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Senators and Congressmen – Problems that are facing the commercial fishermen today need your immediate attention

To whom it may Concern: I am retired fisherman out of Gloucester, MA. I would appreciate if our Senators, Congressmen and anyone in office would help us. I am listing some of the problems that are facing the commercial fishermen today and need your immediate attention and help. Most of these problems can only be resolved at the Federal Level. 1. The Magnusson Act needs to be updated.  The wording needs to be changed so that the Courts and NOAA will have to consider and accept other scientific data.2. The Saltonstall Kennedy (SK) Act. Enacted in 1954.,,, click here to read the letter  10:11

Letter: We must work together to preserve fishery, industry – Richard Beal, Gloucester

When I started fishing, everywhere you went you could see boats. They were of all types and sizes, domestic and foreign. There were no regulations. The only limitation on you was how hard you could physically work. It was a free-for-all, the Wild West revisited.  Now I go fishing days and often don’t see another commercial fishing boat. It’s been my generation of fishermen that has bridged the gap from what was to what is. From an unregulated, volume-based industry to one that is highly regulated and quality oriented. I believe there has been more changes in my lifetime than in all of the industries prior history. click here to read the letter 09:48

No silver bullet Mr. Bullard?

My response to Mr. Bullard. (A Message from John Bullard, Regional Administrator – There Is No Silver Bullet for Groundfish). Mr. Bullard attends many meetings, and as he said himself, it is his job. Also his job is to see that fish stocks rebuild, however if we are to believe NOAA scientific data our cod stocks and flounder are in the worst shape under his administration, even though he imposed tough regulations at the fisherman’s expense without any consideration of their welfare. Instead of coming up with a solution that fisherman and government can live with, he discourage us that are still left in the fishing industry. He does not offer any remedy  for those that are left. He says we need more monitoring, but at who’s cost? He says we need more law enforcement. I can not see where any of this can increase the ground fish stocks. Now, I am not blaming him alone and rather than blame the government or our fisherman, lets look for an economic plan to see our fisherman make a living and a plan to see fish stocks increase. I gave my plan to our local politicians, that being the need for a Fish Bill. Like the Farm Bill, and yes they listen to but no one has taken the ball home! After a while, I feel discouraged and want to throw in the towel, but then I think, that is the easy way out. I find myself reading Fisherynation, Seafood news etc., to see what else NOAA going to throw at us! Maybe Mr. Bullard does not see a Silver Bullet perhaps we can open his eyes. Thank You for your attention Sam Parisi, Gloucester, Mass. 09:00

Gloucester: As fleet shrinks, so has blessing ceremony

A fleet of pleasure boats blessed on a sunny Sunday afternoon replaced the fishing vessels that once lined Gloucester’s Outer Harbor during St. Peter’s Fiesta. “The fleet is a mere shadow of what it was 50, 60 years ago,” Gloucester native Mike Gilardi said. The Rev. Jim Achadinha, the pastor of the Catholic community of Gloucester and Rockport, and Bishop Mark O’Connell, the bishop of the North Region of the Archdiocese of Boston, blessed the fleets on Sunday at 3. The few remaining authentic fishing vessels of the Gloucester fleet didn’t come to Stacy Boulevard for the blessing and haven’t for years. Achadinha estimated the last time was 15 years ago. click here to read the story 08:48

Seafood supplier tries to make inroads with local eateries for Gloucester-landed fish

Frank Ragusa is making a point, leaning forward in his chair and punctuating each sentence by banging his hand on the conference table, producing thumps so loud they later sound like explosions on the recording of the conversation.  In between bursts of percussion, the chief executive officer and partner in Gloucester’s Finest Seafood makes the same impassioned point he has been making since he returned to Cape Ann two years ago from Seattle as the director of fresh seafood at Gloucester Seafood Processing. The point is this: The Gloucester story still plays in the farthest reaches of the nation. The saga of America’s oldest commercial fishing port, of slicker-clad, fishermen wrestling fresh marine life out of the cold waters of the Atlantic, still strikes a chord. Out there. click here to read the story 08:06

Safety training offered to fishermen next week in Gloucester

Fishing Partnership Support Services will conduct the last of its spring series of safety trainings for commercial fishermen next week in Gloucester. Safety and Survival at Sea is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station, 17 Harbor Loop, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free program will cover: · Man-overboard procedure· Firefighting and emergency communications · Flood and pump operations · Survival suits· Life raft deployment and boarding · Helicopter hoist procedures · Basic first aid For those fishermen who want to be certified as Drill Conductors, training will continue on Friday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the same facility. click here for more detail 13:41

