Daily Archives: May 17, 2014

Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman From F/V Kirsten Lee off Virginia Coast Saturday

kirsten leePORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 27-year-old crewmember Saturday from a fishing boat approximately 40 miles east of Chincoteague. The master of the fishing boat Kirsten Lee contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at 11:15 a.m. Saturday stating a crewmember was suffering from chest pain and needed medical attention. Read more, and watch video here  23:52

Alaska’s Arctic Policy Commission tackles questions about the state’s role in a changing region

alaska dispatchAlaska’s Arctic Policy commissioners were advised to pay attention not only to the happenings in their state’s Arctic waters but around the world as they convened in Anchorage last week to work through the commission’s recommendations to the state and the nation. Read more here  14:53

Lifelines for Cape Pond Ice

gdt iconThis is symbolic posting of GDT. They have changed to a pay access venue. All historic material that we used to promote the industry is on lock down. More to follow.

There were so many times when it just seemed over, when the only remaining course of action left to Scott Memhard was to shut down the ice machines and tell the last cool guy or gal out the door to get the lights. Such was life at Cape Pond Ice withi  http://www.gloucestertimes.com/  14:31

Alaska’s Copper River salmon fly to Seattle

copper_river_salmon_stk_660An Alaska Air Cargo plane from Cordova touched down Friday morning and the pilots emerged with a 48-pound king salmon. They carried it down a red carpet and delivered it to three chefs for a ceremonial cook-off at Sea-Tac Airport. The plane carried 24,100 pounds of salmon that were caught Thursday when the commercial gillnet season opened in Prince William Sound. Read more here  12:41


Another positive sign that salmon will be plentiful

“The trollers were thumping the chinook during the first eight days of their fishery, and the boats were loading up,” said Doug Milward, a state Fish and Wildlife coastal salmon resource manager. In fact, the trollers were doing so well that state fisheries officials had to temporarily close it just eight days into the season as they neared the 9,150 chinook catch quota for May and June. Read more here 12:15

New Minnesota environmental law bans triclosan

A University of Minnesota study published in January 2013 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology said increasing amounts of triclosan were found in the sediment in eight Minnesota lakes and rivers, including Lake Superior, the Duluth harbor, Shagawa Lake in Ely, Lake Pepin, Lake St. Croix, Lake Winona and East Lake Gemini, all of which receive treated sewage effluent. Read more here 12:11

Gilles Thériault says New Brunswick should look to systems used in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador

“Clearly, from what we’re seeing in New Brunswick today, the status quo is certainly not working,” Thériault said. “That’s why I’m a bit disappointed and I believe that both the fishers and the processors should give this matter more thought.” Neither the Maritime Fishermen’s Union nor the Maritime fish processors say they are interested in such a method. Read more here 11:29

F/V Arctic Hunter Removal Plan Nearly Done

It’s been more than six months since the F/V Arctic Hunter went aground outside Unalaska. Now, the boat’s insurance company is almost ready to drag it off the rocks. Insurance adjustor Jim Ronning says they’re expecting to sign a deal with a contractor by the end of the week. Read more here  09:55

Spot prawn fleet agrees to voluntarily avoid nine prehistoric reefs in the Strait of Georgia

B.C.’s commercial spot prawn fishermen have, for the first time, agreed to voluntarily avoid nine prehistoric glass-sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia during this year’s spot prawn fishery. The scientific community was stunned when glass-sponge reefs, described by the Vancouver Aquarium as the “longest living animals in the world.” were first discovered in Hecate Strait in 1987. Read more here 09:45

Alewives counted one-by-one on some Maine rivers

FishLadders_09The alewife, which returns from the Atlantic each spring to spawn in lakes and ponds, has had a drastic drop in population from its southernmost habitat in North Carolina all the way into Newfoundland. Scientists believe that alewives’ loss of spawning habitat, to dams and hydroelectric facilities, is a major factor in the decline of the species, along with predators, overfishing and other factors. Read more here 09:20

State permanently closes lower Penobscot River to lobster fishing

BDNBUCKSPORT, Maine — State fishery officials have decided to permanently close 7 square miles of the lower Penobscot River to lobster and crab harvesting. The closed the area in February, citing concerns about elevated mercury levels found in lobsters along that section of river. Read more here 08:43