SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard report blames a crab boat's owner and captain for a fatal 2017 voyage in the Bering Sea.
The Seattle-based fishing vessel Destination went missing Feb. 11,...
Crab fisherman fined for fishing after season closed
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A Kodiak crab fisherman convicted of fishing during a closed season was handed a hefty penalty.
Alaska State Troopers say 47-year-old Raleigh Eager was fined $25,000 and ordered to forfeit 156 Dungeness crab pots.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Nov. 2, 2017, pulled and inspected 156 commercial crab pots belonging to the fishing vessel Silver Fox and operated by Eager.
Efforts build to reduce ‘ghost’ crab pots in Chesapeake Bay
GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) — Researchers are trying to figure out how to reduce the number abandoned crab pots in the Chesapeake Bay. The so-called "ghost pots" kill blue crabs as well as fish and birds and turtles.
The Daily Press reported Monday that researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point are surveying watermen for ideas for solutions.
3 dead after commercial crabbing vessel capsizes off Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A commercial crabbing boat capsized in rough waters off the Oregon coast, killing the three men aboard and sending a shock wave through a seafaring community already struggling from a monthlong delay to the annual crabbing season.
After delay, Dungeness crab season opens on Oregon coast
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — After a month-long delay, the Dungeness crab season is set to open in Oregon, but industry experts say these appear to be a trend and they hurt coastal communities.
KVAL-TV reports that Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife will open the crabbing season for the central and northern coast.
Deep-sea crab fishing quota to stay same in 2019
BOSTON (AP) — Federal fishing managers are holding the line on the quota for a commercial important species of crab that is fished off of the East Coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the quota for Atlantic deep-sea red crab will be about 3.9 million pounds, which is the same it has been since 2011.
Start of Dungeness crab season to be announced Saturday
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is still waiting on test results from Washington to determine when it will open this year's crab season.
Oregon and California crabbers sue fossil fuel companies
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Commercial crabbers in Oregon and California are suing 30 fossil fuel companies, claiming they are to blame for climate change, which has hurt their industry.
The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations filed the lawsuit last week in California State Superior Court in San Francisco against companies including Chevron and Exxon Mobil, news outlets reported.
Commercial ocean crabbing delayed in Oregon
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — State shellfish managers have delayed the start of the commercial Dungeness crabbing season along the entire Oregon coast because of lack of meat on the crustaceans.
The ocean commercial crab season typically opens Dec. 1. But the Department of Fish and Wildlife has pushed that back until at least Dec. 16.
Grant announced to aid restoration of SC’s Crab Bank
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A foundation has granted $700,000 to the effort to save South Carolina's Crab Bank, a greatly eroded island and bird breeding area in Charleston Harbor.
The Post and Courier reports that the grant was needed by organizers hoping to complete a $1.4 million fundraising effort.
Study to help prevent whale entanglements off Oregon
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission is supporting a multi-year study to prevent whale entanglements off the Oregon Coast.
The Coos Bay World reports that the board of the industry-funded agency approved nearly $45,000 toward the three-year $300,000 project.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute plan to gather data on whale distributions and populations.
Invasive crab species found in waters off Olympic Peninsula
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Resource managers say trapping is critical for halting the spread of an invasive crab species that has been found in waters across the northern side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.
Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal ecosystem
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters are better suited for the hockey rink.
Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit Maine waters, but are ornerier and angrier, threatening to accelerate harm to the coastal ecosystem by gobbling up soft-shell clams and destroying native eel grass, a researcher said.
Georgia Tech uses crabs, trees to create new plastic wrap
ATLANTA (AP) — Dozens of cities like San Francisco and companies like Starbucks are looking for ways to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfills. Just one example is the recent surge in bans on plastic straws.
To meet some of this demand for renewable packaging, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new kind of packaging made of tree fibers and crab shells.
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The invasive green crabs that cause havoc in coastal New England ecosystems might soon become more aggressive.
The crabs are a threat to coastal habitats and to the shellfish harvest, because they feed on species such as soft-shell crabs. The Portland Press Herald reports coastal currents could be make the situation worse in New England.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal accident investigators say evidence indicates an ice accumulation likely led to the deadly sinking of a crab boat last year near an Alaska island.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued a marine accident brief and a safety alert Thursday to warn mariners about icing. The action follows the agency's investigation into the Feb. 11, 2017, sinking of the Seattle-based vessel Destination with six people on board.
Cape Cod museum raises horseshoe crabs
BREWSTER, Mass. (AP) — How do you raise a horseshoe crab, a creature whose fossil record dates back 450 million years, whose ancestors weathered ice ages big and small, and who somehow survived predators willing to take a shot at something slow-moving and relatively defenseless?
