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Where Is America’s Next War? Alaska. And the enemy is not who you’d expect.

It’s war in the Gulf and the US Navy is on hand to protect us. No, not that Gulf! I’m talking about the Gulf of Alaska and it’s actually mock war — if, that is, you don’t happen to be a fin whale or a wild salmon. This May, the Navy will again sail its warships into the Gulf of Alaska.  There, they will engage in military maneuvers and possibly drop bombs, launch torpedoes and missiles, and engage in activities that stand a significant chance of poisoning those once-pristine waters, while it prepares for future battles elsewhere on the planet.  Think of it as a war against wildlife, an assault on the environment and local coastal communities. click here to continue reading the article 11:57

Fishing industry rattled as white spot disease breaks barriers

It was the outbreak they were expecting, but hoping would never come to pass. Concern and uncertainty seem to the prevailing moods amongst the Queensland commercial fishing industry, reeling from this week’s news that white spot disease had broken it’s containment in the Logan River and been detected in Moreton Bay. There’s also considerable frustration amongst members of the Queensland Seafood Industry Association (QSIA), many of whom predicted the outbreak was a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’. “It definitely hasn’t been a good week for us,” says QSIA’s CEO Eric Perez. “There’s certainly a lot of concern about the impact this will have on the industry here, as well as the knock-on effects this will have on the wider community.” There appears to be no immediate threat to fisheries in the Gympie and Cooloola Cove regions, but tests are ongoing just to determine how far the disease has spread. continue reading the story here 11:16

Waldoboro Selectman Emphasizes Importance of Jobs, Commercial Fishing Industry in Run for House

Abden Simmons (Alexander Violo photo)Waldoboro selectman is hoping to parlay his time at the municipal level of government into a role in the Maine State Legislature. Abden Simmons, R-Waldoboro, is looking to represent House District 91, which includes Friendship, part of Union, and Washington in addition to Waldoboro. Simmons, who was elected to the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen in June 2015, said  he believes the Legislature needs to create favorable conditions for businesses, which, in turn, will lead to job creation. Another big part of Simmons’ focus is the commercial fishing industry. He believes the commercial fishing industry is an integral part of the state’s economy that deserves to be defended in the Legislature. “I want to make sure commercial fishing doesn’t get interfered with any more than it already is,” Simmons said. Simmons is the executive director of the Maine Elver Fisherman Association, and has spent time on the state’s shellfish advisory council, in addition to taking part in the governor’s task force on the invasive European green crab. Read the story here 16:36

Tips on how to get a job in the Alaska fishing business

Workers stack Sockeye salmon filets after being vacuum packed to be frozen at the Alitak Cannery in Alitak, AlaskaWork in the Alaska commercial fishing industry is a great way to save up a lot of money in a short amount of time. After the fishing season many employees use the time and money that they now have for college, to buy property, to start a new business, or to travel the world. The industry employs over 65,000 people every year, so there is plenty of room for newcomers to get a job. Work hours generally range from 12 to 16 hours a day, up to seven days a week. Typically processors make $750 to $1,500 a week. Fishermen earn around $1,000 to $2,500 a week (and sometimes more!). Besides the pay, many employers in the industry also offer free room and board and free round-trip airfare from the point of hire (usually Seattle, WA) to Alaska. Processing jobs are the easiest to get. Read the rest here 14:35

Catch Shares: Commercial fishers on Far South Coast want action on restructure

aust catch shares 2The restructure of the NSW commercial fishing industry is reaching an important milestone with companies and individuals having until tomorrow to decide on whether they take a $20,000 buy-out to exit the industry. NSW Labor called on the State Primary Industries Minister to suspend the restructure process until more information is on the table to assist fishers in making the right decision for themselves, their families, and for the sustainability of the industry in general. But Bermagui Fishermen’s Cooperative managing director Rocky Lagana was of the opposite view and said the three-year restructure process needed to reach a conclusion to afford those who wanted to remain some certainty. Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch however called it policy-on-the-run and said a hastily cobbled together Ministerial  press release the day after Labor’s call for a suspension made a few concessions without addressing the real concerns – which are the need for more information, more time and the need to hit the pause button. Read the story here 10:26

