Monthly Archives: April 2014

Resources for All Alaskans – New fisheries group plots strategy

Resources for All Alaskans was formed by several local and statewide commercial fishing representatives including Jim Butler, a longtime Cook Inlet setnetter and lawyer, Jim Garner, executive vice president of Trident Seafood, and Jerry McCune, president of United Fishermen of Alaska and Cordova District Fishermen United.  Read more here  22:28

Togiak Herring Update: Herring Harvested Tuesday and Wednesday

Fishermen participating in the ongoing Togiak sac-roe herring fishery have finally started harvesting herring. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update. here  21:40

As the world waits for the Trout River whale to explode, the town grapples with the attention

Doris Sheppard runs Sheppard’s B and B in Trout River, Nfld., with her husband, Tom. Their dream home, with the wraparound white porch, sits on a hill overlooking the picturesque town which, in recent days, has been the focus of international media attention because of the very large, very dead and potentially very explosive blue whale that has washed ashore on Trout River’s beach.  nationalpost Read more here 20:57

Stonington woman wants to help ‘Chix Who Fish’

chicks fishing wearSTONINGTON — It was one of those cold, miserable days out on the water shortly before Christmas, and Genevieve Kurilec McDonald was fed up with her fishing rain gear. “I was wet and cold,” she remembers, “and I was tired of being wet and cold.” Read more here  20:29

This year’s California salmon catch could be the last good one for a while

The 2014 California king salmon season that begins May 1 is predicted to be one of the better years recently, despite this winter’s drought. But we’d better enjoy it while we can. latimes Read more here  20:14

Take part in annual Blaine Washington Blessing of the Fleet

The Blaine seafarers memorial committee and Blaine commercial fishing members will host the annual Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Blaine Harbor meeting room. Blaine’s fishing fleet travels sometimes thousands of miles during their yearly harvest of the sea. The commercial catch areas may include Washington state inland and Pacific coastal waters, as well as the Gulf of Alaska, Bristol Bay, Bering Sea, southeast Alaska, and the Oregon and California coastlines. Read more here  19:20

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — Big price increases for halibut and black cod –

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Halibut prices are up by more than a dollar a pound compared to the same time last year. Fresh fish have been moving smoothly and demand is steady, said one major buyer at Kodiak. Dock prices at Kodiak were reported,,Listen and  Read more here  19:11

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 55′ RI Marine Longliner/Lobster,1983, Lobster,Longliner Steel, Detroit

ll3613_01Specifications, and information Click here  14:23

Liberal backbencher Charlie McGeoghegan calls for lobster holding facility

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2McGeoghegan is suggesting government take a lead role in developing a live lobster holding facility. The idea has been tossed around for years. McGeoghegan said holding onto premium, hard-shell live lobster until the season is over would fetch better prices than sending everything to be processed. Read more here  13:59

Lobster only major seafood to lose value over 10-year period, report says

It’s a tale well known in Maine: Lobster prices have tanked over the past decade as the harvest has surged. Among 10 key species that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration examined, only American lobster dropped in price from 2003 through 2012, according to a report released Tuesday. Read more here  10:18

Atlantic salmon can be farmed on land, B.C. project shows

CBC_News_logoA British Columbia First Nation is using a workshop this week in St. Andrews to explain how it is growing Atlantic salmon without the fish ever seeing the ocean. The Namgis closed-containment facility on Vancouver Island is the first salmon farm in North America to grow Atlantic salmon on a commercial scale in a completely land-based aquaculture system. Read more here  09:53

NOAA Reports: New England groundfisheries still struggling

sct logo“The report puts every region together with the whole country and calls it a big success, but in New England the groundfishery really isn’t doing well,” said Brian Rothschild, former dean of the School of Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth. “We still have some real problems in New England straightening out our management picture.” Read more here  08:49

New England: Federal fish reports show grim picture – Gulf of Maine thorny skate???

gdt iconIf you’re looking for an accurate barometer of the dire state of the Northeast groundfish fishery, you need look no further than the two reports NOAA released Tuesday afternoon — one on the overall state of U.S. fish stocks and another on national fisheries economics. Read more here  07:59

$357,000 payment in a damage claim from the 2010 BP oil spill must be repaid because the claim was fraudulent.

The claim had been made by Casey Thonn for seafood losses. An investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh determined it was made based on phony tax returns. Messages left for Thonn’s and Sutton’s lawyers were not immediately returned. Read more here  23:34

Ottawa paid multinational fish farms $4.1 million for diseased fish

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2OTTAWA — The federal government quietly paid $4.1 million in compensation to two Norway-headquartered aquaculture companies operating in B.C. that had to destroy fish hit by a deadly virus in 2012. The payments came from a program that has paid out $94 million since 2011 — mostly to East Coast fish farmers — to cover losses from exposure to disease. Read more here  23:15

Louisiana commercial fishery tops Gulf of Mexico in total catch and revenue

nola logoLouisiana commercial fishers in 2012 had the largest amount of commercial seafood landed in the Gulf of Mexico and garnered the most revenue from that catch in the region, according to a National Marine Fisheries Service report released on Tuesday. Read more here  22:50

