Monthly Archives: July 2014

New Seine Skiff Based on Tug Boat Design

new seine skiff designIn June, 2014, Seattle-based Snow Boat Company delivered a new 24-foot by 13-foot seine skiff to King Cove, Alaska for the area M salmon fishery. The boat is one of the largest seine skiffs in Alaska, and almost begs not to be considered a skiff due to the size and power. The new skiff is more like a tug than a traditional skiff, and many design features are a departure from traditional skiffs known throughout Alaska. Read more here 23:22

Senate subcommittee releases new draft of fisheries act

23523_354387901211_7651997_aThe newest draft of the Magnuson-Stevens Act proposes changes to fisheries management including new fees, sustainability standards, and a possible national marketing effort. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard chaired by Alaska Sen. Mark Begich released the latest draft version of the act July 21. Read more here 23:14

Dead menhaden reported in Chesapeake Bay leads to Inquisition by Sport Fishers, explanation by VRMC

Experts still aren’t sure what killed thousands of dead menhaden that local fishermen reported floating in a long line near the northern stretch of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel over the weekend. And they say they might never know. Read more here Social media posts from area fishermen indicate a commercial boat from Omega Protein was in the area at the time.  Read the comments here! 19:15

Murkowski Urges Mickey D CEO to Reject Greenpeace Campaign Against Pollock! Is he nuts??

Senator Lisa Murkowski today reached out to the President and CEO of McDonald’s, urging him to ignore an anti-fishing campaign from Greenpeace that is attempting to shut down one of the most sustainably managed fisheries in the world. Murkowski cites McDonald’s own website and promotional materials touting the company’s support for Alaska Pollock sourced from a “wild-caught and sustainable fishery.” Read more here 17:36

UNE researcher gets $1.7M grant to aid fishing industry – will research the mortality rate of winter skates

A federal agency has awarded a University of New England researcher and his colleagues $1.7 million for a research project they hope will help increase revenues for the fishing industry. “If our proposed study is as successful as our previous otter trawl project, it could result in increased revenues to the commercial fishing industry,” Read more here 16:05

Two California Men Plead Guilty to Fishing Violations in Sitka – They paid for it too!

It was on June 30th that Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted the captain and crew of the fishing vessel “Chief Joseph” while it lay at anchor in Still Harbor in Southeast Alaska. When they did so, they observed signs of recent fishing aboard the vessel. Read more here 15:52

Steller sea lion lawsuit parties ask court to change timeline on reimbursement decision

23523_354387901211_7651997_aFishing industry plantiffs and federal defendants have asked for a new timeline to decide reimbursements in the lawsuit over Steller sea lion protection measures.The Alaska Seafood Cooperative, The Groundfish Forum and the Freezer Longline Coalition asked the federal government to reimburse them $1,208,409.87 for attorney fees and costs in the lawsuit. Read more here 13:08

BOSTON – Local fishermen protest new lobster restrictions

lobsterDM0811_468x521State legislators and members of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association gathered at the State House on Wednesday to voice concerns about new regulations banning the use of lobster trap and pot gear from Jan. 1 to April 30 off much of the state’s coast. “It seems the new regulations are quite draconian and are being proposed without a corresponding public policy based on facts,” Read more here 12:35

Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay: When Partnerships Work

Too often, environmental groups, regulators and fishermen find themselves cast in antagonistic roles on marine issues. Prolonged legal and regulatory battles frequently top headlines, while successful conservation partnerships go unheralded. The Chesapeake Bay, long plagued by problems like pollution and runoff, is benefitting from one such partnership. Read more here 11:10

Tribes air issues with non-Indian sport, commercial fisheries

The four Columbia River treaty tribes reminded Washington and Oregon this week on how much they disagree with the way the states manage sport and commercial fall salmon fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam. Read more here 10:54

Washington and Oregon approve nine nights of Columbia River gillnetting

Washington and Oregon today adopted Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night gill netting periods from Aug. 3 though Aug. 21. The 9-inch-mesh nets are expected to catch 2,200 chinook the first week, 6,600 in the second week and 14,400 during the third week, said Robin Ehlke, a biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Read more here 10:39

