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RIFA WEEKLY UPDATE: 12/20/2015

by R.I. Fishermen's Alliance on 12/20/15

New this week:

 

GOVERNOR, REED, DEM MARK COMPLETION OF PORT OF GALILEE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

Governor Raimondo, in partnership with U.S. Senator Jack Reed and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), will hold a special ceremony on Monday to mark completion of an infrastructure improvement project at the Port of Galilee. The project rehabilitated the Port's primary working pier for large vessels and reconstructed a stretch of bulkhead that supports popular waterside businesses and ferry/charter services. 

 

"There is nothing more Rhode Island than heading down to Galilee to buy a lobster right off the boat," said Raimondo. "Rhode Islanders love seafood, we are proud of our fishing heritage, and we value our ports. They are vital assets that feed our economy, honor our culture, and support local fishermen and working families. We must continue to invest in them and build first-class facilities that enhance opportunity and help accelerate growth of our local food and tourism economies."  

 

In an effort to help the state pay for the project, U.S. Senator Jack Reed spearheaded efforts at the federal level to secure a $2.9 million grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). "Modernizing the Port of Galilee is a smart investment that recognizes the importance of the fishing industry to our economy and will help spur business activity, create jobs, and boost Rhode Island's economy. Strengthening the port's infrastructure is key to its long-term stability and our state's economic future," said Senator Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees EDA funding, and who also hosts an annual EDA Grant Workshop to help Rhode Island successfully compete for EDA grants.

 

WHO:  Governor Gina Raimondo, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, DEM Director Janet Coit, Port Businesses

WHERE:  The Town Dock, 45 State Street, Narragansett, Rhode Island

WHEN:  Monday, December 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

 

The Port of Galilee is a vital part of the state, local economy and character; it is one of the largest working commercial fishing ports along the East Coast, providing seafood to national and international markets. More than 56 million pounds of seafood was landed in Galilee last year –with a value over $51 million. The Port is home to 240 commercial vessels, supports hundreds of jobs and businesses, and is a popular tourism destination.

 

ACFHP Extends Deadline for Proposals to Study and/or Restore Black Sea Bass Habitat along the Mid-Atlantic

The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is seeking research and/or restoration proposals to address black sea bass habitat issues in the Mid-Atlantic region (from Long Island Sound to Cape Hatteras), with an emphasis on the use of natural and/or artificial reefs and their ability to maintain and enhance fishery productivity. Projects can range from 12-24 months in length, and should include guaranteed monitoring for at least three years. The maximum award for an individual project is $225,000, and multiple highly ranked projects will be considered if the amount requested totals less than the $225,000 in available funds. All proposed artificial reef construction projects must be developed in coordination with the artificial reef manager in their respective state (contact information listed in the Request for Proposals) to be eligible for funding. Proposals are due by February 1, 2016 at midnight. The full Request for Proposals is available here: Black Sea Bass Habitat RFP. For questions or to submit a proposal, please email Lisa Havel, ACFHP Coordinator, at LHavel@asmfc.org.

 

MAFMC Revises 2016 Spiny Dogfish Specifications

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has revised the spiny dogfish specifications that were previously recommended for the 2016 fishing year. During the December 2015 Council Meeting last week in Annapolis, Maryland, the Council approved a revised acceptable biological catch (ABC) limit of about 52 million pounds and a commercial quota of 40 million pounds. The revised commercial quota represents an increase of nearly 60% relative to the quota originally recommended for 2016. In addition, the Council approved ABCs of 51 million pounds for 2017 and 50 million pounds for 2018. 

 

NEMFC Newsletter, December 2015

At its early December meeting, the New England Council finalized its recommendations for Framework 27 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP. The action contains catch specifications for the 2016 and 2017 (default) fishing years.

 

 

Job Opportunities:

 

Captains, Mates and Crewmembers

Located in Point Judith Rhode Island, The Town Dock is looking to expand our fleet of commercial fishing vessels and we are seeking motivated and dependable self-employed Captains, Mates, and Crewmembers to meet the high demand for fresh seafood. These are year-round trip vessels that fish anywhere from Virginia to the Canadian line fishing for squid, scup, herring, fluke, whiting, and groundfish. Experience is helpful but not necessary. If you are interested, please send a resume and contact information to fishingjobs@towndock.com.

 

Fresh Fish Buyer

The Town Dock is a growing seafood company located in Point Judith, RI that has been in business for 35 years. We are currently looking for a Fresh Fish Buyer with existing relationships with fishermen along the Eastern Seaboard (Maine to North Carolina) and experience purchasing fish and squid. This person will report to the Director of Purchasing & Fresh Sales. The Town Dock offers a competitive pay package. Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with company match, PTO, Sick time, 7 paid Holidays, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, and an FSA. Email resumes to: jobs@towndock.com or contact Maggie by phone at 401-789-2200 x. 124.

 

 

Proclamations:

 

Fluke Aggregate Application Form

The permit application for the Summer Flounder Aggregate Landing Program - 2016 Winter sub-period (February 7 - April 30) is available here

 

Lobster Trap Tag Order Form

The order form for lobster trap tags for the 2016-2017 fishing season (June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017) is now available on the Marine Fisheries website

 

To all Lobster permit holders,

Please be advised that ALL LCMA 2 Lobster Trap Allocations are being reduced by 25% and ALL LCMA 3 Lobster Trap Allocations are being reduced by 5% as required by the ASMFC Fishery Management Plan for Lobster for the 2016-2017 fishing year (June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017). If you did not participate in the trap transferability program, your 2016-2017 lobster trap allocation has been reduced as indicated above.

When submitting your trap tag order for the 2016-2017 fishing year, please reflect this reduction in order to avoid delays in processing your order. For more information please contact Scott D. Olszewski (401) 423-1934 Scott.olszewski@dem.ri.gov or John Lake (401) 423-1942 John.lake@dem.ri.gov

 

 

Meetings:

 

New England States Schedule Hearings on the Public Hearing Document for Draft Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Herring FMP: Jan 4

New England states of Maine through Massachusetts have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on the Public Hearing Document for Draft Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Monday, January 4th from 6-9 PM

University of Rhode Island Bay Campus

Corless Auditorium

South Ferry Road

Narragansett, RI

Contact: John Lake at 401.423.1942

 

ASMFC 2016 Winter Meeting Preliminary Agenda: Feb 2-4

The preliminary agenda and public comment guidelines for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's 2016 Winter Meeting, February 2-4, 2016 in Alexandria, VA is available at http://www.asmfc.org/home/2016-winter-meeting. Materials will be available on January 21, 2016.