Daily Archives: October 12, 2020

To the editor: Thank you, fish processors

The 2020 commercial fishing season will go down in the history books. In March and April, the prospect of executing statewide fisheries was in question amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and even communities that rely upon fisheries as their economic drivers were pressing for partial or complete closures. Cordova and the opening of the Copper River District were in the spotlight as the first Alaskan salmon fishery to come on line for the summer salmon season. by Dennis Zadra  >click to read< 19:44

SW Cornwall fishing industry fears destruction from Coronavirus and a ‘no deal’ Brexit double whammy

The South West fishing industry faces potential destruction from a “no deal” Brexit coupled with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a leading industry figure says. Jim Portus, chief executive of the South Western Fish Producer Organisation, said there is concern a “bad deal” or “no deal”, when the transition period ends in January 2021, will be disastrous for the UK fishing industry, which led the march for Brexit. He said: “I don’t want to see fishermen sacrificed for the UK to get a good deal. We want to be part of that good deal. We’re in a situation where we could face a double dose of nightmare with Covid and Brexit and our fishing industry risks being destroyed. >click to read< 17:10

New York’s restaurants and seafood need help from Congress

Each summer in the Bronx, the New Fulton Fish Market teems with fresh seafood harvested by U.S. fishermen in the waters off New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Fishermen land New York’s famous oysters, lobster, Montauk Sea Bream, and countless other offerings that quickly make their way to restaurants like Grand Banks. In New York and New Jersey alone, the commercial fishing industry is valued at $11 billion. When you consider the additional $17 billion market size for the restaurant industry, the value of these two industries is staggering. They fuel our coastal economy, employ thousands, and are significant economic drivers. >click to read< 16:10

Anna UK-24, a strong resemblance to the latest generation of twin riggers fishing in the North Sea, but is a new design

The 27.75 metre by 8 metre breadth Anna has hull lines and a round underwater shape that have been developed from scratch, and there’s going to be plenty of interest in the fuel consumption figures once a decent amount of fishing time has been put in. Albert Romkes went to the Hoekman  Shipbuilding yard in Urk for the new twin-rigger’s construction, using a hull fabricated in Poland, and reports are that Anna has performed well in its first trips at the end of the summer. The full set of fishing gear, including warps, Thyborøn trawl doors and trawl gear, has been supplied by the VCU net loft in Urk. >video, photos, click to read< 13:39

Power Companies Fight For Legislation, With Customers Paying The Price

Across the country, electric utilities have worked the levers of power to win favorable treatment from state policymakers. This week, a Richmond Times-Dispatch and ProPublica investigation found that Dominion Energy, Virginia’s largest public utility, successfully lobbied to reshape a major climate bill to cover its massive offshore wind project. The move shifted risk from the company’s shareholders to its ratepayers. As a result of the legislation, a typical residential customer’s bill is projected to increase by nearly $30 per month over the next decade. Dominion says its wind project is necessary to meet the state’s new renewable energy goals. >click to read< 12:37

The true cost of wind power is staggering, and despite wild claims to the contrary, is becoming more even expensive, not less.

Dr John Constable and Gordon Hughes have done what the mainstream media have never done and what renewable energy rent seekers would rather they didn’t: they’ve opened the books of account to show that where the true cost of onshore wind and solar is staggering, the cost of offshore wind power is out of this world. The dramatically falling costs of renewables are now a political, a media, and conversational cliché. However, the claim is demonstrably false. Audited accounts show that far from getting cheaper, wind power is actually becoming more expensive. Politicians and journalists would be certain about the matter. >click to read< 08:46