Monthly Archives: June 2015

Stacey Marshall Tabor to head out fishing after human rights complaint win

A Nova Scotia woman who won a human rights complaint against her home community for denying her a fishing licence because of her gender is heading out to sea after all. Stacey Marshall Tabor says the Millbrook First Nation informed her on Tuesday that she would be sailing as a deckhand on a snow crab boat. The assignment came after years of infighting that culminated in a discrimination finding by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Read the rest here 20:25

Florida Net ban turns 20 on July 1, but was it a success?

Twenty years ago Wednesday, , one of the most controversial conservation measures in the state’s history. The ban devastated livelihoods and what remained of a once-vibrant commercial fishing culture in small coastal towns throughout Florida. Two decades later, opinions align along the same battle lines that fueled a bitter campaign surrounding the ban. And since the data are either incomplete or a mixed bag, scientists still can’t offer much insight into which side was right. Read the rest here 18:12

A Bogus Rerun Oceana Article by Daily Mail “Journalist” Tom Wyke!

liars-all-aroundsWe posted an article yesterday that originally ran in February, 2013. It seemed familiar, but, the photos used in yesterdays rewrite by Daily Mail’s Tom Wyke were not the same as the original. We might’ve even posted it! Someone at picked up on it. Author Tom Wyke  demonstrates how lazy reporting, paired with zero editorial oversight, can trick readers into viewing an outdated and fundamentally inaccurate story. After realizing the Daily Mail’s error, those sites have taken down the article.  Read the rest here  Not us though, we’ll leave it up in tribute to Tom Wyke! 17:29

Feds investigating Casey’s Seafood on mixing Atlantic blue crab with imports

New court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk indicate that federal investigators believe that Casey’s  Seafood Inc. mislabeled crab meat at its processing facility in the Newport News Small Boat Harbor — then passed it on to Farm Fresh, Harris Teeter and other retailers in Virginia and out of state.  Agents removed many items from the seafood house, including purchasing records, billing records, and several “crab meat containers,” including 17 bags labeled “Product of Vietnam.” Read the rest here 14:38

FISHING leaders in Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles move to protect fishing communities

Prolific_LK986-742x476Commercial fishing is economically and culturally vital to island communities with around a quarter of the industry based in Shetland, Orkney and the western isles. Secretary of the Orkney Fisheries Association, Fiona Matheson, said: “As everyone in the islands knows, fishing is an absolutely essential part of economic life and it’s time this was reflected in devolved powers for the industry. The move follows the example of the Our Islands Our Future initiative, which is seeking for more political decision-making powers to be devolved to the islands. Read the rest here 14:08

Texas Bans Sales of Shark Fin’s, Oceana hails the legal shark fishery waste!

Across the globe, sharks are being murdered for a culinary gimmick (cultural mainstay) — shark fin soup, even though shark fins offer virtually no flavor or nutritional value. Shark finners slice off sharks’ pectoral and dorsal fins, often while the animals are still alive, and throw them back overboard to drown or bleed to death. According to the most recent statistics from the journal Ecology Letters (2006), shark finning accounts for 73 million shark deaths every year. Read the foolishness here 13:09

‘Deadliest Catch’ – A test for crab-fishing rookie Amy Majors – “There were definitely certain times that I questioned my sanity,”

Alaska native Amy Majors, who was born into a fishing family in Ketchikan, wants to prove to the world and the crabbing industry that she’s tough enough to trawl for hard-shelled gold in the most dangerous icy waters on Earth. “Fishing is in my blood, and I’ve been doing this kind of thing my whole life. But crabbing on the Bering sea is different — far wilder and more dangous than anything I’d ever done before,” says Majors, whose seafaring father took her aboard his commercial fishing boat when she was just 12 hours old. Read the rest here 12:01

On This Day – June 30, 1911: The ill-fated Steamer Nacoohee sinks fishing schooner Catherine Allen

On this day in 1911 one of the many coastal steamers of the era sank a large fishing schooner 16 miles northwest of Provincetown. Since the canal was not completed yet, all ships had to sail a round the outer shore of Cape Cod, and the area was also rife with commercial fishing boats. The headline in the newspapers the next day blared: RESCUE CREW OF 23.; Steamer Nacoochee Runs Down Fishing Schooner Off Cape Cod. Read the rest here 09:19

