Ventless trap survey seeks industry participants

The Maine Department of Marine Resources, in cooperation with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, is seeking industry participants for the Regional Ventless Trap Program through a competitive bid process. The cooperative research project between industry and scientists from Maine to New York seeks data on relative lobster abundance and size distribution. All traps, line and buoys will be supplied to participating fishermen, >click to read< 10:14

Port of Bellingham plans Fisherman’s Pavilion for commercial fishermen, events

The Port of Bellingham recently applied for a shoreline permit to build a 9,000-square-foot unheated building in the outdoor storage yard near the park. The building, referred to as the Fisherman’s Pavilion on the permit, will have large roll-up doors to create an open-air atmosphere, Mike Hogan, spokesman for the port, wrote in an email. The building will be used as a work space for commercial fishermen and other members of the working waterfront during the winter months,,, Video, >click to read< 09:42

Florida Man Sentenced for Killing Endangered Sawfish

Chad Ponce, a 38-year old commercial fisherman, is facing 2 years probation, 80 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine for killing an endangered smalltooth sawfish. A judge determined this sentence on December 19, 2019, after a joint investigation by NOAA Fisheries and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) confirmed Ponce used a power saw to cut the rostrum (saw or bill) off of the live fish before discarding its body back into the ocean. >click to read< 08:35

Federal review of offshore wind projects raises concerns over delays

The Trump administration’s unexpected review of “potential impacts” of offshore wind-energy projects could be published early this year, but it remains unclear whether publication will clear a logjam that has stalled one of the country’s first large-scale projects, and the dozen to follow.,,, Last year, when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced an analysis of offshore wind projects slated for construction in U.S. waters, Vineyard Wind, the first affected by it, was caught off guard. Vineyard Wind is proposing a project off the Massachusetts coast.  >click to read< 07:31

Northeast Seafood Coalition questioning the NEFMC fish monitoring regulation process

The New England Fishery Management Council is set to resume action on the contentious groundfish monitoring amendment next week, but the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition is questioning whether the council is rushing its own process and operating with incomplete information. The council, scheduled to meet for three days next week in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will return Wednesday to the arduous task of completing Amendment 23, which will set monitoring levels for vessels operating within the Northeast multispecies groundfish fishery. >click to read< 13:36

F/V Scandies Rose: Coast Guard board, NTSB, to investigate sinking of crab boat on New Year’s Eve

The Coast Guard has formed a Marine Board of Investigation to determine the causes of the sinking of the Scandies Rose,,, The board was formed earlier this week, and it is still unclear where and when a hearing will be scheduled, according to Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield, a public affairs officer with the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also is investigating, >click to read< 10:49

Support local fishers by buying local! Virus outbreak in China triggers Tasmanian lobster lockout

Tasmania’s rock lobster industry has been left treading water following mass cancellations from Chinese buyers.,, “Because of that the restaurants have cancelled their orders,” Mr Sansom said. He estimated more than 90 per cent of Tasmania’s red rock lobster market was exported to China each year. “The exporters, their tanks are full. Which means the fishermen can’t sell it, so their boats are full,” he said. “As far as I know no one is exporting. >click to read< 10:06

A shifting wreck off SC has become a serious threat, sinking and damaging unaware boaters

The Miss Anne hit something in open seas off Hilton Head Island recently and began to founder. It was the second ship to be damaged in a month by a submerged, invisible hazard. The U.S. Coast Guard is warning captains to be wary of a “shifty” shipwreck.The wreck wasn’t supposed to be where the Miss Anne struck it. On the charts, it was 700 yards away. It’s a steel-hulled fishing boat that sank in 2017 in deeper water but now is just 4 feet below the surface. >click to read< 09:13

The Pro Cat: Innovative New Brunswick-made fishing boat talk of trade show

A new fishing boat with lofty goals of transforming the industry, and bringing much-needed jobs to northern New Brunswick, drew plenty of eyes Friday during the first day of Canada’s largest commercial marine trade show, The Pro Cat stood out because it’s a catamaran, a double-hull, composite vessel that looks nothing like traditional fishing boats in the region, or on the showroom floor. >click to read< 08:23

Assistance for family of fallen Maine fisherman Christopher Pinkham – A fundraiser by Jennifer Adams

Christopher Pinkham passed tragically on, January 23,2020, when the fishing vessel he was working on capsized off the Maine coast. He leaves behind his loving wife and two beautiful young daughters. Chris worked incredibly hard to support his family. We are trying to ease the financial burden of his end of life expenses, and hopefully raise some extra funds to support the family’s immediate financial needs. >click here to read<, and please donate if you can. Thank you. 20:38

A Fundraiser for the Nickerson Family – Assistance for family of fallen Maine Captain

Arnold Nickerson IV, known by most as Joe Nickerson tragically passed away when his fishing vessel the Hayley Ann capsized on January 23, 2020. Joe was a fourth generation lobsterman and Joe has over 50 year experience on the water. He was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. We are trying to ease the financial burden of his end of life expenses, and hopefully raise some extra funds to support the family’s immediate financial needs. We appreciate any contribution. Love the Nickerson Family, >click here to read<, and please donate if you can. Thank you. 20:38

