Daily Archives: February 6, 2019

US, Canada agree on 2019 halibut harvest limits

American and Canadian halibut fishermen finally have an approved set of catch limits for the 2019 season. With the discord of its last annual meeting hanging in the air, the International Pacific Halibut Commission agreed on a set of total allowable catch limits for Pacific halibut in American and Canadian waters during its meeting from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. The overall catch limit of 38.61 million pounds is slightly up from the 2018 quota — about 1.4 million pounds more. That’s up from 29.9 million pounds in 2016 and from 31.4 million pounds in 2017.,,, >click to read<20:45

North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet February 4-10, 2019 at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon

February 2019 Council Meets in Portland, Oregon, UPDATE on impacts of the Federal Shutdown on the Council meeting. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet February 4-10, 2019 at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Agenda and Schedule (UPDATED 1/31) are available through the links, as well as a list of review documents and their associated posting dates. Listen online while the meeting is in session.20:06

RCMP looking for pair suspected of stealing $1K in lobster from boat in Lunenburg, N.S.

Nova Scotia RCMP are looking for two men suspected of stealing $1,000 worth of lobster from a boat in Lunenburg, N.S. According to police, two suspects entered a boat that was along the dock at a business on Jan. 26 between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. About 130 pounds of lobster was taken. >click to read<19:37

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 38′ Osmond Beal (H & H) Lobster, CAT 3306

Specifications, information and 13 photos >click here< To see all the boats in this series, >Click here<15:35

Pressure mounts for a seal harvest in B.C.

Pressure is mounting for a commercial seal harvest in British Columbia after the United States announced it will allow the killing of up to 920 sea lions a year in the Pacific North West to protect endangered wild fish stocks. The American lethal removal program, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump last month, for the first time allows American native tribes to kill sea lions that are threatening endangered salmon and steelhead runs to extinction. Government authorities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are already allowed to lethally ,,, >click to read<

Atlantic Lobster Board Moves Toward Reducing Rope In Effort To Save Right Whales

A consortium of Atlantic states fisheries managers is calling for broad changes to the gear lobstermen use, in an effort to reduce risks posed to the endangered North Atlantic right whale and to ward off potential federal action that could be even more challenging for the industry. At a meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council in Virginia, its lobster board voted unanimously to set in motion the process that could lead to major changes in the East Coast’s lobster industry. >click to read<12:43