Fishermen-heavy crowd shows frustration with catch rules, monitoring costs at RI forum

AR-160419607A forum on the sustainability of the commercial fishing industry revealed significant frustration in a fisherman-heavy crowd and a few suggestions for future changes, but little tangible optimism, Thursday night at Rhode Island College. “Right now, there are more fish in the Atlantic Ocean than there was 20 or 30 years ago — we are just not allowed to catch them anymore,” said fisherman Mark Phillips, a New York native who has fished out of New Bedford for several decades. Phillips and New Hampshire fisherman David Goethel, who sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in December over catch monitoring costs, were the two fishermen on the forum’s six-person panel. Read the story here 05:53

Advocates Hope Seafood Marketing Campaign Will Net More Business for Local Fishing Industry

It took something terrible to turn Santa Barbara business advocates onto the idea of doing some good for the local commercial fishing industry. That awful thing — the May 2015 oil pipeline leak near Refugio State Beach — scared customers of all sorts away from seafood caught locally, crippling some fishing operations long after officials said the fare was safe to eat. Around that time, the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce realized it could do a better job serving fishermen by coming up with a collective campaign to brand local catch sold outside the area. Read the rest here 07:34

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Dealings Criticized

A $1,000 check issued last month to Stuart Vorpahl, an East Hampton bayman, from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as reimbursement for the 1998 seizure of fluke and lobsters from his boat was closely followed by a report from the state’s inspector general’s office critical of several of the D.E.C.’s enforcement practices as they relate to the commercial fishing industry. But the report itself is also coming under fire, both for its substance and for the lengthy delay in its issuance. Read the rest here 10:08

No legal barrier to South Australia’s fur seal cull in Coorong and Lower Lakes

south australia fur sealTens of thousands of long-nosed fur seals have taken to the lower stretches of the River Murray, causing problems for the local commercial fishing industry. I certainly think we need to proceed with a sustainable harvest,” Mr Pasin said. “These seals are wreaking havoc in the lakes and Coorong, they’re decimating the ecology, harming the industry and impacting on the culture of the Ngarrindjeri people.” Authorities have estimated there are as many as 100,000 fur seals in South Australian waters, reducing the fishing catch in the Lower Lakes and Coorong by 70 per cent. Read the rest here 19:51

Proposal to Protect Deepwater Habitat and Cashes Ledge, Divides Room

deep-sea canyons and underwater mountains off the New England coastThe commercial fishing industry noted that the area under consideration isn’t even entirely clear. The meeting’s agenda listed three canyons — Oceanographer, Gilbert and Lydonia — and the four seamounts south of them, but NOAA officials admitted the area in consideration could change. In fact, the two other canyons in the area — Nygren and Heezen — were mentioned, and plenty of speakers, both for and against monument designation, brought up Cashes Ledge, north of the area that was the meeting’s planned topic of discussion. Read the rest here 18:30

Commercial fishing industry reeling from mental health crisis

Led by Deakin University maritime anthropologist, Dr Tanya King, the report ‘A Different Kettle of Fish: Mental health strategies for Australian fishers and farmers’ reveals a community under stress and struggling under the weight of government policy around fishing licences. “This would allow the specific issues facing the fishing industry to be addressed, rather than assuming that policies good for farmers will necessarily work for fishers. “It’s not just people’s livelihoods, or even consumer access to fresh, sustainable local seafood – people’s lives are on the line,” she said. Read the rest here 08:16

