Daily Archives: May 31, 2014

Silver Bay Seafoods expands into squid with deal to buy California plant

The Sitka-based company’s managing director Rob Zuanich told the newspaper the company has closed on a deal to buy a 4.6 acre lot in Ventura, California. The company paid $2 million for the lot and plans to spend $20m on the facility, said Zuanich. Read more here  19:47

Plastic floated as commercial catch for fishing industry

The plastics industry has introduced a trawling net specially fitted to fish plastic waste out of the sea into in the fight against debris in Danish waters. In the North Sea alone it is estimated that over 20,000 tonnes of waste winds up in the sea each year. Much of it is plastic, and members of the Danish plastics industry felt they had a responsibility to help clean up the mess. Read more here 18:13

Council convenes in Nome, familiar bycatch topics on tap

23523_354387901211_7651997_aBering Sea fishery issues will top the agenda when the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets in Nome this month. Several agenda items revolve around incidental catches of halibut, chum and king salmon in the Bering Sea. The council will also discuss the Norton Sound red king crab fishery, a potential new Pacific cod fishery for the Community Development Quota organizations, and,,, Read more here  17:21

SURETTE: Sharks in fishing waters, no lifeguard

What is it about the Harper government’s special kink about fisheries — and the media’s failure to hold it to account for its unrelenting assault on it and everything related to it (including environment, foreign affairs and the abuse of Parliament) — which, more than anything, reveals the government’s nasty streak? Read more here  12:46

Coast Guard medevacs ailing fisherman at Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

uscg-logoKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 68-year-old man who fell ill aboard the 35-foot fishing vessel  docked in Point Baker on Prince of Wales Island, Thursday. Read more here  11:49

North Carolina: Less seafood harvested in 2013

MOREHEAD CITY | A variety of factors contributed to an overall decrease in seafood harvested in North Carolina in 2013, but the dockside value showed an increase. But the value of the catch jumped to $79 million, a 9-percent increase over the $73 million in 2012. Read more here  09:37

Nearly naked PETA activist covered with BBQ sauce in Vancouver – Video!

Amy Balcome, an almost naked PETA activist, was drizzled with barbecue sauce on a giant plate in downtown Vancouver Friday, asking people to “Try to Relate to Who is on Your Plate.” “PETA is challenging people to think about what ‘meat’ really is: the corpse of an abused animal who did not want to die,” Read more here 09:08

UNE seal rescue facility closes, says animals no longer endangered – (They never were!)

It was heading into the traditionally busy Memorial Day weekend that Lynda Doughty, executive director of Marine Mammals of Maine, said she received a press release that the MARC facility was closing. The news, she said, was “devastating.”  (I just don’t feel devastated) Read more here 08:40

Elver season falls short of statewide quota – Feds suspect significant illegal activity, though.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The 2014 elver fishing season is expected to come to a close Saturday, without the statewide catch quota being reached, according to state officials. Read more here 08:25

Open invitation issued for Parade of Boats to welcome the Charles W. Morgan

sct logoNEW BEDFORD — Almost anything that floats, that is at least 15 feet long and is fast enough is welcome in the Charles W. Morgan Homecoming Parade of Boats set for Sunday, June 29. Captains are being encouraged to “dress ship” with signal flags or other decorations. Russell said that a scalloper and a dragger will be near the front of the parade, “to honor the fact that the Morgan was a commercial fishing boat.” Read more here 08:08