Daily Archives: September 23, 2017

Cox’s Cove fisherman selling cod to outside markets

Rick Crane was back home Friday after a solo four-day road trip, less than a hour of which was spent selling high-grade catch dockside in Quebec. In about 45 minutes Crane said he had cash in hand from the sale of 2,619 pounds worth of fresh Atlantic cod, which was caught, filleted washed, packed and frozen in 20-pound boxes, loaded on a covered U-Haul trailer, and delivered from fishers he’d teamed up with from Twillingate and Green’s Pond recently. click here to read the story 19:33

Hamlin on why he hates lobsters: ‘It’s just a big scorpion’

If Denny Hamlin wins Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), he’ll have to face his fear.Not on the race track, mind you. In Victory Lane. As part of its post-race ceremony, the Magic Mile awards the winning driver a gigantic live lobster. When Hamlin won at New Hampshire in July, he recoiled when crew chief Mike Wheeler tried to hand him the 22-pound prize. click here to read the story 14:11

State of Hawaii wants to triple fees for commercial marine licenses

The state is proposing to triple by cost of commercial marine license fees by 2018. The $50 fee would jump to $100 initially, then to $150 on Jan. 1, 2018. “Commercial license fees haven’t increased in nearly 20 years, so we’re updating the fee schedule to reflect our current needs,” said Bruce Anderson, administrator of the state’s Division of Aquatic Resources. “The increased revenues will fund badly needed improvements to online reporting and licensing web sites, to better serve the fishing public.” The state is also proposing changes that would affect dealers who buy marine life directly from commercial fishers. A series of meetings have been scheduled for the public to weigh in: click here to read the details 13:46

Fishermen press Scotland Office minister on Brexit plans

Shetland fishermen have reiterated their desire to see the UK take control of its waters post-Brexit after meeting with Scotland Office minister Lord Duncan on Friday. Shetland Fishermen’s Association chairman Leslie Tait said he believes the Conservative politician “absolutely understands what a great opportunity Brexit presents for significant growth in Shetland’s single most important industry.” click here to read the story 11:45

Skipper nods off, vessel collides with breakwater in Campbell River

A fishing vessel going cruising speed hit the breakwater at a marina in Campbell River last night. The captain of The Powell River Queen, the ferry the runs between Campbell River and Quadra Island, witnessed the event, said Deborah Marshall, executive director of public affairs for B.C. Ferries. watch the video here 11:31

Freak wave hit trawler ‘like a cannon’

Here Michael Sparkes shares another tale of the sea. Michael told us that he found it easy to record this account as it was the coldest voyage to the Arctic that he ever made. After our last trip to the White Sea we’d enjoyed our time in dock. I especially enjoyed an outing which a few of us had gone on the day we landed from the old Clee Park pub. We’d had a journey out into the country to the Black Bull at Horncastle, where they’d laid on a buffet and music especially for the crew. But now with all that behind us we found ourselves back on the cold and wintery North Wall getting ready to sail again. click here to read the story 10:01

Congress wants to ban the shark fin trade. These scientists think that’s a bad idea.

Florida has a few more days until increased shark fin penalties kick in, and Congress is considering a ban that would prohibit fin sales for the entire country. But a paper co-authored by two shark researchers argues that such a ban would be destructive to shark fisheries management tactics already in place. The act of cutting off a shark’s fin and dumping its body into the water, eventually leading it to bleed to death or suffocate, has been illegal in the U.S. since 2000. Senate Bill 884 increases the fines for those who cut the fins off sharks while on the water, or return to shore with a shark’s fin separated from its body. While Mote Marine Laboratory’s Robert Hueter supported Florida’s new law imposing stricter fines for finning, he said Congress aims to solve a problem that doesn’t exist in the U.S. click here to read the story 08:33