Daily Archives: May 1, 2014

Bay crab population decreases

blue crabSevere winter weather, not overfishing, is largely to blame, officials said. But to improve chances of a rebound, Maryland and Virginia both plan to cut back on the bay harvest this year — a move likely to hurtthe region’s struggling watermen and cost crab-loving consumers, pushing high prices higher still.  Read more here  22:56

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Pink salmon diets take a direct hit.

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Now, a federal study reveals its first signs on how corrosive oceans are affecting sea life – and it points to big trouble for pink salmon. NOAA announced this week the first evidence that the high acid content in the Pacific Ocean is dissolving the shells of tiny free-swimming snails called pteropods. Listen to Laine here  17:10

Bremerton geoduck diver critically hurt in accident off Green Point

dawn breakerSEATTLE — A commercial geoduck diver from Bremerton was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon after a diving accident in the water off Green Point that morning. Sam Silverstein, 23, was taken by boat from the dive location to Ediz Hook in Port Angeles,,, Read more here  16:30

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It’s time to listen to the fishermen who are asking for more ecological protections for the fish, not less.

A quick overview of why this is necessary: In 2010, the council established groundfish “sectors:” groups of fishermen governed by an overall catch cap or limit, that allows annual trading of fishing quota. When they created this new management system, the council also eliminated inshore fishing protections that were part of the old system. The new regulations and lack of inshore protections resulted in a perfect storm of heavy fishing pressure concentrated in a very small area, followed by a stock collapse and numerous nearshore fishermen who, with nowhere left to fish, were put out of work. Read more here  14:26

Canada Missing Big Opportunity to Support its Small-Scale Fisheries, Arthur Bull

cropped-small-scales-banner1The vast majority of fisheries in the world are small scale fisheries.  These are the community-based, small boat, family-owned fisheries that make up a whopping 90% of the world’s fisheries, fisheries that land more than 2/3 of all the fish caught world-wide,  and provide the basic protein needs to literally billions of people. Read more here  14:15

White Elephant: NOAA To Commission Newest Research Vessel In San Diego

reuben_t1200The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Friday is set to commission its newest research vessel, the Reuben Lasker, at the Navy Pier in San Diego. NOAA’s ship, the Reuben Lasker, is the fifth in a series of Fishery Survey Vessels (FSV) and one of the most technologically advanced fisheries vessels in the world. Read more here 13:06

A silver lining in the humpback whale of a tale – DFO to change status from “threatened” to a “species of special concern.”

According to the IUCN, the global population of humpbacks is approximately 80,000. That is broken down to 18,000-20,000 in the North Pacific, 50,000 in the Southern Hemisphere, and some 12,000 in the North Atlantic. Before hunting was banned, there were barely 1,500 humpbacks in the North Pacific. Today’s numbers are a clear indicator of how successful conservation measures can be when they are rigidly kept.  Read more here  10:43

Bay Area commercial salmon fishing season begins

Expectations for the season hover between optimism and pessimism. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, a regulatory body, estimates there are 634,700 adult salmon in the Pacific Ocean that were born in the Sacramento River system, which is lower than the estimates from 2010 to 2012 but much higher than the figures from 2006 to 2009, when the fishery collapsed. Read more here  08:38

Florida Law imposing stiffer penalties for lobster violators goes to governor

Lobster violations have generally been treated as second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Under the revised law, possession of any out-of-season lobster or wrung tails, or violations involving more than 25 lobster, would be considered a first-degree misdemeanor. A first-degree misdemeanor could result in a 12-month jail sentence and $1,000 fine. Loss of recreational or commercial fishing licenses also could result. Read more here  08:22

Gloucester Daily Times Editorial: Quiet waterfront not a good sign for our fisheries

gdt iconIt was generally quiet on the Gloucester waterfront yesterday — and that’s not good. In years past, Gloucester’s fishermen and those gearing up to work as crew members aboard boats in the local groundfishing fleet might have been working feverishly to prepare for the start of the new commercially permitted fishing year, which dawns today, May 1. Read more here  01:28

Northern Peninsula Shrimp harvesters vow to keep fighting quota cuts

“I respect science but, if I get cut, everybody across the board should be cut evenly,” he said. “I can live with it then. But for us to take 80 or 90 per cent of the cut is not sensible, it’s unreasonable and I hope we’ve got the balls to do something about it and curtail those bureaucrats in Ottawa.” westernstar  Read more here 01:10