Monthly Archives: January 2016

Disease in herring threatens broader food web

0131_KSLO_HerringTiny herring eggs and larvae are eaten by a multitude of invertebrates, such as crabs and amphipods. They are also important to fish, such as juvenile salmon and smelt, as well as numerous marine and diving birds. As herring grow into juveniles and adults, they enter into the larger food web, including numerous marine mammals, from harbor seals to orcas; vast numbers of birds, from tufted puffins to great blue herons; and a wide variety of fish, from Chinook salmon to halibut. Paul Hershberger, research fisheries biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, has been studying diseases of herring at his lab on Marrowstone Island near Port Townsend. Read the article here 21:22

WICKED TUNA: Season Five Premiere on Nat Geo Brings New Challenges, (Video)

This Monday, top-rated series WICKED TUNA is returning to National Geographic Channel for Season Five. Some of the captains are still struggling, with a rough winter season not putting cash in their boats, as fans watched on spin-off series “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.” But, Captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise has plans to pull in the major haul again this season. It won’t be only Captain Dave Marciano striving to prove something this season, however, so he’d better be ready for some competition! Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com had an embarrassing third-place finish last season, Video, Read the rest here 20:16

5 rescued from sinking fishing boat off the coast of Yarmouth

canadian coast guardA Coast Guard ship rescued five people from a fishing boat early Sunday morning after they reported the vessel was sinking 16 nautical miles, or about 30 kilometres, off the coast of Yarmouth, N.S.  A spokesman for Joint Task Force Atlantic says the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax received a mayday distress call from the  around 11:30 Saturday night. Cpt. Cameron Hillier says JRCC Halifax dispatched a Cormorant helicopter and a Hercules aircraft from 14-wing Greenwood to help with the rescue efforts. He says the group was reported safe and sound at around 1:30 a.m. Read the rest here 16:20

North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Portland Oregon, Feb 1thru 9, 2016

Blue NPFMC SidebarThe Council will meet the week of February 1, 2016 at the Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest Broadway in Portland, Oregon. The AGENDA and SCHEDULE are available and will be updated as documents become available. The Council’s meeting will be broadcast live beginning their first day via Adobe Connect HERE. Motions will be posted following the meeting. 15:26

Video – Samson ropes live up to their biblical name

blue%20ropeInside a nondescript industrial building on Thornton Street, workers are tending complex machinery that turns wispy skeins of synthetic fiber into ropes robust enough to tie down a seagoing cargo ship or a Mississippi River barge. The workers are at Samson Rope Technologies, a company that can trace its ancestry back to at least the 1880s. During that decade, company founder James P. Tolman patented a rope-braiding machine for his Massachusetts company. After he adopted the name Samson Cordage, Tolman registered a trademark that shows biblical strongman Samson grappling with a lion. The company still uses that trademark today, and outgoing CEO Tony Bon says it’s the oldest such trademark still in use. Read the article here 08:47

Alaska commercial halibut quota goes up for first time in 15 years

wrangellAlaska halibut stocks are showing signs of an uptick, and for the first time in 15 years, commercial fishermen’s catches will not be slashed this year. Fishery managers on Friday set the coastwide Pacific halibut harvest at 29.89 million pounds, a . Because halibut paid more than $6 a pound at the docks last year, even a small increase can be lucrative. Bowen said it could push the price for halibut quota share to $60 a pound in major fishing region. That equates to $90,000 for a small lot of 1,500 pounds. Read the article here 08:14

‘Criminalising fishermen is one of the most appalling things any Government or body could do to its own people.’

