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Monday, December 17th-

At the NC/VA state line




Off Pea Island-




Off Hatteras-





Off Bogue Banks-




West of Frying Pan Shoals-




...and to keep up with the Debra Lee (the Mobile, Alabama based trawler that we've been tracking above), she's enjoying the waters of Florida-


 

Today (Thursday, December 20th), the large trawlers have all headed to the dock.  Those vessels in the Pamlico are running, not trawling.








Edited by Rick - 21 December 2018 at 9:10am
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The trawlers took the week of Christmas off.

Today, Dec 31st, 2018, the vessels are back on the Northern beach-







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And the road goes on forever
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Today- Friday, January 11, 2019




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Monday, January 28, 2019

We're still shrimping in the near-shore ocean waters off Ocracoke Inlet-












What's the deal with shrimp trawlers (compulsory equipped vessel) running a voluntary equipped license?

What I'm a missing? 

I've noticed this with a LOT of the commercial trawlers that I have researched.















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They're back-  March 25th, 2019



One of the Cooke Seafood boats-







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Today-  May 2nd, the big Cooke Seafood boat (Bridgot Denise) is in the Strategic Habitat Area (non-delineated in the last CHPP) area of the Dead Tree Hole.  This is where spot, croaker, sea mullet and weakfish are staging for their inshore migration. 




 


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Need some drone footage of the bycatch being culled
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Originally posted by 23Mako 23Mako wrote:

Need some drone footage of the bycatch being culled

Who cares?
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...and the 2019 Pamlico Sound juvenile finfish slaughter begins in earnest-  




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Another year's class of fish is lost so that less than 100 people can make a big profit.






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...and the first out-of-state trawler shows up headed to the Pamlico Sound-




The WAHINE...a South Carolina Trawler doing in NC waters what it can't do at home in SC...trawl inside the inlets in the primary and secondary nursery areas for gray trout, croaker, spot, blue crab, summer and southern flounder, etc....

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zipcode Effective Date Expiration Date
620972 WAHINE SPA RACINE, SYLVAN PIERRE JR PO BOX 735 MCCLELLANVLE SC 29458-0735 7/17/2018 6/30/2019




The Wahine's weekend home for the summer when it can't trawl the Pamlico Sound-




If it's like last year, the Wahine will be "dark" while trawling and only show an active AIS signal docked in port.

What is the status of the MFC motion to write the USCG requesting that AIS rules be enforced in NC waters?








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Let's use Global Fishing Watch to look at 2018 Effort in the Pamlico Sound.

The photos below ONLY represent effort by vessels >65-feet that were actively transmitting under federal rules for AIS/MMSI requirements.  It has been well documented above that vessel are intentionally "going dark" to keep from being tracked.

Watch the time lapse-video
 






JUNE-2018




JULY 2018



August 2018


September 2018


October 2018


November 2018



December 2018




Six Months of July - December 2018






The 2018 matching data from the P195 Juvenile abundance survey is not available yet, so let's compare the above trawl effort to the 2017 P195 juvenile abundance survey.

ARE WE TRAWLING IN CRITICAL HABITAT NURSERY AREAS?  ABSOLULELY!













The following slide shows the size distribution by species



For reference-




Why is there such a disconnect between what the scientists understand and how the NCDMF/NCMFC designates our important nursery areas?  Without proper designation, they are not protected from bottom disturbing gears and trawling.






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WOW!!!!



And those are only the ones that are over 65 feet and have their transmitter turned on.

It's hard to believe that there are still people out there who can't see this is being completely destructive of a huge vital nursery area.  They scream about denominators, water quality, heritage, cycles, etc. while hundreds of millions of 3 inch fish are killed every year.

And DMF data shows that the species that are being killed are mostly gone.











