Monthly Archives: September 2014

35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Observers last week saw about 50 carcasses on the beach from animals that may have been killed in a stampede, and the agency was assembly a necropsy team to determine their cause of death. Read the rest here 21:18

Letter: Ludger W. Dochtermann, Bycatch 14-011 (C7) CGOA Trawl Bycatch Management Discussion Paper & CFAs etc.

Secretary Pritzker, Chair Olson and NPFMC members: My name is Ludger W. Dochtermann, owner of the F/V Stormbird and F/V Northpoint. Among the species we fish are Halibut and Sablefish. We tender salmon, as well. 1. I remain steadfastly against the allocation of Groundfisheries Catch Shares in the Gulf of Alaska. 2. I especially oppose the awarding of Bycatch Quotas of Halibut, Salmon and other species. Bycatch quotas are,,,  Read the rest here 20:21

NRDC petitions NMFS to list a new (and very endangered) species. Of course they do.

About 50 mysterious baleen whales live in an underwater canyon off the Florida Panhandle, making them the only resident baleen whales, aka great whales, in the Gulf of Mexico. Several other baleen species visit the Gulf, but these 50 leviathans are the only ones known to live there year-round. But new genetic testing suggests the 50 Gulf whales might be a distinct subspecies of Bryde’s — or a new species altogether. If so,,, Read the rest here 19:39

Another hit for the (inshore) Newfoundland shrimp fishery

SHRIMP-master675The total allowable catch for shrimp in the NAFO area this year is about 4,300 tonnes, of which Canada has been allocated 3,580 tonnes. With the loss of this quota in 2015, and possible shrimp quota reductions in fishing areas regulated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), an ongoing battle between the inshore and offshore fishery sectors is certain to heat up again. Read the rest here 16:37

A fishing Veteran returns to harbor

Veteran, Gig HarborJake Bujacich and Nick Fahey sat in the fo’c’sle (the front underside of a boat, for those unfamiliar with maritime lingo) of the Veteran and tried to count how many of the boats built at the Skansie Ship Building Company are still around today. The answer was somewhat disappointing: Not many. Read the rest here 16:03

Oh WOW, Man. Not the Pot Gardens! – Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

 Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency’s website. Read the rest here 15:38

North Carolina DMF treading water on JEA, waiting for approval from top government officials

The state budget, echoing a directive from the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, gave Dr. Louis Daniel, NCDMF’s executive director, the authority to enter into an Joint Enforcement Agreement with the  that would provide the state with an estimated $600,000 per year to allow the marine patrol and NMFS enforcement officers to respond to fisheries violations in either state or federal waters off North Carolina. Read the rest here 14:54

Southeast Alaska dive fisheries open in October

Southeast Alaska commercial dive fishermen are gearing up to start fishing for geoduck clams and sea cucumbers in October. For geoducks, a complicated fishery has become even more so following last year’s Chinese ban on U.S. Pacific coast shellfish. Read the rest here 11:59

Harvesters find possible commercial shrimp stock near Nunavut’s northernmost hamlet

The discovery of those two species, and in such large numbers, has Grise Fiord taking the first steps towards opening a local, inshore fishery. “The excitement in our community is unbelievable,” said Jaypetee Akeeagok, chairman of Iviq Hunter and Trapper Organization, in a Sept. 29 release put out by the Arctic Fishery Alliance. Read the rest here 11:47

Greenland killer whale butchering in photo posted on Facebook

Inuit in eastern Greenland have been hunting more killer whales as climate change leaves the area free of ice longer, says a Dane who recently posted a photo on Facebook of a hunter butchering a whale.  Thomas Bilde Below lives in Copenhagen, but travels to Greenland every year. “It doesn’t have the same fishy taste that other whale meats. I think it’s one of the best whale meats I’ve tasted ever,” says Below. Read the rest here 11:18

PEI: Fishermen, processors try to sway Jason Kenney on foreign workers

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association and Seafood Processors Association spent two hours Sunday with  trying to change his mind about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. The purpose of the meeting was to explain to the minister why they couldn’t find local Islanders to staff their operations. Read the rest here 11:06

Cod threat: Closures, ban in mix

gdt iconThe full New England Fishery Management Council  for managing Gulf of Maine cod when it meets this week for the first time since the release of the unscheduled and dire stock assessment that showed the state of the species worsening rather than improving. Read the rest here 09:22

Bigelow Lab in the summer found a record-low growth rate for plankton, a crucial food source.