THE criminalisation of fishermen who are simply trying to make a living has got to stop, according to Cllr Michael Collins. The independent councillor tabled a motion calling on the Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney, to change the laws that are currently being challenged in the High Court.  Speaking at Monday’s meeting of the Western Committee of Cork County Council, Cllr Collins pointed out that two brothers – the owner and the skipper of the Tea Rose trawler that operates out of Castletownbere – are in the process of testing the legality of the Domestic Points Regulations system, which was introduced under the Common Fisheries Policy. Read the rest here 18:17

Marine Sanctuaries – Abrolhos Islands fishing ban fails to boost fish population, study finds

Creating a no-take fishing zone in the Houtman Abrolhos Islands has not consistently boosted the populations of some of its most popular fish, a long-term study has found. The research by a group of West Australian scientists challenges the conventional wisdom that marine sanctuaries allow more and bigger fish to flourish. It also raises the possibility that poachers or environmental factors — such as the marine heatwave that affected the area several years ago — are also affecting the populations of fish which are supposed to be protected,,, Read the article here 16:37

In Court – FFAW questions fishermen’s reading skills in compensation agreement trial

More questions are being raised about the line of questioning during an ongoing trial involving a group of fishermen from the Northern Peninsula and the FFAW. A group of fishermen, including Conway Caines, are in court arguing their right to compensation, but the line of questioning from the FFAW’s lawyers has ruffled a few feathers. Jason Sullivan told VOCM Open Line with Paddy Daly that questioning a person’s ability to read and understand the written word should not be brought into question. Listen, Read the rest here 13:32

Western Pacific – NMFS allows longliners to fish within 12 miles from shore

3249961In a decision issued today, the US National Marine Fisheries Service has allowed locally based longliners to fish within 12 miles from shore.  The federal agency approved a recommendation by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council to amend the Large vessel Prohibited Area, (LVPA) which currently restircts longliners to fish 50 miles out.  Read the rest here  – American Samoa wants to be part of fish negotiations Read the rest here Pago Pago feels the effects of idle fishing boats Read the rest here 12:04

Rare orange lobster unexpectedly found in Iowa!

R-C--rare-orange-lobster-photo2-jpgHy-Vee workers made an unusual discovery in their perishable distribution center — a rare orange lobster. The female lobster weighed in at about 2.7 pounds. She was discovered in a recent shipment of seafood brought to the Hy-Vee center. Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tara Deering-Hansen said they are exploring options for a permanent home for the lobster nicknamed R.C.  They are looking for a place where she will be well cared for and possibly be on display for the public to see. Read the post here 11:12

Port Clyde lobsterman recounts how he rescued fellow fishermen

A Port Clyde fisherman is being credited with saving the lives of two fellow lobstermen after their boat caught fire four miles south of Port Clyde. Gerry Cushman was out on the water Thursday morning at around 10 a.m. when he heard a distress call from the Miss Lynn. The mayday call said there was an engine fire. Cushman realized he was only about three miles away from the boat and he rushed to the area. Video, read the rest here

Halibut commission boosts coast-wide catch limit

pacific_halibutThe International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday approved an increase in halibut catch limits for most of the coast. The joint U.S. and Canadian body oversees management of the prized bottom fish from California to Alaska. The commission held its annual meeting in Juneau last week. Commissioners approved a coast-wide catch of just under 30 million pounds for 2016. That’s an increase of two point two percent from last year’s limits. Commissioner chair Jim Balsiger of Juneau said the decisions were not easy to make. Read the post here 09:59

Maine Shrimp Hitting Market Thanks to Spawning Study

Despite a moratorium on the northern Maine shrimp fishing season for the third consecutive year, a few wholesale buyers, restaurants, and markets could have some Maine shrimp on their hands — and plates — this winter, due to a scientific study currently underway throughout the state.,, As part of the program, four shrimp trawlers and two trappers are collecting northern shrimp samples for biologists until mid-April, in order to study the timing of the egg hatch and the size, gender and developmental stage of the shrimp. Those shrimp not used for the sample are allowed to be sold. The sampling program allows participating fishermen to land a total of just over 48,500 pounds of shrimp from the Gulf of Maine. Read the post here 09:04

SouthCoast sector managers detail fishing costs

AR-160129405.jpg&MaxW=650Managers of area fishery sectors on Friday said many local groundfish boats could face daily charges of $125 or less-frequent charges of about $500, to pay for government-mandated monitoring of their catches. Sector 9 manager Stephanie Rafael-DeMello and Sector 13 manager John Haran both said they negotiated with East West Technical Services, which has an office in Narragansett, R.I., for catch-monitoring services for which fishermen expect to begin paying around March 1. Rafael-DeMello said the negotiated price was “just under $500 a day,” per boat. But because regulators randomly select boats for monitoring, she said, Sector 9 will spread the cost evenly, charging boats a flat rate of $125 per sea day in order to foot the overall costs of monitoring, which will apply only to about 20 percent of trips. Read the article here 08:49

