Daily Archives: May 25, 2014

Capt. Edwards casts off aboard Miss Judy Too for another shrimping season

Capt. Tommy Edwards was back out in open waters as the local shrimping season kicked off. Aboard Edwards shrimp boat the Miss Judy Too, it’s a five man crew. Edwards and his crew haven’t been able to shrimp for the past seven months, but now that shrimping season has started, they finally get to cast out their nets. Read more here  22:48

Spring 2014 edition of Pacific Islands Fishery News

Our Spring 2014 edition of Pacific Islands Fishery News is now available online!  To download the complete edition, please click here  and allow a few extra seconds for the file to upload. Council Explores Measures to Provide Relief to American Samoa Fishermen, South Pacific Albacore Crash is Region-wide, Amendment 7 Approved, US Territories to Benefit, and more 16:35

In Depth, Dan Bacher – Former Marine Life Protection Act science co-chair sentenced to 10 months

A federal judge in San Francisco on May 20 sentenced Ron LeValley of Mad River Biologists, the former co-chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Science Advisory Team for the North Coast, to serve 10 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to embezzle over $852,000 in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe. The “marine protected areas” created under the MLPA Initiative fail to protect the ocean from oil spills and drilling, water pollution, military testing, seismic testing, wave and wind energy projects, corporate aquaculture and all other uses of the ocean other than fishing and gathering.  Read more here 15:44

Mississippi to start voluntary snapper reporting program – (It should be mandatory)

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will start its voluntary red snapper reporting program for recreational fishermen on June 1. The purpose of the program is to allow agency officials to better track how many red snapper are being harvested and landed in Mississippi.  Read more here  15:13

Coast Guard rescues fisherman after vessel sinks near Newport, Ore.

uscg-logoThe master of the 28-foot fishing vessel Rip Rider contacted Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Oregon, at 8:20 a.m., via VHF-FM radio reporting that he was taking on water and had donned survival equipment, and at 8:33 a.m., the man’s 406 mhz emergency position indicating radio beacon activated, broadcasting his exact location. Read more here 14:22

The corporate take-over of fisheries policy making

In the past couple of years a number of international conferences and gatherings of key policy makers, corporate representatives and international NGOs have taken huge strides in setting the global agenda in fisheries policy. A worrying pattern has begun to emerge: the interests of small-scale fisheries peoples are consistently sidelined as representative organisations are rarely invited and, if so, are barely listened to. This article will run through some of the most recent events, and documents how a corporate take-over of fisheries policy is taking place. Read more here 13:55

Can US eliminate invasive species by eating them?

HOUSTON (AP) – It seems like a simple proposition: American lakes, rivers and offshore waters are filling up with destructive fish and crustaceans originally from other parts of the world, many of them potential sources of food. So why not control these invasive populations by getting people to eat them? Read more here 13:16

Cold Water Cowboys star taking fame in stride

Although he’s taken some teasing from friends and occasionally gets recognized in public, Caines said his newfound notoriety isn’t likely to go to his head. “I’m me whether I’m happy or I’m mad,” Caines said with a smile Friday prior to a promotional appearance at Colemans at the Garden in Corner Brook. “If I got to go be somebody else for a TV show, then the TV show can leave.” Read more here  11:19

Bering Sea fishery management needs to change for halibut users across Alaska

alaska dispatchThis year the Magnuson Stevens Act will be reauthorized by Congress. The MSA is the law by which the National Marine Fisheries Service and the North Pacific Fisheries Council manage the federal fisheries off of Alaska. In public hearings, the message that “all is well in Alaska waters” and “no major changes to the law are needed” has been echoed by many groundfish industry lobbyists. Although no one will dispute that the Bering Sea groundfish industry is a behemoth, its financial success is coming at the expense of other users. Halibut fishermen in all areas of the Bering Sea have a catch limit of 3.2 million pounds this year. The estimated bycatch cap in the Bering Sea is almost 8 million pounds. Read more here 10:58

China lifts geoduck ban, to Peninsula suppliers’ relief

China has lifted a five-month ban on live shellfish from U.S. West Coast waters, a move greeted with relief by North Olympic Peninsula producers. The Chinese government announced the ban’s end in a letter Friday, officials said. China imposed the ban in December on the import of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and .  Read more here  10:33

Eelgrass Restoration program is underway in Boston Harbor

The removal of wastewater inputs, heavy organic loads, and siltation is very important to successful eelgrass restoration efforts. Water quality improvements from re-direction of the Boston Harbor sewage outfalls to an offshore site have resulted in a measurable reversal of  within the Harbor Read more here  10:20

Guest column: Follow the Will of the Voters – Keep the Net Limitation

On May 15, the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee heard yet another legal challenge to the net limitation placed into the state Constitution in 1994 by 72 percent of Florida’s voters. This critical conservation issue was placed on the ballot 20 years ago after many years of short-sighted management of public marine resources that allowed huge nets to be used in our state’s salt waters. These nets, which catch fish by entangling them by their gills,,, Read more here  10:02

Upgrading Sacramento’s wastewater treatment could cost $2 billion

In December 2010, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board told the plant to clean up its effluent as a condition of renewing its state discharge permit. The board found that high volumes of ammonia in the water were disrupting the food chain and endangering fish such as salmon and Delta smelt. Single-celled organisms posed health risks to people who came in contact with the river water, board members concluded. Read more here  09:12

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/25/6430489/upgrading-sacramentos-wastewater.html#storylink=cpy

‘It’s not a big deal’: Lobster fishermen say closure of offshore herring fishery not too detrimental

BELFAST, Maine — The National Marine Fisheries Service Saturday closed a large swath of ocean offshore in the Gulf of Maine to fishing for Atlantic herring — the preferred bait of many lobstermen. But the closure should not have a major detrimental impact on the state’s valuable lobster fishery, according to David Cousens, president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.  Read more here  08:30