Monthly Archives: September 2012

Stonington, Conn.’s F/V Anne Kathryn Gets a Little Paint ‘n Powder! Fernando says, “You Look Marvelous Darling”

F/V Anne Kathryn gets a retro fit and a paint job. She’s ready to go!

This NOPC corporate shill is using the old eco-champion marketing strategy – and its working! Still!

This NOPC corporate shill is using the old eco-champion marketing strategy in order to privatize and industrialize the public trust ocean.

NOPC, BOEM, NWF, are immorally using the ploy of promising much needed clean energy to allay global warming,

while actually doing the bidding of an historically corrupt wind (and ultimately oil) industry.

Notice especially in the forwarded NOPC email flyer below the section entitled: ENGO Report Includes National Ocean Policy-Related Recommendation

Paul Cohan – F/V Sasquatch Shift of fishing closure gives hope

To the editor:

Hats off to John Bullard and the Northeast Seafood Coalition (“NOAA backs off gillnet closure,” Page 1, Gloucester Daily Times, Sept. 27).

How is it that the coalition, with far fewer resources and access to data, devised an acceptable alternative that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grudgingly accepted with less than 96 hours to go before the closure went into effect?

How the world’s oceans could be running out of fish – BBC

Global fish stocks are exploited or depleted to such an extent that without urgent measures we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans.  It has been some time since most humans lived as hunter-gatherers – with one important exception. Fish are the last wild animal that we hunt in large numbers. And yet, we may be the last generation to do so.

Three of these articles this week! The catch share whores are working overtime!

Watch Out! Here They Come. Nor’easter Men from the History Channel – Oct 4 – 9pm


OCT 4 | 9, 10, & 11PM!
From the quaint and rough-and-tumble seaside towns of Gloucester, MA and Portland, ME, come the daring men who toil at the nation’s deadliest trade – ground fishing.  They man the boats in America’s oldest working towns in search of adventure, for a chance to trade their sweat and toil for a small fortune. Young dockhands deckhands clamber to keep up the grueling pace of back-to-back 40-hour shifts, hoping to earn the respect of the rest of the crew, while seasoned veterans do their best to pass down enough wisdom and wits to keep these new recruits alive, and everyone else.

Socio Economic Studies and the Piss Poor Science of Fishery Mismanagement.

Listening to the NEFMC meeting over the past three days, I’ve noticed some blatant flaws of connectivity on a number of issues. Where to begin? Thats as confusing as the information was.

I’m just going to ramble my way into it with something that has me scratching my thin haired head. The socio economic information issue. NOAA has decided that there must be a socio economic study, and they apparently decided the survey was important, but not so much important enough to include the fishermen. For clarity, I will be using that term for the guys that actually go to sea

Vessel replacement, Steller sea lions and crab on menu. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets Oct. 3-9 in Anchorage

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which meets Oct. 3-9 in  Anchorage, is poised to act on a vessel replacement plan, as well as discuss  Steller sea lions and the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands crab and groundfish  fisheries. Halibut management and observation will also be on the table.

The council is slated for final action on a vessel replacement program for  freezer longline licenses authorized for Pacific cod in the Bering Sea and  Aleutian Islands.

Read more:

World fish supply declining, but there’s hope for recovery Part II. (I wonder where this will pop up next?!)

WASHINGTON — A group of leading ocean scientists took a look at previously unstudied fisheries across the world and found grim news: declining stocks and poor fishery management threaten their future.

But there’s also promise, it says. Well-managed fisheries that have seen copious scientific study, such as the valuable pollock fishery in Alaska, can serve as a model for developing nations where fish is a vital source of protein for their growing populations. Even collapsed fisheries can recover, said Christopher Costello, one of the lead authors of the study published this week in the journal Science.

More Pew Drivel – Global fisheries are declining but can still recover, study says. By Juliet Eilperin.

The vast majority of the world’s fisheries are declining but could recover if properly managed, according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science.  The statistical analysis marks the first time researchers have assessed the globe’s roughly 10,000 fishing areas, more than 80 percent of which are unregulated. The group of five American scientists who wrote the paper found that small unmanaged fisheries were in much worse shape than regulated ones. Large unmanaged fisheries, on the other hand, performed roughly as well as their regulated counterparts.

Take a guess at who the five American scientists are!!! And where’s the study? Click the links at the Sales pitc,,,,,,,,,article.

NEFMC Considers New Rules That Could Allow Fishing in the NE Groundfish Closed Areas

PLYMOUTH, Mass. – Sept 27,  The New England Fishery Management Council today took a step in the process to approve measures that could allow groundfish fishermen to harvest healthy stocks of fish

from areas that have been closed to this fishery for decades.
Explicitly, the 18-member Council voted unanimously to support further analysis of a measure that calls for groundfish sectors, a type of harvesting cooperative established in 2010, to request exemptions from the longstanding prohibition on fishing in three year-round groundfish closed areas on a limited basis. These restrictions provide that:

The HSUS Criticizes Federal Agency’s Decision to Delay Protecting Porpoises in Atlantic Waters

The National Marine Fisheries Service is legally responsible under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to protect harbor porpoises,” said Sharon Young, marine issues field director for The HSUS. “The agency’s step back from its own regulations and retreat from a compromise plan between the commercial fishing industry and environmental groups may lead to a larger number of porpoise deaths this fall.”

