Monthly Archives: October 2014

NCFA Weekly Update for October 31, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Oct. 31, 2014 as PDF  21:39

Enviros look for way forward after Antarctic fisheries motion fails at international meeting

Conservationists are trying to determine a way forward after the annual Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting ended on Friday. Representatives of 25 nations gathered in Hobart over 10 days for the CCAMLR meeting. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance, a coalition of 30 environmental groups including , said Russia and China blocked,,, Read the rest here 20:49

ALL EYES ON PORT ORFORD : Fishermen continue cleanup, contemplate impact of last weekend’s storm on crab season

 The damage done by last Saturday’s storm that hammered the Port of Port Orford could have far-reaching implications. Waves slammed into the cement dock at the Port of Port Orford last Saturday as local fishermen raced to keep a disaster from turning into a financial catastrophe. Brett Webb, a port commissioner and a commercial crab fisherman, knew if boats started getting tossed off of the dock they could be looking at a long-term closure. Read the rest here 19:47

North Carolina’s Walter Jones Calls On Administration To Fight For Bluefin Tuna Quota Increase

“After years of steep quota reductions, U.S. bluefin tuna fishermen have more than done their part,” said Congressman Jones.  “The economic costs to them, their families, and the communities they support have been severe.  Now that science shows the stock is fully rebuilt, that sacrifice should not go unrewarded.” I love this guy! Read the rest here 18:05

Pirate fishing targeted in Congress – new laws likely passed this year!

Congress is set to act on a measure aimed at stopping fish pirates from dumping millions of tons of illegally caught fish and shellfish in world markets. For decades, no fishery has been pinched harder than Bering Sea king crab,  which last year alone went up against 100 million pounds of pirated crab from Russia. Listen, Read the rest here. 17:11

UPDATED! Don’t whisper a word, but, a very, very interesting rumor is floating about!

We have received word from the guys out back in the shipping/receiving department of Fisherynation, that someone has supposedly resigned from the effective immediately and will be helping fishermen out through the Nature Conservancy! My most reliable contact on the inside wouldn’t budge. We have heard who it is, but until we see something “official” our lips are sealed. 16:35 UPDATED 18:42 Dempsey Resigns, Takes position with Nature Conservancy! Read the tea leaf in the comment section!

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Is fleet diversity key to sustainable fisheries?

Titled “Consequences of fleet diversification in managed and unmanaged fisheries” and written by Sustainable Fisheries Group postdoctoral scholar Matt Burgess, the study was published today in the e-First section of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Burgess used a mathematical model to show that fleet diversity helps managers by,,, Read the rest here 13:36

Coast Guard puts off Oregon S+R base closing; Charleston SC still a question

The U.S. Coast Guard might be close to budging on plans to remove a search and rescue helicopter and shutter a base on the Stono River. A similar base in Newport, Ore., just won a reprieve. Whatever is or isn’t happening with South Carolina delegation members is being kept low key and largely under wraps. The Dec. 15 date is significant because it is after the election and four days after the scheduled expiration of a Congressional,, Read the rest here 13:12

The Fishing Partnership New Bedford: F R E E V A C C I N E S ! Flu – Pneumonia – Tetanus

img-logo-fpssFishing Partnership has partnered up with the Southcoast Health Van to provide FREE vaccines. Tuesday, November 4th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Location: Whaling City Auction Address: 64 Hassey Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 For more information, contact Deb Kelsey at 508-884-6661 or   Monica DeSousa at 508-991-3043. WALK-INS ARE WELCOME You do not need health insurance to participate in this clinic. 12:31

Portland draws even with Gloucester in fish landings

While the port of Portland has finally pulled even with Gloucester, Massachusetts, in fish landings, it could be a hollow victory as federal regulators prepare to impose a new set of restrictions that will likely batter the groundfishing fleets in both ports. Read the rest here 11:52

Defense Department logs in against wind turbine project

The long-anticipated response from the Department of Defense on the proposed Eastern Shore wind turbine project was released Thursday and it is so strongly negative against it that it could very well deep six it. The letter from the Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says of the proposed Great Bay Energy Center wind turbine project,,, Hey Denny! We don’t want Cape Wind! Read the rest here 09:25

A scrapped IPO offers a raw look at China’s rampant overfishing of tuna

China hauls in 12 times more fish that it admits to catching, according to a report by the EU parliament, and regularly exceeds international limits on fishing certain species. How can China be so casual about flouting its commitments? The drama surrounding a recent Hong Kong draft IPO filing (pdf)—and its hasty withdrawal—offers some clues,,, Read the rest here 08:08

