Monthly Archives: August 2014

In the LA Times: Cape Cod’s namesake fish population rapidly disappearing

Today’s catch: pounds of skate, a fish that looks like a sting ray until fishermen catch it, when they cut off its wings and throw the body back into the water. The skate wings, white triangular pieces of flesh trailed by streams of blood, slide down ramps onto the loading dock. “Eeeewww,” says 5-year-old Felix Haight. “It looks like raspberry jelly,” he adds, as his mother wrinkles her nose. The next boat brings in dogfish, which looks like a mix between a shark and a lizard, Read the rest here 19:34

Virginia watermen fight mounting regulations

Virginia waterman are passionate. One wrote into [email protected] that the watermen have been cut short on income through the early closing of their oyster season. Another told us on Thursday that in less than 25 years, there have been more than 20 new regulations, and none of them have done what they’re supposed to do. Read the rest here, Video 12:45

Here’s The Hard Work That Goes Into Catching Your Lobster – Lots of great photos in this article

Lobster boat captain Craig Stewart and sternman Tim Lovett start work before sunrise and haul traps for hours on end. To experience the life of a Maine lobsterman last summer we headed to Portland, Maine and spent a day aboard Stewart’s 36-foot working lobster boat. Read the rest here, lots of photos  11:22

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, August 31, 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 the update here 11:00

Twenty-thousand Turkish vessels will set sail on Monday as the country’s fishing season starts in earnest.

Almost 20,000 registered fish boats will cast off on Monday. The Turkish phrase for this event is “Vira Bismillah” – literally ‘raising the anchor in the name of God’.  Another veteran, Mehmet Reis – “Captain Mehmet” – an experienced sailor with a deeply-lined face who has spent more than a third of his life fishing, claims Turkish people do not have enough appreciation for fish. “This is medicine, do not call this ‘fish’,”  Read the rest here  10:28

The CG36500 Historic Coast Guard lifeboat rescues kayaker

More than 62 years after the CG36500 lifeboat rescued 32 men off the coast of Chatham in what became known as the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, it is still saving lives. Read the rest here 09:37

Lobster season’s assessment: ‘normal’ with good eating ahead

A recent Associated Press story citing a slower-than-usual lobster harvest in Maine. Executive Editor Rod Doherty asked if I was interested in doing a comparison piece about our New Hampshire lobster catch. I giggled and thought, “Rod you’ve come to the right place.” Read the rest here 08:30

Parasitic lampreys feed on bumper Fraser River sockeye run

The parasitic Pacific lamprey is taking a bite out of the estimated more than 21 million sockeye returning to the Fraser River this year — a bumper harvest but short of the unexpectedly high returns of 2010. But sockeye are showing up this year with chunks taken out of their bodies, raising concerns about the lamprey’s impact on the spawning migration. Read the rest here 01:50

Some Dangerous People will Assemble on September 10, 2014, and you should be aware of this.

Casting the Net: A More Efficient Approach to U.S. Fisheries Management – The Brookings Institution – Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin will open the forum. discussion paper by economist Christopher Costello of the University of California, Santa Barbara, joined by Lee Crockett, Director of U.S. Oceans at the Pew Charitable Trusts; Amanda Leland, Vice President of Oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund; John Pappalardo, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance; and Captain Steve Tomeny of Steve Tomeny Charters. Read this.     Read the rest here  20:22

We Can Restore Atlantic Cod – Are You Listening Pew?

An open letter to The Pew Charitable Trusts We just need to restore and revive their ocean plankton pastures.  The top fish-head at the Pew Charitable Trust has published an op-ed about the disappearing Atlantic Cod titled, “Prey For Return of Atlantic Cod Population” in a New England Eco Publication.  Here’s my open letter in response… pew pew pew… Read the rest here  14:12

Does Long Island Want a Pipeline off our Beaches?

