Daily Archives: September 5, 2022

UK Export Finance support unlocks new contract to export fishing boat to Ireland.

Family-owned shipbuilder, Parkol Marine Engineering, has announced the launch of its new vessel, F/V Green Isle, which on completion will sail to the west coast of Ireland from Middlesbrough, marking its expansion across the country. The boat is the second to be built as a result of a new £3m Bond support package from UK Export Finance (UKEF). The contract is the second exporting win for the business, with the first contract secured in 2020 for a 27-meter fishing trawler commissioned by Irish fishing company D&N Kirwan. >click to read< 15:55 Nice photo here, >click<

The Reason Crabbers Worried Deadliest Catch Might Destroy Their Livelihoods

Considering the fact that most of the captains we meet in “Deadliest Catch” have enjoyed an immense amount of success due to the series’ popularity, it might surprise some fans to learn that there were plenty of fishermen who originally opposed the series, worrying that “Deadliest Catch” might destroy their livelihood. During an interview with The Fishing Website, Captain Sig Hansen explained that the first season of “Deadliest Catch” received a lot of pushback from other Alaskan king crab fishermen, many of whom worried that the series would spell disaster for their insurance. >click to read< 14:29

“The Ghost Trap” – Midcoast movie makers shoot local author’s debut novel

Never mind she began the book at age 33 and is now 53, her debut novel, “The Ghost Trap,” is being turned into a movie in towns and harbors from Warren to Camden. It is also the movie company’s first feature film. The story and movie makers have attracted some big Hollywood names, too. “The Ghost Trap” is a story of love and lobsters found and lost, and a bitter trap war between rival lobstering clans, sort of a watery version of the Hatfields and McCoys feud of American folklore, Kay Stephens explained during filming at a rustic house in Warren. Photos, >click to read< 12:35

Shetland fishing industry ‘flung by the wayside’ for offshore wind farms

Addressing a session during the parliamentary Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conference, Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) executive officer Daniel Lawson said his industry had “big concerns” over the UK’s plans for renewables off the islands. “All of the things we saw with the onset of oil, protection, partnership, working consideration, consultation, compensation, they’ve all been largely abandoned so far in this rush towards offshore wind development,” he told delegates. Mr Lawson said the organisation, which represents 115 member vessels, was dismayed by news of the latest round of offshore wind licensing as part of the Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind clearing process. >click to read< 09:55

Rock lobster back on the menu

New Zealand’s rock lobster industry is catching up on a slow year thanks to the end of a Chinese lockdown and the conclusion of an unlucky spiritual festival. Shanghai is one of New Zealand’s biggest lobster importers, but the city was locked down from March to June. Fiordland Lobsters sales and marketing general manager Andrew Harvey said it had taken time for the industry to get back up to speed. That was combined with Ghost Month, a time dedicated to the spirits of the dead which spanned from late July to August. Australia banned exports of lobster to China in 2020, which had also increased the New Zealand share of the market and helped it through some of the slow patches. >click to read< 08:47

50th Boat Docking Competition makes big splash in Crisfield

“It’s a good ole down home fun Sunday afternoon, end of the summer activity,” Waterman Kevin Marshall said. In Crisfield, that tradition is known as the Boat Docking Competition at the National Hard Crab Derby. It brings out community members of all ages for a day out at the dock. The timer starts once you leave the dock, as boaters head down the waterway quickly and then throw four lassos successful on the piles for a chance at the prize. Yet, competitors we spoke with say it’s not an easy task. “And I only have inches on each side when I go in the slip,” Commercial Fisherman Tommy Eskridge said. Video, >click to read< 07:47