In recent years, the researchers have measured a fivefold decline in the growth rate of phytoplankton, an indication of lower levels of the critical single-celled plants at the bottom of the marine food chain. Because phytoplankton are food for fish larvae, a lower abundance of phytoplankton could mean lower numbers of adult fish populations years from now, Balch said Based on measurements this year between June and September, however, the growth rate of phytoplankton is on pace to be at the lowest level since 2001. Read the rest here  08:24

Fishing Partnership Support Services – Health insurance open enrollment begins November 15th

img-logo-fpssFeel free to contact us for assistance or if you have any questions about your health insurance You can reach us at (888) 282-8816 or visit our website – http://fishingpartnership.org/ 23:43

Sockeye season good, but it could have been better – overly cautious escapement policies cost B.C. fishermen $20 million

When 21 million sockeye salmon return just five years after stocks crashed below two million, it’s hard to complain. But commercial fishermen in B.C. will leave about $20 million on the table this year, according to one estimate, thanks to overly cautious escapements this year. As this year’s Fraser River sockeye season drew to a close last week, returns were estimated at 20.8 million. Read the rest here 23:16

Ginger Zee of ‘Good Morning America’ heads north to work a fishing boat on ‘Deadliest Catch’

Zee joins the crew of the family-owned Northwestern, a 125-foot fishing ship. She’ll spend time with Mandy Hansen, the first female crew member to be featured on “Deadliest Catch.” “The only thing I’m really worried about is getting seasick.” A former member of the crew who films the show once told us that even the most grizzled fishermen featured on “Deadliest Catch” usually spend much of their time on the Bering Sea tossing their cookies. WHAT?? Read the rest here

Ninth Circuit Outlaws Random Motorist Searches Over Fish – Fish Cop stop and search was Fourth Amendment violation.

Fish and Wildlife Captain Michael Cenci and his subordinates have followed the Tarabochias, detained them without cause, confronted them on their fishing boat and threatened them on several occasions with various criminal charges. In 2006, the brothers made a formal complaint to the local prosecutor who invited Cenci to discuss the issue in a meeting. Before it began, Cenci tried to frisk Joseph Tarabochia, which the prosecutor immediately stopped saying Cenci’s behavior was “outrageous.” Read the rest here  Fishing family’s civil-rights suit against state officials reinstated – the “organized crime of fishing.” here

Canada Wraps-Up Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Annual Meeting – A Mixed Bag

VIGO, SPAIN — On the heels of this year’s Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Annual Meeting, Fisheries and Oceans Canada highlighted the various management decisions taken by the Organization, with a view to ensuring conservation and sustainability. Read the rest here 18:38

Working Waterfront Festival – Annual blessing, UMass Dartmouth SMAST Recieves Friend of the Fishing Industry award

smastJames Kendall, of New Bedford Seafood Consulting, also spoke, and presented Offshore Mariners’ Wives Association Friend of the Fishing Industry awards to members of the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology . Kendall said in the past, the award went to key members of SMAST, or “captains.” “This year, we would like to try something a little different. This year we want to acknowledge their mate and crew,” Kendall said, referring to members of SMAST faculty and students. Read the rest here 17:15

Photo Article: China: Entire bays covered by wooden homes which provide two thirds of the world’s seafood

China fish farmsLatest figures show China’s aquaculture industry is now so large, at more than 32 million tons a year, it accounts for two thirds of the world’s entire production. Text and photo series here  16:38

Rutgers lab churning out baby horseshoe crabs

It’s part of an effort to replenish the population of horseshoe crabs, which is under pressure from habitat loss, commercial fishing that uses them as bait for whelk and eels (New Jersey prohibits harvesting them but neighboring Delaware does not), pollution and poachers. Read the rest here 15:50

Spanish Wells Fishing Industry in Serious Decline says Association – Dominican and US poachers a problem.

(Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, Bahamas) – The commercial fishing community in Spanish Wells has seen a downward trend in their ‘catch’ for the past four to five years, said, President of the Spanish Wells FishingRead the rest here  14:29

Maine Voices: Rebuild cod stock with low quotas and protection of older, larger females

Today, despite a wealth of survey data, a sophisticated process to estimate the number of fish and determine catch levels and a fishery that now operates well within these limits, we find ourselves with a cod stock that remains drastically overfished and unresponsive to our best rebuilding efforts. Read the rest here 11:50

Alaska’s 2014 Whaling Season in Photographs

Whaling-Monica-Edwardsen-jpgAlaska Native whaling crews are setting out for this year’s season, and Channel 2 viewers have sent in these photos of their catch thus far. See the rest here 09:04

Coldwater shrimp sector faces more cuts as NAFO closes Grand Banks

Further steep reductions in also known as northern shrimp, could come in 2015 in both the Grand Banks and Greenland. After years of declining catches in the Grand Banks, the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) has now recommended that all fishing in the Grand Banks be stopped next year. Read the rest here  08:30

Researcher warns of looming ‘catastrophe’ for St. Lawrence beluga population

MONTREAL – A researcher monitoring belugas in the St. Lawrence estuary is warning of a looming “catastrophe” after another difficult calving season for the endangered whale. “It’s a catastrophic trajectory we’re observing, and we don’t yet know exactly what are the causes for that,” Read the rest here 08:15

Warmer Chesapeake Bay will change fishery

Rom Lipcius, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has been crunching data from winter blue crab dredge surveys since 1990 and says the bay has warmed by half a degree more per decade than the global average of .3 to .5 degrees Fahrenheit. “As the bay warms, it will lose temperate species and the biogeographical boundary will shift a little further north and the bay will be more subtropical,” he said. Read the rest here 07:50

ODFW to host public meetings on commercial nearshore fishery

NEWPORT — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss the commercial black and blue rockfish and nearshore fisheries at three public meetings in Brookings, Port Orford and Pacific City in late September and early October. Read the rest here 17:53

Oak Island, NC – Dozens of dead sharks found washed ashore

Oak Island dead sharksThe NC Division of Marine Fisheries is investigating after dozens of dead sharks were found washed ashore on a popular beach strand in Brunswick County on Sunday morning. Michael Boswell, a local resident, was walking on the beach when he spotted “approximately 50 dead sharks” on the sand near Southeast 64th Street in Oak Island. Read the rest here  17:30

Cortez preservation group FISH continues to preserve fishing village’s heritage

Plum Taylor’s 80th birthday celebration was the first event held in the newly remodeled kitchen and dining area of the Fishermen’s Hall community complex. FISH paid about $240,000 for the church, parsonage, Sunday school building and a large vacant lot about five years ago and has been renovating and restoring the property, as funds allow, into a community center for  that hugs Sarasota Bay. Read the rest here 12:08

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, September 28, 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  10:59:07

ASMFC says Striped Bass on a downward trend – Watermen comment on proposed options

ASMFC SidebarThere are many options in front of the commercial striped bass fishery right now. The ASMFC’s striped bass management board is considering three options to reduce the striped bass fishery both coast-wide and in the Chesapeake Bay. The board is expected to make its decision at a conference in late October on whether it wants to spread out the regulations over three years or make the whole reduction in one year. Read the rest here 10:48

New England: Fisheries research collaborative calls for new regional projects

The University of New Hampshire-led Northeast Consortium has been selected to lead a new collaborative research initiative on the groundfish stocks and groundfish fishery in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The NEFMC stated in announcing the new funding initiative, “The NEC’s excellent track record over the course of 14 years speaks for itself.  Read the rest here 09:01

Working Waterfront bridges the generations in New Bedford

Every family fishing tradition has to start somewhere. Capt. Lou Lagace of the sea clamming vessel “Mariette” said his began with a summer job in 1978. “I’m first generation,” Lagace said Saturday, standing on the docks at the 11th annual Working Waterfront Festival. Although he was the first in his family to enter the industry, Lagace started the tradition when he brought in his 29-year-old son. Read the rest here 08:54

Craig Medred Trashes Fisherman, He Responds – Dispatch News fall short of journalistic standards

alaska dispatchMy name is Wally Page. I’ve been a Cook Inlet commercial fisherman since before statehood. I’m nobody special, just a regular Alaskan working hard to support my family. I’m not someone “in the news.” Nevertheless, on July 21 of this year, the Alaska Dispatch News published a long article entitled, Fish wars obscure need to manage for economic yield.” It was written by regular Dispatch columnist Craig Medred and focused on me. Read the rest here  07:02

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources opening more waters for shrimping on Monday

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will open additional waters for shrimping on Monday, Sept. 29, according to a news release. Beginning at 6 a.m., all waters south and west of a line beginning at beacon “18” in the Biloxi Bay Channel and,, Read the rest here 21:12

Swordfish washes ashore in Loon Bay!

