Monthly Archives: January 2015

3 miles of illegal long line seized by South Texas Coast Guard crews

USCGLast night, Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack sighted multiple vessels moving at a high rate of speed southwards the maritime border. Unable to interdict the vessels, Amberjack returned to the vicinity of initial sighting, where crewmembers removed 700 yards of long line gear late last night and recovered an additional 4,400 yards this morning. The majority of the gear was found approximately 35 miles off the coast of South Texas. Read the rest here 22:17

N.C. Div. Marine Fisheries stock-assessment for southern flounder kicked back in Peer Review process

A stock-assessment report scheduled to go to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission in mid-February that judged southern flounder as still being overfished and overharvested has been rejected by a peer-review board of three scientists who noted problems with the report and would not approve it, according to Dr. Louis Daniel, NCDMF’s executive director. Had the stock-assessment report been approved, the agency’s 2005 Southern Flounder Fisheries Management Plan would have mandated drastic action to end overfishing and overharvest, up to and including closing the fishery. Read the rest here 18:40

One Great Lakes invasive species may have found a niche

Can invasive species be good news – rather than bad – for native fish in the Great Lakes?  That sounds counterintuitive, but a new study shows that the invasive round goby has become an important food source for several native species, especially smallmouth bass, but with benefits also for yellow perch and walleye. The study calls the round goby “one of the most successful aquatic invaders” in the Great Lakes. Read the rest here 18:03

CF/V Poseidon Princess sinks, four rescued off southwest Nova Scotia

The crew of the Poseidon Princess called for help in the early morning hours, saying their boat was in danger of capsizing off the coast of West Pubnico. Morgan D’Entremont says his father Martin and the other two crew members, Lee and Oscar D’Entremont, who are Martin’s brothers, were injured. “They’re a little banged up,” Morgan D’Entremont said. The three crew members were able to get in a life raft, but the fourth person, a Fisheries Department observer who was taking samples on the Poseidon Princess, was not able to climb aboard. Read the rest here 17:14

Video: Conversations that Matter – B.C. fishing industry diminishes

This week Jim McIsaac of the BC Commercial Fishing Caucus says that since the restructuring of the commercial fishing industry in the 90s communities up and down the coast have been disenfranchised from the sector that was their lifeblood. This is episode 18 of a series of weekly videos produced by Stu McNish. Watch the video here 11:47

Remembering Vinalhaven’s past

About five years ago, while in New Jersey, Richard Burton stumbled upon hundreds of images of Vinalhaven, Maine. The images show fishermen from nearly a century ago taking to the Penobscot Bay waters in search of lobster and cod. The images show the same fishermen living out their daily lives, salting fish, repairing wagons and walking the countryside. Read the rest here, and see 26 images. 10:51

Butterfish: In search of a lost market

seafreeze vesselsFrom the late 1970s through the ’80s, the small, silver-colored butterfish was a high-flying commodity in Japan. Millions upon millions of pounds were bought and sold, and almost the entire harvest came off Rhode Island vessels. But as often happens with boom cycles, this one was followed by a bust,,, “There is no way we’re going to just flip a switch with this and be back in boom time,” said Glenn Goodwin, co-owner of SeaFreeze Ltd., a Rhode Island frozen seafood company based in North Kingstown and the Narragansett fishing village of Galilee. Read the rest here 09:53

Letter: West Coast fishermen under NOAA siege, too

clip_image002_001Much has been revealed about the heavy-handed tactics of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement during the era of Jane Lubchenco’s leadership. As a West Coast fisherman, I’ve always felt an uneasy sense of relief that it seemed mostly contained to the East Coast. But it’s important for the fishing industry not to forget what happened back then as history has a cruel way of repeating itself. After all the congressional hearings, special government overseers, and a multitude of unfavorable findings about NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement’s unscrupulous behavior, Read the rest here 09:12 Read about the Robinson Brothers here

