Monthly Archives: November 2015

Film sheds light on years of controversy with Port and Fishermen at Fishermen’s Terminal

1800-terminal-1West Seattle filmmaker and Antioch University instructor, B. J. Bullert (Ph.D), has made a second film that examines “the news” created during a period when the Port of Seattle was being scrutinized by the media and fishermen for their management and policy decisions. The 23-minute film, “Fishermen’s Terminal Revisited: A Story of Survival” is a follow up to “Fishermen’s Terminal,” a film from 2005 that documents the backlash from fishermen as the Port allowed pleasure boats to moor alongside fishing boats at terminal. Read the article here 21:49

Tappan Zee Bridge construction may be killing sturgeon

B9318027774Z.1_20150709172325_000_GA3BA9VPB.1-0The environmental group Riverkeeper on Thursday called for a federal investigation to see if construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge is causing the deaths of endangered sturgeon in the Hudson River. The group said 100 Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon have died since the start of construction in 2012. Many of the fish, which date back to pre-historic times, were found cut in half, severed at the head or mutilated, suggesting vessel strikes,,, Read the article here 19:46

Cape Breton lobster fisherman dies after falling overboard

A lobster fisherman died in hospital after falling overboard southwest of Yarmouth on Monday morning. Two others were safely pulled from the water after they went in the water from another boat in the area, marking a tragic start to the lobster season. He fell from the Cock-A-Wit Lady sometime before 9 a.m. Shortly before that incident, two other people went into the water in the same area off a boat called Nomada Queen I. Read the article here 17:50

New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Portland Me. – December 1st thru 3rd – Listen Live!

NEFMC SidebarThe New England Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet December 1 thru 3, 2015 Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Me. View the Revised Council Meeting Agenda, Click hereRegister to Listen Live, Click here Starts 8:30 a.m. with Introductions and Announcements (Council Chairman Terry Stockwell) 17:27

No Fukushima-Related Radiation Detected in Alaska Seafood

Following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, there have been public concerns about potential impacts on Alaska seafood from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  Although modeling and other analyses have not demonstrated a potential risk to Alaska fish, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Environmental Health (DEH) has been coordinating with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Public Health, as well as other state, federal, and international agencies and organizations to address continued public concerns. Read the article here 16:59

Selling out the Fishermen and Consumers in Port Phillip

Nets ban snares fishermen – The lost campaign to continue in Port Phillip has had a devastating impact on established participants. One Rye fisherman of long standing was too upset to talk last week with his livelihood – and way of life – coming to an end. Seafood Industry Victoria CEO Johnathon Davey said many bay fishermen, after fighting the impending ban for five or even 10 years, had “developed mental health issues which have not been thought through” by decision-makers. Diabolical. Read the article here 15:25

3 Fishermen pulled from water after falling overboard on first day of lobster season

hi-cormorant-heli-cp-567961-8colThree people were pulled from the water after they went overboard from two boats southwest of Yarmouth for a freezing and dangerous start to the lobster season. Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre spokesman navy Lt. Len Hickey said two workers went overboard from one boat, plus one from a different boat, about 30 nautical miles southwest of Yarmouth. He did not know the time of the incidents, but it’s believed to be between 9 and 10 a.m. Read the article here 14:19

Ben, 16, makes waves in the fishing industry as he launches own business

11495854While most 16 year-olds are hunched over their phones or fretting about homework, Ben Lowe is out on the open sea pondering the expansion of thebusiness empire he founded when he was a schoolboy. The entrepreneurial teenager is making a splash with his one-man fishing business which sees him supply fresh lobster, crab and line caught fish to restaurants and wholesalers across Cornwall. Read the article here 12:55

BC’s Halibut trail

Halibut15Hardy-78Pacific halibut is the most valuable fishery in British Columbia. In 2013, 3746 tonnes landed were worth $44.50 million, or 17.8% of the $250 million total value of British Columbia’s capture seafood landings. Lee Anderson, skipper of the longliner Pacific Baron and his three crew have just docked in Sointula on Malcolm Island, after having delivered 8.50 tonnes of fresh Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) over in Port Hardy, across Queen Charlotte Strait on Vancouver Island. Read the article here 11:00:

