Daily Archives: March 10, 2020

Efforts begin to remove grounded vessel off Oregon Inlet

Collaborative efforts have begun to remove a fishing vessel that was grounded off of Oregon Inlet on the night of February 29. The crew of the 72-foot scallop boat were safely removed by an air crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City the following morning, and until the vessel is towed away, it still remains stranded about 50 yards near the shoreline, and roughly a half mile south of ORV Ramp 4 on Bodie Island. more, >click to read< 19:08

Coronavirus Breakthrough! Live lobster shipment from Nova Scotia to China resumes

For the first time in more than a month, live lobster from Nova Scotia has been flown to China, after fear of the coronavirus and travel restrictions caused market sales to plummet. Premier Stephen McNeil said just under 70 tonnes of live lobster were shipped from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to China on Saturday, which is about two-thirds of a full flight. “We’re just hoping it’s the first of many,” McNeil told reporters at the legislature Tuesday. more, >click to read< 16:45

Fukushima Fishermen Aim to Expand Catches for Survival

Fishery operators in Fukushima Prefecture, home to the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, are set to expand their catches, aiming to shore up a local fishing industry that has struggled with unfounded rumors about radiation contamination. There are concerns that an expansion of catches may trigger a price collapse but fears of a possible decline of the industry are seen outweighing such considerations. photo’s,  more>click to read< 14:53

Fight to keep Snake River dams is not over

Those who see breaching the dams as the best option to restore salmon populations and the endangered killer whales that feed on them, will be working hard to get that determination changed, Dam-breaching advocates insist that the electricity produced by dams could be replaced with wind and solar production, said Rick Dunn, general manager of the Benton PUD. But utilities disagree. Breaching and risk of blackouts The Snake River dams provide insurance against blackouts, he said.  Without them the probability of regional blackouts in the Northwest would double, according to the draft report. more, >click to read< 13:00

Amaltal skipper to plead guilty for fishing in marine reserve

On 4 March 2020, in the Nelson District Court, the skipper of the Amaltal Mariner intimated a guilty plea to one charge under the Marine Reserves Act 1971 for an incident that occurred in March 2019. The vessel started a tow outside the Hikurangi Marine Reserve, off the Kaikōura coast and then accidentally crossed the line into the reserve. During the brief time the net was in the reserve $213 worth of fish was caught. No benthic organisms were recorded as being caught in the tow.  more, >click to read< 11:11

European Offshore Wind Takes Shape at Providence Innovation Hub

A new glass-and-steel office space is less about the number jobs or the company that will occupy it and more about the industry taking root there. Seven co-working desks at the Wexford Innovation Center on Dyer Street in the Jewelry District will soon be used by Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind. (wonder if Bob gets a desk, too?!) The Danish company is joining seven other wind-related companies already there. And judging by the 200 or so attendees at the March 2 office opening, a nascent industry is on the verge of rapid growth. “This is a brand-new industry and it’s being born right here in the state of Rhode Island. It’s unbelievable,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said. more >click to read< 10:10

PFMC releases alternatives for 2020 West Coast Ocean Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted three alternatives for 2020 ocean salmon fisheries off of Washington, Oregon and California for public review. The Council will make a final decision on salmon seasons at its meeting in Vancouver, Washington, on April 5-10.,, Forecasts for many Chinook and coho stocks are lower than last year. In addition, the Council is constrained by requirements to conserve Fraser River (Canada) coho and other natural coho runs; to conserve lower Columbia River natural tule fall Chinook; and to protect Sacramento River winter Chinook and Klamath River fall Chinook. more, >click to read< 08:44

Coronavirus: Luncheon cancellation pinches New Bedford seafood industry

The International Seafood Buyers Luncheon, which for years has showcased the city’s fishing industry and seafood processing plants, has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus. It is one of the first cancellations locally due to the infectious disease first identified in Wuhan, China at the end of last year which has since spread across the globe. The luncheon helps raise New Bedford’s profile to international buyers and media participating in the International Boston Seafood Show, according to One SouthCoast Chamber’s website. more,  >click to read< 07:28