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Fishermen Rally to Reform Magnuson Stevens Act

Thousands of Coastal Fishermen to Rally in Washington, D.C. on March 21.   In another historic show of solidarity, U.S. recreational and commercial fishermen will gather at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2012 starting at noon in an organized demonstration supporting sensible reform of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. This is a follow-up to a rally in February of 2010 that brought some 5,000 recreational, commercial and party/charter vessel owners, fishermen and people in fisheries dependent businesses from all over the country to Washington. Twenty plus members of the Senate and House of Representatives spoke regarding efforts to reform Magnuson.     Signed into law in 1976, the 36-year-old law "most notably aided in the development of the domestic fishing industry by phasing out foreign fishing," according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.  In recent years however, the act has been transformed from its original intent into a weapon employed by a handful of mega-foundations and the so-called marine conservation organizations they subsidize aimed at reducing overall participation in our nation's rich fisheries while driving both commercial and recreational fishermen off the water. Rally organizers are asking legislators for help by amending the law to provide a better balance of marine conservation and coastal commerce, as it was originally intended to do.  


Aleutian Islands Gets Shipping Protection Zone

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved protective buffer zones (“Areas to be Avoided”) around Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, approximately 10 years after a shipping disaster occurred off its coasts. In December 2004, the M/V Selendang Ayu foundered off the Aleutians amidst severe weather and was blown to shore, eventually breaking into two pieces and causing more than 300,000 gallons of toxic heavy fuel oil to spill into pristine marine waters and resulted in the


Tragic Mishap Downs Japanese Trawler

As hopes of finding survivors faded, anguished relatives of the nine Japanese missing after a surfacing U.S. submarine sank their trawler off Hawaii pleaded to have the wreck raised so they could discover if it was the tomb of their loved ones. The request -- also being pushed strongly by the Japanese government -- was forwarded to top U.S. government officials, but a key investigator said he saw no reason at present to recover the 499-ton Ehime Maru from its watery grave 1,800 ft


Jensen Designed Longliner Wins Award

Northern Leader: Image credit Jensen Maritime

Jensen Maritime awarded for vision and innovation in design of the 'Northern Leader'  longline fishing vessel. Jensen Maritime , Crowley Maritime Corp’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, has been honored with the New Wave Award, which recognizes the company’s vision and innovation for the concept and design of the Northern Leader, a 184-foot long, environmentally-friendly longline fishing vessel owned by Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC.


Congress Updated on Status of Marine Fisheries

In its second report to Congress on the status of marine fish stocks, the National Marine Fisheries Service said 100 species reviewed are overfished or approaching an overfished condition, while another 200 species are not overfished. Data from the report will be used by national and regional fishery managers as they finalize plans to end overfishing and rebuild the depleted fisheries, officials of the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.


Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. Credit Christin Khan NOAA

Using new information not previously available, NOAA Fisheries is expanding critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales to cover its northeast feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region and southeast calving grounds from North Carolina to Florida. This final rule, which was initially proposed in February 2015 and received 261 general comments over a 60-day comment period, does not include any new restrictions or management measures for commercial fishing


US Fishermen Seek Federal Action against Illegal Fishing

Florida Rep. David Jolly listens to Mark Hubbard, CEO of Hubbards Marina in Johns Pass, Fla., explain how foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting commercial fishing throughout the Gulf region. (Photo: Gulf Coast Leadership Conference)

Gulf of Mexico fishermen are threatened by a daily wave of foreign illegal fishing vessels and the U.S. fishing industry is calling on Congress to take action, Florida business owners said April 8 at an event hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.   Mexican fishing boats enter U.S. sovereign waters and illegally poach hundreds to thousands of fish at a time. Although the U.S. Coast Guard and Gulf state maritime law enforcement agencies have taken aggressive action to find and


New Report Reveals World Fish Stocks Crisis

Head of international ocean conservation organization, Oceana, responds to alarming new report on the status of the world's fisheries. Andrew F. Sharpless, CEO of Oceana, issues the following statement about a new report: Status and Solutions for the World's Unassessed Fisheries. "This study finally lays to rest the question of whether or not the world's fisheries are in crisis – they are. As the authors report, more than half of the world's fisheries are in decline


Investing in Unsustainable EU Fishing is Risky

Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations

  Recent changes to EU fishing and seafood legislation means that the financing of fishing operations reliant on overexploited stocks, or the use of destructive or unselective methods will prove a high risk to investors, Greenpeace warned today. The newly published Greenpeace briefing “Risky Business - Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations” outlines how a culture of overfishing