Series of coral protection hearings planned for New England

Federal fishery managers will hold a host of public hearings in New England and New York about a plan to protect corals in key East Coast fishing areas. The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting seven public hearings about alternatives it is considering about the protection of corals in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The hearings will take place from May 22 to 25 in Montauk, Narragansett, New Bedford, Gloucester, Portsmouth, and Ellsworth. There will also be a web-based hearing on May 26. The fishery council says it wants to collect feedback from fishermen and other stakeholders about the coral protection Link 21:28

From Fisherman to scrap dealer – A Fisherman For Life, This Man Misses The Glouscester Fishing Industry

Sam Sanfilippo was once part of a booming cod fishing industry in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Today, government regulations put in place to maintain cod populations have forced many fishermen out of business. Watch the video, click here 07:59

An Interview with Captain Dave Marciano: Gloucester fishing comes into focus on new season of ‘Wicked Tuna’

The captains of Wicked Tuna, Nat Geo’s top-rated reality series, return for a sixth season Sunday, March 12 at 9 p.m. The cutthroat show about angling off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, pits captains and their boats against each other in a no-holds-barred search for the largest tuna. And that’s largest in terms of size and profits. Among the returning captains are Tyler McLaughlin of the Pinwheel, Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise, TJ Ott of the Hot Tuna, Paul Hebert of the Wicked Pissah and Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com. They might be friendly on land, but in the open, choppy waters, they are competitors with the final prize in mind. Recently, Hollywood Soapbox spoke with Marciano about the upcoming season and the bounty of fish that actually changed the angling for everyone. Answers have been edited for style and brevity. Read the interview here 14:02

Gloucester Lobsterman fined $10K for illegal landings in plea deal – Apology to ‘entire fleet’ delivered in courtroom

The Gloucester lobsterman accused of landing 183 illegal lobsters last November pleaded guilty to 20 of the counts, and was fined $10,000. All other charges against him were dismissed under a plea agreement announced Friday in Gloucester District Court. James A. Santapaola Jr., 40, of 16 Forest St., stood quietly before Judge Richard Mori, responding only with a “Yes, sir,” and “No, sir” when asked if he understood the impact of his guilty pleas and whether he had been coerced by anyone into making them. The pleas, fine and dismissals all came through joint recommendations negotiated by Santapaola’s lawyer, Liam O’Connell, assistant district attorney Aimee Conway, and Massachusetts Environmental Police, which had filed the charges at Capt. Joe & Sons Inc. on East Main Street last fall. While Santapaola did not speak, and left the courtroom without making any comment afterward, O’Connell read into the court record a letter in which his client said he was “humbled and humiliated” by the incident. Read the story and apology letter here 08:03

Fishing in Gloucester 2016: The year didn’t go swimmingly for industry

The past year in the commercial fishing industry and along the city’s waterfront has been one of battles, as the city’s legendary fishing industry has fought to remain viable in the midst of regulatory, economic and environmental pressures. Groundfishermen spent much of the year dueling with NOAA Fisheries over who should pay for mandated at-sea monitoring. And fishing advocates, led by the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition, continued their crusade questioning the quality of the science NOAA uses in its stock assessments.  Lobstermen, NOAA scientists and elected representatives such as U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, took on Sweden over the Scandinavian country’s attempt to convince the European Union to list American lobsters as an invasive species and ban their importation. Here’s a look at some of 2016’s premier stories: Read the story here 10:59

Down to the sea, as Gloucester remembers its own

manatthewheelWith the long line of American flags rippling above the crescent of Stacy Boulevard and the postcard of its harbor serving as the backdrop, Gloucester on Saturday once again wrapped its arms around those who went out to sea and never returned. The number of Gloucester fishermen who have perished harvesting seafood from the cauldron of the North Atlantic Ocean now reaches into the thousands — the most recent loss that of David “Heavy D” Sutherland last December during a rescue attempt after his boat, the Orin C, went down about 12 miles off Thacher Island. On Saturday evening, America’s oldest fishing community gathered to pay homage and remembrance to those who never returned to their hailing port from their last trip, with about 400 fishing friends and family circling the iconic Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial for the annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service. Read the story here 10:53

The abandoned Irish Piper did not go quietly. But go it did!