Western Aleutian Steller Sea Lions Potentially Falling Prey To Sleeper Sharks

There has been plenty of money spent trying to figure out why the sea lion population in the Western Aleutians is not recovering. But nobody has put much money into studying sharks. The latest data from a study that implanted high-tech tags in the animals suggests that maybe they should. “In 15 out of the 17 instances we actually got the full data set, so we can tell what happened to those 15 animals, and, lo and behold, all 15 of those young sea lions died by predation,” Horning said. Read the rest here 21:21

Alaska halibut fishermen granted quota increase

alaska-halibut__frontFishermen in Alaska will have access to slightly more halibut this year than last. The International Pacific Halibut Commission voted Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a total catch in Alaska of 21.215 million pounds, up from 19.705 million pounds in 2014. That’s the first time in a decade the commission has increased the catch. Read the rest here 20:23

NCFA Weekly Update for Jan. 30, 2015

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On behalf of NCFA’s Board of Directors, Members and Staff, we offer our most sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Janice Smith. Read the NCFA Update here 17:02

Too many risks to drill off Virginia

Obama BPIT TAKES a lot of assumptions to conclude that offshore drilling will benefit Virginia:– That the Navy will reverse years of analysis and decide that drilling poses no danger to its training mission offshore or its installations onshore.– That oil companies won’t imperil Hampton Roads’ tourism and commercial fishing with a spill, as has happened everywhere else.– n That despite years of resistance, every state in America will now agree to simply hand over royalties to Virginia. — Read the rest here 15:46

New England Fishery Management Council reject expanded protections for herring

In a decision lauded by state regulators and decried by environmentalists, federal regulators ruled this week that a plan to extend greater conservation efforts to river herring is not necessary at this time. There is a need for more data to assess river herring and shad stocks, but the factors affecting the species include water quality and fish passage, which are difficult to address through federal management plans, said Jeff Nichols, a spokesman for the state Department of Marine Resources. Read the rest here 14:25

California wild salmon harvest continues to dwindle with drought

california-salmon-2014-20150129-001It’s still a little too early to tell for sure, but the news on the California wild salmon front is not good. A combination of low water levels in streams because of the drought and high summer temperatures resulted in a massive die-off of young salmon in Northern California. Read the rest here 13:57

N.C.Commercial fishing advocate Janice Smith’s legacy

The death of Janice Mason Smith, 84, of Atlantic this week leaves the community bereaved. A woman of great strength, perseverance and commitment to the people Down East, she was a lady of tremendous strength and determination but also great compassion. She gave without ceasing, often to those everyone else overlooked. Read the rest here 12:29 Community honors memory of Janice Mason Smith, 84 – Read the rest here 12:34

Crabbing by day, pouring beer by night

If you want to know what the new Half Moon Bay brew pub Cowboy Fishing Co. is all about, just read the writing on the wall. Painted on the side of the restaurant is the “Cowboy Code” — a simple set of 10 business rules: “Rule No. 1: Live each day with courage. Rule No. 2: Take pride in your work. Rule No. 3: Always finish what you start.”A huge fan of Western films, owner Tom McGuirk first took those rules to heart as the mantra of his commercial crabbing business, also called Cowboy Fishing. Read the rest here 09:10

Matthew P. Mullin, Environmental Defense Fund – We need cameras monitoring every fishing vessel

THOMAS FARRAGHER is absolutely right: If politicians, ranging from the governor to the attorney general to our congressional delegation, really want to help the fishing industry and save the fish, they need to listen to fishermen like Frank Mirarchi (An expert to reel in,” Metro, Jan. 17). Mirarchi and fishermen like him have seen the benefit of  on commercial vessels in New England for years. We need to see what is happening at sea — what is being caught and where, and what is being thrown overboard.  Read the rest here 08:55

NPFMC to focus on halibut bycatch, new P-cod fishery during February 2nd – 10th Meeting in Seattle

