Monthly Archives: February 2015

Coast Guard crew frees second fishing boat in two days from ice near Woods Hole

capt rm chaseA Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. This is the second case in two days that Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole rescued a fishing crew from the ice. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat  notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that they became lodged in ice while returning to New Bedford, Massachusetts after a fishing trip. 23:12

At Board of Fish, a preview of pot vs. longline conflict

The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Friday (2-27-15) took no action on a set of proposals to allow pots in the Southeast black cod fishery. The fishery is now open only to longliners, with some exceptions. But the debate was a preview of a larger fight brewing later this spring — over what kind of gear will be allowed across the entire Gulf of Alaska. Audio, Read the rest here 21:09

Maryland, Virginia Members Disagree on Atlantic Oil Drilling

The Obama administration’s recent proposal to lease oil and gas drilling in a swath of the Atlantic Ocean generated the expected mix of cheers and jeers on Capitol Hill, but local reaction was mostly divided along state borders rather than party affiliations. Marylanders are reluctant, while Virginians appear to want to charge ahead, especially if it might mean more cash in their state coffers Read the rest here 16:12

Turkey’s unilateral decision to exceed catch limits threatening Bluefin tuna recovery

thumbnailCAI0LXDYDocuments seen by The Associated Press and EU comments on Friday show that during an intense meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas early this week, delegates were angry at for announcing it would catch up to 73 percent more Bluefin than under an internationally agreed plan. Turkey said this week that its “longstanding and rightful demand” for a higher quota had not been met, forcing it to take independent action. Read the rest here 15:12

Why is Ottawa drawing a blank on Georges Bank?

The productivity of this bank is witnessed by the largest year class of haddock (2010) that has been recorded in the last 50 years. You would think that governments responsible for managing this unique ocean area would want to protect it from . A blowout similar to the recent Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico would be devastating to many fishing communities in southwestern Nova Scotia and New England. Eighty per cent of Georges Bank lies in American waters. Read the rest here 11:30

Canada uses Submarines for Fishery Patrols?

new Victoria-class fleet of submarines are now operational. HMC Submarines Windsor, Victoria, and Chicoutimi were all tested out at sea in December 2014, spending approximately 260 days out on the open water. Canada’s submarines are not just a war-fighting vessel, said a Royal Canadian Navy press release, they also fulfill a variety of peacetime naval roles such as fishery patrols, surveillance on Canada’s coasts, support of maritime law enforcement, and deterrence of would-be terrorists, smugglers, and polluters. Read the rest here 10:47

Coast Guard rescues fishermen in consecutive cases in Matagorda Bay, Texas

two sisters, matorga bay rescueCoast Guard boat and air crews rescued a 64-year-old man after his oyster boat went aground and began taking on water in Matagorda Bay early this morning and rescued another man after his oyster boat went aground in the same area this afternoon.  At approximately 5:30 a.m., the son of the master of the oyster vessel Two Sisters contacted Station Port Aransas by phone stating his father had run aground and his boat was rapidly taking on water. Read the rest here

Lionfish Causing Problems for the Panhandle

The FWC has been bringing awareness to some of Florida’s most invasive species with Invasive Species Awareness Week. One particular highlighted menace has been creeping into the Gulf since 1985. The lionfish is causing problems for some of Florida’s native species which is in turn causing problems for both recreational and commercial fishing, especially here in the Panhandle. Video, Read the rest here 09:42

Sacramento River King Salmon hold on, but drought, heat may take toll next year

The California drought and a strange warming trend in the ocean have not yet killed off the Sacramento River’s king salmon, which are swimming off the coast unaware of all the doomsaying. That could all change next year, fisheries experts warn, when the full effect of the four-year dry spell hits the scaly creatures where they live. There are 652,000 fall run chinook salmon that were born in the Sacramento swimming in the sea right now, about 17,000 more fish than there were at this time last year, according to estimates by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Read the rest here 09:23

PETA launches second attack on Cumbrian aquarium for selling fishing tackle!