Ocean Safety Opens Office in Aberdeen

The UK’s largest independent marine safety equipment supplier, Ocean Safety, has opened a fourth depot in the UK, this one in Aberdeen, in the heart of the oil and fisheries industry on the east coast of Scotland.  The depot will carry the full range of Ocean Safety stock. It will also be a lifejacket and survival station, and will be manufacturer-approved for that purpose.  “Establishing the new depot reflects the growing business of Ocean Safety and the customer


Thirty-five People Rescued from Ferry that Sank off Yemen

At least 35 of the 64 people who were on a ferry that sank off Yemen have been rescued, a Yemeni minister said on Wednesday. Rescue teams continued to look for survivors from the boat that was en route from Hadramout province in mainland Yemen to the island of Socotra


Maritime Surveillance on Agenda in Mozambique

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A project to provide a single display maritime surveillance system for Mozambique has been commissioned and handed over to the country’s Government in Maputo (1 December).    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) -supported project is set to boost maritime


India Signs MoUs With Foreign Countries for Building Ships and Ports

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Official website of Narendra Modi

 The following memorandum of understanding (MOU) and Agreements have been signed by India with foreign countries during the last two years for the development of ports and manufacture of ships in the country:-   (i) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of


Strengthening Oil Spill Response in Southeast Asia

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Training for oil pollution preparedness, response and cooperation (OPRC) is underway in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (7-11 November).    On completion of the course, Government officials from seven Southeast Asian countries  (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar


Tuna Vessel Operator Convicted on Pollution Charges

An American tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced today for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records, announced Assistant Attorney General John C


Singapore Strengthens Maritime Ties with Norway

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, and Norway State Secretary, Ms Dilek Ayahn, at the Joint Statement Signing Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Shipowners Association. Photo MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), represented by Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, signed a Joint Statement with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on October 10 during the State Visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Norway


South Korean Ports to Invest $13.3bn in Infrastructure

Photo: Busan Port Authority

 The South Korean government, in collaboration with the private sector, will provide Won14.7trn ($13.3bn) for port upgrades and infrastructure investment by 2020 , according to data released by South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF).  


Vessel Spotlight: RV Meen Shandhani

PHOTO: Department of Fisheries in Bangladesh / International Maritime Consultants (IMC) / Sumber Samudra Sdn Bhd.

RV Meen Shandhani: International FRV for Bangladesh     IMC’s latest fisheries research and survey vessel design was built in Malaysia for the Bangladesh Department of Fisheries. RV Meen Shandhani arrived in Bangladesh in June after completing extensive sea and fishing trials


New Vessel Aims to Transform the Fishing Industry

Photo: Blue North

Seattle-based company Blue North has christened F/V Blue North, a state-of-the-art vessel designed to transform the fishing industry by improving conditions for workers, reducing environmental impact and harvesting seafood more humanely.  


Philippine Coast Guard Nails Shark Fin Smugglers

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has apprehended a motor vessel carrying prohibited shark fin meat.   The passenger/cargo vessel Trisha Kerstin 2, owned and operated by Aleson Shipping Lines INC, and skippered by Capt. Joel P. Mendoza


Seaspan Hosts Atlantic Canada Industry Day

More than 100 people representing over 70 companies attended Seaspan Shipyards’ second annual Atlantic Canada Industry Day hosted in Halifax today. During the session, attendees received an update on Seaspan’s progress on its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) Non-Combat package of


NOAA Aid to Protect Marine Mammals

Northern fur seals are released after rescue and rehabilitation. (Marine Mammal Center) Photo: NOAA

 NOAA Fisheries awarded nearly $3 million in grants to support the conservation and recovery of protected marine species through stranding response and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation.   Through the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program


MN100: Cummins Marine, Inc.

(Photo: Cummins Marine, Inc.)

The Company: Cummins, Inc. is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems


SC Fisheries Research Vessel Repowered

(Photo: Ryan Collins)

 A fisheries research vessel operated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), was recently repowered with new eco-friendly fuel-efficient engines from Volvo Penta.   The vessel R/V Palmetto underwent an overhaul at the Metal Trades shipyard near Charleston, S.C


Indonesia to Change Name of South China Sea to Natuna Sea

Photo: Indonesia Maritime Institute

 President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi,  has vowed to transform Indonesia, which includes 17,000 islands into a ‘maritime power’, and also includes plans to improve port infrastructure, as well as plans to fund a massive infrastructure programme






 
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