Louisiana shrimpers are hopeful action by Congress can help reduce illegal shrimp imports

“Today, the Louisiana seafood industry is being hammered by illegal foreign imports that are destroying jobs and distorting the market here at home, making it tougher for Louisiana seafood to compete in our own markets. That’s wrong,” said U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette. Shrimpers across the state have voiced their support for Boustany’s bill, called the Preventing Recurring Trade Evasion and Circumvention Act, or PROTECT Act. Read the rest here 08:26

Fishing resumes in 138 square miles of oil fouled waters off the Santa Barbara coast

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife allowed fishing to resume on Monday that was closed following last month’s huge oil spill. Fish and Wildlife officials said decided to reopen the area following word from scientists that consuming fish caught in those waters poses no threat to human health. They said their scientists worked with their counterparts from the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to test a broad range of finfish, shellfish,,, Read the rest here 08:00

Alaska Trollers Outraged by Low King Salmon Quota Set by Pacific Salmon Commission

Members of the Alaska Trollers Association are expressing outrage that the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) has capped Alaska’s harvest of king salmon this summer at 237,000 fish. With the summer troll season set to begin this week, trollers are caught in a technical dispute among commission members over how many king salmon are expected to return to spawn in rivers along the West Coast. The Pacific Salmon Commission implements the U.S.-Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty, which governs how many king salmon can be caught by Canada and Alaska. Read the rest here 20:33

Oceana claims 2/3 of Tuna sold in Restaurants and Stores is really dangerous Escolar!

The findings were made by Radical Oceana, a non-profit organisation that campaigns for the protection and restoration of the world’s oceans. (no fishing) Oceana took 1,215 samples of fish from across the United States and genetically tested them. Most of it was escolar – a type of fish that can lead to serious stomach cramps and dangerous levels of diarrhea in some consumers. When it comes to canned tuna, Southern California is the worst offender, with 52 per cent of the state’s ‘tuna cans’ not containing tuna at all. Read the rest here 19:56

NY State Legislature Passes Commercial Fishing Advocate Position

“The commercial fishing industry is part of the fabric of the East End of Long Island,” Mr. LaValle said in a statement on the measure. “It’s essential that we ensure that the industry is adequately represented before state agencies and is provided the proper tools to thrive. By creating an advocate, fishermen will have a strong voice to assist in the promotion of the industry, and will be part of state economic development plans.” Read the rest here 15:13

Murder of Indonesian Crew Member Reported Aboard Seychelles-Flagged Tuna Vessel

NF INDIAN TUNA NO.1.According to a press statement issued by the police on Thursday evening, the NF Indian Tuna No. 1 is carrying the body of a crew member who was reportedly stabbed to death in the neck and stomach on Tuesday June 23 while the fishing vessel was on its way back to the archipelago’s main island of Mahe. It was alleged by the ship’s captain that the deceased, who was an Indonesian national, was killed by another crew member, who is reported to have jumped overboard after committing the murder and was not seen again. Read the rest here 12:57

Sheer Stupidity! Shark Fishing causes surge in number of Attacks, say Experts

Experts pointed shark fishing as a possible reason for the striking increase in shark attacks off the coast of North Carolina. The fishing is permitted on North Carolina beaches and piers, but it has been banned at several other popular beach destinations along the East Coast. Experts said several of the recent attacks, including the one that took place on Friday in which shark attacked a 47-year-old father as he scrambled to get children out of the water, and two attacks on June 14 have occurred in close proximity to fishing piers. Read the rest here  Meet the “Experts”! Click here 10:42

Hugh blamed for new law that could devastate fishing industry in Plymouth – lunacy and madness

Westcountry celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is being blamed for the new rules thanks to his televised Fish Fight campaign, which targets discards. At present fisherman have to throw back fish they don’t have a quota to catch, and the Fish Fight campaign has been working against that. The new rules mean they won’t be allowed to throw them back – or land them. Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producers Organisation, said fishermen hate discards as it made a mockery of their hard work.  Read the rest here 10:05

Longtime Fisherman Weighs In On New England Fishery Management Councils Recent Votes