An aquarium urged to cut fish from its cafe menu is once again facing pressure to change – this time for selling tackle and bait on the premises. Ms Bekhechi said: “From hacking fish apart and dropping them into a deep fryer to tricking them into impaling themselves in the face, the Lake District Coast Aquarium looks like a rough place for fish, who studies have shown are intelligent individuals who have complex social relationships and long-term memories.”  Read the rest here  07:59

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Feb. 27, 2015

NCFAWeekly Update for Feb. 17, 2015 as a PDF  07:06

Feds to re-open herring fishery, over scientist and Aboriginal objections

A federal court struck down a legal attack by coastal B.C. First Nations attempting to overturn the federal Conservative fishing minister’s decision to re-open herring fisheries in coastal waters. Controversially, the court heard that Minister Gail Shea, a Conservative MLA from PEI, made the decision against the views of her own federal scientists. The Minister was not immediately available for comment late Friday. Read the rest here 22:55

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Coast Guard terminate US fishing vessel voyage near Bellingham, Wash.

The Shiprider Program allows both Canadian and American forces aboard each other’s vessels to conduct at-sea boardings and ensure maritime safety along shared borders. SO! The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with the assistance of the Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel crew for several discrepancies found during an at-sea boarding near Bellingham Thursday.  Read the rest here 21:43

Jersey Shore reps will head up new Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus in Congress

New Jersey Congressmen Frank Pallone, Jr. and Frank LoBiondo joined with colleagues on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to launch the , a bipartisan group designed to highlight the unique concerns of those that live, work, and do business along America’s coasts, according to LoBiondo’s office. The lawmakers, who both represent parts of the Jersey Shore, will serve as co-chairmen of the caucus. Read the rest here 19:57

The Organic Green Washing of Salmon Farms

sealice61The recent discovery of the chemical Teflubenzuron at hundreds of times the legal limit in the environment of a Marine Harvest salmon farm in Scotland highlights the dangers of releasing chemicals uncontrolled into our waters. The old attitude of ‘dilute and disperse’ has in fact despoiled our environment, both in the air and in the seas. Teflubenzuron is one of the chemicals used to control sea lice. These can harm and even kill farmed salmon. Resistance to chemicals builds and sea lice are regularly recorded at levels,,, Read the rest here 17:03

Coast Guard frees fishing boat from ice in Quicks Hole Passage

misty blue iceboundA Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Quicks Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Friday. At about 10 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England were notified that the 69-foot fishing vessel Misty Blue was stuck in ice north of the passage. Read the rest here 15:59

Byrne, and Florida senator send letter in support of snapper – We Love Snapper!

Two respected Gulf Congressmen have taken the lead on a letter addressed to the Secretary of Commerce ensuring NOAA acts swiftly on the distribution of Gulf recreational electronic data collection funding passed last year.  The U.S. Congress, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Fisheries Management Council, Gulf commercial fishermen and federally permitted Gulf recreational charter-for-hire captains know the importance of accurate and real time data collection based on electronic monitoring of Gulf fisheries,,, Read the rest here 12:47

East End legislators at odds over bill to study Millstone power plant impacts

“The water temperatures of the sound are rising at an alarming rate,” Schneiderman said. “Data collected show the sound’s temperature is rising one degree per decade for the last 40 years. The ocean temperature is rising one degree per century. That’s significantly faster,” he said. “Millstone is the smoking gun,” the legislator said. (a 40degree rise over 40 years?) Read the rest here 12:33

Fall chinook run shaping up to be third largest in modern era

Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are predicting an estimated return of 900,200 adult fall chinook. It would be the third largest return on record dating back to 1938. Returns in 2013 — a total of 1.2 million adults — remain the highest on record. Last year, the second highest return, came out to 1.1 million adults. Commercial and recreational fishermen alike reported an amazing season last year and Pacific County, Wash., ports were clogged with boats coming and going. Read the rest here 11:54

