Late night welding is the suspected cause of New Jersey boat fire

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – A fire that damaged a commercial fishing vessel on Sunday off of Baltimore Avenue and Channel Drive may be the result of welding work, authorities said. The fire broke out on the fishing boat  about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at Laurelton Welding Services on Channel Drive, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams said. “Welding work had been completed earlier in the morning, right after midnight,” Williams said. Read the rest here 22:24

£26k (28,600 US) fine for ‘under cover of darkness’ scallop fishermen

13804490TWO French fishermen who regularly illegally dredged for scallops in Jersey waters after sneaking in ‘under the cover of darkness’ have been fined a total of £26,000. Arnaud Delalonde (46) and Tony Mesnage (43), from Cherbourg, pulled up almost ten tonnes of the highly prized shellfish inside the three-mile limit from Jersey’s shores which is reserved for local fishermen. But their secret evening and night-time raids on Island fish stocks came to an end in November 2014 when Delalonde’s vessel, Pescadore, was boarded by fisheries protection officers during a stealth operation after being monitored using state-of-the-art tracking technology. Read the rest here 18:36

Massachusetts Fishermen need Attorney General Maura Healey’s help

When touring the North Shore a year and a half ago, then-candidate for attorney general Maura Healey made it a point to mention her family ties to Gloucester, Newburyport and the region’s fishing industry. The implication was that, if she were elected, fishermen would have a powerful ally on Beacon Hill, or at the very least someone who understood the unique difficulties facing the industry. Now, Healey is well into her second year as attorney general, and it is time to make good on her promise to protect the industry from federal overreach. We are talking specifically about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s at-sea monitoring program,,, Read the rest here 18:00

‘Codfather’ arrest exposes empire’s potential impact on fisheries

AR-160229553.jpg&MaxW=315&MaxH=315An affidavit filed by IRS agents in support of the federal criminal case against New Bedford fishing fleet owner Carlos Rafael offered “a rare, candid look” inside the operation of the top groundfish fisherman in the region and the single largest fleet owner in the United States, according to Peter Shelley, senior counsel for the Conservation Law Foundation. But the 24-page narrative filed in U.S. District Court last Friday also exposed the shortcomings of fisheries enforcement, which seemed tantamount to an honor system, with gaps in oversight so big Rafael was allegedly able to navigate safely through them for 30 years, which, if true, may have had a profound effect on fish stocks and how their health is assessed. All the ENGO “big’s” are quoted! Peter Shelley fought for this. Read the rest here 12:39