Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

Young fisherman hoisted from F/V Bess Chett by Coast Guard Sector/Air Station North Bend Monday evening – video

Bess ChetSEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 17-year-old male from a commercial fishing vessel near Cape Blanco State Park, Ore., Monday evening.  He was reportedly suffering from chest pains and loss of vision; his current condition is unknown.  Watch stander’s received a request from crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Bess Chett to medevac the 17-year-old crewmember at approxomately 7 p.m. [email protected]  19:46  Commercial crabbing on the F/V Bess Chet 2013 Charleston, Oregon here

Bering Sea Pollock Target Up for 2014

Fishermen will be able to harvest a little more pollock from the Bering Sea next year. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to bump up the catch limit to 1.267 million metric tons at a meeting in Anchorage last week. [email protected]  17:16

The United Fishermen of Alaska has updated their “Community Fishing Fact Sheets”

The fact sheets cover specific areas that are generally either municipalities or census areas. The updated community fact sheets cover 27 area of Alaska and something new for this year is a fact sheet for the State of Washington.     [email protected]  16:39

BP sues lawyer over oil spill claim filings saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands

The lawsuit alleges more than half the Social Security numbers on Watts’ client list were fake. BP says $1.3 billion remains in the fund to repay commercial fishing vessel owners, captains and deckhands for losses from the spill. BP is asking a judge to give some of that money back to the company. [email protected]  15:41

LDWF reopens fishing in coastal waters adjacent to Elmer’s Island

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently announced the reopening of commercial and recreational fishing within a portion of coastal waters adjacent to Elmer’s Island in Jefferson Parish. [email protected]   15:15

PETA Putzes Pamela Anderson, Simpsons’ co creator Sam Simon, offer a Million bucks to sealers to stop sealing!

Philanthropist Sam Simon, one of the creators of The Simpsons, is offering $1 million in cash to Canadian sealers so they will retire and end the hunt. Simon, though, was heckled and mocked at a St. John’s news conference Tuesday that he staged with Canadian actor and anti-sealing activist Pamela Anderson and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). [email protected]  14:42

Boat of the Week from the Athearn Agency: 2001 86′ Shrimper/Stern Trawler, 615HP, 12 Cylinder CAT 3412 Diesel

sh2871_01Specifications and information here 11:38

Northwest shellfish industry dismayed at China’s partial ban of some shellfish exports

The ban has brought the geoduck industry here to a virtual halt. Fish inspectors in China notified the U.S. Embassy on Dec. 3 that China was tentatively suspending imports of geoduck and other “double-shell aquatic animals,” such as oysters, because they found high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP, in a Nov. 21 shipment of geoducks. [email protected]  08:43

Cod continues to move north into Arctic – scientists

The main driver behind this sizeable  migration is warmer seas further south. Marine scientists from five countries bordering the Arctic Ocean  met in Tromso, Norway recently to discuss this phenomenon and concluded that cod stocks in the Barents Sea are at record levels. Norwegian oceanographer Alf Håkon Hoel said in a recent article that some of the most important fisheries in the world take place in waters around the North Pole. [email protected]  08:29

First dose of Bull Bleep today: Cape Wind: Construction has begun – (Hey Stu! Manufacturing is not constructing! Until that first mono tube is driven,,,)

Construction has begun on the long-delayed Cape Wind project, according to a high-ranking executive with the company chosen to supply the turbines. But exactly what that means — whether it will qualify the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm for federal tax credits and whether the project will survive a slew of outstanding legal and financial challenges — is unclear. Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Energy’s wind power division, told Bloomberg News that construction on some of the components for the project has begun.  [email protected]  08:19

NEFMC priority lists spotlights groundfish – Editorial: Fish panel must heed community impact in changes

gdt iconFish panel’s priority lists spotlights groundfish – The New England Fisheries Management Council kicked off its three days of meetings here Monday and quickly fell victim to its own process, as council members debated which issues deserved to be on its list of 2014 priorities. [email protected]

Editorial: Fish panel must heed community impact in changes – Yet this council — a policy arm of NOAA that is supposed to bring the input of fishermen, federal government officials and the environmental community to the same table, yet too often fails the fishermen – could also bury small, largely independent fishing fleets such as Gloucester’s once and for all. [email protected]  01:05