Lobster fishermen look to fill local plates, including selling their catch off their boats

roy payzant 91 year old fishermanThere are no official numbers as to how many people buy at local wharfs, although Brzeski believes fishermen do stand to benefit from people’s buy-local preferences. “People are starting to think about that: if I sell my lobsters directly to the consumers, it’s fresher, it’s better, maybe I can make a little bit more and become a little bit independent of the buyers that are trying to keep the prices as low as they can. Read the rest here 22:10

Long Island Sound Lobsters Make Their Return – Lawmakers and Fishermen praise pesticide restriction

Connecticut’s Lobsters are making a comeback.  Life-long lobster fisherman Mike Kalaman confirms the lobster catch from the Long Island Sound is more bountiful than we’ve seen in years. Video  Read the rest here 21:54

We Remember

In 1991, what became known as “The Perfect Storm” began forming hundreds of miles east of Nova Scotia; lost at sea during the storm were the six crew members of the Andrea Gail, a sword-fishing boat from Gloucester, Massachusetts. 16:52

Lawsuit filed over new rules for hired halibut skippers

The changes to the individual fishing quota, or IFQ, program revolve around the hired master program, and when a quota holder can have someone else catch their fish. Under the planned changes, catcher vessel-derived quota received by transfer after February 2010 cannot be fished by a hired master, with certain exceptions  Read the rest here 15:21

Is This the End of the Line for Louisiana’s Vietnamese Shrimpers?

On a two-net trawler at the mouth of the Mississippi River, a Vietnamese shrimping crew burns fake money and incense. The captain, Phuoc Nguyen, throws rainbow-colored candies into the brackish bayou water. “When you make a promise to your ancestors, you have to give back,” says his wife, Sandy Nguyen, who comes from a long line of shrimpers in Vietnam. She and her husband blessed their 65-foot shrimping trawler in Buddhist tradition,,, Video, Read the rest here 12:29

New Bedford again leads the nation in value of seafood catch, Gloucester takes huge losses

War Cry Scallop dredgeFor the 14th year in a row, New Bedford ranked first in the nation for the commercial value of fish landed in 2013, NOAA Fisheries announced Tuesday. New Bedford landed 130 million pounds of seafood last year but, boosted by the highly valuable sea scallop, its value was $379 million. Gloucester’s catch also declined significantly, dropping from 83 million pounds in 2012 to 62 million last year, sinking its value to $42 million from $57 million. Read the rest here 12:12

Butterfish—Little Fish Big Science

For this assessment, scientists developed a new method for estimating fish abundance that takes changing environmental conditions into account, something that will become increasingly important as the climate changes and the oceans warm.,,, Much of that uncertainty was caused by the fact that butterfish shift their distribution in response to changing bottom water temperatures.,, The breakthrough came when scientists devised a way to account for the effect of bottom water temperature,,, Read the rest here 11:09

Survey: Shrimp in US rife with murky labeling

Consumers around the nation can’t be sure what kind of shrimp they’re buying if they simply look at the label or menu at supermarkets, grocers and restaurants, an advocacy group says. Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest here 10:44

AquaBounty Fined for Violations on GE Salmon

Officials in Panama have fined AquaBounty Technologies $9,500, stating the facility is operating in violation of environmental regulations as it experiments with genetically engineered (GE) salmon. Read the rest here 10:20

Astoria, Oregon, Top West Coast port in pounds landed last year

A report from NOAA/NMFS shows Astoria, Oregon, topped West Coast ports in pounds of fish landed last year. The report released Wednesday shows 159 million pounds of fish landed at the docks at the mouth of the Columbia River in 2013. The fish were valued at $50 million. Read the rest here 09:47

Great Lakes fishery managers need insight on climate change impacts

Great Lakes fishery managers worry that their operations may be harmed by invasive species, habitat loss  in the long run, according to a new study. Read the rest here 08:52

Menhaden Fishing Ports Top NOAA’s Newest List; Support Coastal Communities

The Menhaden Fisheries Coalition is pleased to note that five of the nation’s top ten ports are largely supported by the commercial menhaden fishery, according to NOAA’s latest Fisheries of the United States report, released today. In Reedville, Va., Empire-Venice, La., Intracoastal City, La., Cameron, La., and Pascagoula-Moss Point, Ms.,  Read the rest here 20:33

NOAA/NMFS Releases Fisheries of the U.S. 2013

As we close out National Seafood Month this week, NOAA/NMFS released the Fisheries of the U.S. 2013 reportNOAA Scientist today. Each year, we compile key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. Inside the 2013 report, you’ll find landings totals for both domestic commercial and recreational fishing by species. This information allows us to track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports. 19:57

