ROFFS™ Fishy Times Newsletter – 62nd Edition – Letters to the Editor, ROFFS™ Seminar at Wharf Marina Boat Show This Weekend & Effects of Trawling on Soft-Bottom NEWS
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I’m getting complaints again that lots of fish, including wahoo and other histamine type species (tuna and mackerel), are being sold directly to restaurants from the back deck of charter and sport fishing boats. This is nothing new and there will never be enough law enforcement officers to completely stop it, but maybe it’s time to once again tell our folks that this practice is against the law and might fall under the “Illegal, UNREPORTED seafood” federal regulations being developed in Congress. Federal penalties are severe.
Our industry must account with records for every trip we make to harvest seafood legally so that the FDA can track a fish or a specific lot from the boat to the throat. If a person(s) get sick from histamine type fish, which happens very often, legally purchased fish can be traced to the daily receiving log required for our seafood dealers. We can’t put a tag on every fish and the tags could be removed anyway so if a restaurant buys some hot wahoo, mahi or amberjack and the restaurant also buys some of these same species from legitimate dealer, there is no way to prove which fish caused the problem.
I’m asking for help. We don’t want another series of newspaper articles about all the fraud that is going on because it reflects badly on the restaurant and the seafood industry.
We are hoping to meet with some of the leaders of the sport-fishing industry to discuss this issue in great detail in the not too distant future.
I have been schooled over the years that you should not bring up a problem without offering some kind of solution. In this case all I can ask for is more awareness and education on the part of our industries.
Bob Jones, Executive Director
Southeastern Fisheries Association
ROFFS™ Will be at 2015 Wharf Marina Yacht & Boat Show with Seminar THIS Friday @ 3:45 PM
ROFFS™ will be at the Wharf Yacht and Boat Show in Orange Beach, AL on March 19-22, 2015 (this week Thursday-Sunday). Come by our booth # W-5 and chat with Greg Gawlikowski, our “go to” gulf analyst, for some great boat show specials, or just to talk fishing. Greg will be on the main stage on Friday, March 20 @ 3:45 PM speaking about the effects of the ocean environment, including eddies and on the catchabiity of tuna, marlin, shark and mahi. He will be available to answer any of your questions regarding analyses and offshore fishing Please visit the link below for more information. We hope to see you there!!
Trawling Has “Negligible” Effect on Soft-Bottom Article Courtesy: worldfishing.net | originally published March 06, 2015
A groundbreaking new study recently conducted by California fishermen, The Nature Conservancy and CSU Monterey Bay indicates that bottom trawling only has a “negligible effect” on the seafloor and fish habitat in certain types of soft sea bottom.
Trawling is continually criticized by environmental advocates for the damage it causes to rocky marine habitats and the long-lived animals that occur in them. However, important questions remain about the extent of any damage to sandy and muddy environments.
During the three-year study, fishermen trawled patches of the ocean floor off Morro Bay. Those areas were analysed by underwater photos and video and compared with nearby areas that were untouched.
Above: Petrale sole, a flatfish caught by trawling on soft-bottom seafloor. Credit: The Nature Conservancy. PLEASE CLICK HERE to read more on how trawling has a negligible effect on soft-bottom areas on our website now!
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