Daily Archives: March 20, 2015

Study examines decline in young, rural fishermen

In 1980, the city of Dillingham boasted more than 150 fishing permit holders in the community. Today, that number has dropped to less than 80, and while the number of fishermen in rural southwest Alaska has declined, the age of those who continue to fish has risen by almost a decade. A collaborative research project hopes to understand this trend, which has been dubbed The project, called “Alaska’s Next Generation of Fishermen,” hopes to find practical solutions that can rejuvenate an aging fishing industry. Read the rest here 18:36

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for March 20, 2015

NCFAClick here -> Weekly Update for March 20, 2015 18:16

$8 million lawsuit over Oregon crabbing crew member who drowned settles

An $8 million lawsuit filed in the death of a crabbing-boat crew member who drowned in 2012 along the Oregon coast has settled for an undisclosed amount. The settlement last week came just a few days after an attorney for the estate of David A. Terris had filed suit. The lawsuit faulted the Oregon owner of the commercial fishing vessel for allegedly failing to properly train the crew and the Swedish maker of a life-raft release mechanism that allegedly failed to detach the raft from the vessel. Read the rest here 13:58

‘Superhero’ Maine lobstermen will star in worldwide lobster marketing

In December, the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) hired the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, based in Boston, to help expand existing markets and find new ones. The company will lead public relations, advertising, social media and digital content on lobsterfrommaine.com. “We have a superhero in lobstermen, and a lot of brands don’t,” said Patty Stone, executive vice president at Weber Shandwick. “We have this halo effect from Maine. You don’t often walk into clients who have such built-in benefits.” Read the rest here 13:27

China fishing plan in Antarctica alarms scientists

Scientists studying the Antarctic’s marine life received some unexpected news this month: China plans to vastly increase fishing for Antarctic krill – small crustaceans that are a critical food for the continent’s penguins and other creatures. China currently harvests about 32,000 metric tons of krill annually from Antarctica’s waters, topped by only Norway and South Korea. Under China’s plans, the world’s most populous country would increase those catches 30 to 60 times, harvesting up to 2 million metric tons yearly. Read the rest here 12:18

Celebrating Zeke Grader – Fishing Community Hero/Champion, Zeke’s Catch of the Day

The Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations & The Institute for Fisheries Resources Cordially invite you to attend a special event in honor of William F. Zeke Grader. A celebration for the Pacific Coast’s leading champion for the commercial fishing industry. Friday, April 10, 2015, from 6 to 9 PM, Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway Blvd, Sausalito, CA 94965 Tickets: $50 per person, Appetizers, beer and wine will be served. Donations are tax deductible. R.S.V.P. required by April 3rd.For more information contact Harriet Lew at:   Phone: (415) 561-3474 x221, E-mail: [email protected] 11:55

Canadian Coast Guard goes high-tech – Communications system worth $50m has been installed in Halifax, N.L.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s new $50-million communications system has been installed in Halifax after five years of development. It is a massive project that the coast guard is saying will be revolutionary. It has also been tied to controversy because the system was cited as a justification for cutting almost half of the regional communications centres across Canada. In recent weeks, the new system was installed in Halifax and Placentia, N.L. Read the rest here 10:52

Northern Saskatchewan communities hope to expand fishing industry

Commercial fishing in northern Saskatchewan has been a way of life for many people for generations. Now, some communities are banding together in the hopes of expanding the industry and making it more profitable. Watch the video here 08:28

Study: Green crabs pose parasite threat as lobster bait

Using the crabs as bait in the lobster fishery — which generated nearly $457 million in statewide revenue for fishermen in 2014 — has been considered as a possibility. Baiting lobster with green crabs might not be such a good idea, however, according to a study by a pair of Canadian scientists that was presented last month at a fisheries science conference in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Read the rest here 07:49

Pacific Ocean warms up along Oregon Coast, drawing unusual visitors

“As far as climate scientists know, it could be a weird aberration or it could very well be something that could stick around for a while,” he said. Or as Northwest Fisheries Science Center Director John Stien put it, “We’re seeing some major environmental shifts taking place that could affect the ecosystem for years to come.” Nate Mantua, another NOAA scientist, said the conditions are so unusual that he believes they won’t be long-lasting. Read the rest here 07:37