The New England Fishery Management Council made the right move recently, voting to ask the federal government to suspend an at-sea monitoring program required of the groundfish industry, according to long-time fishermen Fred Mattera, who said shifting the cost to fishermen could decimate the industry. Mattera said fishermen area also pleased with the council’s vote to re-open areas in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank to commercial fishing. (photo)  Read the rest here 09:49

P.E.I. tuna fisherman getting 30 ton Atlantic bluefin quota increase

According to a news release from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, there are more than 300 tuna fishermen across P.E.I. Jeff MacNeill is one of them. He says the increase in quota could bring in a lot of extra income, especially given that last year, fishermen were receiving about $6,000 to $7,000 for an average-sized tuna. “If I’m allowed one extra bluefin tuna, that’s quite a sizeable increase in my income”  Read the rest here 07:53

Greenland salmon quota worries Maine conservationists

At a recent summit, Greenland awarded itself an annual salmon quota of 45 metric tons for the next three years. Officials there say the new quota is considerably less than the previous harvest of 57 tons, and that reducing it further would have devastating economic consequences for fishing communities around the huge, sparsely populated island. But some U.S. officials believe the salmon quota should be zero. Read the rest here 07:35

Fishermen honored for saving man who fell into New Bedford Harbor

“The quick actions of Kevin A. Perry and Christopher Bird Jr. prevented a far more serious situation and possibly tragedy from occurring,’’ the certificate of appreciation presented reads. “Their actions reflect great credit upon themselves to the community and to the entire fishing community.’ Perry, owner of EZ–RYDER fishing vessel, and Bird, a retired fisherman, both from Dartmouth, were painting the boat April 28 at Homer’s Wharf when they heard someone yelling frantically for help. Read the rest here 07:02

NC State Senate Bill 160 proposes a new fee for commercial and recreational boats that are 24 foot and above.

The bill carries a price tag directly associated with the length of the boat. The bill would establish a Coastal Waterways User Identification Number for boats that are operated in state coastal fishing waters. If passed, the bill is expected to garner between $1-2 million, and the money will go to the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Lake Maintenance Fund for dredging inlets and weed control for lakes. Owners would have to pay an annual fee based on the length of their boat,,, Read the rest here 19:22

Delaware Man Catches Record-Size Blueline Tilefish During Tournament

A Delaware man set a new state record during a recent fishing tournament. William Fintel, of Lewes, caught a 19.7 pound blueline tilefish on June 19 during the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament. The tilefish was 33 inches long and was caught in the Atlantic Ocean’s Baltimore Canyon, some 65 miles offshore. Relatively new to the tournament, blueline tilefish are becoming quite popular among salt water anglers. Read the rest here 18:39

Rhode Island-based Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation awarded $399,870 of S-K Grant Funding

excaliburRhode Island fishermen are to receive up to $475,000 in federal funds to support research aimed at improving sustainability of local fisheries. The CFRF will put the funds toward its On-Deck Data Program, which allows local lobstermen to use tablet computers and electronic calipers to collect and transmit real time data about their catch and share it with researchers studying the lobster and Jonah crab populations. The Rhode Island Natural History Survey will use the funds to develop a climate change adaptation blueprint for Rhode Island commercial fisheries. Read the rest here 18:05

Both sides in Scotland’s escalating seal-shooting wars could face charges after a series of dramatic confrontations

For the second year running, is running a summer-long campaign to defend seals in northeast Scotland. It has mobilised three boats and around 80 volunteers from 12 countries who have been monitoring and filming the shooters, sometimes putting themselves in front of seals. They say they have filmed three seals being legally shot in Gamrie Bay, and believe a fourth was also shot there. In Murkle Bay, they say they filmed two seals being legally shot, and believe a further two were shot off camera. Read the rest here 12:42

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, June 28, 2015

rifa2The Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance is dedicated to its mission of continuing to help create sustainable fisheries without putting licensed fishermen out of business.” Read the update here  To read all the updates, click here 11:52

BREAKING: 4 P.E.I. CF/V Cadillac Style fishermen rescued off Shippagan, New Brunswick

shippigan-rescue This photo of the sinking fishing vessel was captured at about 6 a.m. SundayFour fishermen from Tignish, P.E.I. were rescued 33 nautical miles east of Shippagan, N.B. Sunday morning after their vessel took on water. JTF Atlantic says a distress signal came from the vessel’s beacon after 4 a.m. A Cormorant helicopter, a Hercules aircraft, a Coast Guard vessel and another fishing vessel in the area responded. The fishermen were airlifted to the Charlottetown Airport and arrived there by 8 a.m. They were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown to be checked out. Read the rest here 10:34

