Daily Archives: November 14, 2022

Cohassett Commercial Fishing Fleet: ‘The Cornerstone of Cohassett Harbor and the Cohassett Community’

Since the days of the Algonquin people living on the shores of Quonahassit, Cohasset Harbor has been the center of commerce, culture, and recreation for the entire community. Fishing and ship building were the primary industry in the 18th century when eight vessels moored in the harbor. In 1851, there were 44 vessels and 561 men and boys employed in the mackerel business. It was during this period that a new nation of people became introduced into this New England community. It was the Portuguese from the Azores, or Western Isles. >click to read< By Timothy Davis 17:51

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for November 14, 2022

November 2022 NC Marine Fisheries Commision Meeting – The MFC meeting is being held in Emerald Isle, NC November 16th-18th at the Islander Hotel (102 Islander Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594). The 2022 election is now history and it’s time to begin updating the contact information for the US Senate & House and the North Carolina General Assembly. >click to read the meeting agenda, and the update< 14:44

Menhaden Harvest Increase Approved as Anglers Petition to Close Bay Fishery

East Coast fishery managers have approved increasing commercial harvests of Atlantic menhaden from Maine to Florida. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which regulates near-shore harvests of migratory fish, voted Wednesday to set a new ceiling on the coastwide menhaden catch of 233,550 metric tons, a 20 percent increase over the current quota. The longstanding cap on harvest in the Chesapeake Bay remains unchanged, at 51,000 metric tons. But conservationists and sports anglers continue to worry about the impact to the Bay from large-scale fishing of menhaden near its mouth. >click to read< 13:54

Small Modular Reaction: Europe’s Wind & Solar Disaster Paves Way For New Nuclear Age

Europe’s energy disaster proves, beyond doubt, that wind and solar are an abject failure, leaving the way clear for nuclear power and any other power generation source that can dish it up, on demand. With numerous operators seeking or obtaining licences to build Small Modular Reactors, and numerous countries signing up to have them, SMRs are here to stay. Nuclear power is safe, affordable, reliable and the perfect antidote to arguments about human-generated carbon dioxide gas posing a threat to life on Earth – because it doesn’t generate any, while generating power on demand, irrespective of the weather, unlike inherently unreliable wind and solar. >click to read< 11:58

Belgian fishing industry flounders

Between May and June this year, the Belgian fishing industry saw a drop in seasonal catches. In June, just 675 tonnes of fish was landed by Belgian vessels and sold in Belgian ports, according to data published by Statbel, the Belgian statistics agency. This fall has been partially blamed on the rising cost of fuel and expenses. According to forecasts from the National Bank of Belgium, the fishing industry is set to be one of the biggest losers of the year. With fuel prices accounting for around 38% of inputs for the industry, the sector could finish with big losses. >click to read< 10:11

Podcast: The mystery of Teesside’s dead crabs

In the autumn of 2021, the beaches of Teesside, in north-east England, were transformed. Along the sands lay hundreds of thousands of dead and dying crabs and lobsters. It was, in the words of a parliamentary committee, a “disaster” that had had a “profound effect”. Fishers who had relied on the catches in the cold North Sea waters suddenly saw their livelihoods drop off a cliff. Many could not believe what they were seeing. They wanted answers. Podcast, >click to listen/read< 09:14

A Tribute to the Coast Guard

The F/V Atlantic Destiny, a 143-foot offshore scallop trawler, was 130 nautical miles south of Nova Scotia in March of 2021 when fire broke out on board. As a Mayday call went out just after 7 p.m., 30-knot winds and freezing spray made conditions unforgiving. Even after the fire was out, the vessel was in grave danger. It had lost power while adrift in 15-foot seas and was taking on water. The 31 crew members on the ship were at the mercy of the violent ocean. In Halifax, the Joint Rescue Coordination Center immediately sent help. Fortunately, Canadian forces had some back up: the U.S. Coast Guard. >click to read< 08:31

Each summer, this couple fishes in Alaska and they bring thousands of pounds of salmon back with them to Colorado

In 2020, Hayden Linscheid and Jaymi Bethea founded their company, Savor the Wild, after working on commercial fishing boats around Alaska for years. Both Bethea and Linscheid grew up on Kodiak Island in Alaska before moving to Colorado. Linscheid grew up fishing with his family and Bethea worked on crabbing boats to pay off student loans. Together, they have decades of fishing experience. Bethea said starting the business made sense after they heard raving reviews from friends and family about the salmon they brought back to Colorado each year. “After sharing our fish every year, talking about our fish … we figured, ‘I think we can make a business out of this,’” Photos, >click to read< 07:34