Daily Archives: March 4, 2020

92nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet is this Sunday

This weekend, Seattle’s fishing fleet will be honored in the 92nd annual Blessing of Fleet to mark the start of the 2020 fishing season. The event, happening Sunday, March 8 at Fishermen’s Terminal, will bring together crews, friends, family, and the greater community to send the fishing fleet off with a ceremony and blessing from Pastor Elise Scot of Ballard First Lutheran Church. >click to read< 19:33

Enviro group says it may sue NMFS and Coast Guard to prevent whale deaths from ship strikes

The Center for Biological Diversity, which has an office in Los Angeles, alleges that the government agencies are ignoring the requirements of the Endangered Species Act in agency consultations, studies and actions such as speed limits in shipping lanes or protecting critical habitat areas. Ship strikes are a leading cause of death and injuries to whales migrating along California’s coast and are more lethal than previously understood >click to read< 16:22

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 57′ Fiberglass Scalloper, 350HP Cummins, Price Reduced!

To see specifications, information and 26 photos >click here< To see all the boats in this series, >click here< 11:39

Coronavirus: Crayfish ‘losses will compound financial hardship’ for fishers

Moves by the government to support the crayfish sector in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak may not be enough to stop some businesses going under,,, New Zealand fishers had already paid to catch those 400 tonnes at $50 a kilo, because the right to catch fish costs money, under a system known as ACE, or Annual Catch Entitlement. This is part of the quota management system. To alleviate those losses, after consultation with the industry the government yesterday announced it would allow fishing companies to carry forward 10 percent of the unused catch entitlements to next year.,, >click to read< 11:00

Comment Period Extended for Nordic Aquafarms

DMR is accepting comments solely about the potential impacts of the proposed dredging operation on fishing in the area to be dredged and on impacts to the fishing industry of the proposed route to transport dredge spoils to Mack Point in Searsport where material will be offloaded and transported to an approved upland disposal site. This facility will require the construction of intake and discharge pipes which will be buried across intertidal and shallow sub-tidal lands to a maximum depth of 10 feet with a minimum of 5 feet of cover. >click to read< 09:52

Harpswell lobsterman announces bid for Maine House

Steve “Bubba” Davis of Harpswell has announced plans to run as a Republican for Maine House District 51, which includes East Brunswick, Harpswell and West Bath. The seat is held by Democrat Joyce “Jay” McCreight, who has announced her plans to run for reelection last month. ,, Davis said that while Marine Resources is his top priority, he also believes in career and technical education. “We need pipe fitters, welders, plumbers, electricians, people who can raise a family and work at BIW or start their own small business,” Best of luck! >click to read< 09:11

Coronavirus: Seafood expo postponed over COVID-19 concerns

The annual Seafood Expo North America was expected to welcome thousands of industry buyers and suppliers from around the world in Boston for a three-day convention starting March 15. Diversified Communications, the event organizer, made the announcement Tuesday through the expo’s official media partner.,, Diversified Communications could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday evening. >click to read< 07:42

Big, bold venture – the new Crystal Sea has begun fishing from Newlyn.

There’s no doubt that for the last 20 years the average age of boats brought to the port has significantly decreased as private individuals and company owners have seen fit to invest heavily in modernising the fleet. New builds ordered to fish from Newlyn have all been 15m or under; the Rowse family have had three crabbers built, Stefan Glinski, Sam Lambourn and Ocean Fish have all had various sardine ring netters built to order, all also under 15m. Lots of photo’s and video, with historical recollections >click to read< 07:35