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Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance
    JUN 19, 2015
Weekly Update

To all,

Many thanks to each and every one of the good folks that have taken the time and helped kick start the "go fund me" campaign with your generous contributions. Our commercial fishing community is a very special part of our great state and it will always be up to us to make sure we take care of each other.

Rich Fuka / President RIFA


New this week:

Mid-Atlantic Council Seeks Applicants for Trawl Survey Advisory Panel

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) is soliciting applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Northeast Trawl Survey Advisory Panel. The objectives for the panel are to understand existing NEFSC trawl survey gear performance and methodology, evaluate the potential to complement or supplement current NEFSC surveys, and to improve understanding and acceptance of NEFSC survey data quality and results. Anyone interested in serving on this advisory panel may apply online or download an application at Applications can also be obtained by calling the Council office at (877) 446-2362 or by emailing Completed applications should be submitted using one of the following methods: Online using the web form at; Mail to Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; Email to; or Fax to (302) 674-5399. Please include “TRAWL SURVEY ADVISORY PANEL” in the subject of your fax or email. Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.


New England Fishermen to Pay $700 a Day for At Sea Monitoring

Groundfishermen monitored by a federal agency will soon have to pay roughly $700 for their own at-sea monitors, a cost they say is “one more nail in the coffin” to put them out of business. “With the at-sea monitoring heaped upon fishermen, it very well could be the tipping point for many vessels, many permit holders,” said Dr. David Pierce, acting director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fishery.



Lobster tagging program

Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association (AOLA), working with the New Hampshire Fish and Game, is tagging eggbearing, v-notched, and oversized lobsters on Georges Bank in 2015, in order to track migration and investigate growth rates. What to report: date, location, tag #, lobster sex, whether the lobster had eggs or v-notch and whether you kept or released the animal. If you have a way to measure carapace length in millimeters, we would appreciate that information as well. Rewards: 1st place $500, 2nd place $300, 3rd place $200. Each tag report will qualify as one entry into the raffle. Raffle winners will be drawn July 1, 2016. Planning underway for another raffle in 2017. If you haul a tagged lobster, please release it and contact: Heidi Henninger 603-828-9342 or



RIMFC Industry Advisory Committee Meeting: Jul 21

There will be a RIMFC Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 6:00PM in the Large Conference room of the URI Coastal Institute Building, URI Narragansett Bay Campus. 


Industry Outreach Meetings to Review Upcoming Groundfish Assessments: Jul 22

NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center will host outreach meetings in Portland, Gloucester, Woods Hole, and New Bedford for fishermen interested in the upcoming Operational Assessments for 20 stocks of northeast groundfish. All of the meetings will be held on July 22, 2015 from 10AM to Noon. Meeting details can be found at HTTP://1.USA.GOV/1MTZCK3


ASMFC Pre Meeting: Jul 30

A meeting of Rhode Island's ASMFC Commissioners will be held on Thursday, July 30 at 4 pm in the Small Conference room in the Coastal Institute Building at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett (this is the room directly across the building from the front door). The purpose of the meeting is to review and discuss the agenda for the upcoming August 4 - 6 ASMFC meeting in Alexandria, VA.


ASMFC 2015 Summer Meeting: Aug 4-6

The agenda and public comment guidelines for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s 2015 Summer Meeting, August 4-6, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia are available on the ASMFC’s website:


ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Ecosystem Management Objectives Workshop: Aug 31-Sep 1

The public is welcome to attend the webinar and workshop. Since the webinar and workshop will be working meetings, there will be a limited opportunity for the public to provide comments at the end of the meeting if time permits. The webinar will be held on Friday, August 14 at 9 AM; please go here to register, and call 866.244.8528 and enter passcode 629107 to join the conference call. The workshop will be conducted on August 31 and September 1 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve, 7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover, Maryland 21076; 888.624.4011. Space may be limited; please contact Mike Waine, Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at or 703.842.0740 if you are interested in attending.


"The Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance is dedicated to its mission of continuing to help create sustainable fisheries without putting licensed fishermen out of business."

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