Category Archives: International News

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

Opposition expressed to salmon fish farm proposal for St. Mary’s Bay

There were packed rooms in Digby for two open houses on Jan. 15 held by salmon fish-farming company Cermaq, that has operated on the west coast of Canada and hopes to establish operations on the east coast.,, The majority of people who attended the recent sessions in Digby expressed opposition,,, “You have just met people who have a vested long-term interest here. We live here, it’s our community,” said local resident Shirley Langpohl. “We want you to understand we didn’t invite you. We don’t want you here. We love our fishing industry and our community and St. Mary’s Bay is an environmental nightmare with you. One broken cage and we have a horror. We want you to go.” >click to read< 08:58

Helly Hansen Steps Offshore for the HH-118389225 “ARCHIVE” Collection

Inspired by their historic commitment to developing performance-driven, professional-grade products, Helly Hansen’s archival HH-118389225 reworks historical lines for a seamless premium capsule. Autumn/Winter 2020 puts a specific focus on HH’s late 90’s E-352 offshore survival suit developed for riggers, fishermen, and rescue services. Each of these suits was built to effectively tackle cold water environments, achieved using water-tight fabrics and seams, amongst additional protective details. Photo’s! >click to read< 19:19

Helping fellow fisherman led to court appearance for Cardigan and Newport pair

Doing a good deed for a fellow fisherman when his boat sank along with thousands of pounds of equipment led to two men appearing in court. David Norman Sneade, of Maes Morfa, Newport, and Kevin John Hancock, of Rhyd y Felin, Cardigan, appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court for the conclusion of their trial on Monday, January 20.  Snead, 60, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a direction given by a Marine Enforcement officer when told to return a catch to sea, and to catching three undersized crabs. >click to read< 12:40

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On this day in 1873: Life-saving stations on Cape Cod manned for first time

On this day in 1873, a series of stations on the Outer Cape built for the newly created U.S. Life Saving Service were manned for the first time. Situated astride the heavily trafficked shipping lanes between New York and Boston and thrust 40 miles out to sea from the mainland, Cape Cod had gained a notorious reputation among mariners. Over the centuries, it became a graveyard to more than 3,000 shipwrecks. >click to read< , To read more, >click here< 07:56

French Trawler Brings Up WWII-Era German Mine off Normandy

At about 1340 hours Sunday, the Regional Operational Center for Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) Jobourg received word that the fishing boat Stenaca II had accidentally caught a 1940s-era explosive device and hauled it on board. The Stenaca II was located about six nautical miles east of Saint-Vaast, Normandy, a small port near Cherbourg. >click to read< 18:31

NH Man to Appear on Upcoming Season of ‘Wicked Tuna’

The show is a series about commercial tuna fishermen based in Gloucester, MA and their quest for the lucrative Atlantic Bluefin tuna. This season you may see someone you recognize! Sam Law of Greenland will be making his debut this season on his boat F/V Kraken out of Seabrook, NH! >click to read, watch trailer< 17:11

UK Offshore Wind Farms Are Paid Millions Per Day Not To Run Turbines

Last week, millions of pounds in “constraint payments” were paid to wind energy farms to not run their turbines. Over £12 million was handed out to wind farms in the United Kingdom last week, following a major outage in a powerline that transported energy from Scottish wind farms to England. The handouts will be tacked onto consumers’ energy bills throughout the country.,, The firms cartels were paid between 25 and 80 percent more than they would have earned were the turbines actually running,,, >click to read< 10:28

Why Offshore Wind Farms off the Coast of New England When Hydro Power is Available from Canada?

Hydro-Québec has more electricity than residents of that province can use. It built four new large dams over the last 11 years, leaving it with an unexpected supply of excess electricity it must sell to avoid the dams becoming white elephants. “We have both new supply of electricity, and the demand in Quebec for the last 10 years mostly remained stable,”  “There’s a lot of water in Hydro-Québec’s reservoirs.” Going to America? >click to read< 07:37

The Big Dig! Newfoundland digs out from record setting blizzard

Federal government approves N.L.’s request for assistance, including army mobilization, following blizzard – Video, information, >click to read<08:32

Some crazy stuff! From snow forts to beat poems, here’s how Newfoundlanders weathered the storm – videos, photo’s >click to read<

