Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Salish Sea Prawn fishery opens without signs of Native blockade

A threatened First Nations’ blockade of the Salish Sea has yet to materialize — much to the relief of Cowichan spot prawn fishermen. The commercial spot prawn season opened at noon yesterday in local waters under the shadow of last week’s Stz’uminus First Nation announcement that it was banning all boat traffic in its traditional waters. Read more here 21:51

MY TURN | Goodbye to my friend Billy, Martha Kongsgaard

“I don’t believe in magic,” Billy once said. “I believe in the sun and the stars, the water, the tides, the floods, the owls, the hawks flying, the river running, the wind talking. They’re measurements. They tell us how healthy things are. How healthy we are. Because we and they are the same. That’s what I believe in. Those who learn to listen to the world that sustains them can hear the message brought forth by the salmon.” Read more here  21:03

Naming sealers’ centre after John Crosbie sparks petition

CBC_News_logoMadeline Currie said she found out from the local newspaper that the facility at the Home From the Sea memorial will be called the John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre, after the former Lieutenant Governor and the the official patron of the project. “Well, that made my blood boil,” she said. Read more here  19:33

This is Laine Welch. I’m Laine Welch – Commercial fishing stomps sport fishing economically.

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522A breakdown of the annual report called ‘Fisheries Economics of the US’ shows once and for all that in terms of value, jobs, sales and income, the commercial sector far outscores recreational fishing.  Read more here  18:08

Commercial diver dies after Port Angeles accident; benefit concert planned to aid his family

PORT ANGELES — A benefit concert is planned in June for a Bremerton diver who died Sunday after he was pulled from the waters off Green Point east of Port Angeles and airlifted to Seattle last week. Samuel Silverstein, 24, died Sunday at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.  Read more here  16:23

U.S. EDA Invests $500,000 to Re-capitalize Commercial Fishing-Focused Revolving Loan Fund for Southern Maine

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $500,000 grant to Coastal Enterprises, Inc., of Wiscasset, Maine, to re-capitalize a commercial fisheries Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) that provides greater access to capital for Maine’s commercial fishermen and fishing-dependent businesses. Read more here  16:17

V-notched lobster decline is a threatening sign in Maine

Lobstermen’s efforts to mark egg-bearing female lobsters with a V-notch on their tail have been on the decline since 2008, which could put pressure on the future health of the state’s most lucrative fishery, state officials said. Read more here  16:04

Gulf shrimp season to close on May 15th

– The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both Texas and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset on May 15 until a still-to-be determined time in July. The closing date is based on samples collected by the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department using trawl, bag seine and other information gathered from the shrimping industry. Read more here 15:47

Why are so many white men trying to save the planet without the rest of us?

superecomanJust the other day, the National Wildlife Federation announced its new president – a white male “whiz kid”. Last month, the Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore, replaced its female chief executive with a white man. Last November, the National Parks and Conservation Association replaced its veteran leader with another white male. The Union of Concerned Scientists is due to announce its new leader as early as next week. Spoiler alert: it’s not going to be a woman. Read more here  10:53

Clamping down on illicit plundering of food and natural resources could curb Africa’s food shortages

The extensive subsidies rich nations, including those in the European Union, dole out have helped extend global overfishing, according to the panel. Around $27-billion in cheap fuel and insurance has aggravated the “unsustainable mining” of Africa’s waters.  Read more here  09:19

Shrimpers are pissed off that the shrimping season is starting too late

NEW ORLEANS — The spring shrimp season in Louisiana, as determined by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, is set to start on May 26, but for the many who make a living off the crustaceans, that date is too late. Read more here  09:08:10

County Officials Visit Montauk; Talk Shop With Business Owners And Fishermen

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and County Legislator Jay Schneiderman made a visit to Montauk on a recent rainy Wednesday afternoon to hear from business owners and fishermen about the most pressing issues they face, such as the shoring up of downtown Montauk and restrictions placed on commercial fishermen. Read more here  08:40

American Marine Ingredients turns pollock research into supplement

In a victory for scientists researching ways to use fish parts that don’t fit on a bun, a seafood company has begun sales of vitamins using oil extracted from the pollock livers. American Marine Ingredients is selling 54 Degrees North Omega-3 with Vitamin D3, using a distillation method researched by University of Alaska Fairbanks associate professor Alex Oliveira.  Read more here  08:24

Geoduck fishery dispute prompts First Nation blockade threat

CBC_News_logoA Vancouver Island First Nation is threatening to blockade a large section of the Strait of Georgia because of a major dispute with Fisheries and Oceans over the lucrative geoduck harvest. Read more here  03:07