Bellingham – Commercial Fisherman Robert Briscoe running to ensure port is economic engine

briscoe-headshot-cropI have walked the docks since I was 4 years old and I’ve seen many changes over the 41 years I’ve been commercial fishing out of Squalicum harbor. The fortunes of our maritime businesses have ebbed and flowed over the years. With waterfront re-development on its agenda, the has a unique opportunity to once again take advantage of our strategic marine location. After years of wondering when something would happen, and complaining when nothing did happen, I am stepping up to offer my leadership to the Port of Bellingham. Read the rest here 10:17

Our History: The wild nature of B.C.’s fisheries

sylvia taylor author bc fisheriesSylvia Taylor’s lyrical memoir of life as a rookie deckhand captures the thrill and the perils of commercial fishing in a bygone era. The excerpt below describes an early-season stopover in the bustling village of Port Hardy and offers a glimpse of hardships that would soon beset the industry in the form of depleted fish stocks, shortened seasons and the tightening grip of government regulation. – Read the rest here 09:54

The Pope’s Environmental Message. There’s Plenty That Environmentalists Might Not Want to Hear

Pope Francis, who certainly heaps plenty of blame on humans for the mess we have made of the natural world, is having none of this absolutist environmental “It’s Us Against Nature” piety. Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. When we speak of the “environment,” what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it. Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it. Nor does Pope Francis have much affection for the pragmatic market-based Ecomodernist approach of self-proclaimed “modern” environmentalists who propose that technology and human wisdom can make the future good, even great.  Read the rest here 08:39

Harvesting geoduck is lucrative, but it’s also brutally hard work

geoduk harvesting aboard rawdealTime is money in all types of commercial fishing, but that’s particularly true in the geoduck fishery. One reason is the huge market demand in China for the big bivalves. The other is how the Tulalip Tribes manage their divers, restricting harvest to just a few hours at a time as part of a strategy to keep the fishery sustainable. Last season, 90 percent of wild geoducks harvested in Washington were sent to Asia in what amounted to a $74 million export industry for the state. With prices hinging on the clams’ health, packagers race to SeaTac with their freshly caught product. Read the rest here 08:00

Karen Bruck asks, Please join me in supporting the efforts of Andy Mays

Andy Mays is Great FundPlease join me in supporting the efforts of Andy Mays, a great father and a great guy. A hardworking fisherman, Andy was diagnosed with cancer this past March. He and his beautiful wife, Michelle, persisted in home schooling their three delightful sons, and in continuing to participate in the boys’ sports and church activities. The driving distance to radiation and chemotherapy treatments were onerous.  Surgery went well this past week, but a long road lies ahead. Read the rest here, and please donate if you can! 22:03

Open Season: Black Sea Bass poaching problems persist in Buzzards Bay

“The people we are catching are not fishermen, they are poachers,” said MEP Captain Pat Moran. “A fisherman fishes by the rules, respects the sea and what’s in it but these people have no respect for either. Catching the limit is not an option for them.” Even before the recreational season began on May 23, poachers were already greedily stealing sea bass. There are also comments on online fishing forums about the possibility of some of those involved in these cases poaching the sea bass to supply their own restaurants. Read the rest here 18:18

Paine & Partners Enters into Agreements to Sell Icicle Seafoods

Under the transactions, Convergence will acquire Icicle’s land-based wild seafood processing and farmed salmon activities, and Dominion will acquire the Company’s harvesting and processing vessels as well as the associated fishing rights.  Convergence and Dominion have agreed to enter into long-term contracts to continue Icicle’s diversified seafood operations following the completion of the transactions.  Financial terms of the transactions and of the agreement between Convergence and Dominion were not disclosed.    Read the rest here 17:47

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, June 26 2015

Fishing is picking up in the Nushagak and Egegik districts, but the Naknek-Kvichak fleet is still on the sidelines. On tonight’s show, an update from ADF&G’s Tim Sands and Travis Elison, some details on the sale of Icicle Seafoods, plus a run down of the rest of the day’s news and numbers. Hannah Colton hosts KDLG’s Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday June 26, 2015. Listen to the report here 15:36

