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‘Just one more nail in the coffin,’ Fishermen react to Vineyard Wind announcement

Ed Anthen-Washburn, the Director of The New Bedford Port Authority, received a constant stream of calls Wednesday afternoon after the announcements of offshore winf contracts.,,,”I think its fair to say to say the general reaction in the fishing industry is shock,” Anthes-Washburn said.,, The Vineyard Wind award for the power purchase agreement with Massachusetts was the worst-case scenario for Rhode Island commercial fishing vessels, for all squid vessels and really for the worlds calamari supply,” said Meghan Lapp, a fisheries liason for Seafreeze Ltd, which owns vessels that harvest squid, mackerel, butterfish, and herring. Lapp said Rhode Island lands more squid than the rest of the East Coast combined. >click to read< 00:08

Mackerel fishery closed unexpectedly, leaving some P.E.I. fishermen without enough bait

2010-08-10-10-42-52-mackerelAtlantic Canada’s commercial inshore mackerel fishery closed early for the first time in the fishery’s history, and some Island fishermen don’t have enough bait.  The chair responsible for mackerel with the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, Chuck White, was shocked when he got the news. “Wow, it’s never been closed before,” said White.  He said it’s leaving some fishermen in a tight spot. At least half the fishermen he has spoken with in Eastern P.E.I. don’t have enough bait for next year’s lobster season.  “There’s some guys saying they still need some bait, and if the fishery’s closed, not to be reopened, then they’re going to be looking at buying it come spring.” White said it’s much cheaper for fishermen to fish the bait themselves and freeze it over the winter, something many of them do in November. More than 1,200 P.E.I. fishermen catch mackerel commercially. Read the story here 09:24

Just Now!! The first loads of Mackerel are being unloaded in New Bedford!

enterprise unloading at norpelThe first loads of Mackerel are being unloaded in New Bedford by the Midwater pair Enterprise and Retriever. The fish are rumored to be high quality and should provide a nice bit of money for crews whose livelyhood has been beleaguered by increasingly difficult regulation and closures. With the recent bit of bad weather subsiding expect most midwater vessels to depart for sea in search of some holiday cheer after a very poor herring year. 07:43

Final Rule Available for Amendment 14 to Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan

nmfs_logoToday at the recommendation of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, NOAA Fisheries is approving a number of revisions to the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fishery management plan to improve catch monitoring and reduce river herring and shad bycatch through Amendment 14.  Click here to read the final rule. 17:34

Announcement of the notice of availability for Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan

John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office  Click here to see the Notice – Comments must be received by October 11, 2013 – You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2013-0128, by any of the following methods: Info here

Something to crab about – Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Ltd.,

B97185853Z_120130524172432000GL131UKF_11Chronical Herald- Not that anyone else in Neils Harbour is putting on airs either, but Osborne Burke doesn’t at first have the look of a man in charge of an empire. He gets around in a pickup that does not gleam; his office is in a former elementary school, a building shared with a Pharmasave. But Burke, the manager of Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Ltd., runs an operation that last year had sales of more than $18 million. No wonder everyone around here knows him. continued

More Oceana! Lower fishing limits rejected by SF judge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge has rebuffed an environmental group’s request to require the government to lower its catch limits on sardines, mackerel and other fish off the California coast. continued

Belfast Maine fish company to double production, add 40-50 workers

BELFAST, Maine — At Ducktrap River of Maine, the smokers — and employees — are working six days a week to meet the ever-increasing demand for products such as smoked Atlantic salmon, trout and mackerel, but still can’t keep up. continued