Commerce secretary declares Alaska salmon disaster

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Maybe the Brainiac’s Of NOAA Should Pay Attention.Natural fit? No way! Fish farms net loss for St. Mary’s Bay

In Nova Scotia, we are reluctantly in the midst of a grand experiment,,,,“Let’s try open net pen fish farming, and see how things work,,,,shockingly reckless bet,,,brown smelly sludge into our harbour.,,,,208 acres of salmon cesspools,,,,,,Read More

Fishermen fight NOAA penalty for accidental catch of porpoises – Bullard Meets NH Fishermen –

PORTSMOUTH — Seacoast-area fishermen told new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Administrator John Bullard on Wednesday that a pending “consequence closure” of a section of the Gulf of Maine could spell the end of the fi,,,,,,,,,Read More

Are You Confident in NOAA/NMFS Trawl Surveys?

Are you confident in these government agency’s suedo scientific trawl surveys?

At 2:05.00 Russ Brown, Deputy Science and Resource Director of
the Northeast Regional Science Center gets invited to address Mr. Kendalls
questions by  Dr Chris Legualt. He was also the lead scientist fot the ECO
SYSTEM SURVEY BRANCH, explains why they are using the gear they are using on Bigelow.                                                                                                  

They went through a six year advisory process which included stake holders to get the right gear for surveys,

consulting with industry, the NEFMC, Mid Atlantic FMC, along with key academic stakeholders,

(whoever they are), professors who study fish behavior, and fishing gear, and things like that. Things like that? Fishing gear?

The group then decided what the objective would be, including the protocols to be used on the vessel itself.

He goes on to say,”The Center is conducting an ECO SYSTEM SURVEY.” “A multi specie survey that is not targeting any single specie,

but the objectives of the group was to design a survey to sample a variety of habitats, a variety of species, a variety of sizes within those species,

to really get a picture of what the eco system looks like.

“When you design a survey like that, there are a lot of trade offs you need to make in terms of spatially where you sample,

the types of gear you’re using, etc.”

Trade off’s? In like not collecting the data needed to sample abundance?

Fisherman survives day at sea adrift in fish bin, “I’m Ryan Hunter Harris and I’m not going to die here.”

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A fisherman who spent a night adrift in a 4-by-4 foot  plastic fish bin after his boat sank off Alaska says he gave himself pep talksand sang

“Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to keep  his spirits up.

His fellow crewmember managed to get into a survival suit and washed ashore  on a beach after his own night afloat.

A Coast  Guard helicopter hoisted Ryan Harris, 19, of Sitka, from his plastic  “lifeboat” on Saturday,

more than 24 hours after the boat sank on Friday, the Daily  Sitka Sentinel (  reported Monday.

Two hours before Harris’ rescue, crewmate Stonie  “Mac” Huffman of Sitka was rescued from a beach about 25 miles northwest  of Sitka.

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9th Circuit Upholds Fish Trawling Rules.The N M F S amended Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan in 2011 quota system for trawl permit holders. Amendments 20 and 21

Representing fishermen who use traps or hook-and-line systems rather than trawl nets, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team and the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association sued after larger fishing companies received most of the quota shares.  They claimed that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Magnuson-Stevens Act by failing to properly consider their community interests, allowing fleet consolidation to drive small fishermen out of business.   Read More                   

Negotiations Stalled Between PG&E and Commercial Fishers (such a douchey term. fishers)

MORRO BAY, Calif- Negotiations between PG&E and commercial fishers regarding PG&E’s seismic studies is stalling. “The only thing that we have agreed to with PG&E, and the only agreeing they have done, is they have agreed to pay for a mediator to sit down and help us possibly work out an MOU,” said Mark Tognazzini, who is on the negotiation team for commercial fishers.  Read more. And send the author an email telling her to knock off the fisher crap.

There is nothing as disenegenuous as the term fishers. A pathetic attempt  to reteam a century’s old profession. Knock it off, and show some respect.
Don’t forget WOMAN has the word man in it. Do we call them wo’s?

By Leah Masuda – email

R.I. fisherman to officials: ‘We’re hanging on by our fingertips’

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The government annually imposes commercial-fishing restrictions. Commercial fishermen annually complain. But this year is different. “We’re hanging on by our fingertips,” said Dick Grachek, 68, a commercial fisherman out of Narragansett. Grachek attended Monday’s meeting in Galilee with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials. The agency is considering cutting next year’s catch limits for groundfish — in the case of Georges Bank yellowtail flounder, by 73 percent. “How much do we wait before everyone in this room is out of business?” said Tina Jackson, president of the South Kingstown-based American Alliance of Fishermen and their Communities.

Alliance buys 6 fishing vessels for tuna supply

MANILA, Philippines – Seafood producer Alliance Select Foods International Inc. has acquired six commercial tuna vessels worth $15 million, giving the company

better control of fish supply such as for its canned tuna processing plant in General Santos City in Mindanao. This follows the company’s $8.5-million takeover of Massachusetts-based salmon processor Spence & Co. Ltd., a deal which marked the foray by Alliance–erstwhile mostly manufacturing tuna as a while-label producer for the brands of other companies–into the branded food business.

Boat Raffle To Benefit Family, wife and three young boys Of Mike Smith who valiantly battled cancer .GoodMorningGloucester

Posted on September 11, 2012by

Good morning All,

Just thought I’d shard this with all of you in case you are interested or if you know someone else who may be that you could pass it onto.  This boat raffle will benefit the wife and three young boys of my late brother, Michael Smith.  Mike was a Gloucester firefighter who valiantly battled cancer and unfortunately passed away this past July.  There will be 175 tickets sold.TEAM SMITTY BOAT RAFFLE! We will be raffling my brothers boat off on November 3rd! 1999, 24′ Wellcraft Walkaround, includes trailer. Estimated book value is $12,500 – $15,000. Tickets are $100 each and includes a gathering at the St. Peter’s Club for the drawing. Let me know if you need a ticket!   If you are not a boater, win it and sell it… will go quick if priced right!  It is a nice boat that gave Mike and his family endless pleasure!!  Thanks to all who have already gotten back to us and have begun to buy tickets.

My best always, Jim  Call 978-879-8877 to het your tickets