Rights of Spawning Salmon Could Trump Gold Miners’ Federal Guarantee

suction gold dredgingSalmon spawning in America’s great Northwest is nothing but a brief, fleeting romance that is always followed by death. However, the annual rite of watery reproduction is at the heart of a legal battle being waged by a small group of gold miners who are trying to stop Oregon from doing to them what California environmentalists have already accomplished. The miners have filed suit to overturn new rules in Oregon that would ban the machines they use for suction dredge mining to harvest gold from the bottoms of riverbeds. Read the article here 10:08

They’re off! Lobster season gets underway in southwestern Nova Scotia

dumping day 2015The lobster season in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 – which takes in all of Yarmouth County and parts of Shelburne and Digby counties and LFA 33, which takes in the rest of the South Shore, kicked off early Monday morning. All indications are that the season will be an excellent one, say industry representatives and are hoping strong prices and good catches. There are around 980 licence holders in LFA 34. As for the lobster season that is now getting underway, it will come to an end on May 31, 2016. Read the article here with 4 nice photo’s 08:50

Fit to eat, or what? Sea urchins worth scarfing, say fans

They’re the snack of choice for thousands of seagulls, and a delicacy on dinner plates in Japan, and now some foodies in Newfoundland and Labrador say sea urchins are a local treat worth trying. Just ask Roger Andrews, whose sea urchin Bavarian dish won first place at the St. John’s Gold Medal Plates 2015 in November. Andrews, who is normally in the kitchen at Relish Gourmet Burgers on Waldegrave Street, looked for something more exotic when donning his competition chef’s hat. Sea urchins fit the bill. Read the article here 08:04

Sea Shepherd warns Japan on whaling – Is this the year Sea Shepherds get someone killed?

Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday against resuming “research” whaling in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to intervene. After a decade of harassment by Sea Shepherd, Japan was forced to abandon its 2014-15 Southern Ocean hunt after the International Court of Justice said the annual expedition was a commercial activity masquerading as research. But on Saturday Japanese media reported that it would start again next year, despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose. Read the article here 21:18

Claws out: Race for best spots kicks off lobster season in Nova Scotia

lobsterBefore the crack of dawn Monday, Hubert Saulnier and nearly 5,000 other lobster fishermen prepare for the most hectic and lucrative day of their season. “Dumping Day” in Southern Nova Scotia falls on the last Monday in November, where 1,500 fishing boats depart at the same time, usually 6:00 a.m., to let out their lobster traps for the year. “It’s the worst day of the season,” said Saulnier, captain of the Lindy Dawn and 46-year veteran of Dumping Day. “In the winter it’s cold and rough sometimes, but it’s not as bad as Dumping Day.” Read the article here 18:24

Obama breaks his promise on frankenfish, (and everything else) and Alaskans will pay

baby fishermanFor close to two decades, AquaBounty, a company from Massachusetts, has been genetically modifying salmon. Apparently the whole years in the ocean, swimming back to the home creek, spawning upriver natural progression, is just too much of a pain. It takes too long. The Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing this “salmon” for some time. The White House decided to keep that report under wraps until after the election. (Like Keystone) Make no mistake. I’m furious with the Obama administration. Read the article here 17:39

Coast Guard oversees salvage of a fishing vessel near Stonington, Maine

uscg-logoCoast Guard crews ensured a successful salvage operation of a 42-foot fishing vessel (F/V Marley Gabriela)Saturday after it sank in about 70 feet of water at its mooring ball on Friday in Stonington, Maine. Weather and nightfall prevented safe operations Friday, and salvage efforts resumed Saturday at 6 a.m. The fishing vessel has been successfully raised, de-watered, and dry docked at Billings Marina. No injuries or significant pollution was reported. Initially after sinking, a small sheen was observed in the area, as seepage from the ship’s vents was suspected. Read the post here 16:52

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance Weekly Update, November 29, 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 12:18

BLUE STATE OF MIND #1 – Listen up…

In 2007, Shannyn Moore — the brilliant mind, clear voice of experience in Alaska fisheries, and nationwide known talk show host — fulfilled her wish to do a FISHERIES Talk Radio show on station in Anchorage, Alaska.  She had become aware of the public advocacy, and anti-corruption, efforts of the Groundswell Fisheries Movement and offered Stephen Taufen, a chance to go live radio. Stephen is a former high level corporate accountant, heroic whistle blower and founder of the Groundswell Fisheries Movement. Listen to the audio here  Visit Moore Up North with four more interviews 11:32

This Week in Print – Did you know Charleston once produced scallops?

