Monthly Archives: May 2013

Two Newly Christened State-of-the-Art Menhaden Fishing Vessels to Join Atlantic Fleet

On 18 May, the Omega Protein Corporation added two fishing vessels to its fishing fleet, which targets menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) in the waters off Virginia and North Carolina. Omega, the single largest producer of specialty fishmeal and organic fish solubles … Continue reading

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Fishing is the Most Abhorrent Occupation in the World?

You find yourself and your industry being eroded. Not by fact-based evidence but by the wild ramblings of people who are ideologically driven to persecute those that make a living from a common resource. – Dr. Magnus Johnson speaking to … Continue reading

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Is It a “One Way Street” When it Comes to Incidentally-Caught Lobsters?

Over the past month, I have written several pieces about the most recent legislative effort (LD 1097) to allow lobsters caught incidentally by groundfishers to be landed in Maine. At present, the practice is illegal in Maine and some Maine-based groundfishers … Continue reading

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Sea Shepherd Launches Anti-Aquarium Trade Campaign in Hawaii

Today the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society launched Operation Reef Defense, a campaign spearheaded by Sea Shepherd Vice-President Robert Wintner to shut down marine aquarium fisheries. In the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Coral Magazine, I wrote an article called “Postcards from Hawaii” in which … Continue reading

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Canadian Lobster Fishers Unified in Protest of Low Prices

“Shame on us if we’re in the same position next spring.” – Gulf Nova Scotia Bonafide Fishermen’s Association President Dan MacDougall In northern Nova Scotia, Canada, lobster fishers–some 400 of them–tied up their boats today in protest of dwindling prices for lobster. … Continue reading

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Paths to Reform for Aquarium Fisheries

As some of you familiar with my work know, I cover all types of fisheries. Over the past few years, I have reported frequently on marine aquarium fisheries, especially those in developing island nations of the Pacific. I have come … Continue reading

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Redfish – Underutilized and Under-Appreciated

Yesterday I visited the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland, Maine to learn more about their sustainable seafood program and specifically the GMRI seafood branding program. Stay tuned for more on that program in the coming weeks, but … Continue reading

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Does the Magnuson-Stevens Act Need More Regional Flexibility?

In discussions with a number of fishers following my blog entry about  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northeast Administrator John Bullard’s letter in yesterday’s Gloucester Times, several consistent talking points have emerged. The one I’ve been thinking a lot about today–and … Continue reading

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A Way Forward for Coastal Communities – Bullard Says NOAA is on Fishermen’s Side

We’ve done all of this to help soften the blow of quota cuts. But more can be done. -John Bullard, Northeast Administrator NOAA In an opinion piece the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAAS)’s John Bullard penned for today’s Gloucester … Continue reading

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“Best Scientific Information Available” at Center of New England Fisheries Crisis

We know that for some fishing communities that have relied heavily on cod, haddock and flounder, the next several years are going to be a struggle. We’ve done everything we can to include measures that may help soften the blow of … Continue reading

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