Lobster keeps Maine fishing ports among top nationwide in value

Stonington remained Maine’s top port for overall value of its commercial fish landings, which had an estimated total value of $49 million,,,, Nationally, New Bedford, Massachusetts, had the highest value of landings for 2013, thanks to the Atlantic sea scallop fishery, while Dutch Harbor, Alaska — where the popular reality television show “Deadliest Catch” is filmed — ranked second. Read the rest here 19:31

Conservative regulations likely even though striped bass spawning stock is up

Last week the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the 2014 juvenile index which measures striped bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay is 11.0, nearly equal to the 61-year average which is a big improvement from recent years,,,Striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay area migrate north to Rhode Island and as far as Maine,,, Read more here 19:14

Professional Environmental Litigation Hitmen oppose ahi increases in Western Pacific- To Sue NMFS AGAIN!

Hawaii’s longline fleet may be rejoicing over a new opportunity to catch ahi, under a new agreement that allows them access to quota from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and Guam. Earthjustice is examining legal options and is likely to take The National Marine Fisheries Service to court for approving the rule change, Henkin said. Read the rest here 17:38

Real Cape Hippie – We Now Harvest The Blood Of Half A Million Horseshoe Crabs A Year

Real Cape HippieMan I hope horseshoe crabs don’t watch Fox News. All of our bitching about how we are a socialist country now, how the government takes our hard earned money and redistributes it to the poor? That shit must sound kinda petty to a horseshoe crab. While Tea Party conservatives are railing about Obamaphones, somewhere there is a horseshoe crab screaming,,, Read the rest here 15:28

Politicians blast Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

TWO politicians from the North East of Scotland have urged fishermen to voice their opinions on the future of the industry, as they feel that the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is failing to engage with key issues, including the Smith Commission. “That is why I am encouraging active fishermen, fish processors, box manufacturers, hauliers and anyone else involved to make their views on the future of the industry known. Read the rest here 14:36

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission may/will shut down Maine shrimp AGAIN!

ASMFC SidebarA technical committee that advises federal regulators strongly recommends extending a moratorium that began in 2014. A draft of the committee’s report says “long-term trends in environmental conditions” are unfavorable for the shrimp. The report pins the decline of the cold-water shrimp on rising ocean temperatures. Read the rest here  13:46

Fishery Convictions – Maritimes Region – October 29, 2014 – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

DFO SidebarFisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region, announced today that one company and 52 individuals have been convicted and fined nearly half a million dollars for fishery violations from June to August 2014. The fines total approximately $480,000 and were levied upon conviction for violations that took place in waters from the northern tip of Cape Breton to the New Brunswick-Maine border. Big Halibut numbers! Read the rest here 13:18

PEI Lobster fishermen voting on marketing levy – 1 cent a pound would go toward campaign to increase prices

P.E.I. fishermen vote this week on whether to accept a one-cent-a-pound levy on every lobster landed that would go into a new marketing campaign to push up prices. The levy, a recommendation of the Maritime Lobster Panel, needs a majority vote of support. It would be matched by processors and would raise more than $500,000 on P.E.I. Video Read the rest here 12:34

New chairman at the helm of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission: commercial fisherman Sammy Corbett

The N.C. Fisheries Association, a nonprofit that supports the state’s seafood industry, is pleased with Mr. Corbett’s appointment. NCFA Executive Director Jerry Schill said Monday he was at the special MFC meeting in Washington when Mr. Corbett’s appointment was officially announced. “I congratulated him and asked if he had unlimited minutes on his cell phone,” Mr. Schill said. “He said ‘yes,’ and I told him ‘good, because you’re going to need it.’” Read the rest here 12:18

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 45′ Fiberglass Scallop/Gillnetter/Lobster, 6 Cylinder John Deere 6081 Diesel

Scalloper sc3675_02Specifications, information and 8 photo’s click here  To see all the boats in this series, Click here 11:39

Portland Harbor lobsterman, wharf owner retires after 75 years hauling traps

Old habits die hard. In David MacVane’s case, they don’t even retire. “I got a built-in clock, I wake at up three o’clock,” MacVane said as he nibbled a breakfast croissant on Oct. 24 at Cia Cafe in the Knightville neighborhood of South Portland. MacVane, 81, is a Cliff Island native, one of three owners of Portland’s Widgery Wharf. He recently retired from a life of lobstering that began when he was 5. “I used to bait the irons when I was a kid. I got seasick every day,” he said. Read the rest here 10:59