Lump sum payments never promised to scallop fishermen, says FFAW

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union says it never promised lump sum payouts from a compensation fund for scallop fishermen from the Strait of Belle Isle. Union representative Jason Spingle took the stand Friday, in a lawsuit brought by 71 fish harvesters from the Great Northern Peninsula and south coast of Labrador. He told the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador that talks about compensation began in 2011. Nalcor agreed in 2014 to pay $2.6 million to compensate fish harvesters. The union argues that the money is to be paid out over 30 years,,, Read the rest here 17:19

Local Boat Heads South For ‘Wicked Tuna’

With the severe storm passed and the snotty seas subsided, the Ocean City-based sportfishing boat “Foolish Pleasures” with Captain Dale Lisi and crew left the resort area on Monday for the Outer Banks in North Carolina to begin preparing for the latest season of “Wicked Tuna.” Lisi and the “Foolish Pleasures” based at the Ocean City Fishing Center in West Ocean City were chosen as one of a handful to participate in and appear on the latest season of “Wicked Tuna.” Read the article here 16:45

‘AN UNGODLY SOUND’ – Eagle III boat captain recalls harrowing experience

The Eagle III’s wheelhouse was filled with frigid sea water and Glenn Burkhow was fully submerged, swishing around like a piece of clothing inside a washer. Desperately needing air, Burkhow saw a pocket and pushed his mouth to it, sucking in deeply with his lips. He got a small gulp, then tried to get another, only to suck in a lung full of salt water. Then he felt a hole in the bottom of the boat at the top of his head. He pushed toward the opening and burst out of the water, filling his lungs with a desperate gasp. Read the article here 14:45

Blue crabs poised to make comeback in Delaware – Oysters problematic

Last spring and summer, crabs were in short supply, and combined with other factors, prices for them peaked at more than $300 a bushel. Crabs are a summer delicacy in Delaware, but last year’s prices meant many restaurants and consumers had to cut back – and in some cases do without. But there is good news growing in the sands of the Delaware and other nearby waterways: The crabs are coming back. Delaware’s projected forecast for the 2016 blue crab harvest is just over 4 million pounds, up 1 million pounds from last year’s projection. That should be good news both for the state’s commercial fishers and for consumers. Read the article here 12:42

Seal cull not yet warranted despite large salmon diet say researchers

Harbour seals off B.C.’s South Coast may consume up to 60 per cent of the Strait of Georgia’s young chinook and coho salmon every year, according to UBC research. Growing concerns about B.C.’s salmon numbers has focused on orca populations and rising water temperatures in the past, but this study suggests the dramatic increase in the harbour seal population in recent decades may play a role as well. Still, the connection between low salmon stocks and a large harbour seal population is not clear enough to warrant a seal cull, scientists warn. Read the foolishness here  10:49

 

Mass. Senate approves lobster processing bill

The state Senate on Thursday approved legislation allowing the processing and sale of frozen, in-shell lobster parts in the state. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, updates a 1997 law that prohibits wholesalers in Massachusetts from selling frozen, shell-on lobster tails in the state. The law was intended to curb mutilations of undersized lobsters. Supporters including the Massachusetts Lobster Association say lifting the restrictions will give the lobster industry a boost by opening markets and helping develop a viable local processing market. Read the article here 10:07

Video – Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 75 miles off Cape May, NJ

The Coast Guard medevaced a fisherman 75 miles southeast of Cape May, New Jersey, Thursday. The 43-year-old man was fishing with three other people aboard the 80-foot fishing boat Starbrite when he started experiencing difficulty breathing and numbness of his extremities. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, arrived on scene at approximately 11 a.m. The helicopter crew hoisted the man and transferred him to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland. Watch the video here 09:20

