Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Thursday marks the beginning of July and we have some great offerings before the Independence day weekend. We finally have more wild striped bass from Maryland arriving. These fish are smaller in size, with most sized 5-8 lbs. We have a few Rhode Island fish that are large, but limited in quantity. We will be closed on Monday, July 5th so plan your orders.
Coming from Florida:
  • American red snappers (2-4lbs)
  • Amberline Jack (2-4lbs)
Coming from Massachusetts:
  • Porgies, Jumbo and Large
  • Black sea bass (1lb special permit fish)
  • Tautog / black fish (3-5lbs)
  • Jumbo monk tails
  • Dayboat "loligo" squid
From Rhode Island:
  • Razor clams
  • Steamers
  • 'Singing' sea scallops in the shell
From the Pacific:
  • Wild King Salmon, Alaska and Washington State
  • Wild Sockeye Salmon, AK
  • Live Dungeness Crab, BC
  • Black Cod / Sablefish, BC
Our featured oyster today is the Wellfleet petite cocktail. These little Massachusetts gems are a rare treat. Most of the harvest is of larger animals, but a new bed has opened and we have the smaller petite oyster for you today. Coming in around 2 inches they are comparable in size to a Beau Soleil. Hard shells, sweet succulent meats, briny finish and full cups are signatures of the Wellfleet Petite. Available on a first come first served basis while supplies last.
Also available: Fijian Opah, Sustainable Sturgeon, Golden Corvina, Golden Tile, 'snapper' Bluefish, Dayboat Cod, Grouper, Hand picked fresh blue crab meat, and a full line of frozen including unique items like soft shelled crayfish.
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Best regards,

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning chefs and buyers,
The buzz from Jersey is that we can expect some high yield landings of large sea scallops coming into Cape May over the next week. The fleet is out derby style into long closed areas and reporting scallop beds thick with scallops and very little to no flounders coming as by-catch (this is significant because high capture of yellowtails could have meant reduced days at sea for the scallop boats). Meat sizes will be mostly U/10's and there likely will be many U/7's in the mix. If the landings are as high as expected we hope to see prices drop significantly as boats come in towards weeks end. On another note, from a private short trip boat out of Rhode Island we have some sea scallops in the shell today, the big boats process everything on board so to get seas in the shell of this quality is not common.
Massachusetts jumbo monkfish tails (4+) are fantastic with rose pink collars and very firm flesh. Wolf fish showed up on a lot of boats yesterday, and we have some nice medium sized specimens. Wolf fish are an eel like member of  the blennie family. Subsiding on a diet primarily of mollusc, urchin and crab the meat of this fish is sweet and fine. Local silver dory are between 2-5lbs today, the flesh of dory is firm and mild and similar in appearance to flounder and sole.
We brought in some Opah today from the South Pacific Island of Fiji. Opah is an excellent crudo item and similar enough to tuna to be cleverly used in the same ways you might serve it.
Also available is sturgeon, razor and steamer clams, uni trays, fresh blue crab meat,  ocean perch fillet, wild sockeye (at these prices they will be gone soon) and chinook salmon.
"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do."
~Jerome K. Jerome
Enjoy the day,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Monday, June 28, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day chefs and buyers,
This week starts out with new landings from many areas. Coming in tonight are dayboat jumbo monk tails, and skate from Massachusetts. From Rhode Island we are expecting fluke and porgies. From our west coast shippers we will have our usual large selection of oysters and wild salmons.
Mahi is in today and they are spectacular head on specimens. Flashed with hues of yellow and blue they look to be minutes out of the water, and they are cutting firm and with bright bloodlines. Opah from Fiji is due in tonight, and we have Amberjack from Florida.
We are trying hard to bring in Wild Striped Bass, but since Rhode Island is the only active fishing grounds right now we are limited by both States regulations. Rhode Island fish must be over 34 inches, and New York has a 36 inch limit. This only allows us a very small window (2 inches) of eligible fish. The good news is that New York is set to open in the beginning of July, and Massachusetts will follow mid month. So July and August should be much more forgiving with plenty of fish around and prices much lower.  
Also available: Grouper, Sturgeon, Corvina, Tautog, Spanish Mackerel, Black Cod, and Uni Trays.
"Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world."
~Robert Byrd
Have a great day,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Wild striped bass landings are very poor right now. Very few areas are open to commercial fishing and the outlook for more fish is likely to be bad until July when New York opens around the 7th and Massachusetts the 12th. We suggest corvina and grouper as substitutes for the time being. Corvina is from the Pacific and has many of the same qualities of our wild striped bass while being perhaps a bit firmer. We sell corvina already headed and gutted, so the yield and finished price is very reasonable. Grouper is coming out of the Gulf, both from Florida and Mexico and the fish are all crisp and clean.
Snappers are all looking super today. We have American reds available with candy gills sizes 1-2, 2-4, 4-6 lbs each. Also available are big mutton snappers 6-10lbs each and they are at a lower price point. The meat cuts a little darker than other snappers, but cooks up very similar.
Wild salmon prices are down on both Kings and Sockeyes making them a good choice for the weekend. Wild salmon is a great selling point with patrons and consumers. The average person might not know or care about seafood sustainability, but they are likely to recognize the premium value and inherent goodness of wild salmon on the menu.
Tuna is in good supply and we have new arrivals daily on big yellowfin from Ecuador and Costa Rica. Prices are lower on all grades today.
Todays featured oyster is the Canada Cup: A round, 3 to 3 ½ inch medium choice, wild harvested oyster from Prince Edward Island.  The consistent size and well-formed cups define this oyster.  A moderately salty flavor with a very firm meat; definitely a must have on your raw bar menu.  Availability is typically strong from Spring until early Winter.
We also have Barramundi, farmed stripe bass, dayboat cod, hiramasa (Pacific yellowtail), porgies, and arctic char.
"Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match"
Karl Kraus
Have a great day,