Extremism and Zealotry – A threat to the Commercial Fishing Industry

WA’s most senior fisheries scientist has lamented the growing disconnect between consumers and the fishing industry, saying demands that it have no effect on the environment are becoming unrealistic. Rick Fletcher, executive director of research at the Fisheries Department, said sensibilities increasingly dictated the way Australian fisheries were managed and something would “eventually have to give”. Citing Australia’s zero-tolerance to the incidental catch of species such as dolphins — some of which are protected but not endangered,,, Read the rest here 15:15

Study to focus on fishing port of Belford, North Middletown

“We’re going to explore options, meet with people in the community, the various property owners and fishermen, and try to develop a vision for the future.” While the area has a rich maritime history connected to the commercial fishing industry, many of the third- and fourth-generation fishermen have been struggling in recent years to compete with the larger port areas in New York or Cape May. “Whatever we do here, we don’t want to lose the fishing industry — we want to preserve it,” Mercantante said. Read the rest here 08:07:42

NY Legislation to Create A Commercial Fishing Advocate and Commercial Fishing Economic Development Program passes

Caitlin +MaireadSenator LaValle said, “The commercial fishing industry is part of the fabric of the East End of Long Island.  It’s essential that we ensure that the industry is adequately represented before state agencies and is provided the proper tools to thrive.  By creating an advocate, fisherman will have a strong voice to assist in the promotion of the industry, and will be part of state economic development plans.” The commercial fishing industry in New York State consists mainly of small or family businesses. (photo,John Derrico)  Read the rest here 13:51

New Jersey Seismic-testing debate continues amid NOAA/NMFS approvals

A research project green-lighted to begin off the New Jersey coast this summer is the source of concern for legislators and environmentalists who see the project’s use of seismic testing as a potential threat to marine life and the commercial fishing industry. “It was a bad idea for the NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] to allow for seismic testing off the Jersey Shore last year, and it’s a bad idea this year,” Read the rest here 07:31

Video: High winds hurting commercial fishing industry on the Grand Strand

crying fisherman scMURRELLS INLET, S.C, The commercial fishing industry is how Reese Hair has been making a living for more than 30 years. Tuesday afternoon, he was at the dock because 15 foot waves were keeping him from doing his job on the ocean. Mershon said the big problem is while commercial fisherman in the Inlet are stuck on the docks, other fisherman from North Carolina to the Florida Keys may be catching the quota in calmer conditions. Read the rest here  10:28

BARNEGAT LIGHT – Commercial fishermen ready for 2015 whatever comes

The fishing party boats like the Doris Mae, about to get out of the business. (See story by Dan Radel in this issue) are not the only ones to be affected by changes in fishing regulations. The commercial fishing fleet — with the really big boats, has been operating out of Barnegat Light for more than 175 years. “Our commercial fishing industry has. Without it, our businesses like the bars, gas stations, restaurants, and deli would not be able to stay open all year.” Read the rest here 12:45

Fish Distribution: Warmer waters shake up Shore fishing

“Marine fish are very sensitive to a change in temperature — they can only survive in a narrow range, so they are seeking out cooler waters toward the poles and deeper in the ocean,” he said. “And deeper generally means farther from shore.” As the species shift north, fishing industries are hampered in making adjustments because federal fishing quotas that determine how much of each species can be caught are based on decades-old data. “The regulations are based on the idea that fish distributions are static. Read the rest here 11:06

Jim Talbot left ‘huge legacy’ in Bellingham, but his biggest deal was with Soviets

A prominent Seattle resident who had a profound impact on the Bellingham community is also being remembered for his role in the regional commercial fishing industry. jim talbotIt was a prickly time for the West Coast fishing industry, as U.S. Sen. Warren Magnuson was proposing legislation to establish a 200-mile “exclusive economic zone” for U.S. waters that would become a part of the Magnuson Act in 1976. Read the rest here 17:03

San Mateo County Harbor District defends itself: Board of Commissioners responds to civil grand jury report calling for dissolution

The district has come under strict public scrutiny after a stack of uncashed rent checks surfaced, commercial fishing industry representatives claims that they’re misrepresented and commissioners slinging insults in public forums.  Read more here  10:51