Scientists study capelin reproduction cycles in Trinity Bay

Researchers are keeping a close eye on how capelin are spawning and developing off the waters of Newfoundland. Scientists have flocked to Bellevue Beach in Trinity Bay — one of the most important capelin spawning areas in the province — to find out why the fish are thriving in these waters. Read more here 10:14

ROCKLAND, Maine: Crowds roll in for the Maine Lobster Festival – Get down they-ah! Continues through Sunday

lobster festival rocklandTHIS JUST IN!- America’s Tall Ship USCG Cutter Eagle to arrive in Rockland Friday, at 3 p.m – The grounds of the Maine Lobster Festival were crowded early Wednesday afternoon as the kicked off on the city’s waterfront. “We offer local, fresh and sustainable lobster, and we love to share it with people both near and far,”,,, Read more here  09:08

Feds say no to fish-kill preventive water releases from Trinity Lake used to cool the Klamath and Trinity rivers

Federal officials today told local tribes and North Coast officials that extra water releases from Trinity Lake used to cool the Klamath and Trinity rivers for fish may only occur in an emergency — when enough fish begin to sicken. Public Affairs Officer Mat Maucieri of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said that due to the ongoing statewide drought,,,Read more here 07:41

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Southeast AK has best Dungeness season ever; More fishing updates

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Lots of fishing going on from one end of Alaska to the other. With a few exceptions, most of Alaska’s salmon fisheries are rather lackluster. statewide the salmon catch has topped 87 million and more than 47 million of those fish are sockeye salmon. Nearly 29 million of the reds are from Bristol Bay,,, Read more here 19:57

Fisherman injured at sea due remuneration despite pre-existing condition: a federal appeals court has ruled.

The owner of a commercial fishing vessel must pay for lodging, food and medical expenses for a ship crew member who suffers from long-term anemia after a 2008 accident on the boat, even though his condition may have been related to his prior hepatitis C diagnosis, a federal appeals court has ruled. Santos Ramirez was a crew member on a commercial fishing ship owned by Seaford, Virginia-based Carolina Dream Inc. for eight years, court records show.  Read more here  19:28

Long Island, NY: County Attorney To Explore Legal Action On Behalf of Commercial Fishing Industry

The Suffolk County Legislature at its July 29 General Meeting unanimously passed a resolution, sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), asking the County Attorney to explore legal action against the Federal Government on behalf of Suffolk’s commercial fishermen to correct inequitable fishing quotas. Read more here 19:06

Alright Fishermen. Listen up! How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA

Think NOAA/NMFS!    How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA A new report was released today by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, and it is damning. All this time that climate skeptics are accused of being in the employ of “big oil” is nothing more than a projection of their own greed. Read more here  Read the report  17:25

Can Chinese customers cotton to Canadian claws? Nova Scotia’s Tangier Lobster looks East as U.S. sales slump

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Tangier needs buyers willing to pay a premium price. Before the recession, Nova Scotia lobster exporters could rely on the U.S. market to wolf down a sizeable share of their annual output. Now, Tangier’s American sales are down, and the company is looking to make up the difference in Asia — particularly in the massive market emerging in China. Read more here 16:12

Good luck or genetics? Dave and Joe Marciano


Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum honors Biloxi’s seafood heritage with Hall of Fame

This weekend a new building loaded with 300 years worth of Biloxi’s rich seafood and maritime history will open.  The museum opens to the public Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Inductees to the museum’s Heritage Hall of Fame are listed. .Read more here 13:39

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 34′ COI Inspected Passenger/Charter/Dive/Research 315HP, 6 Cylinder Yanmar

ch3539_01 Specifications, information and 11 photo’s click here 12:55 To see all the boats in this series, Click here

Operator: Stranded Eco Tour Boat Was in Restricted Area

A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. Passengers will receive a refund on their $50 ticket, a $100 gift card for a future Boston Harbor Cruise and $500 cash for their troubles! Read more here 10:53

Who Let the Fish Out: Fish Hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest – vigilante fisherman? or some eco crazed fanatic?!!

