Category Archive: January ’14

FISH SAFE – Winch safety study identifies crew hazards

by Ann Backus –

Jan. 27 will mark five years since 53-year-old Bill Meldrum died off the coast of New Jersey aboard the 65′ Lydia … Read the rest

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NMFS grants sector boats access to Nantucket but not Closed Areas I or II

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DANVERS, MA – Starting Dec. 31, groundfish sector boats will be allowed to fish in two different portions of the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area for … Read the rest

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NJ bite stokes late-fall bluefin fishery

NMFS increased the daily bluefin retention limit to five large medium or giants on Nov. 27, just before the fishery took off.  The change helped fishermen improve efficiency by reducing fuel and operating costs. (Photos courtesy of Steve Getto)

MANASQUAN, NJ – Bluefin tuna fishermen from Maine to North Carolina dropped everything and bolted for New Jersey and Long Island ports in early December … Read the rest

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Stock ‘collapse’ prompts 2014 shrimp moratorium

One of the “better” tows from the 2013 Gloria Michelle shrimp survey.  Dogfish, redfish, and whiting dominated many hauls, with shrimp being few and far between.  Overall, 13% of the tows caught no shrimp at all, and 52% caught less than 100 shrimp.  During the 1984-2011 surveys, fewer than 1% of the tows caught zero shrimp and, on average, only 6% caught less than 100 shrimp. (Heidi Marotta/NEFSC photo)

PORTLAND, ME – Faced with a stock that scientists said had technically “collapsed,” the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Section met here Read the rest

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100-percent coverage on herring midwater boats desired by all – cost the problem

NEWPORT, RI – While pledging to revisit a number of issues related to catch monitoring on Atlantic herring midwater trawl vessels, the New England Fishery Read the rest

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Dogfish quota to increase in 2014 and 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Even though the fishery has been “under-performing” and the fleet has landed a mere fraction of its 2013 quota, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery … Read the rest

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CFRF whelk, scallop, lobster projects reveal surprises, climate change effects

SOUTH KINGSTON, RI – Fishermen got some surprising news about channeled whelk and engaged in a lively Q&A over Southern New England lobster nursery survey … Read the rest

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