Daily Archives: September 1, 2021

Fisherman saved by OSU research vessel when his fishing vessel went down in heavy seas

Frank Akers, 70-year-old owner and operator of the 50-foot F/V Lanola, said he was about 38 miles west of Newport heading eastbound in heavy seas at about 10 p.m. on Aug. 28, when the first of a series of waves collided with his vessel, giving him only minutes to escape. Akers said he believes the first wave that struck the vessel had a log in it because he heard a crash. After the second wave hit, he looked back and saw his stern go under. His bilge alarms went off and he radioed a mayday call. >click to read< 21:06

Hurricane Ida Donations and Relief for Lafourche Parish – Overwhelming number of requests to donate

Lafourche Parish officials have received an overwhelming number of requests for the best avenues to donate to the Hurricane Ida relief efforts. Parish officials have already begun working with local non-profit organizations to help funnel donations to the community. Bless Your Heart Nonprofit Corporation will be accepting monetary donations as well as items such as cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, water, industrial garbage bags, toiletries, baby items, and wasp spray. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux is also coordinating donations of food, supplies, and money, as well as volunteers.  >click to read< 17:37

From the Office of Governor Janet T. Mills – A Letter to the Lobster Industry

In Letter to Lobster Industry, Governor Mills Calls Right Whale Rule “Extremely Disappointing” & Pledges to Work with Maine’s Congressional Delegation to Fight It. – September 1, 2021. In the wake of yesterday’s National Marine Fisheries Service’s Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule, Governor Janet Mills last night sent a letter to Maine’s lobster industry expressing solidarity with them and calling the rule “extremely disappointing”. In the letter to Maine’s lobster harvesters, dealers, and processors, Governor Mills pledges to work with Maine’s Congressional Delegation to determine the best way to address the industry’s and administration’s concerns: >click to read< 14:24

Captain Sig Hansen on riding out the Coronavirus pandemic on the Bering Sea – What a Time to be Alive.

F/V Northwestern Captain Sig Hansen says at the height of the pandemic, he and the crews felt “blessed,” because their work was deemed essential. “I’ve had friends that are on other fishing vessels that literally did not leave their boats for eight to nine months, they could not step on land,” “The state of Alaska, we went through our own COVID regulations. You’ve got federal, state, and then every harbor has its own set of regulations as well. So, quite honestly, we were so fortunate to be able to go out there and go to work, you know.” video trailer, >click to read< Deadliest Catch airs tonight at 8 p.m. on Discovery 13:18

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 72′ Stacked Wheelhouse Trawler, Cat 3412E, State and Federal Permits

To review specifications, information, and >102 photo’s click here<, To see all the boats in this series >click here<  11:23

Coast Guard Aids Commercial Fishing Vessel Taking On Water Off LBI

A crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light aided the commercial fishing vessel F/V Relentless after it took on water just outside the Barnegat Inlet off Long Beach Island Sunday afternoon. The family owned and operated 74-foot East Coast scalloper/dragger is based out of Viking Village in Barnegat Light, Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Philip Augustino, who piloted the 47-foot motor lifeboat, said the station received a call directly from the fishing boat captain at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. When they arrived on the scene, the boat had already taken on about 3 feet of water in the engine room. >click to read< 09:48

Troll catch for chum salmon in Sitka Sound hits new record

The troll fishery for chum salmon in Sitka Sound has gone from looking pretty dismal to record-setting, almost overnight. A surge of hatchery-produced, fall chum has been pushing catch rates for trollers into numbers normally seen by the net fisheries. The troll catch for chum hit a new record last Friday, with almost half a million fish, about 50,000 more than the old record set in 2013. And the fishing isn’t over yet. Even more extraordinary is the turnaround in chum this year, from zero to hero. June and July were bad, and then August came. >click to read< 08:28