Daily Archives: December 22, 2021

Proposal for Authorization to Conduct Ropeless Fishing Activity Within Mass Trap Gear Closure Area

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has received a proposal from the Pioneers for a Thoughtful Co Existence, Inc. (“Pioneers”) for a Scientific Project Permit and Letter of Authorization. The Pioneers—collaborating with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare—seek to fish so-called “ropeless” lobster trap gear through the use of on-demand vertical buoy line systems affixed to their trap gear. >click to read< 15:47

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 60′ Steel Seiner/Scalloper, 871 Detroit Diesel,12.5 KW Norpro Genset

To review specifications, information, with 21 photos, >click here<, To see all the boats in this series >click here< 11: 53

Plymouth lobster pot tree honors lobsterman Mike Furlong

Plymouth lobster fishermen have turned their popular annual Christmas tradition into a tribute to one of their own. The lobster pot tree that the group assembles on Town Wharf every Christmas season is dedicated this year to Michael Furlong, a 65-year-old lobster fisherman who died after an accident on the water in November. Furlong, or ‘Furley,’ as he was known to fellow fishermen, was a Plymouth native and Kingston resident who had been working out of the harbor for decades. Photos, >click to read< 10:33

Factory Trawler Kirkella may be sold or moved abroad’ after devastating fishing deal

The Kirkella has been standing idle since December 2020 when the UK lost its rights to fish in Norwegian waters following Brexit. UK Fisheries, who operate the Kirkella, said that the new deal struck with the Scandinavian country leaves the crew with a quota amounting to just one week’s work. The fishing pact will see fleets from both countries able to catch up to 30,000 tonnes of cod, haddock and hake in the North Sea according to the government. But the owners of the Kirkella said it won’t be enough to sustain their ship or crew of 30. >click to read< 10:03

UK secures fishing access and quotas with Norway

Today (21 December 2021) the UK, negotiating as an independent coastal State, has reached an agreement with Norway on fisheries access and quotas for 2022. These discussions mark the start of a new arrangement between the UK and Norway, in which both parties permit some access to each other’s waters and exchange a number of fish quotas in the North Sea and the Arctic. The agreement on mutual access will allow respective fleets more flexibility to target the stocks in the best condition throughout the fishing year, supporting a more sustainable and economically viable fishing industry. >click to read< 09:07

Gulf of Maine: Shrimp fishery to remain closed for three more years

For the eighth straight year, Maine’s commercial shrimp fishery will remain closed to harvesters. The Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section voted last week to keep the fishery shut down for at least three more years citing an assessment update that indicated the stock in the Gulf of Maine remains depleted. A commercial fishing moratorium has been in place since the 2014 season,,, >click to read< 08:30