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‘Wild West’: Controversy dogs Nova Scotia’s marine brokerage industry

A fisherman from Shelburne County says he will fight a lawsuit from a marine broker seeking a $38,000 commission on the sale of a boat and lobster licence. Donnie Roy, a lobster fisherman who lives near Lockeport, N.S., paid a commission to brokers in the sale of his lobster licence and vessel, Justified Expense. Now another marine brokerage, Novi Marine Brokers of Yarmouth, is suing Roy, demanding $38,000 in commissions because Roy had also signed a listing agreement with the company. The dispute raises questions about the unregulated marine brokerage industry in this province, which is involved in the sale of fishing boats and licences in the tens of millions of dollars every year in Nova Scotia.>click to read<10:35

Controversy over New England region’s cod population – Now fishermen spend more time avoiding cod than catching it

Three letters to the editor, one from from Jackie Odell, Executive director Northeast Seafood Coalition, Re “dwindling” cod population no fluke in Mass.” (Editorial, April 5): Small family-owned fishing businesses operating in New England rely upon sound science. In recent years, reports for stocks like Gulf of Maine cod have gone from being overly optimistic to overly pessimistic, seemingly overnight. This flip-flop has justifiably created doubt and suspicion among those who participate in the fishery.,, a joint letter from Reps Keating, Lynch, and Moulton, We represent the Commonwealth’s coastal communities and their hard-working fishermen and -women as well as the scientists working to better understand how the fishery is evolving. We share a common goal: understanding the science that can get us to a sustainable fishery.,, and Peter Dorfman. The cod, which used to be abundant and a staple of our economy, are now scarce and possibly on the verge of extinction. It is a genuine shame that the people responsible for this situation cannot bring themselves to accept what has long been scientifically established fact. Click here to read them, and check out the comments. 19:23

Sport Fishing Tournament Controversy: “White Marlin Open” says winner from Naples lied, broke rules

636076468425698649-636064189831828136-M3R-3849-1--1-Polygraph tests on the big winner of the White Marlin Open have determined the angler and crew members lied about following tournament rules, according to court documents filed on behalf of the tournament. Polygraphs administered  on behalf of the tournament determined that Philip Heasley and others crew members of the Kallianassa, which  was announced as having the winning white marlin at the close of the tournament, were “deceitful.” Heasley, of Naples, had brought in a 76.5-pound white marlin, the sole qualifying white marlin vying for the grand prize of $2.8 million. However, examination of catch logs by the tournament brought suspicion that Heasley and the crew of the Kallianassa had not followed the rules of the tournament, so officials withheld the prize money. Read the story here 13:18

Call for overhaul of fish catch limits in wake of Geelong Star factory trawler controversy

On Friday it was revealed that the head of an advisory group on fishing quotas resigned because of concerns that a fellow member of the group had an “unacceptable” conflict of interest. Documents supplied to the ABC show the former committee chair, scientist Kirsten Davies, wanted the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to reconsider who can sit on panels that advise on fishing quotas for the Geelong Star. Part owner of the trawler, Gerry Geen, was an industry representative on the advisory panel. Read the rest here  11:39

Changes in forage fish abundance alter Atlantic cod distribution, affect fishery success – What do you think?

Writing in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, researchers from NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) show how the fishermens’ observations and the assessment results could both be accurate. Read more here 17:41