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October 2012 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 13. Commercial Fishing News


fi sh feed. In another, researchers refi ne methods for handling fi sh processing by- products, allowing for greater production of fi shmeal and less waste.


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“It might sound simple,” says Rust, “but these research achievements represent a huge step forward for aquaculture’s ability to meet the growing demand for seafood.” With the world market for aquaculture feeds growing at 6-8% per year, they also repre- sent a signifi cant opportunity for the U.S. feeds sector and its suppliers.


John Bullard’s Listening Session Highlights


NOAA Fisheries Service’s new North-


east Regional Administrator, John Bullard, has been holding a series of public meetings around the region. His goal was to learn more from fi shermen, scientists, environ- mentalists, seafood dealers and processors, the aquaculture industry and other members of the interested public about not only the challenges they are facing, but also what success looks like. Here are some of the key points raised during each discussion. Boston, MA


Seafood Dealers and Processors Meeting August 22, 2012


Science needs to be improved; NOAA continues to use outdated scientifi c models – need new look at industry and new ways of making predictions; Bigelow should be used for climate science, not fi sheries – commercial fi shing vessels and fi shermen should be employed to collect accurate data; Use acoustic sampling for herring to obtain accurate numbers; Get scientists out on the ocean to determine herring abundance; Need more fi sh landed to keep auctions open and infrastructure working; Processors are eliminating local species from their sales lists because the supply is inconsistent; Processors’ business models are becoming increasingly centered on the distribution of


foreign seafood that is fl own or trucked in; Natural cycles of distribution and abundance should be considered in fi shery management decision-making; Reduce minimum size limit on haddock to match Canada’s require- ments. Otherwise, will lose market share and revenue from 2010 and 2011 year classes; Costs of observer coverage; Move NOAA Fisheries under Department of Agriculture for increased funding; Seafood exporters should not have to pay fee-for-service costs for inspection services provided by the fed- eral government. These services are over- priced and inferior; Support aquaculture development; Address discards as they are extremely wasteful; Address and implement the recommendations of the Touchstone report; and Concern that the Regional Ad- ministrator has orders to downsize the fl eet Gloucester, MA


August 21, 2012


Need more review of government sci- ence by scientists outside of NOAA Fish- eries; Fishermen need to be more involved in cooperative research; Employ an ecosys- tem-based approach and include people as a factor in the successful evaluation of the ocean environment; More industry repre- sentation is needed on the New England Fishery Management Council; Sector allo- cation is not an effective method of fi sheries management as evidenced by the shrinking fl eet; Federal and state agencies need to work and plan ahead together to prepare for the next fi shing year. Would be helpful to foresee impacts on coastal communities as well; A successful industry would include a healthy local economy and surrounding community; Need robust infrastructure services to have healthy industry; Fleet structure, including fuel consumption and vessel effi ciency, needs to be considered as a criteria for a viable industry NOAA Fisheries and New England Fishery Man- agement Council should have staff with boat


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engineering expertise; Regulations should be based on hold capacity, not length, so that vessels could be longer and narrower so they would ride higher in the water and use less fuel; A vision of success is when people are excited to fi sh; Catch limits need to be changed for next year to prevent fi shermen from going out of business; On-going efforts are needed to ensure continued funding for the Cooperative Research Program; Sector management may have been better-received if NOAA Fisheries had allowed for more time and discussion with industry as to how a sector system would work, and for both industry and the agency to better prepare for the transition


Portland, ME


August 28, 2012 Too many dogfi sh, seals doing a good


job on winter fl ounder, no groundfi sh left in Maine; Need an area (inshore) where small boats can fi sh and big boats have to stay out Environmental changes; High incidence of disease in seals a problem; Increased number of harmful algal blooms; Lack of hake allocation making it diffi cult for Maine fi shermen to target pollock; Catch shares are a lost opportunity because the allocations were based on catch history. They should have been based on permits


Lack of forage fi sh in the ecosystem (e.g., herring, mackerel); Need to pay more at- tention to the recreational fi shing industry; Draggers on Stellwagen Bank a problem; Cost of at-sea monitoring; Survey boats don’t have incentive to catch fi sh. Survey boats always go to the same place. “If I wanted to catch fi sh I wouldn’t go there.” Management measures take too long to develop, Omnibus Habitat Amendment has been eight years in the making; In favor of maintaining the closed areas, like the v-notch program protects lobster brood stock, closures protect brood stock for groundfi sh industry; We are bringing in bait from other parts of the world and putting pathogens in Gulf of Maine we should have to prove it is good before we put it into the ocean. Ask the question does it have an impact on forage fi sh? Don’t forget about aquaculture


Ellsworth, ME


August 30, 2012 NOAA is still using data collection methods and technology that was used in the 18th century. Why aren’t you using hand held scanners? “This would save me hun- dreds of dollars a week and then you would have instantaneous information for policy.” Need gauge consistency across states (RI,


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