FIVE ISLANDS, Maine - Up north, it's too warm.
A rise in ocean temperatures is killing off the iconic livelihood of New England fishermen. Two years ago, they hauled 14 million pounds of shrimp, but this year they'll only catch a tenth of that.
MARTIN COUNTY — A Belle Glade man is dead and three men were rescued unharmed after their commercial fishing boat returning from sea capsized in St. Lucie Inlet early Saturday afternoon.
It was unclear whether North Suffolk waterman Robbie Johnson was preaching to the converted during a Nansemond River Preservation Alliance on Tuesday.
A guest speaker at a packed alliance meeting in the Eclipse Ruritan Hall, Johnson told folks of his "armchair science" regarding the decline and recent resurgence of Nansemond oysters.
"Whatever makes common sense to me makes the most sense," Johnson declared of his methods.
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ORIENTAL — A Carteret County fisherman's trawler sank in Oriental Harbor Tuesday, resulting in an oil spill.
The Lady Barbara, a 71-foot shrimp trawler owned by Ralph Taylor of Marshallberg, sank in the harbor near Hodges Street, beside the docks of Garland Fulcher Seafood, after being docked since last summer with engine problems. Sherrill Styron, owner of the seafood company, said an oil spill boom was put around the boat to contain the spill as much as possible and absorbent pads were put out to collect the oil, while Mr. Taylor and the U.S. Coast Guard were called in.
"There really wasn't that much spilled," Mr. Styron said Thursday. "I think the situation's under control. There's just a sheen on water now."
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Leading experts who are helping the state study and counteract rising ocean acidity levels are scheduled to speak at a free seminar Jan. 24 at Everett Station.
The Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee is hosting the event featuring speakers from the Washington State Panel on Ocean Acidification. The seminar is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. in Everett Station's Weyerhaeuser Room, 3201 Smith Ave.
"We're pleased to be able to help educate the public about ocean acidification," said Tom Hoban, chairman of the county Marine Resources committee. "The breadth of its effects has only been recognized within the last decade and most people have never even heard of it."
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Fisheries stock assessments have less than a one-in-five track record in predicting the potential catch, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study, partly sponsored by NOAA and conducted at the University of Washington, concluded that fisheries managers need to start looking at environmental conditions that affect fish stocks and move more quickly to respond to natural or manmade changes that may have more of an effect than fishing does.
Only 18 percent of the 230 stock assessments examined had a clear connection between abundance and available catch, the study concluded. The rest point to other factors, to changes in the ocean environment and the behavior of fish.
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National Fisherman Live for March 10, 2014
PORTSMOUTH, NH - The New Hampshire Fish and Lobster Festival, known locally as Fishtival, invites the community to Portsmouth's Prescott Park each September to honor, celebrate and rediscover the proud tradition of small-scale, local commercial groundfishing in New Hampshire and its valuable contribution to our local food system, local economy and local culture. Now, the mission continues with the announcement of small grants available from the proceeds of the 2013 event.
In this year's Alaska Symphony of Seafood new-product contest, a distinguished panel of judges, composed of industry chefs and experts, bestowed the grand prize on Tilgner's Specialized Smoked Seafood Products for their Ruby Red Ole World Scottish Style Cold Smoked Sockeye Salmon.Read more...