Daily Archives: December 1, 2017

Family, friends, mourn Scituate lobsterman who died at sea

The clink and clatter of lobster traps on the docks at Lucian Rosseau Memorial Landing stopped for a moment Friday morning as local fishermen gathered to mourn the loss of legend. After 47 years on the sea, Frederick Dauphinee died after a heart attack 10 nautical miles off the coast of Cohasset on Thursday. He was 76. As friends and family swapped stories and shared a few beers, they remembered a hard-working lobsterman with a sense of humor and a love of his family, his boat and the sea. click here to read the story 18:28

P.E.I’s spring lobster fishermen in favour of size increase

The president of the Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association says he’s confident Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster fisheries will have a one-millimeter increase in the minimum carapace length in 2018. Francis Morrissey, who is also a member of the Lobster Fishery Area 24 Lobster Advisory Committee was basing his optimism on the results of surveys the LFA 24 and LFA 26A Lobster Advisory Committees mailed out to their members this fall.,,, Morrissey said the decision to go with a size increase is the fishermen’s. “We feel very strongly about this,, click here to read the story 18:07

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for December 1, 2017

Click here to read the Weekly Update, to read all the updates Click here, for older updates listed as NCFA click here 16:41

FISH-NL calls on candidates in federal by-election to take a stand on fishery issues. All responses will be made public.

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling on candidates in the upcoming federal byelection of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity to spell out where they stand on five major fishery issues in the riding: Do you agree with the federal government’s decision to open the south coast (fishing zone 3Ps) cod fishery to offshore draggers? Do you agree the offshore sector should be removed from the 3Ps cod fishery when the quota falls below 10,000 tonnes? Do you agree with the decision of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans,,, click here to read the press release 15:21

BREAKING! Cape Wind gives up federal lease

Cape Wind Associates announced today that it has seized the development of its proposed offshore wind farm and is surrendering its federal lease for 46 square miles in Nantucket Sound, officially putting an end to a sixteen year effort to build the controversial project. click here to read the story 14:36

East Coast Fishing Coalition Continues Legal Challenge to Planned Wind Farm Off New York

A coalition of East Coast fishing businesses, organizations, and communities, led by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), has taken the next step in its legal challenge to a planned wind farm off the coast of New York. FSF and its co-plaintiffs argue that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) awarded the lease for the New York Wind Energy Area (NY WEA) to Norwegian energy company Statoil without fully considering the impact on fishermen and other stakeholders, in neglect of its responsibilities as stewards of ocean resources. click here to read the story 12:38

Safety culture a priority on the water

Efforts to improve the safety culture among Nova Scotia fishers seems to be paying off. Although we still don’t know the condition of the crewmember airlifted from a lobster fishing vessel off southwest Nova Scotia Wednesday, after having convulsions, the smooth way that operation went — along with another incident where a crew were successfully rescued after having to abandon ship — points to captains and crew being more than ready for emergencies. click here to read the story 12:02

Clearwater Seafoods Welcomes the Anne Risley to its Canadian Clam Fleet

Clearwater Seafoods welcomes the Anne Risley into its fleet of clam vessels this morning during an official ceremony at Pier 21 in Halifax. This vessel further strengthens Clearwater’s commitment to delivering the highest quality, frozen-at-sea, wild-caught Arctic surf clams to its customers around the world. “The Anne Risley represents a $70 million investment to replace an existing 31 year-old clam vessel with a state-of-the-art factory ship that will deliver significant productivity and efficiency improvements to Clearwater’s clam fleet,” said Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods. Video, click here to read the story 10:47

Recreational fisherman gets prison time for lying about red snapper haul

The tall tales about a 2016 fishing trip have caught up with Jacob Brown. His crime was not braggadocio but telling a falsehood about a tremendous haul. The Lake Jackson man was sentenced Wednesday to two months in federal prison for lying about a massive haul of red and vermilon snapper he said was meant to supply an Easter fish fry. He later admitted the fish were to be sold to restaurants. click here to read the story 09:17

“It’s a symptom of poor policy”- Codfather Arrest Shines Light on Fishing System

Members of the dwindling Vineyard fishing community who have been watching the proceedings say the tale is a sad commentary on the state of the industry and highlights flaws in its regulation. “It’s a symptom of poor policy,” said Wes Brighton, a Vineyard fisherman and one of the only Islanders to hold a federal commercial groundfishing permit. Mr. Brighton fishes for lobster, conch, monkfish, and some cod from his boat Martha Elizabeth. The system creates an imbalance, he said, giving independently-owned family fishing businesses little access to the fisheries and allowing larger corporations the ability to consolidate fishing permits and quota. click here to read the story 08:49

How To Play The Game

Sam Parisi writes – To me this whole fishing industry is a big game. I remember a song by Paul Anka, in part it says love’s a game a game you just can’t win. Over the years fisherman have attended many meetings held by NOAA and the NEFMC and results are always the same in spite of what fisherman say. It seems the council has already decided what they intend to do any way. I was ready to go to yesterdays meeting, but wanted to know what it was about so if I spoke, I know what I was talking about. click here to read the rest 00:10