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
Wild striped bass landings are very poor, and good fish are nearly impossible to find. We are searching multiple supply lines, but at this time we have no confirmed wild striped bass for Thursday. Please talk to us about fish we are offering for substitutes. We have plenty of black sea bass, but jumbo fish are in short supply.
The good news is that we have monster gold tile from Long Island here today average size is 10 pounds. Fluke are sushi quality from Massachusetts. We have local silver dory from Jersey.
Also available: razor clams, hiramasa, wild salmon, turbot, triple tail , corvina, and uni trays.
"A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again."
~Margaret Mead

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
Cape May scallops are exceptionally nice today. These dayboat dry sea scallops are harvested from the area known as 'Elephant Trunk' that is located within a short trip from the Jersey docks. Firm and sweet and available in sizes 20/30, 10/20 and U/10. Pricing reflects quality and there are plenty of inferior scallops available from other sources, be careful.
Wild salmon is coming in fresh daily now. Landings are good for three species right now. We are buying from captains working Bristol Bay, AK and they are giving us Kings, Sockeyes, and Silverbrights. Prices are trending back down from last months unexpected highs. The silverbrights are available at prices below farmed salmon. Silverbright salmon while not as deep red fleshed and with less fat still has a rich salmon flavor and is a great palette for a creative chef.
Chilean turbot has arrived, this delicious flatfish is a joy to work with. Turbot combines all the best qualities of larger flatfish like halibut (firmness) and the sublime flavor profile of fish like Dover sole. Chilean fish run 2-4lbs each.
Also available:
Cobia, halibut, dayboat cod, fresh squid, fluke, and bluefish.
East coast oysters are incredible, try one of these selections today: Wawanauks from Maine, Beavertails from Rhode Island, Pipes Cove from Long Island, or Salutations from Canada.
"Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "Certainly, I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it."
~Theodore Roosevelt
Have a great day,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Seafood Roundup

