Daily Archives: November 11, 2021

Coast Guard medevacs crewmember from fishing vessel near Grand Isle, La.

The Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from a fishing vessel Thursday near Grand Isle, Louisiana. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report over VHF-FM Channel 16 at approximately 1:15 a.m. from the 105-foot fishing vessel, F/V Bossman, of a crewmember who was experiencing chest pains and difficulty breathing. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. Video,>click to read< 16:49

Watermen Meet Elected Reps Over Conflict – Conch Pots Destroyed By Offshore Wind Farm Survey Vessel

Last week, a US Wind vessel surveying offshore was outside the designated lease area and ran through a setup of conch pots and destroyed some of the commercial vessel’s equipment. Captain Jimmy Hahn, whose conch pots were destroyed, briefly confronted the survey boat Emma McCall,,, US Wind representatives explained how the survey vessel was out of the lease area and ran over the pots accidentally. For his part, Hahn believes the incident was a symptom of a much larger issue that is only going to get worse. Last week’s incident has captured the attention of the area’s elected officials. On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Andy Harris and Senator Mary Beth Carozza held a closed-door meeting with local watermen.>click to read< 12:30

Lobster harvesters feel forced to fish until they die by DFO policy

Raymond O’Toole finds it hard fishing alone. He is 85. When he took over a lobster license at 14, there was little that could keep him and his punt off the water. This season, his 71st on the water, he broke a bone in his back heaving the wooden traps that can weight 50 lbs a piece. “I’d retire if I could sell or transfer my license, but when I die, it goes with me,”,,,  Across the Strait in Mulgrave, 80 year-old Richard Power contends that his lobster license has long been tied to economic outcomes for his family. With eight siblings to feed, at 12 years old he took up the oars behind his half blind father in the dory. >click to read< 10:36

Oregon: Crab still tops state’s commercial fishing, but squid is gaining

Oregon’s crabbing industry is known as the state’s most lucrative in the fishing market, but another food from the sea is thriving off the coast: squid. In 2014, about 1,000 pounds of squid were caught by Oregon-based commercial fishers. Last year saw a huge jump, the haul was more than 10 million pounds. Josh Whaley, who has been fishing for squid since 2019,,, More market squid means more fishing opportunity and prompted Whaley to upgrade equipment to adjust to Seine fishing, a method of net fishing used to capture species close to the surface of the ocean, like sardines and squid. >click to read< 09:33

Remembrance Day: Memory of Labrador veteran killed in Afghanistan lives on

Friends and family remember Chad O’Quinn of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., as being larger than life, someone who enjoyed living on the edge and gave his all to everything he did. Now the family hopes to remind people of their son and the others who died in service. The corporal was serving in Afghanistan when he was killed by a roadside bomb on March 3, 2009. Twelve years later, his parents say his memory still lives on. “He was all up for excitement. He was all up for helping,” said Ken O’Quinn, Chad’s father. >click to read< 08:44

An Important Message From the North Carolina Fisheries Association, Inc. on Amendment 2, Shrimp FMP

Next week at their November 17-19 quarterly business meeting the NC Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) will hear public comment and vote on preferred management options for Amendment 2 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP). (https://deq.nc.gov/media/25170/open) The options being considered range from status quo (no action taken) to a complete closure of Pamlico Sound, and possibly all estuarine waters, to shrimp trawling. >click to read< 07:30

Thank you Veterans, for Blessing America with your Service. Thank You.