F/V Irish PiperThe 41-foot wooden boat, one of the more infamous vessels in Gloucester because of its previous owners’ penchant for abandoning it at various boat yards and dockages, had its own Irish wake Monday when the city cut up the boat at Rose Marine and disposed of it. The city had recovered the boat Saturday from about 37 feet of water in the southeast harbor where it sank Thursday. The Piper, however, did not give up all its secrets as it went to its final demise — most significantly, who legally owned the boat and abandoned it on the Gloucester Harbor mooring for nearly a month this summer.”That’s a little murky,” said Gloucester Harbormaster T.J. Ciarametaro on Monday afternoon.” All we know is some guy bought it at auction, but we haven’t been able to track down exactly who. We’ve got several possible names, but we’re not sure yet exactly who owned it, so I don’t want to start naming anybody without knowing for sure. Read the story here 08:21

Gloucester gets $151,000 seaport grant to exhibit its seafood locally, regionally and nationally

manatthewheelThe Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council has announced $5.15 million in grant awards,,, Gloucester’s grant of $151,000 is focused on sustaining and improving the 40 percent of the city’s economy that relies on fishing, processing, shore-side services, and related businesses. It will allow the city to exhibit its seafood locally, regionally and nationally, and will support a branding campaign for “Gloucester Fresh Seafood.” Funding will also help the Fishermen’s Wives Association to procure additional contracts for Gloucester’s seafood with restaurants and institutions. Read the rest here 16:16

Memories of a Highliner’s Son, by Big Tom Brancaleone

joseph and lucia III tom brancleoneMy family fished out of Gloucester on the Joseph & Lucia I, II and III, for over 50 years- as boat owners, captain and crew. They worked hard and were successful in their labors. They were known for being fair to their crews and had a propensity for fishing in bad weather. As a child I can remember the worried look on my mother’s face as our home on the Boulevard shook and the storm windows squealed and shuddered. The boat was out in yet another storm. Their hope was to be the only boat to market and to fetch a big price when they finally made it back to port,,, Read the rest here 11:11

Report: Gloucester landings down, but worth more – Haddock Skyrockets

manatthewheelThe value of those 2014 Gloucester landings, however, actually rose to $46 million in 2014 from $42 million the previous year. The report showed landings of Atlantic cod — which declined more than 50 percent in 2013 — rose about 4 percent, or 180,000 pounds, to 5.2 million pounds in 2014. About 4.3 million pounds, or about 83 percent, of that cod was landed at Massachusetts ports. But the value of cod landings — which fell 52.8 percent in 2013 to $10.5 million — declined another 11 percent to $9.4 million in 2014. Haddock was a far different story than cod,,, Read the rest here 08:23

Past The Breakwater – full documentary

Common sense and disaster relief – Paul Cohan, Gloucester

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The most important consideration in the now-contentious discussion of disaster relief distribution is the definition of the term “disaster” and its respective impacts upon the individuals affected. If a tornado were to touch down in a community and wreak such havoc for that community that a disaster declaration was warranted, relief would be distributed proportionately to the damage incurred. The guy who lost his whole house would be entitled to receive more assistance than the guy who had a few windows blown out. That only makes sense. So why are we having such a difficult time with what should be a pretty straightforward issue? Read the rest here 08:41

Good Morning, John – An open letter to John Bullard, Dave Sullivan, Gloucester

130307_GT_ABO_BULLARD_1To NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard: As a fellow MIT alumnus, I am baffled at your stubborn adherence to a fish monitoring plan that the most cursory analysis shows is not only unsustainable, but will simply not provide the data you say you need to understand New England fish populations. Unfortunately, you have painted yourself into a corner by making enemies of the most valuable source of information on New England fish — the fishermen themselves: You have branded them as biased liars whose reports cannot be trusted — hence the need for “monitors.” Read the rest here  07:11

How Gloucester won lion’s share of fishing aid

cashAll things considered, it could not have gone much better. The small working group assembled by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken in February was tasked with helping identify and contact city waterfront businesses that might be eligible to receive some of the $750,000 in federal funds set aside to help Massachusetts shoreside businesses damaged by the ongoing groundfish disaster. The committee identified 15 Gloucester businesses willing to go through the application process. By comparison, consider . The historic whaling city on the state’s southeast coast — and now, thanks to its burgeoning scallop fleet, the state’s most lucrative port — had 10 of its shoreside businesses collectively receive $246,430. Read the rest here 08:21

Rockport native filming an industry under seige – “Dead in the Water”

filming industry under seige paul vitaleAs a kid growing up in Rockport, David Wittkower remembers driving down along the Gloucester waterfront and being greeted by the sight of the expansive Gloucester fishing fleet at port and the scent of fish, either being cooked or unloaded. That memory stayed with the 55-year-old filmmaker when he returned to visit his parents, Andrew and Mary, about a year-and-a-half ago, especially after what he observed in subsequent nostalgic drives along East Main and Rogers streets. “Every single day, I would drive down there and think, ‘Well, the entire fleet can’t all be out at once,’” Wittkower said. “I thought, ‘Where are all the boats?’” Read the rest here 11:59

