Monthly Archives: October 2015

IPHC staff reflect on 2015 season, decisions, with Joe Viechnicki

pacific_halibutA little over a month from now, the International Pacific Halibut Commission will meet to start considering catch limits for next season. IPHC executive director Bruce Leaman and visited Petersburg this week and met with commercial fishermen. Joe Viechnicki sat down with the two and asked Stewart about what he’s heard about this past season. IPHC staff will be presenting preliminary numbers for next year’s catch to the commission at an interim meeting in Seattle December 1st and 2nd. Audio here, duration: 11:37 14:31

Indictment in BP claims scam reads like a movie

The federal indictment of seven people accused of defrauding the BP claims process includes evidence that reads like a script from a movie. Fraud, conspiracy, dead people and a dog filing for a piece of billions in BP money. Those are all allegations spelled out in Thursday’s 95 count indictment. Prosecutors call it the biggest BP disaster identity theft case to date. The indictment alleges among the more than 40,000 client claims submitted, one was for Lucy Lu who turned out to be a dog. Five other names submitted had died before the 2010 oil spill. Read the rest here Seven indicted in largest BP fraud identity theft case to dateRelated article here 13:54

Red Snapper Fisherman Charged with Illegal Gear in State Waters

logol f&w Enforcement agents cited Seven P. Rhoto, 37, for using bandit gear in state waters.  Bandit gear is allowed to be used in federal waters and is normally used by federally permitted reef fish holders, but is illegal in Louisiana water. Agents observed a vessel using bandit gear fishing for red snapper near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish.  Upon inspection of the vessel, agents found Rhoto in possession of 1,088 pounds of red snapper, 44 pounds of lane snapper and 17 pounds of white trout. Read the rest here 12:45

Fishermen raise funds for removed Comox soccer player opposed to fish farms

5-SOCCER-CONTROVERSYA group of commercial fishermen gathered at the Comox Fisherman’s Wharf Thursday to present 14-year-old Freyja Reed with a trust fund cheque for $2000. They’re throwing their support behind the young soccer player over the backlash she received for speaking out against her team’s sponsor Marine Harvest, one of the largest fish farming companies in the world. “We want our youth to know if you do stand up for something you strongly believe in, people are going to listen,” said commercial fisherman and trust fund organizer Travis Hird. Video, Read the rest here 12:10

COUNTERPOINT: Who’ll police fish farms? – Kathaleen Milan, Sable River

In Lunenburg on Monday, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell announced that aquaculture regulations have gone from two pages to 60. While much has been added, there is still no solid commitment to enforcement, and no mention of increasing the number of inspectors, how many more boats will be needed, nor how many bottom samples or random fish samples will be done. No announcement of millions of dollars to pay for all this new enforcement that will be required. It’s hard not to be cynical,,, Read the rest here 09:47

Gulf warming study based on bad science, stakeholders say

cod-fishThe study, performed by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and appearing in the journal Science, concluded the Gulf of Maine’s surface water is warming more rapidly than 99.9 percent of the rest of the world’s oceans and that climate change is a contributing factor to the demise of the cod stock.  “My first question was whether any part of the study started out to understand the true status of Gulf of Maine cod or if they just assumed that the data from the assessment — which we contend is consistently wrong — is fact,” said Vito Giacalone, policy director for the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition. “I was told it was the latter.” Read the rest here 08:39

The beloved boat that came home after the war

58950campbellriverSoyokazeWar stories are often told on Remembrance Day, but they are not always about heroes or significant battles. A war story can take place where no battles are fought, as on Canada’s west coast where the Canadian military was preparing for a possible attack from Japan just prior to World War II. As a result of this fear and the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, hundreds of Japanese Canadians were interred in camps in the belief that they posed a threat to Canada’s security, and their possessions were taken from them. One such story is right in our own backyard. Read the rest here 07:44