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like a lot of situations these days....nobody will believe that bycatch is an issue until they can actually SEE the effects for themselves. Sharing videos of the bycatch left behind in the wake of shrimp boats with government officials and the public will go a long way to disinfecting the dark. Right now....the bycatch is just numbers on a spreadsheet in which people in offices argue about the accuracy and ratios. A video provides hard evidence that cannot be disputed, in real time.
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Originally posted by cwilli cwilli wrote:

like a lot of situations these days....nobody will believe that bycatch is an issue until they can actually SEE the effects for themselves. Sharing videos of the bycatch left behind in the wake of shrimp boats with government officials and the public will go a long way to disinfecting the dark. Right now....the bycatch is just numbers on a spreadsheet in which people in offices argue about the accuracy and ratios. A video provides hard evidence that cannot be disputed, in real time.
 


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Originally posted by cwilli cwilli wrote:

A video provides hard evidence that cannot be disputed, in real time.


Really??

Are you sure videos don't mislead or lie? Wink





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It's "officially" started for 2019!  The out-of-state boats are here.

We saw San Dia in 2018.  He's back-







Lang's Pride is here-










Palmetto Pride is back with a traveling companion the Hannah Jae from Frogmore.



The Alabama based Debra Lee made it into port yesterday at Beaufort Inlet Seafood and will soon be trawling in the Pamlico Sound-






This morning North of Bluff Shoals in the Pamlico Deep East (PDE) strata we have four vessels transmitting a received AIS signal-




On each side of Bluff Shoals in Pamlico Deep East and Pamlico Deep West there are 12 vessels transmitting a received signal-





…and there are a pile (all photos taken yesterday) of smaller vessels <65 feet in length that are not required to transmit on AIS and a pile of out-of-compliance vessels...




I've been telling people since February that the number of new boats (refurbished older St. Augustine type wooden trawlers) was growing exponentially in ENC.  My anecdotal observations show that the small trawler has been replaced by older larger vessels capable of pulling maximum gear, staying "at sea" for multiple days and large enough to safely participate in the late fall and early winter white shrimp ocean fishery that has become the "bread and butter" of NC's expanded shrimp trawl fishery. 

Effort has expanded!  Significantly expanded.

The type of trawler I'm seeing more of-
 




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So whose licenses are they fishing under?
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Out-of-state vessels can fish under two different types of licenses- owned or assigned, either way they are the "holder" while in  possession.

Direct Purchase
Buy an out-of-state SCFL (Standard Commercial Fishing License) direct from NCDMF Eligibility Pool.

Transfer Process (Third Party Purchase)

Buy an out-of-state SCFL/RSCFL from an individual.
Buy an in-state SCFL/RSCFL from an individual and pay the fee to convert it to an out-of-state license.

Assignment Process
"Rent" a license from the current holder of a valid SCFL.  (Note: RSCFL cannot be assigned.)







Below are questions and answers about assignments from the NCDMF website-




It is my opinion that the Division in violating state statute and rule by allowing a resident license to be assigned to a non-resident if that person is licensed in his state of residency as a commercial or recreational fisherman.


§ 113-168.1.  General provisions governing licenses and endorsements.
(d)       No Dual Residency. - It is unlawful for any person to hold any currently valid license issued under this Article to the person as a North Carolina resident if that person holds any currently valid commercial or recreational fishing license issued by another state to the person as a resident of that state.


Dealers with multiple licenses are doing the assignments.  They provide the out-of-state boat with an opportunity to purchase dockage, fuel and ice- and "rent a license" with the obligation to land $2 or less shrimp at the dealers dock.  This effort helps crash the price of shrimp for all boats- including the dealers own boats.  The crews of the dealer boats are contractors working on shares.  The dealer buys cheap shrimp from his own boats by paying the crews a lower share price.  The dealer makes money on the wholesale side. 




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...well, Debra Lee (Alabama vessel) made her way from Beaufort Inlet Seafood to the Neuse River heading for the Pamlico Sound-






WOW!!!

Look how tight those boats are...  CLEAN SWEEPING the sound.  Bulldozing the bottom!

These are big boats pulling heavy doors and chains.




 




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