Or: Trouble in the Un-Regulated Community

At the risk of stating the obvious: NOAA’s stock assessments are clearly inadequate.

When they are used as a basis for fisheries regulations, the entire management process becomes destructive to both the fish and the fishing industry.

We need a far more comprehensive research and management philosophy if we are to ever come close to realistic assessments and sound management.

The Extinction Delusion

Delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.  (From Wikipedia)

This extinction-of-the-week approach to management is looking more ridiculous and destructive than ever.  We owe it to the fish and to the fishermen to throw out this crisis-mentality management regimen which requires that researchers devote themselves to finding data that will support the crisis predisposition.

Is there a species that swims in the ocean that has not been found to be in dire need of stringent regulation? Now it’s Abalone!  What happened to the “endangered” Sturgeon? Have they now recovered? And please don’t overlook the Wolffish, Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Yellowtail, Black Back Flounder, Fluke, Sea Bass, Dogfish, Skates, Red Snapper, Grouper?  There must be a lament at NOAA headquarters that goes something like, “…so many species and such precious little time to find evidence of their endangerment!”

Then there’s always the Butterfish shortage which apparently is the only vehicle that NOAA could find in order to squelch fishing for the abundant Loligo Squid.   Butterfish are sometimes found with Loligo Squid; however, NOAA’s Butterfish extinction watch ignores the fact (well known to fishermen) that, should they suddenly decide to surface, one could walk on the floating rafts of Butterfish from Cape Cod to Louisiana.  But, there’s no need to let reality get in the way of a good campaign-to-save-a-species, even if the claimed fish scarcity is pretty much confined to the reality that exists as a construct in one of the SSC’s eccentric computer models.  Scarce Butterfish is certainly not a reality that can be found in the ocean.

So, what can be done? Effective management of the fisheries is not an impossible endeavor; but a total overhaul of the attitude and thinking regarding our fisheries is essential.

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission agrees to implement Congressman Walter Jones’ request to improve transparency

September 4, 2012 — The following was released by the office of Congressman WalterJones.http://www.savingseafood.org/washington/atlantic-states-marine-fisheries-commission-agrees-to-implement-congressman-walter-jones-request-to-improve-transpa-2.html


Experts warn: Continued warmth may harm fishing industry, strengthen storms

“It’s definitely out of the ordinary,” said Jon Miller, a maritime research associate at Stevens Institute of Technology. “The weather’s been warm enough that (the ocean) never cooled down the way that it usually does.”


Is Jay Lindsey a Reporter or a shill?!

New ‘Seahorse’ sees scallops in new way

BOSTON (AP) — A new underwater explorer hit the seas this summer, armed with cameras, strobes and sonar and charged with being a protector of sorts to a half-billion dollar resource — the Atlantic scallop catch.


September 3, 2012 Fishing” isn’t a four letter word Nils E. Stolpe/FishNet USA

Please excuse this intrusion on a national holiday. However, considering that Labor Day was designed to recognize the contributions and achievements of American workers, that fishermen are and since colonial times have been among the hardest working of those workers, and that the Congress and the current Administration are about to embark on an prohibitively expensive and totally unnecessary program to put many of those fishermen – fishermen in our most historic fishery – out of work without giving any consideration to alternatives that could keep them fishing, this seems a particularly appropriate time for it.

Read More http://www.fishnet-usa.com/Fishing_not_four_letter_word.pdf

Proposal to Open Portions of Georges Bank to Surf Clam and Ocean Quahog Fishing

August 31, 2012 — NMFS proposes to re-open a portion of the Georges Bank Closed Area to the harvest of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs. The area has been closed since 1990 due to the presence of toxins known to cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.  The proposed re-opening is based on a request from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the recent adoption of a testing protocol into the National Shellfish Sanitation Program. 

Here comes the PAYOLA for wind farms to the PRIVATE surf clam guys!


ASMFC Habitat Committee Releases Offshore Wind Rep

ASMFC Habitat Committee Releases Offshore Wind Rep
August 24, 2012 — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announces the availability of the latest installment of the Habitat Management Series, Offshore Wind in My Backyard?


With the accelerating development of offshore wind power, the Commission’s Habitat Committee developed a concise report to outline general considerations that should be made when providing comment on proposed offshore wind projects. The report focuses on habitat issues that are broadly applicable along the Atlantic seaboard for the siting, construction, and monitoring of offshore wind facilities.  The environmental issues associated with developing a wind facility are outlined and recommendations are offered on how to offset identified impacts. Available on the Commission website (www.asmfc.org) under Breaking News or directly here. The report will continue to be updated as new sources of information become available.  For more information, please contact Megan Caldwell, Habitat Coordinator at megfishconsult@gmail.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it