Category Archives: International News

Sunken fishing trawler Dianne found by searchers off Queensland coast

Police say they have found the commercial fishing trawler Dianne in which six men are believed to have drowned when it sank in heavy seas on Monday night. The sea cucumber fishing boat was detected by sonar about two to three nautical miles off Round Hill Headland, near Seventeen Seventy. Police confirmed the discovery in a statement released just after 6:00pm today. Water Police will remain at the scene overnight and a full recovery operation will commence tomorrow morning. Twelve boats were involved in today’s operation, along with a helicopter and several vehicles that patrolled the shoreline. At least one of the boats was fitted with side scan sonar, using soundwaves to detect any possible man-made items under the water.  click here to read the story 08:36

It was just a normal day…then a bomb rolled out of my catch

The skipper of a fishing trawler which brought a bomb into Sutton Harbour has told of the moment he found the device. Jordan Kay, 32, said Thursday morning was just another normal day for him and the crew of the Admiral Blake. They arrived back into Sutton Harbour at about 7am with the day’s catch, before releasing it two hours later. It was only then they discovered the device – thought to be a Second World War relic. Video, click here to read the story 09:21

Reunion for trawler survivor as search moves from rescue to recovery

Ruben McDornan, so far the only survivor from a sunken trawler with seven on board, has had an emotional reunion with his wife and mother at Gladstone Airport, after being plucked from the rough seas by a passing yacht on Tuesday morning. Police have conceded it would be “a miracle” to find any of the other six missing fishermen alive, with the search and rescue moving towards a “recovery” operation on Thursday. “Our thoughts are with the boys missing at the moment because they’re all like family,” Ms McDornan said through tears. click here to read the story 08:54

Vessels Seized – Feds stake claim on 4 of Carlos Rafael’s boats

The government staked its claim to four of Carlos Rafael’s vessels on Wednesday. U.S. Marshals and agents from the Coast Guard Investigative Service boarded the Lady Patricia by Leonard’s Wharf, Olivia & Rafaela and the Southern Crusader II beyond Homer’s Wharf around noon. The fourth vessel, the Bull Dog, was seized at another port. The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday the seized vessels will brought to an “undisclosed location.” For more than an hour after arriving, agents allowed anyone with personal property on the vessels to remove it. click here to read the story 08:25

Fortune Fish hopes to haul in e-commerce sales with Lobster Gram

In its first foray into the world of e-commerce, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, one of the largest seafood distributors in the country, acquired Chicago-based Lobster Gram in April. The live lobster is still sourced from Maine — and some frozen lobster tails from Brazil, New Zealand and other locales — but all orders are now packaged at Fortune’s facility near O’Hare International Airport and shipped all over the country.  It was the fourth acquisition in five years for the fast-growing Fortune Fish, which expects to bring in more than $240 million in revenue this year, according to Sean O’Scannlain, president and CEO of parent company Fortune International. “We’ve always thought, What can we do to sell direct to people all over the country via FedEx? click here to read the story  16:06

PFAS contamination: Fishermen still not consulted after being forced to cease work in Victorian wetland

A Victorian commercial fishing family says it has still yet to be consulted by the Department of Defence about PFAS contamination in a Gippsland wetland which has led to a fishing ban. The Heart Morass wetland has been found to have high levels of perfluorotoalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination from firefighting foam once used at the nearby East Sale RAAF base. The Victorian Environment Protection Authority issued a warning last month advising fishers and game hunters not to eat fish, eels and ducks from the wetland. Fisherman Peter Ingram had been fishing eels and carp in the wetland for the past three years and said neither he nor his family was consulted until well after the warning was issued and EPA Victoria requested he stop fishing there. click here to read the story 10:39

Families of missing six cling to hope as wild weather hampers search

Hope is fading of finding six men alive after their trawler capsized, with police saying the likelihood of finding them alive is “not looking real promising”. On Wednesday afternoon, police released the identities of all six men who were on board the trawler, named Dianne, adding 34-year-old Chris Sammut and 28-year-old Zach Feeney to the list of known missing men. Skipper Ben Leahy (45) and Cairns men Adam Bidner (33), Adam Hoffman (30) and Eli Tonks (39) had already been named as being on board. The trawler capsized off the central Queensland coast near Middle Island, about 7.30pm Monday.The trawler had been fishing for sea cucumber when it got into trouble off the town of 1770 and sank about five hours later. click here to read the story 08:54

Fish feud: ITQ’s – Will changes to the West Coast salmon industry hurt or help independent fishermen?