Gulf fish still good eating, despite public concern
Philadelphia Inquirer
Twice a week, his trucks deliver fresh fish to Samuels & Son Seafood Co., a family-owned wholesaler in Philadelphia that supplies most of the city's better ...
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Gulf Oil Spill Update: U.S. Adds Measures to Check Gulf Seafood
Wall Street Journal
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it would begin dockside sampling of fish products in the Gulf, according to the Deepwater Horizon ...
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Sea creatures flee oil spill, gather near shore
The Associated Press
Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen ...
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Fish lands fisherman in Bremerton's new sculptures
Seattle Times
Crews are installing 14-foot sculptures of a fish and a fisherman on opposite corners at Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue. The fish will wield a pole ...
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PHOTOS: Oil spill puts fish markets in jeopardy
Fish sellers become emotional from the sudden drop in sales of seafood due to the BP oil spill June 17, 2010 at the shrimp lot fish market in Westwego, ...
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Kansas City Star
Shellfish prices on the rise because of gulf oil spill
Kansas City Star
By JOYCE SMITH At Mad Jack's Fresh Fish in Kansas City, Kan., owner John Reed charges an additional $2 a pound for gulf shrimp. The BP oil spill in the Gulf ...
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Petroleum industry objects to polar bear plan
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Advocates for the petroleum industry in Alaska told the US Fish and Wildlife Service that the agency's polar bear critical habitat plan ...
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Zach Galifianakis could be a fish (and the new Don Knotts)
Los Angeles Times (blog)
The Don Knotts original, about an ordinary man who becomes a fish and fights the Nazis, is nearly 50 years old, isn't that well remembered and was hardly a ...
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Judge hears arguments in federal wolf case
The Associated Press
Defenders of Wildlife, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and other wildlife advocates sued the federal government after the US Fish and Wildlife Service ...
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Feds aim to bump up limit on vital fish stock
But if they exceed their limit on one fish species, they must stop fishing on all stocks. Fishermen said limits on various stocks, particularly pollock, ...
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Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Today at Wild Edibles we have brought in a few interesting specials to help get your week started. Local silver dory starts our offerings. Silver dory is similar to John Dory minus the spot and producing a thinner fillet. Pricing is very friendly for these beautiful swimmers that were caught on a short trip Jersey boat. Cod from Martha's Vineyard and Chatham boats are exceptional today. Small amounts of large monk and skates were landed on the same trip and are stellar as well. Black sea bass of all sizes are still in good supply, but wild striped bass has tightened up and we expect very little to be available until mid week. Prices for these limited wild striped bass may climb until we see some new openings. 
Wild Cobia is an infrequent offering, and today we have a few 30# plus sized fish available. The lush taste of this fish can take bold and vibrant sauces, or stand alone with just the right amount of salt. Cobia, although not related to in any way sword or mahi has flesh that has qualities of both. Rich and firm and an excellent choice for the grill.  Speaking of sword we have some marvelous peach colored "pumpkin" sword. Give us a call on this fine fish so we can make sure we send you the right sword.
Other fin fish specials include: Triple tail from Costa Rica, Australis Barramundi, farmed striped bass, wild salmon, and fluke.
Todays featured oyster is from Greenpoint, NY, Pipes Cove oysters make a much anticipated return after a long hiatus. We are very pleased to be able to offer this Long Island gem once again. The tidal areas that are the home of these humble bivalves is rich in nutrients and gives these oysters a very plump meat in a confined and well formed cup.  
"It ain't the heat; it's the humility."
~Yogi Berra
Stay cool,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Friday, June 18, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Apalachicola Bay Oyster Production Increased

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson and Chairman Rodney Barreto of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today announced that both the winter and summer oyster harvesting areas in the Apalachicola Bay System will be opened for harvest seven days per week through August 31, 2010.
Before this action was taken, the summer oyster areas were closed for harvest on Fridays in June, July and August, and the winter oyster areas were closed altogether for harvest during those months.  This action marks the first time that the two agencies, which jointly manage oyster resources in Florida, have permitted seven day per week harvest during the summer months and opened the winter oyster areas during the summer months.
"We are pleased to support Commissioner Bronson in this effort to help the hard working people in Florida's oyster industry," Barreto said.
Staff of both agencies will continue to closely monitor Bay water quality, oyster harvest, oyster handling and oyster processing to ensure oysters resources are protected and are safe to consume.
"This action should be viewed by the citizens of Florida and the United States that Gulf of Mexico seafood in restaurants and markets is safe," Bronson said. "With demand for safe Gulf oysters at a peak, this action will benefit both our oyster industry and consumers alike."

