Daily Archives: May 27, 2019

R.I. teenagers survived hell on Earth in D-Day invasion

There aren’t many of them left, and here were two of the last — American soldiers who landed on D-Day. Seventy-five years ago. Ernie Corvese is 93 and Richard Fazzio 94, both among the first to come ashore into German fire on June 6, 1944. They are elderly now, but giants, too — men who stopped tyranny, pushed it back across Europe and killed it. I met them in Wakefield, Rhode Island, in a new museum called the Global Education Center, part of the World War II Foundation created by documentarian Tim Gray, who has put both Corvese and Fazzio in D-Day movies. >Video, click to read< Thank you, Gentlemen, and the Greatest Generation. 20:02

Big claws: Good for lobster sex life, potentially fatal in the fishing season

Between Arendal and Grimstad, researchers tagged 100 lobsters with acoustic transmitters. With the help of numerous stationary receivers, they were able to track the lobsters’ movements during the fishing season. “How lobsters move around indicates something about their personality. Are they cautious or are they risk-takers? There are advantages and disadvantages to both of those traits”, says marine scientist Even Moland. It turned out that lobsters with a big crusher claw were more likely to end up in a crab pot. >Video, click to read<17:42

Maine turns to Canada after losing China lobster market

The Maine lobster industry is switching to other markets – as far away as Thailand and Vietnam and as close as Canada. Maine-based lobster companies are opening operations in Canada and shipping lobsters from Nova Scotia because Canada isn’t affected by the US-China trade dispute. That reflects what Bill Bruns, operations manager of The Lobster Co in Arundel, has seen in his own export business. As a result, trade in lobsters from Canada is booming.,,, Ready Seafood of Portland, Maine, last fall acquired L. Walker Seafoods, >click to read<13:24

Burkhart Fisheries sell assets to Fiordland Lobster Company

A family business crayfishing off the coast of Marlborough for more than 40 years has sold their factory and trucks to Fiordland Lobster Co. Burkhart Fisheries, who hold the biggest family-owned rock lobster quota in New Zealand, have sold their processing assets in exchange for cash. They already owned a 20 per cent share in the company based in Te Anau, Fiordland. Founders Dennis and Trevor Burkhart would continue crayfishing day-to-day, while Fiordland handled their processing and distribution. >click to read< 12:37

The Rise of Calamari, Fueled by Rhode Island’s Dirty Politics

On May 10, 1974, Paul Kalikstein turned in his Master thesis at the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a graduate student in Management Science. The title was succinct: “The Marketability of Squid.” The abstract for the 108-page thesis read:,,, Kalikstein’s research was an attempt at solving the plummeting stocks of traditional seafood resources due to overfishing and overbuying in the 1960s and ’70s.,,, Forty years later and 55 miles south, Rhode Island State Representative Joseph McNamara had suddenly found himself in high demand. >click to read<11:45

FWC: Man selling bait without license jumped in water during arrest near Fort DeSoto

A St. Petersburg man is facing several charges after officers say he jumped off a boat to resist being arrested by state wildlife officials. Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were out near Fort DeSoto and Bunce’s Pass Saturday when the incident happened. According to an arrest report, the officers were trying to conduct a commercial fisheries inspection involving 39-year-old Ryan Rauch. >click to read<10:49

Continuing search for P.E.I. fisherman to be done by drone

The search for a missing Island fisherman will be mainly done by drone from here on out, but there won’t be much activity today, RCMP said. Jordan Hicken went overboard while fishing out of Naufrage Harbour early last Tuesday morning. RCMP, coast guard and community volunteers have been searching ever since. The RCMP say they plan to continue to monitor the situation but won’t have a big presence in Naufrage on Monday said Staff Sgt. Howard Fitzpatrick. >click to read<10:25

P.E.I. RCMP, Naufrage Harbour fishing community still searching for missing fisherman – “It’s great support,” said Hicken’s great-aunt Lillian MacKenzie, who joined the ground search on Saturday. “People care. They’re all one big happy family here, all the fishermen.” “It’s gut-wrenching for the family,”,,, Local fishermen in the search areas have been keeping an eye on the waters as they continue working. “We’re all keeping our eyes open and safety measures have improved,” said 27-year fishing veteran Ian MacKinnon who docks his boat “Y’Knot” in Naufrage Harbour. “I put PFDs in the boat. We wear them from now on.” >click to read<

Memorial Day

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. Harry S. Truman