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries. He blamed rising water temperatures, not overfishing. Read [email protected]  09:19

Southwestern Maine likely to see further restrictions on scallop season

WISCASSET, Maine — The Department of Marine Resources on Wednesday took no action to further restrict scallop fishing from the New Hampshire border to Penobscot Bay, but said further steps — such as those already taken in the rest of the state — would be necessary to sustain the fishery through the rest of the season. Read [email protected]  08:53

Risk to B.C. salmon ‘minimal’ from Run-of-River projects – An independent review inconclusively finds the hydro projects will have no impact on river salmon

An independent review of B.C.’s Run-of-River projects has tentatively concluded that most of the hydro plants have had no impact on salmon species in the rivers used to generate electricity. Read [email protected]  08:39

Fisheries science books disposal costs Ottawa thousands

fisheries_and_oceansThe information comes from the office of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea. It was prompted by a request from Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay last October, after reports surfaced that seven Fisheries and Oceans libraries were being closed and the materials destroyed. Read [email protected]  08:00

Louisiana’s Shrimpers deserve some help

It is no secret that Louisiana’s shrimpers have seen troubled times in recent years. They have battled rising costs, falling prices and vicious competition — much of it illegal — from foreign countries that import their shrimp to the U.S. They also have been hampered by hurricanes and a catastrophic oil spill. Read [email protected]  07:25

NOAA could award Saltonstall-Kennedy grants next week

gdt iconApplicants for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants could hear within the next week if their projects will receive any portion of the estimated $5 million to $11 million expected to be doled out by NOAA in this year’s disbursement. Read [email protected]  07:04

Local fishing organizations gear up for Cook Inlet meeting

KENAI — With more than 230 regulatory proposals, some several pages worth of suggested changes to the Cook Inlet finfish fisheries, nearly 500 written comments and several hundred pages of Alaska Department of Fish and Game opinions and reports, the seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries will have their work cut out for them in the coming two weeks. Read [email protected]  22:36

Passmaquoddys, state reach tentative agreement on elver licenses

BDNAUGUSTA, Maine — State officials and representatives of the Passamaquoddy Tribe have reached a tentative agreement on how the tribe will distribute elver licenses and manage the tribal catch for the 2014 fishing season. Read [email protected]  20:42

You SAFMC guys don’t have to hook up the Huskies. Your Pooler, GA Meeting has been canceled!

Public Hearing/Scoping Meeting Scheduled for Pooler, GA on January 30, 2014 CANCELLED Due to Winter Storm – The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council  is cancelling the January 30, 2014 public hearing and scoping meeting in Pooler, GA. The recent winter storm that hit the Southeast region has provided conditions unsafe for travel to and from the scheduled meeting. Therefore, in the interest of public safety the  meeting is being cancelled. SAFMC website  17:32

MSA Reauthorization:Senate Bill On Magnuson-Stevens Coming Soon, Says Begich

“We have not laid down our bill yet,” said Begich. “We’re probably another six to eight weeks away form that. My hope is to finish out the second quarter of this year with a bill coming out of committee and headed to the floor.” Read [email protected]  17:04

NIOSH Takes On Injuries in the Fishing Fleet

For more than 20 years, NIOSH has been working to prevent accidental deaths in the fishing industry. Now, these safety experts are tackling injuries — the kind fishermen are used to getting every season. As KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, that might make this a tougher problem to solve. Listen @kubc  16:49

The Great China Geoduck Ban Mystery

China’s ban on the importation of bivalves originating from the US West Coast could not have come at a worse time for the commercial producers and harvesters of oysters, clams and geoducks – especially geoducks. Read [email protected]  16:37

Boat of the Week from the Athearn Marine Agency: 42′ F/W Novi Lobster/Scalloper,1979, Lobster,Scalloper Fiberglass over Wood, John Deere

ScalloperSpecifications and information here  15:57

Conservation groups file suit for court injunction to stop hatchery fish release in Elwha River

“The science is clear (heard that before!): Hatchery fish are detrimental to wild fish recovery,” said Kurt Beardslee, executive director of Wild Fish Conservancy, one of the groups in the filing. Read [email protected]  13:48

Decline in North Sea fish length linked to rising sea temperatures

Over a 38-year period, the maximum body length of haddock, whiting, herring, Norway pout, plaice and sole in the North Sea has decreased by as much as 29%, coinciding with an increase in water temperatures of between 1 and 2 degrees Celsius*. Read [email protected]  13:06

High hopes for new Nordic whitefish processing machine Video

The machine we have developed locates the pin-bones with x-ray technology,using water-jet to trim away the bones with great precision and speed. The fish is guaranteed boneless with significantly less waste than manual filleting, says Kristjan Halvardsson in the Icelandic company Marel. Read [email protected]  12:43

Why this little fish is on some of the biggest menus around

In the dead of Maritime winter, under frozen bays and harbours, drifting schools of smelt are preparing for an epic journey. Before these tiny silver fish start swimming up the freshwater brooks and streams where they were born, they’ll eat almost anything in sight. Read [email protected]  10:16

ATTENTION FISHERS: Fisheries Skills Training Courses – Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association

*All the above listed courses will be held at the Summerside Marine Training Centre. Information, and agenda here  10:03

Our biggest water hog is Delta Smelt

Slam man all you want but he is part of the environment.  Man has both altered and enhanced the environment. The bottom line is simple: In a natural drought with no water storage, the Delta Smelt population would typically be near extinction levels. With stored water, their numbers are still thin but are more robust. Read [email protected]  08:10

