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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's Oldest Ship Retired

(Photo Credit:  NOAA)

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 .

GE Power for Tuna Clipper

GE Transportation delivered a GE 16-cylinder 7FDM diesel engine for installation aboard the Cap. Berny B tuna clipper. The vessel, owned by Berni Buehs and Sons, Manta, Ecuador, is being repowered from a dual-engine propulsion system to a single GE medium-speed diesel engine. “This is a milestone project because it marks the initial application of a GE diesel engine for a tuna boat,” said John Manison, manager of GE Transportation’s marine and stationary power business.

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. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Zamakona Yards Delivers Tuna Freezer Vessel

Zamakona Yards delivers a second tuna freezer vessel to the Jadran Group

  Zamakona Yards yesterday celebrated in Getxo (Bizkaia) the delivery of the tuna freezer vessel LJUBICA, their latest construction to the owner group Jadran based in Ecuador and Panamá. The event was attended by over 200 people, including authorities and guests, acting as Godmother Matea Peric, a 7 year old girl. The ceremony also attended Jardan Group´s President, Mr. Diego Miletic and Mr. Pedro Garaygordobil, President of Zamakona Yards Group

Zamakona to Deliver Tuna Freezer Vessel

Jai Alai (Photo courtesy of Zamakona Yards)

Zamakona Yards to deliver tuna freezer vessel Jai Alai to the Echebastar Group   This Saturday, March 7, Zamakona Shipyards in Santurce will deliver its construction number 737, the tuna freezer vessel Jai Alai, to bermeo Group Echebastar.   Present at the ceremony will be Kepa Echevarría, Deputy Director of the Echebastar Group; and Pedro Garaygordobil, Zamakona Yards’ President; and to preside over the ceremony and act as godmother Mary Arenaza Happiness Madariaga

Royal Star Sports Cummins Engines


The Cummins six-cyliner in-line marine diesel is a common engine on commercial fishing boats from Seattles classic long line halibut schooners to Gulf of Mexico Shrimpers. In southern California the 85 by 24 ft Royal Star, a sport fishing boat out of San Diego, has run up a lot of hours on a pair of these engines. Extended fishing trips have routinely taken the Royal Star well into Mexican waters and, on occasion further south in Central America.

Fishing Vessel, Engineer Guilty of Environmental Crime


New Zealand Fishing Company and Chief Engineer Sentenced for Environmental Crimes and Obstruction of Justice.   A New Zealand fishing company that owned and operated the tuna fishing vessel San Nikunau, and a former chief engineer on the ship, were sentenced in federal court today for environmental crimes and obstruction of justice, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S

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 by a sister ship but the master and chief engineer remain missing and presumed deceased. The investigation was unable to determine the exact cause of flooding that originated in the steering

Adani's Commission Tuna Tekra Bulk Terminal at Kandla

Nitin Gadkari, the Honourable Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways inaugurated the terminal (Pic by Adani Ports)

   Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, a global integrated player, today said it had commissioned a bulk terminal at Tuna Tekra, Kanda Port, with an annual handling capacity of over 20 million tonnes, further consolidating its leadership one position on the west coast of India.   Nitin Gadkari, the Honourable Minister for Shipping

Zamakona Builds Tuna Vessel for Echebastar

Photo: Zamakona Yards

 Zamakona Yards informs its Astilleros Zamakona shipyard will deliver new build EuskadiI Alai, the third tuna freezer vessel ordered by the Echebastar Group to the Bermeo Group Echebastar on Saturday at the maritime cruise station in Getxo, Port of Bilbao.  

Protection for French Vessels by Private Operators

Private Armed Guards

The enactment of Law No. 2014-742 of 1st July 2014 and the signing of decrees related during late 2014 and early 2015 resulted in June 2015 to approve the first private companies wishing to conduct activities of protection of French flagged vessels (APPN).

