Author: Mark Edward Nero

From the Editor: Fishing and Climate Change
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From the Editor: Fishing and Climate Change

If ocean temperatures keep steadily rising as they have been for some time due to climate change, then the U.S. fishing industry will have a big problem on its hands. This is according to experts who recently testified before a U.S. Senate committee on the issue of how climate change affects businesses that depend on the ocean and the creatures in it to sustain their livelihoods. During a 90-minute session titled “Warming Seas, Cooling Economy: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Ocean Industries” held Jan. 24 by the Senate Budget Committee, five people – a fishing guide, an economist, and three professors – testified on the effects that climate change have and could have. “The risks of a changing climate are, by far, the most limiting factor of my potential growth and success as an ...
From the Editor: H.R. 4618
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From the Editor: H.R. 4618

Supporters of the commercial fishing industry received some good news in late 2023 when the federal legislation known as H.R. 4618 –commonly called the Supporting Commercial Fishing in Port Infrastructure Projects Act – passed both the House and Senate as part of the Maritime Administration Reauthorization Act. The legislation, introduced in mid-July and sponsored by Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Ore., was approved in mid-December and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden in the coming days. It explicitly allows ports to apply for infrastructure grants to support commercial fishing, and in turn boost coastal communities’ jobs and economies. Hoyle has said she introduced the Act because current law didn’t make it explicitly clear whether ports can apply for Port Infrastructure D...
From the Editor: PME ’23 Wrap Up
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From the Editor: PME ’23 Wrap Up

The 2023 edition of Pacific Marine Expo is now in the record books, so I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who dropped by booth 220 during the three-day event to say hello to staffers from Maritime Institute and Maritime Publishing. We enjoyed talking with you, hearing about your experiences, giving and receiving information, and just chatting in general. I’ve always said that the biggest asset of this magazine and website is it’s readers, and those of you whom we were lucky enough to meet with at the expo proved this to be the case yet again. It’s the feedback from you – ideas, suggestions and yes, even complaints – that help shape our coverage of the fishing industry and we’re grateful that you chose to share your thoughts with us. We’ll have a full wrap up of the eve...
From the Editor: PME ‘23
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From the Editor: PME ‘23

Once again, the time is almost upon us for one of the largest and longest running annual marine trade shows on the West Coast, the Pacific Marine Expo. This year’s event takes place Nov. 8-10 at the Lumen Field Event Center in Seattle. And this year, as usual, the company behind Fishermen’s News Magazine, Maritime Publishing, will be in attendance all three days. Also on hand will be representatives from Maritime Institute, the San Diego-based business that Maritime Publishing is under the umbrella of. Maritime Publishing and Maritime Institute personnel will staff booth 220 during this year’s expo, and a handful of representatives from each company are scheduled to be there, including CEO-Publisher Dave Abrams, Advertising Sales Manager Katie Higgins, Senior Designer Kathy Sa...
From the Editor: Oregon Crabbing Restrictions Extended
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From the Editor: Oregon Crabbing Restrictions Extended

Bad news for crab fishermen in Oregon was delivered on Aug. 4. On that date, the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to extend, with no sunset date, restrictive crabbing measures that were originally supposed to expire after the current season. The rules restrict the number of crab traps in the water and how deep the traps can drop in the late-season months when humpback whales are more likely to swim there. The restrictions were first put into place due to the fact that humpbacks migrate off Oregon’s coast and they, along with other types of whales, can get caught in the vertical ropes connected to the heavy traps and drag them around for an extended period of time, in the process becoming injured, starved and exhausted, leaving them susceptible to drowning. The ODFW i...
From the Editor: Commercial Fishing v. NOAA Fisheries
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From the Editor: Commercial Fishing v. NOAA Fisheries

In case you missed it, the Supreme Court on May 1 agreed to take up a dispute between the Biden administration and East Coast commercial fishing companies that could eventually have a huge impact on the U.S. commercial fishing industry as a whole. The court’s eventual judgment has the potential to overrule a nearly 40-year-old decision that gives deference to federal agencies. The case, Loper Bright Enterprises et al. v. Raimondo, is expected to be heard in the Supreme Court’s next term. The court is being asked to override the 1984 Chevron v. National Resources Defense Council ruling, in which the justices determined that courts should defer to an agency’s reasonable interpretation of statutes when laws are ambiguous. The case revolves around Atlantic herring fishermen who say the Nati...
From the Editor: Stamping Out Illegal Fishing
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From the Editor: Stamping Out Illegal Fishing

We all know that IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing is bad for the commercial fishing industry. But a new editorial from the World Economic Forum, an international non-governmental and lobbying organization, serves as a strong reminder of the multiple reasons why. Among the reasons cited in the editorial are the physical danger to crew members, the threat to marine ecosystems and human rights abuses. The editorial, which can be found on the World Economic Forum’s website, begins with the harrowing tale of an IUU fisherman who said it had been normal for anglers to work 20 hours or more per day and that some people were driven to commit suicide or were killed trying to escape into the sea. “Illegal fishing is commonplace because no one is watching,” the fisherman, 52-yea...
From the Editor: Onboard AI
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From the Editor: Onboard AI

Could artificial intelligence soon play a substantial role when it comes to counting catch and bycatch onboard commercial fishing vessels? Well, it might not be right around the corner, but it’s something that appears to be on the horizon. A startup co-founded by three people -- two former University of British Columbia students and one from Dalhousie University -- is working on a monitoring system that uses video and artificial intelligence to better calculate catch and bycatch for commercial fishing boats. The startup, called OnDeck Fisheries AI, is the brainchild of former UBC students Alexander Dungate and Sepand Dyanatkar, along with ex-Dalhousie student Matthew Leighton. Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science + Biology from the University of British Colu...