Daily Archives: June 12, 2022

Heartbroken fisherman banned from pier after 63 years at the harbour

A Fisherman has been forced to put his beloved boat on the market after harbour chiefs told him he was barred. Heartbroken John Hutchinson, 73, has been banned from the pier at Lower Largo, Fife – where he has been fishing since the age of 10. John is the third generation of his family to fish from the harbour following in the footsteps of his father, and grandfather. But this week his application to moor the 6.5m vessel was knocked back. “I want an apology and an explanation. Nobody is answering me and it’s not right. “I have worked hard all my life and giving up fishing like this would break my heart.” photos, >click to read< 21:36

Fishermen say survival training could prove vital

Five fishermen have undertaken man overboard training to help reduce incidents at sea. The free in-water courses held in Aberdeen, demonstrate how to avoid overboard incidents, and what can be done to recover and improve the chances of survival. The environment pool training facility at energy sector training provider Survivex, which simulates some of the conditions experienced at sea, including heavy swells and rain. The session was funded by the Fishing Industry Safety Group, a partnership between the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI, fishermen’s associations from across the UK and public body Seafish. >click to read< 18:30

Scientists see long-term hope for Maine’s lobster fishery despite warming waters

Dire predictions about the effects of global warming on Maine’s lobster population may be exaggerated and underestimate the potential that conservation measures have to preserve the fishery into the future. The UMaine scientists are now projecting that temperatures in Gulf of Maine will likely remain within lobsters’ comfort zone because of the gulf’s unique oceanographic features, though changing ocean currents are harder to predict. The researchers cautioned that the dynamics of global warming are complex and make it difficult to project far into the future with certainty. >click to read< 16:21

Most folks along the Oregon Coast don’t want huge wind farms that threaten fishing areas

On June 15th the federal government, aka Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, will be in Newport to hear public comment on plans to install huge wind farms right off the Oregon Coast. Although BOEM, a federal agency, is angling for major quantities of wind-generated electricity for those living and working along the coast, especially in the fishing industry, don’t want any twirling wind turbines because, they say, energy can be developed on land far cheaper and more reliably.  Commercial fishermen are absolutely opposed to placing windmills offshore because they will take fishing areas that are now devoted to commercial fishing. Public meeting details, >click to read< 10:14

Hull tipped over for fishing boat build

An important stage in the construction of a new $6 million fishing vessel in Nelson has been reached, with the boat’s hull lowered and turned over in the water. The longline vessel Te Runanga is being built for Westfleet by Nelson-based Aimex Service Group and on Friday the hull was lowered into Nelson Harbour so the next stage of the build can begin. The hull had been built upside down at Aimex’s workshop, and because of its weight, rolling it over on the water was the easiest way to turn it up the right way for the vessel build to be finished while it was in the water, Video, photos, >click to read< 08:47