Monterey Bay anchovy numbers in decline, groups say

Geoff Shester, the California program manager for the conservation group Oceana, said, “The problem is we know anchovy goes way up and way down. What was a sustainable level of fishing back then, might be wiping out the population now.” “I’ve been fishing anchovies since 1959, and I don’t see any problem with the anchovies for the whales,” said fisherman Neil Guglielmo of Monterey. “Perhaps this is the time of year the whales move or El Nino, but the fact that we’re scaring whales or catching their food source is ridiculous.” Read the rest here 18:40

Astoria drops below Newport in commercial catch

EP-151029749.jpg&MaxW=600Astoria slipped below Newport last year as the dominant West Coast port for commercial fishing. Newport landed 124 million pounds of commercial fish, the 11th highest mark by quantity in the nation, while Astoria netted 122 million pounds, the 12th highest. Westport, Washington, came in at 100 million pounds, or 13th highest. The catch figures were released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which compiles an annual fisheries report that includes the quantity and value of commercial fishery landings. Read the rest here 16:58

Fishermen obeyed their quotas, so why did Maine cod stocks collapse?

NOAA ScientistDr. Andrew Pershing from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), lead author of the study released Thursday in Science, explained for the first time why cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine have decreased to 3 to 4 percent of sustainable levels, despite numerous harvesting restrictions in 2010 by fisheries managers. Fisheries published strict quota limits for fishermen without accounting for ocean warming in the Gulf of Maine,,, By not accounting for such an influential change, fisheries set quota ceilings that were too high and inadvertently endorsed severe overfishing. Read the rest here  13:09

Friday Tomfoolery with Captain Paul Watson

Why We Need to Stop Masking the Reality of Animal Cruelty With Language – Paul Watson. For many years, I have been annoyed at some of the terminology used in our societies in reference to our brutal treatment of animals. The first word that needs to go is the word “harvest,” when used in reference to the killing of animals. And he’s off! So begins a journey into the things that just piss him off, to the point of scorn such as sustainable fisheries, for there is no such thing! Sometimes the word “fish” is replaced by the word “product.”  Read the rest here 12:11 

Turf War: Lobster fishermen charged after confrontation with First Nations

Anthony Peter-Paul expected his first season as a lobster fisherman to be tough and profitable, but it turned into a situation where, he says, he “felt helpless.” The St. Thomas University student, and Pabineau First Nation man, spent the 2015 season fishing lobster in the Bay of Chaleur with a first-time licence-holder, also from Pabineau. It started off with a fishermen’s meeting which they have every year at Stonehaven,” said Peter-Paul. Read the rest here 11:11

The unknown, the unsolved and the unexplained … Part 2

88066forkssinkingboatThe year 1952 was not a good year for fishermen. Not because the fishing was bad, but because people were going fishing and never coming home again. Richard H. Dill had been a resident of the West End for a number of years and recently had moved to Port Angeles. On a Sunday morning in May 1952 Tyler Hobucket spotted Dill’s fishing boat, the Terrine, off LaPush — it was running in circles. George Lewis, owner of the troller Destiny had last spoken with Dill on Friday, via his ship radio. At the time Dill was north of Grays Harbor and he told Lewis he was heading,,, Read the rest here 10:09

Britain’s youngest fishing boat captain has to be rescued… again

He is Britain’s youngest fishing boat captain, who just last week won an award for saving the lives of three of his crew when his boat sank in rough seas. But now Jake Bowman-Davies, 17, has had to be rescued yet again, after crashing a vessel for the second time this year. The teenager, from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, wrecked another of his father’s fishing boats, worth around £300,000, this week when his boat collided with rocks in the darkness. Read the rest here 09:26

