Monthly Archives: September 2015

Northeast Fisheries Science Center say’s key fishing area for Atlantic cod in dire shape

New data from thecod-fish says research boats caught less of the fish this past spring than in all but one spring season dating back to 1968. A report from the centre, given to The Associated Press on Tuesday, states that the boats caught about 3.3 pounds of cod each time the net went in and out of the water last spring, compared to more than three times that amount two years earlier. “Is that coming as a surprise from anybody who knows what the water temperature is out there? No, it shouldn’t be,” said David Goethel, a New Hampshire-based fisherman. “These fish are declining because of climate change.” Read the rest here 22:13

The “West Coast Salmon Fishery Elimination Act.” – H.R. 2898 to help agribusinesses

Kawahara Joel Kawahara is a Seattle commercial salmon fishermenSalmon, and the fishing community, are in trouble. This year, fishermen are seeing some of the worst landings ever of California king salmon. The fish we’re catching are scrawny and hard to find. Nevertheless, Congress is considering legislation to undermine laws that protect salmon, in order to divert more water for a few California industrial irrigators. The House recently passed H.R. 2898, the by Congressman David Valadao (R-California). More accurately, it is the “West Coast Salmon Fishery Elimination Act.” Read the rest here 20:05

FISHFEST – First Fish and Fleet connects California coastsiders to their seafood!

The family-style event was meant to raise awareness of the local commercial fishing industry by introducing the public to those who actually go out to sea to do it. The food trucks lining the parking area helped. Each of them offered a dish made with fresh fish from a boat kept at the harbor.Sam’s Chowdermobile offered chilipepper rockfish and chips caught by the fishing vessel “Mr. Morgan.” A booth representing Beyond the Border in El Granada offered black cod or black gill tacos made with fish from the “Moriah Lee. Read the rest here 19:02

Lobstermen, DMR talk state of lobster fishing

lobsterDM0811_468x521“We realize a fairly large amount of people want to transfer from other zones, and we are looking into that,” Keliher replied. Lobsterman Steve Taylor, of Kittery, said “I’m sorry if this is going to offend people, but what about the people who are on the waiting list that already have a cushy job somewhere and just want to make extra money lobstering? That worries us. We depend on this for out living. Everything else in the industry has been taken away.” Read the rest here 17:46

Former Patriot Jarvis Green stumps for small boat fishermen

Former says federal fishing managers need to do a better job of protecting the futures of New England’s community fishermen. Green joined a group called the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance on Wednesday to lobby regulators to urge them to consider small fishermen when setting policy. Green relayed his experience growing up around shrimpers in his home state of Louisiana and talked about the challenges faced by today’s fishermen around the country. He says fishermen “mean a lot” to New England’s economy and they deserve support. Read the rest here 17:07

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 56′ Steel Lobster/Gillnetter

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Specifications, information, and 16 photo’s click here To see all the boats in this series, Click here 14:59

Our View: Fishery management needs balance

bullard karpThe requirement for consistency, above, might explain why Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator John Bullard told Rep. Ayotte that “eliminating overfishing” supersedes all other priorities. The Standard-Times is having a very difficult time trying to understand why a policy that will have such a clear negative impact on fishermen is being instituted when the beneficial impact on the resource — the fishery — is so unclear. Stock assessments are still determined by limited statistical sampling, which in addition to providing disputed results on stock health,,, Read the rest here 11:31

Gulf Stream ring water intrudes onto continental shelf like ‘Pinocchio’s nose’

Ocean robots installed off the coast of Massachusetts have helped scientists understand a previously unknown process by which warm Gulf Stream water and colder waters of the continental shelf exchange. The process occurs when offshore waters, originating in the tropics, intrude onto the Mid-Atlantic Bight shelf and meet the waters originating in regions near the Arctic. This process can greatly affect shelf circulation, biogeochemistry and fisheries. “I showed the glider data to a group of commercial fisherman back in April, in Rhode Island, and they were very surprised,” Read the rest here 11:05

Aleutians monument labeled threat, derided as ‘straw man’

No FishingAlaska Congressman Don Young and other Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee Tuesday morning attacked the idea that President Obama might create a marine national monument around the Aleutian Islands, with unknown effects on the fishing industry. “I’ve watched this over and over: The creeping cancer of the federal government overreaching,” Young said. “The worst managers of any resource is the federal government. They do not manage. They preclude.” The idea of protecting the waters of the Aleutian Chain came from environmentalist and retired UAA professor Rick Steiner. Read the rest here 10:38