Liberty Natural Gas had applied to construct a deepwater LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal. Here’s some of the concerns: The proposed deepwater port and offshore pipeline lie east of thriving coastal communities that are home to many residents of the State as well as precious plant, fish, animal and avian species. This coastal area also supports recreational and commercial fishing, shellfisheries and tourism industries. . . .Read the rest here 10:32

Letter: Blame Congress, not NOAA, for fisheries plight – Sam Novello, Gloucester

Fishing has been in my family for generations, and I have been a commercial fisherman my entire life. In 1990, I was advised to get out of commercial fishing by a reliable source who indicated that our government planned to further limit U.S. fishing efforts in order to trade American technology for foreign fish. Read the rest here (2 page views, 5 free per month) GDT 09:10

Marrero Man Sentenced for Illegal Fish Sales in Plaquemines Parish – Takes Undercover Agents on Illegal Charter!!!

Joseph Morris III, 30, pleaded guilty to selling fish without a fresh products license, failing to maintain records, taking commercial fish without a vessel license, selling game fish illegally, selling spotted sea trout without a permit, selling spotted sea trout without a rod and reel license, taking/selling undersized spotted sea trout, possessing commercial red drum illegally and failing to comply with charter boat regulations. Read the rest here 08:57

Commercial fishermen say water rules would be costly

When commercial fishing vessels unload their hauls on deck, crews usually gut their catch and put it on ice for the trip back to shore. Then they do something that could land them in trouble under a six-year-old law: They hose down the decks, sending the bloody mix of guts and scales into the water. Read the rest here 08:42

Before there was Global Warming, Sixty years ago, two hurricanes a week apart did double damage on Cape Cod

Hurricane Carol on Aug. 31, 1954, and Edna less than two weeks later on Sept. 11, struck during what local researchers call the “golden age” of hurricanes from 1935 to 1960, years that saw other Category 3 storms such as the infamous Hurricane of ’38, the 1944 Hurricane and Hurricane Donna in 1960. Read the rest here  08:00

Coast Guard rescue crews assisted a Canadian-flagged fishing vessel early Friday morning

uscg-logoCoast Guard rescue crews assisted a Canadian-flagged fishing vessel early Friday morning after it began taking on water near Chandler Bay, Maine. Watchstanders at the Sector Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine, received a mayday call at 4:28 a.m. from the three-person crew aboard the Jill Marie, indicating their 50-foot vessel struck a rock and was taking on water. Read more here 19:36

Record Numbers Of Salmon And Orcas Flood Pacific Coast

Sockeye_in_seine-470x260Record numbers of salmon, sockeye salmon, in never before seen abundance are swimming into the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia according to the numbers published by the Pacific Salmon Commission. The rate at which the prized sockeye are arriving is 170% of that of the previous record year of 2010 arrived more than 34 million strong. (Note: The 34 million number is the “official count,” the total number of fish returning is normally said to be 20% higher than the “official count.” Thus in 2012 upwards of 40+ million sockeye likely made it home.) Read more here 18:39

Alaska’s Chinook salmon – Army of researchers tracks chinook decline

More than 100 researchers and three dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska’s Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007. The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative that includes 12 major river systems from Southeast Alaska to the Yukon. Read more here 17:01

Final Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan

NOAA destroying fishermenThe Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is now available.  Amendment 7 is intended to meet several objectives, which are driven by statutory mandates under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act, including to: Read more here 16:41

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update – August 29, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for August 29, 2014  16:09

Maine proposes rules to manage growing black sea bass fishery. Black Sea Bass, ya say!!!!

Maine fishery officials are proposing regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state’s waters. Scientists say black sea bass are increasing in Maine’s waters because of temperature increase over the past 10 years. You don’t say! Read more here 15:14

Eddie Emery: A man in a building in a city somewhere

Eddie Emery Black Sea BassA man in a building in a city somewhere says there’s no seabass to catch…every trap every day all summer…but I must be wrong 14:54



The Patriot Ledger – OUR OPINION: Save the whales, but don’t kill lobster fishing

20131005_162959At the core of the dispute is the claim by NOAA, the National Marine Fisheries Service and others that the whales traversing the seas not far from our coasts are increasingly at risk of becoming snared by the trap lines and other gear of lobster fishing as they surface and dive while foraging for food. But NOAA hasn’t outlined the specific data showing the need for such action,,, Read more here 13:38

75-year-old Little Torch Key man pleaded guilty this week to federal charges of illegally selling bonnethead sharks

 faces five years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines. However, Horan doubted the judge will send the older man, who lost one of his arms in a fishing accident decades ago, to prison. “We wouldn’t have taken the plea if he was going to prison,” Horan said. Read more here 09:33

New Bedford: Is family tradition of fishing ending?

