Daily Archives: May 22, 2014

They may move a little slow now but these fishermen are still hauling them in

old guys port bickertonAt 77, Siteman qualifies as a youngster on the three-man crew of the vessel their friends have dubbed the Geritol.  “She doesn’t have a name. People just started calling her that to have a little fun with us,” explained Harvey Taylor, the boat’s 83-year-old captain.  “She has a number and I don’t even remember what that is.”  Read more here  21:32

Tonight in Political Inaction – Lu Dochtermann, a 72 year old still in his wheelhouse, and he wants some answers.

Lu Dochtermann, a 72 year old still in his wheelhouse for multiple annual fisheries, continues to obtain a simple and swift solution to the problem plaguing the North Pacific Halibut longline fleet.,,For weeks, Dochtermann has been asking for some immediate action, and today, again takes up the cause with Senator Lisa Murkowski and her fishery aide, Jay Sterne in Washington DC with the following email. Read more here   20:27

Charleston Marina: Annual Blessing of the Fleet on Monday

CHARLESTON — Memorial Day activities in Charleston will focus on the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service at the Charleston Fisherman’s Memorial Garden, near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina, at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26. This year the Charleston community will add 11 names to the “In Memory of Charleston Fisherman” plaque. Read more here  17:38

Big Salmon Report: Salmon seasons get underway around state

23523_354387901211_7651997_aFishermen are setting their nets and readying their reels as salmon seasons throughout Alaska get started. This year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a harvest of 133.1 million salmon statewide, including 538,000 kings, 33.6 million sockeyes, 4.4 million silvers, 19.9 million chums, and 74.7 million pinks. Read more here 17:24

Fish Need Trees, Too – Brendan Jones

AS a resident of Sitka, in southeast Alaska, I’ve worked in the local commercial fishing industry on and off for the past 17 years. This summer I’ll go out on the boat once more, in search of salmon, which have become one of the drivers of the region’s economic recovery. This year, though, the fishing fleet in southeast Alaska will work under the shadow of an announcement by the United States Forest Service,,, Read more here 16:46

Seafood waste plant eyed for city

gdt iconThe landscape is littered with amendments, as the Massachusetts Legislature moves through the arduous task of piecing together the state’s fiscal year 2015 budget. One particular amendment, if passed, could begin making life easier for Gloucester se,, Pay Wall Ahead 16:20

Oceana’s Bycatch Report and Media Coverage Ignores Key Successes in U.S. Fisheries

logoEnvironmental special interest group Oceana made headlines last March with its bycatch report, “Wasted Catch: Unsolved Problems in U.S. Fisheries.” Since the report’s release, mainstream media publications and other environmental organizations, like the Pew Charitable Trusts, have further presented one-sided coverage of issues regarding bycatch in the United States — often providing little or no information about the significant and successful efforts taken by many commercial fisheries to curb unintended catch. These omissions of facts are misleading, ultimately providing the public a skewed perspective on U.S. fisheries management. Read more here  14:53

Cod-Pricing Agreement Reached Between FFAW and Plant – efforts must be made for an eventual return to cod fishing.

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2A cod-pricing agreement has been reached between the FFAW and one of the few plants in the province interested in processing cod. The union reached a deal with Icewater Seafoods in Arnold’s Cove for 80 cents a pound for premium quality fish, 40 cents for B Grade product and 20 cents for C Grade. That compares to a straight price of 50 cents a pound last year. Read more here  14:38

EU seal product ban upheld in WTO appeal

Canada has lost its bid to have a European Union ban on seal products overturned, with the 863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2appeals process upholding a EU decision that connected the trade ban to moral objections against the seal hunt. But Thursday’s decision, which was immediately welcomed by animal welfare groups, may spark more debate about how the controversial ban will be implemented. Read more here  14:10

VIDEO: Oceana’s Hollywood celebrities caught on hidden camera accepting money from “Middle Eastern oil interests”

This video perhaps provides insights into how money can make things happen among “environmentalists”.  James O’Keefe Premieres “Expose: Hollywood’s War on US Energy” at Cannes Hollywood celebrities caught on hidden camera accepting money from “Middle Eastern o… This is about the credibility of Ted Danson, Muriel Hemingway, Begley himself, and the rest. There is none!  Josh Tickell is an enemy of the state! Watch this video here  13:49


State, federal managers hear about Gulf of Alaska changes

23523_354387901211_7651997_aMembers of the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council met today in Anchorage to discuss the issues of mutual concern, including how to address changes coming for the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries. Read more here  13:09

Canada is ready to create a joint venture with Russian companies on the catch of king crab in the Barents sea

Representatives of the fishing industry Canada is ready to create a joint venture on extraction of snow crab in the Barents sea. In addition, canadian business intends to discuss unclaimed quotas for the catch of fish and other seafood in the North Atlantic. Canada is ready to increase export of shrimp is the main part of canadian exports of fish industry in Russia. Read more here  12:53

‘Jellyballs’ Are Serious Business

Since 1998, shrimping boats in Georgia have been spending part of the year trawling for cannonball jellyfish under a pilot program, but they only had their first official season as a commercial fishery in 2013. “The  has been about the best thing that’s happened to us,” said Howell Boone, a Georgia shrimp trawler, in a January interview with NPR. “The shrimp season [of 2013] was the worst ever in history here.”  Read more here  12:37

MSA: Finding Win-Win Outcomes For Conservation And Utilization

The economic importance of the U.S. fishing industry cannot be overstated. The survival of many coastal communities largely depends on whether Congress and fishery managers can establish policies allowing fisheries to generate yield over the long term, rebuild overfished stocks and achieve the conservation objectives of the MSA.  Read more here  09:05

Maine shellfishermen hope quahog explosion can help offset soft-shell clam losses

While soft-shell clams have become more scarce, harvesters have reported an explosion in the number of quahogs found in the town’s clam flats, said Devereaux, Brunswick’s marine resources officer. Read more here  08:09

Maine lobsterman Skip Werner devises “underwater lasso” for finding lost traps

Roker26-337x600My boss Skip Werner has been lobstering for over sixty years. In that time he’s picked up quite a few helpful tricks of the trade, but he’s still always trying to come up with clever ideas of his own to make life easier on the lobster boat. Last week he came up with an idea that he coined, “the underwater lasso.” Read more here, and a photo display of the innovation.  08:00

Schumer: Feds should renew permit to keep cormorants away from Oneida Lake

Schumer said. “For the thousands of New Yorkers who rely on Oneida Lake for their livelihood, for anglers, and for summer recreation, the return of the invasive and fish-devouring cormorant bird population is a troubling thought. These non-native birds damage the ecosystem and hurt tourism by .” Think about that for a minute. Chuck understands predator/prey! Adult double-crested cormorants are capable of eating more than a pound of fish per day, and in the past have decimated fish population in the eastern end of Lake Ontario Read more here  07:12