Daily Archives: July 10, 2015

Coast Guard crew medevacs fisherman from vessel off Willapa Bay, Wash.

medevac 57-foot fishing vessel Jager BrookeA Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a fisherman reportedly going in and out of consciousness from a vessel 48 miles west of Willapa Bay, Washington, Friday. Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a medevac request around 9:45 a.m. from the captain of the 57-foot fishing vessel Jager Brooke over VHF channel 16. “The captain’s quick action in seeking assistance for his crewmember aided in securing his well being,”  Read the rest here Click here for video 22:07

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update July 10, 2015

NCFAClick to read the Weekly Update for July 10, 2015 as a PDF To read all the updates, click here  17:56

Medical pot opens new market for Down East lobster compost maker

Coast of Maine Organic Products has developed a “supersoil” to cater to medical marijuana growers, opening the door to a new and rapidly growing market. As the company seeks expansion locations, Bonsey said, Coast of Maine still has a “commitment to that area and the employees” and that the Marion facility will remain its “heart and soul.” And that’s where the company has developed its Stonington blend, which it has distributed in batches to medical marijuana caregivers to get feedback before marketing efforts intensify. Read the rest here 17:00

Natural Resources Defense Council on the “Hot Seat” – Senate GOP wants green group’s tax exempt status revoked

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) wants federal officials to revoke an environmental group’s tax-exempt status over a political advertising campaign that the GOP group says violates the tax code. The complaint goes on to say that “NRDC’s donors include a Who’s Who of liberal billionaires and Hollywood elites,” and it is “perverse and indefensible” for the group to let those individuals take tax deductions for political activity. The NRDC is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, prohibited from political activity. (its a good start!) Read the rest here 12:53

UPDATED: Fishing vessels catch fire in Galilee

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – At least three fishing boats docked at the port of Galilee were destroyed or heavily damaged in two separate fires on the docks early Friday morning. One of the boats sank and the docks were damaged as well. Fire crews from several communities were on the scene for hours. The cause of the fires is being investigated. Video here To be updated 12:10 UPDATED” Multiple boats caught fire in the Port of Galilee on Friday morning. Video Click here,  “First call I got was that the boat in front of me was on fire, I had to come down and move my boat. When I got here it was my boat,” said Robert Cherenzia, Click here 14:56

Sea Scallop mother lode found off Cape May – “Ten billion is my best guess”

“Normally we’d see one scallop per square meter, which is actually good recruitment. We had a wide range of more than 100 per square meter and several places where they were on the order of 350 per square meter. This is an extreme event. It’s pretty amazing,” said Dvora Hart, NOAA mathematical biologist. “This recruitment event in the Mid-Atlantic is huge and basically unprecedented,” said Peter Hughes, who chairs the Sea Scallop Advisory Panel to the National Marine Fisheries Service and works for Atlantic Capes Fisheries here on Ocean Drive. Read the rest here 09:35

10 British Columbian Fishermen Offered $20,000 Compensation for Proposed Salmon Farms

The offer came shortly after a June private meeting between the shrimp fishermen and Grieg concerning the two salmon farms, which are proposed within two square kilometres of an existing Grieg farm in the Clio Channel in the Broughton Archipelago. Grieg is a subsidiary of a Norwegian aquaculture company. The fishermen are opposed to the farms because the two proposed sites occupy some of the best harvesting grounds in the region,,, Read the rest here 09:00

Commercial fishermen create new peak body to fight fisheries reform in New South Wales

nsw fisheries reforms“It’s a group of fisherman, associations, pretty much anyone that draws their income out of the fishing industry. For a long time, there has been a need for the industry to have a voice,”  Paul Sullivan said. “All the commercial fishermen, their backs are up against the wall. “We could lose our jobs, we could lose our houses. The pressure that we’ve had over the last 12 months is insane. “We were 4,000 fishermen strong. “We’re down to 1,100 now and this latest reform that the government wants to put through, they want to take another 500 out of the industry, which will just be devastating to the industry and infrastructure around the industry.” Read the rest here 07:30

Minister Shea Highlights Government of Canada’s Leadership and Ongoing Support for Commercial Fish Harvesters

Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans delivered remarks today at the Eastern Fishermen’s Federation 36th Annual Meeting in Georgetown Royalty, Prince Edward Island. Her remarks focused on issues facing the fishing industry and the importance of leadership, innovation and collaboration. During her remarks, the Minister reiterated the competitive advantage of free trade agreements for Canadian harvesters. Canada’s free trade agreements,,, Read the rest here 07:16