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Fisherman dies getting pulled overboard off the coast of Eureka on Wednesday afternoon.

Redcrest resident and fisherman Melvin Richard Van Ronk died Wednesday afternoon after becoming entangled in fishing gear and being pulled overboard while fishing off the coast of Eureka, according to the Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Van Ronk, 77, was fishing on the vessel “Ruth R” out of Eureka about 15 miles off the coast when he became entangled in the fishing gear, according to Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay Public Information Officer Audra Forteza. click here to read the story 22:23

With sadness – Conservationist Zeke Grader, advocate for fish, dies

Zeke Grader, a lifelong conservationist who loved wild fish, wild rivers and the good fight necessary to protect them, has died. He was 68. “You would probably not be eating a wild California salmon today if it were not for Zeke,” said his friend Tim Sloane, the executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. “He was not afraid of speaking truth to power. He wasn’t afraid of anyone.” Mr. Grader, 68, died Monday night of pancreatic cancer at a San Francisco hospice. Read the rest here 18:19

Well-known Newfoundland fisherman, Lorne Fudge, dies

A well-known fisherman who was fighting the provincial government for a right to receive money as part of a resettlement program has died. For fellow fisherman Leo Seymour, though, his friend was someone who constantly put the needs of others above his own, and was always a listening ear when he needed one. “You couldn’t ask for no better, to be honest with you,” Read the rest here  June 4, 2014 – Skipper of crew stranded on ice pan hails rescuers  Read the rest here 16:02

Tribal fishing activist Billy Frank Jr. dies

Billy Frank Jr., the tribal fisherman who led the Northwest “fish wars” that helped restore fishing rights for American Indians four decades ago, died Monday at age 83. The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and the Nisqually Tribe near Olympia confirmed his death. The cause was not immediately known. Read more here  18:22