Cape Town fishing vessel swamped by high seas – Search called off in fishing sea drama

cape town tragedy 12 dead fv lincolnThe death toll of Sunday’s sea drama in which a well-known Cape Town fishing vessel was swamped by high seas has officially been pegged at 12 after a search for one missing crewman was called off on Monday night. The fishing company, Viking Fishing, has, however, requested that passing vessels continue to keep a lookout for the body of the lost man, as well as those of two other men who were seen disappearing under the waves during the rescue attempts on Sunday night. Meanwhile, the wife of one of the victims of the fishing trawler disaster still believes her husband is swimming back home. Read the rest here 10:01

Fisheries observer program spawns more questions

The fisheries observer program that looms over the industry in the Northeast won’t go out for public comment until at least December, the New England Fisheries Management Council decided Tuesday. Years in the making, the preliminary draft of the measure numbers about 500 pages, testimony to the complexity of the effort. Then there is the cost, which the council staff researched and broke down. It detailed the costs of what the industry will have to pay, and what it will cost the government. Read the rest here 09:24

Our view: Loss of Large Pelagics Research Center a blow to Gloucester

03BlueFinCoronado-BFT1It is difficult to think of the departure of the  as anything less than a great loss for Gloucester. Officials from the facility, associated with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 2010, announced earlier this week that the center will move from Hodgkins Cove to Boston, and change its affiliation within the university system. UMass Boston’s gain is Gloucester’s loss. During its time at Hodgkins Cove, the center’s research on bluefin tuna and other highly migratory pelagic species drew international attention. Read the rest here 08:46

State probe faults DEC search, seizure policies on fishing

A state agency charged with policing Long Island’s fisheries failed to process years of vital fishing reports, had inadequate procedures for returning proceeds seized in fishing arrests and improperly allowed , a state probe has found. The findings follow a three-year probe of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation by state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott. Newsday obtained a draft copy of the report, which is scheduled to be released this week after years of delays. Read the rest here  00:39

New Bedford crab fisherman opposes ‘National Marine Monument’ for Atlantic

“It’s very scary,” said Williams, owner of New Bedford’s . that employs nearly 150 people. “We have to fish these areas. That’s where the red crab live – at these depths,” he said. Roger Fleming, an attorney with Earth Justice, argued in favor of the marine monument in a recent blog post saying “a broad coalition of scientists, small business owners, fishermen, faith groups, civic leaders, and conservationists have sent a clear message that we need to save these ecologically important places before irreparable damage is done,,, Read the rest here 18:19

Gig Harbor resident, longtime fisherman drowns while fishing in San Francisco

Rex Parish, 60, was a Gig Harbor residentHis friends say nearly everyone in the town knew Rex Bryan Parish, a longtime Gig Harbor resident and 1973 Peninsula High School graduate. Parish, 60, died earlier this month after falling off a pier and drowning while on a commercial fishing trip in San Francisco, said a longtime friend, Kenton Bennett. “He fished with half of everyone in the Harbor at some point,” Bennett said. “Everybody knows him. It’s unbelievable the number of people who know him.” Parish had been squid fishing on the Erin Carroll, based out of Ventura, California,,, Read the rest here 15:04

Great news for Newfoundland Fishermen and Consumers – Province relaxes regulations on local fish purchases

cod-fishPeople and restaurants in Newfoundland and Labrador will now be able to purchase local seafood as the government makes legislative changes to allow for the direct sale of fish. In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Fisheries Minister Vaughn Granter said amendments have been made to allow for direct fish sales from fish landing stations or harvesters’ establishments to individuals and restaurants. The new rules allow for the sale of finfish, live crustaceans, squid, seal meat and scallop meat to individuals for personal consumption. There will be no limitations on personal consumption. Read the rest here 14:25

FREE! Fishing Partnership Support Services SAFETY & SURVIVAL TRAINING – Scituate, Ma. OCTOBER 1 & 2

fishing partnership trainingThis hands-on training, provided at no cost to commercial fishermen, is sponsored by Fishing Partnership Support Services, and conducted by Coast Guard Certified Marine Safety Instructors. The one day program includes: on-board firefighting, man-overboard procedures, flooding & pump operations, flares & EPIRBS, survival suits, life raft equipment, man overboard and helicopter hoist procedures and first aid. Lunch is provided courtesy of Ocean Marine Insurance Agency. The training is supported by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP). Read the rest here 11:19