F/V Lady Brittany Update: Coast Guard investigating fisherman overboard from New Jersey boat, was deceased when brought to New Bedford

Details are few about the loss of a commercial fisherman who reportedly went overboard off the coast of Nantucket and wasn’t recovered until some 40-50 minutes later. The name of the fisherman hasn’t been released yet and it is not known if he was local.,, The Lady Brittany was still at Sea Watch International Friday afternoon. Two dock workers who didn’t want to give their names said they heard the crew was “throwing the gear” when the fisherman was “in the wrong spot” and got hit by a hose and he fell overboard. >click to read< 18:54

Sinking claims lives of well-known Maine fishing captain, deckhand

A well-respected Maine fishing boat captain and his deckhand have been identified as the two men who died Thursday when their boat sank 45 miles off the coast of Portland. Arnold “Joe” Nickerson IV, a 60-year-old fisherman from Arundel, and 44-year-old crew member Chris Pinkham of Boothbay Harbor died when Nickerson’s 42-foot boat sank, according to the Maine Marine Patrol. Randy Cushman of Port Clyde arrived at the scene shortly after a Coast Guard helicopter, and pulled the bodies out of the water onto his boat. An emotional Cushman said Friday morning that he’s known Nickerson for more than a decade. >click to read< 13:40

UPDATED: USCG identifies Maine fishermen who died after boat capsized

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has confirmed the identities of the two people that were aboard the Hayley Ann vessel off the coast of Maine when it capsized Thursday afternoon. The two fishermen have been identified as Arnold “Joe” Nickerson IV, 60, of Arundel and Chris Pinkham, 44, of Boothbay Harbor. The Maine Marine Patrol escorted the USCG vessel that brought the fishermen’s bodies to shore Thursday night,, >click to read< 13:04

 Sinking claims lives of well-known Maine fishing captain, deckhand – A well-respected Maine fishing boat captain and his deckhand have been identified as the two men who died Thursday when their boat sank 45 miles off the coast of Portland. >click to read< 13:40

Coast Guard is actively investigating the death of a fisherman aboard a New Jersey boat

The Coast Guard is actively investigating the death of a fisherman aboard a New Jersey boat,,, The Lady Brittany was reported to be 50 nautical miles off the coast of Nantucket when a fisherman was reported overboard, according to the Coast Guard. Lt. Jordan Ortiz, the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment Supervisor for New Bedford, said a call was received on Jan. 21 at 5 a.m. for a person in the water. He said the crew was able to recover the fisherman >click to read< 12:37

Terra-Gen Critics Said We Should Wait for Offshore Wind, But Will That Project Spark an Even Nastier Debate?

Last month, under intense public pressure, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors rejected the $300 million Humboldt Wind Energy Project, bringing a dramatic end to the most polarizing countywide policy debate this community has seen in years.,, But if anyone thought we could sidestep controversy by moving wind energy proposals from land to sea, well, think again. In conversations with the Outpost, local and regional stakeholders expressed serious concerns about a range of issues, including conflicts with the fishing industry, impacts to birds and marine life and more. FIGHT! >click to read< 10:42

Division of Marine Fisheries Reminder: Large Whale Seasonal Trap Gear Closure in Effect on February 1st

This advisory serves to remind recreational and commercial trap fishermen that the Large Whale Seasonal Trap Gear Closure (Closure) is in effect from February 1 through April 30. The Closure may be extended into May if right whales remain aggregated in the area. The Closure area encompasses the waters of Cape Cod Bay, Stellwagen Bank and eastern Cape Cod (see map). State officials will be patrolling this area in advance of and during the closure to identify gear and notify its owners. >click to read< 08:58

Always willing to lend a hand: Fisherman from Tignish being inducted into Marine Industries Hall of Fame

Dennis Gaudet has been working the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence for more than 50 years, and now he’s being recognized for his life’s efforts. The Tignish, P.E.I., fisherman is being inducted into the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame.,, Ruby Arsenault is a founding member of the Tignish Fishers’ Awards Banquet committee. Her committee nominated Gaudet. Arsenault said Gaudet is known throughout the community as somebody who is willing to lend a helping hand, especially to new fishermen. >click to read< 07:51

This herring sale is happening in Metro Vancouver to help kids with cancer

Hundreds of volunteers are busy preparing for the ninth Fisherman Helping Kids with Cancer herring sale, being held in both Richmond and Victoria on Saturday, Jan. 25. All proceeds from the event go toward supporting children receiving cancer treatment through the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. When and where, >click to read< 03:28

Two missing fishermen found dead off the Maine coast

The crew of another fishing boat recovered the bodies of two people, believed to have been crew members on the Hayley Ann, from the waters southeast of Portland. The bodies of two fishermen were recovered after their boat sank off the coast of southern Maine on Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard said. The names of fishermen were not immediately released.  >click to read< 19:38