U.S. Secretary of Commerce has declared the Fraser River sockeye salmon run a “fishery disaster”

Fisheries managers blame the decline on poor ocean conditions, warm river temperatures and habitat decline, among other things.The Fraser River empties out near Vancouver, British Columbia. The sockeye salmon from that river are a key resource for the state and tribal fishing industries in Washington. Read [email protected]  07:50

Fishing stakeholders’ focus shifts from rules to survival

gdt iconPaul J. Diodati knew he was venturing into something of a maelstrom when he traveled to Gloucester on Monday night to listen to the concerns of local fishermen and stakeholders, while offering some fashion of a state of the state fisheries assessment at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries offices on Emerson Avenue. Read [email protected]  02:58

Fishosophy: Overfished or Depleted? By Nils Stolpe

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” (William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II) Contrary to what might have been true when Shakespeare had Juliet speak those words in the 1590s, how things are called is far from meaningless  Read [email protected]  22:15

Fishing Groups Ask for Emergency Steps to Save Salmon – Brown and Obama administrations exacerbated impact of drought.

Four fishery conservation groups have asked state and federal fishery and water officials to convene an urgent meeting to save California Central Valley Chinook salmon runs from the drought.  Poor water management of rivers and reservoirs by the Brown and Obama administrations has also exacerbated the impact of the drought. Read [email protected] 20:04

I know it’s always over fishing, but this crap is being dumped into the ecosystem, and it ain’t helping!

Scientists, increasingly able to detect minuscule amounts of compounds, have begun to test sewage to gauge communities’ use of illegal drugs. Dan Burgard, an associate chemistry professor, knew students tried to get an edge. But he didn’t know about the “study drug.” “I was walking with a student,” Burgard said, “and they bemoaned that it wasn’t students cheating nowadays to get ahead, but that they were taking Adderall,” a potent amphetamine used to treat attention disorders. Burgard had an idea: Let’s test the campus sewage. What he and his students at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., found confirmed their suspicions. Read [email protected]

Commercial watermen speak vehemently against fisheries bill

The bill, SB145, would define how the natural resources department opens and closes fishing seasons, changes catch limits and modifies where fishing can take place via public notice. Read [email protected]  17:27

DFO Charges and convictions – Newfoundland and Labrador Region

fisheries_and_oceansThe following table sets out charges and convictions over the last six months. Read more here  16:45

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council – Request for Proposals – Electronic Reporting System

 All proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2014,   Read more here  16:31

Enviro Suit alleges National Marine Fisheries Service ignored ‘best available science’ in sonar ruling. what…wha..

Hmm “Best Available Science”? The National Marine Fisheries Service violated federal law when it authorized the Navy’s use of sonar in training exercises off Hawaii and California through 2018, an environmental group said in a lawsuit filed Monday. Read [email protected]  14:45

New program to help Louisiana shrimpers upgrade or purchase equipment.

The shrimp refrigeration cost-share program provides eligible shrimp-vessel owners, docks and processors half the cost of refrigeration equipment for their businesses. Read [email protected]  12:15

Offshore Wind Advocates Want Feds to Delay Leasing Tracts Off Jersey Coast

Letter warns governor, legislators that untimely leases could hurt NJ’s offshore wind industry. Read [email protected]  10:50

Cape Cod oyster poaching cases cracked

“We’ve definitely identified somebody,” Balcom said Monday. “We caught him red-handed and anticipate charging him in the next couple weeks. “Where he sold the oysters is going to come as a pretty big surprise.” Read [email protected]  10:31

Fishery Fact Sheet – Northwest Atlantic NAFO Grand Bank groundfish fisheries, 2013

The extension of fishery jurisdictions in the late-1970s created NAFO and the fishery was utilized mostly by non-Canadian countries fishing outside the 200-m limit Canadian. NAFO manages 10 groundfish stocks associated with the Grand Banks and one elasmobranch species. Read more here  08:58

Kenai Kings Focus of Alaska Board Meeting – Video

Many fishermen feel it’s time for a rule change when it comes to the management of the king salmon runs in Alaska. The board will discuss possible policy changes in management of Kenai king salmon, what Kenai River Sportfishing Association’s Ricky Gease says is the top issue for the board. Read [email protected] 08:31

Gloucester Daily Times Editorial: NOAA fishing report just shows tip of economic iceberg

gdt iconYes, the numbers are grim. The latest NOAA annual report on the Northeast groundfishery shows that landings were down by 24.9 percent across the region, while landings and values both hit four-year lows in Gloucester, and overall values fell by nearly 25 percent from the previous year. Read [email protected]

Markey wants seafood inspected for mislabeling – WASHINGTON — Fish sold on U.S. retail markets are routinely mislabeled, harming consumers while threatening the livelihoods of American fishermen, Democratic Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi said in a letter to President Barack Obama. (Ed Markey should pay attention to real issues that affect the fishing industry instead of shilling for Oceana) Read [email protected]  00:39

Oil spill conference touches on Gulf fisheries and social toll in communities

MOBILE, Alabama – Researchers discussed Monday some of the uncertainties and challenges of dealing with the fallout from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Conference. Read [email protected]  22:56

Acoustics comments extended; Walmart seals AK salmon deal, BOF at UCI

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – More time to comment on acoustics, Wal-Mart updates and more – after this –Listen @alaskafishradio  20:00