USCG focuses on crab fishing safety

carouselAs Dungeness crab fishing is the most deadly of all West Coast commercial fisheries, U.S. Coast Guard fishing vessel safety experts will be visiting Northern California fishing ports in early November ahead of the fishing season, to help reduce the number of deaths, injuries and accidents. The season is scheduled to begin at midnight on 14 November for the central coast (Avila-Morro Bay to the mouth of the Russian River) and 1 December for the northern coast (Russian River to the Oregon border). Coast Guard personnel will be on the docks in ports from Monterey to Crescent City on 3-5 November to help identify and mitigate safety hazards in the crab fleet.  Read the rest here 08:51

Scientists: Warming ocean factor in collapse of Gulf of Maine cod fishery

cod-fish-852The scientists behind the Science report say the warming of the Gulf of Maine, which accelerated from 2004 to 2013, reduced cod’s capacity to rebound from fishing pressure. The report gives credence to the idea — supported by advocacy groups, fishing managers and even some fishermen — that climate change has played a role in cod’s collapse. The lead author of the study, Andrew Pershing of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, said the gulf is warming at a rate 99 percent faster than anywhere else in the world, and as a result, too many of the fish aren’t living past age 4. Cod can live to be older than 20. Read the rest here 07:58

New Jersey & New York Fishermen United in Opposition to Port Ambrose LNG

lovgrenThe Port Ambrose proposal threatens their way of life and would begin harmful industrialization of the ocean and limit their access. ” The area that they are proposing to use are important fishing grounds for fluke and squid. Generations of fishermen have been working these areas for 300 years. Putting an LNG terminal on traditional fishing is taking money out fisherman’s wallet and into the pockets of greedy gas company.  We will not stand for it.” –  Captain James Lovgren, Spokesman for the Fisherman’s Dock Co-op, Pt. Pleaseant, Read the rest here 19:46

Hastily assembled meeting gets New Hampshire Fishermen face to face with NOAA Administrator Sullivan

While no promises for action were made by the official — Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association — those who met with her said they appreciated the hour and a half sit-down she gave them at the Ashworth by the Sea Hotel. “I said (to Sullivan) I felt that I’m very patriotic, I love my country, but I feel my government has completely failed us in New Hampshire and in the fishing industry, and the public process has been non-existent,” said Ellen Goethel, Hampton marine biologist and wife of commercial fisherman David Goethel. Read the rest here 19:01

Warming waters a major factor in the collapse of New England cod, study finds

newstudywarmPershing and colleagues from GMRI, the University of Maine, Stony Brook University, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, and NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, including the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, found that increasing water temperatures reduce the number of new cod produced by spawning females. Their study also suggests that warming waters led to fewer young fish surviving to adulthood. Read the rest here 18:04

NOAA insists it is under no obligation to deliver controversial climate research docs to our Representatives.

The US government’s main climate research agency has refused a request by House Republicans to release key documents concerning the controversial issue of whether or not there has been a “pause” in global warming. Despite being a public, taxpayer-funded institution, the NOAA insists that it is under no obligation to provide the research papers (sound familiar?), as demanded in a subpoena by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Gosh. What vital information of national secrecy importance could NOAA possibly have to hide? Read the rest here  and here and here 17:00

ENGO’s with big money influence decision making on fisheries

wolf-in-sheeps-clothing-scaled500-e1371562470325There were repeated statements made at last week’s meeting of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council that the US Government regulations are hurting the whole fishing industry, from boat owners to fishermen to canneries and the communities they operate in. Hawaii Council member Michael Goto said, “When international regulations cause a fishery to close, I don’t see how we can convince other nations to abide by our standards.  Goto told KHJ News that many of the regulations hurting fisheries are the result of lobbying by non government and environmental groups. Audio, Read the rest here 15:25

National Marine Fisheries Service yearbook of fishery statistics for the United States for 2014 is here!

nmfs_logoThe report provides data on U.S. recreational catch and commercial fisheries landings and value as well as other aspects of U.S. commercial fishing. In addition, data are reported on the U.S. fishery processing industry, imports and exports of fishery-related products, and domestic supply and per capita consumption of fishery products. The NMFS Fisheries Statistics Division in Silver Spring, MD, managed the collection and compilation of recreational statistics, in cooperation with various States and Interstate Fisheries Commissions, and tabulated and prepared all data for publication. Read the report here 13:39

