Daily Archives: March 8, 2020

The North Sea industrial estate

In order to reduce CO2 emissions The Netherlands put a lot of money into an energy transition by building a vast windmill park at sea. Dutch fishermen have serious concerns. Their fear is that the North Sea will become an industrial estate while fishermen will lose fishing grounds and space. So far, many windmill parks have already been placed in locations that had been prime fishing grounds for beam trawlers, flyshooters and whitefish trawlers from fishing ports in the south-west of Holland. photo’s, more, by Willem den Heijer  >click to read< 16:40

Scalloper stranding draws crowd, ice-coated ship appeared as a broken toy of the elements to the spectators

The Cape Cod Canal had become the preferred route for mariners, but the occasional wreck still occurred, such as the New Bedford-based scalloper Cape Ann’s demise just north of Nauset Light at 3 a.m. on March 6, 1948.,, The 82-foot vessel, carrying a load of scallops valued between $4,000 and $5,000, was returning from a ten-day fishing trip on George’s Bank. The temperature was hovering just above zero and winds were approaching gale force when the first mate mistook Nauset Light for the Pollock Light Ship. more, >click to read< 14:24

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary management plan open for comment through April 10

Comments can be made online, by mail or in person at public scoping meetings.  The 90-minute public scoping meetings all start at 6:30 p.m. The first is March 11 at the New England Aquarium, Harborside Learning Lab, 1 Central Wharf, in Boston. The second is March 12 at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop in Gloucester, and the third is March 18 at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Admiral’s Hall, 101 Academy Dr. in Buzzards Bay. Comments can be made online at regulations.gov and searching for docket number NOAA-NOS-2020-0003. You can also submit comments by mail to NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate MA 02066, Attn: Management Plan Revision. more, >click to read< 13:33

A living link to the past

This year, Josephson’s Smokehouse celebrates its 100th year of smoking fish. Store owner Mike Josephson is the fourth generation of his family to lead the store. Throughout the smokehouse’s duration, Josephson and his family have adapted through changing times and conditions to continue the family’s tradition of welcoming visitors into the historic shop. Josephson’s great grandfather, Jacob Baker, fished in the lower Columbia River during the 1870s. In the 1880s, one-fifth of Astorians were fishers, according to the U.S. Census. At the time, there were over 39 canneries along the lower Columbia River. more, >click to read< 11:22

Glum outlook scares salmon fishing industry – Wednesday, an expedition leaves for the Gulf of Alaska to try to help crack the puzzle

This year’s preliminary salmon outlook from Fisheries and Oceans Canada says overall expectations for salmon returns are generally low and similar to those in 2019. In many cases, expectations have even declined, it said, noting that the picture is brighter in “very few cases.”,, On Wednesday, a B.C.-based expedition leaves Victoria for the Gulf of Alaska to try to help crack the puzzle of plummeting stocks. Scientists from Canada, Russia and the U.S. will be on the chartered 37-metre commercial trawler Pacific Legacy No. 1. It returns April 4. more, >click to read< 10:00