Daily Archives: January 27, 2022

Dry Spruce Bay, Alaska: Coast Guard saves unmanned, adrift fishing vessel from running aground

Coast Guard Cutter Fir’s crew saved an unmanned, adrift fishing vessel less than one mile from running aground in Dry Spruce Bay, Alaska, Jan. 23, 2022. Fir’s crew launched a small boat and established a tow with fishing vessel Guardian less than 100 yards from shore.  Fir anchored and the small boat crew maneuvered Guardian alongside the buoy deck where it was inspected for damages. photos, >click to read< 15:11

New Shrimp Trawler for Wanchese Fish Company

Wanchese Fish Company, a division of Cooke Seafood USA, is launching its newest shrimp trawler, F/V Destiny for operations in southern Argentine waters for the 2022 season. Built by the Astilleros Armon shipyard in Spain, at a value of $15 million CAD, the Destiny will be one of the newest and most modern fishing vessels in the Argentine shrimp industry. The Destiny is 42.93 meters in total length and 11.10 meters in total width and has a maximum deadweight tonnage of 885.  >click to read< 11:41

HB 52 would hurt commercial fishing and community

Rep. Vance’s Bill HB 52 is irresponsible, anti-commercial fishing, anti-community and presented with false and misleading statements. HB 52 is about removing approximately 123 acres of land from Kachemak Bay State Park that the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery sits on. And basically, handing the land over to the contractor of 30 years, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA). Rep. Vance is charging ahead with HB 52 without basic financial information from CIAA, no business plan, profit and loss statement — nothing but a wink and nod. >click to read< By Alan Parks 09:40

Irish fishermen plan to ‘be there first’ after safety warning over Russian missile tests

The Department of Transport has released an official warning over “live fire” Russian navy exercises set to take place off the southwest Irish coast in February, with some fishermen indicating they intend to disregard the caution. In a marine notice to shipowners and all seafarers, the Department cautioned of “serious safety risks” posed by the exercises involving the launching of rockets. Fisherman have criticised the notice and indicated plans to disregard the warning, with the chief executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation saying Irish fishermen “will be there first next week.” >click to read< 09:02

COVID-19 saves right whales by sinking cruise ships

Canada created the Shediac ship restricted zone in April 2020 just a couple weeks before Holland America’s Zaandam was scheduled to sail through that zone on a shipping lane used only seasonally by cruise ships as a shortcut to Quebec City. However, a COVID-19 no-sail order in March 2020 superseded that restriction. Consequently, there was not one Canadian ship right whale strike death in two years and only one Canadian crab entanglement death,,, Zero whales were killed by lobster gear. There has not been one death from lobster gear in the U.S. and only a couple in Canada in over 20 years but the Center for Biological Diversity, with no supporting data, claims the whales are going extinct based on lobster entanglements. >click to read< By Jim O’Connell 07:31