Gulf of Alaska fishermen to council: don’t experiment with our fisheries

A majority of Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawlers will voluntarily suspend fishing in order to attend the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Portland, Oregon the first week in February. They are concerned that the recent State of Alaska proposal to restructure their fisheries would seriously harm their livelihoods and the economies of their fishery dependent communities. “This is really quite unique,” said Julie Bonney, executive director of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank based in Kodiak, Alaska, in a press release. “Fishermen agreeing to stand down, essentially losing income, in order to make this trip to provide their input demonstrates just how important this change in management is to the fishing industry.” Read the article here 08:28

Fishing industry fighting cost of at-sea monitors

AR-160129405.jpg&MaxW=650Fishermen are opposing new catch-monitoring costs that could take effect March 1, as a judge’s ruling this week gave the industry a setback in efforts to block the transition from government funding. John Haran of Dartmouth, manager of a local fishery sector, said in December that transferring the regulatory costs to the fishing industry could put more than 40 local groundfishing boats out of business. Local fishing industry tycoon Carlos Rafael said the costs — potentially about $700 per monitored trip — could mean repeated expenses of $14,000 across 20 groundfishing boats in his fleet. Read the article here 07:50

Crabbers boiling about delayed payments for 2016 catch

Crab fishermen selling their catch to Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company say they have been given only a portion of the money owed to them for the second year in a row — leaving some more than a $100,000 short. Now a number of fishermen are reportedly leaving Jessie’s to sell their catch elsewhere. The reason for the stall in payment has been an issue with the line of credit coming to Jessie’s owner Don Alber, according to fishermen who had been in contact with Alber. Alber has not responded to multiple attempts to reach him by phone. Read the article here 20:06

UPDATED: Fishermen denied request to stop at-sea monitor costs

A judge has denied a request from East Coast fishermen to stop the federal government’s plan to hand them the cost of at-sea monitoring. Fishermen of New England food species such as cod and haddock will have to start paying the cost of at-sea monitors March 1 under new rules. Monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas and can cost about $800 per day. The challenge was the subject of a hearing at U.S. District Court in Concord last week. Judge Joseph Laplante denied the request Wednesday, saying it’s barred under the law.  Read the rest here 16:01

Seven US seafood associations speak out against shark fin lawsuit

scales_of_justice_2Seven fishing associations have filed an amici brief in support of a proposition to overturn California’s shark fin possession ban in the Chinatown Neighborhood Association, et al. v. case, savingseafood.org said in a release. The Sustainable Fisheries Association, Rhode Island Fisherman’s Alliance, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, Garden State Seafood Association, North Carolina Fisheries Association, Virginia Seafood Council and America Scallop Association take the position that the ban frustrates the purpose of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). The Plaintiffs’ suit claims California’s shark fin law directly affects the fisheries of abundant, sustainably federally managed shark species. Read the rest here  15:39

Fishermen rescued from water off Port Clyde while boat burns

792057_boat-fire_2 (1)Two fishermen who jumped overboard from their burning boat Thursday morning about 4 miles south of Port Clyde were rescued by the crew of another boat. The U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call around 10 a.m. from the two men who had been aboard the fishing vessel Miss Lynn, reporting that the boat’s engine room was on fire, the Coast Guard announced shortly after noon. Read the rest here 14:36

International Pacific Halibut Commission tackles catch limits in Juneau meeting

alaska-halibut__frontThe commission manages fishing and research on the valuable bottom fish from Alaska to California. IPHC scientist Ian Stewart this week presented some more optimistic news on the status of halibut. “The bottom line for this year is that we can see some positive trends both in the data and in the stock assessment models,” Stewart said. “The stock appears to be stabilizing at a coast-wide level and the more years that we’ve see this play out, the more certain we become of that.” Read the article here 12:35

Camp Lejeune officials and fishermen exchange concerns about fishing risks

Officials from FISHING-MEETING-IN-SNEADS-FERRY-pic-jpgCamp Lejeune met with dozens of commercial fishermen at the Sneads Ferry Community Center Wednesday evening to discuss and exchange concerns about possible risks in a part of the New River. At issue is a 2012 to 2014 study that turned up more than 7,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance and debris from the waters alongside Camp Lejeune’s K-2 range. For now, the base says it will put up signs warning against activities that would disturb the bottom of the river–activities like clam raking, crabbing, and anchoring. Read the article here 11:02