SMAST deploys water glider to study ocean temperatures

Scientists from the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology drove up to the Fairhaven Shipyard before dawn Tuesday with a bright yellow, 6-foot torpedo-shaped object they call Blue.Blue is something called a marine glider, an autonomous underwater vehicle named after famed solo mariner Joshua Slocum by its manufacturer. Blue is designed to go to sea for weeks at a time to gather information about the water and send it back to scientists. Read the rest here and here  09:45

The impact of the New England Fisherman in Crisis hits Charley Baker, In Mass Governor race, hard

Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker answered questions about when they had last cried. Right away Baker got emotional, describing what a fisherman told him about his sons who got scholarships to play college football. “I told them no. I said, (pause) you’re gonna be fishermen. I was a fisherman. My brother was a fisherman. My father was a fisherman. And I ruined their lives.” That choked me up, too. Video, and Read the rest here 08:27

Maintaining ‘Rigs to ‘Reefs’ program vital to Louisiana

In 2009 and 2011, a combined $44.6 million was swept from “Rigs to Reefs.” In 2013, the Legislature intervened to stop another sweep. These funds are still currently vulnerable to another diversion going forward if Amendment No. 8 fails. The reason it is important to protect these funds is economical and environmental. This program is funded by private companies whose rigs have been decommissioned. Read the rest here  07:55

Fisheries minister accepts recommendation for no lobster ballot industry vote next year

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2SOUTHWESTERN NOVA SCOTIA – Usually with less than a month to go before the end-of-November start to the commercial lobster fishery in Yarmouth and parts of Shelburne and Digby counties, the industry would be debating whether changes are needed in an attempt to control landings and better prices. Read the rest here 23:07

NEWPORT: Oregon’s congressional delegation says copter closure delayed 15 days – Its a Start!

 Several members of Oregon’s congressional delegation say the Coast Guard has agreed to keep a rescue helicopter at Newport until Dec. 15. The agency’s Newport air station had been scheduled to close Nov. 30 due to budget cuts. Crabbing season is scheduled to start the next day. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader say they spoke Tuesday,,, Read the rest here 21:40

Whale Protection Rules: Maine Lobstermen Divided Over Whether to Sue – Wait’ll the Cod Protection Rules Kick In!

Maine lobstermen are considering taking the federal government to court over regulations designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Maine Lobstering Union has filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service over new and existing rules requiring the modification of lobster gear. Read the rest here 18:58

Burnt Church 15 Years Later – where lobster wars became a reality

Time flies. Fifteen years have now passed since the Supreme Court of Canada made its landmark ruling in favour of the late Donald Marshall Junior, a Mi’kmaq from Nova Scotia.,,  docks became a flashpoint, where lobster wars became a reality following the Supreme Court’s decision in the fall of 1999 and which ensued into the summer and fall of 2000. Violent confrontations took centre stage,,, Read the rest here 13:20

Audio Available: Coast Guard seeks assistance in identifying suspected hoax caller in NC

uscg-logoCoast Guard Sector North Carolina personnel are requesting assistance from the public in identifying a suspected hoax caller who is suspected to have made seven false distress calls during the past two years in the vicinity of New Bern. Listen to distress calls here 12:45

I thought we were safe at Fisherynation-Ebola Czar Wife Wants Travel Ban…For Fisherman

Ebola bitches Ron and Monica MedinaThe wife of the ebola czar favors a travel ban for…. fisherman, has learned. Monica Medina, wife of Ron Klain, is the other half of the DC power couple. Like her husband she’s long been involved in political issues and Democratic politics. She successfully worked to pressure the Obama administration to ban large parts of the ocean to commercial fishing. Obama announced a ban on commercial fishing within a 782,0000 square miles of U.S. territorial waters. Read the rest here

Hudson’s GM opens new oyster farm

Carmines has worked tirelessly over the past few years developing relationships with shrimp trawlers, commercial fishing vessels and has also started shedding out soft shell crabs on site at the restaurant. Now he has started the Shell Ring Oyster Company, an oyster farm that has quite the appetite for providing the finest, local single select oysters.  Read the rest here 12:06

European Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2015

The European Commission has today proposed fishing opportunities for 2015 for the Atlantic and the North Sea. This is the annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks next year and it is for the first time based on the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Read the rest here 11:31

Oahu fishing vessel master pleads guilty, sentenced for sleeping while ship underway

fishing vessel lady ann margaretOahu resident Kevin Lam pleaded guilty to eight charges of operating a commercial fishing vessel in a grossly negligent manner on Friday and received a sentence of one-year probation and 60 hours of community service from Magistrate Judge Barry M. Kurren. Read the rest here 10:37

