to the Web Skipper
fishermen turn to the sea, and a life on the edge
LUBEC, Maine — The
wall of her grandfather’s boathouse told the story.
“On the inside of the big doors at the front of the boathouse, he had
written every name of every person he knew that had been lost at sea,”
Julie Keene recalled recently.
When asked how many names were on that list, Keene,52, could only close
her eyes and say, “Too many. Too many.”
Note: This is an excellent article on the perils of the sea.
Reason: Pick Your
Poissons: Economic and ecological diversity for fisheries
The pitiful state hof
America's ocean fisheries provokes perennial handwringing. In its July
31st issue, The New Yorker profiled historical ecologist, fisher and
MacArthur genius Ted Ames. Mining the memories of old fishers and
historical documents, Ames has rediscovered the former spawning and
feeding grounds of ghost cod populations in the Gulf of Maine that were
destroyed by overfishing. The hope is that that knowledge will aid in
some day restoring them. The profile notes that with modern fishing
methods "[e]ntire populations of fish can be erased." In fact, New
England's once vast cod fishery is all but gone today.
Lincoln County News
Denies Dock on Clam Flats
The Herald News
Fishermen’s health plan launches survey
BOSTON -- A health plan providing
coverage to Massachusetts fishermen and their families is about to
launch a survey to determine how many fishermen are having trouble
paying for health care and how many more fishermen would join the plan
if they could.
Groundfish Amendment 13
This site seems to
have a lot of information about Amendment 13, as well as links to many
other related sites
Fisheries Management Council
Seafood Choices Alliance
sustainable fishing to the table. Some may disagree with this site. Send
me a note; I'll post it.
Northeast Regional Cod Tagging
Program - Home page
Change is seen in Atlantic from climate, fishing
PORTLAND, Maine —
The basic makeup of the ocean waters off the Northeast and the
mid-Atlantic region has fundamentally changed in the past 40 years
because of climate change, commercial fishing pressures and growing
coastal populations, according to a new report.
The 2009 Ecosystem Status Report says fish populations in U.S. waters
from North Carolina to Maine have moved from their traditional home
grounds because of a changing environment and human activities.
Tide may be turning for overexploited fish stocks
are having a glass-half-full moment. A new global survey of commercial
fish stocks concludes that many threatened ecosystems are on the mend,
thanks to good stewardship.
And the other half of that glass? Sixty-three per cent of the fish
populations they surveyed are still at unsustainable levels, with things
looking grimmest in the developing world.
Modest Fisheries Reduction Could Protect Vast Coastal Ecosystems
23, 2009) — A reduction of as little as five per cent in fisheries catch
could result in as much as 30 per cent of the British Columbia coastal
ecosystems being protected from overfishing, according to a new study
from the UBC Fisheries Centre in Canada.
Rebuilding the swordfish stock
Unlike some fish
stocks making headlines these days, the Atlantic swordfish is a great
success story in rebuilding. Yet the U.S. fleet that fishes for
swordfish faces the unique problem of not being able, due to a variety
of reasons, to catch its U.S. quota. It is catching only half the base
Poll shows strong support for a new management system for groundfish
concern for Maine and Massachusetts voters
On Monday, the Pew Environment Group released the results of a public
opinion survey conducted with voters in Maine and Massachusetts, which
showed that voters overwhelmingly support a new management system for
the groundfish (cod, flounder, haddock) that have been a cornerstone of
New England's economy for centuries.
The poll, conducted by City Square Associates, Inc., a research and
consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, addressed voter attitudes
toward overfishing as well as major changes the New England Fishery
Management Council is considering that will improve sustainable
management of these important fish populations. The council will vote on
these changes during its meeting in Portland, Maine, June 22-25, 2009.
Did The North Atlantic Fisheries Collapse Due To Fisheries-induced
ScienceDaily (May 26, 2009) — The Atlantic cod
has, for many centuries, sustained major fisheries on both sides of the
Atlantic. However, the North American fisheries have now largely
collapsed. A new article from scientists at the University of Iceland
and Marine Research Institute in Reykjavik provides insights into
possible mechanisms of the collapse of fisheries, due to
VillageSoup - Sports & Outdoors News - VillageSoup
Report examines threat of 'Roving Bandits' to
ORONO (March 25): A recent study
published in the journal Science by UMaine researchers and others has
identified a growing threat to the health of local fisheries across
Maine and around the world: the so-called "roving bandits" of the seas.
[except lobster fishermen]
BBC NEWS Science-Nature Fish shrinkage threatens survival
The shrinking size
of fish due to their overexploitation has dire consequences for the
recovery of depleted stocks, scientists have claimed.
Herring Boats Fined, Haddock Hard to Avoid
ELLSWORTH — The coastal
herring fishery will close tomorrow for the remainder of 2004. Having
reached 53,840 metric tons of the 60,000-ton Area 1A total on Nov. 6,
regulators decided Monday to close the area to all but incidental
herring catches starting Nov. 19, the same date it closed in 2003.
Rep. Frank asks for quick action on haddock grounds 10- 8- 2004
immediate access to haddock-rich fishing grounds in Georges Bank is
necessary to relieve New Bedford's "beleaguered groundfish fleet,"
according to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.
Boston.com - News - Local - Ways to revive clam beds explored
HAMPTON, N.H. --
Declining clam populations, clam mortality rates, and shellfish bed
closures in Hampton/Seabrook Harbor will be the focus of a forum on the
status of New Hampshire's shellfish tonight in Hampton.
The News@Ellsworth American.com
Amendment 13 Lawsuits
The News@Ellsworth American.com Groundfisheries Group Explores Area
There's only two fulltime ground fishermen east of Vinalhaven
The News@Ellsworth American.com Amendment 13 in Effect, Changes Already
Wired 12.05 The Bluewater Revolution
Interesting article about an open
ocean aquaculture experiment by the U. of N.H. which is taking place
near the Isle of Shoals with cod, haddock and halibut
Fishermen cry foul over new regulations 4- 28- 2004
News, south coast of MA
Boston.com - News - Local - Mass. - Fisherman facing new catch limits
Last November, New
England fishermen cheered when a government agency accepted a plan that
would allow them to spend more days at sea. But on May 1, when the
Amendment 13 fishing regulations take effect, most fishermen who catch
groundfish -- such as cod, flounder, and white hake -- will actually be
working fewer days
The News@Ellsworth American.com Funds Restored
For Pending Fishing Rules
Collins Says Freeze Was Impetus For Regulation Changes
Fishupdate.com Haddock baby boom detected on Georges BankWoods Hole,
Mass. Resource surveys conducted by US federal fishery scientists in
late summer and fall of 2003 have detected evidence suggesting that
spawning haddock on Georges Bank have produced the largest incoming
group of young fish in forty years, and perhaps the largest on record
for the stock.
Maine senator withdraws opposition to fishing plan 1- 23- 2004
Frank targets fishing rules 1- 15- 2004
U.S. Rep. Barney
Frank, D-Mass., wants to change the federal fishing laws, and he says he
has the support to put it on Congress' plate this year.
Projo.com Providence Local News
remain unsure A Maine senator's
actions on behalf of commercial fishermen in her home state don't sit
well with other New England fishermen who thought new regulations were
finally ready to be implemented.
JuneauEmpire.com Local Cold water coral war 01-04-04
A battle heats up
between trawlers, environmentalists
Mercury News 01-05-2004 Losing a way of life
description of problems facing groundfishing in California