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) proposed revisions to its regulations for commercial fishing vessels carrying flammable or combustible liquid cargos in bulk.

uscg logoThe proposed revisions would reflect a 1984 statutory change that eliminated fishery-specific and geographical limitations on a statutory exemption that, effectively, permits certain commercial fishing vessels to carry and dispense flammable and combustible material including petroleum products. The proposed revision would additionally simplify regulatory text. The USCG said it does not expect the proposed rule to result in any economic impact on industry. ( yeah, ok) 13:26

As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

— Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. Read more here 12:56

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/07/20/5263283/as-numbers-of-gray-seals-rise.html?sp=/99/102#storylink=cpy

Rise in human trafficking impacts Hawaii – Oahu farms, Commercial fishing industry, Child Prostitution

shameThe State Department report said forced labor on inland, coastal and deep sea fishing vessels is growing. Bryant Carvahlo, a former federal investigator with the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the Hawaii commercial fishing industry is rife with the exploitation of illegal aliens. Read more here 08:06

UPDATED: Court Rules Seismic Blasting off Ocean County Can Move Forward

The state’s commercial fishing industry, boating industry and environmentalists all strongly came out against the seismic blast testing, which will involve air gun blasts 11,500 feet underground that will reach sounds of 250 or more decibels and occur every five seconds, 24 hours a day, for a month. Read more here  18:00

Millennium Marine launches boat building business in Maine

Cory Guimond, owner of , says his new operation in the United States will help his company navigate through American red tape. Guimond has just set up business in a long-vacant linen factory in Eastport, Maine where commercial fishing vessels are the mainstay of his operation. Read more here  09:28

Scallops giving New Bedford fishermen a welcome break – Lucrative shellfish lift fishermen — and the port they call home

131125newbedford0427_rNEW BEDFORD Gail Isaksen remembers when the commercial fishing industry in New Bedford Harbor collapsed in the mid-1980s: Cash-strapped boat owners scrimped on maintenance, borrowed to buy supplies they couldn’t afford, only to see their livelihoods destroyed. “I have a list of guys who still owe me money,” said Isaksen, 68, the owner of Fairhaven Shipyard. “I’m not getting paid. They’re not coming back.” Today, though, Isaksen’s shipyard is busy again with customers who can afford to pay: scallop fishermen. [email protected]  10:21

This one should be bookmarked to your favorites! – Inthetote – … an online archive of fisherpoetry, story and song

These are the writings, musings, song lyrics and tales tall and small of the commercial fishing industry and the life and adventures that float within it. I’ve listened to a few cuts this evening, and they have been extraordinary. Bookmark this and enjoy the talent!  http://www.inthetote.com/index.html 22:41

“Thanks for all the fish” series – Part II – Fishy business – What, you didn’t know this city was built on cod?

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Seattle’s economy was based on natural resources and the processing of them. Timber from the region’s vast forests was turned into lumber.  Wheat and produce were milled and canned for consumption elsewhere. Coal from places with names like Black Diamond fueled industry and was exported to other areas. Fish from Alaska was processed in the canneries that lined the waterfront. [email protected]  Part1:  Thanks for all the fish 10:23

Proof that people don’t understand the food production sector. Mr. Hill from the Watershed Watch proves it. Video

The commercial fishing industry has long claimed it strives to ensure salmon that can’t be legally kept are released alive and well. But a video shot for a conservation group in British Columbia shows seine boat crews kicking salmon across decks, or waiting for fish to stop moving before picking them up and throwing them overboard. [email protected]

California shark fin ban heads to appeals court with federal backing for reversal

The brief late last month states that California’s new law “obstructs the use of fishery resources lawfully obtained in federal waters.” Federal acts, including the Shark Finning Prohibition Act in 2000 and Shark Conservation Act  in 2010, sought to protect the endangered species without sinking the commercial fishing industry. [email protected]