Daily Archives: June 22, 2013

Pew Pablum and Dogma Turbo Charged – The Pew Joint Ocean Commission Initiative

‘Charting The Course, Securing the Future of America’s Oceans’ –  “The Administration’s principles guiding domestic energy development include creating clean energy jobs and technologies, making America more energy independent, and reducing carbon emissions. Renewable energy — particularly offshore wind energy — has great potential for pursuing expansion.” The commission states in part, “Our nation must also promote renewable energy development and return more of the revenues generated by activities on the Outer Continental Shelf to ocean science and management activities.” The Report  This article is the reality of experience in Europe . Bad experience The ‘Great Renewables Scam’ unravels

Opinions plentiful as oyster farm hearing reconvenes in Surry, Me.

SURRY — A reopened hearing on a proposed aquaculture lease on Morgan Bay brought dozens of residents and fishermen and others out to comment on the application. Many who spoke against the project said property values, recreation and wildlife would be negatively affected by the lease. [email protected]

Skeena River Once Supported More Than 50 times More Chum Salmon: New Study

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA  — A new study published this week provides strong evidence that Skeena River chum salmon were in the past up to 52 times more abundant than at present. [email protected]

John Bullard, The Master of Folksy Feel Good Babble will be accepting your calls between 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, 6/24/2013

John Bullard, NE Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, Will be accepting calls from fishermen and other “stakeholders” to discuss  the draft of “Working Document on Resources to Support the Northeast Groundfish Industry.” View the details here

Community service program will chase sea lions no more

The move follows a Herald report about the harbor district’s practice. The article described efforts by Danielle Dames, a 115-pound Castroville woman, to drive a braying sea lion bull weighing more than 500 pounds off the dock with a stick the size of a broom handle. Dames said she was afraid the animal would attack her and knock her into the water but she’d been offered no alternative for working off her punishment for a drunken-driving offense. [email protected]

Coast Guard medevacs man from F/V Alaska Juris near Dutch Harbor, Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell and Air Station Kodiak medevaced an injured man from the F/V Alaska Juris near Dutch Harbor Friday. [email protected]  The Alaska Juris is a 238-foot factory operated by the Fishing Company of Alaska

My View: Gloucester’s St. Peter’s Fiesta – Susan Pollack

gdt iconNext week, we’ll hear shouts of Viva San Pietro as fishermen and their families carry the turquoise-robed statue of St. Peter through the winding streets of our city by the sea. The procession is a big part of Fiesta, honoring the patron saint of fishermen in America’s oldest fishing port.  Fiesta celebrates the city’s lifeblood: commercial fishing. It also honors Gloucester’s forbears, the deep-water fishermen who sailed in schooners [email protected]

Tappan Zee Bridge Crews To Install Sturgeon Monitors

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Tappan Zee Bridge crews will begin putting in acoustic receivers used to locate endangered Atlantic and Short-Nose sturgeon in the Hudson River this week, the New York State Thruway Authority announced. [email protected]

Lobster processor gears up with 90 employees in Gouldsboro, Me

Maine Fair Trade Lobster, the latest owner and operator of the former Stinson Seafood plant, has hired 90 people and last week geared up its new lobster processing line in the plant for a trial run. The company, a joint partnership between East Coast Seafood and Garbo Lobster, has indicated it plans to begin regular operations as the busy summer season for Maine’s lobster fishery gets under way. [email protected]

The guilt never fades over wasted fish

I have been a commercial fisherman for more than 30 years, and I’ve caught a lot of fish. I feel good about that. But there is one aspect of commercial fishing I haven’t felt good about the entire time. The waste. People are starving in many places on our little blue dot, and I and my men have probably thrown away close to half a million pounds of fish in my fishing career. Why, you might ask? [email protected]

UNH recieves $6 million NOAA grant for research

UNH recieves $6 million NOAA grant for research. The Joint Hydrographic Center, which specializes in hydrographic, ocean and coastal mapping sciences. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter said the center will serve NOAA and the country through research, training and the development of state-of-the-art ocean mapping technologies.

Marine Fisheries Center’s first meeting discusses fishing yields in Ocean Springs Mississippi

OCEAN SPRINGS — The newly funded Science Center for Marine Fisheries’ first meeting began Friday and continues today at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Center’s Cedar Point teaching site in Ocean Springs. Members of the new group, which includes business and federal partners, pay $25,000 to $50,000 a year to support it and serve on the Industry Advisory Board. The board assesses proposals for funding of biological research intended to solve scientific problems that limit sustainable fisheries. [email protected]

Senate winner will inherit fishing crisis

gdt icon The winner of Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate will face a number of issues, but perhaps none tougher than representing a diminished and dispirited Massachusetts fishing fleet in the midst of an industry crisis and a federally recognized “economic disaster.” Gomez is a political newcomer and admittedly unfamiliar with the industry. Markey is a favorite of environmental groups, [email protected]