Blue NPFMC SidebarHalibut and cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutians Islands will be the focus for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at its upcoming meeting, with some attention to the simmering issue of national monument designations that are chafing Alaska politicians and communities. The council will hold their first meeting of 2015 in Seattle Feb. 2-10. Read the rest here 08:35

DFO leaving nearly $1B unspent is ‘appalling’

Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay says the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans leaving $950 million unspent is ‘appalling’ and the money should have been used to benefit P.E.I. programs. However, federal Fisheries Minister and Egmont MP Gail Shea says that’s not accurate and MacAulay should know how the budget process works since he was once a cabinet minister. Read the rest here 08:15

Fishing stakeholders rejoin the battle on Gulf of Maine cod

Atlantic-Cod-Dieter-CraasmannThe NSC, in a statement of its opposition to retaining the original interim actions, said that rather than saving cod, the emergency measures will increase cod discards by almost 500 percent. “We’ve shut down the redfish fishery, crippled the pollock fishery, bankrupted the entire inshore fleet and knowingly implemented a management plan that increases discards from 2 percent to 500 percent in the hope we may conserve 200 metric tons of cod that are already accounted for in the recent cod assessment? All to benefit a nation?” the NSC said. Read the rest here 19:09

Marystown fish plant demolition hard to watch for former workers

Ocean Choice International is tearing down its plant in Marystown, which has been closed down since 2011, and some residents are sad to see the structure go. About 250 workers lost their jobs when OCI shut down its operations in the community. Phonse Rowlands worked at the plant for 40 years — his wife for 36. Read the rest here 14:33

ELLSWORTH, Me. As predicted, DMR will likely shorten the scallop season

When Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher took the advice of his Scallop Advisory Council last year and set a 70-day fishing season for this winter (just 50 days in Cobscook Bay) he warned fishermen that DMR was likely to cut the season short. At an SAC meeting in Ellsworth last Thursday, the chickens came home to roost, or at least they were visible from the coop. Read the rest here 13:30

Philippine tuna in 2015: Facing the new threat

Tuesday, January 27, was a lucky day for 40-year-old Wilson Manlunas. His fishing crew of five just landed 10 pieces of yellowfin tuna which, if the quality is good enough, could gross them P100,000 (US$2,250) after a 10-day fishing venture. Those kinds of days however are becoming few and far between. If things do not turn out well for them this year, Wilson fears more and more small tuna fishermen like him could lose their livelihood and their future. Read the rest here 13:15

Key West: Three admit to illegally taking lobster, fourth defendant still missing

A lobster-poaching investigation and legal case lasting more than five years hit its climax Monday when three Lower Keys commercial fishermen pleaded guilty in Key West federal court. A federal agent placed an electronic tracker aboard the men’s boat, the 32-foot Super Grouper, while it was docked in August 2009 at the Oceanside Marina on Stock Island. Information from the tracker was used by state and federal officers to follow the boat to several sites where illegal underwater structures, known as casitas, were placed to attract lobster. Read the rest here 12:36

UPDATED! Fisherman Joseph James Landry sentenced to 14 years in killing Phillip Boudreau in lobster dispute

A Cape Breton fisherman has been given a 14-year prison sentence for killing a man he said enraged him after cutting his lobster traps and threatening to burn his home. But the Nova Scotia Supreme Court gave Joseph James Landry about 2 1/2 years credit for time served in custody awaiting trial, meaning he would serve about 11 1/2 years. Landry was convicted by a jury in November of manslaughter in Phillip Boudreau’s death. Read the rest here 12:07

Editorial: Englund Marine is a community asset

Businesses like Englund Marine are a boon to a small town. Englund Marine’s health is directly related to the health of the coastwide fishing industry. When Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber stupidly and unilaterally curtailed gillnet fishing on the lower Columbia, Englund felt the pain of its longtime customers who ceased to invest in their boats. Kitzhaber’s ignorance reflects the myopic urban perspective on the natural resources economy. Read the rest here 11:01