It was a peculiar sight — a large swordfish washed ashore on a beach in Loon Bay on Sept. 16.  “It’s the first time I’ve seen a swordfish wash ashore. I’ve seen sunfish, but never one like this,” said Loon Bay resident Jon Lewis. The fish was approximately 12 feet long from the tip of its sword to its tail. Lewis estimated the sword was about three feet long.  Read the rest here 18:53

Fishermen get a Fair Shake, Opposition whines – Championing Ocean Conservation Or Paying Lip Service to the Seas?

President Barack Obama this week extended the no-fishing areas around three remote pacific islands, eliciting praise from some, and disappointment from those who fear the move did not go far enough towards helping depleted species of fish recover. “We missed a unique opportunity to do something important for the oceans,” said Doug McCauley, a marine ecologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Ingrate Read the rest here 18:07

Stupid Ketchikan man faces assault charge of federal fisheries officer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA 23-year-old Ketchikan man has been accused of swinging a knife in front of a federal fisheries officer. The agent noticed a large filet knife on the counter, and he moved it closer to him. Court documents allege Garcia asked him, “Are you scared?” He’s then accused of grabbing the knife and swinging in the air of front of the agent. Read the rest here  16:27

Under the Global Pew Manipulation: The deep-sea fishing, a new geopolitical issue?

ted stevens fan clubA huge operation to geostrategic nature is conducted to confiscate vast maritime and ocean spaces for the exclusive benefit of American interests. Cette manipulation est relayée en France et dans le monde par des ONG en relation étroite avec les acteurs américains de cette entreprise. This manipulation is relayed in France and worldwide by NGOs closely with American actors of this business. Read more about the Pew influence and Ocean Grabbing here 15:38

Council for Sustainable Fishing – Working to prevent a grouper closure and catch shares

council_fishing_headerLast week, I attended the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in Charleston, SC and wanted to make you aware of some important decisions made by the council. While the council approved increased Annual Catch Limits for a number of unassessed snapper-grouper species such as gray triggerfish (commercial and recreational ACLs will increase by about 40,000 lbs. and 51,000 lbs. respectively next year), the council was on the verge of slashing the overall scamp grouper ACL by over 40 percent, which had the potential of hurting fishermen, particularly in the Carolinas. Read the rest here

Officials Speak in Kodiak on Proposition Four, Bristol Bay Forever – Audio report

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell met with representatives from around the state in Kodiak this month to discuss ballot proposal four, which would prohibit mining projects if harmful to wild salmon in fisheries reserves. Executive director of the Renewable Resources Foundation Anders Gustafson made it clear that prop four would only effect large mining projects, it will not effect what he called “mom and pop” mines. Listen, and read the rest here 14:00

Who’s a seaman? Supreme Court may chart the waters

William Smith Dize’s life revolved around water. Dize died in 2012. His widow, Jennifer, is asking the Supreme Court to take her husband’s case. Some experts say the case could prove important to thousands of maritime workers who spend long periods on land and shorter bursts at sea, including salmon fishermen in Alaska, workers on fire boats and salvage vessels, and even those who repair undersea telephone cables. Read the rest here 11:56

NEFMC Meeting – September 30 – October 2, 2014 in Hyannis – Attend via Webinar

NEFMC SidebarRead the Agenda here  Register to attend the meeting via Webinar here  11:31

MAFMC – Summer Flounder Amendment Scoping Hearings – Monday, September 29, 2014 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MAFMC SidebarThe Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) have scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment. Hearings will be held September 29 – October 22 in coastal states from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Read the rest here 10:55

NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for 9.26.2014 as pdf   09:52

Bluefin tuna being caught in more northern Atlantic Ocean waters of Iceland, Greenland

Scientists say warmer ocean waters are leading to bluefin tuna being caught in more northern Atlantic Ocean waters than ever before. Danish fishermen have caught the giant fish over the past several weeks . “We will see some strange new things in our waters,” he said. “In fact, we have already started to see some of that, species off the Caribbean and very southern waters are now showing up with greater regularity off the east coast of Canada.” Read the rest here 08:23

Scientists, academics to lead groundfish study

A group of scientific and academic institutions is leading a researching initiative about the groundfish stocks in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The federal New England Fishery Management Council is giving $800,000 to the Northeast Consortium for the project. Read the rest here 08:11

