Latest Fishing News
FishNews – June 22, 2016 – Gulf Sea Turtle Recovery, Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants, Proposal to Rebuild Pacific Bluefin Tuna, and MoreJune 24, 2016
EVENTS June 23 Last day of New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Portland, Maine. June 23-28 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington. June 28-30 Caribbean Fishery Management Council meeting in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. June 29 Wrap-up of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s June meeting, conducted via webinar. July 8 and 13 Two free Protected Species…http://americanalbacore.com/fishnews-june-22-2016-gulf-sea-turtle-recovery-coastal-ecosystem-resiliency-grants-proposal-to-rebuild-pacific-bluefin-tuna-and-more
California’s Offshore Seamounts at Risk of Being ClosedJune 20, 2016
It has long been rumored that conservation groups were hoping to have the President use the Antiquities Act to designate Tanner and Cortes banks as National Marine Monuments. Finally, this rumor has been put on paper and its reach is far more than just the two areas mentioned above. The areas in grey below are those being proposed for Monument designation….
Read more (Westcoastfisheriesconsultants)
Oregon moves to protect Ocean’s small fish from hooks, netsJune 20, 2016
Starting this fall, Oregon commercial anglers looking to target a new fish at the bottom of the ocean food chain may first have to prove they can do so sustainably.
Fish managers at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have crafted a plan to ban all new forage fisheries in state-regulated waters, unless anglers can prove they can target the fish without harming the ecosystem. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to consider adopting the policy at its September meeting.
Read more (Oregonlive.com)
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Pacific group says US abusing tuna ruleJune 13, 2016
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement say a new U.S. Government regulation violates a conservation measure on high seas fishing.
The measure had been approved last year by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.
But the PNA’s outgoing chief executive, Transform Aqorau, says the US rule that came in last month aims to allow its purse seine fleet to evade the Commission’s measure….
Read more (Radionz.co.nz)
UN agency announces world’s first illegal fishing treaty now in forceJune 7, 2016
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.
“This is a great day in the continuing effort to build sustainable fisheries that can help feed the world,” said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva in a press release….
Read more (un.org)
Spain’s canned seafood exports up 15% in Q1June 7, 2016
Industry association expects canned exports to soon account for 50 percent of Spain’s production.
Spanish canned seafood exports increased 15 percent in volume and 13 percent in value in the
first quarter of 2016, reports Atlantico Net.
During this period, exports reached 40,013 metric tons valued at €170 million ($193 million),
according to the Spanish Association of Seafood Canners (Anfaco).
Of this total, Spain exported 23,079 metric tons of canned tuna, mainly to countries in the European Union….
Read more (IntraFish.com)
Important Vessel Notifications
Clarification of Mandatory Safety Exams for Commercial Fishing VesselsOctober 27, 2015
This bulletin provides clarification about the five-year mandatory dockside safety exam that applies to many commercial fishing vessels (CFVs).
Marine safety alert: When fatigue catches upSeptember 2, 2015
This safely alert addresses a recent increase in the number of groundings on Alaskan shorelines involving uninspected commercial fishing vessels….
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National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident BriefAugust 20, 2015
Good morning, I hope this email finds you safe and successful in whichever fishery you participate in. In addition to the below link identifying the importance of maintaining a proper lookout at all times, I want to remind everyone of the scheduled Safety Decal requirement on October 15, 2015. You can call or reply this…http://americanalbacore.com/national-transportation-safety-board-marine-accident-brief
Pending Legislation: Fisheries Off West Coast States; Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Revision to Prohibited Species RegulationsJune 24, 2015
Canadian Treaty – Important Information 2015 SeasonJune 13, 2015
The treaty between the governments of Canada and the United States on Pacific Albacore Tuna Vessels and Port Privileges was signed in 1981….
View treaty information (NOAA Fisheries)
EMTU/communication services are no longer approved for compliance with VMS requirements in United States federal fisheries, after September 30, 2015June 5, 2015
Today’s Federal Register includes an revision to the list of approved EMTUs – which may become important should NMFS move forward with requiring EMTUs on high seas permitted vessels. See – http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-05/pdf/2015-13675.pdf. In short, the following EMTU/communication services are no longer approved for compliance with VMS requirements in United States federal fisheries, after September 30,…http://americanalbacore.com/emtucommunication-services-are-no-longer-approved-for-compliance-with-vms-requirements-in-united-states-federal-fisheries-after-september-30-2015
Proposed Federal Rule re Revision to Prohibited Species RegulationsJune 5, 2015
This proposed rule was published in today’s federal register which will allow HMS permitted fishermen (incl Albacore fishermen) to retain Salmon and Pacific halibut, if all of the necessary regulations for those respective fisheries are followed (ie – permits, season is open, using proper gear and not in a closed area or in an area…http://americanalbacore.com/proposed-federal-rule-re-revision-to-prohibited-species-regulations
Comments on: International Affairs; High Seas Fishing Compliance Act; Permitting and Monitoring of U.S. High Seas Fishing VesselsMay 11, 2015