Fishermen, lawmakers blast Atlantic Coast drilling plan – We’re against it

Obama BPMany New Jersey Shore-area fishermen and lawmakers oppose the Obama administration’s controversial new proposal to open an area off the Atlantic Coast to oil and gas drilling. The areas being mulled are located more than 50 miles off the coast of Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia, which they said is too close to the swift Gulf Stream current. “If there is any kind of spill it’ll carry it up here. We’re against it,” said Roy Diehl, director of the Belford Seafood Cooperative and member of the Garden State Seafood Association’s board of directors. Read the rest here 08:40

Bullard: The 200-pound trip limit for cod bycatch in the Gulf of Maine will remain in force

130307_GT_ABO_BULLARD_1NOAA fisheries will not modify or remove any of the restrictive emergency interim actions governing Gulf of Maine cod it instituted last November, NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard said Wednesday. Bullard, speaking during a meeting of the New England Fisheries Management Council meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., told council members that: The 200-pound trip limit for cod bycatch in the Gulf of Maine will remain in force despite a variety of requests by fishing stakeholders for it to be increased or eliminated. Read the rest here 08:09

Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

The squid is one creature that really needs technology to observe its incredible moods of colour and rapid movement. This is now firmly in place with a video camera that can be parcelled with the animal as it travels. The point of research in the case of this jumbo flying squid is to learn how it behaves naturally. Read the rest here 07:25

Public comment period open for Delaware aquaculture – fierce opposition from neighbors

The debate over aquaculture continues to grow in Sussex County over the future of the industry in the Inland Bays.,,There are eight locations proposed by DNREC, many of which have created . “We’re not going to be sharing,” he said. “Not sharing. When you’re going to put 118 acres-worth of aquaculture in this bay – that’s simply replacing the use of the bay and making it industrial rather than recreational.” Klinzing isn’t alone. Read the rest here 07:11

Central Northumberland lobstermen have high hopes after downturn

lobsterDM0811_468x5211906, 1932, 1959 and 1987. “Those were the really good years for lobster fishing in the central Northumberland Strait,” Eben Elliott said Wednesday. “There’s lots of different theories about what’s caused the highs and the lows for lobster landings, but in the end, it’s what’s going on in nature that is responsible.” The fortunes of Elliott’s family have been tied lobster stocks in the central Northumberland Strait since his great-grandfather set his first traps in Port Howe around the beginning of the 20th century. Read the rest here 21:34

Pacific Seafood Group calls off acquisition of Ocean Gold Seafoods – Fishermen press forward with the lawsuit

Pacific Seafood Group announced Tuesday it has canceled plans to acquire Ocean Gold Seafoods, citing a legal challenge from commercial fishermen who allege the purchase would expand Pacific Seafood’s monopoly power over the groundfish, whiting and coldwater shrimp markets. A federal judge granted the fishermen a temporary restraining order to block the acquisition of the Westport, Wash., fish processing plant and scheduled a hearing for early February. Read the rest here 19:50

Kodiak: Study Shows Skepticism With Fisheries Privatization

A survey of fish harvesters in Kodiak by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers shows much concern over future of fisheries access because of privatization of fishing rights. While survey data showed a range of perspectives on the effects of privatization on fishing and the Kodiak community, respondents to the study tended to talk about privatization as a significant change that had divisive, negative impacts in the community. Crewmembers and the next generation of fishermen were identified as disproportionately affected by privatization processes. Read the rest here 17:09

Pew Pornographic: ‘Eyes on the Sea’ Curtail Illegal Fishing? Spying on ALL Fishermen around the World!