Alaska judge dismisses Pebble lawsuit against EPA

U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland ruled, after listening to brief oral arguments in his Anchorage courtroom, that the Pebble Limited Partnership does not have valid legal basis for its lawsuit seeking to stop the EPA’s deliberations about whether it should block development of large-scale mining in the region. Read the rest here  21:46

Military-grade radar network watching for oyster poachers ‘It doesn’t sleep’

In the 1860s, poachers struck at night, sometimes in black-painted ships with darkened sails, outlaws raiding protected oyster beds. Lawmakers formed an Oyster Navy armed with cannons, but this police fleet was outgunned in the oyster wars of the 19th century. Today, cannons are out and military-grade radar is in to protect Chesapeake Bay oysters. Read the rest here 18:46

As is Obama’s, Chagos marine reserve polluted by politics

baby fisherman ADVICE to the UK’s foreign secretary David Miliband was clear. For 48 hours, memos flew from his officials, all advising him to hold back, take his time, consult and consider alternatives. He ignored them. The next day, five weeks before the 2010 election that would remove him from office, Miliband set up a giant marine protected area (MPA) covering 640,000 square kilometres of the British Indian Ocean Territory  (BIOT), an area roughly the size of France. Read the rest here 15:28

Swan’s Island, Me: Islanders say lobster license waiting list unfair

Zeke Freelove waiting listAt age 31, with 15 years of lobster fishing experience under his belt, Zeke Freelove is betting he won’t be able to get a lobster fishing license until he’s 50. That’s because of the state’s limited-entry system, which leaves aspiring fishermen on waiting lists for years.hat’s because of the state’s limited-entry system, which leaves aspiring fishermen on waiting lists for years. Read the rest here 14:55

Oregon charter captain sentenced for harvesting protected salmon

A Warrenton, Ore., charter boat captain pleaded guilty and was sentenced earlier this month for harvesting federally protected wild coho salmon on charter trips with sport fishing clients. Read the rest here 14:31

Commercial fisherman oppose Biscayne National Park proposals

After a Key Largo workshop Wednesday, the next news on new rules for Biscayne National Park could come with publication of a final management plan early in 2015. “We’ve been at this 14 years,” park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom said of the effort to update the park’s rules and operations. “We hope to get this knocked out next year.” Read the rest here 11:35

Photo Essay: Portrait of two fishing cultures along the Kenya-Ethiopia border

The Dassanach people in southern Ethiopia and Kenya, and the Turkana of Kenya, live and draw fish from different points of a shared border along Lake Turkana. But the Turkana people have historically clashed over ethnic differences and resources such as fishing, pasture and fresh water with other tribes bordering their territory, the Dassanach among  them.  See the rest of the photo’s here  11:04

Coast Guard: Investigations underway in 110-foot cutter collision that sank fishing vessel

CG collides with FV Sea Shepherd“Though they’ll be looking into the same incident, the three investigations have different purposes and are clear and distinct from each other” said Captain Mike Zamperini, deputy commander, Coast Guard Sector San Juan. “Public service requires transparency and, if warranted, accountability, which we will ensure through these investigations.” Read the rest here 10:18

2010 BP oil spill still having an impact on commercial fishing

Commercial catches for several varieties of seafood have decreased since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials said. Since the oil spill, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has paid close attention to the possible depletion of natural,,, Read the rest here 07:37

New Bedford!! – Complete Guide to the 2014 Working Waterfront Festival – September 27th, 28th

The nation’s number one commercial fishing port hosts the annual Working Waterfront Festival, a free, family friendly celebration of commercial fishing culture. The 2014 event takes place on the working piers of New Bedford’s historic waterfront on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th. Read the rest here, and get to the festival! 07:08

Bringing the pink shrimp back to Petersburg

Petersburg once was host to sound enterprise of commercial shrimp fisheries and processing plants, drawing in hundreds of thousands – even millions of pounds of shrimp, ranging from the tiny pink crustaceans commonly found gracing salads to their larger brethren that are fried, grilled, battered and steamed in cuisine across the world. Read the rest here 06:55

Alaska delegation seeks name change of Russian-water fish sold as “Alaskan pollock”

When you buy Alaska pollock at the store, there’s a nearly 40 percent chance the fish was caught in Russian waters, U.S. pollock producers say. “The problem that we’re facing is that pollock caught by the Russians is also being called Alaskan pollock, which is pollock that is of a more inferior quality,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). “It’s causing confusion with our good, sustainably managed fishery and a fish that is of high quality.” Read the rest here 21:20