Grand Manan’s lobster season hurt by hard winter – ‘The guys out on deck are freezing’

Weather has all but ended the lobster fishing season in. The season started in November and recent weather has caused most fishermen to miss more than double the number of the days they would in typical year. “There’s a limit to how much wind you can stand when it’s cold like it has been this winter. The guys out on deck are freezing,” said fisherman Laurence Cook. Read the rest here 08:52

Canadian Lobster Identity Crisis! Homarus Canadianus loses lobster name game

Canadian lobster will have to masquerade as Americans once again if Maritime seafood is going to gain access into one of the most lucrative marketplaces in the world. And all because of three European countries that say no and a language scarcely used by anyone but the Pope. The fishing industry is anxious to gain access to the 28 countries of Europe, but the European Union requires that lobster must be identified by its Latin name — namely “Homarus Americanus” or American lobster. Read the rest here 07:30

Indoctrinated Youth: What young people are writing about Commercial Fishing.

One problem that’s being hotly debated all over the world is the issues of commercial fishing. Some say that fishing is all for us and we should keep fishing until its all gone. While protesters say that the fish will be gone if we don’t stop these fishing practices. While some say that sports/commercial fishing provides us food, money and jobs the truth is that these fishing practices are destroying our ocean, slowly but surely. Some of the reasons fishing is bad is Bottom Trawling is destroying ocean beds, Using nets is snagging innocent fish and in most cases dolphins, Fishing is destroying the ocean ecosystem and it could be wiped out by 2048. Read the rest here 07:12

Water rights for wild salmon or coal mine? DNR to decide. Comments extended to April 9

The state is getting ready to choose between giving water rights to sustain wild salmon or to proposed at Upper Cook Inlet. If it opts for the mine, the decision will set a troubling legal precedent – it means the same could soon be coming to a river near you. It would be the first time in Alaska’s state history that we would allow an Outside corporation to mine completely through a salmon stream. And the purpose is to ship coal to China. Read the rest here 23:06

Captain Joseph John Testaverde, Lifelong Gloucester Fisherman – March 24, 1951 – February 25, 2015

manatthewheelIt was the sea that ran through his veins, starting at the age of 7 as his fathers deckhand and eventually becoming owner and Captain of his own boats. Joe immersed himself into the life and was always at the front lines of political change advocating for fisherman’s rights with the Gloucester Fisheries Commission , Waters Way Commission and many other fisheries causes. In 1994, he was the recipient of the National Fisherman Highliner of the year award. He leaves behind five children, grandchildren, his two brothers, and his beloved dog, Boston Blackie . Read the rest here  A fund has been established to help with expenses. 21:05

Another year of historic landings and improved value for Maine lobster announced

lobsterDM0811_468x521For the third year in a row and only the third time ever, Maine lobster fishermen landed more than 120 million pounds with a record overall value of $456,935,346, according to preliminary landings data reported today, Feb. 26, by the state Department of Marine Resources. At $3.69 per pound, the 123,676,100 pounds landed represented an improvement of 79 cents per pound over 2013, the largest one-year increase in per pound value since DMR and National Marine Fisheries Service began keeping records. Read the rest here  18:51

Northeast fisheries chief’s credo: ‘Take the heat. … Move on’

John Bullard recalls sitting on a sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean when “the light bulb went off.” Just out of college, he had set off to sail around the world by hitching free rides wherever he could get them. But a message in community organizer Saul Alinsky’s 1971 book “Rules for Radicals” stopped him short: If you want to change the world, go home. So he did. Armed with a master’s in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bullard went back to his hometown of New Bedford, Mass. Read the rest here 18:02

Wild Alaskan Owner Responds to Federal Indictment

 Darren and Kimberly Byler were charged with violating the Refuse Act for allegedly pumping their toilet water into the channel and for making false statements about it to the Coast Guard. “When I think I’ve seen it all, it just keeps getting better, with  the government scrutiny since we opened up. The Coast Guard has laid down the hammer so to speak,  with all the funds, the power, the money. And we’re guilty of nothing. They indicted us on charges they can’t prove. Before people rush to judgment, we’ll have our day in court.” Read the rest here 17:19