Bodies confirmed as missing fishermen of the Fishing Vessel Jubilee

The three bodies pulled from a Canterbury shipwreck have been confirmed as the missing fishermen from FV Jubilee. Canterbury police search and rescuers said the men were understood to be on board at the time the ship sank. The men had been missing since they sent out a distress signal on October 18 after they were caught in a brutal storm. Fishermen Jared Reese Husband, Paul Russell Bennett and Terry Donald Booth were on board. Inspector Craig McKay said it was a “exceptional result” to be able to return the missing men to their families. Read the rest here 11:18

Fishing Company Charged Over $1 Million in Oil Spill Penalties

In its complaint, filed today along with the lodging of a consent decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, the United States alleges that the Tri-Marine companies are liable for the October 2014 oil spill from their 230-foot commercial , into Pago Pago Harbor in American Samoa and related violations of the Coast Guard’s spill prevention regulations.  After the Capt. Vincent Gann returned to Pago Pago Harbor from a two-month fishing voyage, it struck two moored fishing vessels while maneuvering in the harbor on Oct. 16, 2014.  Read the rest here 10:53

Three Catcher/Processor Crew Cited for Assaulting Fellow Crewmember in Bering Sea

Alaska Wildlife Officers issued citations to three crewmembers aboard the F/V Katie Ann, fishing in the in the Bering Sea. 20-year-old Tyler Wootan, 20-year-old Douglas Moimoi, and 18-year-old Sunia Moimoi were cited for assaulting and punching a fellow crewmember while out on the boat commercial fishing near the remote port island of St. Paul. These citations followed a similar citation on 36-year-old Toumante Dia, that was issued for a Monday assault aboard the vessel. That citation was for also assaulting a fellow crewmember. Read the rest here 09:57

Fishing remains huge part of Ron Rosse’s life

ron rosse stone crabA Lee County native who was introduced to fishing at a very young age, continues his passion near Captiva Island where his earliest memories were formed – building stone crab traps. “We used to build them out of wood. That was the norm for years and still is for a lot of people now,” Ron Rosse said. Over the years it was discovered that wood does not last long due to worms eating through the material. “Once they get into the trap, there is no getting them out,” he said. Read the rest here  09:01

Our View: Fishery science will make all the difference

On Tuesday, the top administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, visited New Bedford to meet with local members of the fishing community and spoke in a way that suggests the regulators understand the industry’s perspective. “We are committed to working with the best science and trying to find the right way forward to sustain the health of the fisheries and the fishing community,” she said following a closed-door meeting, a harbor tour and a discussion at the School for Marine Science and Technology in the South End. Read the rest here 08:34

Letter: Romeo Theken has worked hard for the fishing industry

As members of Gloucester’s fishing industry and waterfront economy, we are writing in strong support of Sefatia Romeo Theken’s election for mayor. Since Sefatia has been in office, we have seen her move aggressively to promote and provide assistance to the industry.,, We are grateful for Sefatia’s tireless efforts on behalf of the waterfront community and of the entire city. We look forward to a resurgence of our seaport under her leadership.  Russell Sherman – FV Lady Jane, Monte Rome – Intershell, Sheree Zizik – Cruiseport Read the rest here  07:54

Trawlers may convert to pot gear for cod catches

One of the tools being talked about to help trawlers reduce salmon and halibut bycatch is the opportunity to voluntarily convert to pot gear to catch Pacific cod. It’s an option being discussed by fishery managers as they craft a trawl bycatch reduction plan for the Gulf of Alaska. Sam Cunningham, “The reason someone might be interested in using pot gear, and the reason is that it would have lower bycatch of prohibited species of Chinook salmon and halibut, and when those species are caught incidentally they would be less likely to die because they are caught in pot gear.” Listen, and read the rest here  17:51