Tom Williams and SonsThe trials and tribulations of contemporary commercial fishermen are well known in seaports throughout New England, but while their futures appear bleak in the eyes of some, there are others who dispute that notion.,, Many fear the rich tradition of “inter-generational fishing” — the once-common trend of fishermen spawning fishermen from their offspring — is nearing the point of extinction. Read more here 08:47

Canadian Coast Guard Inaugurates CCGS Leim

The Canadian Coast Guard inaugurated its newest near-shore fisheries research vessel CCGS LeimCCGS Leim on 26 August. The vessel was named in honour of the late Dr. Alexander Henry Leim, a DFO scientist who dedicated his life to fisheries research. 07:39

New Brunswick: Research links clam behaviour to climate change

New research is linking clam behaviour to climate change. That shift in behaviour could be contributing to increasingly low soft-shell clam populations on the Bay of Fundy. Researcher Jeff Clements at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John says clams tend to refuse to burrow into ocean sediment that has high acidity Read more here 07:18

Feds agree to return $71,500 stolen from fishermen’s cooperative in South Thomaston

One of the largest fishermen’s cooperative in the state will get back $71,500 seized by police during an investigation into the theft of more than $1 million in lobsters. The money was seized in October 2012 as part of a criminal investigation into Thompson, J.P. Shellfish of Eliot, and its owner John Price, 58, of Kittery. Read more here 17:50

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Gubernatorial Fisheries Debate Tonight! 7 PM, (11PM eastern)

Governor Sean Parnell,  Byron Mallott and Bill Walker square off over fish, and mining! Watch the debate here, kmxt ustream tv  16:40


Sockeye salmon are flooding into Campbell River and Fishermen Missing Out on Once in a Lifetime Salmon Run – Video

Sockeye salmon are flooding into Campbell River now in numbers never seen by lifelong fisherman, but there is growing frustration that quota limits mean the commercial fishing community is missing out on an ocean of opportunity. Watch the Video here 16:18

North Carolina: New rules set for gill-net fishing

Gill-net fishermen have new requirements designed to protect an addition to the endangered species list. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently signed an agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service that implements a statewide incidental take permit for Atlantic sturgeon in the estuarine large-mesh and small-mesh anchored gill net fisheries. Read more here  15:26

NOAA has closed Cod, yellowtail fishing areas

NOAA destroying fishermenThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed two areas to fishing. The Eastern U.S./Canada area of Georges Bank has been closed through April 30, 2015 to all Northeast multispecies common pool vessels. NOAA has also closed the yellowtail flounder fishery through the end of August and the Eastern part of Georges’ Bank for common pool boats through April 30, 2015. Read more here 12:46

Researchers developing fishing forecast to help watermen avoid vulnerable species

Weather KittyWhen fishermen are at sea to catch monkfish, fluke or other commercial seafood, much larger fish can unintentionally wind up in their nets. Hauling in sand tiger sharks and Atlantic sturgeon can be particularly problematic—not only are they big, they are protected by strict regulations.  Read more here  10:51

Gladiator: Swordfish Life Cycle

swordfishlifecycleAs a fishery biologist working aboard commercial fishing vessels back in the 1990s, I can still remember the first broadbill swordfish (Xiphias gladius) I saw captured in the western North Atlantic Ocean.  Besides its brilliant, radiant blue color, I remember becoming instantly fascinated by the swordfish’s bill; it’s no wonder why Linnaeus named it after the Latin word for sword, gladius, back in 1758. Read more here 09:55