- WRAL-TVWatermen catch lost crab potsFebruary 19, 2019
- The News-ReviewCoastal Casts:February 3, 2019
- Skagit Valley Herald'Fish cops' keep eyes on the waterOctober 28, 2018
- Skagit Valley HeraldJunior ecologists take to the Padilla mudflatsAugust 13, 2018
- Houston ChronicleBlue crab program could bring vital infoAugust 2, 2018
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (AP) — Investigators say dozens of turtles were found dead on a beach at a New Jersey coastal city.
Sea Isle City officials say a woman found the turtles dead on the beach on Memorial Day. News 12 New Jersey reports a crab trap was apparently to blame for the death of about 65 turtles.
GEORGETOWN, Maine (AP) — John Hagan surveys a vast field of tidal mud and envisions a place where farmers will one day rake clams in a way that more closely resembles harvesting potatoes or carrots than shellfish.
Whether New England's long history of harvesting clams endures might hinge on whether the bold plan works.
ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — Officials say thousands of lost crab pots are littering the bottom of Puget Sound, posing dangers to crabs and other marine life.
KOMO-TV reports some boaters spent time earlier this week fishing for the derelict pots off the shores of Anacortes.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Chefs, fishermen, scientists and others are coming together in Maine to try to find a tasty way to solve New England's invasive crab problem.
The green crabs are a growing problem for New England's environment and economy, in part because they feast on marketable coastal shellfish. The crabs themselves are not worth much because there isn't a consumer market for them.
Underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay experiences growth
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Underwater grasses that provide vital places for fish and crab to dwell and hide from predators covered more than 100,000 acres of the Chesapeake Bay last year.
News outlets reported Tuesday that the Virginia Institute of Marine Science found more than 104,000 acres of grasses across the estuary. It was a third straight year grass acreage grew, gaining by 5 percent from 2016 to 2017.
NH wants citizen scientists to help find invader crabs
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Scientists with the University of New Hampshire are hoping the public will help them search for an invasive species of green crab.
The crabs are a problem for New England's shellfish industry because the invaders feast on clams, mussels and oysters. New Hampshire Public Radio reports the second year of a monitoring project began on Saturday.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada is changing the dates of the country's snow crab season and establishing a permanent speed limit in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in hopes of protecting the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.
There are only about 450 of the whales left. Last summer at least 18 were found dead off the east coasts of Canada and the United States.
Howdy, everyone! We’ve had a weird and wonderful phenomenon lately where the ocean is rough on weekdays but gets calm and fishable for the weekends. Those of you that are boat owners know that this is usually the exact opposite. Every day at work you hear me on the radio telling you how nice and fishable the ocean is but then on Friday between 3 and 5 in the afternoon the ocean gets all torn up. Of course, by Monday morning it’s nice again.
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The social event of the year in the world of Maine fishing is coming to a close in Rockport.
Saturday is the final day of the Maine Fishermen's Forum for 2018. The event began on Thursday at the Samoset Resort. It takes place every year and is a trade show for the commercial fishing industry that also includes numerous seminars, a banquet and other events.
Howdy, everyone! I hope you have been enjoying the unseasonably warm and sunny days and using them to your advantage like we have. Ocean conditions have been good, fishing hot, crabbing also good, and clamming excellent as always.
State agencies Friday announced an immediate halt to recreational crabbing on a 70-mile stretch of the southern Oregon Coast because of high toxin levels in the crustaceans.
A half-million blue crabs is a lot of crabs - about 83 tons worth, based on the average weight of these crustaceans so crucial to the ecologic, economic and recreational health of Gulf Coast marine ecosystems.
Managers approve rules for better lobster catch data
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Interstate fishing managers say they have approved a new set of rules for lobster and crab fishing that they expect will improve data collection about the two valuable species.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved the new rules earlier this week. The commission says the new rules expand the amount of data fishermen are required to report and prioritizes development of electronic reporting.
Feds allowing same amount of red crab harvest in 2018
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing regulators say they are allowing commercial fishermen to harvest the same amount of a marketable species of ocean crab this year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says fishermen will be allowed to bring 3.9 million pounds of deep-sea red crabs to land this year. That is the same quota that has been in effect since 2011.
Price talks further delay Dungeness crab season
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The commercial Dungeness crab season had been set to open Monday in most of Oregon and Washington state, but price negotiations and ocean conditions kept boats at home.