EP-151129873.jpg&Maxw=600&Q=90In 1978, Mount Pleasant was a sleepy little town, with very little to report on to include crime. So the article about a nine and ten year old being charged with attempted breaking and entering might bring quite a few chuckles. But the boys were caught on Easter Sunday, crowbar in hand, trying to pry open the vending machines at a Coleman Boulevard service station. An employee there caught them and detained them until the police got there. Police Chief Chuck Dawley told the Moultrie News that despite their age,,, Read the article here 10:48

Mystery as boats filled with dead bodies of North Korean fishermen found off Japan

The rotting and lifeless bodies of 25 people were found on board 11 rickety vessels, which have either washed ashore or been retrieved by coastguards over the past two months. Experts are now desperately trying to determine where the boats came from as some point the finger to secretive North Korea. Fishing equipment was also recovered, sparking theories that the boat may have belonged to North Korean fishermen or people looking to escape the communist state. Read the article here 10:09

Canadian Federation of Independent Fish Harvesters – ‘Real change’ needed in fishery management

An advocacy group for fish harvesters across the country says the federal Liberal government needs to follow through on its election promises for people who fish for a living. Marc Allain, with the Canadian Federation of Independent Fish Harvesters, said that fishery management needs to be done by the people involved with the fishery.  He added that it should be done on a regional basis and not by people in Ottawa with little knowledge of how the fishery operates. Read the article here 09:41

Better in or out? England’s former fishing hub faces EU dilemma

GRIMSBY, England: The European Union is not an abstract concept in Grimsby, an English port where many blame EU fishing quotas for destroying livelihoods, but views on whether Britain should quit the club are more nuanced than the decaying fish docks suggest. Located on the estuary of the river Humber on England’s northeastern coast, Grimsby was home to a fleet of some 600 trawlers in its 1950s heyday, but now there are hardly any left and the town struggles with a legacy of poverty and unemployment. Read the article here 09:17

Environmentalists, fishermen clash over proposed Chumash marine sanctuary

A controversial underwater national park proposed off the Central Coast aims to protect and manage the area’s marine life, stop oil drilling and seismic surveys, and encourage scientific research. In October, the nomination for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary was accepted for consideration, setting the stage for a showdown in coming months and years between environmentalists who strongly support the proposed sanctuary and the fishing community that opposes it. Read the article here 23:22

Navy ‘deep sixes’ Phuket probe into missing IUU trawler

PHUKET: The 1448526912_1-org this week formally declined to reveal any findings of the investigation into how the seized Antarctic trawler Taishan, also known as the Kunlun, and its crew and illegal cargo managed to escape Phuket earlier this year, or name any of the officers who may be responsible. “The results are not for publication,” Vice Admiral Sayan Prasongsamrej, Commander of the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Naval Area Command. Read the article here 20:56

Don’t under-estimate the importance of crab season

crab pots idleThe North Coast is undeniably crab country. Our traditionally cold coastal waters have been perfect for producing some of our nation’s healthiest crab harvests. This harvest, a time-honored tradition since the mid 1800s here in Northern California, represents a change of season.,, So, when North Coast crab tested with high levels of a naturally occurring toxin, fishermen, industry leaders and public officials all came together, as partners, to call for a delayed opening to the crab season to ensure the public’s safety. Read the article here 17:10

N.S. lobster pilot project to be expanded

Fifteen months after announcing a pilot project focused on lobster quality, Nova Scotia’s fisheries minister says the project is so successful it is expanding — but he still won’t reveal the locations of the work. The aim of the pilot is to add value to a lobster at every step of the process, from the time it comes out of the water to the time it ends up on a person’s plate in an export market. Argyle-Barrington MLA Chris d’Entremont said it’s great to hear the project is successful, but if that’s the case it would be nice if there were some more details. “I think he’s trying to be too cute,,, Read the article here 12:06