Early in the morning of May 13th, 2014, an unknown fish vigilante stole into the Tokul Creek Fish Hatchery in the suburbs of Seattle and cut the padlocks on the juvenile steelhead trout pens, opening the passage between the hatchery and the river.  Read more here 10:20

House passes bill to amend Endangered Species Act

The House passed legislation Tuesday that would modify the Endangered Species Act. Republicans said that making the data publicly available would result in a more transparent process. (We want transparency!) But Democrats said the changes would only slow down the process of designating whether species are endangered. (We don’t want transparency!) “These bills will instead increase the amount of red tape,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). (Think National Ocean Policy) Read more here 09:50

F/V Demi Lynn, sinks at her Warren Town Wharf berth

demilynn2-640x414The 40-odd foot fishing boat, owned by Bristol resident Manuel “Butch” Perreira, sank at its Warren Town Wharf berth some time overnight Saturday into Sunday, coming to rest on its port side. “Nothing sadder than seeing a man’s boat on the bottom,” said one fellow fisherman who was watching crews go about their work. Read more here 09:28

Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral is deeper and broader than predicted

A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made by a team led by Charles Fisher, professor of biology at Penn State University. Read more here 08:52

EU Commissioner Damanaki will not return to Greece or Greek politics – approached by international organizations

Greece’s current European Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, will not return to Greece or Greek politics when her tenure ends in October, Kathimerini understands. Damanaki holds the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolio and it is thought that she will continue in this field after leaving the Commission. Sources said she has already been approached by international organizations. (I’m thinkin’ Pew/EDF/Oceana)  Read the rest here 08:06

F/V Huachinango saved from sinking by crew, Coast Guard

uscg-logoA commercial fishing vessel from Brownsville is slowly making its way back to port Tuesday, thanks to some quick actions by its crew and Coast Guard units. The  Command Center received a distress call from the 68-foot-long shrimping vessel Huachinango (“wha-chin-ahn-go”), taking on water 37 miles offshore of Baffin Bay at approximately 1:30 p.m Read more here  07:38

Hampton NH fisherman catches crustacean sensation

nh calicoAn extremely rare marine creature has been creating quite a buzz around Hampton Beach since a local fisherman pulled it from the mouth of Hampton Harbor last week. Josiah Beringer found a bright orange calico lobster with dark blue spots in one of his traps July 23 and decided to donate it to the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium for educational purposes. Read more here 07:10

Judge: Dongwon knew seiner was unseaworthy before sinking

A judge with the District Court of Guam has determined Dongwon Industries knew about the unseaworthy condition of a vessel it allegedly owned and operated before sending its captains out to sea, and in turn, to their deaths. This determination is included as part of judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr.’s decision to deny a Dongwon-linked company, Majestic Blue Fisheries, LLC, its petition to limited its liability for the June 2010 sinking of the fishing vessel Majestic Blue and the deaths of the vessel’s captain and chief engineer. Read more here 20:54

Lobstermen victims of circumstance! Whale watcher boat Cetacea? Lobster rope? How about a big assed piece of cable!

Initial attempts by the divers to clear the line from the propeller were unsuccessful. Original reports indicated a lobster pot line was caught in the propeller, but further analysis revealed it was a cable from Northeast Gateway’s offshore facility which required additional dive resources and heavy duty equipment for removal. Read more here 18:56

PETA Plans to Fly Vegan Banner over Rockland Lobster Festival

An animal rights group says it plans to hire an airplane to fly over the Lobster Festival here tomorrow that will carry a banner reading “Keep your paws of their claws: Try vegan.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the plane will circle the festival every 15 minutes starting at just after noon, until 2:30 p.m. on the event’s opening day, to highlight the organizations belief that lobsters feel pain and fear, and are killed in gruesome ways for human consumption. mpbn 18:07

Canada’s trawlers drastically cut bycatch, why can’t Alaska’s?

Sometimes there’s big money to be made prolonging a problem. One short sentence sums up nearly 20 years of work by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council on trawl bycatch. During the February 1997 meeting of the NPFMC a representative from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans gave a presentation on how that country reduced trawl bycatch while catching ALL of its trawl quota. Read more here 18:00

Ocean Acidification Is an Imminent Threat for Alaska Fishing Communities

Keeping Alaska’s fisheries wild and sustainable is going to be a serious challenge in the years ahead as our oceans become more acidic, and that in turn, is going put many Alaskans’ subsistence way of life at risk, says a new report. Minor says the problem is “still far enough over the horizon” that local fishermen haven’t seen any impacts on the fishing grounds, but adds, “those of us who are paying attention are worried.” Read more here 16:45

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Putting a price tag on corrosive oceans and the KSM mine sails through approval.

