Daily Archives: October 5, 2021

DFO arrests, release 3 connected with last week’s St. Marys Bay lobster shipment seizure

DFO arrested and released three more people in connection with last week’s seizure of a lobster shipment that originated from St. Marys Bay, N.S., where a controversial Mi’kmaw lobster fishery is underway. Last week, DFO said it seized a “significant quantity of lobster,” a vehicle and a trailer in New Brunswick. Two people were arrested and released. The lobsters were released back into the ocean. DFO did not say where or when the three other arrests took place. DFO declined to provide further details because both matters are part of ongoing investigations. >click to read< 22:26

Newport’s Dory Fleet hopes hopes to survive the massive oil spill

The Dory Fleet is an iconic beachfront business, starting in 1891 when a fisherman started marketing to the public on the beach. These days, four families sell fish as a co-op set right on the sand. As a fourth-generation Dory Fleet fisherman operating there since 1902, Scott Breneman and his family have endured challenging times, even surviving the Great Depression. It’s a business that, like the ocean, has an ebb and flow, facing challenges like ever-changing fishing regulations, shellfish bacteria that can restrict crab and lobster catch, sewage spills and more. “A bunch of stuff out of our control,” he said. “I would be out on the boat fishing right now,” he said. “I can’t get out of the harbor.” >click to read< 19:24

Sea of choices confronts Biden in ocean protection

The Biden administration appears to have a head start on protecting the United States’ oceans. After all, on paper, the nation is already more than two-thirds of the way to the goal. But as the administration puts together a tracking mechanism for its pledge to conserve 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030, environmental activists warn that frequently cited statistics provide a misleading picture of ocean conservation. At the same time, advocates for the fishing industry question counter the nation is much closer to the final objective, if not already there. They argue that conservation shouldn’t always mean activities like fishing are banned and say their industry has shown itself willing to help protect vulnerable species. >click to leave< 17:04

It’s time to stand up for king salmon in our transboundary rivers

In my career as a commercial fisherman, I’ve seen a lot of changes. Historically, 80% of the king salmon that return to Southeast Alaska are born in the Stikine, Taku and Unuk transboundary rivers. As Southeast fishermen know, the king salmon stocks that are so important to our business, recreation, and subsistence are declining. The Unuk was listed as a stock of concern in 2017, and the Taku and Stikine are likely to be soon. Meanwhile, just upstream of Alaska, British Columbia is pushing through a huge number of large open-pit and acid-generating mines,,, >click to read< 13:35 By Eric Jordan

It’s always easier to spot the lobsters from heaven – Tribute to Jim Waddell, Peter Prybot and Bob Morris

One recent Gloucester Daily times obituary might have slipped by you without noticing. Jim Waddell, 72, of Rockport, passed in September. It was the second time the obit had run, but believe me, he deserved it. I once played Jim Waddel in a play, a musical, actually, so something had to be said about his powerful life. The musical was The Battle for Pigeon Cove Harbor,,, Jim Waddell, Peter Prybot and Bob Morris, worked the water every day. They were the “authenticators” for the authors and the actors, making sure we didn’t make fools of ourselves. The set was so perfect, littered with their real traps, nets and gear as a backdrop, trash even, to make it look real. Not stage gear – real gear! These three gave us the thumbs-up of approval. They were very modest, shy even, but they loved the staging of their real story. Sadly, all three of them have now passed from the scene. As one of the final songs sang, they were the finest kind. >click to read<  by 11:18

Community pays tribute to commercial fishing families during annual Blessing of the Fleet

“This is a time when we come together to honor the commercial fishing industry and the lives lost in this dangerous trade,” N.C. Seafood Festival Chairperson Dale Gillikin said to open the ceremony. “I know how much this service means to you, because I know how much it means to me,” she continued. “It brings chills to my spine, a warmth to my heart and tears to my eyes. You see, I grew up in a commercial fishing family, so I know how hard it is to work in this industry.” Bradley Styron of Cedar Island, a member of the Carteret County Commercial Fisherman’s Association, threw the wreath, which had a blue ribbon attached. Family members of commercial fishermen who have died this year were invited to surround Mr. Styron as he threw it into the sound. 10 photos, >click to read< 09:59

Unicorns and Mermaids! Ocean Rebellion in Cornwall call for ban on bottom trawling

Penryn’s Ocean Rebellion crew claimed to have found a gossip of mermaids entangled in discarded fishing waste. They say the pod had washed up along with a trawler boat on Sailors Creek, up the Penryn River. The group claims the mythical creatures are being killed by the effects of ghost fishing gear and damage from industrial fishing, damage that is destroying all the local coastal ecosystems they inhabit.  >click to read< 09:05

Bugaled Breizh – Why Thierry Lemétayer has been calling for the truth for 17 years

Thierry Lemétayer has been fighting for 17 years to find out the truth about the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh. The fight of a lifetime, for his father who, like four other crew members, perished at sea on January 15, 2004. From the investigation which opens in London on October 4, he hopes and expects a lot. “What France refused us, Great Britain gives us” says Thierry Lemétayer whose father, Georges, disappeared with four other crew members during the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh in 2004 “What France refused us, Great Britain gives us” says Thierry Lemétayer whose father, Georges, disappeared with four other crew members during the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh in 2004. >click to read< 07:57