Daily Archives: May 14, 2014

Jury acquits Cushing lobsterman of gun threat against two men

BDNROCKLAND, Maine — A Knox County jury deliberated for 20 minutes Wednesday morning before finding a Cushing lobsterman not guilty of criminally threatening two men in another boat. But during his testimony Tuesday, Jones said he has had to deal with harassment and threats from Yeaton family members for 15 years and claimed the state has not done anything to help. Read more here 23:39

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – AK salmon season officially gets underway May 15; Cordova hopping!

Alaska’s 2014 (“Cordova hopping”) salmon season officially got underway at 7am today with the first 12 hour opener at the Copper River. Cordova is home base for the famous fishery. The town has doubled in size over the past few weeks, the weather is great, the feeling in the air is electric with everybody getting their boats ready to go and some have already headed out. Listen, and Read more here 20:59

Nets Mended, Boots Packed. Fish Boats Head For Alaska

Big factory ships are heading out to sea, and in coming weeks, 10,000 people from Washington state will head north to the Alaska fishing grounds. Half of all the seafood caught in the U.S. comes from the Alaska fishery. Seattle is its base, and the biggest players are the companies that own catcher-processor ships. They include Trident Seafoods, Glacier Fish Company and American Seafoods Group. Crews have spent the last few weeks getting the ships ready. At Interbay’s Pier 91 on Monday, the Northern Eagle, a ship owned by American Seafoods, prepared for its journey. Read more here 19:53:34

Trouble in Paradise? WPFMC Destroys Tape of Secret Meeting – Council Staff Limits Public’s Access to Documents

On Feb. 24, just a few days after learning of the existence of the recording, we filed a formal Freedom of Information Act request to obtain a copy of it. The response came on April 4. “The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council staff has advised that an audio recording of the subcommittee meeting was erased on February 22, 2014,” stated the letter signed by Samuel D. Rauch III, administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service. “We are in the process of reviewing the circumstances of this action.” Read more here  16:05


Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet Friday – discuss possible emergency regulation change – Kuskokwim River subsistence fishers.

23523_354387901211_7651997_aThe Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group submitted an emergency petition asking the board to limit subsistence setnets to four-inch mesh or smaller as a way to protect king salmon while fishers are targeting other species. The working group has also asked Alaska Department of Fish and Game not to allow drift nets during times of king conservation, according to the emergency petition.  Read more here 15:52

Coast Guard responds to vessel in distress, F/V Leslie Jane, near Golden Gate Bridge

uscg-logoThe Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center received a call at approximately 7:25 p.m. from a person aboard commercial fishing vessel Leslie Jane stating that the vessel was taking on water at an unknown rate. Read more here  14:58

Connecticut inches toward lucrative eel industry

Days after a deal by state lawmakers , a 15-state regional agency proposed to ease rules allowing broader access to the multimillion-dollar global eel market. “Why is it so overwhelmingly concentrated in one state? If we’re going to have fisheries, let’s talk about opening it more fairly,”  Read more here  13:58


Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week – 45′ Guimond Tuna,Lobster, Charter,Longliner Fiberglass, (2) Cummins 6CTA8.3L

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All Hail the King: Time to get some fresh chinook salmon from the Monterey Bay

 Commercial salmon fishing season opened May 1, and for those of us who don’t sport fish or have a good, generous friend who does, that means we can finally enjoy fresh salmon at home. With commercial crews working out of Santa Cruz, Moss Landing and Monterey harbors, shoppers can purchase salmon just hours after it’s been pulled from the ocean. Late last week, however, the retail price for whole salmon was around $14 per pound, while fillets were fetching about $24 a pound.  Read more here 11:03

Santa Barbara Poaching Commercial Fisherman Sentenced in Abalone Case

On April 18, Robert Kenneth Laumer, 55, of Santa Barbara was fined $15,000 and put on three years’ probation by the Santa Barbara Superior Court. Laumer’s commercial and recreational fishing license and permits were revoked for life. He also forfeited more than $1,000, the proceeds from his sea urchin catch, to the Fish and Game Preservation Fund. Read more here  10:17

What can ecosystem models add to the stock assessment process? May 14, 2014 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Dr. Cameron Ainsworth (Assistant Professor, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida) will provide a presentation on what ecosystem models can add to the stock assessment process. Ecosystem and multispecies models account for a  in single species stock assessment  Sign in for the Webinar presentation. 07:24