You must’ve missed this, Sharon. Have you heard about the slaughter that lies ahead for all those marine mammals we’ve been saving? Hmmm?


NEFMC Meeting – Plymouth, Ma Sept. 25 – 27, 2012 Audio Tapes

AUDIO: NEFMC’s Sept. 26 Meeting Reviews Assessments for Yellowtail, Scallops and Herring

Listen  to the public’s comments regarding the SSC’s report on ABC recommendations for herring stocks for fishing years 2013 through 2015. Peter Mullen asks a very important question, and the answer should raise eyebrows. He kicks it off, and the ENGOs throw in their two cents. They keep saying, “they think”. Do they?

Listen  to the public’s comments on the overview of SAW/SARC 54. This public comment period includes input from the Mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Jon Mitchell.This is a great tape, and the common sense of  Owen Rochford, Norpel can be found at 25:30 if you slide the button with your cursor.

Plenty of audio, plenty of examples of a broken management system, exacerbated by piss poor science, and special interest groups. Plenty of fun for the whole family.

Long-closed fishing areas may be reopened

PLYMOUTH — New England fishery managers have agreed to consider allowing fishermen back into areas that have been closed to them for decades. Such a move would give fishermen more access to healthy fish stocks and boost their businesses next year, when they face cuts in their catch so severe that it threatens the industry. The unanimous vote Thursday at a meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council came amid concerns about the environmental effects of reopening the three closed areas, located in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The year-round closures are intended to protect species of bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as cod, haddock and flounder. Some environmental groups vowed to vigorously oppose any re-openings. The council will consider giving final approval to measures to reopen the closed areas during its November meeting.

The environ kooks are pissed! Peter Shelly threatened a lawsuit! The rest of them chimed right in! National Standard 8, fellas.

EDF actually approves! Is this the beginning of an eco nut civil war? Getting my can of combustible fuel and bellows ready!

Deepwater canyons off northeast US coast harbour coral hotspots

More than 70 deepwater canyons, ranging in depth from 100m to more than 3,500m, exist along the Northeast US continental shelf and slope. Few are well studied.

National Fisheries Institute – Top Ten List, a Familiar School of Fish

10 Most Popular Make up More than 90% of the Fish Eaten

Washington, DC – September 24, 2012  –  From Canned Tuna to Cod the top ten most consumed seafood items by Americans are a very familiar group that feeds a growing market.

The federal government recently reported that the overall seafood volume was 4,650,000,000 pounds.  The data also showed American seafood companies exported a record 3.3 billion pounds valued at $5.4 billion.

Scientists surprised at bluefin tuna recovery in the past six years

A preliminary report issued by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) highlights the recovery achieved by the bluefin tuna in the past six years, a fact that seems to surprise scientists.

Maine Shrimpers Face Big Changes Under Upcoming Regulations

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has scheduled three meetings in Maine next week to take comments on a proposed amendment, known as “Draft Addendum 1,” to the current Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Northern shrimp.

Sheldon commits to fight for local fishermen’s livelihoods

Count me in the Sheldon camp for the coming election (Mass 9th Congressional District= South Shore/Cape Cod).

His opponent, incumbent Bill Keating hasn’t done a thing to help the fishermen that are being hammered by big government over-regulation!

Sheldon in 9th promises attention to New Bedford |

He won’t forget our fishing industry either, and will carry on the work of Barney Frank and Sen. Scott Brown not to see our local fishermen’s livelihoods strangled by NOAA. In fact, Sheldon feels so committed to this that he promised recently on a WBSM talk show to put his main district office in New Bedford.

The New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival…September 29 & 30, 2012 Free Admission – Free Parking

Everybody’s Happy About the Harbor Porpoise Decision! Well, Except the Enviros. Here’s a bunch of link’s!

Senator Kerry Welcomes Changes to Gillnet Fishery Closure

New Bedford fishermen hail feds’ change of heart on porpoise closure

Northeast Seafood Coalition thanks NOAA for “win-win” decision on Harbor Porpoise Closure


Unalaska – America’s Top Port Sees Streak Tweaked

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just issued its fisheries report card for 2011, and Alaska is on the honor roll. Last year, 2.3 billion pounds of seafood worth $1.3 billion crossed the state’s docks.

About a third of that fish came through Unalaska. The city has long been proud of its reputation as America’s number #1 fishing port. But as KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports, Unalaska got a bit of bad news in an otherwise rosy assessment of Alaska’s fisheries.

NOAA Offers No Immediate Action on Flawed Yellowtail Assessment. (They ain’t in a rush address it, either!)

WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) Sept. 25, 2012 — Responding to a request by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF) to reject the most recent yellowtail flounder stock assessment and adopt alternative measures for setting yellowtail quotas, NOAA officials offered a workshop sometime next year to examine the chronic problems present in a number of fisheries assessments, but offered no immediate remedies to the scientific and management issues raised by FSF.  The 2013 quota is expected to be as much as 50 percent less than the quota for 2012. The letter, sent signed by Deputy Science and Research Director Russell Brown for Acting Science and Research Director William Karp, was sent last month. FSF did not immediately release the response. “We had several conversations with Director Karp, and hoped to negotiate an outcome resulting in action sooner than next year.” said FSF attorney Drew Minkiewicz. “Ultimately, that proved impossible.”

Today John Bullard, New Leader of NOAA’s Northeast Region, earned respect

I was almost sure, JB was gonna do what fishermen in New England are used to. I just knew he would follow suit. He did not. He gave the netters a reprieve from extinction. Many would not have survived had it not been for Bullard’s common sense move. He is not in lock step with his superiors.

A renegade?

I hope!

Been listening to the council meeting for the past two days. I’ve heard John Bullard say a few times he should’ve thought things through when he took the job. I believe he could be right. I’ve heard plenty in the last couple of days to convince me that we don’t have a fishery failure. We have a fishery management failure compounded with fishery science that is not the best available, but the only science available.

Peter Mullen, a mid-water herring boat owner asked about something I’ve brought up a number of times after reading an article written by Gloucester’s Carmine Gorga, PhD. He brought up the predator/prey issues that apparently, from the answer Mr Mullen received, have not been considered by the scientist trying to figure out fishery issues like cod and yellow tail. The Pew whores and their pixies are convinced herring is forage for cod, but would never consider codling would be forage feed for the superabundant herring.

The relationship is this. The larvae of the bottom fish need to go to the surface of the ocean in order to obtain food – plankton – and light. While they go up, they become a feast for the pelagic. When those larvae that survive become codling, they want to go back to their friends and relatives. While they descend to their native habitat, they become a second feast for the pelagic. a Fish and Future

Between an exploding number of predators, skate, dogfish, seals, and yes, herring, is it any wonder that fish stocks are in trouble, if they are indeed in trouble, while the regulators, pushed by the NOAA socio economic counted interlopers have allowed the ecosystem to become over run in the name of,,,,,,conservation.

If John Bullard has administrators remorse, who could blame him?

You hang in there John. You’re gaining respect. Something very unique when it comes to NOAA. BH


New Bedford Mayor asks Council to Consider Economic Ramifications of Groundfish Cuts; Lauds SSC for Including 1,150mt Upper Range in Yellowtail ACL

New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell urged the NEFMC to “forestall or mitigate”  upcoming cuts in the Annual Catch Limits (ACL) for the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery.

Bring on the Cuccinelli Principle (American Thinker)

On the surface, it may not seem like an important topic for the grassroots at Fishery Nation. I’ve been examining the takeover of the government by leftists for years now, and this topic makes perfect sense to me, and it related directly to the crisis we are in.

It’s all about “fighting big, lawbreaking government”, and this is why I’m here.

Here are some excerpts from this great essay, that I think should hit home for us all.

“Unlike many other state attorneys general who sometimes swarm like wolf packs against only the private sector, Cuccinelli takes a more even-handed approach to tackling lawbreaking in both the private sector and government.”

Cuccinelli’s biggest problem in enforcing the law on government is a legal system that has come to be flawed and even corrupt in how it too often protects government lawbreaking.”

BREAKING—-John Bullard comes through for Gulf of Maine and New England Gill Netters!

John Bullard, the new regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, decides in favor of fishermen, justifiably so! A pending  closure for an area of ocean extending from southern Maine to Gloucester, Mass., slated to go into effect on Oct. 1 to protect harbor porpoise, unintentionally caught in gill nets. Information will be forthcoming as it arrives!

Bullard – Harbor Porpoise – Will Announce Decision Wednesday at NEFMC Meeting – Sept. 26 at 1:15 pm – LISTEN LIVE!

Mr. Bullard has stated that he will announce whether he has decided to change NOAA’s position Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 1:15 pm at a New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


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Start of releases from Lake Okeechobee cause for concern on Treasure Coast

On the Treasure Coast, scores of businesses are connected to the water. The marine industry contributes an estimated $600 million a year in Martin County alone, and a large portion of that comes from businesses that operate on — and in — the water. So when the water changes color from blue to brown, it affects the amount of green coming in.

Panelists to review Pebble Mine science

JUNEAU — The heated battle over the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska is shifting to science, with panels weighing in on different reports that have only added more fuel to the fight.

The Pebble Limited Partnership, the company proposing the massive gold and copper mine near the headwaters of the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, plans to have an independent panel of experts review its scientific data. ISSUE BRIEF: Failure to Address Habitat Closures Could Cost the Scallop Fishery more than $75-80 million

September 25, 2012 — On September 13, The New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) approved  projections made by the

 Council’s Scallop Plan Development Team to set the annual catch limit (ACL) for scallops in fishing year 2013 at 21,000 metric tons.

 While this value is less than the previous year’s 27,000 metric ton ACL, the basis for this reduction is founded in a series of scientific survey data including that conducted via cooperative research with industry “research set aside” funds. This array of information sources distinguishes the scallop fishery from many other Atlantic fisheries.