A group of commercial fishermen sent a letter on 9 April to the governor of Massachusetts, U.S.A. asking for more direct involvement in the state’s plans for offshore wind development.
The letter, signed by 25 commercial fishermen and 228 fishing vessels and sent to Governor Charles Baker, was coordinated by the National Coalition for Fishing Communities (NCFC) in response to planned offshore wind projects. Three companies have bid… Read More
In the wake of 17 right whale deaths in 2017 – one of the worst years in terms of right whale mortalities in decades –the lobster and crab fishing industries are under pressure to work out solutions that will make their gear safer.
Twelve of the 17 right whale deaths occurred in Canada, and several of those were attributed directly to snow crab fishing gear. Those entanglements have led to calls for changes to the gear… Read More
Europol and the Spanish Guardia Civil, in collaboration with Portuguese authorities, seized 350 kilograms of elvers that were about to be smuggled out of Spain during “Operation Elvers,” the three agencies announced on 6 April.
Ten suspects were arrested – Spanish, Chinese, and Moroccan nationals – in connection with smuggling the eels. Authorities estimate the group has managed to smuggle a value of… Read More
Changes to the menhaden quota allocation on the East Coast of the U.S.A. have been met by support from some states, while others are pushing back.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) decided in November 2017 to increase the menhaden catch limit from 200,000 metric tons to 216,000 metric tons for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Menhaden typically are utilized for the high amount of omega-3 fats they contain, and their oils are used… Read More
Live Stor of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada has announced a partnership with Leader in Green Assets (LIG Assets) that will create a new company devoted to live seafood storage and shipping.
Live Stor's American division plans to create facilities in both Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Maine, U.S.A that would store up to one million pounds (453,000 kilograms) of live lobsters. The plan would be a key part of the company’s goal to ship… Read More
Salmon with cases of infectious salmon anemia were discovered at a Northern Harvest Sea Farms site in Newfoundland, Canada, according to officials with the Newfoundland and Labrador government.
The infected salmon were discovered at the company’s site in Spyglass Cove, located near the community of Pool’s Cove on the south coast of Newfoundland. As soon as ISA was found at the site, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency was… Read More
Nova Scotia, Canada-based Masstown Market is recalling some of its Smoked Kippers and Cold Smoked Salmon from shelves out of fears that the products may allow the growth of dangerous bacteria.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the recall on 29 March after it was discovered that two of Masstown Market’s products may permit the growth of Clostirium botulinum, commonly known as foodborne botulism. The recall came as a… Read More
As the small but lucrative elver season kicked off on 22 March in Maine, U.S.A. the price-per-pound for the baby eels hit record high prices.
Home to the only significant fishery for elvers in the U.S.A., Maine’s season runs between 22 March and 7 June each year. After the first few days of fishing, the Maine Department of Marine Resources reported on 31 March that the average price being paid by buyers in the state for eels was USD 2,511… Read More
Norway’s Nordic Aquafarms have started the long process of making its vision of building one of the world’s largest land-based salmon farms a reality.
The company’s proposal to build a USD 150 million (EUR 120 million) land-based aquaculture facility in Belfast, Maine, U.S.A., would require approvals from multiple regulatory bodies, including the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service… Read More
A lawsuit against a national marine monument, started nearly a year ago, is moving forward once more after a U.S. District Court Judge lifted a stay placed on the case.
The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument, established via executive order using the Antiquities Act by President Barack Obama, set aside 4,913 square miles (12,724 square kilometers) of ocean 130 miles (209 kilometers) off the coast of New England. Soon after… Read More