Some Deepwater Resistance to Deepwater Wind

PEACE DALE — Both sides of a recent debate held at the Lily Pads Professional Center agreed on one thing: climate change is being caused by human activity. However, they disagreed whether industrial wind, specifically the proposed wind farms off the coast of Rhode Island, is a solution to curbing greenhouse gas emissions. ecori  Read more here  16:15

The Ted Stevens Memorial

ted stevens fan clubWith the crab quotas that Ted Stevens pushed through congress leasing to fishing vessels at 80 percent of the value of the catch and the crews of those vessels being paid a sharecropper’s wage without any of the, “Safety,” that was a stated premise of the plan. It is a good moment to look back and remember the people responsible for this travesty and the greed and douchebaggery that they represent. Read more here  12:19

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NOAA Reports Show Strong Economic Gains from Fishing, Continued Improvement in Fish Stocks (While Destroying New England)

nmfs_logoU.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of seven percent over the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing three percent from 2011 to 2012, according to a new NOAA Fisheries NOAA/NMFS economics report.This annual report provides a ‘snapshot’ in time of the status of U.S. fisheries at the end of 2013. Read more here  11:43

Cortez’s fishy case makes its way to Supreme Court

The entire investigation is based on the testimony of a single Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission officer. Yates was acquitted of a third charge of lying to a federal investigator. A.P. Bell Fish Co. owner Karen Bell remembers the day Yates returned from grouper fishing. “John was very argumentative with the investigators,” said Bell. “The last thing you want to do is be argumentative with federal investigators.” ,,”They raided this place, and I mean full-blown SWAT teams on the roof and everything,”  Read more here  11:19

Proposal targets herring trawlers

nefmc logoHerring trawlers will have to stop fishing and end the fishing trip if they lower their nets and dump bycatch, such as a haddock and alewife, according to new rules being recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council. portlandpress  Read more here  11:07

Wall St Wolf Nature Conservancy Teams With Bailout Queen JPMorgan Chase & Co. To Buy Our Resources

wolf-in-sheeps-clothing-scaled500-e1371562470325The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) announced today the establishment of NatureVest,,, NatureVest will convene investors; develop and execute innovative financial transactions; and continue to build an investment pipeline across multiple sectors, including agriculture, fisheries and environmental markets. JPMorgan Chase is the founding sponsor of NatureVest and has committed to provide multi-year support for its launch and development. Read more predatory info here!

Carino CEO sells seal outside Bryan Adams concert – video

CBC_News_logo“There’s big problems in our fishery, quota cuts, and seals are playing a big part into that. It’s the highest [seal population] we’ve seen since we’ve been managing fisheries that we’ve had a seal population this high and we’d just like due respect to have conversations with these people.” Read more here  09:00

Bay of Fundy starting to see fewer young lobster

CBC_News_logoScientists are reporting a sharp decline in the number of young lobsters settling off the coast of Maine and in the waters southwest of Nova Scotia. Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientist John Tremblay says landings off of Nova Scotia will be impacted. Read more here 08:46

Phillip Boudreau murder charge dropped – Craig Claude Landry now charged with accessory after the fact

CBC_News_logoThe Crown has withdrawn a charge of second-degree murder against one of the four people charged with the death of Cape Breton fisherman Phillip Boudreau. Read more here  08:40

The Blessing of the Fleet mixes celebration, anticipation, nostalgia, along Bayou Little Caillou

blessingResidents gathered along Bayou Little Caillou on Sunday to bless the shrimp fleet and celebrate another season on Louisiana’s fading delta. “It’s an honor just to be on the bayou with the people,” said third-generation shrimp boat captain Kimothy Guy, whose 55-foot green and white trawler, the T-Kim and James, led dozens of floating parties aboard fishing skiffs and pleasure boats parading down the bayou. Read more here  08:04

A Wonderful Regulatory By Catch Solution! Environmental Police donate voluntarily confiscated fish to the hungry

sct logoNEW BEDFORD — They were “beautiful fish.” One hundred pounds of fluke fillets — enough to make 250 meals — donated to the Veterans Transition House on Friday with a surprising but welcome knock at the door. The story of these fillets’ “unusual circumstances” began on April 22. That’s when the fluke fishery’s usual 500-pound trip limit decreased to 100 pounds. Read more here  06:47

NL: Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ stance on shrimp allocations criticized

[ST. JOHN’S, NL] – The Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ (FFAW) union is putting a spin on northern shrimp quota allocations for its own benefit, according to the executive director of the Canada Association of Prawn Producers. Bruce Chapman (man with a paper asshole) says that the FFAW’s contention that DFO is unfairly favouring the offshore sector when it comes to northern shrimp stocks isn’t true. dailybizbuzz  Read more here  21:47

Boundary Line Confusion in Bristol Bay

Commercial fishing vessels in Bristol Bay have different requirements to meet depending on whether or not they are used inside or outside of a particular line on the map. The so-called “Boundary Line” can be confusing to fishermen. KDLG’s Mike Mason spoke with the Coast Guard to clear up the confusion.By Mike Mason  kdlg  Listen to the report here  21:29