The display shows 120,000 blinking white lights, each a fishing vessel equipped with AIS. While the device is mandatory, illegal operators often switch it off and no one is the wiser. Long says to combat that, Project Eyes on the Seas combines multiple sources of satellite tracking data with secret government information and documentation on every ship’s history.“The same system the fishing vessels use to predict where the fish are going to be, we can bring that environmental source into this data,, Read the rest here 13:56

Public Comment of Stephen Taufen, founder of Groundswell Fisheries Movement – Re: C-5 Bering Sea Halibut PSC

alaska-halibut__frontMadame Secretary, Chairman Dan Hull & NPFMC members: Groundswell is a public fisheries advocacy movement that has testified before the NPFMC for the past two decades, and I am Stephen Taufen, founder.  Formerly employed in the Alaskan seafood processing sector, and managed operations for pollock weight grading and related background.  This public comment concerns the previously incontrollable excessive bycatch to which the Council now attends.  Groundswell favors:, Read the rest here 13:34

Man charged after cops find explosives; he says they’re for fishing

Gregory-Knepper-jpgFor the second time in two days, a bomb squad and investigators searched the home of a Wilton Manors man Tuesday where police said four homemade explosive tubes, including one with nails on the outside, were confiscated the day before. Residents in four blocks surrounding Gregory Knepper’s house on the 400 block of NW 24th St. were evacuated Monday for about eight hours, Read the rest here 12:58

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 37′ Repco Lobster (High Sheer),1980, Lobster Fiberglass\Cored, CAT

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Specifications, and information and 22 photos click here  To see all the boats in this series, Click here  11:55

Our view: Bridging NOAA’s credibility gap

Bill Karp, director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, should have a chance later this week to bridge some fundamental gaps in trust and credibility when he delivers a report on NOAA Fisheries’ stock assessment process and scientific models program. To his credit, he concedes the enormous disconnect between what NOAA Fisheries has found in its stock assessments and what fishermen see every day on the water is a significant problem. Read the rest here 11:26

Alaska needs a major halibut bycatch reduction, by David Bayes

I’ve watched as longline and charter halibut allocations have declined steadily, and have long awaited the day when regulators would hold trawlers accountable for their waste. alaska-halibut__frontThough the halibut stocks in the Bering Sea may seem unimportant to Anchorage and the Peninsula, the Northeastern migration of growing halibut means problems that begin in the Bering Sea will soon enough carry through to our area. Though the Bering Sea is a remote region, what precedent does Alaska set by allowing this blatant abuse of one of our most valuable and symbolic resources? Read the rest here 11:11

American Shrimp Processors Association pushing for legislation to help the industry

It is estimated Americans will eat 1.5 billion pounds of shrimp this year, but it’s not  that will benefit. According to NOAA, it’s foreign countries. In an effort to change that, members of the American Shrimp Processors Association recently met with Washington lawmakers urging them to support legislation they believe will help the shrimp industry. The “Leveling the Playing Field Act” would allow American industries, such as the shrimping industry, to be able to compete with foreign imports. Video, Read the rest here 08:18

Fishing Rights Alliance has requested that the Secretary of Commerce remove three members from the Gulf Council

GMFMC SidebarIn a letter today, The Fishing Rights Alliance has requested that the Secretary of Commerce remove three members from the Gulf Council for their failure to disclose Board of Director positions with a commercial advocacy and lobbying organization, in clear violation of the MSA. Gulf Council members Corky Perrett (Miss), Harlon Pearce (La) and  are on the Board of Directors of The Gulf Seafood Institute, whose lobbying efforts are made clear on their website. 20:26

Well. Isn’t that special! Commercial Halibut quota owners selling to Waterfall Resort!

