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  1. The Hill finds that the lobstermen of Stonington, Maine, aren't exactly psyched to head 100 miles southeast: 

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    Lobstermen argue that if Trump wanted to help the industry, he would have focused on loosening protections for the North Atlantic right whale that restrict the amount of line used for lobster traps in order to reduce deadly entanglements.

    The topic was discussed during Trump’s visit, but only briefly.

    “I just want to, as a lobsterman, bring up something that I would be run out of town if I didn’t bring up to you,” Kristan Porter, president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, said at the roundtable. “We find our industry at risk of being shut down because of the endangered right whale.”

    Trump pledged to consider easing the regulations so long as they could still protect the whales, which he at one point referred to as the “white whale.” No announcements have been made by the administration since then.

     

     

  2. Okay, folks, we need to get this forum moving. We can see people stopping into read, but you're not making the jump to create a profile and post! We have to change that. This is a great opportunity for some important discourse on the commercial fishing industry (and some fun!),  but it doesn't work without you. 

    So, Grundéns has generally offered up some incentive: Each month for the next three months three lucky profiles will get free Grundéns gear - T-shirts, hats, it's a surprise! - at the end of the month. That's nine winners in three months. Better odds than winning most stuff. And we'll give you bonus points for posting in a thread. 

    So, in short: 

    - Create a profile

    - Post in a thread

    - Get entered each month for a random drawing for Grundéns gear. 

    What are you waiting for? 

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  3. To try to encourage folks to dive into our new forum, we've partnered with good friends XtraTuf to create a little contest. Interested?

    Do you want a pair of these Swingsaw GlacierTrek PRO 15 in Legacy Boots? They're pretty sweet:

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    Well, all you gotta do is post a photo of the boat you'd wear them on in this thread. In the September 8 National Fisherman newsletter, we'll announce the winner and that person will get a pair of boots. Easy-peasy. 

    And, at the end, we'll have some cool boat pictures to boot. 

    Ha. "To boot"! Worked hard on that one. 

    Big thanks to XtraTuf for donating the boots! 

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  4. Wow, this bananas thing is popping in mainstream media. Or do they just write this story once a year?

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    The guides say the superstition, and the hex, if you will, dates back to the earliest explorers, when wooden ships traveled the oceans, stopping at islands in the southern hemisphere to gather fruit as they went. One of two ominous things would happen, according to lore: Poisonous spiders became stowaways via bananas and subsequently sickened the crew, or the ship would wreck and all that would be found in its wake floating on the ocean was, you guessed it, bananas.

    During a 30-year career guiding fishermen on the ocean, Captain Joe Tufts of Scarborough had seen enough fishing trips gone bad as the result of bananas that he made a sign for his boat (since he’s also a professional sign maker) with a bunch of bananas crossed out with a red slash. (Think: “Ghostbusters.”)

    “No guns and no bananas on the boat,” Tufts said. “It’s just bad luck. Before the sign, one time a guy brought a banana on board and he flipped and broke his finger. It’s not just bad luck with fishing.”

    Tufts is far from the only guide convinced of the curse.

     

    Ghostbusters!

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  5. Nice feature on Jake Bunch, who speaks with San Fran's KALW about fishing during the pandemic:

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    Jake says he hasn’t been fishing anywhere near as much as he usually would this time of year. With shelter-in-place and other coronavirus related restrictions there just haven’t been enough buyers and reliable markets to make it worth it. Before COVID, about 75% of commercially fished salmon in California went to restaurants. Now, that market has mostly dried up. 

     
  6. A 91-year-old Navy vet thinks he's got the solution to pollution: Air-powered (well, battery-powered) engines.

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    A specially-designed bank of rechargeable batteries provide power to a series of high pressure air compressors and air storage cylinders which are connected to air motors. Various sizes and types of such air motors are capable of generating propeller RPMs well in excess of speeds required to move watercraft. It sounds simple, because it is simple.

    Get ready for your next repower. 

  7. Here's another perspective on the monument opening: It's bad for commercial fishing, actually

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    That statement would claim that opening the almost 5,000 square miles of Atlantic Ocean to commercial fishing would benefit the fishing industry and, if managed properly, would ensure that the area’s landscapes, fragile ecosystems, and rare and endangered species remain protected.

    These claims are, in fact, false, some scientists say: Opening this monument to commercial fishing hurts fishermen — and the effective way to manage the marine monument is to halt commercial fishing.

    “Opening a monument to fishing removes everything the monument is supposed to be. It leaves the monument in name,” said Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and founder of the National Geographic Pristine Seas program, who has helped create marine monuments. Additionally, he noted the presence of a marine reserve benefits fishermen as part of a balanced ecological and economic system.

     

     

  8. I guess if the name of your boat is "Chaos" people should give you a wide berth?

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    A 40-foot dragger sank after it was struck by another boat in dense fog not far from the Montauk Inlet Saturday morning.

    Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a report of a collision about a quarter-mile from the inlet at about 6:30 a.m. The commercial fishing vessel Petrel, based out of Montauk, had been hit by the Chaos, a 40-foot powerboat, according to Petty Officer Anthony Pappaly, a Coast Guard public information officer. The crash occurred just north of the Bell buoy, where the commercial fishermen were getting ready to put out their net.

