Daily Archives: June 10, 2018

Owner refused to let wreck be raised because grieving family didn’t ask nicely, FAI hears

The owner of a fishing boat that sank off Easdale with the loss of its skipper Scott MacAlister, refused to allow the wreck to be raised because the grieving father had not asked him ‘nicely’, a fatal accident inquiry heard on Friday. ‘The way he spoke to me, I was not very keen to help him in any way’, John Connell, 59, told Oban Sheriff Court. ‘If I had been asked politely, nicely and decently, permission would have been granted straight away.’ Mr Connell agreed Mr MacAlister was ‘the author of his own misfortune’, in the fifth day of the inquiry into the sinking of the Speedwell on April 25, 2013, adding he would not have let the boat sail if he knew it was unsafe. >click to read<21:09

Community devastated by boat collision deaths

The community of Murray Harbour is in mourning after two men died during a collision between two fishing boats on Saturday, says a pastor from the area. Pastor Scott Herring, of Murray Harbour Baptist Church, said there’s a feeling of devastation that’s come over the community. Residents are showing their support to one another through phone calls and visits, he said.
“As a congregation, we held prayers for the whole community. People are reaching out to one another to offer supports behind the scenes, it’s happening in different forms,” he said. “But there’s devastation.” >click to read<17:38

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in Fort Lauderdale, June 10-15, 2018

The public is invited to attend the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to be held at the Bahia Mar Doubletree by Hilton, 801 Seabreeze Boulevard. Fort Lauderdale, FL. Complete Agenda >click here< for details Webinar Registration: >Listen Live, Click here< To visit the SAFMC >click here< 17:08

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting in Wailea, Maui, June 11-13, 2018

Location: Wailea Beach Resort, 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Maui. >click to read< 16:52

Groups March in Washington, DC During Oceans Week To Oppose Offshore Fish Farms

Today, (6/9/18) hundreds of people join together in a March for the Oceans in Washington, DC. Preventing development of industrial ocean fish farms is a prominent issue for participants, wearing pins and carrying signs with the hashtag “#dontcageouroceans”.,,, Worldwide, ocean finfish aquaculture has caused a wide range of problems, including fish escapes; deaths of sharks, seals and other marine life; and changes in ocean ecosystems. Marianne Cufone, Executive Director for the Recirculating Farms Coalition said, “Industrial open water finfish farming is an outdated and unnecessary practice. It poses serious risks to our oceans and public health.”  Now, Capitol Hill legislators are developing a new initiative for industrial aquaculture in U.S. waters. Opponents are collectively rising to protect fishing communities, public health and our oceans. >click to read<12:58

Squid washing ashore by the hundreds ‘live fast and die young’

An alarming number of squid are washing ashore along parts of Nova Scotia’s coast. Experts say although it’s unusual to see such mass die-offs, the deaths are part of the creatures’ “live fast and die young” reproductive cycle. Kent Smedbol is a scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and works with monitoring fish and invertebrate populations. He said northern shortfin squid are common in the waters off Nova Scotia. They range from the mid-United States right up to around Iceland. “They’re a highly mobile species, highly migratory and they only live for about a year,” said Smedbol. “So, they live fast and die young.” >click to read<10:34

The Richard & Arnold’s final voyage out of Provincetown

With my family on board, the Richard & Arnold sailed from Provincetown Harbor for the last time on Memorial Day. The Richard & Arnold holds an important place in the town and nation’s history as one of the oldest continually fishing vessels left in the U.S. For 36 years, it was ours. She was built in 1934 by Casey Boat Yard in Fairhaven. History tells us that the harbor was once filled with boats like the Richard & Arnold, the wheelhouse in the stern, constructed of wood, with fishing nets hanging from the rigging. In a perfect world the Richard & Arnold would have stayed in Provincetown forever. >click to read<08:57