Lobsterman faces multiple court dates over fishing charges

judgementGloucester lobsterman Joseph Sanfilippo has several court dates in his future for alleged violations of Massachusetts fishing regulations. On Tuesday, Sanfilippo, 48, of 1 Thorn Hill Way, Gloucester, was in  for a clerk magistrate’s hearing that was continued to March 1. The charges from that hearing — reportedly for numerous violations — would not be released until after the hearing was conducted. The magistrate would also determine if there were legal grounds to allow the charges to go forward. Read the rest here  10:43

Land-based salmon farm on Vancouver Island nears economic viability

North America’s only land-based Atlantic salmon farm battled through technical and equipment issues in 2015, but the operators are edging close to covering production and overhead costs. The Kuterra land-raised Atlantic salmon farm — a commercial pilot project located near Port McNeill on Vancouver Island — has been forced to replace several substandard pumps, install additional oxygenation and carbon dioxide stripping capacity and repair a malfunctioning feeding system that over-fed the fish by up to 75 kilograms a day. Read the article here 09:01

‘Shafted’ by FFAW, Flowers Cove fisherman tells court

A fish harvester from Flowers Cove says he feels “shafted” by his union because of the terms of a compensation fund negotiated with Nalcor, to offset the loss of scallop grounds in the Strait of Belle Isle. Edmund Moores is one of 71 people who are suing the union, in a trial that continued Wednesday in the . The Fish, Food and Allied Workers argues that the $2,590,875 should be paid out in annual installments over 30 years. The court has been told they believed the money would be paid out in a lump sum. Read the article here 08:27

Producers warn dropping dollar isn’t all good news for fishery

article currencyAmid all the doom and gloom about the economy, the price of oil and the provincial deficit, there’s a bright spot for Newfoundland and Labrador: the Canadian dollar has been tanking. The dollar dropped by more than 17 per cent from a 12-month high last May to a low of 68.69 cents last week. The exchange rate hurts any Newfoundlander going on a trip to Florida, but it helps in plenty of other ways. For one thing, the exchange rate helps soften the blow of abysmal oil prices for the provincial government, and it makes the province more attractive to American tourists who want to spend their greenbacks here. Read the article here 07:58

Don Cuddy – Fishermen fight back against government overreach

dave goethelI attended the hearing with John Haran of Dartmouth, manager of Northeast Fisheries Sector XIII which includes 32 fishermen. Sector XIII is a plaintiff in the case along with New Hampshire commercial fisherman Dave Goethel. The all-day hearing concluded without a ruling. Federal District Judge Joseph Laplante will issue a decision in his own time after deliberating on a legal case with potential ramifications not only for the fishing industry but with respect to any government agency’s attempt to increase its own power. Steve Schwartz, an attorney with Cause of Action, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on government overreach, represents the fishermen. He told the court that the scope of an agency’s power is determined exclusively by Congress and that NOAA lacks the statutory authority to require fishermen to pay for monitors. Read the op-ed here by Don Cuddy 07:33

How a groundfish disaster today can spawn a different-looking fishery tomorrow

lobdrag041813-2.jpgThe federal government declared the Northeast groundfish fishery a disaster in 2012. But disaster arguably struck the region’s groundfishing fleet, particularly in Maine, long before that. In 1982, there were 328 vessels from Maine actively fishing for groundfish. By 2012, the number had fallen to 63 vessels participating in the first true industry that took root in colonial America — fishing for cod, haddock, flounder, pollock, hake and other ocean bottom dwellers. In 2014, 52 Maine vessels held groundfish permits. Read the article here 21:20

Fishermen in court – Scallop license holders say they’ll get nothing from area closure and union deal

Fishermen holding scallop licences for the Strait of Belle Isle were expecting to get paid when a compensation deal was negotiated by their union with Nalcor Energy, all tied to the Lower Churchill Project. The fishermen were not paid, and have now taken their union to court. The 71 fish harvesters involved in the case green lit negotiations, allowing the FFAW-Unifor to seek something in return for a planned permanent closure of part of their fishing grounds (a roughly 1.5-kilometre stretch of Area 14A) for the Labrador-Island Link. Read the article here 19:33

After 39 years of NOAA/NMFS fisheries management, how are they doing? How are we doing because of their efforts?