Private Fishing Rights: Control Over Access to Seabed, Harvest at Issue in Texas

A novel claim that a fleet of commercial boats on the Texas coast has exclusive rights to thousands of acres of seabed — and the lucrative oysters found there — has spawned a flurry of high-stakes lawsuits and has state officials saying the move undermines their efforts to protect wildlife. Some fear the move could lead to a handful of commercial operators holding rights to depleted fisheries, freezing out smaller competitors. The fight could be fierce, in light of how the oyster market alone yielded 4 million pounds and $19.2 million in sales last year. Read the article here 11:39

This is good! Mullet plan could create hundreds of jobs, preserve fishing industry

mullet plan tampaMullet could one day be Florida’s desired fish, help create hundreds of jobs and preserve the fishing industry. Local organizations have teamed together to study the uses of the under utilized and widely available fish and say one day it will be a big money maker. Mullet is abundant in the Bay Area. However, right now the only part of the fish that’s profitable to commercial fishermen is the roe from the females. Some local organizations are working to change that. Read the article here 10:48

Lobster fisherman arrested. Again!

handcuffs_1A Summerland Key fisherman arrested in October 2014 for lobster fishing with hundreds of illegal traps was arrested again Thursday for lying on a wildlife form about his marine violation history, according to court records. David Lee Boggs, 51, was ultimately charged with more than 100 counts of misdemeanor fishing without proper tags. Boggs was initially found to be fishing with about 100 untagged traps, but later confessed to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers that he had more in the water that needed to be removed,,, Read the article here 10:04

Cape Breton energy plans worry fishermen

Although no oil and gas activity is expected in Cape Breton waters in the foreseeable future, fishermen say they have concerns about their livelihood and the future of their communities if petroleum exploration begins in the area. “I’m certainly concerned,” said Merrill MacInnis, a crab and lobster fisherman from Jersey Cove, near Englishtown, Victoria County.“We all are. Fishing is the lifeline of our rural communities here. “It could jeopardize our livelihoods, this whole thing, and maybe we should try and put a moratorium in like they’ve got in Georges Bank,,, Read the article here 09:39

Enviros Upset! Hawaii-based longline fishermen allowed to keep catching ahi

Hawaii TunaRegulators have approved a deal allowing Hawaii fishermen to attribute up to 1,000 metric tons of bigeye tuna catch to Guam, said Mike Tosatto, National Marine Fisheries Service regional administrator for the Pacific Islands. Environmentalists say the arrangement contributes to the overfishing of bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific. Environmentalists argue this enables fishermen to circumvent international agreements aimed at controlling overfishing of bigeye. yeah yeah. Read the article here 08:45

Simple greed shut down cannery: Nobels

stop-corporate-greed-sign 2The Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District is demanding a higher stake in the region’s salmon resources, calling for a return to abandoned policies that protected communities precisely from those such as Canfisco’s closure of Prince Rupert’s salmon cannery. Vice chair and director of Area A, Des Nobels, wasted no time at the last regular meeting to blame the of simple greed for the hundreds of lost jobs at the Canfisco cannery. Read the article here 20:14

Lobster Fishermen Reminded of Safety as Season Starts

James-Smith-Lobstering-in-Port-la-Tour-Lonnie-SnowLobster fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia are reminded to stay safe as they launch the start of their season Monday, Nov. 30. “Fishermen have led the change to improve safety across the fishing industry with more man-overboard training and an increased use of personal flotation devices,” said Kelly Regan, Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I urge all fishermen to continue with the great progress they’ve made, and keep safety a priority as they head out,,, Read the article here 19:54

Toxic Truth – Brave Fishermen shut down their fishery

Newcastle Australia – Commercial fishers met at the Newcastle co-op on Thursday to discuss their options before they decided to place a voluntary ban on prawn trawling in the Hunter River because of contamination concerns. Robert Gauta, the manager of the Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s co-op said the decision was “brave”. “It is going to have huge impacts for these people and it’s going to be felt right across the commercial fishing industry in the Hunter,” he said. “They could have gone back to work [but] they don’t want to be the ones whose produce it later turns out is going to harm people. Read the article here 18:21