Once a Beloved French Symbol, Calypso Now Rusts Into Oblivion

Today, the rots in the warehouse where it was brought to be repaired in 2007. Stripped of the metal and wood that once encased it, weeds curling among the wooden beams of its frame, the ship is now a symbol of how Mr. Cousteau has faded in the collective memory and how despite France’s sailing tradition, neither the government nor his heirs have found a solution for its restoration. Read the rest here 15:06

Cape Ann Fresh Catch, Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association open kitchen

cape ann fresh catchThe 1,300-square-foot shop, owned by Intershell owner Monte Rome, ultimately will house two organizations: the well-established Cape Ann Fresh Catch, a membership-driven seafood sharing program, and the new Cape Ann Fresh Food. The latter, in association with the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, will serve as a retailer and caterer to the public of both seafood and other items. Read the rest here 12:36

Is there a dark side to North Carolina’s fishing heritage? Just more ENGO bunk?

According to David Sneed there is! Plenty of colorful stories about our state’s heritage of commercial fishing are published on a regular basis across North Carolina throughout the year. Who does not enjoy reading about a coastal visit to feast on a Calabash-style seafood dinner? But there is another side to the story about fresh, local seafood that no one wants to tell. It’s a story that includes references to overfishing and depleted stocks endangering fishery resources for future generations. Read the rest here 11:52

HONOLULU – State Land Board approves emergency ban on sea cucumber harvesting

A snapshot of a boatload of sea cucumbers taken recently in Waimanalo got people’s attention, but not in a good way. Land board members heard from Native Hawaiians who say even though they worry about how their cultural gathering rights will be affected, they support this temporary ban on the taking of sea cucumbers.“It’s a boom or bust fishery. The fishermen can collect a large number of animals in a small amount of time.” Alton Miyasaka, Aquatic Resources, said 17 people recently applied for commercial fishing licenses. Read the rest here 09:28

‘Yesterday’s Fish Today’s Challenges’ Film – Presentation tonight in Barnegat Light!

Viking Village and Kaltenbach Productions present this 75-minute, in-depth historical documentary of the beginning of commercial fishing on Long Beach Island. Discussion at 8 p.m.; movie starts at 9. Location: Viking Village Dockside 19th St. and Bayview Ave., Barnegat Light, Click here Jun 27, 2015. A nice collection of film trailers can be viewed by clicking here. Included is Honolulu Fish Auction, Viking Village Seafood Dock, Blue Water Fishermen Association, and others. 09:02

What’s the craziest question YOU’VE been asked about lobster fishing?

lobster fisherman’s oil skins, waiting for another day of work. Photo Courtesy of Billy Kitchen.Maine is a unique state.  Lobster fishing is a unique occupation.  In the summer months, tourists flock to Vacationland, eager to eat lobster in the rough and learn about our way of life. I grew up working as a sternman on my father’s lobster boat and conversations with tourists were a common and often entertaining addition to the process of unloading our catch. I enjoyed the intense eagerness people ‘from away’ showed in wanting to learn more about Maine’s most famous fishing industry but was also often amused by the questions they asked. Read the rest here 08:43

Invasive Impact: What’s the Status of Invasive Species in Alaska?

Fisheries are an economic and employment engine in Alaska, with the commercial and recreational sectors generating $4.8 billion in sales impacts and 61,000 jobs in 2012. However, invasive species, or species that are introduced to a new area where they have the potential to cause harm, could significantly affect the ecosystems that make Alaska so productive for fisheries.  Read the rest here 08:24

Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program – 900K for UMass Dartmouth fisheries research

smastThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recommended a dozen Massachusetts-based marine research programs receive funding this year including more than $900,000 for UMass Dartmouth to conduct four projects whose aim is to  improve the cost-effectiveness and capacity of programs to observe fish. Other Massachusetts research projects recommended for funding include: $497,060 for the Coonamessett Farm Foundation,  $774,640 for four New England Aquarium  Read the rest here 19:35

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for June 26, 2015

NCFAClick to read the  To read all the updates, click here  18:36:45

By road, lake and river: Part II – From the braids of the Kvichak to shores of Bristol Bay – Molly Dischner

