Daily Archives: February 5, 2020

NEFMC Roundup – Herring, EBFM, Skates, Red Hake, January 2020 Meeting

Here are several timely management actions that directly relate to the work of the New England Fishery Management Council. Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan,  Atlantic herring assessment, Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management, Skates, Red Hake,,, >click to read, details, and links< 21:16

DNA tests show commercial halibut catch 90% female, influencing catch limits being set this week

For the first time in its 96 year history, the International Pacific Halibut Commission will be setting catch limits for halibut this week with the knowledge that the commercial fleet’s catch has been around 90 percent female, a notably higher proportion than previously thought. “The Commission has long known that the directed commercial Pacific halibut fishery catches mostly female, but we’ve had indications,,, >click to read< 18:59

Marine Biologist Doubts Parasite Was Only Cause of Bay Scallop Collapse

A parasite that the New York State commissioner of environmental conservation called “a significant threat” to the Peconic Bay scallop fishery has been detected in a sample of bay scallops from Shelter Island — and may have been a factor in the near total collapse of the adult scallop population throughout the estuary last year. A type of single-cell protozoan from a group known as coccidia, the parasite found,, >click to read< 17:17

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 45′ Young Bros. Dragger with Ma CAP Permit

Specifications, information and 1 photo >click here< To see all the boats in this series, >click here< 13:59

Duluth Trading Co. Debuts Fishing Collection Built For Extreme Conditions

Inspired by the grit of the Alaskan frontier, Duluth Trading Co. today launches its first collection built to withstand the harshest conditions unique to commercial fishing and other extreme fishing environments. The first wave of the Alaskan Hardgear® Fishing line consists of six essentials that set new standards in Duluth Trading’s technical product offering and merge the solutions-oriented, job-tested features consumers expect from Duluth Trading. >click to read< 13:00

Good Samaritan raises money for couple who lost home in fire with a lobster trap fundraiser

Nov. 27 turned out to be an eventful day for local Good Samaritan Chris Hodgdon. Hodgdon was scheduled to leave his Barters Island home for back surgery at 9 a.m., but before he could leave, around 8 a.m., a neighbor’s home was on fire. His neighbors, Kelo and Gayle Pinkham, lost their home in a pre-Thanksgiving Day blaze. Hodgdon recovered from back surgery and was determined to help his neighbors. While recovering from surgery, Hodgdon began calling fishermen about assisting the Pinkhams. >click to read< 11:17

Race is on to get East Coast crab boats on the water before right whales return

The Canadian Coast Guard committed Tuesday to doing all it can to help East Coast crab fishermen get on the water before the right whales arrive in the area. “What we’re trying to do now is assist the fishermen to get out as soon as they can by opening the harbours as soon as we can,”Carter Hutt, president pf the Prince Edward Island Snowcrab Association said in a phone interview that it is best if all fishermen get to go fishing at the same time, so that the fish plants have enough product to reach peak production,, >click to read< 10:25

AMSEA to offer Mariner’s First Aid & CPR Class in Sitka, Alaska on February 22

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a Mariner’s First Aid & CPR/AED class in Sitka, Alaska on February 22, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at N.S.R.A.A., 1308 Sawmill Creek Road. The cost for the class is $100, including sales tax Interested mariners may register online at www.amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287. For more information, >click here<  09:22

As fishing industry becomes more lucrative, there’s increased demand for licences, vessels in Nova Scotia

New data from the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board shows Nova Scotia fishermen are taking out bigger loans to get into the lucrative lobster fishery.,, Brett Nickerson, a 27-year-old lobster fisherman from Cape Sable Island, used money from the loan board to get into the fishery. “I decided if I keep waiting and twiddling my thumbs, then I’m just gonna get older and end up doing it later in life,” he said aboard his boat, Miss Mackenzie, in Port La Tour, Shelburne County. >click to read< 08:00