Muskegon County man catches 600-pound tuna during Massachusetts vacation

In West Michigan, landing a 30-pound salmon is cause for serious bragging rights, but Norton Shores resident Tom Kresnak has a bigger fish story than that. Kresnak took a couple of charter boat trips out of Gloucester, Mass. during vacation a few weeks ago, and on one of the trips he helped reel in a 600-pound tuna. Tuna fishing has enjoyed increased popularity these days due to Wicked Tuna, a reality TV series on the National Geographic Channel. Kresnak is a fan and hoped for the best. “The whole purpose of the trip was this, to go tuna fishing,” he said. “I wanted the real experience.” Read the rest here 10:40

OC harbor dredging may see additional study

What is causing the commercial fishing harbor in West Ocean City to fill up with sand? If things go Rep. Mary Beth Carozza’s (R-38C-Wicomico-Worcester) way, there may be an answer by next year. Earlier this year, the mounting issue of the harbor’s depth came to a head and Carozza organized a stakeholder meeting to address it. Parts of the Inlet and harbor were filling up with sand every few months, watermen said, and wasn’t keeping pace. Read the rest here 09:50

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for September 28, 2015

NCFAClick here to read the Weekly Update, to read all the updates, Click here 09:34

Not wanting to be left out of the bin three money.

cash“The first round was money distributed by the federal government to permit holders who caught 5,000 pounds of ground fish in either 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013,” explained Claire Fitzgerald, policy analyst for the Chatham-based Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance. However, there was a second larger “bin” of $8.3 million, and the net was cast wider; permit holders who caught 3,000 pounds of ground fish, in either 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012 were eligible. But many local permit holders, who switched their targeted fish, or didn’t land a lot of cod, were left out. With the final $6.7 million (bin 3) about to be allotted the Alliance was worried the field was tipping towards the bigger ports of New Bedford and Gloucester Read the rest here 09:07

33 crew members of foreign fishing boat held after high-speed sea chase

Malaysian coastguards fired warning shots amid a high-speed sea chase that ended with the arrests of 33 crew members of a foreign fishing boat in waters off Pulau Billean in Sabah’s east coast Sandakan district.  In relating the incident near Pulau Billean, close to Sabah’s border with Philippines, Capt Razak said that an MMEA patrol team spotted the foreign fishing boat surrounded by their crewmen in rafts fishing for squids in the area. “On seeing our patrol boat, the skipper pulled up his anchor and immediately fled leaving some of his crewmen,,, Read the rest here 08:32

Papal Encyclical Draws Harsh Critique from Peru’s Private Fishery Sector

Elena Conterno is a former minister of production for the Peruvian government and she has served as president of the National Fisheries Society of Peru since 2013. It’s an important position: Peru lays claim to one of the planet’s most productive commercial fisheries, with a world market for more than 6 million tons of fish for animal feed, fertilizer and human consumption annually. Conterno’s role as a policy maker and lobbyist is highly influential. She spoke with journalist Justin Catanoso about Peru’s fisheries, government regulations, the poor, and her views on Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental protection. The interview was edited for length and clarity. Read the rest here 20:37

Geez, Louise!!! Maine DMR seeks to reduce waiting times for lobster licenses

Fishermen are used to having to wait until they catch something, but there are many in Maine who don’t think it is right that they should have to wait a decade or more to catch lobster. The state Department of Marine Resources agrees that the waiting list for lobster licenses in most fishing zones along the coast is too long and, if possible, something should be done to reduce the time it takes to get a license. “What do people on the waiting list want?” Keliher asked the group, most of whom were fishermen with and waiting for lobster licenses. “They want predictability.” Read the rest here 19:55

Don’t fall for the deep-sea scaremongers – wild fishing is healthy and sustainable

Fishermen can’t win. The harder they work, the more successful they are, the more they are apparently despised. Take Scotland, for instance, where the EU (heavily influenced by well-financed NGO lobby groups) is attempting to exclude fishermen from large areas of the sea off the west coast that they may have fished for generations. Most fishermen agree with conservationists that there is a need to protect deep-sea coral and other vulnerable ecosystems far beneath the waves. Read the rest here 17:16

TRADEX 3MMI – Salmon Market Instability, Cod and Pollock Pricing on the Rise

We anticipate a smaller run and smaller fish size this year. Overall, there is still market instability for sockeye salmon right now. Market pricing is heading up for once frozen Cod and Pollock as well. Click here to watch this weeks TRADEX 3MMI 16:56