Bluefin tuna stocks rebounding – Tuna stocks not ready for increased quotas, say ecologists

Atlantic bluefin tuna numbers are up, according to the latest scientific review of the stocks, and Canada believes an increased catch is possible. The study was done in preparation for meetings of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna next month, which will set fishing quotas for the next two years. Katie Schleit of the Ecology Action Network is hoping ICCAT will,,,  Read the rest here 10:14

Stronger restrictions imposed on elvers, frustrating fishermen – Regulators also will keep a new quota system

swipe cardThe decision affects the livelihoods of the hundreds of people working in the fishery, which has recently been the second-most valuable fishery in the state, behind only lobsters. This spring, the catch had an estimated value of $8.4 million. Read the rest here 09:30

‘Wicked Tuna’ boat rescues 2 as Miss Sambvca sinks

Tyler McLaughlinDennis Bonazzoli was pretty sure he was about to die. Bonazzoli was standing on the roof of the rapidly sinking Miss Sambvca in numbingly cold and churning water off the southern edge of Jeffreys Ledge on the night of Oct. 19. The water temperature was 58 degrees. The air temperature was 38 degrees and seas were running at a hard 10 to 12 feet. And if it weren’t for the courageous and selfless acts of Capt. Tyler McLaughlin on the Pinwheel, Bonazzoli and his Miss Sambvca captain, Dave Potter, both could have gone to frigid, lonely and watery deaths. Read the rest here 08:44


Gloucester: State sets out second phase of fish aid

The state’s application for the second phase of federal fishery disaster aid includes about $3 million for an expanded group of federal permit holders and another $3 million that represents the first direct assistance to crew members. Read the rest here 08:32

Study claims 2010 BP oil spill left ‘bathtub ring’ on sea floor

The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig. Read the rest here 23:13

Any Wooden Boat Nuts Near Chesterton, MD Nov. 4th Will Want to Attend This Event with Mike Vlahovich

Mike Vlahovich, the founder and former director of the Coastal Heritage Alliance, will share his lifelong appreciation for wooden boats and the watermen’s culture when he visits Washington College on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Hosted by the Center for Environment & Society, he will speak in Hynson Lounge at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow. Vlahovich founded the nonprofit Coastal Heritage Alliance in 2003 to help preserve the vessels, skills and stories of fishing communities in the United States. Read the rest here 18:48

UPDATED: ASMFC’s American Eel Management Section cuts Maines Elver Allocation by 18 percent

ASMFC SidebarA number of public comments were made by elver fishermen who spoke in opposition to any reductions before the vote. The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the upcoming elver glass eel season will be 9,688 lbs, down from last years TAC of 11,749 lbs.  17:03  UPDATED

Abandon(ed) Pots Can be a Killer

Dive into Women’s Bay, an inlet located on the island of Kodiak and you will find a graveyard of lost or abandoned crab pots or as NOAA’s diving biologist Pete Cummiskey likes to call “Ghost Pots.” “King crab love structure, and that is one of the reasons I think that ghost fishing hits king crab harder then tanner crab; because king crab like to crawl on things and pile up against things. So king crab are a little more vulnerable  in that way.” Listen, and read more here 16:10

Alaska lawmakers and seafood companies want the Russians to keep their hands off their name-brand pollock.

Not all Alaska pollock comes from Alaska. Some of the fish, a source of deep pride for Alaskans, is harvested in Russian waters. Some is caught off the coast of Japan and Korea. But no matter its origin, federal regulations allow any walleye pollock distributed, sold, and consumed in the United States, whether in the form of fish sticks or a miso-glazed filet, to bear a label that calls Alaska home. Read the rest here 12:34

Processing of Newfoundland and Labrador’s first half-shell scallops is currently underway.

half scallop shell productEmployees at Northern Lights Seafood, in Main Brook, are currently preparing 1,600 pounds of local product, as a test product for potential buyers. Unlike regular scallop processing, which is the white meat only and prepared by the harvester, the plant oversees the processing.  Read the rest here 12:16

VIDEO: Dredger “Murden” Clears Barnegat Inlet

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District’s project at Barnegat Inlet requires dredging to provide a safe, reliable navigation channel for one of the most dangerous inlets on the east coast.  The project is critical to a large fishing fleet consisting of full-time commercial, charter and recreational vessels that contribute to the economic value of the nation. Watch, Read the rest here  11:32