The B.C. salmon fishery keeps resisting a market-based management system. Critics accuse the feds of pitting independent fishermen against corporate giants, but what if this new approach gives the little guy some much-needed financial clout?,,, Thorkelson gets furious thinking about how fishing rights and control, thanks to what she considers a concerted effort by the DFO to impose ITQs, have migrated up the food chain to the likes of Canadian Fishing Co. Part of the Jim Pattison Group, Canfisco is a vertically integrated company that owns licences, quota and fishing vessels in most fisheries on the coast, plus processing facilities in B.C. and Alaska that together handle some 20,000 tonnes of salmon annually. click here to read the story 09:03

Six fishermen feared dead off trawler screamed from inside boat as crewmate clung to hull

SIX fishermen now feared dead were screaming from ­inside their sinking boat while a crewmate clung to the hull after it capsized off the central Queensland coast. Ruben McDornan survived for 12 hours in heavy seas and before he was plucked to safety after a yacht found him by sheer luck early yesterday. Their boat Dianne overturned near Middle Island, about 20km northeast of the Town of 1770, at 7.30pm on Monday before it sank about midnight. click here to read the story 08:24

Police to resume search for crew of sunken trawlerclick here to read the story 17:31

Fishing Rights: Small Scale Fishermen walkout of meeting with ministry over rock lobster suspension

Small-scale and near-shore fishers walked out of a meeting in Cape Town with the deputy director-general for Fisheries Siphokazi Ndudane yesterday, saying her explanations relating to the suspension of the West Coast rock lobster fishing rights allocation were not sufficient. Earlier, angry fishers blocked the entrance to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries offices on the Foreshore again, protesting the outcome of the fishing rights allocation process and blocking entry into the offices. “We are asking for (Ndudane) and the minister to postpone the proposed reductions (of fishing allocations) on the rock lobster and stop the offshore allocations of commercial companies.  click here to read the story 20:30

Plymouth fishermen to get GPS lifejackets to prevent tragedies at sea

Plymouth City Council has ordered 250 lifejackets with built-in locators, which give off distress signals to help identify the exact location of crews in the event of an emergency. The tragic death of popular fisherman Tony Jones, whose body was discovered after The Solstice capsized about nine miles from Plymouth last month, provided a stark reminder of the dangers of the job. After applying for funding last September, the council has been awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation for the scheme, which it is hoped will help reduce loss of life and accidents within the local fishing industry. click here to read the story 16:12

Drone adds modern twist to an age-old fishing method for fourth generation Eden fisherman

His great grandfather arrived in Eden in the mid 1800s, and each successive generation has entered the fishing industry — from trapping and beach fishing to pioneering the lucrative bluefin tuna fishery using pole and live bait, then later purse seine trawling using light aircraft for fish spotting. After a long career as a commercial fisherman, Mr Fourter has now returned to his childhood passion catching salmon and mullet off the beaches of Twofold Bay and the Eden coast using the traditional beach seine method. He shoots a 300-metre-long net from a 16-foot rowboat around a patch of schooling fish. Excellent video,  click here to read the story 10:05

The powerful Hurricane Ophelia is about to hit Ireland

The powerful Hurricane Ophelia is due to hit Ireland on Monday in the strongest storm the country has seen in more than 50 years. According to Irish Times, The National Emergency Co-ordination Group met on Sunday morning to discuss preparations for the storm, which is expected to track along the west coast of Ireland before moving towards Scotland. Meanwhile, the country’s national meteorological service Met Éireann has issued a red weather alert, its highest level warning. The warning is in place for counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry from 9 a.m. on Monday until 3 a.m. on Tuesday. click here to read the story 11:52

N.S. firm taking lobsters to the world

World Link Food Distributors Inc. in the Aerotech Business Park near the Halifax Stanfield airport moves millions of pounds of lobster and other seafood every year to dozens of countries. “It’s like Canada,” co-owner and managing director Georges Jobert said of the multicultural and multilingual background of the 18 World Link employees who preside over shipping about eight million pounds of lobsters to retailers and wholesalers around the world. click here to read the story 10:52

Hurricane Ophelia 2017: Category 2 storm to pass near Azores, then head for Ireland

Hurricane Ophelia continued on a path that will take it near the Azores today as a Category 2 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center said Ophelia, the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic so far this year, will then track toward Ireland and the U.K., which could have to deal with hurricane conditions by Monday. click here to read the story  Hurricane Ophelia Public Advisory – click here  10:02:

Baltic clams and worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows

Scientists have shown that ocean clams and worms are releasing a significant amount of potentially harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. The team, from Cardiff University and Stockholm University, have shown that the ocean critters are producing large amounts of the strongest greenhouse gases – methane and nitrous oxides – from the bacteria in their guts. The researchers estimate that this is equivalent to as much methane given off as 20,000 dairy cows. This is as much as 10 per cent of the entire Welsh dairy cow population and 1 per cent of the entire UK dairy cow population. click here to read the story 16:23

Scientists urge international agreement on fisheries in Central Arctic Ocean

In an open letter released last week the nine scientists are calling on Canada, Denmark/Greenland, the European Union, Iceland, Japan, Norway, China, South Korea, Russia and the United States “to conclude a successful agreement, demonstrating their commitment to sound stewardship of the Arctic Ocean and peaceful international cooperation.” The letter comes seven months after, representatives of five Arctic nations and five major fishing powers met in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik in March to hammer out a deal on banning unregulated fishing in the international waters of the Central Arctic Ocean. click here to read the story 23:14

NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator calls for erroneous paper to be retracted from Marine Policy

Dear Dr. Smith, In a recent paper published in Marine Policy (Volume 84, Estimates of illegal and unreported seafood imports to Japan), authors Pramod, Pitcher, and Mantha offer estimates of IUU seafood products entering Japanese markets, including Alaska pollock, salmon, and crab from the United States – fisheries that are among the best managed and closely monitored in the world. These estimates are then used as rationale for the creation of a seafood traceability system for Japanese seafood imports.,,, Without significantly more information and transparency regarding data sources and methodologies applied, the paper should be retracted in its entirety. click here to read the press release 15:22

‘Betrayal’! Fishermen warned UK waters could be used as ‘bargaining chips’ in Brexit talks

The British Government have insisted that once the UK leaves the European Union, Britain will leave the Common Fisheries Policy. Speaking in the House of Commons in PMQs the Prime Minister confirmed the UK will be leaving the policy after Brexit, but did not make clear what would happen during the planned two-year implementation period. Ukip Fisheries Spokesman, Mike Hookem has criticised the Prime Minister, claiming Mrs May is using UK fishing grounds as “bargaining chips”.  “The Prime Minister’s betrayal will devastate people in fishing communities up and down the country who have put their trust in her to deliver the Brexit they voted for. video, click here to read the story 11:46

BREAKING: Judge orders Carlos Rafael to forfeit 34 permits and 4 boats

Carlos Rafael must forfeit four fishing vessels with an appraised value of $2.2 million and 34 permits as ordered by District Judge William Young on Wednesday. In a 16-page Memorandum and Order Concerning Forfeiture, Young described the methods he used in determining forfeiture, which includes the “Bulldog” along with eight permits, the “Olivia and Rafaela” with its 11 permits, the “Lady Patricia” and its four permits and the “Southern Crusader II” and its 11 permits. click here to read the story 14:23

Codfather must forfeit 4 vessels, 34 permits – Young said he refrained from adding the 88-foot Athena and the 81-foot Hera II to the list of forfeited vessels because the two boats “have scalloping permits and scalloping is not involved in this wrongdoing.” click here to read the story 

Old Boats, New Homes

There’s a sleepy seaside village in France with a small fishing port, a population of less than 3,000 and some very peculiar-looking houses. At a moment’s glance, they could almost appear to be an unfortunate pod of beached orcas, but look again carefully at those unusual roofs. Yes, those are boats … upside down! Local fishermen of Équihen-Plage have lived under scavenged boat hulls here for over a century and today, many of these upturned vessels now serve as a unique holiday accommodation for travellers visiting the French coast. click here to read the story 20:36

Father and son tell of ‘ferocious’ boat fire they were lucky to survive off northern Tasmania

A Tasmanian father and son have told of how they were lucky to escape a “ferocious” fire on board a commercial fishing boat and how their bad luck did not end when they set themselves loose in a life raft. Warwick Treloggen, 44, and his son Noah, 11, were at sea with two deckhands on Monday evening when the Japara caught fire. Mr Treloggen said events unfolded quickly. “It engulfed the boat, it started off in the engine room somewhere and came up into the galley and by the time I tried to sort it out it was too ferocious to do anything,” he said. click here to read the story 07:54

Penzance fishing trawler Algrie which crashed into Plymouth rocks once caught a nuclear attack submarine