The Great Cod Compromise of 2015: NOAA, fishing industry find rare common ground on cod actions

The industry stakeholders and NOAA/NMFSAtlantic-Cod-Dieter-Craasmann arrived at a compromise: NOAA would eliminate the trip bycatch limit and leave the broad stock areas open, but it only would be able to accept up to 30 metric tons of the surrendered cod allocation and the rolling closures scheduled for March would stay in effect.”We felt like what we came up with addresses two of the major complaints by the fishing industry,” Bullard said. “We think there is a conservation benefit to that and it’s a good proposal.” Read the rest here 15:57

Eco Zealot Oceana to feds: sea lions starving due to overfishing

Marine con group Oceana says thousands of sea lion pups that have died on the West Coast this year are succumbing to starvation from a lack of forage fish. Sardines – a preferred fish of sea lions – are more scarce than they have been in 15 years. Oceana is calling upon the Pacific Fishery Management Council to put a moratorium on new forage fisheries at its meeting next month. Read the rest here 14:00

George’s Bank at Risk: Shell’s N.S. project assessment in last stage

Shell Canada Inc. was another step closer Wednesday to exploratory drilling off the coast of Nova Scotia after an environmental assessment moved into its final phase. “We remain on track for a mid-2015 commencement of exploratory drilling,” Larry Lalonde, a Shell Canada spokesman, said in an interview. “There is a significant possibility of oil reaching  George’s Bank and the southwest coast of the province in the event of a blowout,” Joanne Cook, marine toxics co-ordinator with the centre, said in an interview. Read the rest here 10:41

Cape Breton fish processor seeks new products from waste

A fish processor is spending $3 million and teaming up with researchers at Cape Breton University to turn its waste into new products. Kennedy Group of Companies, which owns Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd. and several other plants, wants to know if its fish wastewater can be transformed into something marketable. “Like the pieces of shell from the shrimp, the shrimp meat, the by-products of the proteins, all these oils, salts, that are flushed out into the harbour.” Read the rest here 10:04

Sea scallop surveys under scrutiny during upcoming NOAA conference

Three intensive days of meetings to evaluate ways of NOAA Scientisthave been scheduled for mid-March in New Bedford, NOAA Fisheries NMFS announced. Among those participating will be Dr. Kevin Stokesbury, who developed the drop-camera method of directly counting scallops on the sea floor. The method upended assumptions about scallop populations and transformed the industry into the success it has been for many years. Read the rest here  Review of Sea Scallop Survey Methodologies and Their Integration for Stock Assessment and Fishery Management Read the notice here 09:27

Individual, commercial fishing interests clash in Alaska Board of Fisheries testimony

Many of the players and stakeholders in Southeast Alaska’s salmon and herring fisheries laid out their positions Tuesday morning (2-24-15), as the  opened its spring meeting to public testimony. Although the board had already received detailed, written comments on the 107 management proposals, it is in the oral testimony that most people’s concerns and frustrations really emerge. Audio Read the rest here 22:18

Southeast Alaska King Salmon Head North In Search Of Cooler Waters

Some king salmon reared in Southeast Alaska are traveling farther north as .  The king salmon hatched in Southeast’s four top-producing river systems, the Alsek, Situk, Taku, and Stikine, are going very far afield. “All four of these stocks are considered outside-rearing, or what we term the far-north migrators. This means that shortly after the juveniles enter the marine environment to rear, they essentially take a right and head out to the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.” Audio, Read the rest here 20:01