The former High Liner Foods fish plant in Burin has avoided the wrecking ball.

article high liner plantAfter roughly two years of negotiations with the Nova Scotia-based company, the town has acquired the facility. The acquisition means the building won’t meet the same fate as Ocean Choice International’s fish plant in Marystown, which closed just a few months prior to High Liner in early 2012 and was demolished this year. The fish plant was essentially turned over to the town for free, according to Mayor Kevin Lundrigan, although $10 was required to change hands to make the deal official. Read the rest here 16:49

Seafood Giant’s Tactics Fishy, Rival Claims

NEWPORT, Ore. (CN) – Seafood giant Pacific Seafood is trying to ruin a small company that buys its crabs from independent fishermen in an attempt to maintain its stranglehold on West Coast fisheries, the small fry claims in court.The small company says Pacific Seafood is not the greatest neighbor. Seawater leases a spot on the Yaquina Bay dock right next to Pacific Seafood, and it says Pacific is trying to force it out of business. Seawater demands $930,000 and an injunction ordering Pacific Seafood to abandon “illegal tactics designed only to destroy plaintiff ,,, Read the rest here 15:05

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 160′ Catcher/Freezer/RSW Trawler – (2) 3512TA CAT’s

dr2317_03Specifications, information and 30 photo’s  click here To see all the boats in this series, Click here 13:21

American lobster in high demand in China

lobsterDM0811_468x521EXPORTS of US lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country’s growing middle class, to whom a steamed, whole crustacean – flown in live from the United States – is not just a festive delicacy and a good-luck symbol but also a mark of prosperity. And that’s good news for Maine, far and away the US’ No 1 lobster state, where the boom has put more money in the pockets of lobstermen and kept shippers and processors busy, especially during the usually slack northern midwinter months. Read the rest here 11:52

Arniston fishermen destitute after selfless sea rescue

mrs hDurban – They have no boat and no income after a rescue mission went awry, but they will always have hope. And this hope is the thing that will carry them through, even though their fishing boat Mrs H is now at the bottom of the ocean, owner Gerald Swart, 59, from Arniston, said on Tuesday. The sinking of the fishing boat, which was claimed by the ocean when it tried to rescue another stricken craft, has robbed a group of Southern Cape fishermen – breadwinners in their homes – of their livelihood. Read the rest here 11:17

Industry-led sea urchin restoration project gets DMR boost

An industry-led effort to determine whether sea urchins can be encouraged to grow in once fertile habitat got a boost last week. The Department of Marine Resources Advisory Council unanimously approved a regulation closing a part of the Sheepscot River to urchin fishing for nearly three years. According to DMR, the industry-led plan was developed through the Sea Urchin Zone Council. Commercial harvesters will do the majority of the work on the project with support from the department and scientists on the panel. Read the rest here 10:47

Tofino boat rescue triggered by single flare that almost wasn’t seen

Since he pulled 13 survivors out of the water near Tofino, B.C., on Sunday, Ken Brown has thought a lot about what would have happened, if he hadn’t seen the flare from a whale-watching boat in trouble. Brown and his partner, Clarence Smith, were fishing grounds they had never fished, facing Vargas Island off Tofino. As they were pulling in their halibut longline, Brown happened to turn around, and saw in the sky a single flare — the only signal anyone could see from the capsized wreckage of the MV Leviathan II, which flipped so quickly there was no time to send a mayday call. Read the rest here 09:40

Seals Not Competing with Irish Fishing Stocks, According to New Research

Seals are not threatening commercial fishing stocks in Irish waters, with the possible exception of wild Atlantic salmon, according to new research led by Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. “This is not to say that seals do not compete with fishermen in other ways. In other recent work we showed that fishermen who use set nets round the coast of Ireland can lose fish straight out of their nets to seals. But as with this study, we needed to go into the detail, and get our hands dirty to prove that.” Read the rest here 08:49