Who’s really in charge of U.S. fisheries? – Nils Stolpe, FishnetUSA

An Oligarchy is defined as “a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small group of people” –  Ancient City Shrimp is an eight minute YouTube video (Click here) produced by the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum that examines St. Augustine’s past as one of several centers of commercial shrimping in Florida. Unfortunately – or perhaps tragically is a better fit – Florida’s shrimp fleet is only a shadow of what it once was. One of the reasons for this is the imposition of unrealistic regulations on U.S. shrimpers that has made the fishery much less profitable than it used to be. A history lesson or two. Read the rest here 16:27

N.E. Fishery Management Council Meeting – Plymouth, MA, September 29-October 1, 2015, Listen Live

NEFMC SidebarRead the Agenda here  Register to attend the meeting via webinar here 12:04

Southern Flounder – Disputed fisheries studies: Politics or inexact science?

flounder-southernScience plays a big role in managing fisheries. Scientists assess fish stocks, migration patterns, environmental issues — useful data that allow regulators to set policy. We expect our science to be accurate and unaffected by politics, and as citizens, we expect political actors to treat science in the same manner.,, Yet a series of e-mails found their way into the public domain from a 2007 round-robin discussion among several N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries scientists trying to peg a mortality rate for speckled seatrout caught by recreational anglers. See video  It would take a few hundred words to demonstrate where science goes off the rails and how other factors, including interest group reactions, exert an influence on what is expected to be an unbiased, fact-driven process. Read the rest here 10:30

North Pacific industry officials – Five year Coast Guard dockside safety examinations are far too infrequent.

uscg-logoThe Coast Guard will require commercial fishing vessels to undergo dockside safety examinations only once every five years, a move that North Pacific industry officials are protesting as far too infrequent. The industry officials want the exams, which become mandatory Oct. 15, to be required every two years so that the Coast Guard has a better chance of spotting torn survival suits, malfunctioning alarms and other safety problems. Read the rest here 09:23

Top fisheries regulator blends into the crowd at Working Waterfront Festival

new bedford WWF EcIn the closing hours of a picture-perfect day for the New Bedford Waterfront Festival, about 15 pretty important people were meeting in a stuffy, windowless third-floor conference room up three flights of stairs at the State Pier building. NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eileen Sobeck. She was here at the invitation of Mayor Mitchell, and the arrangements were done pretty quietly. Former Mayor John Bullard was there because, as he is now regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries in the Northeast, Sobek is his boss. He deferred all questions to her. Read the rest here 07:16

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, September 27, 2015

rifa logoThe 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 13:06

As Black Sea Bass Stake New England Claim, Fishermen are Concerned.

As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region’s most valuable aquatic species: the lobster. The influx of sea bass — among a number of species that are appearing in greater numbers off of Maine and New Hampshire as ocean temperatures climb — has some fishermen and lobstermen saying the best solution is to ease restrictions on catching the newcomers. The sea bass prey on lobsters, a much more economically important commercial species and a key,,, Read the rest here 12:18

Great lobster catches in Portland, Maine, just don’t name them

The recommended dress aboard the Lucky Catchlucky catch lobster tours was an orange rubber apron and matching glove. Baiting lobster traps is a messy business. First mate Rachel Ashman distributed the required equipment to our eager, paying crew of 14 on a tour last week. It wasn’t surgery, but things did have to be done a certain way. Quart-sized mesh bags had to be pulled open, five stinky herrings dropped in, and the bag cinched closed. Once filled, they would be used to re-stock the traps. I got a whiff of the herring, stepped back, and took pictures. Read the rest here 11:33

At the Boiling Point – Southern flounder in N.C.

flounder-southernThe fish fight has erupted into an all-out battle focused on the state’s nine-member Marine Fisheries Commission, now tasked with finding a solution that will pacify policy makers, unburden fishermen and keep the flounder swimming. “I think this is relatively newer to the legislators, and I think they probably jumped the gun on it,” said commission member Mike Wicker, who is also a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “I think they want to represent what their constituency would like them to represent, but I don’t think they’ve had enough time to understand what their constituency wants.” Read the rest here 10:58

What It’s Like to Fish in the Shadow of a Nuclear Power Station

A beach sandwiched between a nuclear power station, a baron wasteland of shingle, and the vast expanse of the English Channel probably isn’t where you’d expect to find a family fishing operation. But the headland of Dungeness in England’s southeastern corner is home to the Thomas family, who’ve been fishing the waters of this coastal Kent community for generations. As I head down to the water, I’m greeted by a man leaning against a rusty yellow vehicle. Read the rest here 10:40

Researchers are trying to pinpoint just what the allure of fishing in Bristol Bay is.

