Daily Archives: November 3, 2021

France lets UK fishing trawler depart – Vessel reappears on licensed list amid claims of an admin error

A director of a British fishing trawler that was impounded by French authorities in a row over post-Brexit fishing rights, said he was relieved the vessel had been allowed to leave and would set off for home later. The Scottish-registered scallop dredger, the Cornelis-Gert Jan, had been held in Le Havre. >click to read<British Trawler detained in fishing row reappears on licensed  list amid claims on admin error – When the Cornelis-Gertjan was detained last week the owners claimed their vessel was legally fishing for scallops in EU waters. Now the Cornelis-Gertjan is back on the list and in the spreadsheet section marked ‘EU Waters Access’ it says “YES”. Video, >click to read< 14:32

Puppy found alive on beach after fishing boat capsizes off Sitkalidak Island

The fishing vessel F/V Laura, a 93-foot trawler based out of Kodiak, capsized Monday morning after striking rocks near Sitkalidak Island. The four-person crew safely boarded a life raft. But their puppy, Grace, an eight-month-old, 80-pound lab mix,  jumped into the freezing water and was presumed lost. The next day, another Coast Guard helicopter crew searched the area for evidence of a fuel spill from the F/V Laura, but they still held a shred of hope that Grace might still be alive. And there she was, on a nearby beach. >click to read< 13:36

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 42′ H&H Lobster Boat, 750HP John Deere

To review specifications, information, with 62 photos, >click here< , To see all the boats in this series >click here<  11:00

Crab traps restricted in zones 3 and 4 because of potential entanglement

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery south of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line was scheduled to open on November 15, 2021 in Fishing Zones 3, 4, 5 and 6. However, the season opener has been delayed in Fishing Zones 3 and 4 (Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Lopez Point) due to presence of humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles and the potential for entanglement. Fishing Zones 5 and 6 are scheduled to open November 15 under a Fleet Advisory, pending Domoic Acid testing results. >click to read< 09:47

Offshore Wind Farms: ‘I am not yet convinced’

This rollercoaster of renewable energy developments is being built, we are told, to replace our dependency on the oil industry for our power supplies, but will it? The wind turbines will require regular maintenance and oil changes during their lifetime,,, But the maintenance of the offshore developments proposed in the seas around Shetland and beyond, in unpredictable and often extreme weather conditions will be a whole different matter. If the regular maintenance cannot be provided by sea, will it then be done by helicopter, what would be the environmental cost of that? Has the environmental cost of the lifetime maintenance of any of the windfarms been taken into consideration? >click to read< 07:23 By William Polson