Daily Archives: July 17, 2021

Cape Carteret commission endorses anti-gill net, net ban legislation

Cape Carteret commissioners Monday night endorsed state legislation that would set up a statewide referendum on whether to ban the use of gill nets and other “entangling” nets in coastal waters. The action to endorse House Bill 513 came during the panel’s regular meeting in town hall and virtually via GoToMeeting and was proposed by Commissioner Steve Martin. It passed by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Jeff Water opposed. N.C. Fisheries Association Executive Director and commercial fisherman Glenn Skinner has voiced opposition to the proposed referendum and net restrictions.  >click to read< 17:04

Crab Goes to Auction Again

Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries has rolled out plans to run a second round of crab quota auctions. This is not likely to happen soon, as among other reasons, because there is simply no capacity to build crabbers in Russia’s Far East. ‘Federal Agency for Fisheries is working on the second round of crab auctions,’ confirmed the Agency’s director Ilya Shestakov, adding that just like during the first round, quotas are planned to be sold with “investment liabilities.” It is estimated that the first-round winners embarked on the construction of 35 crabbers with a total value of 57.4 billion rubles ($800 million). >click to read< 13:50

Commercial Fisherman: 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Dave Carraro

Dave Carraro probably never thought that his career as a commercial fisherman would eventually result in him becoming a reality TV star. However, thanks to the show Wicked Tuna, that’s exactly how things have planned out for Dave. He has been a cast member on the show since it debuted in 2012 and during that time he has become a fan favorite. Dave is great at what he does and he’s always willing to go the extra mile to make sure things are done right. His contributions to the show are a large part of why commercial fishing has gotten so much attention over the last decade. >click to read< 11:37

They’re not blown away by NJ’s offshore wind power plans!

Opposition is growing among citizens groups, and even some green energy-loving environmentalists are wary of the pace and scope of the plans. The most commonly voiced objections include the unknown effect hundreds or even thousands of wind turbines might have on the ocean, fears of higher electric bills as costs are passed on to consumers, and a sense that the entire undertaking is being rushed through with little understanding of what the consequences might be. Recreational and commercial fishermen have long felt left out of the planning for offshore wind, much of which will take place in prime fishing grounds. Similar concerns have been voiced by offshore wind opponents in Massachusetts, France and South Korea, among other places. >click to read< 09:50

F/V Falling Star reportedly was not carrying an EPIRB aboard the vessel

Glenn Tuttle, co-manager of boatwatch.org, says men on the ill-fated Falling Star lobster fishing vessel could all have been rescued had the boat been equipped with an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). Ten of the 15-member crew were rescued Thursday and the other five are now said to be dead. F/V Falling Star was returning from dry docking/routine maintenance overseas when it went missing on July 6. According to Tuttle, had there been an EPIRB installed on the vessel more men could have been saved. >click to read< 08:07