Archive for March, 2012

I will not question thee, Ahab.

March 30, 2012


My miserable office is but to obey thee.


Seems legit

March 27, 2012

Are there really enough people borrowing from western sky that it makes sense for them to spring for a commercial?  Must be the native american drumming in the background…their  intoxicating.

God I love to swear.

March 26, 2012

But my name is on this thing.  I’ll let others do the heavy lifting for a change.

All In…

March 23, 2012

Just over a week to go for the 2011 fishing season…and I’m all in.  Yeah, the blog has sucked.  Yes, my wife hates me.  Sure, my friends have stopped calling.  No, I haven’t done my taxes.  No, I haven’t finished my business plan for the new boat. 

Fucking live with it. 

There will be plenty of time to not fish when I’m dead.

No, I’m not dead

March 19, 2012

Yet.  Here, look at this and leave me alone.

Just a message to the crack-head douche-bag moron that stole all of the whale safe swivels off of our high-flyers this week

March 15, 2012

The bridle is just a loop.  It goes through one eye, around the swivel and that’s all.  There is no need to cut each one…just loosen the loop and pop it over the end of the swivel.  Now I have to replace all of the bridles instead of just slipping new swivels on.

Hope you hit it big selling those $1 swivels on the black market.  That is all.

Don’t expect much from me….

March 13, 2012

That’s when I do my best worrrkk;ljknxzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


March 8, 2012

The science behind fisheries management is taking a pretty hard hit as of late, what with the most recent cod assessment and all.  Now, not only are there rumors that the Georges bank cod assessments will be even more shocking, but it seems that the yellowtail flounder that have been more and more prevalent in recent years have not arrived on schedule.  I would like to think that if the yellowtail assessments come in shockingly lower the next time around, people will finally have no choice but to point fingers at sector management. 

It will be a hard sell for the pro-sector crowd, who is becoming more and more desperate to validate their actions.  But there is something in the science that I think people might be ignoring…something that gave Days at Sea management a bad rap: bycatch mortality.

For some reason, the science considers everything a fisherman catches, whether it is kept or not, to be dead.  These numbers were figured into the science that led to allocations.  Now, fishermen (and scientists) know that not everything that goes overboard dies.  Are there people much smahtah than me that should be looking at the possibility that the discrepancy in mortality rate may have led to allocations that re-introduced overfishing into a fishery on the mend?  Perhaps by-catch in the Days at sea fishery wasn’t the 100% waste that they thought it was?  And if you consider everything that comes aboard a fishing boat to immediately be dead, how do you justify the tagging programs that have been successful for years?

personally, I have about twenty of the T-shirts they send out as rewards.  I always lie and tell them that I release the fish.  Maybe that’s the reason the numbers are off.  

And for the record, the T-shirts are starting to get a little cheap.  And while I love writing about all this regulatory stuff, I still have to please the masses:

Sarah Maxfield…I mean kalloch.

March 8, 2012

Behind every great leader; supporting every international hero; motivating every inspirational individual effort there is a loving partner.  A person that doesn’t need the lime-light.  That knows his/her role.  I am that man.


Fun with my pal Pete at CLF

March 6, 2012

I’ll be livin’ in a van, down by the river.

doug maxfield says:


February 24, 2012 at 6:50 am


4000 mt won’t make a difference. No one is willing to admit defeat on the catch share fiasco just yet, but it’s time someone put on their big boy pants.
Sure, everyone can claim that the science in 2008 was flawed. But it does seem coincidental that it confirmed exactly what the fishermen were seeing. Four years later and no one wants to look at what part of the equation has changed. I believe your advice, Mr. Shelley, was to “make it work”.
Trust me, people are trying. But what happens when the number of boats able to fish is cut in half AND the fish are gone?

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  • Peter Shelley says:



    ‘Make it work’ still sounds like a viable, maybe the only, option to me. There is no logic or data to lay the new lower science assessment on GOM cod on sectors. They were not responsible for the changes in weights-at-age that the new assessment used or the high recreational catches. The estimated-to-be-strong 2003 year class, which never recruited into the fishery, would have done so before the start of the expanded sector program in 2009 and didn’t show up then. There is no indication that the sector program caused the loss of the estimated-to-be-strong 2005 year class or was any worse than a days-at-sea program with trip limits would have been in the discard category (and sector trips were observed at much higher levels than DAS boats). More likely that the 2003 and 2005 cohorts just weren’t as strong as estimated.

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  • doug maxfield says:



    Trip limits brought this fishery back from the brink. And I think its interesting you should bring up observers…because when you can talk to them in a setting where they are no afraid to loose their jobs for speaking their minds you hear how willing their ‘higher-ups’ are to cherry pick their data to provide numbers on paper for people who have not seen this process unfold first hand. ie. you.
    You’re right…discards were a huge problem in the days at sea fishery with trip limits. The solution should not have been to make it legal for 100 footers to make 20,000lb. tows on Stellwagon with allocation they bought.

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  • Peter Shelley says:



    Well, I hear you and that’s your perspective. There are plenty of other fishermen who would disagree with you that “trip limits brought this fishery back from the brink” and you don’t provide any real data to support your claim. The sector program, by the way, does not make the former unreported or regulatory discarding legal; it makes the fishery accountable for that catch for the first time.

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    • doug maxfield says:



      What is ‘real data’? You want the logbooks from the last ten years that show plain and simple that fewer nets of greater mesh size were needed to catch more fish? I’ve got that. But ‘data’ seems useless when it can all be swept under the rug with “we were wrong then, we’re right now”. What if we were right then and wrong now?
      BTW, I watched six large, offshore boats cartwheeling in a small area last week and wiping out a massive amount of western GOM haddock. Some of these boats had no haddock allocation and are trying to purchase it now to cover their catch. The price crashed and in less than two days the fish were gone. I guess they just made it work.

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  • Peter Shelley says:



    CLF’s position is that those trip boats should not be working inshore areas, period, and we have said so publicly at the mike and in writing. I’ve checked the Amendment 16 record for any written comments you may have made raising this very strong position you hold about the damage some trip boats are causing. I couldn’t find any or maybe you just went to the mike? How come? Were you expecting others to carry your water? Of course, it’s OK to break bad on the internet but it doesn’t mean anything to the people who are making the decisions here.

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  • Doug maxfield says:



    Try amendment 18. Also working with Nama when possible. Unfortunately, my job is to fish, not go to meetings which are generally held mid-morning for some reason. And just who are the people ‘making the decisions here’? I guess we’ll see when the IG begins playing his flute.