Daily Archives: July 18, 2015

We should be proud of our fisherman but misguided rules mean it’s a dying trade – Caught in the EU’s net

Cara Rawdon, the son of a publican in nearby Moville, was drawn to Greencastle’s trawlers when he left school. “I came to the harbour looking for a job. The fishermen were the only ones making money then. There were 42 trawlers in Greencastle when I got my first boat, the Twilight Star, a 56ft timber boat, in 1981. It cost £32,000, with a deposit of £8,000 and an interest rate of 21 per cent on the rest.” Read the rest here 20:51

Can they save the fish? Environmentalists push back against bills

“We think that the conservation requirements are working and more can — and should — be done to actually improve fishery management from a comprehensive point of view,” said Ted Morton, director of U.S. Oceans for the Pew Charitable Trusts. “It is disappointing to have to defend what is working from efforts to weaken and undermine it.” The commercial fishing industry generally supports the current law. But many recreational fishermen and charter boat captains say the momentum to slacken the regulations is long overdue, Read the rest here 12:19

The time Rod Stewart came to town, and then threw us under the bus

If anyone should know the value of a seal coat, it’s Rod Stewart. Sure, he had a first-hand viewing of thousands of froze-to-death Newfoundlanders huddled together in July stuttering their way throughH-h-h-hot Legs while wearing snow pants. Any man who goes onstage with that haircut can’t be embarrassed about much. If I was him I would have taken off the coat and put on a seal hat. If he should be enraged at anyone it should be his barber. Read the rest here 10:22

‘Wicked Tuna’ captains barred from Bluefin Blowout

A spokesman for the reality TV show explained: “The fifth season of ‘Wicked Tuna’ will be in production during the Bluefin Blowout this year and, though the show has highlighted the tournament in prior years, we are focusing on the competition between our featured boats for the new season. As a result, the ‘Wicked Tuna’ captains will unfortunately not be able to compete in the Blowout this time around.”  Dave Carraro, said he was disappointed with show’s decision.,,  (photo GMGRead the rest here 09:33

OPINION: British Columbia: Your neighbors are watching

Southeast Alaskans expressed concern today for the future of their most important salmon rivers after authorities in British Columbia announced the re-opening of Mount Polley mine without having made recommended engineering, operational and safety changes. Less than a year ago Mount Polley’s tailings dam in southcentral B.C. collapsed, releasing 6.6 billion gallons of toxic waste including arsenic, lead, and nickel into salmon-producing lakes and streams of the Fraser River watershed. Alaska Natives, commercial fishing interests, business owners,,, Read the rest here 09:13

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 17, 2015

pushed to the limitThe fishery is usually winding down this time of year, but  folks on the east side say catches – and the wind – is going strong. Area Managers Travis Elison and Paul Salomone talk about fishing in the Naknek-Kvichak, Egegik and Ugashik Districts, the port in Naknek is busy, and fishermen talk about the wind and their limits. Listen to the report here 08:15

Search for missing Australian fishermen resumes

The search for three fishermen missing off the Pilbara coast resumed on Saturday morning but hopes are fading that they will be found alive. Mason Carter, 26, Chad Fairley, 30, and 57-year-old Murray Turner failed to return to Point Samson near Karratha in their 13-metre prawn trawler Returner on Wednesday morning. An unused life raft, emergency locator beacon, food supplies and fishing gear washed up along the Burrup Peninsula the next day. Read the rest here 07:38