Waterfall Resort, the most popular fishing lodge in Alaska, is raising the bar for the 2015 season by offering a Bonus Halibut Tag program. Novice and experienced anglers alike will now have the opportunity to bring home twice the Halibut during daily-guided fishing excursions. To make this program possible, Waterfall Resort is partnering with commercial fishermen to purchase surplus Halibut quota and then offer it exclusively to guests at our cost. Wild Alaska Halibut fishing is prime during the entire summer season. EDF loves this! Read the rest here 19:28

Nominees sought for Pacific Fishery Management Council

PFMC SidebarThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently accepting nominations for a seat on the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The deadline to request nomination materials is Feb. 13. The three-year term begins in August. The successful candidate must work collectively with other council members, often making difficult decisions and fulfilling the standards set forth by the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Serving on the council is a substantial time commitment. Read the rest here 17:53

“Deadliest Catch” Star Sig Hanson Get’s Dumped By Trump! – “The Sexiest Catch” Theme Was a Bomber

apprentice-eric-trump-sig-hansen Sig went with a “The Sexiest Catch” theme. However, Kate didn’t like it , claiming the Hooters girls might be too edgy, especially since they didn’t know what types of people would be on the cruise. But Sig was absolutely convinced it would work for them, saying, sex sells. (right?) It flopped. Trump said, “Sig, you’re fired!” He also said he would donate $25, 000 to Sig’s charity, the Coast Guard Foundation. Read the rest here 17:24

On the Fisheries Broadcast @ 16:30 today, NH Groundfisherman David Goethel

mza_1601165783653993600_255x255-75Jamie Baker and Dave discusses the Gulf of Maine cod situation. Click here for the link. At the top, click Listen, then click listen live, Radio One, St. Johns.  It should be interesting! 14:09

Obama administration opens up southern Atlantic coast to offshore drilling – but restricts it in Alaska

Obama BPThe Obama administration announced plans Tuesday to allow oil drilling in Atlantic waters off several Southeastern states, including Virginia, while moving to restrict access to oil companies along the Pacific and in environmentally sensitive areas off Alaska’s northern coast. “This is a balanced proposal that would make available nearly 80 percent of the undiscovered technically recoverable resources, while protecting areas that are simply too special to develop,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in unveiling the plan. Read the rest here 13:24

Sirena, Lyons Seafoods buy into Canadian shrimp firm

Danish firm Sirena and UK-based Lyons Seafoods have announced they are purchasing 50% in Canadian coldwater shrimp supplier Les Pecheries Marinard. Sirena will acquire its share of the stake in the cooked and peeled processor – which supplies the UK supermarket chain Marks & Spencer and owns the Mariniere brand – through its wholly owned Canadian arm, Whitecap International Seafood Exporters. St Johns, Newfoundland-based Whitecap is,, Read the rest here  12:43

Greenpeace’s cynical toytown fantasy – Fishing Body Rejects Basis for Greenpeace’s Divisive Court Action

wolf-in-sheeps-clothing-scaled500-e1371562470325“Despite Greenpeace’s claims that they champion small boat fishermen, they have once again failed to think through the practical implications of what they are proposing. The UK’s need for a diverse fleet of large, medium and small vessels to take advantage of all its fishing opportunities is vital to the industry’s interdependence in supporting port infrastructures and ensuring continuation of supply.”  Read the rest here 12:24

Fishery science dispute front and center at storm shortened NEFMC meetings

gdt iconThe New England Fishery Management Council cancelled Tuesday’s session of the upcoming meetings in Portsmouth, N.H., but still holds out hope it will be able to squeeze much of the three-day agenda into Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. If that is the case, the final item could be the most contentious: Northeast Fisheries Science Center Director Bill Karp’s report on NOAA Fisheries’ stock assessment process and modeling program. Read the rest here 11:45

Alaska’s Board of Fish closes two areas to commercial Dungeness crab fleet

Alaska’s Board of Fish this month for the most part voted down proposed closures for commercial Dungeness crabbing around Southeast. However, the board during a meeting in Wrangell did support closed areas around Angoon and Hoonah. Southeast residents and communities submitted 10 proposals this year seeking to place areas off-limits to the commercial Dungeness crab fleet. Most sought the closed areas to improve personal use or subsistence crabbing nearby some Southeast towns. Read the rest here 10:56

