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Fukushima Radioactivity In Tuna off Oregon, Washington

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 A sample of albacore tuna caught off the shores of Oregon and Washington state have small levels of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, researchers said on Tuesday. But authors of the Oregon State University study say the levels are so small you would have to consume more than 700,000 pounds of the fish with the highest radioactive level to match the amount of radiation the average person is annually exposed to in everyday life through cosmic rays, the air, the ground, X-rays and other sources. Still, the findings shed some light about the impact of the meltdown on the Pacific Ocean following the March 2011 tsunami and subsequent power plant disaster, said Delvan Neville, a graduate research assistant at OSU and lead author of the study. "I think people would rather have an answer on what is there and what isn't there than have a big question mark," Neville said. At the most extreme, radiation levels tripled from fish tested before Fuskushima and fish tested after. That level was 0.1 percent of the level set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for concern. "The levels were way too small to really be a food safety issue, but we still want to tell people about it so they know what's there." Neville said. Jason Phillips, a research associate in OSU's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and co-author of the study, said he did not expect to find high levels of radiation in the fish


NOAA Fisheries Seize 80 Tons of Albacore

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Office for Law Enforcement (OLE) special agents have seized 80 short tons of albacore tuna, worth over $141,000 , from a Cambodian-flagged longline fishing vessel, the Long Man Yun #66 in Pago Pago, American Samoa, for allegedly violating U.S. fishing laws. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the Commerce Department.


NOAA's Oldest Ship Retired

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NOAA ship John N. Cobb, the oldest and only wooden hulled ship in the NOAA fleet, was decommissioned in after 58 years of service. The 93-ft. fisheries research vessel began service in 1950 with the Bureau of Fisheries, predecessor to NOAA's Fisheries Service, conducting albacore tuna surveys in , , and . Homeported in , Cobb has operated primarily in Alaskan waters for much of her service life, most recently in support of the fisheries service's Auke Bay Laboratories in .


NOAA Agents Seize Illegal Bluefin Tuna

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Office for Law Enforcement has seized a catch of 71 undersized Atlantic bluefin tuna onboard a commercial scallop vessel in violation of regulations governing both size and number of fish. The vessel owner is subject to civil penalties between $1,000 and $40,000 and/or permit sanctions of between 10 and 30 days. On August 3, 2002, a Virginia Marine Patrol officer boarded the fishing vessel Kimberly and Kathryn


Vessel Owner Fined for Illegally Manning U.S. Flagged Vessels

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Coast Guard Sector Guam has levied fines against the South Pacific Tuna Corporation for eight separate violations of Title 46 United States Code, Section 8304 for using unlicensed foreign personnel to illegally fill the roles of chief mate and chief engineer on U.S. flagged vessels.   Crewmembers from Sector Guam determined in March 2012 that the violations had taken place on five of the company’s 14 purse seine vessels while conducting dockside vessel safety examinations in


South Pacific Tuna Reports Improved Safety

Photo: South Pacific Tuna Corporation

U.S. Distant Water Tuna Fleet Records Zero Fatalities in 2013 South Pacific Tuna Corporation pointed to the tuna industry’s 2013 record of zero fatalities in response to a recent report, implication of safety concerns and 2012 violations from foreign officers license certification, as cited in a recent press release from Coast Guard Sector Guam. The company’s track record of overall operational safety and ongoing policy improvement work in cooperation with the United States


Izar Fene Shipyard and Itsazi Develop Offshore Unit

Izar Fene Shipyard in collaboration with Itsazi Aquaculture has developed an OffShore unit for the breeding, fattening and transport of the bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynuus). This unit sails at 8 knots, and is able to transport living tunas from the Mediterranean to Japan. The proposed concept, combines a unique fish farming facility with a modern marine design to produce an offshore unit capable of purchasing young Tuna Fish in the selling centres, fattening of 1200 t of


Tuna Fisher and Freezer Izaro Set to Launch

Izaro (Photo: Zamakona Yards)

On Saturday, September 7 , the launching of Izaro was held at the premises of Zamakona Yards in Bilbao. This vessel is a tuna freezer of 1,900 m3 and belongs to the Echebastar Group. The investment is 30 million Euros and the delivery is scheduled for January 2014. This is the first ship of a new generation of tuna fishers, designed and developed by the Naval Engineering Department Cintranaval - Defcar SL in cooperation with Echebastar


Reintjes Provides Specialized Tuna Seiner Gear

The propulsion units of tuna seiners of the latest generation are characterized by high cruising speeds of up to 20 knots and highly turbocharged diesel engines with critical response characteristics during stop maneuvers. Reintjes has developed a gear system which helps maximize engine response times to aid the seine fishing process, yet also protects the gear and engine. A new 381 ft. tuna seiner, ordered by Albacora S.A