SW Boatworks builds big boat for big-time tuna hunter, by Stephen Rappaport

SMR_tuna_com-005For the past several years, Carraro has fished aboard Duffy 38 This spring, he will move his operations to a new Calvin Beal 44 that will have the same name, but is a much larger boat. The new boat is 44 feet long and has a beam of 17 feet 6 inches — 16 feet 2 inches at the transom — and will weigh close to 35,000 pounds ready to go. The Duffy, now sold, was 38 feet 6 inches long — 35 feet on the waterline — with a beam of 14 feet and a displacement closer to 28,000 pounds — all big differences at sea. Read the rest here 17:59

Fishermen happy with their jobs; Don’t like privatized fisheries

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Alaska fishermen are happy with their career choice, but not so pleased with programs that carve up the catch. That pretty much sums up the findings in a multi-year study that aimed to gauge how Kodiak fishermen feel about privatizing the resource through things like catch shares and IFQs.  Courtney Carothers, “I was trying to understand also how people thought about privatization compared to other kinds changes in the community and then also looking at how people thought about privatization in terms of its affects on individual and community well being.”  Read the rest here 16:31

Coast Guard terminates fishing vessel voyage off central Oregon Coast

USCGThe crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk while on patrol off of Winchester Bay, terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel for safety gear concerns found during an at-sea boarding Monday. The three member crew, fishing for crab, aboard the 39-foot vessel Dusky was safely escorted to Winchester Bay, where the vessel was ordered to remain until the crew fixed the especially hazardous safety condition of an expired life raft and replace the expired flares which were found on board,,, Read the rest here 15:32

‘Worst of all possible times’ to gut fish commission, chair says

The three-member commission that oversees Alaska’s lucrative limited-entry commercial fisheries is urging lawmakers not to pursue proposals for elimination for at least another year. The state Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission is under fire as a more than $3.5 billion budget shortfall looms. A critical report by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game makes a case for overhaul, citing permit processing delays and relatively high payroll costs. Proposed legislation, House Bill 112, would repeal the commission and move its duties to Fish and Game. Read the rest here 14:59

Cecil waterman gives up the catch after nearly 60 years

prat cecil whigHenry “Pip” Pratt has been a fisherman since he was a junior in high school in 1956. “I went fishing one night on the Susquehanna Flats and caught a mess of shad and sold them for $108,” he recalled. “From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a fisherman.” Pratt is retiring this year after nearly 60 years fishing the Chesapeake Bay. Read the rest here 14:29

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 39′ BHM Tuna/Towing, 750HP, 6 Cylinder Iveco, Phasor – 8 KW Genset

tn3802_01Specifications, and information and 11 photos of the vessel, click here  To see all the boats in this series, Click here  13:58

Florida Fisherman John L. Yates Wins Supreme Court Case, is off the hook in grouper-tossing case

Yates, herald-tribuneA Florida fisherman convicted of tossing undersized grouper off his boat is off the hook after a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that he should not have been prosecuted under a law targeting accounting fraud. In a 5-4 opinion, the justices threw out the conviction of commercial fishing boat captain John Yates, who was prosecuted under a law passed in the wake of the Enron scandal. Read the rest here 11:02

Two letters from Salvatore Novello, Gloucester, Mass


Former CCA Executive Director Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas Ignores The Fact That Commercial Fishermen Harvest Fish For The People

Liz Pike has written an op ed piece regarding the benefit of turning the fishery of the Lower Columbia river into a “World Class” sports fishing Mecca. Her view is that recreational fishermen are being short changed by commercial fishermen, and the “special treatment” allowed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife should be driven by economics, and the revenue generation contribution of the sport fishing industry. Commercial fishermen provide that resource to the people that own it. Its only right that they get the largest allocation. Commercial fishing ain’t a hobby. Read her Op-ed here 10:00

Fishing bills in Olympia fail the smell test

Yet another volley has been fired in the decades-old conflict between sport and commercial fishing. HB 1660 would change state law so that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife would have to give sport angling precedence over commercial fishing. Under current law, the agency is supposed to “enhance and maximize” both kinds of fishing. The current bill is another example of sport fishing interests blaming commercials, rather than the Columbia River dams and loss of habitat that are also factors, for a lack of fish. Read the rest here 07:50