Top science groups tell Congress to stop probing NOAA’s alleged misdeeds

Saying it will have a ‘chilling effect’ on science, eight scientific organizations have sent a letter this week to Rep. Lamar Smith (R) for investigating corruption at NOAA. Whistleblowers came forward during a congressional oversight hearing about data manipulation in a much-hyped global warming study. Rep. Smith, who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has subpoenaed government-owned emails related to NOAA’s work,,, Read the article here 16:59

Friday Tomfoolery with vegan Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy

Members of the public should stop using the expression “fishermen” because it is sexist, according a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench team. The party’s Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy was ridiculed (as she should’ve been) for suggesting on Twitter that Britons (I’m certain she’s a globalist) should not use the word “fishermen”. The minister, who does not eat meat but is in charge of food and rural affairs, said on Twitter that people should find a “gender neutral alternative”.  Read the article here 14:22

If only these fishing vessels could speak! – Weathering the waves

AR-151129991.jpg&MaxW=600The harbors are full of characters, silent and strong. Each one’s got a story, but it’s pretty hard to tease it from a boat. In Hammond’s basin, recently repaired and maintained by Astoria Marine Construction Company, the halibut schooner Arrow is moored, a remarkable example of the heavy, slippery-hulled wooden long-liners built in Puget Sound boatyards nearly a century ago. “Dave Kelly owns it,” says AMCCO’s Tim Fastabend. “He’s always taken care of it. He’s adamant about that.” Clear across town in Astoria’s East Mooring Basin a trio of modern trawlers,,, Read the article here with 8 photos 13:38

Protecting the fishermen: 20th annual Blessing of the Fleet

20th annual Blessing of the Fleet in TrinidadTo mark the 20th annual Blessing of the Fleet in Trinidad, U.S. Coast Guard Humboldt Bay Sector Commander Capt. Art Snyder dazzled the large crowd gathered for the ritual with two low flybys in a Coast Guard rescue helicopter. Assembled at the Memorial Lighthouse above the ancestral Tsurai Village on a brisk Thanksgiving morning, the sea was calm and there was not a cloud in the sky as the smell of sage wafted through the air and people of all ages danced to tunes played by the Redwood Ramblers. Read the article here 10:43

Increased carbon dioxide enhances plankton growth, opposite of what was expected

 Coccolithophores–tiny calcifying plants that are part of the foundation of the marine food web–have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as carbon input into ocean waters has increased. Their relative abundance has increased 10 times, or by an order of magnitude, during this sampling period. This finding was diametrically opposed to what scientists had expected since coccolithophores make their plates out of calcium carbonate, which is becoming more difficult as the ocean becomes more acidic and pH is reduced. These findings were reported in the November 26th edition of Science,,, Read the article here 09:45

Georges Bank drilling moratorium extended by Nova Scotia government

The Nova Scotia government is extending the Georges Bank moratorium on oil and gas exploration and drilling. The fishing bank has been off limits since 1988. This extends the protection until at least 2022. Ottawa passed a similar protection bill last June. Such exploration comes under the joint jurisdiction of the provinces and federal government. BP and Chevron have drilling and exploration rights in the region, but will remain unable to use those leases. Read the article here 09:07

Projects Stall After Feds Allow Fish Farming in Open Ocean

Some 90 percent of seafood consumed by Americans is imported — a fact that the Obama administration vowed to start turning around by expanding fish and shellfish farms into federal waters. Yet nearly two years since the first permit was issued, the United States still has no offshore farms. The pioneers of offshore aquaculture say their plans have stalled or been abandoned because of the long and expensive federal permitting process that requires extensive environmental monitoring and data collection. Read the article here 07:36

Tests show progress toward lifting of Dungeness closure

dungenesscrabSport-crabbers could be back on South Coast bays in less than two weeks, and the state’s commercial crabbing fleet is eyeing a Dec. 15 opener after new tests on Dungeness crab show that levels of domoic acid that closed the fisheries are now falling, authorities said. But all eyes are on Monday’s results of Dungeness samples taken last weekend for Brookings and Port Orford to see whether they mirror crab in Coos and Winchester bays as dropping beneath health-alert levels or whether they join Northern California ports still seeing potentially unhealthy levels. Read the article here 07:11

