Daily Archives: May 4, 2022

1st Right whale of season spotted in Gulf of St. Lawrence, triggers fishing closure

A surveillance aircraft spotted the whale in the Gulf, north of the Magdalen Islands, on Tuesday, the federal government announced Wednesday afternoon. There is now a 15-day fishing closure in specific fishing grids in the southern Gulf, north of the islands, according to a news release issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. In March, the Canadian government announced its fishery and vessel management measures for the 2022 season to protect the endangered whales from entanglements and ship strikes as they migrate into Canadian waters. >click to read< 18:22

Aboard the Lake Erie fishing tug Lady Anna II (Part 2)

At the end of Part 1 it was 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29. The Lady Anna II was about five miles due south of Kingsville in 35 feet of 35-degree Fahrenheit Lake Erie water. Captain Mike Mummery had just slowed the Lady Anna II to a crawl. Curtis Mummery and James “Marty” Martin were standing-by in the port bow door, searching – in the white-lightning glare of Lady Anna II’s LED masthead light – for the flagged marker buoy that marked one end of a 640-yard-long (yes, that’s more than a one-third mile) “strap” of gill net. The first “pull” of the day was about to start. >click to read<

Aboard the Lake Erie fishing tug Lady Anna II (Part 1), >click to read<

Commercial fishing out of Wheatley Harbour is like ‘farming on the water’ >click to read< 15:08

Bay of Fundy Herring Industry Proposes Sustainability Plan

The Bay of Fundy Herring Industry, in collaboration with the Herring Science Council, today unveiled a plan to sustain and rebuild the herring stocks in the Bay of Fundy. The plan calls for a reduction of the TAC for the 2022 fishing season to 25,000 metric tons (“mt”) from 35,000 mt, representing a decrease of 30% from the previous year and 50% over the past five years. The plan also calls for increased management measures and scientific support by industry. >click to read< 13:38

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 78′ Steel Longliner – Price Reduced!

To review specifications, information, and 40 photos’, >click here<, A turnkey vessel that is in excellent condition. To see all the boats in this series >click here< 11:55

N.S. lobster fishermen feel pinch of rising diesel prices

Merrill MacInnis is a lobster fisher in Victoria County. He said the price of diesel is an ongoing conversation in the community, since most fishing boats in his harbour run on diesel. “It’s going to have a big impact on the profit margin, of course,” MacInnis said. “But you need to have it. MacInnis estimates fishers will be hit with a fuel bill about $4,000 to $5,000 higher compared to the same period last year. “It’ll be a big bill,” he said. >click to read< 10:21

Scotland: Fishermen stunned after catching monster 7ft halibut

Lewis Thompson, 30, and his crew pulled the huge fish onto their trawler boat from Scottish waters in the North Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Weighing in at 120kgs, or 260 pounds, and longer than any crewman, the catch was one of the biggest ever brought in by the team. Lewis and his crew filmed the moment they lowered the huge catch onto the packaging area of the boat. The brilliant footage shows a stunned Lewis, standing proudly next to the fish. video, photos, >click to read< 09:26

Gear to Go Fishing Supply opens in New Bedford’s Kilburn Mill

Kilburn Mill has added an experienced fisherman to its roster of knowledgeable vendors with the opening of Gear to Go Fishing Supply on the first floor. “I know what works and what doesn’t,” said Peter Farland, co-owner of the new fishing gear shop. “I’m out there fishing and using the products myself.” Farland comes from a family of fisherman. His father, as well as eight of his uncles, all fish commercially. The New Bedford native remembers his first fishing trip with his dad when he was only 9 years old: a three-day scalloping excursion out of Gloucester. Farland’s fiancè, AnaMaria Baptista, 34, co-owns the store. “She’s like my manager slash everything,” he said sweetly. >click to read< 08:27