No Action! Seal problem still not being dealt with

Here we go again DFO sciences saying the cod stocks are still declining and they blamed everything under the sun for the reason of the decline except the real reason which are the seals. The seals are not only putting the cod stocks in danger but also the Atlantic salmon stocks, the crab stocks and the saltwater trout stocks etc. Neil Smith, >click to read< 17:44

Fishermen clash over fishing rights across the Maritimes, tensions are running high

Canada’s highest court has refused to hear a Mi’kmaw fisherman’s appeal to have legal costs covered in a lawsuit against Ottawa – a potentially groundbreaking case seeking to define treaty fishing rights. The case comes as clashes between non-Indigenous and Indigenous fishermen intensify across the Maritimes. Observers warn the simmering tensions could lead to violence if the “moderate livelihood” fishery described in Donald Marshall Jr. case two decades ago is not clarified.  “By not dealing with it, the government is responsible for continued conflict in the fishery.” >click to read< 08:55

The U.S.- China trade agreement will slow Canadian lobster sales to China

Even though a new U.S.-China trade agreement does not eliminate heavy Chinese tariffs, the deal will result in a loss of Canadian seafood sales to China,,, Canadian live lobster exports to China, mostly from Nova Scotia, soared after China slapped retaliatory tariffs of 35 per cent on U.S. lobsters. U.S. lobster exports tanked while Canadian sales jumped,,, The new trade deal does not lower those tariffs. But China has pledged to buy $32 billion worth of American agricultural products over the next two years, including lobster and other seafood products. >click to read< 17:38

Fish sticks generate greenhouse gas emissions

Researchers have found that transforming ‘Alaskan pollock’ into fish sticks, imitation crab and fish fillets generates nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions produced by fishing itself. Post-catch processing generates nearly twice the emissions produced by fishing itself, which is typically where the analysis of the climate impact of seafood ends, according to the findings, published in the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. >click to read< 15:29

Atlantic Salmon fish farm in Florida aims to take over US market

Atlantic Sapphire, the Norwegian indoor salmon fish farm, might have gotten its start in 2010, but the company is heading into the new decade with ambitious goals in the American fish market. Once completed, Atlantic Sapphire aims to produce 100,000 tons of salmon by 2026 and then increase production to 242,000 tons by 2031,, If successful, Atlantic Sapphire would output half of the nation’s current salmon consumption, which falls in line with the National Fisheries Institute’s prediction that Americans will increase their salmon intake. >click to read< 12:30

Schumer Votes No On USMCA Trade Deal Because It Doesn’t Include Climate Change

The Senate passed the deal by a margin of 89-10. The USMCA‘s supporters say the bipartisan trade agreement could help America’s farmers, ranchers, businesses and workers. “Despite the fact that it includes very good labor provisions, I am voting against USMCA because it does not address climate change, the greatest threat facing the planet,” the New York senator said in a press statement addressing his vote. ” … the USMCA falls far too short.” >click to read< 09:46

‘We don’t want fish farms here,’ says St. Marys Bay lobster fisherman

Some people who live and work on St. Marys Bay in Digby County, N.S., want their local leaders to send a strong message to an aquaculture company that’s eyeing the area for salmon farming. “It’s just a no-brainer. No, we don’t want fish farms here,” lobster fisherman Ritchie Crocker told CBC’s Information Morning during an interview from his boat on Tuesday morning. The Digby County location is one of five spots the international seafood company has been granted options to explore by the provincial government. >click to read<  20:57

F/V Pappy’s Pride: Unified command suspends search for two missing fishermen after vessel collision near Galveston, Texas

The unified command has suspended the search Thursday for two missing fishermen from the 81-foot fishing vessel Pappy’s Pride that capsized after a collision near the Galveston Jetties in Galveston, Texas. Responders searched more than 49 square miles over the past three days. “It is never an easy decision to suspend a search,” said Cmdr. Jordan Baldueza,,, >click to read< 15:23

Pulp mill shutdown not what P.E.I. fishermen were seeking

The president of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association says the industry really wasn’t looking to have Pictou County’s Northern Pulp shut down its pulp mill. Bobby Jenkins says industry wanted the pulp mill to come up with an alternate plan to the one that would pipe effluent into the Northumberland Strait. >click to read< 11:40