     

    Full story here.

  9. Jes Hathaway has the latest details here in National Fisherman:

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    Some press coverage and public responses to the news indicated that the policy reversal would blow the area wide open to unregulated commercial fishing, leading to destruction of long-protected habitat.

    “This is not true at all,” said Tom Nies, the council’s executive director. “The monument area will not be ‘wide open to industrial fishing.’”

     

     

  10. Good, practical piece here from On the Water:

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    That brings us back to fishing face masks and neck gaiters designed for sun protection. Most are made from a single layer of lightweight, stretchy polyester and designed for comfort and breathability. Some have small holes or slits around the nose and mouth for better ventilation. I tested several different neck gaiters and face masks from several different manufacturers by holding them up to bright light, and all of them allowed significant light to pass through.

    I think there's a balance between 100% effective and likely to be actually used. If people are using these already, they should be encouraged to keep doing so. Masks matter!

  11. Looks like the Right Whale population is in serious danger:

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    North Atlantic right whales are moving closer to extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared today in an update to its “Red List of Threatened Species.” The large whales found off the East Coast of the United States and Canada are declining because of entanglements in commercial fishing gear and ship strikes.

    Today’s announcement follows President Trump’s June 5 executive order allowing commercial fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which could increase the entanglement threat to right whales, as well as the administration’s 2019 rollback of key regulations intended to protect endangered species.

     

    This is a big thing for the Maine Lobstermen. Not sure how they're going to meet in the middle on this. 

  12. Any of you in Norton Sound and have an idea how things changed so much from the last three years?

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    According to Menard, within the last decade of commercial fishing in the Nome area, there have only been two years when the commercial fleet didn’t harvest more than 100,000 chum salmon. But this year, Menard says they’d be lucky to get 25,000 fish.

    Sign of things to come? Or just a weird year?

  13. The Guardian takes a good look at whether there's a future for cod fishing in New England

    Their answer? 

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    “I don’t see much good news for cod,” says Dr Gareth Lawson, a scientist who has worked with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He notes that the biomass index for the Gulf of Maine last autumn was the lowest on record.

    “The populations are contracting. Big picture-wise, we have to shepherd these last fish through to the future. Sometimes you have to side with the fish.”

    Dr Micah Dean, the senior marine fisheries biologist at Massachusetts’ division of marine fisheries, agrees. “By most measures, cod in the Gulf of Maine are at a low point. Many of our fishermen will tell you that they aren’t seeing this decline, and have a difficult time believing the scientific perspective on the cod stock,” he says.

    “But there are good reasons why fishermen have this perspective. Regulations shape the way fishermen see the cod population.”

     

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  14. Here's a good attempt by the Bangor Daily News to explain what's going with this Executive Order:

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    Trump’s memo has less teeth than an executive order. The latter is a legally binding mandate from the president to agencies. Trump, a Republican, and his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, used both types of orders.

    If anyone can figure out exactly what's happening, lemme know. 

  15. This is pretty heart-breaking.

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    A fishing couple was lost at sea when their boat the F/V Aquarius sank off the coast of Florence, Ore., in the early morning hours of June 29. Amber and Kyle Novelli were reportedly the only active commercial crabbers in Florence, where they were known for an award-winning chowder. Their deckhand reportedly was found ashore by rescue crews.

    More than $22k has already been raised in a GoFundMe if you'd like to help their family. 

  16. As we're seeing all over the country, Covid is playing havoc with Bella Coola and the opening of the gill net Chinook salmon commercial fishery. 

    Looks like there's supposed to be an update tomorrow:

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    The notice, which was posted on June 26, says that “the Department is working to address the concerns raised with the “Area C Commercial Fishing COVID-19 Safety Plan for Area 8 (Bella Coola area)”. These concerns need to be addressed prior to future openings occurring. An update on the next commercial fishery opening date will be provided by fishery notice on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.”

     

  17. Here in Maine, this is getting a mixed reaction, as many are noting that Trump created the tariffs he's now working to provide a fix for, but it's still likely going to mean money in Mainers' pockets. 

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    Though details are still developing, the executive order is expected to give the lobster industry the same assistance farmers received as a result of the retaliatory tariffs coming from China.

    The president has also pledged to monitor the phase one trade agreement with China, which includes China's commitment to buy $150 million in products from the U.S. lobster industry.

    The order also commits to a closer look at the trade disparities that have developed between Canada, Europe and the United States regarding lobster exports.

     

    The lobster people could sure use the help, so no looking a gift horse in the mouth, I guess. 

  18. Would love to hear how much of this story on fishermen's superstitions actually rings true. 

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    “As far as bananas and things like that, bring all the bananas you want. That was started from the sailing days when the bananas used to carry a type of spider that used to come and kill the crew. In the sailing days they would get bananas in the Caribbean, or wherever they grow. They would load them in cargo ships and when the crews would go to sleep these poisonous spiders would come out and half the time they would show up with a dead crew. It became the bananas’ fault, when really it was the poisonous spiders.”

    Anyone still scared of bananas?

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