Daily Archives: July 22, 2015

Net-free zones mean ‘more fish for recreation’

THERE are too many commercial fishermen in the state, according to recreational fisherman and central Queensland spokesman for the Queensland Recreational Fishing Network, Kim Martin. For 30 years he has lobbied both sides of government to introduce net-free zones. Net-free zones will lead to bigger, and more fish for recreational fishing, he says. There are 38 commercial licences registered in the Keppel Bay, Fitzroy region. Read the rest here 19:54

Fishermen say camera requirement invades privacy

Cameras on fishing boats do a job on-boat observersThe cameras do a job on-boat observers have usually performed, allowing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to cover more ground by providing fleet-wide coverage. A contractor reviews the video tape to make sure it is consistent with what the anglers report. “NMFS needs an effective and efficient way to monitor,” public affairs officer Kate Brogan said. Having an observer aboard every vessel would be prohibitively expensive, along with the logistical issues of having another person aboard a boat. The cameras aren’t replacing in-person observers, Read the rest here 16:48

Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters as Buyers Struggle to Keep Up

Western Alaska is in midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means both subsistence and commercial fishermen in waters around Norton Sound and Kotzebue are catching record numbers of chum. “We’d forecasted a commercial harvest of 70-100,000 [of chum] and we’re going to blow right through that” said Jim Menard, the Arctic Area Manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The latest numbers point to Norton Sound passing 120,000 chums, the best harvest since 1986. Read the rest here 16:08

Government of Canada Proposes Improvement to Commercial Fishing Licence Categories in B.C.

 The amendment proposes to remove tuna, lingcod and dogfish from Schedule II, Part II of the Pacific Fishery Regulations and create separate licences for these fisheries. No new access or changes in allocation will result from this administrative change, which is expected to create a more efficient licensing process for commercial fishers and support sustainable management of the fisheries for these species. Over the next two years, the Department will consult with First Nations and affected stakeholders on the development of a new regulatory proposal. Read the rest here 16:00

The sassy women of ‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” call Hatteras home, “Oh, there’s always drama,”

Captain Tami GrayBy 2003, Gray found herself living in Hatteras village and working on charter fishing boats. So she asked Hatteras commercial fisherman Jeff Oden for work. And before she knew what happened, she was on Oden’s boat, commercial fishing. “Here’s she’s going off to Hollywood,” Oden jokes, “and I’m left here in the weeds.” Last year, Gray was contacted by the “Wicked Tuna” production, asking if she wanted to do the show with her husband. “He said, ‘hell, no!’,” she says. But the man from Wicked Tuna persisted, asking her again about doing it with Tilman. “He says, ‘Can’t you give your husband a couple of drinks and talk him into it?’” Gray says. Read the rest here 15:30

Coast Guard plucks 3 fisherman from sinking vessel west of Tillamook (video)

A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued three fisherman just before their 30-foot boat sank in the Pacific Ocean west of Tillamook on Tuesday afternoon. Chief Petty Officer David Mosley, a Coast Guard spokesman, said search-and-rescue officials in Warrenton received a mayday call at 2 p.m. from the crew of the fishing vessel Flying Fish. Their boat was taking on water in 6- to 10-foot seas with wind gusts of 27 mph and they needed help. The boat’s was carrying 10,000 pounds of shrimp, Mosley said. Read the rest here 14:16

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 36.3′ Wood Lobster boat, Permits, Traps, 1985 John Deere 6076 Diesel

lb3935_04Specifications, information and 10 photo’s click here  To see all the boats in this series, Click here 11:57

Lobster in the Beer??? Oxbow brewing a beer made with lobsters

Oxbow Brewing is offering a quicker way to consume two of the Maine’s summertime staples: beer and lobster. The brewer is producing beer made with live Maine lobsters and a dash of sea salt. Brewmaster Tim Adams says the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and suspended in a kettle full of boiling wort, the liquid made from the mashing process, during brewing. He says the lobsters add a subtle brininess and sweetness that lobster fans will recognize. It is 4.5 percent alcohol by volume and is available on a limited basis. The beer became available this summer. Link photo 10:33

P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association concerned about Gulf of St. Lawrence oil exploration

The executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association is calling on the federal government to better assess the risks of oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Ian MacPherson wants Ottawa to study the potential impact of an oil spill on the seafood industry. Halifax-based Corridor Resources has applied to do exploratory drilling in the Old Harry reserve between the Magdalen Islands and Newfoundland. Read the rest here 10:01

Unusual describes this year’s shrimp season in Mississippi.

This year’s shrimp season will likely be one to remember.  But not in a good way. “This has been quite an unusual season for everyone. And it’s had an economic impact on the fishermen, the fisheries, the dealers, the processors. the DMR’s Joe Jewell told the Commission on Marine Resources. Experts say significant rainfall earlier this year is likely to blame for the small shrimp size this summer. The harvest of white shrimp are another anomaly of the 2015 season.  Fishermen are already reporting large catches of white shrimp. Read the rest here 08:01

Four Fishermen Rescued near Cape Blanco as Vessel Runs Aground

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer swam 1,750 yards in 5-foot seas and 30-mph winds to rescue four people after their fishing vessel grounded near Cape Blanco, Tuesday morning. Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Harrity, a 27-year-old native of Jupiter, Florida, individually pulled each fisherman more than 250 yards in 57 degree water from their life raft to shore, where they were met by EMS. Watchstanders at Coast Guard watch standers  received a report from the crew of Jamie K, a 52-foot commercial fishing vessel, via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16 at 1:40 a.m. stating that they were taking on water and had lost power. Video, Read the rest here 07:12