Daily Archives: June 25, 2019

Science journal article disputes claims that aquaculture is a sustainable industry

Inka Milewski, a research associate in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, said Monday her conclusions are partly based on a series of long-term studies of a fish farm in Port Mouton Bay, N.S. She says evidence of an impact on lobster populations and eelgrass in the bay around those pens run counter to a “narrative” found on various federal Fisheries websites that Ottawa manages the industry in “a sustainable way.” Her report notes that Ottawa had collected reports of 14.4 metric tonnes of antibiotics and 439 metric tonnes of hydrogen peroxide pesticides being placed in the waters since federal aquaculture regulations came into force four years ago. >click to read<17:51

Proposed “Let Them Spawn” bill looks to further regulate NC fishermen

There’s a debate going on in our state right now concerning fishing. A new bill just passed the North Carolina House. It’s focused on certain species and how to regulate them. The bill looks at what you can keep and what you have to throw back. There are several fish this bill targets: Southern flounder, Spot, Atlantic Croaker, Kingfish, Striped Mullet, and Bluefish – all species lawmakers say have been declining for years.,,,The bill, known as the “Let Them Spawn” bill would require state fishery managers to set a minimum size limit to try and let 75% of these 6 species reproduce at least one time. >click to read<14:03

Lobster boats converge on Rockland

Rockland — Although there was a stiff breeze and a few rain drops, a posse of area lobster boats met up in Rockland Harbor for the annual Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association’s second event of the season June 16. This year’s fastest boat was Cameron Crawford’s Wild Wild West, which suffered a broken steering arm in last year’s competition. Race results released June 24 are as follows, with a bunch of great photos! By Beth A. Birmingham >click to read<13:26

Seawall fails at Portsmouth fish pier

Officials have blocked off a 40-foot section of the seawall at the Portsmouth Commercial Fish Pier on Peirce Island after it recently failed. The failure poses a problem for fishermen looking to unload their catch and fuel their boats in Portsmouth. Port of New Hampshire Director Geno Marconi said the fastenings that “hold the seawall to the anchors that are in the ground have failed.” “It is pulling away from the anchoring system,” Marconi said Monday. “The ultimate danger is the entire wall fails.” >click to read<12:48

Cape Cod Is In CRISIS!

Because of our menacing great white shark and the seal overpopulation dilemma, Cape Cod is in the middle of an ecological, public safety, and economic crisis. The exploding seal population is a consequence of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This legislation caused the rapidly growing seal overpopulation, and their attraction of great white sharks which feed upon them, and ferociously attack humans. We once had a thriving fishing industry, kept healthy in part by a bounty system of predator control. That ended in 1972 with the passage of the MMPA,,, >click to read<11:27

Inside the secret, million-dollar world of baby eel trafficking

In the parking lot of an Irving gas station in Aulac, N.B., not far from the Nova Scotia border, Curtis Kiley popped the trunk of a Toyota Corolla. Inside was a white bucket containing what looked like a giant hairball, the type that might be pulled from a bathtub drain. Except it was alive — a wriggling, slithering mess. This was just an initial sample Kiley had brought to show a prospective black-market buyer, a woman he knew only through text message as “Danielle.” He was ultimately hoping to unload up to 300 kilograms of the tiny creatures, a huge haul worth $1.3 million on the open market, but one he was offering at a steep discount. Moments later, Kiley’s world turned from dollar signs to handcuffs. >click to read<10:40

Commercial Striped Bass Season Opens, Amid Concerns About Fishery

By the end of the day Monday, the first day of the commercial striped bass season, the Menemsha Fish House had brought in 297 filleted pounds of the elusive — and profitable — fish. Otto Osmers, a commercial fisherman and fishmonger at the Fish House, said it was an about average commercial day in terms of pounds of fish landed. And he acknowledged that the season begins amid concern among fishermen and regulators over declining stocks. >click to read<10:05

Vineyard Wind Finalizes Turbine Array to Boost Mitigation for Fishermen and Historic Preservation on Nantucket and Vineyard

Vineyard Wind announced today that it has adjusted the final turbine array for the United States’ first large-scale offshore wind facility by changing the location of three 9.5 megawatt (MW) turbines; the total project size remains unchanged at approximately 800 megawatts (MW). The design change eliminates three turbines located near the Nantucket Historic District and Chappaquiddick, which comprises the eastern end of Martha’s Vineyard. >click to read<09:35

This is the ninty second year of St. Peter Fiesta in Gloucester, Massachusetts! June 25-30, 2019

Back in 1927, Captain Salvatore Favazza had a life size statue of Saint Peter, and located the statue in the Italian District. Soon after, the women would say prayers there, as they stood by the statue. In 1931 they started the Saint Peters Fiesta. I can recall in 1952 ,I was ten years old and lived in the heart of were the fest was held. Back then there were no rides or games. But they did have a donkey ride and they had seine boat races and the Greasy pole contest .The fisherman would take the four days off and participate in the events. On Friday they had a block dance. On Saturday and Sunday they had the seine boat races and the Greasy pole. On Sunday the would have a mass and the bishop would preside ,and than the parade!!! It is a great time of the year to visit Gloucester! So,,,, if you’re in the area come and see for your self how welcomed you’ll become! Thanks, and hope to see you there! Sam Parisi, Gloucester, Mass. 08:32