Monthly Archives: June 2014

Elver Conservation Proposals Meet Maine Industry’s Resistance

An analysis by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission finds that American eel stocks are being depleted.  The group was in the state today, taking testimony on ways to preserve the species over the long term. But Elver fishermen and dealers say strict measures like additional quotas aren’t needed to protect eels along the eastern seaboard. Listen and read more here 19:32

Lingcod fisheries open July 1 in Southcentral Alaska

Commercial lingcod fisheries in Southcentral will open July 1, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today. The Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound lingcod fisheries will both open July 1, as will the Cook Inlet rockfish fishery. Read more here  17:22

Pacific fishing interests oppose Obama’s plan to expand marine reserve – I mean, What the Hell is an Extra 700,000 Square Miles anyway?!!!

“Fishing for tunas mean there are fewer tunas,” Norse said in an interview, adding that the millions of seabirds that nest and forage in the area depend on the area’s tuna population. “We would like there to be more tunas in this ecosystem, because they play an important role in that ecosystem.” Must be seabirds eat tuna!  Read more here 16:51

Obama’s Marine Monument Expansion “Betrays US Fishermen,” Says Western Pacific Fishery Council

I hate fishing so much, I'm gonna shut it down, and Valerie's gonna help me do it!

I hate fishing so much, I’m gonna shut it down, and Valerie’s gonna help me do it!

The voting members of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) from the State of Hawaii, Territories of American Samoa, and Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, have analyzed the Obama Administration’s newly announced plan to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Read more here    Read the WPRFMC’s response to President Obama here  WPRFMC Press Conference (6-25-14) video 16:30

Exclusive: Canned tuna company Bumble Bee eyes $1.5 billion sale – sources

(Reuters) – Bumble Bee Foods is preparing a sale process that could value North America’s largest producer and marketer of canned tuna and sardines at as much as $1.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. The company’s owner, private equity firm Lion Capital LLP, Read more here  14:40

Fisherman dies after being hit by anchor, pulled overboard

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating after a 40-year-old fisherman from Shelburne County died Sunday night in a fishing accident near Georges Bank. Richard MacMillan Hiltz, 40, was a crewman on the fishing boat Nip n’ Tuck. He was from Port Clyde. Read more here 13:56

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Contact our sales team today @ 401 295 2585 or 800 732 273 Click hererelentless for the complete price list from Seafreeze Ltd. where The Only Thing They Treat YOUR Fish is With Respect ! Visit our website  13:12

Now We’re Talking! – Liberal push to strip environmental groups of charitable tax status

The government is being pressed to alter the charitable status of environmental groups after a Liberal MP successfully argued to his party that the groups are not “real charities” like the Red Cross or the Salvation Army. A motion introduced by MP Andrew Nikolic to the Liberal federal council called for environmental groups to be stripped of charitable rights, such as the ability to receive tax-deductible donations. Read more here 12:21

NZ no to seabed mining a cautionary tale for the Pacific

Trans Tasman Resources had proposed mining for iron ore 22 kilometres off the coast. But the EPA said no, citing concerns about the potential environmental effects and the effects of existing fishing and Kiwi interests. The decision raises questions about whether proposed sea d mining projects across the Pacific could go ahead without causing environmental damage. Read more here 11:50

National Marine Fisheries Service plans new environmental compliance policy

nmfs_logoNew procedures are being proposed to deal with environmental regulations for fisheries. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is announcing in the Federal Register of Monday, June 30, 2014 that it is taking public comments on a draft of procedures for complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Last year, NMFS issued a new policy for NEPA compliance under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Read more here 11:44

3-Minute Market Insight – Pacific & Atlantic Cod Pricing Peculiarit​y, Poor Sockeye Salmon Season

Jun 30, 2014  Prices for Pacific Cod ex Warehouse Vladisvostok Russia are up over 30% Higher than prices this time last year whereas prices for Pacific Cod on the East Coast USA have stayed relatively even.  Unusual fish sizes have affected the Sockeye Salmon Fishery in British Columbia Canada – Gillnet fishing in Barkley Sound has been poor for Sockeye and this is causing much confusion for fishermen. Watch the video report here  11:25

Morro Bay group makes move to help mend fisheries

The Nature Conservancy has transferred its Central Coast commercial fishing quotas to a Morro Bay nonprofit group. The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund will now manage the city’s fishing quota and five fishing permits and lease them to local fishermen. The transfer marks the latest development in an effort to rebuild Morro Bay’s fishing industry after the West Coast’s fisheries collapsed a decade ago. Read more here 09:57

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What This Canadian Village Lacks in Size, it Makes Up With Heart and Lobster

“Whether the boats come in at one in the morning or one in the afternoon, you have to make a schedule to have everything lined up so the fishermen aren’t waiting — they’re your babies and you have to keep them happy,” says MacDonald.  Read more here 09:41