David Heil, FDACS
(850) 488-5471
Terence McElroy, FDACS
(850) 488-3022
Lee Schlesinger, FWC
(850) 487-0554

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Are you ready for the weekend? You can count on Wild Edibles to keep you up to date on all your seafood needs. We have plenty of fresh and fancy incoming product for Friday delivery.
Some great sustainable selections include:
  • Sturgeon, California farmed "bullets"
  • Wild Alaskan King Salmon
  • Wild Sockeye Salmon, Bristol Bay Alaska
  • Wild Silverbright Salmon, Sitka, Alaska
  • West Coast Halibut
  • Australian Hiramasa
Local favorites are:
  • Wild Striped bass, Potomac River Authority (5-8lbs)
  • Black Sea Bass, Rhode Island
  • Fluke, Long Island
  • Day Boat Cod, Chatham Massachusetts
  • Scallops, Dry Seas (all sizes), Cape May, NJ
Featured Specials:
  • Florida Fresh frog legs
  • Dover sole (18/20 and 20/24)
  • Escolar, wild caught, Ecuador
  • Golden Corvina, Nicaragua
  • Live Dungeness Crab
  • Soft Shelled Crayfish
"It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline.
Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top."
~Hunter S. Thompson
At your service,

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616 cell 718-679-0641
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Mid week arrivals are mostly local specials, and we are excited to offer some truly spectacular and extra large U/8 dry sea scallops from "Elephant Trunk" this area is located just southeast of New Jersey and these are true dayboat scallops. They are jelly, and we mean that in the best way! We have all other sizes of dry seas available if you do not need something this big. U/8's will only be available on a limited basis. Also from Jersey we have fancy Spanish mackerel 2 lb average, and good enough to enjoy raw.
Porgie landings in Long Island have been good lately and we have been able to select the freshest trap fish available. These local breams are still very much under valued, yet the meat is on par with many more expensive and imported species. If big 'doormat' fluke are your thing (think small halibut) then we have some sushi grade 6+ fluke from the Island that are still in rigor.
Many of you have shown great support for fisherman from the Gulf of Mexico and we have some great offerings to help you continue that support. From Alabama and Louisiana we are getting great fresh picked lump and jumbo lump crab meat. From Pensacola, Florida domestic American red snappers could not look nicer with bright eyes and fire engine red gills. 
Expected arrivals Thursday include: Amberjack, Corvina, Grouper, Dover sole and Sardines.
"I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something."
~Jackie Mason
Have a great day,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616 cell 718-679-0641
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
From the cold clean waters of the North Atlantic we have just received a tote of fancy dayboat Nova Scotia Halibut. Graded 10-50 lbs these are top of the catch fish. We also have west coast halibut that has just flown in from Alaska. Be sure to indicate your preference when you order.
Massachusetts hook and line haddock is a rare offering here in NY. Discover why haddock (melanogrammus aeglefinus) has always been one of New England's favorite fish. A smaller member of the Gadidae family of fish to which cod and pollack are members, haddock is mild flavored and has a fine tender flake.
Razor clams are in today and great as a raw crudo type offering or as a unique addition to a mixed shellfish dish. They are fresh and alive and ready for your menu.
Pemaquid oysters have become one of our new favorite oysters. It is no wonder why. Pemaquids are harvested from the protected deep water rocky bays of Maine far away from the effects of man. The only flavors these oysters have are from the salty clean local waters. The proud product of one of the biggest oyster seed producers on the East coast. Pemaquids have well developed shells with deep cups that are a snap to open.
Also available: Sturgeon, Wild King Salmon, Head-on Mahi from Jersey dayboats, farmed "Creative" king salmon (naturally raised), Arctic char and plenty of Black sea bass.
"In communities where men build ships for their own sons to fish or fight from, quality is never a problem"
~J. A. Dever
Best regards,