Plan to impose lobster levies to go public

Canadian_LobsterThe details on how the two-cents-per-pound levy will be collected and utilized will be released by the Lobster Council of Canada next week to coincide with sessions being held by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department around the province over the coming weeks. The marketing campaign wouldn’t be directed at consumers due to the expense of buying advertisements. Instead, it would target industry buyers like restaurants, said Irvine. Read the rest here 09:41

Fishermen temporarily block Pacific Seafood Group’s acquisition of Ocean Gold Seafoods, claiming monopoly

Commercial fishermen, including a groundfish trawler from Astoria, have won a temporary restraining order blocking Pacific Seafood Group’s acquisition of Ocean Gold Seafoods, among the largest seafood processors on the West Coast. The fishermen allege that the acquisition would increase Pacific Seafood’s monopoly power in the groundfish, whiting and coldwater shrimp markets in violation of federal antitrust law. Read the rest here 09:07

PEER Aleutian Sanctuary Ocean Grab Stalls Out

thCAWQFEFIOn Friday, the NOAA announced that the Aleutians won’t advance in the process to become a national marine sanctuary — mostly due to a lack of local support. Adak, King Cove, Akutan, and the Aleutians East Borough all came out against the nomination. Environmentalists (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) and research groups had been seeking permanent limits on oil and gas leasing and commercial fishing in federal waters around the Chain. Read the rest here 22:50

LDWF Announces 2015 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup; Volunteers Needed

The blue crab 2 was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps. In order to conduct the trap cleanups, licensed crab fishermen received a notice informing them that they must remove their crab traps from within the closure area during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers. For a map of the closure area click here. Read the rest here 19:42

2015 IPHC Annual Meeting – Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30, 2015 – Listen via Webinar

The Ninety-First Annual Meeting of the will be held from Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. This year’s meeting is scheduled to open on Monday with presentations on the fishery, the 2014 stock assessment, and the harvest decision table, and conclude on Friday with Commission approval of catch limits and regulations. All public sessions and administrative sessions will be open to the public. These open sessions will also be webcast. Read the rest here, webinar links. 17:30

Victoria’s Secret: Dumping Raw Sewage Like It’s 1915

When friends of mine recently got norovirus from eating foraged Gulf Island oysters, my first instinct was a strange one. I blamed Victoria. More specifically, I blamed Victoria’s raw sewage, which is pumped out to the Juan de Fuca Strait at a rate of 130 million litres per day. British Columbia’s capital is one of the last major cities north of San Diego to dump all of its untreated waste (including pesticides, street runoff and pharmaceuticals) into the ocean. Read the rest here 16:59

UPDATED!! NEFMC – Revised Council Meeting Agenda!

NEFMC SidebarDear Interested Parties: Because of the winter storm that is headed to New England, the Council leadership has reorganized the previously distributed agenda. The meeting will now be held in Portsmouth, NH from late afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 28th, through Thursday, January 29th. Also, a number of items have been eliminated and will be addressed at a future date. Please see the new agenda REV.agenda_Jan2015 for details  or check our website www.nefmc.org, under Council Meetings. 15:08

The American eel’s ‘endangered’ designation isn’t backed up by the science

elver eelOver the past decade, eel fishermen in Maine and all along the Atlantic coast have been part of a responsibly managed fishery, adhering to stringent regulations developed across state, provincial and international lines.,, Despite these notable management efforts, in late 2014, the environmental group International Union for the Conservation of Nature placed American eel on its “Red List” of endangered species. Read the rest here 14:55

I dunno about this one! Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms

“There will be an interchange of the fish communities between those two seas,” beginning as soon as 2050, said Mary Wisz, lead author on the report in Nature Climate Change and a senior ecosystem scientist at Aarhaus University in Denmark. “We know from historical examples that this kind of interchange, when biotas have been separated over long evolutionary time scales, can have huge consequences.” Read the rest here! 12:25

Just in! – NCFA Weekly Update for Jan. 23, 2015

NCFAWeekly Update for Jan. 23, 2015 as a PDF 11:42