Tag Archives: National Marine Fishery Service

Rare Hawaiian seal drowns at NOAA-funded fish farm site

An endangered Hawaiian monk seal has died after wandering into a net pen and becoming trapped at a fish farm that was partially funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii. Officials with NOAA said Thursday the death of the 10-year-old monk seal happened at Blue Ocean Mariculture, the same fish farm that NOAA’s National Marine Fishery Service has been using for research in conjunction with a plan to expand aquaculture into federal waters around the Pacific. Ann Garrett, the service’s assistant regional administrator for protected resources, confirmed the farm was the same one used for the NOAA-funded research, but could not comment further on the agency’s involvement. NOAA is working on a plan to expand aquaculture into federals waters despite concerns by some environmental groups who say the industrial-scale farms could do more harm than good to overall fish stocks and ocean health. continue reading the story here 08:16

Proposal For At Sea Observers Could Further Hurt U.S. Purse Seiner Fleet

obs_logo_lgA new fishery rule that the federal government is moving to implement is expected to deal another financial blow to the US purse seiner fleet, which is already faced with stiff competition from foreign vessels such as the Chinese fleet, who are subsidized by their government, China. US National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) has proposed a rule which would require Observers to be on board US purse seiners fishing in the western and central Pacific ocean (WCPO). The proposal was issued last week under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act. It is a three-pronged proposed rule, which includes a move to establish restrictions in 2016 and 2017 on the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) by U.S. purse seine vessels in the WCPO; and to establish limits in 2016 and 2017 on the amount of bigeye tuna that may be captured by U.S. longline vessels in the WCPO. Read the rest here 11:54

National Marine Fishery Service Reduces Common Pool Gulf of Maine Cod Limits to ZERO!

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Effective immediately, NOAA/ NMFS is reducing the Gulf of Maine cod possession and landing limits to zero for common pool vessels. This limit will be in place for the remainder of the fishing year, through April 30, 2016. Based on data reported through May 25, 44.5% of the common pool trimester Total Allowable Catch and 12% of the sub-Annual Catch Limit for Gulf of Maine cod has been caught. If we do not take action now,  Read the rest here 14:35

NEFMC fails to tackle cod problem – “We’re losing the rest of that value to protect one stock that is highly romanticized,”

g0002580000000000000bea0810c3a6cac2be28188b42d824fdbd10e7d9Josh Wiersma, who manages two New Hampshire fishing sectors with 14 fishing vessels, said fishermen get $100 million a year catching groundfish species like cod, haddock and flounders, but only $5 million of that comes from cod. His fishermen, he said, have been able to make a living catching other species like Pollock, redfish and hake. “We don’t think cod is more valuable, but apparently the council is willing to shut down everything we built,” he said. Read the rest here 09:50

Not all fishing quotas were cut – significant increase in herring quota allocation

Patricia Fiorelli, public affairs officer with the New England Fisheries Management Council, said they expect approval from the National Marine Fishery Service on the new quota as soon as possible and it will be implemented in 2013.
Fiorelli also said the Council last week officially decided to examine catch limits for the Atlantic Herring Fishery for river herring, which applies to Alewife and Blueback herring. “Because those species, which are managed, are in declining numbers, we will put some kind of limits on what can be taken by the Atlantic Herring Fishery,” she said. Read more here