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616 cell 718-679-0641
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Tuesday Seafood in the News

The bulk of stories are focused on the Gulf oil spill, and rightly so. There is a wide range of commentary and cursory information regarding price changes in the seafood sector. Some prices have risen, and others remain stable and have even been reduced on Gulf species like snapper. Government officials are still trying desperately to get the message out that Gulf seafood is safe to eat. Support the gulf seafood community and eat more fish.
National Seafood Impact from Gulf Oil
FOXNews (blog)
Still, the effect on the rest of the country's seafood trade may not be as great as many would expect. More than 80% of the seafood consumed in America ...
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Oil spill fears weigh on New Orleans seafood party
DeShawn Harris of Oceana Restaurant grills oysters at the Louisiana Seafood Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana June 12, 2010. NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - On the ...
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Chicago Tribune
Poll: Will you eat less seafood because of the oil spill?
Chicago Tribune
Some restaurants fear Gulf seafood contamination. Will you be eating less seafood? Yes. I don't want to risk oil contamination or pay higher prices. No. ...
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Obama pronounces Gulf seafood safe to eat
The Associated Press
President Barack Obama says from the oil-stricken Gulf of Mexico that seafood from the region is safe to eat and announced a new coordinated effort to make ...
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Gulf Spill Impacting Some Local Seafood Restaurants
By Laura Barron, NBC17, 1 hour, 13 minutes ago For those of us who eat seafood, the list of concerns surrounding the Gulf oil spill is obvious. ...
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Crist extends seafood licenses, changes scallop season
Charlie Crist extended seafood licenses due to expire July 1 and opened the recreational harvest season for bay scallops two weeks early. ...
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Florida sets up hotline for seafood information
Information about the status of fish harvest areas, the availability of seafood varieties and general pricing are available. Hotline information also will ...
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Fundraiser Asks Diners to Eat Seafood For Gulf Fisherman
Contributing an estimated one-fifth of the nation's commercial seafood supply, Gulf Coast fishermen rely on the waters, now facing demise from the oil spill ...
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Seafood prices rise as Gulf oil spreads
Salt Lake Tribune
By Dawn House A shrimp boat pulls an oily boom as clean up operations of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill continue in Barataria Bay off the coast of ...
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Rising seafood prices may be hard to swallow
Suburban Life Publications
By Brian Hudson, At his Glen Ellyn seafood shop, Dan McCowan says he prides himself on stocking only Gulf shrimp. ...
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
American red snapper today are fantastic, sized 2-4lbs with bright crimson gills, clear eyes and firm flesh they will go quick. American reds are caught primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, and these are no exception. The southern Atlantic states have placed a limited ban on snappers, and with the ongoing spill in the gulf true American reds may be hard to come by soon.
From the Yucatan peninsula we have red grouper and mahi-mahi. Groupers are running 5-10 lbs and are less than a day out of the water. Mahi supplies have tightened up recently and we only have a couple hundred pounds available.
Black sea bass from our friend in Massachusetts with a special permit will be in tonight. These fish are mostly sized from 2-4lbs today with a few 1-2 available as well.
Sturgeon, Jumbo soft shell crabs, wild king salmon, dayboat cod , and wild striped bass will be available to ship to you Tuesday.
Wellfleet oysters and clams are coming tonight. Availably is pretty tight since the supplier is having difficulty meeting volume needs.
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~Art Turock 
Have a great day,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616 cell 718-679-0641
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Friday, June 11, 2010

NOAA FishNews



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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response


Science Meeting Convened to Study Dispersant Use in the Gulf of Mexico


NOAA Selects University of Miami to Run Southeastern U.S. Cooperative Institute


Teacher Selected to Sail Aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson


NOAA and Partners Urge Beach-Goers to Break the Grip of the Rip


Some ICCAT Parties Sign on to Bluefin Conservation Statement


NOAA Soliciting Comments Regarding Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Proposed Initial Allocations


Proposed Affirmation of Oregon Coast Coho ESA Listing


NOAA Fisheries Service to Hold Outreach Meetings with Northeast Groundfish Industry

Pacific Fishery Management Council Meetings

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Meetings

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meetings

Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops Announced

NOAA Fisheries Actions


Today's Issues


National - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response

NOAA Fisheries Service continues to provide data, plan surveys, and protocols to the effort. For daily updates regarding this effort please see the Unified Command's Joint Information Center and the NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. For fishery-specific oil-related regulatory actions (i.e., closures) please see the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office website.


National - Science Meeting Convened to Study Dispersant Use in the Gulf of Mexico

On May 27 th over 50 experts and practitioners from government, academia and industry finished a two-day meeting looking at the potential long-term impacts of the prolonged use of large volumes of dispersants in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the third time NOAA and EPA have gathered top scientists to discuss dispersant use since the spill began. EPA and NOAA scientists are conducting rigorous ongoing monitoring and analysis of the effectiveness and toxicity of the dispersants used.

Should data indicate that the dispersants are causing significant environmental damage that outweighs the benefits of their use, EPA and the Coast Guard reserve the right to discontinue use.

Although the crude oil is more toxic than the authorized dispersants, much is unknown about the long term environmental impacts of dispersants when used in these unprecedented volumes on the surface and in the subsea. Because of this and due to the effectiveness of subsea applications, EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard directed BP to significantly ramp down their use of dispersants. BP has complied and has significantly reduced dispersant use.

For more information please read the full NOAA News Release. The full report will be made available at:


National - NOAA Selects University of Miami to Run Southeastern U.S. Cooperative Institute

NOAA has selected a consortium led by the University of Miami to continue and expand a federal and academic research partnership studying climate change, hurricanes, the coastal environment and other issues that affect millions of southeast U.S. coastal residents.

Following a competitive application process, NOAA chose a consortium led by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science as the lead university to continue its partnership in the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS). NOAA and University of Miami scientists have worked together through CIMAS since 1977 to improve understanding of climate, hurricanes, and marine ecosystems along the southeastern U.S. coast.

CIMAS is one of 18 NOAA cooperative institutes nationwide. NOAA funds cooperative institutes at universities with strong research programs relevant to NOAA's mission. These institutes provide resources and opportunities that extend beyond the agency's own research capacity. For more information please see the complete NOAA News Release.


National - Teacher Selected to Sail Aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson

NOAA has selected Richard Chewning, the environmental education program coordinator at University of Georgia's Jekyll Island 4-H Center in Jekyll Island, Ga., to join scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson as part of its Teacher at Sea program to bridge science and education.

"NOAA's Teacher at Sea program immerses teachers in hands-on research experiences that give them clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and increased knowledge of environmental literacy", said Jennifer Hammond, the program's director. "Participating in real-world research allows teachers to gain experience actually doing science, which makes a significant impact when they bring back their knowledge to their classrooms, teaching students how the oceans affect their lives."

"I am thrilled to be part of this opportunity to participate in real-world scientific research and to experience life at sea," Chewning said. "Through the NOAA Teacher at Sea program, students from across Georgia and the southeast will be able to learn about exciting research projects at sea during their visit to the Jekyll Island 4-H Center. Making learning relevant through my own hands-on experiences is vital to getting students excited about science." Chewning's logs from the trip will be posted on NOAA's Teacher at Sea Web site.

Now in its 20th year, the program has provided nearly 600 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year NOAA received more than 250 applications. They selected 35 individuals to participate in cruises. According to Hammond, educators can enrich their curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world's body of scientific knowledge.

For more information please see the complete NOAA News Release.


