Daily Archives: July 7, 2022

Floating offshore wind generator proposals worry fishing industry

From her home overlooking Yaquina Bay on the Oregon coast, Kelley Retherford can watch as commercial fishing boats arrive at the nearby Port of Newport, delivering their catch to one of several seafood processors that line the waterfront. Saltwater is in her family’s blood, she said. Along with her husband, Mike, and their four adult children, they own and operate four fishing trawlers, harvesting everything from Pacific whitefish and hake to pink shrimp and Dungeness crab. That way of life, however, may be disrupted by a growing interest in offshore wind generators to help achieve ambitious government-mandated zero-carbon energy goals. photos, >click to read< 18:50

Whitbourne cod fisher hoping for another big one after monster catch on last trip

Hilda Whalen says she finally feels good enough to get back on the water after a battle with cancer and hopes she can replicate her last catch. Whalen caught a 30-kilogram, (66lb.) six-foot cod in Trinity Bay during her last fishing trip in 2018. “At the time I didn’t think it was a big thing. A friend of mine was holding up a cod fish, and I just whacked off the picture to him saying ‘Try to hold this one up with one hand!” “Someone else said, ‘did you ever think of throwing it back?’ … I said no. What Newfie would throw that back in the water after the cod moratorium?” >click to read< 17:45

‘He kept my head up. He’s the hero’: Three survive sinking of fishing boat in Southeast Alaska

Howard Starbard knew he had a problem when the pumps couldn’t keep up with the water pouring into his 37-foot commercial fishing boat, Miss Amy. The 63-year-old retired Alaska State Troopers commander couldn’t know he was about to spend 45 minutes in the sea, fighting to stay afloat before a relative, two Good Samaritan vessels and the U.S. Coast Guard intervened to help him survive his boat’s sinking off the Southeast Alaska community of Pelican. Starbard was power trolling for king salmon during a commercial opener Monday with his 13-year-old grandson and 35-year-old nephew about three miles off the west coast of Chichagof Island. It was the first day the Miss Amy had been out all summer. Then the high-water alarm sounded. >click to read< 16:11

Enviros challenge Maine lobster fishery’s sustainability certification

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other conservation groups are challenging a seafood watchdog’s recertification of the Gulf of Maine lobster fishery as a sustainable resource. The Gulf of Maine’s lobster fishery first received the Maine Stewardship Council’s sustainability certification in 2013, and since then participating lobster businesses have been able to display the council’s blue fish checkmark recognized by eco-minded consumers. Virginia Olsen of the Maine Lobstering Union calls the resource defense council’s effort unfortunate. “Maine fishermen have stepped up to implement whale rules time and time again,”>click to read< 15:21

Meteghan NS fisherman reflects on time in Ukraine helping others

When he was on a humanitarian mission in Ukraine to help the people of his home country, Lex Brukovskiy, like countless others, had an app on his phone that alerted him to the air raids. It would go off constantly. It still does. Now back home in southwestern Nova Scotia, the alert went off at 3 a.m. one recent day. Being thousands of miles away doesn’t make the sound any less terrible. It may even make it worse. The Meteghan fisherman says leaving Ukraine was difficult, but he didn’t have a proper visa to stay. After 90 days, he had to come home. >click to read< 10:17

Jake Griffin of Wanchese, NC: I Feel Good About the Future

“Hard to think that I’m one of the young ones in the industry,” commercial fisherman Jake Griffin laughed. “I’m thirty!” Griffin is one the young ones given that the average age of North Carolina watermen is 52 according to a 2017 study of ocean-going fishermen. Born and raised in his homeport of Wanchese, Griffin fishes all over the map, up and down the coast of North Carolina and even out of Alaska and Maine. “I’m shark fishing now,” he said. “I’ve been fishing out of Morehead City. I trailer the boat here and there, chasing what needs to be chased – sharp noses, spinners, hammers.” Griffin began commercial fishing when he was eleven. >click to read< 09:04

Spring lobster season marked by challenges

An increase in carapace size for canners has meant catches were lower for lobster fishers this season. “In a lot of harbours that had an effect,” said Charlie McGeoghegan, board chair of the Lobster Fishers of PEI Marketing Board. “It will have a positive effect next year, it’s just the short term pain for long term gain kind of thing. Those (lobster) will be around next year, and they’ll be a lot bigger.” Bait was an issue fishers weren’t expecting to deal with this year leading up to the start of the season. Mackerel and herring are what lobster fishers primarily use for bait, many of whom catch the fish themselves, but on March 30, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the closure of those two commercial bait fisheries in Atlantic Canada, as there were concerns dwindling stocks have entered a critical zone. >click to read< 08:17