DillinghamHarbor2A group of researchers is trying to figure out what draws people to the Bristol Bay fishery and what new entrants need to get involved. For students in the region, they’re finding that it’s often all about family. Coleman has also been interviewing fishermen in those same communities, greenhorns and old hands alike, to find out why they put a net in the water – and what makes it possible for them to do so. Most of her work so far has focused on people who live in the region. Read the rest here 10:17:05

Coast Guard saves two from sunk fishing boat 50 miles east of Portland, ME

uscg-logoCoast Guard rescue crews from  Station Boothbay Harbor, the Coast Guard Cutters Campbell and Ocracoke, and Air Station Cape Cod saved two people from their sunken fishing vessel the Jeanne C. 50 nautical miles east of Portland, Maine, Friday. “Their boat sunk right out from underneath them,” said Lt. Samantha Leon, the command duty officer at the 1st District Command Center. “They had the proper safety equipment, like the life-raft, onboard and were able to get in quickly. They helped save their own lives.” Read the rest here 09:45

Threatened Government Shutdown Threatens Crab Fishery… Again

“It was a huge mess last time,” said Mark Gleason, executive director of the trade group, Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers. “We have a very tight time frame – when the fishery opens on October 15, we need to be out there getting that crab caught, processed and on its way to Japan to take advantage of the holiday market.” A shutdown means no federal workers are on the job to issue permits for those holding catch shares of the crab. No permits, no fishery. Read the rest here 09:13

Activists, NMFS face off in federal court over ahi quotas “This is allowing them to fish without limits,” ??

Honolulu-Fish-Auction-Bluefin-TunaEnvironmentalists on Friday asked a federal judge to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service from allowing Hawaii-based fishermen to attribute some of the bigeye tuna they catch to U.S. territories. They argue the agency is enabling the fishermen to circumvent international agreements aimed at controlling the overfishing of the popular tuna species known as ahi. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin told U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi the fisheries service acted illegally when it created a framework allowing Hawaii longline fishermen to record some of their catch as having been caught by fishermen in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Read the rest here 17:26

Past The Breakwater – full documentary

Right whales have Cape Breton Whelk fishermen on hold.

One Cape Breton fisherman says concern over changing migration patterns of endangered right whales are already having an impact on his ability to earn a living. Derrick Wadden, a multi-species fisherman, said he invested more than $7,000 this year in ropes and custom-made traps for whelk, a large, undersea snail, in hopes of going fishing this month. Fisheries and Oceans Canada had indicated fishing conditions for whelk licences would be issued at the beginning of September, he said, but the conditions have been delayed due to concern about the potential for right whales to get tangled in gear. Read the rest here 14:56

Safe and Sound – Atlantic Charger crew reunited with family back in Newfoundland

Crew members of an ill-fated fishing vessel have finally returned home to Newfoundland, after a tragic few days which saw them abandon their sinking boat and spend 10 hours at sea in a life raft off the coast of Nunavut. The men finally arrived in Harbour Grace round 9:30 a.m. Friday aboard the fishing trawler Katsheshuk, where they were greeted by anxious family members. Read the rest here 10:08

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s limited entry scheme for Maine Shrimp Fishery postponed

Regulators are taking the possibility of a limited entry program for Maine’s shuttered shrimp fishery off the table for now. The Northern Shrimp Section is postponing the development of the plan until next summer. The group has been looking at ways to manage the future of the fishery, including the possibility of allowing fewer fishermen to participate. The shrimp section is meeting on Dec. 7 to set specifications for the 2016 shrimp fishing season. A spokeswoman for the section says it is unlikely there will be a season at all in 2016. Link 09:48

“State of Our Halibut” discussed at last weekend’s inaugural Homer Halibut Festival – It’s not good.