Kenai Peninsula hopes to host Board of Fisheries meetings

Municipalities across the Kenai Peninsula are slated to consider asking the Alaska Board of Fisheries hold the 2017 Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meetings on the Kenai Peninsula. “It would make sense since 80 percent of the discussions are peninsula based,” he said. “Peninsula residents are involved from every facet whether they are sport fishermen, setnetters or drifters.” Read more here 09:30

Linda Bean says Rockland lobster processing plant has fixed FDA violations

A major lobster processor claims to have fixed a long list of FDA violations. Linda Bean says she has addressed everything on the list. An FDA spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the FDA believes Linda Bean’s corrections are adequate. BDN 09:20

Gulf of Maine Cod Peer Review Meeting – Live Streaming Informatio​n for Aug. 28-29, 2014

Scientists with the National Marine Fisheries Service say the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is estimated to be three to four percent of its target level. They key food species is experiencing low catches in states such as Maine and Massachusetts.  Attend the meeting by webinar. Information is here  08:01

Tributes flow for big, loving, New Zealand Fisherman Leighton Muir

Leighton Muir died at sea“That big personality of yours sure had an effect on so many lives but especially your family,” sister Krystle Muir. “You dreamed big and I know you would have made all your dreams come true. You worked so hard to make them happen.” “He was a happy, hard-working young man who always had a great big, beaming smile. “He was always looking for the next adventure. He was a lovely, grounded and caring young man,” Read more here  22:11

Its never enough. National Marine Sanctuary eco bureaucracy panel says more protected marine zones likely needed

New ecological reserves should be considered as part of an updated marine zoning plan for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, local advisors say. Read more here  19:55


tweedledee beenie duvalwogangsterumdieeckeknallen-hauptfoto“DOER … saw NSTAR’s merger application as an opportunity to accomplish through backroom strong-arming what Massachusetts was not lawfully permitted to do openly and directly: to compel NSTAR to enter a contract procuring electricity from Cape Wind at a price high enough to allow Cape Wind to build,” according to the brief. Read more here  19:27

La. shrimpers encouraged to report Asian tiger prawn catches

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is aware of and constantly monitoring the presence of Asian tiger prawns, a non-native species, in Louisiana waters. LDWF officials are asking local shrimp harvesters to report catches of tiger prawns to the Department. Read more here 16:52

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 55′ Fiberglass Dragger/Shrimper, 540HP Cummins,

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Specifications, information and 28 photo’s click here 12:55 To see all the boats in this series, Click here 14:27

Eel fishermen meet with DFO to prevent gear conflicts

The eel fishing season has started on Prince Edward Island and representatives from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans have met with fishermen to help prevent any trouble. Higher eel prices and a decline in other fishing industries have encouraged people to harvest eels. Read more here 11:39

San Mateo County Harbor District defends itself: Board of Commissioners responds to civil grand jury report calling for dissolution

The district has come under strict public scrutiny after a stack of uncashed rent checks surfaced, commercial fishing industry representatives claims that they’re misrepresented and commissioners slinging insults in public forums.  Read more here  10:51

William Y. Brown, chief environmental officer for BOEM says, Stop Freaking Out Over Seismic. It’s Harmless!

I wanted to take some time to clear up a few misperceptions about the bureau’s decision and what it means. As a scientist who has spent a good part of my career working in non-governmental environmental organizations and in industry, I understand and appreciate advocacy. At the same time, I believe that everyone benefits by getting the facts right. Read more here 10:35

Big Green, Diversify or Die! (I thought it was about the Environment) It’s about employment!

The newly launched Diverse Environmental Leaders National Speakers Bureau, or “DEL,” convened yesterday on the 98th birthday of the National Park Service to convey chiefly two things: That environmentalists of color are plentiful and available as employees and leaders, and that environmental groups and government agencies have no legitimate excuses for having predominantly white workforces. Read more here 10:21

Pay attention to this one. Proposed Rule. List of Fisheries for 2015

nmfs_logoThe National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. comment period that ends in 28 days (09/24/2014)  Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. Read more here 09:43