Coast Guard says two unresponsive people pulled from Atlantic

Two people were pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday after an automated emergency signal was issued 45 miles southeast of Portland, the Coast Guard said. A fishing vessel located the people after the Coast Guard launched a search for the fishing boat Hayley Ann. Two people were on the vessel when an automated emergency beacon alerted the Coast Guard to a problem. >click to read< 18:49

Michael Orr and Justin Barisich are organizing this fundraiser to Help Raise the F/V Peruga

The two worst dangers facing a commercial fisherman is sinking and fire. Tuesday January 7 George Barisich and Robert Campo Jr. were shrimping on the F/V Peruga in Lake Borgne. By the grace of God, some level headed actions and a rescue from the coast guard both men escaped unharmed.,, Please consider donating whatever you can to help with the cost of salvaging and removing the wreckage and some seed money to get another boat. It would truly be a defeat if George is not back on these waters doing what he does best, catching seafood.  >click to read< , and please donate if you can. La. commercial fishing leader’s boat burns, sinks before he goes to DC to advocate for fishermen>click to read< 15:36

NOAA Satellites Helped Save Record 421 Lives in 2019: Registered Emergency Beacons Proven to Save Lives

Of the 421 U.S. rescues last year, 306 were water rescues, 38 were from aviation incidents and 77 were from events on land, where PLBs were used. Florida had the most SARSAT rescues with more than 100, followed by Alaska with more than 50. The previous rescue record of 353 (total) was set in 2007. When a NOAA satellite pinpoints the location of a distress signal in the U.S., the information is relayed to the SARSAT Mission Control Center at NOAA’s Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland. From there,,, >click to read< 14:21

Ørsted Forms Research Partnerships to Advance Technology for Protection and Conservation of Right Whales

The company plans to apply the project’s learnings to develop tailored processes and procedures to better protect the North Atlantic right whale during survey, construction and operation phases of their U.S. offshore wind farm portfolio. The ECO-PAM project will ensure the company can act to solve the global climate crisis, while preserving local ecosystems. >click to read< 13:00

Cormorant fishing in troubled waters as fishing ban takes effect

Over the vast, misty Poyang Lake, Yuan Guosheng wears a raincoat and a straw hat while pushing his boat into the water using a small bamboo stick. On the boat stand his 21 black “fellows:” the cormorants.,, The old fishing skill, however, is losing charm in modern times, driven away by modern technology and a national fishing ban. Earlier this month, China began a 10-year fishing ban on key areas of the Yangtze River to protect biodiversity in the country’s longest waterway. >click to read< 10:17

A memory of the Fishing Vessel Patricia Marie in Provincetown

An error in the Banner brought Provincetown resident Joan Cordeiro to our doorstep on Friday. Her handwritten note pointed out the inaccurate description of what was the worst night for the Provncetown fishing fleet in over 60 years, when the scallop-laden Patricia Marie sank with all hands aboard Oct. 24, 1976. The boat went down about three miles off Nauset Light in heavy seas and rain, the Provincetown Advocate reported that week. Only the body of vessel captain William King, was immediately recovered — the next day, on a buoy. Immediately after the sinking, the crew remained missing and were presumed dead. >click to read< 08:25

Maine DMR wants to close the pogy fishery to newcomers for 2 years while it crafts a new FMP/Enforcement plan.

“Closing fisheries is kind of a radical step and a dangerous step because it eliminates diversity,” said Commissioner Pat Keliher. “We’re not saying close it in perpetuity. Close it to see if there is a different approach here that would allow us to get both enforcement and reporting back under control.” Keliher said the 2019 menhaden season was challenging because of “a perfect storm of circumstances.” A sharp reduction in the herring quota spurred huge growth in the menhaden fleet, with 50 new boats rushing to satisfy the $485 million lobster industry’s need for substitute bait. >click to read< 07:23

Coast Guard reminds mariners of hazardous bar conditions in Pacific Northwest

Recent incidents have highlighted the challenges of attempting to cross waterway bars in heavy weather and at night. The marine casualty of a commercial fishing vessel on the Coos Bay bar resulted in the loss of a vessel, but miraculously all three crew members were saved. Unfortunately, in a similar incident on the Yaquina Bay bar, both the crew and the vessel were tragically lost. The Coast Guard previously established regulated navigation areas for specific locations on the Oregon and Washington coasts and created guidance for these locations. >click to read< 18:25

FISH FACTOR: First checks finally set for 2016 pink salmon disaster

It’s been a long time coming but payments should soon be in hand for Alaska fishermen, processors and coastal communities hurt by the 2016 pink salmon run failure, the worst in 40 years.  Congress OK’d more than $56 million in federal relief in 2017, but the authorization to cut the money loose languished on NOAA desks in D.C. for more than two years. The payouts got delayed again last October,,, >click to read< 17:18

Body found in search for missing fisherman off Wexford coast

It is believed a body has been found in the search for missing fisherman William “Willie” Whelan off the Wexford coast. Mr Whelan, 41, from Saltmills, Co Wexford, disappeared when his trawler, the Alize,,, A second fisherman – Joe Sinnott, 65, from Kilmore Quay – died in hospital after being rescued and was laid to rest last week. The two men were close friends as well as work colleagues. Both men had impeccable safety records,,, >click to read< 13:15