Zamakona Delivers Tuna Vessel to Echebastar

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The Echebaster Group received its new tuna-freezer vessel last Saturday from Zamakona Yards after its inauguration at the Maritime Cruise Station at Getxo, Port of Bilbao. The new tuna vessel has a length of almost 90 meters and a capacity of 1,900 m3 of fish in its 20 freezers with accommodation for 42 crew aboard and a top speed of 18.2 knots. This Saturday, the inauguration of the first of a series of three tuna-freezer vessels of similar characteristics that Zamakona Yards will deliver


GE Showcases Maritime Industry Solutions at SMM

Today at the SMM 2014 exhibition, GE announced it will showcase a variety of cutting-edge projects and solutions to meet demands of the global commercial and naval marine industry. According to Afra Gerstenfeld, General Manager of Transportation’s Marine group


Construction of Flotel Ship for Pemex

  With traditional keel laying, began work today mount flotel tier ship for worker accommodation platforms Pemex Exploration and Production. The vessel, to be delivered in July 2016, measured 131 meters in length and 27 meters wide, and will accommodate 700 people.  


Zamakona Launches Tuna Freezer Vessel

Ljubica at the Zamakona Yards shipyard in Bilbao. (Photo courtesy of Zamakona Yards)

Tuna freezer vessel Ljubica was launched at Zamakona Yards shipyard in Bilbao on June 16 for Ecuadoran shipowner Pesquera Miriam S.A. The ship has been designed and developed by the technical shipping office CINTRANAVAL - DEFCAR SL  and has a 1,999 m3 fish capacity in its tanks


Adani Ports to Commission Tuna Tekra Terminal by Dec 2014

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  Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, will commission its dry bulk cargo handling terminal at Tuna Tekra in a record time by December 2014. The group shared this development with prospective clients during a trade meeting, last week.


Renzi Calls EU to Take Responsibility for Boat Migrants

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday Europe must take responsibility for rescuing boat migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa by making a "significant investment" in the region's border control agency, Frontex.


BP Spill Compensation Battles Rage On

BP pays billions in compensation but some claims still unpaid; Oil still appearing on beaches in Gulf of Mexico. Company says claims process is flawed, not all oil from spill. Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana


Years After BP U.S.Oil Spill: Compensation Battle Rages

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.   Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colourful


$5.6M Granted for US Fisheries Research

Research projects in New England and the Mid-Atlantic are expected to receive nearly $5.6 million in federal funding, according to an announcement made today by NOAA Fisheries. Under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program, which is administered by NOAA Fisheries


USCG Report Investigates Tuna Boat Sinking

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) released the results of its investigation into the June 2010 sinking of the U.S. flagged Distant Water Tuna Fleet vessel Majestic Blue 2,100 miles southwest of Hawaii, Friday. The investigation revealed twenty-two crewmembers safely abandoned ship and were rescued


Deepwater Horizon Spill Causes Fish Abnormalities

Oil near the Deepwater Horizon disaster spill source as seen during an aerial overflight on May 20, 2010. (Credit: NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that results to a new study conducted by a team of NOAA and academic scientists suggest that crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of bluefin and yellowfin tunas.


Caribbean Security Challenges

The Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force Marine Police  are equipped with a variety of patrol boats to monitor and patrol their waters.  The three engines on this boat can achieve speeds up to 60 knots. Edward Lundquist

The Caribbean is a complex maritime environment, with multiple countries and territories, significant seaborne commerce and a wide variety of threats to safety, security, stability, the environment and sovereignty.  A diverse group of stakeholders gathered in Providenciales


Sargasso Sea Protection: 11 Countries Pledge to Support Pact

Sargasso Sea image from video courtesy of SSA

Representatives from 11 countries and territories from North America, the Caribbean and Europe have committed support for the conservation of the Sargasso Sea eco-system for the benefit of present and future generations, informs the Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA).


Murray & Associates Hosts Third Fishing Challenge

Photo credit: Shane Roeser, Trans Marine Propulsion Systems

A group of industry professionals from the commercial maritime sector gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at 8 a.m. on February 8 to participate in Murray & Associates LLC’s 2014 Fishing Challenge. The naval architect and marine engineering group hosted the tournament for the third


Recent Vessel Sales

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GE Marine Sell 3 Marine Diesel Engines at Korea Expo

At the presently running Kormarine International Shipbuilding and Marine Equipment Exhibition in Busan, South Korea, GE Marine say they have sold three 16V250 marine diesel engines: 2 engines to Dongwon Industries, one of the world's largest tuna fishery companies; and one engine to Hansung






 
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