FishNet USA/January27, 2016 Nils E. Stolpe – Back in June of 2012 I wrote After 35 years of NOAA/NMFS fisheries management, how are they doing? How are we doing because of their efforts? (http://www.fishnet-usa.com/35.pdf) in which I looked at . While there were some bright spots, overall the picture was somewhat dismal, with total landings minus Alaska’s swinging up slightly after a trending downward over the previous 5 years and being only 60% of what they were in 1979, the year that inflation corrected landings were at their highest value. Regionally, landings (minus scallops and lobster) in New England, in the Mid-Atlantic (minus scallops), in the Southeast and in the Gulf of Mexico were trending downwards with only Pacific landings heading up. Read the article here 16:04

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 76′ Steel Clammer/Scalloper, 450HP, 6 Cylinder CAT

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Specifications, information and 15 photo’s  click here  To see all the boats in this series, Click here 14:43

Lund boat a piece of history – Salvaged cedar from old logging bridge used to rebuild former fishing boat

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Anyone who knows boats will tell you that you don’t buy a wooden boat, you marry one. Like any good relationship, it takes patience and attention, and you have to love the process of doing it, not just the end result. When it’s done right, you can see the love gone into it from a mile away. Take a walk on the Lund docks and spot the Lady Miriam and you’ll see what I mean. “I fell in love with that boat when I first moved to Lund,” said Steve Suche, who bought it in 1999 and spent the next five years tearing down and rebuilding it. “I like working on her almost more than I like taking her out,” said Suche. And it shows. Read the article here 12:40

A new report is a reminder of what many Alaskans already know: seafood is a big industry in the state.

2_Miles_Wiebe_PavlofBayASMI Communications Director Tyson Fick said his organization commissioned the McDowell group to update a study on the role seafood plays in Alaska, and America’s, economy. “There’s more labor income from seafood than from tourism and mining combined, which is pretty substantial, and certainly very, very important in places where seafood is primary, like Bristol Bay,” Fick said. The report says the 60,000 workers in Alaska’s seafood industry earn $1.6 billion per year. That includes the equivalent of about 4,650 full time jobs in Bristol Bay. Audio, read the article here 11:49

Video – P.E.I. lobster fisherman takes GoPro underwater

eric-creedEric Creed has spent much of his life on the Atlantic, but thanks to a new camera he’s captured a glimpse of what lies beneath. The 25-year-old from Montague, P.E.I., got a GoPro camera last summer while working as a lobster fisherman with his dad. He rigged up a cage for the camera from a wire lobster trap, hit record and dropped it about 30 to 40 feet below the boat off the shore of Grahams Pond in eastern P.E.I. “It was pretty amazing to see. My biggest goal was to see a lobster in its natural habitat and that’s what we were able to see,” he said. Various video’s click here  11:30

U.S. dollar surge boon to N.S. lobster

lobsterDM0811_468x521When the value of the Canadian dollar plummets, cross-border shoppers feel a twinge of pain in their pocketbooks. But for people in the fishing industry, it’s been a big boost. “We’re getting a strong return on our investment when we sell to the United States,” says Dannie Hansen, vice president of sustainability with Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd. “And because of our capital investments this year (of) millions of dollars in innovative equipment, it has been a great help for us on our bottom line at the end of the year.” Read the article here 10:13

Two classes of fishermen: Kings and Serfs

csf logoWhen you hear of fishermen being divided by the government into two classes — “kings” and “serfs” — you would think it would be from medieval times or some scheme hatched under a third-world dictatorship. But no, this is happening in the Gulf of Mexico (and other fishery’s, nationwide) right now with the commercial red snapper catch share program as documented by an investigative report by AL.com published this week. The report states that the catch share program “has turned dozens of Gulf of Mexico fishermen into the lords of the sea — able to earn millions annually without even going fishing — Read the post here  09:41

Coast Guard rescues 3 fishermen after vessel capsizes near Coos Bay, Ore.