Gloucester rowers host Canadians for Saturday’s International Dory Races

Gloucester’s best dory rowers will be looking to buck the trend during Saturday’s 63rd Annual International Dory Races at the Jodrey State Fish Pier (10 a.m.). Five Gloucester tandems, representing the USA, will square off with five tandems from the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia area for the International Dory Racing crown, a title that the rowers from Canada have taken in each of the last two years. Canada’s victory in 2013 ended nearly a decade of Gloucester’s dominance in the races. Read the rest here 08:25

Letter: Fishing industry must unite – Paul Cohan, Gloucester

manatthewheelIn response to the Yankee Fleet article (“Cod restrictions hit charter fleet,” May 25): I think there’s a lesson to be learned from this crash. That being that we all either swim or sink together. We can no longer afford the self-destructive luxury of sniping at each other — commercial vs. recreational, big vs. little, hook vs. net, inshore vs. offshore. NOAA and its masters intentionally employ divisive regulatory tactics in order to prevent us from presenting a united front, which is essential to our survival as a viable industry.  Read the rest here  10:33

Underutilized fish can be overfished too – Sam Parisi, Gloucester

manatthewheelI keep hearing of the need to find markets to develop underutilized species, and it could help. The problem I have is every time we do this, all of a sudden these species are overfished. I blame NOAA for this because instead of putting a quota on these species they let the fishermen catch all they want. This is what happened to dogfish — there there was no quota and in no time, they were over fished.  Read the rest here 14:25

Fixing the fleet in time – New exhibition “When The Fish Came First,” which opens May 28

When Nubar Alexanian started visiting Gloucester in 1971 as a young man of 21, the harbor bustled with fishing vessels that hauled in millions of pounds a fish a day. He captured the hive of activity among the Gloucester-based fleet from onshore and on extended trips offshore. The Worcester-born photographer soon made the nation’s oldest seaport his home, immersing himself into the cornucopia of Gloucester life and landscape. Read the rest here 08:02

An open letter to NOAA, Sam Frontiero, Gloucester

manatthewheelWell, John Bullard, you have put the final nail in the fisherman’s coffin and you must be proud. You have taken away the livelihood of the fisherman and the thousands of related jobs to the industry. You must be proud. You have hurt our young people’s chances for an education with your junk science, people paying their mortgages and so much more. You must be proud. I’ve always said along with power comes corruption and NOAA has shown that now and in the past. Read the rest here  10:30

Fishing Partnership Support Services: Gloucester Safety and Survival training, May 7, Drill Conductor training May 8

training-day-adlobSafety Training Location: Coast Guard Station Gloucester – 17 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA, 01930 Time: 07:30am – 03:30pm Pre-registration for the training program is recommended. For more information or to register Click here  Gloucester Drill Conductor training Same as above. Time: 08:00am – 04:00pm For more information or to register Click here   19:43

NOAA and Mr.Bullard have too much power over our industry – Sam Parisi, Gloucester

manatthewheelAs a former fisherman from Gloucester, Massachusetts, I have never seen our industry in such bad shape as it is today. I feel NOAA and Mr.Bullard have too much power over our industry, and since Mr. Bullard has taken over we are not better off, in fact we are worse off. In spite of all the regulations imposed by NOAA, our groundfish stocks have not recovered, that is if you believe NOAA data, which is widely disputed. Read the rest here 10:23

Gloucester featured in fishing documentary in the works – “Fish & Men”

The filmmakers estimate they have interviewed more than 45 people, including many familiar Gloucester players like NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard, Angela Sanfilippo of the Fishermen’s Wives Association, Jackie Odell of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, former Mayor Carolyn Kirk and fishermen Richard Sherman, Richard Burgess, Ron Gilson and others. “We feel like we’ve covered the gamut,” Duffin said. Read the rest here 10:56

NOAA science attacked at forum

130307_GT_ABO_BULLARD_1As expected, Friday’s public hearing on the state of the region’s commercial fishing industry wasn’t exactly laden with magic solutions for reversing the fortunes of the beleaguered industry. Bullard largely defended NOAA’s ability to assemble the best available science,,,But when Fisheries Commission member Al Cottone,  asked him if he felt confident that he was receiving the best available science to serve as the basis for his policy decisions, Bullard conceded that it’s not perfect. “There’s always uncertainty with the science,” Bullard said. “But the science coming out of Woods Hole is really good science.” Read the rest here 09:02