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Fishing communities in Southeast and Southwest Alaska face the highest risk from increasingly corrosive oceans.,,  In another threat to the Panhandle’s fisheries – British Columbia’s KSM mine has sailed through the permitting process. Read more here 16:26

American Samoa: Loss of tuna treaty will hurt canneries

Tri Marine International, owners of Samoa Tuna Processors says the competitiveness of their cannery will be impacted if their fishing vessels cannot fish in nearby fishing grounds. Access to fishing grounds in the Pacific region are guaranteed under the South Pacific Tuna Treaty which the United States has with several island countries. However negotiations have failed to extend the treaty past this year. Tri Marine has 10 US flag purse seiners based in American Samoa  and fishing in the western and central Pacific Ocean. Read more here 12:52

Banner year for gray whale calves

Marine observers spotted 431 pairs of mothers and calves swimming north to the Arctic this year, the National Oceanic Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center reported. That count translates to an estimated total of 1,500 to 1,600 calves born in Baja lagoons this year, said researcher Wayne Perryman, although he said he hasn’t crunched the final numbers. Read more here 10:58

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat in Pamlico Sound, NC

uscg-logoWatchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a call via VHF-FM radio from the operator of the 70-foot fishing boat Capt Ryan at about 11:20 p.m. Monday reporting an 18-year-old male crew member collapsed and experienced a seizure. Read more here 10:20

Research set-aside helps sustain Atlantic sea scallop fishery

A recent article in Nation’s Restaurant News calls the scallop “the mollusk of the moment,” but just 20 years ago, the U.S. fishery for Atlantic sea scallops was unsustainable, with the population near record lows and fishing at a record high. Now, a research set-aside program, funded entirely by proceeds from selling a , is helping to ensure that the fishery remains healthy. Read more here 09:17

The EU Discard Ban: Landing all catches is a recipe for disaster

Following a successful campaign by environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and some of their celebrity friends in the catering trade, reforms to the European Union Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) mean that a ban on discarding fish at sea – known as the landings obligation – will come into force from that date. Let me state categorically that nobody, least of all fishermen, wants to see healthy fish being thrown back into the sea. Read more here 09:03

PEI: Oyster company receives $205K to fund expansion

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2An expansion at the. is expected to increase its annual sales of oysters by one million — or about 22 per cent. The federal and provincial governments are giving the company $205,000 to help fund the expansion. The money will be used to purchase new oyster grading and aquaculture equipment. Read more here 08:34

National View: It’s now or never for blue crabs

sct logoTwo years ago, you could pretty much bank on it: Leave the dock at 5:30 or 6 a.m. and be back by 9 with a bushel or so of scrappy male crabs. Then it was just a matter of hooking up the cooker, herding the crabs into the steamer and sitting back for the 25 minutes or so it takes to turn them red and scrumptious. Read more here 08:15

Final tab for Cohen Commission tops $37 million

The federal inquiry into B.C.’s Fraser River sockeye fishery cost at least $37.3 million, according to a public disclosure this month. That’s far higher than the $26.4-million price tag has long been associated with the 2012 report by Justice Bruce Cohen. The difference is that the lower figure reflected direct Cohen commission costs. Read more here 22:59

55-year-old fisherman Coast Guard medevaced Monday afternoon, 8 miles offshore of Port Aransas

Trissy GirlCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard rescue boat crew medevaced a 55-year-old fisherman suffering from diabetic symptoms Monday afternoon, 8 miles offshore of Port Aransas. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a distress call from the captain of the commercial fishing boat Trissy Girl at approximately 12:30 p.m., saying one of his crewmembers was reportedly suffering from diabetic symptoms and that insulin was ineffective. Read more here 21:36

Fishermen prove good at predicting fish stock levels

Fishermen are just as good as scientists at predicting the level of commercial fish stocks, according to startling new research. A comparison of skippers’ knowledge and catch/effort data with scientifically collected data found that they reached similar conclusions about the distribution and abundance of stocks in the North Sea. Read more here 15:51

FREEPORT, Maine – Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay

Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. Read more here 15:33

Researchers tackle unseen crab mortality in Alaskan groundfish fisheries, win best paper award.