Crabbers told The Daily Astorian that major processors initially offered crabbers $2.30 a pound — well below last season's average starting price of $2.89 a pound.
Hearings scheduled for changes to lobster fishing rules
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Fishing regulators are holding public hearings about potential changes to lobster and crab fishing rules in states up and down the East Coast.
The interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says the proposed rules are designed to improve harvest reporting and data collection about lobsters and Jonah crabs. They would include using new reporting technology and expanding the collection of data.
Search called off for missing kayaker in Seaside
SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have called off the search for a man who was last seen fishing for crab from a kayak near the mouth of the Seaside Estuary.
Commercial crab season to open Jan. 15 after 6 week delay
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season is set to open Jan. 15 along the southwest Washington coast following a six-week delay.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that coastal waters will open from the mouth of the Columbia River north to Klipsan Beach on the Long Beach peninsula. It includes Willapa Bay.
The fishing season traditionally begins Dec. 1, but was delayed to give the crabs more time to fill with meat.
Dungeness crabbing season to open Jan. 15
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the Dungeness crab fishery from Cape Blanco to the Columbia River and into Washington state will open Jan. 15.
The fishery traditionally starts Dec. 1, but was delayed to give the crabs more time to fill with meat.
Fisheries managers use "meat fill" tests to determine how well the Dungeness have rebounded from the late summer shedding of their shells in a process called molting.
Florida stone crab season off to a slow start
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Florida's stone crab season has been disappointing so far, with retailers unable to procure more than a couple pounds of the delectable crustacean claws.
The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that since the season opened on Oct. 15 crab traps have been coming up mostly empty.
Commercial fishing of Dungeness crabs hit with another delay
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The commercial fishing of Dungeness crabs has been delayed again for Oregon and parts of Washington and California, giving the crabs more time to plump up.
The Daily Astorian reports fishery managers with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have delayed the fishery opening to Dec. 31 after testing found the crab meat yield too low.
Industry leaders search for next generation of fishermen
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — John Corbin remembers tent cities in Alaska in the 1980s during the booming king crab seasons. The commercial fisherman said upward of 50 guys a day would walk the docks looking for work. Those days are gone.
Next year, Corbin and others in the fishing industry plan to do something they wouldn't have considered during the boom years: They're going to start attending high school job fairs and actively recruit the next generation of fishermen and women.
Washington state delays Dungeness crab season
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state say they're delaying the start of Dungeness crab season by two weeks because of harmful algae.
KING-TV reports (http://kng5.tv/2hAYDHh) that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday that the opening of the season on Washington's coast is being moved from Dec. 1 to Dec. 16.
WINCHESTER BAY— While crabbing is currently closed along some sections of the Oregon Coast, commercial and recreational bay crabbers are still welcome to harvest the crustaceans in Winchester Bay.
Environmental group says California crabbers harming whales
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group wants the federal government to declare that California's crab fishing industry is dangerous to whales.
The Center for Biological Diversity says it's petitioned the government to rank the Dungeness crab fishery in the top category of concern for marine mammals. It wants restrictions on where and how much crabbing gear is used.
Ocean acidification could threaten Alaska crab populations
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Alaska researchers warn that the changing levels of ocean acidity could have grave consequences for red king crab populations in the Bering Sea.
The acidity of waters off Alaska could change dramatically over the next 50 years, leading to possible crab stock failure in about 100 years, said Robert Foy, director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Kodiak Laboratory.
How many horseshoe crabs? Regulators want to find out
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Interstate fishery regulators will soon begin work on a new effort to get a handle on the population health of horseshoe crabs on the East Coast.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says its assessment of the horseshoe crab stock will begin this month.
Crabbing shut down along southern Oregon Coast
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Crabbing has been shut down along the southern Oregon Coast because of elevated levels of a naturally occurring toxin.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced late Monday that the closure encompasses the ocean and estuaries south of Bandon. Crab harvesting remains open from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the Columbia River.
Some of Washington’s most popular hunting seasons get underway in October, as hunters take to the field for deer, elk, ducks, geese and other game birds.
Meanwhile, anglers are still landing salmon in several local rivers, including the Samish and the Nooksack.
Environmental group sues California over whale-killing gear
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group has sued the state of California for allegedly not doing enough to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed its lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco, saying the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is liable for a surge in entanglements of endangered whales and sea turtles because it authorizes and manages operation of the fishery.
Environmental group sues California over whale-killing gear
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group sued the state of California on Tuesday for allegedly not doing enough to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed its lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, saying the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is liable for a surge in entanglements of endangered whales and sea turtles because it authorizes and manages operation of the fishery.