Daily Archives: April 4, 2016

Commercials to net Columbia River on Tuesday. Why would they bother?

gillnetter, youngs bayTen hours of commercial fishing — but with a four spring chinook-per-vessel limit — are scheduled Tuesday in the lower Columbia River. Washington and Oregon officials adopted the fishery on Monday. Netting with 4.25-inch-minimum mesh nets will be allowed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Beacon Rock to the ocean. The commercial fleet has an early-season allocation of 1,222 upper Columbia-origin spring chinook plus 7,150 Willamette River-origin chinook, said biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Last Tuesday, the commercials fished nine hours and landed 1,192 total spring chinook and 890 upper Columbia-origin chinook from 86 deliveries. Read the article, click here 20:28

NMFS bans development of new commercial forage fisheries on West Coast

sandlanceFederal officials finalized rules Monday for a on catching forage fish, the small fish that larger species, seabirds and marine mammals depend on for food. The ban on new commercial fisheries will protect little schooling fish that play a critical role in the marine food web but that are not actively fished or managed, the National Marine Fisheries Service said. It marks the first action under a new approach to fisheries management that considers how one species affects others in the ecosystem. The ban does not affect existing fisheries for forage fish, such as sardines and anchovies. It covers species including Pacific sand lance, silversides and certain varieties of herring, smelt and squid. Read the article, click here 19:39

Transport Canada report raises alarm over aging Coast Guard fleet

The comprehensive analysis of the nation’s transportation network was part of a statutory review submitted to the Trudeau government last December, but not tabled until the end of the February. Among other things, it noted that unplanned maintenance on aging coast guard vessels skyrocketed in 2014. “Not only is it understaffed, but its fleet is one of the oldest in the world and urgently requires renewal (individual ships average nearly 34 years of age),” said the review of the Canadian Transportation Act, which was led by former Conservative cabinet minister David Emerson. “Without such renewal, it will have to pull ships from service, further reducing reliability.” Read the article, Click here 18:35

Crab Legs worth fighting for! Two arrested when dispute over crab legs turns violent

Seafood is quite the delicacy in some parts of the U.S., and some love it so much that they’re willing to fight and get arrested in order to secure a piece. This is exactly what played out on Saturday after a Connecticut couple got arrested after getting into a fight with another customer over some crab legs, according to police. The couple, 45-year-old Clifford Knight and 38-year-old Latoya Knight, were arrested Saturday for starting the brawl. The incident  played out at Royal Buffet in Manchester, Conn., after the Knight pair got selfish about their shellfish, according to police who responded to the scene.  Read the rest, click here  15:11

Fishing minister George Eustice – Scotland will have more control of fleet outside the EU

UK FISHERIES MNISTER GEORGE EUSTICE IN PETERHEAD. (DUNCAN BROWN)A UK Government minister claimed yesterday that Scotland will have more control over its fishing fleet if voters choose to quit the EU. Fishing Minister George Eustice was speaking on the eve of a visit to Peterhead, where he will talk to skippers as part of his campaign for a Brexit in June.  Mr Eustice’s Leave message is sure to resonate strongly with many people in an industry which has always been deeply suspicious of Brussels, and suffered swinging cuts to quotas and fishing time under the controversial Common Fisheries Policy. Read the rest, Click here 11:40

Fishing for China: How Newfoundland crab travels a long way to land on Asian plates

In the international world of seafood exporting, you never know what may end up where. Seafood from Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, regularly ends up in cities like Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai. Before reaching its final destination, there can be other stops along the way. In November, I (Adam Walsh) had the opportunity to take a tour at one such stop. It was in a crab plant in Yantai, China. Crab processed at the plant was headed straight for the sushi restaurants of Tokyo … and also for pizza toppings. The video above shows what I saw. Includes 12 images Read the rest, click here  09:46

Editorial: ‘Monument’ plan dries up

It turns out there are limits to how far even the Obama administration will go to please the green lobby. The White House has opted not to designate an area of the Atlantic off Cape Ann as a national monument, which would have closed it to commercial fishing and activities such as oil or gas exploration or extraction — permanently. Gov. Charlie Baker last fall had written to President Obama of his objections to the pending national monument designation for Cashes Ledge and a second area known as the New England Canyons and Seamounts, largely because of the unilateral nature of the decision. Some members of the state’s congressional delegation had also raised concerns. Read the rest, Click here 09:14

Approved Seafood Imported Into The U.S. Is Often Raised On A Diet Of Pig Feces

Another reason to beware of the toxic ingredients in your food supply is upon us, this time involving the seafood that’s imported into the United States. Seafood has long been the subject of concern, from the radiation that’s lurking in fish affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, to the child slave labor that’s a part of the multi-billion dollar shrimp export industry. However, the latest news concerns the fact that much of the seafood eaten in the U.S. contains pig feces. That’s right, you just may be ingesting pig excrement with every forkful of tilapia. Lose your appetite yet? Read the article, Click here 08:32

Pew, Packard Foundations named in huge document leak called the “Panama Papers”

An unprecedented leak of more than 11 million documents, called the “Panama Papers“, has revealed the hidden financial dealings of some of the world’s wealthiest people, as well as 12 current and former world leaders and 128 more politicians and public officials around the world. More than 200,000 companies, foundations and trusts are contained in the leak of information which came from a little-known but powerful law firm based in Panama called , whose files include the offshore holdings of drug dealers, Mafia members, corrupt politicians and tax evaders – and wrongdoing galore. The law firm is one of the world’s top creators of shell companies, which can be legally used to hide the ownership of assets. The data includes emails, contracts, bank records, property deeds, passport copies and other sensitive information dating from 1977 to as recently as December 2015. Read the article here 07:59