Homer-based drift gillnet boats the  through a braided stretch of the Kvichak River on June 17.Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts (part 1 here) in reporter Molly Dischner’s journey with a Homer fishing family to Bristol Bay on the eve of sockeye season. About 8 a.m. on June 17, a sportfishing guide tied his skiff to the F/V Eagle Claw and hopped onboard to join our motley crew. It was the final day of our five-day trip from Homer to Naknek via the Williamsport Road. Skipper Louie Flora, his daughter Sidney and brother Jonathan were headed to fish the east side of Bristol Bay. Soon-to-be west side setnetter Joey Kraszeski and I were just along for the ride. Read the rest here 18:23

Algae Bloom Is Toxic For Washington Crabbers’ Bottom Lines

algae bloom west coast Tom Petersen sitting idly in his 50-foot boatTom Petersen’s 50-foot crab boat sits idly in the Port of Willapa Harbor, a tiny coastal inlet 40 or so miles north of the mouth of the Columbia River.  On a normal early-summer day, Petersen would be selling Dungeness crab to canneries, big-city buyers and even fresh off the back of his boat to locals and tourists. And he’d be making good money doing it. With crab selling at up to $10 per pound, Petersen could be making thousands of dollars a day. But for the past few weeks, Petersen and all the other commercial crabbers who fish,,, Read the rest here 06:35

Cape Ann Seafood Exchange wins $363K S-K grant for facility upgrades

cashCASE, according to NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard, received $363,604 in this round of funding for its three-pronged strategy that, according to its application, will “enhance and help secure the long-term viability of CASE as a major stakeholder and critical asset to the New England fishing industry and the Gloucester waterfront.” Last year, CASE received $361,670 for its project to build a sustainable redfish fishery by developing new processing methods, purchasing innovative equipment and marketing the species to retailers and consumers. Read the rest here  05:48

P.E.I. lobster season extended four days

The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association asked for an extension of the season to make up for the late start, and on Thursday Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea announced a four-day extension. “This four-day extension strikes the right balance between ensuring we protect our precious resource while allowing our fishermen to get more days out fishing,” said Shea in a news release. Read the rest here 05:33

A Tale of Two Whales: Seven-Year Study Indicates Steady and Upward Trends for Blue and Fin Whales in Southern California

A new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego indicates a steady population trend for blue whales and an upward population trend for fin whales in Southern California.Blue and fin whales are common inhabitants of the Southern California Bight, the curved region of California coastline with offshore waters extending from San Diego to Point Conception (near Santa Barbara, Calif.), but little is known about their use of the area. Read the rest here 19:31

‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’, ‘Port Protection’ & ‘Yukon River Run’ to Premiere in July on NatGeo

Following the premiere of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks comes a new series, Port Protection. The remote, fog-shrouded community of Port Protection is tucked into the northwest corner of Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, and surrounded by the freezing waters of the North Pacific. A small band of extraordinary people push the limits of survival, living an isolated and risky life of self-reliance with no roads, no government and no cops. Yukon River Run:On Alaska’s Yukon River, three raft crews each begin preparations for a trek downstream to sell goods to native villages. Read the rest here 18:59

FWC approves lobster incentive to harvest lionfish

Lionfish are pretty to look at but that’s about it says commercial fisherman Rachel Bowman. “The lionfish are gorgeous but extremely detrimental to our environment not picky eaters. A lionfish can consume anything 2 inches smaller than itself,” says Bowman. And that healthy appetite, says Bowman, may one day pose a threat to commercial fishing. She says, “Only a matter of time before snapper, grouper and lobster show a decline because of lionfish.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says man is the lionfish’s best predator. Read the rest here 18:39

NOAA Spends $25 Million for 2015 Recommended Projects of the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced that it is recommending 88 projects for a total of $25 million under the 2014-2015 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Program. This is the most significant amount of funding ever granted by NOAA under this decades-old program. The recommended projects — which represent every region of the country and U.S. territories — are listed below. Read the rest here 17:17

Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven to build two new stern trawlers for Icelandic seafood company Samherji

two trawlers for icelandThe vessels will be 80m long and with hulls of ICE 1A* class, and equipped with a wide range of Rolls-Royce equipment, including main engines, thrusters, automation, winches and the fuel efficient Wave Piercing design “Our design and equipment will help ensure that these will be among the most effective and modern fishing vessels in the world,” said John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce President Commercial Marine. “The vessels will be equipped with our latest B33:45 main engine, and they will be the first among fishing vessels to feature our Wave Piercing bow design.” Read the rest here 16:20

Alaska – Early salmon catches underweight – “We’ve seen small fish before, But nothing like this.”

