Daily Archives: May 10, 2019

Fishermen in plan to stage protest at Greystones Harbour

Protesting fishermen will bring their boats to the harbour in Greystones on Saturday afternoon to unload their catch, in deliberate breach of by laws. They are objecting to what they say is Wicklow County Council’s refusal to allow commercial fishermen to use their home port of Greystones to carry on their business. When work on the new harbour began in 2008, the local fishing boats were deprived of access to their moorings but promised that berths would again be provided to them once the new harbour opened. >click to read<20:11

Opinion: Atlantic drilling issue dries up again, without lasting resolution

The curtain has come down on the latest of “to drill or not to drill in the Atlantic.” It ran two years, just a bit longer than the one before it in a series dating to the 1980s. The ending, as expected, was the same, since deepwater drilling in the Atlantic wouldn’t be profitable and is broadly opposed. A renewed federal effort begun in May 2017 to offer leases to drill for oil and natural gas off the East Coast was suspended indefinitely by the Trump administration. A similar push by the Obama administration ended with reinstatement of a temporary moratorium on drilling. Other than the presidents, most of the players remained the same. Opposition was led by state and local officials in both parties the length of the coast,,, >click to read<18:36

Sen. Pete Micciche proposes setnet buyback bill

Sen. Pete Micciche (R-Soldotna) is having another go at getting a bill through the legislature that would reduce the number of commercial east side setnetters in Upper Cook Inlet by about half, something that is supported by the leaders of the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association, a setnetter organization. Micciche and KPFA say the effort began about four years ago, and Micciche pre-filed a bill before the last legislative session. That bill, Senate Bill 135, stated that “the Alaska Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to reduce the number of commercial setnet fishers on the east side of Cook Inlet.” >click to read<16:53

State opens lobster season following protest

Lobstermen protesting the state’s restrictions on fishing and speed limits in Cape Cod Bay received a reprieve Friday, when the restrictions were lifted.
The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies,,reported Thursday night that an aerial survey revealed that the right whales have migrated out of these waters. The Division of Marine Fisheries lifted the restrictions, >click to read<,, It was a turbulent week for local lobstermen, who protested the restrictions, which had been extended to May 15 originally.10 photo’s, >click to read<15:13

Sweeping reforms to licences, quotas, and equal footing, Standing Committee urges massive overhaul

The committee is recommending sweeping changes to the way commercial fishing licences and quota are owned in B.C. to address concerns of monopolization — including quota ownership by foreign investors who might never have set foot on a fishing boat or in Canada — that has turned commercial fishing in B.C. into “a modern day feudal system.” While commercial fishermen in B.C. applaud the committee’s recommendations, it may not sit well with corporate owners such as Jimmy Pattison’s Canadian Fishing Company, which owns a significant amount of fish quota in B.C. >click to read<12:55

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 10, 2019

>Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here<11:58

Lobster vessel runs aground on Shelburne County coastline

The lobster fishing vessel Norwegian Nightmare was high and dry on the rocks in in the early morning hours of May 10 along the Charlesville coastline. The crew was able to disembark the boat safely and efforts are underway to ready the vessel for towing on the high tide later in the day. >click to read< To be updated 11:44

Trawler captain dumped fish to save ship

A judge has stepped in to settle allegations of misreporting catch by a fishing company, after a trawler captain had to dump 30,000 kilograms of southern blue whiting to save his ship.Independent Fisheries Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges in the Christchurch District Court but the judge immediately discharged the company without conviction and declined to make any forfeiture order about the trawler. >click to read<10:37

Teenage brothers open Gautier seafood market — all on their own

Make no mistake, Drake and Chase Killingsworth are not your typical teenagers. Drake, 18, is a senior at Gautier High School who will graduate with his class later this month. Chase, 16, is a freshman at GHS. They are also businessmen — successful ones, too. A week ago, the brothers opened Killer Crab Company on Ladnier Road in Gautier. They own and operate two fishing boats, along with 1,000 crab pots, which provide much of the seafood they sell. They also have trucks they send to Louisiana to bring back crawfish. >click to read<09:02