Alaska, British Columbia sign transboundary MOU

USandCanadianflagGov. Bill Walker and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark signed a Memorandum of Understanding Wednesday morning committing to cooperation on transboundary issues, particularly related to concerns about mines on the Canadian side of the border that share waterways with near Southeast Alaska. The MOU will create a Bilateral Working Group on the Protection of Transboundary Waters that will facilitate the exchange of best practices, marine safety, workforce development, transportation links and,,, Read the article here 12:30

Underwater footage of US dog diving for live lobster

A US man has trained his beloved pooch to jump off his boat and into the ocean to catch live lobster. The unbelievable events have all been caught on an underwater camera. The owner, Alex Schulze, has trained his Labrador to dive down and pick up the lobster with his mouth and bring the catch back to the boat. Watch the video here 10:26

Buy-Low Foods removes all ‘red-listed’ seafood from shelves

Buy-Low Foods is no longer selling seafood classified as “red-listed” or unsustainable by SeaChoice, a national sustainable seafood program. That means types of farmed salmon, king crab, Atlantic cod, and other popular species are gone from the store. The grocery chain, which operates in B.C. and Alberta, is the first major grocer in North America to take this step, according to SeaChoice.  Who is SeaChoice? Another ENGO. Read the article here 10:13

Prospects unclear in ‘crab country’; state committee to discuss delay’s impacts

The fishing boat ImperialBeing the sole proprietor of his commercial fishing operation for the last three years, Eureka resident Bob Borck said one of the important skills of the job is being able to live with uncertainty. While he’s seen delays in the Dungeness crab season caused by price disputes or meat quantity requirements, Borck said the indefinite delay caused by the presence of a potent neurotoxin along the entire West Coast is making the prospects of this season unclear. “We’ve never been here before,” he said. “There is no real way to tell.” What Borck does know is that he still needs to pay the bills — not only for moorage and insurance for his fishing vessel,.. Read the article here 08:34

Coast Guard Alternate Safety Compliance Program- New regs likely will add to cost of fishing

uscg-logoBoat owners should be bracing for a new round of regulations for older boats more than 50 feet in length. The Alternate Safety Compliance Program, part of the U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2010, is due to take effect in 2020, which seemed far into the future when it was first proposed, but is now only a bit more than four years away. However, the rules have to be written by 2017 in order to give boat owners time to come into compliance. Boats built before July 15, 1995, an estimated 90 percent of the fleet, will have to be in compliance by 2020, but the problem is that the regulations have not even been written yet. Read the article here 08:13

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

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Seattle’s aging fishing fleets provide hundred-million-dollar opportunity for shipbuilders

blue-north_750xx4272-2403-0-223Some vessels in the Seattle-based North Pacific fishing fleet are more than 70 years old, and replacing them could bring hundreds of millions of dollars of work to regional shipyards. That, according to Port of Seattle Co-President Stephanie Bowma, is at the top of a list of maritime-industrial business possibilities for the region. “By some estimates, more than 2,000 boats need to built or remodeled, which is requiring hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments, and hundreds of workers throughout our region to work on these vessels,” Read the article here 16:40

El Niño pushes California calamari landings down

cali squidAfter several years of bounty, California’s commercial landings of market squid — the species better known to hungry diners as calamari — are down by about two-thirds compared to this time last year. The squid are responding to this year’s El Niño conditions, scientists say, but whether their numbers are declining or they’re simply eluding fishermen is unknown, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental scientist Laura Ryley. Read the article here 15:03

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 56′ DMR Scalloper/Stern Trawler, Detroit 8-V-71 Diesel, Permit

sc4017_01Specifications, information and 14 photo’s  click here To see all the boats in this series, Click here 12:36

Shetland fishing industry celebrates with yearbook

151124_Fishermen_yearbookThe full-colour A4 book is a comprehensive guide of the industry past and present and gives a confident outlook despite radical changes to fish landing regimes coming in next year. It discusses in some detail the whitefish, pelagic and shellfish sectors before listing all 180 commercial fishing boats operating in Shetland waters ranging from the larges pelagic trawler to the smallest inshore boat. The Shetland Fishermen Yearbook 2016 gives also details of fisheries related organisations, including the vital role of the NAFC Marine Centre. Read the article here 11:55:47