In Maine, a key day for elvers regulation

The panel deciding whether to set catch limits or even close the fishery will take comments from fishermen and state officials, and there could be tension. The hearings in Hallowell and Brewer will be held by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which has the authority to set catch limits and establish other rules governing East Coast fisheries from Maine to Florida. Read more here 07:55

Provincetown Portuguese Festival and fleet blessing draw raves

Sunday’s clear blue skies made a striking backdrop for the many flapping red, green and gold flags lining the town streets during the Portuguese Festival and 67th annual Blessing of the Fleet. Read more here 07:29

U.S. considers dropping bombs in ocean to scare whales from potential oil slicks

It’s called hazing and documents obtained by The Globe and Mail show the methods have been studied carefully by U.S. scientists before and since the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill killed 22 orcas in 1989.,,The response notes that NOAA has approved use of metal pipes called Oikomi pipes for noise and a kind of low-frequency bomb in the event of an oil spill, but Trans Mountain cautions: “No single deterrence technique will work in all situations.” Read more here 07:06

What’s killing off starfish along the entire West Coast? – Video

Called Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, the outbreak hitting the coast from Alaska to Mexico was first reported from Olympic National Park in Washington last summer, and has continued to take out sea stars, also known as starfish, with merciless efficiency. Read more here  19:36

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Kasilof red salmon at record-breaking levels

An emergency-order opening commercial set and drift gillnet fisheries in the Cook Inlet on Saturday was issued by Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers attempting to slow escapement of Kasilof River sockeye salmon. Read more here 14:50

Yolo County Jury Convicts Sturgeon Poachers

A Yolo County jury convicted a repeat sturgeon poacher and his accomplice of multiple felonies and poaching charges stemming from a 2010 poaching investigation. They were convicted June 19, with sentencing scheduled for Aug. 1. Read more here 14:40

Blue crab threatened by high-dollar harvest?

The crabs used to be caught commercially a dozen or more per trap. Now crabbers are lucky to pull up three or four at a time. Yet there are more crabbers and crab traps out there than long-timers have seen before, they say. The reason is simple: $100 per bushel. That’s the price for the best of the crabs because the fishery is declining all along the East Coast – partly from overfishing.  Read more here 14:24

Who knew? Rhode Island is King of squid; More pounds are brought to shore than any other seafood

seafreeze vesselsSquid is to Rhode Island what lobster is to Maine; cod is to Massachusetts. “Fifteen years ago, you didn’t see calamari on the menu,” says Glenn Goodwin, co-owner of Seafreeze in North Kingstown, a seafood freezing facility. “Now you see it everywhere. It was a low-cost item that was plentiful. It took some time for people to try it.” Read more here 14:02

More Maine fishermen finding success, supplementing incomes by offering tourist cruises

Robertson’s boat already was at the pier, and he was getting his vessel ready to go out into Narraguagus Bay and beyond. Unlike Perry’s work boat, the Captain Cole, Robertson’s gleaming, spotless Kandi Leigh would not be hauling any lobster traps. Robertson was getting his boat ready to take out a small group of tourists on an excursion. Read more here 13:22

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update June 29, 2014

rifa2“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 more here 13:09

Further protection for Louisiana shrimpers and crawfishermen

A USD 3 million fund will be granted to collect anti-dumping duties from countries that illegally dump shrimp, crawfish and other seafood into US markets. This was announced by the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senator Mary L. Landrieu. Read more here 09:08

Sockeye run at halfway point double 10-year average, over 20,000 a day crossing Bonneville Dam

With summer Chinook adult spawner counts on track to achieve preseason return estimates, and sockeye salmon numbers looking even better than advertised, Oregon and Washington fisheries officials this week gave their go-ahead for two more weeks of commercial fishing for treaty tribes on the Columbia River mainstem reservoirs above Bonneville Dam. Read more here 08:32

Lobstermen in Maine are not happy about this’: Feds finalize whale-safe rules for lobster buoy lines

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Federal fisheries officials have issued the final version of a new rule aimed at protecting whales from getting entangled in fishing lines that connect surface buoys to traps on the ocean bottom. Read more here 06:06

Massive sockeye run expected, with reservations

VANCOUVER – Predictions for this year’s salmon fishery on British Columbia’s Fraser River are so massive there’s no historical data to use to forecast the many millions of sockeye expected to return. Read more here 05:59

Smart Trawling prototype to protect the seabed

Prototype technology unveiled by Sealord is being developed to provide skippers with a real-time view of the ocean floor and equipment while fishing, resulting in smart trawling and a reduction in the impacts of fishing on the seabed. Read more here 05:51

North shore town grieving following fisherman’s death – a father, a step-father and a grandfather.

