Daily Archives: May 12, 2014

New rockfish catch limits eyed

Worried by recent declines in the numbers of Maryland’s state fish, Atlantic states fisheries regulators are weighing slashing the annual striped bass catch by up to one-third next year all along the East Coast and in the Chesapeake Bay. “It’s called being regulated out of business,” said Robert T. Brown Sr., president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association. He contended that “there’s no shortage of fish.” Read more here 21:25

Togiak Herring Update: Most Participants Have Called it a Season

Alaska’s largest herring fishery is essentially over despite that fact that the fishery is open until further notice. The total harvest in this year’s Togiak sac-roe herring fishery is over 24-thousand tons, which is still short of the 27.8-thousand ton quota available to fishermen. Read more here  Mike Mason 19:22

Pacific Walruses Removed from the Unusual Mortality Event in the North Pacific Pacific walruses have been removed from the unusual mortality event declared in the North Pacific for several marine mammal species. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. Audio report here  19:25

“simply the best fish in the world.” Royalty. Copper River salmon shall arrive in Seattle on Friday

The  will open for the season Thursday morning and the first fish is expected to arrive at Sea-Tac at 6 a.m. Friday. But the demand will be high because of the short open fishing period. The open window for the Copper River District is only 12 hours on Thursday, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Gave Division of Commercial Fisheries Read more here 18:06

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch …The reds start running this week at the Copper River – a market outlook


It’s hard to believe but Thursday marks the official start of Alaska’s 2014 salmon season with a 12 hour opener at the Copper River. The year’s first fresh sockeye salmon will be flown out and featured in markets far and wide. Read more here  16:47

CBS Sixty Minutes – Saving the wild salmon

May 11, 2014, 7:40 PM|Do salmon farms help or hurt the declining wild salmon population? Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the controversy surrounding the multibillion dollar industry. Watch the video here  15:28


ASMFC Spring Meeting, May 12-15, 2014 is under way

Board/Section meeting proceedings will be broadcast daily via webinar beginning at 10 a.m. on May 12th, continuing daily until the conclusion of the meeting (expected to be 3:15 p.m.) on May 15th. The webinar will allow registrants to listen to board/section deliberations and view presentations and motions as they occur. Read more here  Webinar registration is here  12:28

BP oil spill: methane persisted in sea after microbe cleanup

As much as half a million tonnes of natural gas, 80 percent of it methane, leaked into the deep sea as a result of the blowout on April 20, 2010, on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig. The leak triggered a surprising “bloom” of marine bacteria that feasted on the gassy hydrocarbon plume.  The bugs did indeed remove a significant amount of the gas, but their population crashed while the leak was still in progress, it said. Read more here  12:15

Record Prices For Stone Crab Claws Amid Scarcity

Florida Keys-based  tells The Key West Citizen that fish houses paid $25 to $30 a pound for jumbo-sized claws, $18 to $21 a pound for large claws and $8 to $11 a pound for medium claws. Read more here 10:40

Falmouth Ma. police tip foils lucrative elver eel poaching

FALMOUTH — The Falmouth Department of Marine and Environmental Services responded to a suspected case of elver poaching Saturday, saving about 35 pounds of the young and valuable eels. The department received a tip when a driver near a herring run saw two men who quickly left in a truck when the passer-by tried to engage them, department Deputy Director Chuck Martinsen said. Read more here  08:24

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Lobster fisheries seeking MSC certification

The MSC, an international non-profit organization, has a program to label fish products indicating the product is from a well-managed and sustainable fishery. This labeling helps consumers in their decisions on buying fish. Read more here  08:09