Daily Archives: June 26, 2019

Researchers regroup in wake of 4 right whale deaths

It’s been a deadly month for the endangered mammals, with the carcasses of two other whales — an adult female and a 9-year-old male — reported June 4 and June 20, also in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Photo analysis of the carcasses found Tuesday identified one as a 33-year-old male named Comet and the other as an unnamed 11-year-old female who had no documented calf, according to New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life. The two carcasses were seen near the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick and west of the Magdalen Islands in Quebec, according to Canadian officials.,,, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking part in preplanned talks with the Canadian government on North Atlantic right whale protections this week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, NOAA spokeswoman Jennifer Goebel said. >click to read<20:56

Woodrow officially takes director’s helm at ASMI

Alaska’s seafood industry has a new captain at the helm of its main marketing agency. Jeremy Woodrow, previously the organization’s communications director, officially took over as executive director of he Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute this June.,,, Though he’s not in commercial fishing at present, he said his family has a long history in it. That connection has helped inform his involvement in the ever-changing fisheries of Alaska, and though ASMI stays out of fisheries policy, there are plenty of other tangles to sort out. >click to read<19:19

TV crabber nets Conch Key lodge, marina

“Deadliest Catch” crabber Erik James didn’t just check into a room at the Bayview Inn Motel & Marina, he bought all 11 rooms, the bay bottom and the four parcels the hotel sits on. He has rebranded it as the Conch Key Inn & Marina and given it a funky, tropical motif of at least five different colors. “I painted it all bright colors so people can see it, and I’m going to build the gnarliest place in town,” he said. “As everything else around changes, I want this place to stay as a real fishing village and a place where locals can come and have a beer, be comfortable and bring their dog.” >click to read<17:27

Former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell fulfilling ‘lifelong dream’ as lobster boat skipper

The landscape has changed dramatically for both sides since John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox parted ways in October 2017.,, As for Farrell, he’s dropped off the radar. Nowadays, he’s reportedly waking up at 3:15 a.m. to tend to the 800 lobster traps he has sitting off the coast of Massachusetts. Farrell grew up in New Jersey helping his father, Tom Farrell, on his lobster boat. Before going on to pitch — and later manage — in the majors, Farrell was getting up at 4 a.m. to help shovel bait before setting out on the water. >click to read<13:55

John Farrell: Early life as lobsterman, influence of father Tom molded Boston Red Sox manager>click to read<

Kittery celebrates Government Street Wharf replacement

Town officials celebrated the completion of the Government Street Wharf replacement project Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The town’s commercial fishing pier in the Foreside recently received a nearly $500,000 facelift. The project, which was awarded to Maritime Construction and Engineering, included replacement of the existing wooden fishing pier, installation of retaining walls and reconstruction of the paved approach to the pier. Photos, >click to read< 12:44

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 39′ BHM Dragger, 435HP Volvo, Nextgen – 3.5 KW, State and Federal Permits Available

Specifications, information and 24 photos >click here< To see all the boats in this series, >click here<11:38

Dirty Business – Having taken a toll in Chile, farmed salmon industry arrives in Argentina

Argentina’s National Aquaculture Project, signed with Norway in March 2018, aims to spur the development of the salmon industry in Tierra del Fuego, an archipelago at the southern tip of South America. Environmentalists and scientists fear that errors committed on the Chilean side of Patagonia will be repeated, to the detriment of the environment on the Argentinian side. Among the environmental impacts of the Chilean salmon industry are escapee fish that become established as introduced species, pollution from farms’ waste food and feces, and the overuse of antibiotics. >click to read< 09:32

Lobster co-op, lobster town get working waterfront grants

There’s good news from Augusta for two Downeast towns. Last week, the Land for Maine’s Future Board announced funding for six projects that will help protect and sustain the state’s dwindling working waterfront resources. Two of the projects are in eastern Maine. The Stonington Lobster Co-op has received a preliminary allocation of $216,250 from the program,,,  Up the road in Washington County, the town of Jonesport,,, >click to read< 08:36

FISH-NL calls for elimination of cod quality program; five years later and price per pound has declined

“The cod quality project serves no other purpose than to extract fish from fishermen, and into the FFAW.”— Jason Sullivan, FISH-NL’s secretary-treasurer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling for the elimination of the so-called cod quality program that directs hundreds of tonnes to the FFAW-Unifor — with the fish once again set aside for all harvesters to catch. >click to read<08:08

2 more dead right whales discovered in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Two more dead North Atlantic right whales have been found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, says Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The whales were located near the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick and west of the Magdalen Islands, a department news release said Tuesday. They are the third and fourth confirmed deaths of North Atlantic right whales to be reported in Canadian waters this year. >click to read<07:47