“The only way to have a substantial harvest of flatfish species is with a trawl. The question is how to make trawl fishing as sustainable as possible,” said Craig Rose, a biologist with NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center and the lead author of the study. “Some people think that’s not a tractable question. I believe it is.” This research would not have been possible without the participation of fishermen. Read more here 14:57

Garden State Seafood Association supports reform of the Endangered Species Act

The GSSA supports the following bill’s HR 4315, HR 4316, HR 4317, HR 4318. Read the letter to their delegation here, and visit the GSSA website here. 14:29

Deep-sea cameras reveal commercial fisheries having little impact on seafloor biodiversity

The Australia Antarctic Division has developed a new system of deep sea cameras to explore the impact of commercial fishing on biodiversity. They spent eight years studying the seafloor in the Heard Island and McDonald Island Marine Reserve in the Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean, south-west of Australia. The cameras show 98 per cent of sensitive seafloor biodiversity remains pristine after 16 years of commercial fishing. Read more here 11:58

Economic Impacts of the Mississippi Seafood Industry

Rapid changes in the economic structure of the Mississippi commercial fishing and seafood-related industry were observed during the last decade. Local spending by both the harvesting and processing sectors declined due to changing internal and external environments affecting the industry. Read more here  pdf report here  11:39

New Measures Proposed for Federal Waters Lobster Fishery

Seeking comments on proposed changes to the federal-register for Lobster Conservation Management Areas 2, 3, 4, and 5, including trap reductions in Areas 2 and 3, and broodstock measures is Areas 2, 3, 4, and 5. The proposed measures aim to reduce fishing exploitation and reduce latent effort in the trap fishery to scale the fishery to the size of the Southern New England lobster stock.   The deadline for public comment is August 25, 2014. Read more here  ASMFC info here 11:23

Fred Woodman, veteran Newfoundland and Labrador advocate for seafood industry, dead at 83

Fred Woodman Sr., a fish processor who spent much of his career advocating for Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishing industry, has died. He was 83. Woodman founded Woodman’s Fisheries in 1972, and turned New Harbour, Trinity Bay, into a hub of the industry. Read more here 09:16

N.S. group wants answers about lobster levy

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The province’s fish packers association says it’s surprised by the new provincial government’s proposed levy on lobster. Marilyn Clark, executive director of the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, says she and others heard about it only when the minister announced the plan to collect five cents-a-pound. Read more here 09:06

New regulations rankle lobstermen

Outer Cape lobster fishermen say that new federal regulations protecting whales don’t just threaten their livelihood, they threaten their lives. “This is the first (lobster) regulation where you will have wholesale civil disobedience,” predicted Orleans lobsterman Steve Smith, while transferring totes of lobsters from his skiff to his pickup truck at Snowshore Landing recently. “People just aren’t going to do it.” Read more here 08:53

The offshore oil clock is ticking

Obama BPMaybe you saw the story recently about seismic testing in the Atlantic getting the green light from the feds. The AP story described it as “the first real step toward ,,,, The next sentence in the story summed up the perspective of those who were not thrilled by this decision by the Obama administration:“. . .[I]t dismayed people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism, and activists said it stains President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.” Read more here 04:21

Marine Corps to comply with marine mammal protection

CHERRY POINT -The Marine Corps has requested a five-year authorization from National Marine Fisheries for incidental deaths of bottlenose dolphins during training at Brant Island Bombing Target and Piney Island Bombing Range. Read more here 21:27

Alaska: Governor’s appointments are a joke, but he’s not kidding

This is the time of year year when the governor appoints people to official positions. Parnell is delivering a couple of real doozies. In searching high and low (especially low) for a fisheries advisor, the governor landed on the six-year spokesmodel for the Pebble mine project, a guy named Ben Mohr. You know Pebble, the project that plans to build a giant poison lake at the headwaters of Alaska’s most productive salmon rivers. Mohr is definitely a guy you want making policy to ensure the health of our fisheries for the next millennium. Read more here 15:33

American Golds Seafoods faces $112,500 fine for 2013 oil spill near Anacortes

ANACORTES — American Gold Seafoods faces a $112,500 penalty for an oil spill caused by the accidental sinking of its vessel the Clam Digger in July 2013 near Anacortes. The state Department of Ecology investigated the cause of the sinking and spill and determined that negligence was a key factor. Read more here 15:18

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update as pdf for July 25, 2014  09:34