450x299_q95Coast Guard crews rescued three men from the water after the 49-foot fishing vessel Sara Jo became disabled and capsized on the Coos Bay bar Tuesday. “The distress call from the fishermen and the EPIRB notification allowed for a quick and organized response,” said Lt. Wes Jones, a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air Station North Bend. “Our crews responded extremely efficiently today, and we had all three men out of the water within 28 minutes.” Read the post here 08:55

Feds to help Gloucester brand its seafood

manatthewheelGloucester’s effort to develop a specific brand for the bounty of seafood yanked from local waters, as well as the means to promote food produced at local farms, is receiving a boost from the Obama administration. The White House’s Rural Council chose Gloucester as one of 27 communities nationwide from about 350 municipal applicants to participate in the Local Foods, Local Places initiative designed to help transform locally harvested food into local economic development and healthier eating. Read the article here 08:16

NOAA Expands Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

Using new information not previously available, NMFS (read the Fed Regmap_1) is expanding critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales to cover its northeast feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region and southeast calving grounds from North Carolina to Florida. This final rule, which was initially proposed in February 2015 and received 261 general comments over a 60-day comment period, does not include any new restrictions or management measures for commercial fishing operations. Read the post here 15:41

PETA – Serving fish at an aquarium would be like serving poodle burgers at a dog show

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They’re crazy! Choose the fish!

As construction continues on OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona, PETA sent a letter to the project’s developer this morning with a simple request: Keep fish off the menu at the aquarium’s restaurant, the Lighthouse Café. In its letter, PETA points out that fish caught in huge commercial fishing nets suffer the agony of decompression as they are hauled up from the deep, while farmed fish spend their entire lives in filthy, cramped enclosures, making fish flesh a poor menu choice for an institution intended to teach people to respect and appreciate sea animals. Link 15:00

Study finds shark hotspots overlap with commercial fishing locations

A new study from an international team of scientists found commercial fishing vessels target shark hotspots, areas where sharks tend to congregate, in the North Atlantic. The researchers suggest that sharks are at risk of being overfished in these oceanic hotspots. During a four-year period from 2005 to 2009, the researchers tracked more than 100 sharks equipped with satellite tags from six different species in the North Atlantic while concurrently tracking 186 Spanish and Portuguese GPS-equipped longline fishing vessels. They found that the fishing vessels and sharks occurred in ocean fronts characterized by warm water temperature and high productivity, including the Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic Current/Labrador Current Convergence Zone near Newfoundland. Read the article here 12:56

‘Charleston Fishing Families’ raising funds, donations for families of lost crab fishermen

8477731_1453422851.0027The Eagle III sank miles away from its home port in Port Orford but that hasn’t stopped people in the bay area from stepping up to support the families of those who were on board, show the fishing community is truly ‘coast-wide.’ The group is putting on a rummage sale, bake sale and silent auction fundraiser at the Coquille Tribal Community Center this weekend. They say, in a matter of days, hundreds of dollars’ worth of items were donated. “We thought this was going to be a little tiny yard sale and we were going to raise a couple hundred dollars and call it good,” Clemens explains, “and it just ballooned into something so miraculous and amazing.” Video, read the rest here 10:58

Coast Guard medevacs Fisherman off boat near Oregon Inlet, NC

uscg logoThe Coast Guard medevaced a 22-year-old man Tuesday aboard a fishing vessel near Oregon Inlet.  Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a call at 5:30 a.m. that a crew member aboard the 43-foot fishing vessel Sea Dog had fallen and sustained an injury to his ear. A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew launched from Station Oregon Inlet at 5:48 a.m. and arrived on scene at 6:10 a.m. Read the post here 10:26

In the Gulf – Effects of Illegal Fishing on Local Fishing Industry

9728207_GOver 1,000 pounds of red snapper were seized from a lancha by the U.S. Coast Guard. There were 4 Mexican nationals aboard the boat. They were taken to the U.S. Coast Guard at the island. A charter fisherman said when people fish illegally his profits take a big hit. It can also drain a fishing spot. “Everything changed. We didn’t catch anything in that area, nothing. We didn’t even mark anything on our fish finder. It was absolutely zero,” Michael Walker said. Walker takes people out to fish. If there are no fish to catch, it can result in the loss of a customer. Read the rest here 09:19