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The loss of a fisherman, and by reports an outstanding community person, has left the people of Gillams grieving. Mayor Joy Burt said the town was still in a state of shock the day after one of its own died after a boat capsized while four fishermen were earning their living crab fishing. Read more here 11:50

Over 2-Million Sockeye Harvested Thursday in Bristol Bay – WHOO! Thats a lot of Dinners!

The sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay topped 2-million on Thursday to push the season total to 4.1-million. Over 860-thousand sockeye were taken in the Egegik District on Thursday,, Read more here 11:38:

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 27, 2014 By Mike Mason

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday June 27 includes an update on the strong push of sockeye into and through the Nushagak District and a story about the efforts by the BB-RSDA to study a driftnet buyback program in Bristol Bay.  We also take a look at the latest harvest and escapement numbers for Bristol Bay and hear about a project to use photo’s from the fishing grounds to fight development of the controversial Pebble Mine. Listen to the report here 11:17

Djúpivogur and the fight for the livelihood in small communities all over the world

The Icelandic fisheries policy, built on transferable quotas that follow the vessels, has secured that fishing is a thriving business in Iceland and  at the same time it has helped secure sustainable fishing. Or that is the official story. Video, Read more here 08:42

Return of the seals to Plettenberg Bay

Fishermen have been pointing fingers at seals for decades,,,Despite evidence to the contrary, the fishing industry continues to lay the blame for collapsing fish stocks on seals rather than on its own unsustainable practices. (what say ye?) Read more here 08:06

BLACK: If N.S. strikes oil, results might not be that striking

Imagine for a moment that the search for oil in Nova Scotia’s offshore over the next two years is a roaring success, leading to a prolonged period of further exploration and development. What might be the consequences of such a development? In particular, what impact would it have on achievement of the goals set out in the Ivany report? Read more here 07:49

Red Snapper Reallocation Suspended in Favor of Recreational Management Solutions

Key West, Florida – Citing the need for management changes in the recreational fishery and overwhelming opposition to reallocation by Gulf residents, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted Thursday to defer action on Amendment 28, a proposal that would take a portion of the red snapper fishery from Gulf seafood providers for the exclusive use of recreational fishing. Read more here 07:27

No Fukushima radiation found in Alaska seafood

Alaska health officials say testing of Alaska seafood revealed no radiation contamination from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by a tsunami in 2011. Read more here 07:24

Drug bust on fishing boat leads to more charges

Ketchikan police have charged another suspect in relation to a November drug bust on board a fishing boat in Bar Harbor. Shawn D. Petersen, 30, has been charged with third-degree controlled-substance misconduct, after police allegedly found two bags of methamphetamine — totaling just under a gram — near where Petersen allegedly was sitting on Nov. 20, when police made contact with him on board the fishing vessel Prince. Read more here 07:20

GUEST COMMENTARY: ‘Bully politics’ won’t solve Southcentral salmon conflicts

23523_354387901211_7651997_aEditor’s note: The following originally ran June 20 in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in response to Howard Delo’s “Valuable Information” in the Frontiersman June 12 and Delo’s posted comments on June 5 titled “Commercial fishing single biggest factor impeding successful Northern District coho run returns.” Read more here 07:05

Shrimpers cited for fishing in BP closure zone – Catch dumped back into the water

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited numerous fishermen on May 26 for allegedly fishing in the BP oil spill emergency commercial fishing closure zone. Agents seized and returned the shrimp taken to the water since they were considered a public health risk to the consuming public. Read more here 06:55

Fishing quota carryover reeled in by NOAA

sct logoNOAA on Friday issued a final rewriting of fishing quota carryover rules that were thrown out last spring in federal court. Seafood consultant James Kendall, who was on the New England Fisheries Management Council when it wrote the carryover provision, said the reversal by the court may mean more disasters like the Northern Edge. When the boat sank in 2004, it was on a fishing trip to finish up on a prior trip that had to end prematurely because of mechanical problems. Read more here 06:30

Shark Fin Controversy – The Pew Nuts are Cracked!

NOAA is attempting to strengthen an existing federal law against shark finning. While it would be easy to assume that advocates for the protection of sharks would be greeting these measures warmly, the reality is anything but. Pew, an advocacy group based out of D.C., has been a vocal proponent of ending shark finning,, Read more dogma here 17:13

Managers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Yukon king goals – Strong sockeye catches continue

23523_354387901211_7651997_aThe 2014 Yukon River king run could come in stronger than managers expected before the season began, they said during a June 24 conference call with Yukon residents. Other commercial fisheries throughout the state are also taking off. Statewide, the commercial catch through June 24 was 5.8 million salmon, including 4.1 million sockeye. Read more here 16:08

Scallop boats remain the same after change to open access

Despite a new management structure, Alaska’s commercial scallop fisheries will look much the same as they have in prior years when they open July 1. Read more here


NCFAClick here to read the update 15:51

When tragedy strikes people gather. Some to offer words to console, some because they feel drawn to share in the grief and others to help in any way they can.

