Daily Archives: July 6, 2021

Going On Tour! Chesapeake Bay Buyboat History Comes to Life with 17th Annual Rendezvous

Skipjacks get all the glory, but there’s another hero of the Bay’s historic seafood industry worth celebrating: the buyboat. The era of Chesapeake Bay motor-powered buyboats started at the turn of the 20th century when gas and diesel engines powerful enough to push a boat the size of a Bay buyboat became affordable and available to the general public.,, Though most people recognize the term buyboat, it is somewhat misleading because buying and selling seafood was only a small part of the overall use of these boats. The Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association will hold its 17th annual buyboat rendezvous from July 30- Aug. 8. The tour will start in Urbanna at the town-owned marina on Urbanna Creek from July 30-Aug. 1 and end on Aug 6-8 at Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina in Port Haywood. >click to read< 16:26

A whelk fishing vessel hit a bell buoy off the Vineyard

The vessel was on autopilot when the incident occurred, according to the vessel’s master Michael Briggs. Briggs said he was at the stern of his boat when it hit the buoy. The boat, which has no name across the transom, is up on jacks in Vineyard Haven. A section of the bow has been  smashed, leaving a green-smudged hole. Briggs said the boat, a 35-footer, dates from the mid 1970s and is wooden with a fiberglass skin. He said his bilges couldn’t keep up with the incoming water after the buoy strike and he had to radio for help. Eventually he said he jammed a t-shirt into the hole to staunch the inflow. photos, >click to read< 15:17

Patrick Joseph Bowes, Sr., a South Shore Commercial fisherman has passed away

USMC Veteran, Scituate Firefighter, Fisherman Patrick Joseph Bowes, Sr. of Scituate and Marshfield, formerly of South Boston, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021 after a stroke. Patrick was born and raised in South Boston, and was married for 50 years to the love of his life. A proud father, and grandfather, Patrick was a Boston Harbor Fisherman for over 40 years and in past years fished off of Scituate, MA. Pat learned most of what he knew about lobstering through Paul Vuilleumier. Pat was proud to have built his own beautiful 46 ft. fiberglass lobster boat F/V Katie Pat, in which he fished up until 5 years ago. >click to read< 12:50

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter forced to abandon a maritime rescue mission is back in operation

The Sikorsky S-92 aircraft was evacuating an injured fisherman from a trawler off the coast of Kerry when a warning light appeared in the cockpit. It was forced to reroute immediately to the closest landing spot, at Valentia coast guard station, leaving its winchman and the fisherman aboard the boat. They were later picked up by another coastguard helicopter from Waterford. The incident started early on Sunday morning when the coastguard was responding to a distress call,,, >click to read< 11:55

Maine: Residents rise up against industrial scale aquaculture

American Aquafarms intends to “establish a hatchery, fish farm facilities, and a state-of-the-art processing plant in coastal Maine,” according to its website. “There are so many things wrong with this project,” said Sarah Redmond, a local oyster farmer. “Nobody around here thinks this is a good idea.” The fight over the farms is emblematic of the national debate over how to expand aquaculture in the United States. “I see a storm on the horizon for lobstermen and the future of this industry,” wrote Maine State Rep. Robert Alley in a recent op-ed,,, >click to read< 09:24

Frenchman Bay United has sent a letter to Interior Secretary Haaland around the proposed project in Frenchman Bay – Opponents of industrial salmon farm near Acadia National Park urge Interior Secretary Haaland to oppose project following her recent visit to Maine, >click to read<,To the The Honorable Deb Haaland, Secretary Department of the Interior >click to read<

The Deadliest Catch has been a huge success story for Captain Sig Hansen

American captain Sig Hansen is the leading figure behind the fishing vessel named F/V Northwestern. Sig Hansen’s net worth is estimated to be $4 million. Sig came under huge prominence after starring in each season of the popular documentary television series Deadliest Catch. Later Hansen served as technical advisor for the production team. Sig Hansen has been a constant in the show while entertaining fans with their daily life adventures on the sea. While he later stunned fans by announcing that he is not going to be a part of the television show anymore, he later did return for season 8 of Deadliest Catch.,, >click to read< 09:33

Tropical Storm Elsa Public Advisory – 800 AM EDT

The center of Tropical Storm Elsa was located near latitude 24.5 North, longitude 82.6 West. Elsa is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the north by tonight. A north-northeastward motion is expected on Wednesday. On the forecast track, Elsa will continue to pass near the Florida Keys this morning, and move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida later today through tonight. On Wednesday morning, Elsa is forecast to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States through Thursday. >click to read< 08:25