National - NOAA and Partners Urge Beach-Goers to Break the Grip of the Rip

With summer vacation on the horizon, NOAA, the United States Lifesaving Association, and the National Park Service are alerting beach-goers to the threat of rip currents and how to prevent drowning from their strong and potentially fatal grip.

Rip currents are the leading near-shore surf hazard, claiming more than 100 lives per year nationally. For that reason, the three organizations are teaming up to sponsor the Rip Current Awareness Campaign from June 6 through 12, with the theme Break the Grip of the Rip®.

Rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water that can pull swimmers away from the shore. Moving at speeds of up to eight feet per second, rip currents are surprisingly strong and swift.

NOAA's National Weather Service forecast offices issue surf zone forecasts, which include rip current information during the summer beach season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It is important to remember though that rip currents can occur anywhere there is surf.

Here are some safety tips about rip currents you should keep in mind:

  • Check for surf zone forecasts at
  • Swim at a beach with lifeguard protection
  • Look for signs and flags posted to warn about rip currents
  • Don't swim against a rip current
  • Escape rip currents by swimming in a direction following the shoreline until you are free of the rip current
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water…when out of the current, swim towards the shore
  • Never swim alone

Please see the full NOAA News Release for more information.


International - Some ICCAT Parties Sign on to Bluefin Conservation Statement

Japan recently called for an informal meeting of countries that fish for Atlantic bluefin tuna as members of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). While not an official meeting of ICCAT, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Canada, and the United States met in Barcelona, Spain, on May 30, 2010. As an outcome of the meeting, a joint statement was developed reinforcing the commitment of harvesting nations to conserve bluefin tuna. Canada, Japan, Korea, and the United States signed a joint statement. The United States was disappointed that the other major harvesters in attendance declined the opportunity to reiterate their support for bluefin tuna recovery by signing on to the statement. 

The United States remains deeply concerned about the status of bluefin tuna. ICCAT members must not back away from the binding agreement reached in 2009 to put eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna on the path to recovery; ICCAT's credibility depends on its taking all necessary action at its November 2010 annual meeting. The United States intends to work closely with our international partners over the coming months to support the recovery of this important species. 

For more information, visit and look under "Significant Developments".


Northwest - NOAA Soliciting Comments Regarding Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Proposed Initial Allocations

NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing measures to initiate implementation of Amendments 20 and 21 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 20 would establish a trawl rationalization program for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery. Amendment 20's trawl rationalization program would consist of: an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the shore-based trawl fleet (including whiting and non-whiting sectors); and cooperative (coop) programs for the at-sea (whiting only) mothership (MS) and catcher/processor (C/P) trawl fleets.

The trawl rationalization program is intended to increase net economic benefits, create individual economic stability, provide full utilization of the trawl sector allocation, consider environmental impacts, and achieve individual accountability of catch and bycatch. Amendment 21 would establish fixed allocations for limited entry (LE) trawl participants. These allocations are intended to improve management under the rationalization program by streamlining its administration, providing stability to the fishery, and addressing halibut bycatch. NMFS is reviewing Amendments 20 and 21 in their entirety. However, due to the complexity of the proposed fishery management measures, this rule proposes only certain key components that would be necessary to have permits and endorsements issued in time for use in the 2011 fishery and in order to have the 2011 specifications reflect the new allocation scheme. Specifically, this rule would establish the allocations set forth under Amendment 21 and establish procedures for initial issuance of permits, endorsements, quota shares, and catch history assignments under the IFQ and coop programs. In addition, the proposed rule would restructure the entire Pacific Coast groundfish regulations to more closely track the organization of the proposed management measures and to make the total groundfish regulations more clear.

NMFS plans to propose additional program details in a future proposed rule. Such additional details would include: Program components applicable to IFQ gear switching, observer programs, retention requirements, equipment requirements, catch monitors, catch weighing requirements, coop permits/agreements, first receiver site licenses, quota share accounts, vessel quota pound accounts, further tracking and monitoring components, and economic data collection requirements. In order to encourage more informed public comment, this proposed rule includes a general description of these additional program requirements. NMFS is also planning a future "Cost-Recovery" rule based on a recommended methodology yet to be developed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (the Council).