Earthjustice files Oceana Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Save Dusky Sharks in Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic

earthjustice $upereco-manIn the lawsuit filed today, Oceana claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary law governing federal fisheries, by failing to end the overfishing of dusky sharks. Oceana also claims the federal government failed to establish an annual catch limit and measures to enforce such a limit as well as failed to revise dusky shark management measures once it became apparent that the current measures were not rebuilding the population to healthy levels, as required by law. Read the rest here 17:54

Maine: Scallopers gear up for season start

SMR_Scalloping-292-1200x795For many fishermen, the end of the inshore lobster season will mean it’s time to begin rigging up the scallop drags on their boats. Final details for the 2015-2016 Maine scallop season were approved last week by the Department of Resources (DMR) Advisory Council and adopted on Monday by the department. The seasons for scallop diving and dragging in Zone 2, which runs from roughly the middle of Western Penobscot Bay to Lubec, begin Dec. 1. Dragging in Zone 3, which includes the popular, sheltered-from-winter-weather Cobscook Bay bottom, begins the same day. Read the rest here 15:56

Ray Hilborn: Seafood sustainability, certification ‘about money’

Seafood sustainability and certification is “about money and value – science has largely been lost”. So claims Ray Hilborn, a professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. Commenting on CFOOD on recent criticisms made by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI), Hilborn said seafood sustainability, “at its core, is about the ability to produce food from the sea in the long term.” However, he argued, “the most interesting development in seafood sustainability is the force driving certification, and — spoiler alert — it isn’t consumers. Read the rest here 13:59

100-year-old mystery solved: Adult eel observed for the first time in the Sargasso Sea

After more than a century of speculation, researchers have finally proved that American eels really do migrate to the Sargasso Sea to reproduce. A team supervised by Professor Julian Dodson of Université Laval and Martin Castonguay of Fisheries and Oceans Canada reports having established the migratory route of this species by tracking 28 eels fitted with satellite transmitters. One of these fish reached the northern boundary of the Sargasso Sea, the presumed reproduction site for the species, after a 2,400 km journey.  Read the rest here 13:32

EU pressure on illegal fishing threatens more than 8,000 Thai fishing boats

More than 8,000 trawlers in 22 provinces are likely to lose their commercial fishing licences after checks revealed the registration numbers did not match the vessels, and many had failed to renew their permits for years. If all the boats were banned, it would be a terrible blow to the Thai fishing industry, which employs about 300,000 people. The discrepancies were uncovered when the government began regulating all fishing boats to comply with the EUs demand last April that Thailand end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, or lose its market for seafood products. Bangkok was given six months to fall into line. Read the rest here 12:09

Vancouver whale watching tragedy: Fishermen first on scene saved two pregnant women from icy water

The first rescuers on the scene of Vancouver whale watching tragedy have recalled how they desperately fought to rescue those in the water including a pregnant woman and a man trapped in fishing line. Ken Lucas and Clarence Smith were dragging their fishing gear out of the water when they saw the flare in the sky. When they arrived at the scene they pulled three people out of the water straight away. As they did they were told others were in the water. Read the rest here 11:08

Gulf officials argue for shift in managing Red Snapper fishery

635814669385764673-zales-pictureGulf Coast officials, joined by charter boat operators from Mississippi, are urging to pass legislation that would shift management of the red snapper fishery to states, saying they would do a much better job. “The fisheries management by the federal government is not a good one, especially as it relates to red snapper in the Gulf,’’ Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, told the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.  “We can do a better job.” “No way shape or form do we want the states to manage our commercial and charter fisheries for red snapper,’’ Buddy Guindon said. Read the rest here 09:31