Fishing Company Charged Over $1 Mln in Oil Spill Penalties

Photo courtesy of Tri-Marine

Tri-Marine Management Co., Tri-Marine Fishing Management and Cape Mendocino Fishing (Tri-Marine) have agreed to pay $1.05 million in civil penalties and to perform fleet-wide inspections and other corrective measures to resolve claims stemming from an October 2014 oil spill in American Samoa and

U.S. loses WTO Appeal in Mexican Tuna Dispute

Courtesy WTO

  The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against the United States on Friday in a dispute with Mexico over tuna labelling, upholding an earlier ruling issued in April that found U.S. rules discriminated against Mexico. "The Appellate Body concludes that the United States

Maersk Publishes Sustainability Report

Photo: Maersk

Having launched a new sustainability strategy last year, the Maersk Group has published its 2014 sustainability report, covering aspects of the group’s 2014 sustainability performance including human rights, anticorruption, responsible procurement, diversity

Tracking Turtles Across Miles of Open Ocean

Leatherback Turtle

  Scientists have long known that leatherback sea turtles travel thousands of miles each year through open ocean to get from foraging habitats to nesting beaches and tropical wintering grounds, but how the wanderers find their way has been “an enduring mystery of animal behavior

Indonesia Restricts Foreign Vessels to Spur Local Shipbuilding

Susi Pudjiastuti: Ministry of Marine and Fisheries

 Indonesia will begin restricting foreign vessels transporting domestic aquaculture products in Indonesian waters to encourage growth for domestic shipbuilders from next year.   The stricter fishing laws would spell the end of foreign fishing vessels plying Indonesian waters

Murray & Associates Hosts 4th Fishing Challenge

Photo courtesy of Murray & Associates

A group of industry professionals from the commercial maritime sector gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on March 28 to participate in Murray & Associates LLC’s 2015 Fishing Challenge.   The naval architect and marine engineering group hosted the tournament for the fourth

EBDG Remembers James A. Cole

Jim Cole (Photo: EBDG)

Fishing vessel expert and award-winning author, leaves legacy of excellence   EBDG announced the passing of Jim Cole. Over the span of a half century, Jim distinguished himself as among the best in his field, demonstrating extensive expertise in the design of a variety of vessel types

APSEZ Ports Cargo Handled Up 28%

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) is part of Adani Group – a $9.4 billion conglomerate with businesses spanning coal trading, coal mining, oil & gas exploration, ports, multi-modal logistics, power gen

  Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, today announced the financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2015. Consolidated cargo across all ports handled by the company was

Libya Shells Turkish Cargo Ship, One Dead

Turkey says vessel was carrying plasterboard to Tobruk. Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government said on Monday they shelled a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast after it was warned not to approach, and one crew member was killed in what Turkey described as a

Libyan Military Shells Turkish Cargo Ship, Crewman Killed

 Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government said on Monday they shelled a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast after it was warned not to approach, and one crew member was killed in what Turkey described as a "contemptible attack".  

Sea Shepherd Global Launches Operation Siracusa

The Brigitte Bardot sails off the coast of Siracusa during Op. Siracusa 2014.

  Following on from the incredibly successful 2014 campaign, Sea Shepherd Global launches Operation Siracusa 2015. Led by Sea Shepherd Italia, the campaign aims to defend the fragile ecosystem of the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, off the Eastern coast of Siracusa in Sicily

Sea Burials Gaining Popularity in Japan

Photo: NEBAS

New England Burials At Sea LLC (NEBAS) enters Japanese USA Market with “high in demand” sea burials.   NEBAS founder, Captain Brad White reports that Japan has a new and genuine interest in New England, and it is not related to Blue Fin Tuna, but burials at sea.  

APSEZ to Develop Vizhinjam Port

Gautam Adani

  Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, a global integrated player, has received “Letter of Award” for development of the Vizhinjam International Deepwater Seaport Project from Government of Kerala (GoK)

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