Daily Archives: August 8, 2019

Stanley Larsen – By Birth and by Choice, a Lifetime at Sea

At 4:30 a.m. Menemsha Harbor is glassy and the only sounds are the hum of Menemsha Fish House’s vibrating refrigerators and the early-morning summer bird opera. The Little Lady slices through the flat water, heading out for a morning of dragging. Stanley Larsen in his boat Four Kids is not far behind. He just has to sort out a few things with the engine first.,,, It’s a late start. Stanley usually likes to get going at around 3:30 a.m. “Then I can go further offshore and do longer drags,” he explains adjusting his baseball cap. “I like a two-hour drag. Closer, I can only do 20 or 30 minutes and then I’m in the mud.” >click to read< 19:50

How this pastor is helping a small, tight-knit community grieve after 3 deaths

When pastor Russell Austin left the funeral for Minnie Bishop of Port de Grave earlier this week, he learned that the community’s sadness was only just beginning. Austin received a call that told him Carl Petten had died in a car accident just a few days shy of his 56th birthday. Evelyn Petten, 68, no relation, died suddenly in her husband’s arms around the same time. “Wherever you go, whoever you run into, it’s the first topic of conversation,” said Austin. The three deaths have rocked the Conception Bay North community,,, >click to read< 18:29

Coroner concludes fisherman’s death involving trawl door was ‘unfortunate accident’ that was ‘preventable’

A verdict of accidental death was recorded after a 51-year-old fisherman on board a vessel in West Cork lost his life following an accident involving a trawler door. Olounfumi Eugene McCauley, who was originally from Sierra Leone but was living in Gran Canaria, passed away from injuries he incurred following an accident on the Novo Alborada fishing vessel in Castletownbere in West on June 24, 2018.,,, A lifting operation was in place to bring a trawler door on to the vessel. However, Mr Barry said the trawler door fell into the sea pulling on the combined rope causing it to move at “lightning speed”. Mr McCauley was hit in the process. >click to read< 16:49

Cost-Effective ‘Renewable’ Energy Is Like Unobtanium: A Fictional Construct

We must continue diversifying our energy supply, that means increasing our output of solar, wind, geothermal, hydro- and ocean-based energy,,, Blah, blah, blah. Anyone who works in real energies will probably know a different story.,,, energy expert, Mark P. Mills, describing the vast quantity of non-renewable, not-even-recyclable waste that nifty green energy baubles such as wind-farm turbines generate,,, “Renewable energy” is a misnomer. Wind and solar machines and batteries are built from nonrenewable materials. And they wear out. Old equipment must be decommissioned, generating millions of tons of waste.,,, Building one wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of nonrecyclable plastic.  >click to read< 14:57

‘Disgusting and embarrassing’: Sunken shrimp boat spurs call for changes in Port Royal

Only the top of the shrimp boat’s pilothouse was visible Wednesday morning from the Port Royal dock where the 60-foot vessel had floated abandoned for months. The shrimp boat sank Tuesday, sending fuel into Battery Creek and calling attention to the other rotting, junk-laden and abandoned boats amassed at the town-owned dock. “If those folks owe us money or they’re not shrimping, they don’t need to be here,” Willis said. “This is supposed to be a working shrimping dock.” Video, >click to read< 13:03

New York fishes for information in offshore wind research

NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton said: “As New York becomes the national epicentre for the US offshore wind industry, we continue to undertake evidence-based environmental and commercial fishing related research to help us advance offshore wind development in a way that is sensitive to the environment, ocean and the economy.,,, The state intends to use evidence-based environmental and commercial fishing related research to help advance offshore wind development. In other words, bend over! >click to read<12:34

New York picks five projects to advance responsible development of offshore wind – The selected projects include, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) and others, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), Biodiversity Research Institute, Ecology and Environment, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Approximately $2 million was made available as part of this competitive solicitation for projects in one of five categories:  >click to read<

“55th annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival” – Lobster boats will race at Winter Harbor

The 55th annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, Saturday,,, With two special twists, this year’s Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races should attract a large and enthusiastic fleet. First, the post-race prize at this year’s drawing among competing racers is a spanking new 35-foot Mitchell Cove lobster boat hull. Second, but probably more of a draw, this year’s races will honor Keith Young, who was instrumental in organizing and running the Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races for 40 years,,, >click to read< 11:58

‘Try UK crab boats for a year if you want to save house deposit’

Michael Mackenzie says you can make big money and combine saving with your OE if you get a job on the crab boats working in the UK. Mckenzie says he worked on a crabbing boat for just under two years back in the early 2000s and his old captain has been in touch looking for Kiwis to work on the boats. “He was talking about how it is hard to get crew and wished there were more Kiwis as we are hard workers and have a good work ethic.” >click to read<

Salmon moved to B.C. hatchery as Fraser River landslide work continues

After airlifting thousands of fish above a landslide in B.C.’s Fraser Canyon, fisheries biologists have begun capturing members of threatened salmon runs to raise their offspring in a hatchery. In a pilot program that began on the long weekend, B.C. and federal experts captured and identified 177 Early Stuart sockeye, which begin and end their life cycle on the Stuart Lake system near Fort St. James in northwestern B.C. The captured fish have been taken to a Fisheries and Oceans Canada salmon research lab at Cultus Lake near Chilliwack for egg and sperm extraction and hatching. >click to read< 09:40

D.C. Circuit gears up for busy environmental docket – Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association v. Ross,

A federal appeals court in Washington is starting to fill in its fall argument calendar and is already set to handle several major cases involving energy infrastructure, air pollution and environmental rollbacks from the Trump administration.,,, Marine monument — Oct. 22, In Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association v. Ross, D.C. Circuit judges will review the Obama-era designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The lobstermen and other challengers say the former administration overreached when it outlawed energy development and most commercial fishing in the protected area off the New England coast. They lost their case in lower court last year and swiftly appealed >click to read< 08:39