The Cornish fishing trawler that crashed into rocks in front of spectators in Plymouth this weekend has run into trouble before – when it caught a nuclear submarine. The 70ft Algrie dangerously dragged the nuclear attack sub HMS Spartan in the waters off Land’s End in 1982 for several minutes before the sub surfaced. The captain at the time was then ordered to cut free his nets and tackle before the sub moved on. It was understood to have cost £8,000. click here to read the story 14:01

£39 million of fish landed at Scrabster during 2016

Scrabster Harbour is the third most valuable landing port in Scotland, according to newly released figures. The 2016 Scottish Sea Fisheries statistics revealed £39.4 million worth of fish and shellfish was landed in the Scrabster fishing district during 2016. The results are based on 19,713 tonnes of fish which were landed at the harbour last year which makes it the fourth largest landing port in the country. Peterhead is once again the largest fishing district,,, click here to read the story 11:30

Penzance fishing trawler crashes into rocks in front of spectators in Plymouth

A fishing trawler from Cornwall has crashed onto rocks at Plymouth in the night. A lifeboat from the Plymouth RNLI rushed to the aid of the Algrie at about 9.45pm yesterday (October 7). The 70ft vessel had struck rocks of Mount Batten Pier. HM Coastguard and Devon and Cornwall Police also attended the incident but little could be done as the Algrie was stuck on the rocks. Passersby watched the drama and captured photos of the accident. Photo gallery, click here to read the story 10:26

EDF to partner with Philippine bureau of fisheries to implement fishing reforms

In a dramatic step forward for Asia-Pacific and global ocean conservation, the Philippines has begun implementing sustainable fishing reforms with Environmental Defense Fund serving as a partner to provide critical support on science and policy. The commitment was highlighted at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta, where the Philippines announced it would establish these reforms for its major commercial fisheries by 2022.  click here to read the press release 16:58

A fisherman’s tale…

As a young man in his late 20s Peter Bullock made a living sailing luxury yachts around the Mediterranean for the super-rich. But when he was offered the opportunity to skipper a boat fishing for pilchards in Cornwall, he leapt at the chance. “Except we don’t call them pilchards now,” he points out. “They’re Cornish sardines.” Twelve years later, the catch he brings back to shore each morning is being sold not in cans, but on the fresh fish counters of upmarket supermarkets like M&S and Waitrose. click here to read the story 11:11

Prince of Wales claims Somalian pirates have been ‘fantastic’ for marine life because fishermen are too scared to go to sea

Prince Charles’ latest remarks have sparked outrage after he claimed pirates have been ‘fantastic’ for marine life because fisherman were too scared to do their job. The 68-year-old royal said there had been a ‘fantastic explosion’ of bigger fish off the coast of Somalia due to the lack of activity in the sea. Speaking to Sky News, Prince Charles said: ‘As a result, there hasn’t been any fishing there for the last ten or 15 years. And from that there has been a fantastic explosion of bigger and bigger fish.’ His comments came after delivering a keynote speech at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta, which came on the same day that he released a rehabilitated turtle back into the wild. click here to read the story 08:38

Ocean conference raises over $7 billion to marine protectionclick here to read the story

Canastra Brothers Offering $93 Million for ‘Codfather’s’ Fishing Fleet

One of the owners of the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction in New Bedford is shedding more light on a proposed deal to buy the “codfather’s” fishing fleet. Carlos Rafael has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for his illegal fishing scheme, and cannot be involved in the fishing industry during that time and three years after his release. In an exclusive interview with WBSM’s Phil Paleologos, Richard Canastra confirms he and his brother, Ray, have entered into a memorandum of agreement with Rafael to buy his business, Carlos Seafood, Inc, for $93 million. Video, click here to read the story 16:41

Deal between Rafael, Canastra brothers worth $93M, still needs government OK – While the Canastras and Rafael have agreed, the deal isn’t complete. NOAA and the U.S. Attorney haven’t taken a final position on the proposed sale, according to court documents click here to read the story21:03

Tasmanian fishing company fined record amount for diesel spill at Hobart wharf

A fishing company has been given a record fine for a discharge of oil into Tasmanian waters. Australian Longline was fined $40,000 and the captain of its boat, the Janas, was fined $5,000. The ship spilt 400 litres of diesel into the River Derwent on November 5, 2015. The previous biggest fine given to a company in Tasmania for the same offence previously was $9,000. The Hobart Magistrates Court heard the spill created a 400-metre slick in an area inhabited by the endangered spotted handfish and Derwent sea star. click here to read the story 10:31