Daily Archives: July 29, 2017

A salmon rare to this part of the world has been caught in another Donegal river

A salmon rare to this part of the world has been caught on the River Crana in Buncrana. The Pink Salmon (also known as a Humpback Salmon) was landed by well-known local angler Mickey McGrory. Abiding by the law, the fish was handed over to Irish Fisheries Ireland (IFI) inspector Peter Kelly. Pat Kane, from the Buncrana Anglers Association, said Pink Salmon in Irish waters was “very rare.” He added: “Nobody knows when the last one would have been caught, although there are ‘rumors’ one was landed by a Greencastle trawler in Lough Foyle in the 1980s. Anglers in the south of the county recently caught the rare salmon in the Drowes river. click here to read the story 14:16

Fishermen’s group pushes wearing Personal Flotation Devices

The Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association says the use of personal flotation devices in the commercial fishing industry is growing, but more work needs to be done. Melanie Sonnenberg, the association’s program manager, said she wasn’t surprised by the Transportation Safety Board’s latest push for mandatory use of personal flotation devices in the industry, a popular topic for years. “There’s been a great push with working with suppliers to develop products that are much more commercial fishing friendly,” she said. “We’ve seen a culture shift here in the industry. click here to read the story 12:34

64th Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies set for Sunday in Stonington, Connecticut

The 64th annual Blessing of the Fleet in the borough will honor local fishermen who have died at sea with traditional remembrances and prayers and, for the first time, an exhibit of artifacts and photographs from local fishing boats. The Blessing is slated for Sunday, although festivities kick off today with the Blessing of the Fleet 5k road race at 6 p.m. in the borough. Each year, the event focuses on commemorating fishermen who died at sea, with special prayers for the safety and success of current fishermen, said Georgia Crowley, who co-chairs the event with her husband, Mike, and Ellie Dunn, all members of St. Mary Church in the borough. click here to read the story 11:55

Lobster Boats Ready to Race in Beverly on Sunday

It’s that time of year, when local fishermen get all revved up to compete in Lobster Boat Races. The 23rd annual regatta, which will be held Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m. off Woodbury Point, is always a festive affair, bringing out an impressive array of vessels both old and new. Skipper Mike Malewicki’s vessel, the Janie M., stole the show last year. The Beverly-based boat took top honors in four of six races, culminating with an exciting free-for- all finish down the quarter-mile course. In previous years, the race has drawn as many as a dozen boats. Last year’s event was a somewhat intimate affair by way of comparison with only four boats participating. But no matter the turnout, the dedicated group of fishermen still manages to put on a great show for the spectators that line Lynch Park. Photo’s, click here to read the story 11:24

Myrtle Beach Shrimper enters the political ring

Mike Hobeika says his family was the third family to settle in Myrtle Beach many, many years ago. He grew up in a small motel on Ocean Boulevard and the city of years ago was his stomping grounds. Now, he wants to help lead the city that he has loved his entire lifetime and a city, he says, that has lost its way. Hobeika has decided to enter the race for one of the three city council seats up for grabs this November.,, Sitting on his shrimp boat along the Intracoastal Waterway, Hobeika said he’s just a hard working guy who wants Myrtle Beach to be the safe, thriving city it once was. click here to read the story 10:50

Bristol Bay red salmon run smashes records

Millions of fish and sinking boats: It was a record-breaking year for the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery. The Western Alaska commercial fishery — which produces 40 percent of the world’s harvest of sockeyes — had a stellar harvest, with record-breaking catches and a high price for fishermen at the docks. A total run of almost 59 million fish had been counted in the region as of Thursday, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That doesn’t top the record total run of 62 million caught in 1980, but it’s still among the top five since managers began keeping records in 1952, according to Fish and Game area management biologist Tim Sands.,, But there were still challenges as processors, dealing with the influx of fish, put limits on fishermen during the height of the season. click here to read the story 09:48

Garnish fisherman back to sea six weeks after boat sinks

Just over six weeks after their fishing boat hit a sunker and sank near Brunette Island, off the Burin Peninsula, Preston Grandy and his wife Tonia are getting the vessel ready for the fishing season. “I didn’t think we would get her back from Brunette, let alone six weeks later to have her all redone and back fishing.” It was thanks to the help of others, as well, she said. click here to read the story 09:14

Zeldin: Long Island fishermen in real need of relief

On Long Island, so much of our economy and way of life are connected to the water around us. Fishing is a treasured part of our identities as Long Islanders. Yet today, the current flaws in the management of our fisheries isn’t just raising costs for commercial fishermen and charter boat captains- it also hurts all the small businesses in the coastal economy, including restaurants, bait & tackle shops, hotels, and gas stations. Quite candidly, it is also making this pastime just nowhere near as much fun as it used to be either. As the Representative for New York’s First Congressional District, which is almost entirely surrounded by water, I am committed to supporting our fishermen and ensuring this tradition is preserved for generations to come. click here to read the story 08:34