Daily Archives: September 9, 2019

Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound

Coast Guard and salvage crews extracted the remaining four Golden Ray crewmembers Monday in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia. The crewmembers were transported by a Coast Guard Station Brunswick 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew to Glenn County EMS for further medical evaluation. Three crew members were safely extracted from the vessel at approximately 3 p.m. and the fourth and final crew member was safely extracted at 5:50 p.m. Photos, >click to read<21:04

Lobsterman John Olson has been on the water for nine decades, and he’s still working

If the definition of a true outdoorsman is spending more of your life braving the elements than seeking shelter from them, lobsterman John Olson may be the finest example alive.,,, “How do you know where to find them?”  “It’s all in here,” John says, pointing a yellow-gloved hand to his head, which, after 97 years, is still covered by a respectable amount of gray hair. “I been over this bottom so many times, it’s imprinted.”>click to read< 18:20

N.B. fishing industry feeling effects of Dorian’s wrath

The Maritime Fishermen’s Union says the storm surge has damaged wharves and six lobster fishing boats. As Shelley Steeves reports, the union is scrambling to try and find replacement boats to salvage the season.  Video, >click to watch< 17:35

31st annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival coming up Sept. 21

The yearly festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal, and benefits the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation. It’s a family-friendly event, with several free hands-on, fishing-themed art projects such as wooden boat building. Admission to the festival is free, but proceeds from all paid activities will go to the foundation to assist families of fishers lost at sea. Some of the highlights include the Salmon BBQ, Reptile Man (happening at noon on the main stage), Salmon Fillet Contest, Survival Suit Races, and photo opportunities of the F/V Brenna A from The Deadliest Catch TV show. >click to read, with schedule and previous event photos< 16:03

CITES lists Mako shark under Appendix 2 trade restrictions, By Jim Lovgren

Commercial fisherman Jim Lovgren was at the CITES Convention held from the 17th to the 28th of August, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. He has written a comprehensive report about it, and he asked us to share it with you. There is a lot to review and is worthy reading,,, From Mako’s to Dogfish, and beyond,,, the influence of green money on the CITES party delegates and what has been happening in U.S. fishery management.,,This is exactly what is happening to U.S. fishermen, as small owner operator vessels are being squeezed out of fishery after fishery by the manipulations of “Greenwashed” corporate sponsored Enviro groups, out to save the planet. The U.S. government offers no help to the fishing industry because they are simple pawns to the energy companies that are running the show. Fishermen are just a nuisance, in the way of their offshore energy development plans. >click to read< 11:52

Membership Drive: FISH-NL launches province-wide tour

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) began the second wave of its membership drive this morning with the launch of a province-wide tour. “We’ll be going from wharf to wharf and stage to stage so harvesters can finally break free of the FFAW-Unifor — and the inshore fishery can start moving forward,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. The first wave of FISH-NL’s drive began on Aug. 12th when thousands of membership cards began circulating around the province — including to more than 170 card captains. The second wave — which will begin on the Great Northern Peninsula — is to speak directly to harvesters, and to collect their cards. >click to read, join, support< 10:30

Wind turbines and fishing nets fight for offshore space

Vineyard Wind,,,  In 2010, BOEM launched an initiative dubbed “Smart from the Start,” which aimed to steer wind development away from prime fishing areas, shipping lanes and sensitive marine habitat prior to leasing.,,, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. “There are some squid fishermen, mostly from Rhode Island, and some lobstermen who fish in there, but the value of the area’s annual fish landings is modest, especially compared to the lease areas proposed off of New York.”,,, Also important: Few members of New Bedford’s scallop fleet fish in the waters off Massachusetts.,,,But if scallopers can live with offshore wind development off Massachusetts, others are vehemently opposed. Rhode Island fishermen trawl for squid in the area.  >click to read< 09:19

Coast Guard rescues four from NOAA buoy on Gray’s Reef

Four people are lucky to be alive after they were rescued by a Coast Guard detachment out of Air Station Savannah on Sunday afternoon.  The group’s vessel took on too much water, so they were forced to abandon the craft and swim. They were able to find shelter on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoy.  The Coast Guard was able to locate the group by tracking their Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon.  >click to read< 08:33