Fishermen and boaters of Cape Ann and other parts of the North Shore are seeing a marked increase in long fin squid, a species normally more common south of Cape Cod.
It's the second summer of a squid population explosion, from the Cape to Southern Maine, said Michael Armstrong, assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries' Gloucester field station.
"We've always had them (long fin squid), but in less numbers," said Armstrong. "Their abundance is through the roof ... It's even more pronounced this year."
Armstrong said the word "boom" would be an accurate description, with long fin squid numbers increasing tenfold, at least.
The inky invertebrates are so plentiful that it's become popular to catch them, both to eat and to use a bait. The increase in squid fishing has caused friction recently at some North Shore docks — between authorities, boaters and other fishermen.
Earlier this summer, Marblehead town officials banned fishing from town-owned docks and floats, after overcrowding by squid anglers became a problem.
Salem Harbormaster Bill McHugh said his team patrols the waters near the city's power plant every night, to remind squid fisherman they must stay at least 100 feet away from the plant. Squid fishing is also popular on the Salem Willows pier and off the rocks near Fort Pickering on Winter Island, he said.
"Usually the squid fishermen work at night. They use bright lights so we do get (complaint) calls," McHugh said. "We go over (to the power plant) nightly to remind them to stay out of the restricted area ... We've had a couple of issues in the Salem Willows with lights, but nothing major."
"(The squid fishermen) are mostly respectful and comply right away," he said.
Read the full story at the Gloucester Daily Times>>
The value of the seafood from Alaska in 2011 was well over $6-billion dollars according to a new report from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. The report includes some detailed information about the size and scope of the seafood industry in Bristol Bay.
More than 153 years after it was lost in a violent collision at sea, government and university maritime archaeologists have identified the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.