National Fisherman

It's bad enough that America's Atlantic tuna fishermen — including the Gloucester boats and captains featured in National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna" TV series — will be dealing with the same collective bluefin limit of 1,750 metric tons they faced this year, even when studies show the stock's biomass at 145 percent.

But New England and other Atlantic tuna fishermen have only foreign officials and scientists to thank that the limits by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas – or ICCAT — aren't lower than the current figures, again, in spite of the stock's documented growth. For that was the direction sought by NOAA chief administrator Jane Lubchenco, who, rather than representing the interest of NOAA's parent Department of Commerce, American fishermen, and other U.S. businesses tied to the tuna trade, instead pushed for the catch to be lowered, even in the face of science that showed there was no need to do so.

If this doesn't spur federal lawmakers and the Obama administration to give her the boot, we can only wonder what will. Lubchenco's calls at the recent ICCAT meeting in Morocco – thankfully ignored or refuted by respected scientists and government officials from other countries — are nothing short of a disgrace.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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