The Easy Lady restoration almost complete – Lowcountry treasure ready to return to her berth

EP-151129875.jpg&Maxw=600&Q=90The Easy Lady has belonged solely to Cpt. Kenneth Ezell for 10 years. But after a public appeal went out to help the captain restore this commercial crabbing boat and save her from sinking, she’s almost as a good as new from keel to chine. More importantly, Ezell, who is forever grateful, considers himself only as her caretaker now. “She now belongs to Mount Pleasant and her citizens,” he said. The Easy Lady is now part of the whole of Mount Pleasant, he explained. He considers her the crown jewel of his career, which is about to take another turn. Read the article here  F/V Easy Lady on face book 11:12

Wired to go at V&R Traps in Yarmouth

v&r trap, yarmouthLobster fishing has evolved enormously over the decades, with changes in regulations, boats, markets and gear. After learning of the wire lobster traps invention in New England in the early 1970s, businessmen Louie Vacon, Edward Vacon, John Vacon and Bill Reeves tried introducing them to southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishermen. Early attempts were met with skepticism, but after years of persistence from V&R Traps, local fishermen came aboard with the idea that “Wire was the future.” Video, Read the article here 10:51

The loss of Greenport’s fishing fleet is another sign of a changing village

Just a few decades ago, Greenport Village looked very different. Fishermen describe as many as 50 towering fishing vessels crammed into the deepwater port, making pit stops at Claudio’s dock before their offshore expeditions in the Atlantic. The docks were swarmed with fishing crews unloading their stock for sale at fish markets across the East Coast. But today, the dozens of captains whose boats once fed Greenport’s fishing industry have either fled for other ports or been scuppered altogether. Read the article here 09:17

Joint Task Force Atlantic release video of medevac rescue

A new video has been released by the Joint Task Force Atlantic that shows a medical evacuation from a fishing vessel off the coast of Newfoundland The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax dispatched a Comorant helicopter from 103 Search and Rescue Squadron in Gander and 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Greenwood, N.S., on Sunday.  The aircraft responded to a vessel 235 nautical miles southwest of St. John’s. Watch the video here 08:43

Giving Back: Leviathan II survivor finds way to thank Ahousaht First Nation

A Calgary couple who survived the whale-watching boat capsize off Tofino, B.C., last month say they’ve found the perfect way to thank the people of nearby Ahousaht, who rushed to the scene and pulled them from the frigid waters. Dwayne Mazereeuw and his wife were among 21 people on board the Leviathan II who were rescued. Five British nationals and a man from Australia died in the accident. Fishermen from the Ahousaht First Nation are credited with spotting the only flare the crew of the boat was able to deploy. “How do you ever thank someone,,, Read the rest here 07:53

Members of Congress urge disaster relief for Dungeness crab fishermen

cashIn a bit of good news for California’s beleaguered crab fishermen, four members of Congress announced Tuesday they would call for federal disaster relief in the unlikely event the state’s commercial fishing season for Dungeness crab is canceled altogether.In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, the representatives urged the governor to “stand ready” to ask to provide compensation to fishermen and businesses if the crab season — postponed indefinitely Nov. 6 because of high levels of a biotoxin called domoic acid,,, Read the rest here 06:39

Lobsterman discovers sea squirts on his traps

Tunicates-Lobstering-SMR-23-1200x795It’s no secret that the waters of the Gulf of Maine are getting warmer. Although many fishermen say that this summer the water around Downeast Maine has been colder than in recent years, according to data compiled by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, from 2004 to 2013, water surface temperatures rose faster in the Gulf of Maine than in 99.9 percent of the global ocean. Cold or warm, this year strange critters have made themselves at home in local waters, some of them apparently settling in Downeast Maine for the first time. Read the article here 19:02

Pollution may have killed hundreds of fish in Cockburn Sound: Scientist

A leading WA scientist says pollution may have killed more than 700 fish in Cockburn Sound, south of Perth. Over a four-day period from November 19-22, officers from the Department of Fisheries plucked hundreds of different species of fish from in and around the sound after getting a tip-off from anglers. The sound is a popular fishing spot with more than 12,000 boaties using the water each year. It is also used for commercial fishing with close to 130 different species of fish in the sheltered water body. Read the article here 15:15