Daily Archives: June 28, 2018

Musquash teen who died fishing dreamed of being a lobster fisherman

Musquash teen Devan Breau died doing what he loved — fishing, according to his obituary. “Devan was a true country boy at heart and could always be found outdoors on his dirt bike, ATV and at the lakes,” it states. “From the time he was a small boy, Devan wanted to be a lobster fisherman and he made that dream come true with amazing passion and work ethic.” The body of the 18-year-old was found Wednesday in the East Branch Reservoir on the outskirts of Saint John, three days after he left his home to go fishing.,,, “A smile of a man that got to live his dream for a year fishing for Bradley Small,” Joel Bradley Small posted with a photograph on Facebook. “He done way more then I have ever ask him to do on the boat.” >click to read<19:08

The S-K Fund: NOAA is recommending almost $9 million in funding for 38 projects across the nation.

For more than 40 years, NOAA has awarded grant funding under the Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) program to organizations across the country. Funds address needs of fishing communities, support economic opportunities, and build and maintain resilient and sustainable fisheries. Demand for innovation, information, service and funding from federal agencies continues to grow. This year, NOAA received 155 applications requesting nearly $40 million. In order to better match research and development proposals with S-K goals and mission needs, this year’s recommended projects fall into four priorities: • Marine Aquaculture • Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystems • Promotion, Development and Marketing • Territorial Science >click to read<17:28

Southeast Alaska commercial troll summer king season opens July 1

Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers open their summer season for king salmon July 1st with a harvest target of 53,800 Chinook. The fleet is expected to catch that in a short opening. That’s after low catches and restricted fishing for kings this spring. The first summer opening is expected to last four or five days and will be managed in-season. That means the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will announce a closure once the catch nears that harvest target. Grant Hagerman is the department’s troll management biologist for Southeast and says fishing in the spring season has been slow. Audio report, >click to read<17:06

Norm Van Vactor: The Pebble mine is going nowhere. Time for Northern Dynasty to admit it.

Northern Dynasty Minerals, a Vancouver-based mining company, is hosting its annual shareholder meeting this week to discuss the Pebble mine: a massive open-pit copper and gold mine the company wants to develop at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. The plan calls for digging up and dewatering many miles of streams where our salmon spawn. Those same streams are responsible for the chinook and coho salmon that indigenous people throughout the watershed rely on for their subsistence harvests. Those same streams provide the wilderness fishing experience that many visitors come from around the world to experience. These streams are the basis of our livelihoods, communities and culture. And they are no place for a mine. >click to read<14:55

Cape Breton lobster fishermen trying to salvage traps after wind storm

Lobster season has taken a devastating turn in Cape Breton after strong winds and rough seas caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to traps and gear. CTV’s chief meteorologist Kalin Mitchell says a peak wind gust of 91 kilometres per hour was recorded in Sydney on Tuesday. Since then, lobster fishermen from Sydney to Louisbourg have been finding their equipment scattered along the shoreline of eastern Cape Breton, and now they’re trying to salvage whatever they can. “Trying to find everything, can’t find nothing,” said one fisherman in Glace Bay on Wednesday. “It’s all up on the beaches. It’s terrible.” Video >click to read<13:45

Ken Johnston – Place: Northumberland Strait; time 2026

This is the tale of J.B. Mc Click and his desire to purchase fishing gear, boat and licence and become part of a strong fraternity, the lobster fisherman of Northumberland Strait. J.B., now 25 years old, recently married and with a child on the way, was thrilled that he had the opportunity to attain his goal . He had worked as a fisherman’s helper, understood the inherent dangers, appreciated the rewards of hard work and could not believe his good fortune. This long-awaited chance to be self employed presented itself at the end of November 2025 when a gentleman with whom he worked offered him the business. There will be more of J. B’s chronicle but allow me to digress and afford you a flashback to the years 2018-20. So much was happening at that tumultuous time surrounding the “Pipe” fiasco so in order for you to digest it all, my plan is to take you on a journey. >click to read<12:51

‘She’s got a good list on her,’ – Fishing crew safe in Burin after storm disables boat

The skipper and crew of a fishing boat disabled by high winds on the Grand Banks Monday night are happy to be back in port on Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula. Skipper Les Fudge said he and his crew were aboard the Little Jack, about 120 miles from Burin, when the winds came up. They decided to head to shore, he said, when they lost propane and in the middle of changing over the tank, the spar and stabilizers came down. Luckily, there were other boats fishing in the area known as “the gully.” >click to read<11:34

Florida, they’re killing it, one flush at a time

Once again, Florida’s fisheries are suffering from the legacy of long-time mismanagement of Florida’s water resources. Southwest Florida is plagued by an unprecedented red tide that is causing unprecedented kills of gamefish. Reports from those on the water estimate that tens of thousands of snook are dead – all of them adults in the peak of spawning season. Reports are also of many dead breeding-size redfish. And tarpon, which usually seem to avoid red tide, are also now being reported dead. The ongoing red tide is a sign of the ‘new normal’ in Southwest Florida because too many nutrients are entering Florida’s estuaries and coasts due to water mismanagement. Here are the facts: >click to read<10:30

‘This is catastrophic’: Charter captain speaks out about red tide impact in SWFL – >click to read<

Fisheries Act – Prince Rupert council calls for parity with East Coast fisheries

With changes coming to the Fisheries Act, Prince Rupert city council wants to make sure independent B.C. fishers are included. “All we’re asking for is parity with the East Coast,” Councillor Barry Cunningham said. “The East Coast has more of a thriving fishery, even though at times it’s in disarray. It’s definitely more beneficial to the communities and the individuals on the East Coast, whereas, in our fishery on the West Coast, corporations are slowly gobbling it up.” Council moved to bring a resolution to the Union of BC Municipalities, stating owner-operator licences should be applied to the West Coast. It asks that amendments to the Fisheries Act,,, >click to read<09:27