Workers statewide from offices of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, are just beginning to notice an early in-season trend of smaller-than-average fish. Throughout the state’s early season salmon fisheries, particularly sockeye and chum, fish are coming in shorter and lighter for their age. “It’s still pretty early in the game,” said ADFG fisheries scientist Eric Volk. “That being said, fish are a little bit smaller than they usually are. It may not be a pattern this early, but we have seen declines in size-at-age.” Even seasoned fishermen are puzzled. Read the rest here 15:23

Mississippi extends recreational Red Snapper season through October

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller announced Thursday morning that anglers will be allowed to harvest Red Snapper in state waters from July 16 through Oct. 31. The bag limit will be two Red Snapper per person with a minimum size of 16 inches. Anyone catching Red Snapper is required to report the catch to MDMR. Read the rest here 15:08

Maritime fishermen seek extension to lobster season

Lobster fishermen around the Maritimes who got off to a late start because of the cold spring, are waiting to hear from the federal government about a possible extension to their season. Karen McCavour runs a lobster shop and her husband is a lobster fisherman. She said she thinks landings are down 50 per cent because of the late start to the season.   Lobsters migrate with the warmer weather. Fishermen in the area will need to pull their traps out of the water by Monday unless the federal government steps in and offers a delay. Read the rest here 10:56

Khong Yai fishermen threaten to idle boats

Khong Yai fishermen threaten to idle boatsThe fisheries association in Trat’s Khlong Yai district has threatened to stop work on July 1, the deadline set by the government for all fishing boats to register and comply with the EU’s illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing rules. “The government wants to appease European countries, which buy only 30-billion-baht worth of fishery products per year from Thailand. But this would cause considerable damage to the Thai fishing industry, which is worth more than 100 billion baht. Read the rest here 10:24

California Fisheries in Crisis: impact of drought and illegal marijuana grows

“In our fourth year of this historic drought, we have to find ways to protect our fisheries from the impacts of the driest years on record, and the devestating impacts of rogue marijuana grows. The combination of the drought and rogue grows have resulted in unprecedented fish kills, have put endangered species on the brink in many California watersheds, and are hammering away at our coastal and port economy, which contribute billions of dollars annually to our state,” Senator Mike McGuire said. Read the rest here

Big Jazz and Seafood Shindig at Viking Village commercial fish dock in Barnegat Light Saturday!

Viking Village will host the seventh annual Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival this Saturday, June 27 at the Viking Village commercial fish dock in Barnegat Light. Attendees will get the chance to sample “Viking-fresh” seafood prepared by local restaurants as chefs battle for ballots with their original recipes for the “Best Seafood Dish.” Jazz music will be provided by the local musicians of The Jimmy Merchant Band, who performed at last year’s festival. This multifaceted event/fundraiser will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Info, Read the rest here  08:17

The most extensive and harmful toxic algal bloom ever recorded on the West Coast continues

algae bloom gathering data on a 2015 event that is killing fish and shutting commercial activities.“Right now, I’m fishing out of Monterey,” said Porter McHenry, president of Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association, and a local commercial fisherman. “I’m fishing for anchovies. The buyers are shipping them to big pens in Australia as tuna feed. (The anchovies) can’t go for human consumption.” For the most part, McHenry seemed largely unconcerned with the domoic acid levels along the Coastside, especially because the local fishing activity has naturally slowed for the summer months. “It’s not that bad. You just can’t eat the guts,” he said. Read the rest here 07:53

New offshore fisheries science ship under construction in North Vancouver

Construction has started at the North Vancouver shipyard on one of three new fisheries ships for the Canadian Coast Guard, the federal government announced on Wednesday morning. The new offshore fisheries science vessel, which will be named the CCGS Sir John Franklin after the British explorer, is expected to be completed by the spring of 2017. The contract for delivery of the three ships has a ceiling of $514 million, according to a statement released by the government on Wednesday,,, Read the rest here 20:46