Crew member, employer receive citations for falsified fishing license

GULF_PROWLERA Washington man was cited for employing an unlicensed crew member when authorities discovered that the crew member’s commercial fishing license was falsified. According to Wildlife Troopers in Dutch Harbor, Michael L. James of Townsend Montana was in possession of a duplicated commercial crew member’s license while aboard the F/V Gulf Prowler. James received citations for falsifying the license and unlicensed commercial fishing. James’s employer, Gary Asgeinsson, also received a citation,,, Read the rest here 08:56

National Marine Fisheries Service Accepts Petition to List Thorny Skate under the Endangered Species Act

thorny skateIn response to a petition from Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) to list thorny skate (Amblyraja radiata) under the Endangered Species Act, we have prepared a 90-day finding. We accept the petition and are initiating a review of the status of the species. The petitioners claim that the species numbers have been declining since the 1970s, and that the species is threatened by illegal landings, bycatch and discard mortality, inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms (related to fishing), global climate change and hypoxia, and natural stochastic events. Read the rest here 08:32

The great northern cod comeback

This research, led by Dr. George Rose, tracks what is arguably the most important comeback of any fish stock worldwide. Studying the great northern Atlantic cod stock complex off Newfoundland and Labrador, once considered among the largest cod stocks in the world before its disastrous decline in the 1990s, Dr. Rose documents the stock’s rebound over the past decade from tens of thousands to several hundred thousand tonnes and growing. According to the study, this comeback from commercial extinction has followed three distinct steps: Read the rest here 07:58

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Oct. 26, 2015

North Carolina Fisheries Association weekly updateClick here to read the Weekly Update, to read all the updates, Click here 19:11

Fishermen call for action over equipment dumping

Fishermen are calling for action to protect the livelihoods of coastal communities and the health of Scotland’s seas from tonnes of nets, ropes and lobster pots dumped at sea in a battle between creelers and trawlers. They say every year “rogue” boats tow away equipment worth thousands of pounds and dump it on the seabed, where it continues to “ghost fish” and pose an entanglement risk for sealife and unwitting skippers. Although most reports are of damage to “static” gear by “mobile” fishers, incidents are also caused by static-on-static and static-on-mobile conflict. Read the rest here 17:07

Province confirms major aquaculture project for Placentia Bay

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has reached an agreement with a company called Grieg Newfoundland AS that could this see province rival British Columbia in aquaculture production. Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Keith Hutchings announced Monday in Marystown that Grieg will invest some $251-million in a project that will more than double aquaculture in the province and create roughly 325 direct jobs. He said the province will commit up to $45 million to acquire an equity position in the company. Read the rest here 16:26

Good Samaritan Vessels Rescue 36 from Burning Fishing Vessel in Remote Pacific

The 36-member crew of a Papua New Guinea-flagged commercial purse seiner are safe following a joint rescue by good samaritan vessels and search and rescue authorities in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean approximately 2,071 miles southwest of Hawaii. Coast Guard Watchstanders in Honolulu received a request Saturday from the Rescue Coordination Center New Zealand to provide resources after the 229-foot purse seiner Glory Pacific No. 8 reportedly caught fire in the Pacific and the full crew abandoned ship into two skiffs and several life rafts. Video, Read the rest here, and here 14:46

Poor US Pacific whiting fishing set to leave market short of surimi

th364R31EW pacific whitingThis fall’s catch of US hake — also called pacific whiting — has been dismal, which will mean lower volumes of surimi for a hungry market. With many American producers having geared themselves toward processing large amounts of surimi, some worry that they won’t be able to fill customers’ orders. With surimi base output dropping in Asia, high surimi demand, and an increased US hake quota, many American catchers-processors, motherships and shore-based processors had set up to produce larger amounts of surimi in 2015 than they normally would. Read the rest here 14:01

American Samoa’s small and developing economy – Closure of fishing grounds helping foreign competitors