From a fun run to a fish fry to a halibut cabaret, most of the weekend was a celebration of Homer’s iconic resource. But much of the discussion at Saturday’s “State of Our Halibut” lecture series at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center was serious and centered around a major issue: the total mass of Pacific halibut is shrinking and no one is entirely sure why or what to do about it. That’s not entirely new information. Nearly ever year of the past decade, the annual survey reported decreases in both Pacific halibut population and biomass,,, Read the rest here 09:15

Fish like a girl: This 23-year-old lobsterwoman from Maine is her own boss

Sadie Samuels just might be the most badass woman on the water.“When I was younger, I felt questioned by others, like whether I could do this,” Samuels said. “It makes you start to question yourself. I was like, ‘Can I do this? Am I strong enough to lift these traps?’” She made a wide circle and sidled her boat up next to the buoy. “And as I do it,” she continued, “I’m like, ‘Hell yeah, I am.’” “One thing I like about being a girl out here is that they can’t pay me less than a guy,” Sadie Samuels shouted over the grinding sound of her lobster boat’s mechanical pulley as it hoisted a trap up from the bottom of the ocean. Read the rest here 08:29

Fishermen Plan Demonstration during NEFMC Meeting in Plymouth Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m.

The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance is the group spearheading Wednesday’s demonstration, which is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. outside the fisheries council meeting at the Radisson hotel on Water Street in Plymouth. Stephen Welch, who lives in Hanover and fishes out of Scituate and Hyannis, plans to be at Wednesday’s demonstration. “I used to have two boats and eight employees. Now I have one boat and one employee,” said Welch, a member of Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, a fishermen-led organization. Read the rest here 07:52

“Concentrated fish poo is just not Pure Michigan,” Sen. Jones works to ban fish farming in the Great Lakes

“In Michigan, legislators have a Constitutional duty to protect our Great Lakes,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “By allowing commercial fish farming we can say goodbye to our Pure Michigan status and hello to an undrinkable Toledo water supply.” Jones said commercial fish farms in the Great Lakes are all risk and no reward. These are proven sources of pollution, invasive species, disease, and fugitive fish escaping to wreak havoc on our Great Lakes fisheries. Read the rest here 07:06

Training aims to bring Fishermen back alive

From the article: More than half of all commercial fishing deaths in the 2000s occurred after a vessel disaster. Of disasters with known causes, nearly a third involved vessels flooding. When at sea, he said, boaters have to be creative in finding anything around them to slow down flooding, be it a tarp, pieces of wood, neoprene scraps from old immersion suits — even the SpongeBob SquarePants Nerf ball the crew of the fishing vessel Clam Juice from Gloucester, Massachusetts, stuck in an exhaust-pipe hole to keep their vessel from sinking as they were towed home. Read the rest here 17:03

NOAA Seeks Letters of Public Support for International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Nominees

NOAA Fisheries is seeking letters of public support for nominees (listed below) for two presidential appointments to serve as U.S. Commissioners to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The IPHC is a bilateral regional fishery management organization established between Canada and the United States for the management of the Pacific halibut fishery. Terms expire for the current commissioners December 31, 2015. Commissioners are eligible for reappointment. Of the two appointees, one must be a resident of Alaska and the other shall be a nonresident of Alaska. Read the rest here 16:48

Stop Wall Street Fisheries and Protect Main Street Fishermen – Please sign this Petition

My name is Ed Snell and I am a fisherman based in Portland, Maine. We have allowed a system that has monetized access to fish and paved the way for very few entities to ‘own’ the right to catch and sell fish stocks. This means that fishermen without much (or any) fish quota are forced to lease quota from other permits, often for prices that approach and sometimes exceed the market price for that fish. In other words, fishermen are fishing at a loss, because others control their legal ability to go fishing.  Please read the rest, and sign the petition. Thank you. 16:25

‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help you’

The Working Waterfront Festival takes place this weekend and features the traditional Blessing of the Fleet, to be held Sunday afternoon on the State Pier. This year, New Bedford welcomes NOAA’s Eileen Sobeck to the ceremony. Ms. Sobeck holds the title of Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, and in that capacity oversees the management and conservation of marine fisheries. According to the NOAA web site: “Her focus is on rebuilding the nation’s fisheries and the jobs and livelihoods that depend on them by promoting management approaches that will achieve both sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal communities.” It is difficult to reconcile such lofty goals with the harsh reality facing New England groundfishermen today. Read the rest here 15:44

Community Development Quota entities also affect Kodiak fisheries

Fishermen all over America wonder about the special fishing rights given to the Western Alaska near shore villages, about 65 of them by name, in the Magnuson-Stevens Act. That was one of Ted’s biggest blunders. Now, at least one member of a regional fish council appears to be helping corrupt public elections. It’s a mess few understand, but with hundreds of millions a year at stake, and advantages that normal competitors cannot match when it comes to markets for quota catch shares. Tim Smith of Nome is asking for greater transparency and accountability. Here’s his latest piece, edited just for you. Read the rest here 13:35

Dolphins – Friend or Food?