Lobster Advisory Council opposes limited lobster licenses

lobsterDM0811_468x521As a Feb. 10 hearing before the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee nears, Maine lobstermen continue to debate a bill that would tweak the system by which commercial lobster licenses are issued. The proposals included in the bill were first presented to industry members in a round of town hall-style meetings hosted by Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher during the summer and fall. The ideas have also been discussed in meetings of the state’s seven regional . Read the article here 08:54

State legislators call on Brown to declare crab fishery disaster

A group of nine California legislators sent a bipartisan letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday calling for him to declare a crab fishery disaster in order to help secure financial assistance for the state’s impacted fishing industry. The state legislators’ letter urges Brown to ask U.S. Secretary of Commerce to declare a fishery disaster through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. If approved, the designation would allow the federal government to issue disaster assistance as allowed under two federal statutes — the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act. Read the article here 08:20

Burgeoning sea otter population in southern Southeast Alaska depletes commercial fishery species

otters-tokeen-baySea otters enjoy feeding on sea cucumbers, sea urchins, Dungeness crabs and geoducks. Unfortunately, so do people. In southern Southeast Alaska, commercial fisheries for these invertebrate species provide income for local economies. At the same time, a growing population of sea otters is consuming the invertebrates. Predation from the otters is already having an economic impact on commercial fisheries, and the effect is likely to be even greater as the sea otter population continues to increase. Read the post here  07:43

Ventura Harbor Entrance Closed Until Further Notice

Ventura-Harbor-ClosedThe Ventura Harbor’s entrance is closed and will continue to be closed for at least the next week, and this is impacting local fishermen. The harbor entrance is the only way fishermen docked in the Ventura Harbor can get out to the ocean and go fishing. Some of them have been trapped in the harbor since Friday, and they say every day that goes by is another day they are losing thousands of dollars. “For us we get a load of squid it is $40,000 a night so for us it’s a big deal,” said squid fisherman Brian Lapeyri. Fishermen who work on the Aleutian Spirit are currently stuck at their dock in the Ventura Harbor. Read the article here 22:07

Seals blamed for drop in Strait of Georgia juvenile salmon stocks

sun032612mammals4-jpgA bountiful population of harbour seals is a prime suspect in the decline of coho and chinook in the Strait of Georgia, according to a new study.  The population of harbour seals has grown steadily with federal protection, from fewer than 5,000 in 1970 to about 40,000 in 2008 in the Strait of Georgia — a period that corresponds with marked declines in coho and chinook. “In the 1970s, you could take 60 to 70 per cent of the population sustainably every year and there’d still be plenty of fish coming back to spawn — and that just doesn’t happen any more,” Read the article here 19:47

New U.S. Coast Guard Safety Regs For Life Rafts

uscg logoBy the end of next month there will be new Coast Guard safety regulations for the use of flotation devices on all sea vessels. Smaller passenger vessels will no longer be able to use life rings and other flotation devices as the only form of survival gear, but instead equipped their boat with a life raft to assure that in the case of a vessel sinking, every passenger is safely out of water. Scott Wilwert is the Coast Guard Fishing Safety Coordinator in Juneau.On February 26 2016 survival craft requirements for commercial fishing vessels as well,,, Audio, Read the rest here 16:46

New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Portsmouth, NH January 26 thru 28, 2016

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The New England Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH January 26 thru 28, 2016 . View the Final Council Meeting Agenda, Click here  Register to Listen Live, Click here 16:20

Canneries look for a list of concessions from American Samoa

Faced with a decline in their competitive advantage, the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira says the canneries are seeking concessions from the government and a response is being formulated to help the canneries — the largest private employer in the territory. The canneries and fishing industry in American Samoa are facing serious challenges with the fishing restrictions imposed in June — and since the beginning of 2016, the Forum Fisheries Agency or FFA is no longer issuing fishing licenses to the U.S. fleeting to fish in waters of 17 Pacific island countries under the South Pacific Tuna Treaty. Read the article here 13:58