That’s exactly what happened in Lark Harbour, the small community at the end of the south shore of the Bay of Islands, on Thursday evening. Hours earlier one man lost his life and three others were rescued after the boat they were in capsized while crab fishing near Little Port. Read more here 14:30

Feds Quintuple Allowed Catch on Endangered Salmon Species

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is allowing commercial fishermen to catch five times as many endangered coho salmon in anticipation of this year’s massive sockeye run on the Fraser River. Read more here 13:18

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association seeks end to federal ban on discussions related to supply

has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for relief from a 56-year-old restriction that limits the trade group’s ability to discuss management of the fishery. Read more here 11:46

Maine Lobstermen’s Association says 54-year-old consent decree doesn’t work anymore – Read more here  14:02

Revealed: whale-watching boats the greatest collision threat to whales

ShearwaterWhales are more likely to to be hit by whale-watching boats than any other identified vessel type, data from the International Whaling Commission shows. Plenty of charts and grafs. Read more here  11:30

Coast Guard rescue crews assist fishing vessel in distress 95 miles east of Chatam, Massachusetts

uscg-logoBOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews assisted a fishing vessel in distress by air-dropping de-watering pumps after the 53-foot Canadian flagged vessel Island Cruiser collided with the 120-foot converted ferry vessel Esperanza June 26, 2014. Read more here 10:14

US scallop prices to remain high, winter increase predicted

mkThe US scallop market remains edgy, with neither buyers nor sellers willing to lock into any long-term arrangements, sources told Undercurrent News. After some saw a slight dip in prices over the past couple of weeks, things are back to what now seems normal, despite what has been described as healthy landings. Read more here 09:57

Alaskan fisherwoman publishes third cookbook and travelogue

LaDonna Gundersen recently released her third cookbook, “My Tiny Alaskan Oven.” based on her experiences on the LaDonna Rose, her and her husband’s 32-foot commercial salmon fishing boat based in Ketchikan. The tiny oven of the title refers to the 18 x 21 inch diesel oil stove on the boat and its tiny “easy bake oven’” which is only big enough for an 11 x 7 inch pan.  Read more here 09:36

AMSEA offers class on common commercial fishing injuries – Strains, sprains, pains and retraining the brain

An Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, or AMSEA, class offered Saturday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building in Kenai will focus on prevention for common injuries and ergonomics for commercial fishers — specifically gillnetters in the Cook Inlet. Read more here 09:31

Rescued fisherman found clinging to gas can

The Canadian military says three fishermen rescued off Newfoundland’s west coast on Thursday are lucky to be alive. A fisheries patrol vessel was in the area of Little Port when its crew spotted the overturned boat and people in the water. Read more here

Nova Scotia Fish processing industry facing ‘imminent’ labour shortage

The Nova Scotia seafood processing industry expressed concerns Thursday with changes to the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program as the province’s labour minister called for more flexibility from Ottawa. Read more here 09:07

Steve Urbon: Oceana pitches flawed fishing report undeterred

The environmental group Oceana seeks to impress us this week with Part 2 of a report on fishing bycatch, those fish that are brought up incidentally while fishermen target another species. “Wasted Cash,” the follow-up to “Wasted Catch,” says that fishermen are throwing $1 billion worth of fish away each year, over the side instead of going to auction. Read more here  08:50

Crab fisherman killed when boat overturns

The Canadian military says one fisherman is dead and three others were taken to hospital Thursday after their crab boat capsized off the west coast of Newfoundland. Read more here  23:15

New aquaculture regulations simplifies process, say’s Fisheries Minister Gail Shea

CALGARY – New federal aquaculture regulations announced Thursday would cut red tape and simplify the process for the industry, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says. Read more here 21:33


Salty Dames – Women in Fishing

Google “women” and “fishing” and up will pop lots of calendar images of smiling ladies in bikinis, cradling impressive marine specimens they probably didn’t catch. But women have long been part of the seafood industry around the world: mending nets, landing fish, stocking aquaculture ponds, harvesting shellfish, working in markets and processing plants, running seafood companies, Read more here 16:31

U.S. Commerce Department announces 2014 regional fishery council appointments

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 22 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA’s Fisheries Service to manage ocean fish stocks. The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on August 11.  Click here to read the full announcement. 16:10

Fishermen attack govt offices

Kannur, Jun 26 : Fishermen attacked four State Government Offices of the Executive Engineer (Harbor Engineering Department), Fisheries Station- Kannur and Awareness Center at Mapila Bay near Ayikkara and Sub Division Harbor Office at Ayikkara and damaged the windowpanes, doors, furniture and computers, following a protest march organized by the fishermen this morning. Read more here 16:01