National Fisherman

TARPON SPRINGS - The smell of diesel fuel lingers in the air near the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs.

Crews are cleaning up what is left of more than 6,000 gallons of fuel that was on board the Skye Marie shrimp boat when it caught fire and sank last week.

The charred fishing vessel is blocking businesses along the Anclote River. A spokesperson for Florida Fish and Wildlife said it is their job to ensure the Skye Marie is moved and the environment is protected.

Longtime shrimper Billy Harris owns the Skye Marie. He does not have insurance and said he cannot afford to move the boat. He also said he cannot afford to pay for the extensive clean-up. The clean-up got more complicated after Monday morning's high tide.

"The high tide shifted pocket of fuel that was in the forward part of the vessel. That fuel then, it was an undetermined amount, but it did come to the surface," said Michael De Nyse, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard. "We noticed it and we attacked it quickly and got SWS environmental services on scene. They were contracted to then collect that fuel that rose to the surface."

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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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