Daily Archives: June 6, 2020

Body found on Placentia Bay beach – RCMP in communication with family of missing fisherman

In a release, police said they were notified that lobster fishermen had found a body in the area of Doughboy Cove, east across the water from Arnold’s Cove. Clarenville RCMP and Forensic Identification Services travelled to the beach and secured the body and had it sent to St. John’s for examination after consulting with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Police said they have been in communication with the family of Isaac Kettle, the lone crew member of the Sarah Anne who has not been found, but there has been no positive identification of the body. >click to read< 20:26

After months of lobster industry losses, things may finally be taking a turn for the better

“We’ve come through the pandemic and it’s been challenging for everyone, to say the least,” says Geoff Irvine, Executive Director of The Lobster Council of Canada. This week, lobster season opened for some parts of the Maritimes including the North shore of New Brunswick, some parts of PEI, Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Strait and pars of Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Strait.  “We’ve seen the lobster market adjust quite dramatically from very strong demand and high, high prices, record prices in January pre-pandemic, and we’ve adjusted to a new reality and we’re in recovery mode now,” Irvine says. >click to read< 16:01

We finally have a Win, But we still need a U.S. Fish Bill for U.S. Fishermen.

The  Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument will reopen to commercial fishing, thanks to President Trump’s order yesterday on June 5th in Bangor, Maine. This was unexpected, long overdue, and very much needed for our fisherman. I can remember fishing those waters with my dad back in the sixties for whiting . Normally February, March and April, were good times for whiting, even though we only got a nickel a lb! I can remember fishing with our ninety foot side trawler seeing a small lobster boat fishing there for deep sea lobsters that were very plentiful. Not only were these fishing grounds productive for Whiting, Squid, Lobsters, and other deep sea fish, it helped fishermen from Rhode Island to Maine. Thank you, Sam Parisi >click to read< 14:15

OCI celebrates arrival of new factory freezer trawler

Marie Sullivan has a very important job to do on Monday, June 8. The 94-year-old will smash a champagne bottle against the steel hull of the MV Calvert to officially christen the new addition to Ocean Choice International’s (OCI) fishing fleet. The ceremony at the waterfront in St. John’s will be a celebration for the Sullivan family and the company owned by her sons, Blaine and Martin. The name of the new ship pays homage to the small fishing community on the Southern Shore where the Sullivan family got their start in the fishing business. The new vessel sailed into St. John’s harbour on Thursday, completing her first ocean voyage, a 4,200-nautical-mile journey from her birthing place in the Middle East. Video, >click to read< 10:42

A Fisherman’s Family

Melba Willis of Harkers Island has been around commercial fishermen her whole life. Her dad, husband and even her father-in-law worked on the water.  She married her husband, Billy, in 1960 and they were together for 54 years before his death approximately six years ago. They had three sons, Kerry, Billy Joe and Stephen. Being married to a commercial fisherman was a hard, yet rewarding life. Melba says they got through the years because they loved each other so. Most years, they made good money to feed their family, but there were what she called “dull” years. This meant that they were always having to be sure to “put back” money in the good years to cover the “dull” ones, the years that the ocean was not good to them. >click to read< 09:47

Ordinary men did the extraordinary 76 years ago on D-Day. On that day, they became heroes.

Seventy-six years ago today, thousands of ordinary men did something truly extraordinary. They struck a mighty blow for freedom. They showed Adolf Hitler and the rest of the world that Nazi Germany’s Fortress Europe was not invulnerable. Those men who stormed the beaches in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944 — forever known since as D-Day — and those who parachuted in under cover of the pre-dawn darkness came from all walks of life. Some were rich, some were poor. They were bankers, teachers, farmers, common laborers. Some volunteered for the military, some were drafted. Whatever path they took, they all shared one thing: They answered the call to fight tyranny. And, on that day, they proved that good can — and will — overcome evil. On that day, they became heroes. >click to read< 08:10