Fishery fund benefits big players, few fishermen – Only 7 harvesters among 261 project approvals

A $16-million provincial fund that was created to provide funding for all aspects of the fishery has almost exclusively benefitted academic institutions, unions and big players on the processing side of the industry, not the harvesters who work directly on the water. The Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program (FTNOP) was established in 2008, to “provide support for harvesting, processing, and marketing initiatives in order to diversify these activities and increase the overall viability of the Newfoundland and Labrador seafood industry.” Read the rest here 07:19

Lost crab pots still catching king crab in Kodiak Island bay

Derelict crab pots lost on the bottom of a Kodiak Island bay are capturing significant numbers of its king crab, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Abandoned pots, the traps used by fishermen to catch crab, could be killing 16 to 37 percent of the red king crab with shells longer than 40 millimeters in Womens Bay, they concluded in a study. Pots likely were lost when lines were cut by boat propellers, commercial barge towing bridals or ice, the researchers concluded. They also could be lost if floats tied to the pots sank. Read the rest here 20:51

Ron Littlepage: Thanks to Obama, our coast is in danger

Obama BPWith the blessing of President Barack Obama, plans are proceeding to allow seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic off of Florida’s coast in the search for oil and gas. For those concerned about the environment, there was some good news last month when the federal government released its five-year plan for offshore drilling leases in the Atlantic and didn’t include Florida. With the memory of the devastating impact of the BP disaster on Florida’s Gulf Coast still fresh, that provided some relief. Read the rest here 19:51

Rockfish poaching: It’s more than just a few fish

It’s just fish. That, according to reporting by The Sun’s Catherine Rentz, is the attitude of many on Tilghman Island about the jail sentences handed down to some of those involved in a massive 2011 poaching operation. Everybody’s doing it, the local thinking goes, so what’s the big deal? Given the historic distrust many Maryland watermen have displayed toward government regulation of their livelihood — and in particular, given the insular nature of Tilghman Island — the willingness of so many to forgive and even laud those,,, Read the rest here 18:36

Rhode Island commercial fishing license applications now being accepted thru March 2nd

Applications are now being accepted for commercial fishing licenses. The Department of Environmental Management is taking the requests for new and renewed commercial fishing licenses for 2015. You only have until March 2. The application period has been extended from the February 28th deadline set forth in commercial fishing regulations because that date falls on a Saturday. Read the details here 18:16

Asian carp chili or carp burgers, anyone?

Although Asian carp filets are too bony for most U.S. consumers, boneless minced carp can be used as healthy stand-in for ground beef in some recipes. A recent University of Missouri blind taste test found that Asian carp rated higher than catfish. Asian carp chili, anyone?  It may not sound appealing at first, but Dr. Mark Morgan at the University of Missouri has received rave reviews for his unique chili on several occasions.  Read the rest here 17:17

Why are the Green Energy Projects pushed by the Enviro’s, kill wildlife and fish, Destroy Bio Diversity, and it’s acceptable to them?

The Green Energy projects that the enviro’s push, wind farms that chop up bird’s, and are sited in the paths of migratory species, tidal power projects that close off entire bay’s, and install turbines that chop up fish. These same groups ride herd over fishermen, and cry about by catch, degrade working people, calling them careless, and greedy, and then have the audacity to allow and support this destruction? All the while, they lobby OUR representatives, fill them with agenda driven BS, and they then have the nerve to show up for photo op’s, smiling, and claiming they are here to help fishermen. Help them out of business? 16:02

Montana investigating Walker’s former Alaska Fish Board appointee

board-of-fish-maw-91807e26Jim Kropp, the director of law enforcement for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said in a phone interview Monday that Roland Maw was under an active criminal investigation. Kropp wouldn’t answer questions about the subject or scope of the investigation beyond confirming that it was related to Maw. But a spokesman for the Montana agency, Ron Aasheim, said the matter involved the possession of Montana resident licenses by Maw. Read the rest here 11:09