Oregon Wildlife officials confirm economic position of coast’s fishing industry

“First of all, we don’t have the population pressures on our coast that Washington and California do,” he said. “So, we have room for commercial fisheries — fleets, processing centers — those are the kind of things that have been the backbone of the Oregon coast for many decades. But, that’s really true now, thanks to the increased demand for the quality seafood that we produce off our coast.” Read more here, 09:03

Kiwi dies on commercial fishing trawler

Capt MJ SouzaA Nelson man has died after being struck by a wire on a commercial fishing vessel on the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand authorities are investigating after Leighton Muir, 27, died on board the Talley’s operated fishing vessel Captain MJ Souza near Kiribati on Sunday. A Maritime New Zealand spokeswoman said a crew member had been “struck by a wire under tension”. Read more here 08:47

Central Valley irrigators ask judge to stop releases for salmon

Agricultural water providers in California’s Central Valley have asked a federal judge to stop the newly approved releases of extra water intended to help salmon in the Klamath Basin survive the drought. Read more here  08:07

Attorney: Yup’ik Fishermen Wrongfully Convicted

Attorneys argued before the Alaska Court of Appeals in downtown Anchorage today about whether Yup’ik fishermen, who fished for Chinook or king Salmon during a closure on the Kuskokwim River in 2012, were wrongfully convicted. Listen, and Read more here 07:52

Coast Guard, good Samaritans assist fishing vessel near Sitka, Alaska

Sandra L USCGKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and three good Samaritan vessels assisted the fishing vessel  after it began taking on water near Cosmos Cove Tuesday morning. Read more here  20:08

AK retaliates against Russian seafood boycott; Mariculture RFPs wanted

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska retaliates against Russia’s seafood boycott reactions and help wanted to get Alaska mariculture moving.  If Russia won’t buy US salmon roe, pollock, whiting and other seafoods, we won’t buy theirs.  Read more here 16:53

Aug. 28-29 – Gulf of Maine Cod Peer Review Meeting – Sheraton Harborside Hotel Portsmouth, NH

nefmc logoMeeting: The public is invited to listen in to a panel of scientific experts who will review the recently released Draft Gulf of Maine Cod Operational Assessment Report.The meeting is scheduled to convene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Please click here for all meeting documents, including the agenda and other materials to be considered. Webinar Information: Click here to join in online   Full Press Release here 13:47

Pound Net Watermen Prepare for Menhaden Bycatch Limits

Today, a Maryland waterman with a pound net can catch as many menhaden as he or she would like,  on Friday, that gets cut back to 6,000 pounds a day to protect the species from overfishing, Video, and Read more here 12:26

Japan plans to propose a 50 percent cut on catches of young bluefin tuna in the Western and Central Pacific

Japan plans to propose a 50 percent cut on catches of young bluefin tuna in the Western and Central Pacific, officials said Tuesday (Aug 26), in a historic shift aimed at safeguarding the at-risk species. Tokyo – the world’s biggest consumer of tuna – has been reluctant to reduce catches, despite mounting scientific evidence that stocks are near collapse. Read more here 11:35

Three brothers who live in the Lower Keys, buyer charged in spiny lobsters take case

Three brothers who live in the Lower Keys have been indicted for harvesting spiny lobsters from illegal habitat called casitas, catching more than their daily commercial bag limit and falsifying commercial fishing reports to conceal their take. A commercial fish wholesale buyer has also been charged Read more here 08:25

‘Adopted’ baby lobsters released in Shediac Bay

Thousands of baby lobsters have a new home near Shediac, thanks to an adoption program designed to sustain the species and the industry. Lobster larvae have less than a one per cent chance of growing to maturity in the wild, said Diego Ritchie, the program co-ordinator. Read more here 08:09

Katsheshuk Fisheries fined $90K for incident that killed worker

A St. John’s court has fined Katsheshuk Fisheries $90,000 for occupational health and safety charges laid after a man was killed on a shrimp trawler two years ago. Aaron Cull, 25, was killed in February 2012 when a metal door on a holding tank fell on his neck while he was working on the trawler . Cull’s father, Kenneth Cull, was on board the Katsheshuk II when the accident occurred; he was one of the first people to reach his son. Read more here 07:53