Dolphins are often collateral damage of the fishing industry — they get entangled in fishing gear targeted at other fish species, and often sustain injuries and die. But what happens to such accidentally-trapped dolphins? Sometimes they get eaten, researchers have found. Small-scale or artisanal fishermen and women in West Africa commonly treat such accidentally caught animals as an , according to a recent study. Read the rest here 12:21

New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival gives visitors a free, fun behind-the-scenes look – Sept 26th, and 27th

The 12th annual Working Waterfront Festival lets the public get a firsthand look at the culture of fishing and for the commercial fishing community to tell its own story. The event presents all that goes into bringing seafood from the ocean to the table. This year’s theme is “Every Object Tells a Story.” Here’s the part I like the best! My friend Hunter Lees of Fairhaven, will make his runway debut and modeling the latest apparel! Lees says that he loves his chosen profession and is following in the footsteps of his father Thomas Lees and his uncle, Toby Lees. Read the rest here 11:41

School Principle bans seafood from lunches because one student has a seafood allergy! BRILLIANT!

One of the largest elementary schools on P.E.I. has banned seafood from students’ lunches because a student has a life-threatening allergy. Parents at Stratford Elementary received a memo this week saying students can no longer bring seafood of any kind to school.”Fish is a new one, so I think that causes a bit of you know, a bit of a pain for parents. It’s a new one and I even had a parent ask me today, you know, ‘what’s next?’ and really don’t have the answer to that,” said principal Kenny MacDougall. “As principal of the school, I have to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students and that’s why we’re asking parents’ cooperation in such a serious matter.”MacDougall said staff try their best to make sure banned foods don’t enter the school. He’s asking parents and students to be extra cautious when packing lunches. Link 10:25

Norwegian firm Grieg Seafarms poised to invest $300 million in Placentia Bay

But Marystown Mayor Sam Synard is predicting that Placentia Bay will soon become the industry’s epicentre. He said a Norwegian company is poised to invest some $300 million into , including a hatchery in Marystown. Representatives from the company are in attendance at the industrial showcase in Placentia, and declined an interview request from CBC News Wednesday, Read the rest here 09:41

‘You will die’: Adam Moser’s parents speak out on drug death

pinwheels adam moserIt has only been four days since Jeanne and Jim Moser lost their son Adam to an apparent drug overdose, but on Wednesday, the family began to speak out, pleading with parents and friends not to turn a blind eye to the opiate epidemic in the Seacoast. Adam died at age 27 on Saturday, Sept. 19 from an apparent overdose in Portsmouth of what his father Jim said was likely pure fentanyl, a drug commonly laced in heroin. Moser was well-known to many Seacoast residents and beyond for his tuna-fishing exploits on the National Geographic Channel television series “Wicked Tuna,” Read the rest here 09:02

That Bogus WWF ‘death’ of the world’s oceans report? – Marine populations unchanged for almost 30 years

Europeche31“The report states that 61% of commercial fish stocks are fully exploited misleadingly implying that these stocks are overfished and not sustainably exploited,” said Europêche Managing Director Kathryn Stack. “In fact, if we look at the FAO report in question, it clearly states that over 70% of global fish stocks are within biologically sustainable levels (below or at MSY levels i.e. full exploitation, which incidentally is the objective of the CFP and many RFMOs by 2020)**. It is unacceptable that an organisation such as WWF can be allowed to distort information which has a huge impact on the fishing sector’s reputation.” Read the rest here 08:11

Washington Fish and Wildlife seize nearly 700 illegal crab pots

WDFW seizes nearly 700 illegal crab potsThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal police seized 674 illegal crab pots from the waters off Blaine. Twelve WDFW agents and four officers from Tulalip Police conducted the two-day sweep. WDFW sergeant Russ Mullins led the investigation. Mullins said the department tries to run a sweep for illegal Canadian crab pots in  every other year. “Typically, we have a problem with Canadian commercial fishermen operating in our waters without licenses,” he said. “This has been a historic problem for,,, Read the rest here 20:11