Ropeless Fishing Gear: Scottish tests of ‘whale-friendly’ fishing creels

Fishing gear designed to protect whales from entanglement is being trialled off Scotland’s coast. Whales can become caught in rope that runs between shellfish creels on the seabed to a buoy on the surface. The new “ropeless creels” have this main line in a container along with a buoy and these are lowered to the seabed with the creels. >click to read<  08:10

US lobster industry hopes new deal renews trade with China

One group that is cautiously optimistic about the trade deal signed Wednesday between the U.S. and China is the lobster industry. The hope is that the deal will reopen one of the biggest markets in the world for lobsters. China is one of the biggest export destinations for lobster, which are trapped in the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean by American and Canadian fishermen. >click to read< 06:59

Maine lobster industry will benefit from the China trade deal, Sen. Collins says>click to read<

Clearwater Seafoods keeps Canadian surf clam monopoly for 2020

Halifax-based Clearwater Seafoods will keep its monopoly on Canada’s lucrative Arctic surf clam for another year.,, The licence was originally awarded to a consortium of First Nations led by the Elsipogtog Band in New Brunswick and Premiums Seafoods of Arichat, N.S.,, But the licence was cancelled after it emerged the partnership was formalized after the licence was awarded, that participants had family ties to the federal Liberals including then-Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, and were unable to secure a vessel to harvest the quota. >click to read< 18:49

Video: Terrier Inherited by Fisherman Adapts to New Life on the Waves

After inheriting Maggie the Welsh terrier from his grandpa, commercial fisherman Kale Pixey was determined to integrate her into his life. “Pretty crazy with the lifestyle of commercial fishing I have,” Pixey told Storyful of his grandfather’s bequest, “but he knew how much I loved her and would take care of her no matter what.” He’s had the dog for two years now. >click to read< 08:28

THE YEAR AHEAD – A UK/EU FISHERIES AGREEMENT

In an industry that has experienced many momentous years and critical turning points, 2020 stands to be one of the most pivotal in our history. It is now clear that the delays and confusions, primarily caused by the absence of a government majority in Parliament, are now behind us and the UK will formally leave the EU on 31st January 2020. We will enter an 11month transition phase, during which negotiations will take place on the future economic and political relationship between the UK and the EU. >click to read< 21:56

Fisheries management is actually working, global analysis shows

Nearly half of the fish caught worldwide are from stocks that are scientifically monitored and, on average, are increasing in abundance. Effective management appears to be the main reason these stocks are at sustainable levels or successfully rebuilding. That is the main finding of an international project led by the University of Washington to compile and analyze data from fisheries around the world. The results were published Jan. 13 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. >click to read< 20:40

Fishy Findings: 100% Replication Failures

Science proves… Science says… Research shows… Every week, the above phrases are employed by TV personalities, newspaper journalists, coworkers, friends, and family. When these phrases are uttered, certain ideas get elevated above the fray, enthroned on a pedestal. Science has spoken. Who are you to be arguing with SCIENCE?,,, The fallibility of ‘science’ is splendidly illustrated by a paper published last week in Nature. >click to read< 08:23

Canada imposing mandatory gear marking for lobster, and crab fisheries in 2020

Specially coloured rope will become mandatory with the start of the season in every lobster and crab fishery in Eastern Canada. The rope must identify the region, species being fished and individual fishing area. The requirement is also intended to maintain access to the United States seafood market by demonstrating Canada has rules comparable to those in place for American fishermen. >click to read< 07:20

F/V Scandies Rose: Stuart Coast Guardsman recalls saving two fishermen off coast of Alaska

“I just told myself this what I trained for. I volunteered to do this so I knew what I had to. It was up to me to execute it,” said Evan Grills. Grills, 24,is a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the U.S. Coast Guard. “My nerves were OK until the door opened,” he said, as the rescue swimmer recalled the signal his crew received New Year’s Eve night. Video,  >click to read< 06:22

Carlos “Codfather” Rafael settlement rankles local fishermen

By the start of the new fishing year on May 1, Carlos Rafael, once owner of one of the largest fishing fleets in the country and known as the “Codfather” will officially be little more than a memory on the New Bedford waterfront. According to his attorney John Markey, Rafael will have sold off all of his fishing empire as part of a settlement agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and will be out of the fishing industry forever. >click to read< 20:32