Owners of StarKist Samoa, say the National Marine Fisheries Service needs to recognize the unique nature of . They say StarKist Samoa has been directly impacted by the closure of access to the high seas. Michelle Faist spokesperson for StarKist told KHJ News these unnecessary restrictions have driven the purse seine fleet into distant waters where they are now catching fish under a U.S. flag to benefit competitors to American industry. She said as a result, StarKist is forced to buy its fish at a premium with reefer vessels coming in from distant fishing grounds. Read the rest here 12:05

Kleven’s Pelagic Fishing Vessel for Gitte Henning

GitteHenningKleven-51311Kleven has signed an agreement with Danish fishing vessel owner Gitte Henning AS on the building of a combined pelagic trawler/purse seiner. 90.5 m wide and 17.8 m wide, this will be the largest pelagic fishing vessel within its segment. “We are really pleased that Henning Kjeldsen chooses to build this large, modern and advanced fishing vessel in Norway and at Myklebust verft,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven. He praises the cooperation between the three parts in the process leading up to the contract being signed this week. Read the rest here 11:32

TRADEX 3MMI – Strong Halibut Pricing Expected to Stay, American Flounder Market Overtaken by Alaska Plaice

unnamedKGNDZ1Q13-Minute Market Insight: Fresh pricing on Halibut stays strong in Alaska, as we approach the November 7th season closure. Black Cod, also set to end, has been landing strong and pricing has been stable. Larger sized Flounder fillets are overtaken by the naturally larger Alaska Plaice, a cheaper alternative in the US Market. Watch the video here 10:57

The PEI Fishermen’s Association to convene the 2015 US-Canada Lobster Science Symposium in Charlottetown, November 3 – 6, 2015

Lobster-symposium-2015The four themes of the 2015 symposium will progress through increasing levels of organisation and complexity beginning with  the Individual Lobster, moving to the dynamics of Lobster Populations and then on to Lobster Ecosystems and Food Webs.  New to the 2015 symposium is a special theme focusing on “The Business of Lobstering” where presentations will examine how the lobster industry is adjusting to varied aspects of its own changing economic, social, and cultural environments. Read the rest here 10:24

Net Effect: The fight over flounder

David Sneed is executive director of thegillnet southern flounder, the main group representing recreational fishermen. He says commercial fishermen have blocked attempts to reduce the use of gill nets. “The science has been there to say, ‘Hey, we need to pull back on this. We’re over-harvesting these fish,’ but the push has always been there to say, ‘No, we need to catch more fish, you know, we need to be able to make money off of this resource.’” But Jerry Schill, executive director of the NC Fisheries Association, the main group representing commercial fishermen, says the flounder fishery is not being overharvested. Read the rest here 09:19

The lure of the sea, a lifelong debt trap for fishermen

fisherman_0 Fishermen Taiyab Ali Sardar prepares meal for colleagues at a trawler at Badura portWhen in rough weather the waves rise up, it can take all a man’s strength and then some for a fisherman to overcome. There’s wit, skill and experience in sea fishing, and beyond that prayer and perhaps a little luck… The open sea: it’s no place for an octogenarian. But for Taiyab Ali Sarder of Chitholiya village in Pirojpur Sadar upazila, regularly returning to the sea in his twilight years is the only option. “There’s none to bear our family’s expenses,” he says. It’s rather the need to repay advance loan money called dadan to his master, the boat owner, which chains Sarder to the sea. His story is not unique. Read the rest here 19:14

Long Island restaurant owner receives 23-pound, 95-year-old lobster

A lobster that spent 95 years in the sea was a sight to behold when it was finally captured. The mammoth, 23-pound shellfish was finally captured and sent to a Long Island restaurant where it’s been a big talking point for the owner and his customers for the past week. Steve Jordan, owner of Jordan Lobster Farms seafood restaurant and market in Island Park, got a heads up about the surprising catch by the fisherman who nabbed the large crustacean in the Bay of Fundy in Canada. But he was not prepared for what was delivered Read the rest here 13:10

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, OCT 25, 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 12:12