Comments on this proposed rule must be received no later than 5 p.m., local time on July 12, 2010. For more information please see the Pacific Fisheries Management website and the NMFS Northwest Regional Office website which include the full notice as published in the Federal Register .


Northwest - Proposed Affirmation of Oregon Coast Coho ESA Listing

NOAA Fisheries Service announced on May 25 th a proposed affirmation of the threatened Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing status of Oregon coast coho salmon. The agency listed the population in February 2008. That listing was done quickly to meet a court-ordered deadline.

In April 2009, NOAA Fisheries Service announced that it was initiating an ESA status review for Oregon coast coho. The new review provided time to be more deliberative, and resulted in this proposed affirmation of the threatened listing. The current ESA listing determination, critical habitat designation, and 4(d) regulations for Oregon coast coho remain in effect.

For more information, please visit the Fisheries Northwest Region Oregon coast coho ESA Web section.



NOAA Fisheries Service to Hold Outreach Meetings with Northeast Groundfish Industry

NOAA Fisheries Service has announced that it plans to hold a series of outreach meetings with the groundfish industry to solicit further feedback on the new groundfish regulations, which were implemented on May 1. In response to industry requests, the agency also plans to conduct corresponding training sessions for sector vessel operators on the use of new electronic reporting systems that sectors are using to collect catch information, and VMS training for sector and common pool vessels. NOAA plans to hold six 3-hour sessions in fishing ports from Maine to New York. For more information please see the Northeast Region website.

Pacific Fishery Management Council Meetings

The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet June 10-17, 2010. The Pacific Council meeting will begin on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 8 a.m., reconvening each day through Thursday, June 17, 2010. All meetings are open to the public, except a closed session will be held from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 to address litigation and personnel matters. The Pacific Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its scheduled business.

The meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404; telephone: (650) 570-5700. Please see the Pacific Council website, for the current meeting location, proposed agenda, and meeting briefing materials.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Meetings

The meetings will be held June 14-17, 2010, at the Courtyard Marriott, 1600 E. Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39501.

For more information on this meeting, including a full agenda please see the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's website.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meetings

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold scoping hearings for an amendment (Amendment 14) to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB).

The scoping meetings are scheduled to take place at the following dates and locations:

  • June 14, 2010, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Hilton Garden Inn, Providence Airport/Warwick, One Thuber Street, Warwick, RI 02886, telephone: (401) 734-9600;
  • June 15, 2010, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Holiday Inn Express East End, 1707 Old Country Rd., Route 58, Riverhead, NY 11901, telephone: (631) 548-1000;
  • June 17, 2010, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204, telephone: (609) 884-6592; and
  • June 23, 2010, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607.

There will also be a separate written comment period for Amendment 14 scoping, which will be described in an upcoming Federal Register announcement for the "Notice of Intent (NOI)" to develop an EIS that accompanies Amendment 14. That NOI will also contain information regarding these scoping hearings, but to provide the public with sufficient advance notice this notice is being published now since the NOI will likely publish shortly before the scoping hearings.

For more information on these meetings please visit the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's website.

Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops Announced

NOAA Fisheries Service is announcing that free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in July, August, and September of 2010. Certain fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet regulatory requirements and maintain valid permits. Specifically, the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is mandatory for vessel owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, and who have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. Additional free workshops will be held in 2010.

The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held July 8, August 5, and September 2, 2010, in Jefferson, LA; Panama City, FL; and Wilmington, NC, respectively. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held July 21, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 15, and September 22, 2010, in Clearwater, FL; Corpus Christi, TX; Wilmington, NC; Boston, MA; Manahawkin, NJ; and Kenner, LA, respectively.

The workshop schedules, registration information, and a list of frequently asked questions regarding these workshops are posted on the Internet at:


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