Get On Board with #CatchOfTheDay!

catchoftheday nffoMembers of the UK fishing industry are being encouraged to get on board with a forthcoming campaign designed to champion the diversity and sustainability of many species landed by the UK fishing fleet in a week-long Twitter campaign set to take place in March. Running from Monday 16 March until Friday 20 March 2015, the campaign will encourage people to share photos and videos which either represent their involvement in the industry or celebrate the fantastic variety of sustainable fish now available to UK consumers. Read the rest here 09:52

Green crab parasite may be death of lobsters

Results of a study published last week show a parasite is being transferred from green crab bait to lobsters, and more results on another parasite, a bacterium and a virus are expected in the next few months. The scientists found the Profilicollis botulus parasite in lobsters taken from traps that used green crab as bait, said Stewart-Clarke. They looked at more than 700 lobsters and found, in some cases, 70 per cent of lobsters were infected. In lobsters caught using other bait, none of the parasites were found. Read the rest here 08:42

Coast Guard boat crew medevacs Fisherman near Wachapreague Inlet, Va

medevac Southern Crusader IIThe Coast Guard medevaced a man Monday who experienced chest pains while on a fishing boat approximately 10 miles northeast of Wachapreague. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth received a report at about 3:50 p.m. of a 42-year-old male crewmember experiencing chest pains aboard the 81-foot fishing boat Southern Crusader II approximately five miles northeast of Wachapreague Inlet. Read the rest here 23:19:02

Owners of Kodiak’s Wild Alaskan floating strip club charged with improper disposal of human waste

Kimberly Christina Reidel-Byler, 46, and Darren K. Byler, 54, both of Kodiak, face charges that they piped waste from bathrooms on the Wild Alaskan directly into the harbor, then lied about it to investigators with the U.S. Coast Guard. “Indeed, waste from the Wild Alaskan was being piped from the customer and employee bathrooms directly overboard and into St. Herman Harbor,” according to a Monday release from the U.S. Attorney’s office. Read the shitty details here 22:20

Poggy Lapham – This Boat Supports Five Family’s

On the water for 280 days a year, the crew of the  earns a good wage. “It can be tough, you never wake up to the same conditions, but this boat supports five families,” points out Poggy. Generally it’s six weeks on and two weeks off for the crewmembers. “They’re family-oriented guys who are hardworking, humble and take pride in the boat,” he explains. Just as his father did, Poggy encourages his crew to share some of the catch with their families and friends. “It helps us feel good about what we do.” Read the rest here 21:49

Upping their groundfish game – ADFG opens experimental pollock fishery in Cook Inlet

Nelson’s net hangs at about 180 feet deep and fishes at about 150. It isn’t deep enough to go out in the middle of the bay, where he thinks the largest concentrations of pollock might be. If the fishery receives an allocation and becomes a regular fixture in the bay, he’ll consider investing in a new net, he said. It would have to be specially-made for catching pollock, and could cost up to $100,000, he said. It’s a large investment, but just the next step in a long fishing career for Nelson. Read the rest here 21:07

First Nations fight feds over decision to open herring-roe fisheries

herring bcThe goal for all three first nations is to convince the federal government to look at the evidence and keep the herring fisheries closed in their areas — herring remain abundant in the Strait of Georgia and Prince Rupert — until there are enough fish to support commercial fishing. They would also like to work with the government to manage the fisheries, which they believe have been badly managed thus far. Read the rest here 20:43

MAFMC meeting Wednesday to consider emergency action on blueline tilefish, may include harvest reductions

MAFMC SidebarYet those involved in the fishery say no emergency exists and it’s just another instance of poor data and faulty management at work. One reason behind the emergency action was that the MAFMC became aware that a commercial long-liner out of North Carolina was planning on targeting blueline tilefish within the council’s jurisdiction and landing the fish in New Jersey. The long-liner picked New Jersey because there are no landing limits, whereas states further south have limits on blueline tilefish. Read the rest here 20:19