Daily Archives: July 6, 2018

‘How are we going to get paid?’, NOAA shutdown continues to squeeze the life out of Shoreside Businesses

New Bedford, Massachusetts- Anne Jardin-Maynard is an Accountant. She doesn’t own a fishing vessel. The New Bedford native works within an office on Centre Street. Yet for seven months, a groundfish ban implemented by NOAA has prevented Jardin-Maynard from receiving a paycheck. That doesn’t mean owner of Jardin & Dawson, a settlement house, which handles payroll and accounting for fishing boats, has stopped working.,, >click to read<22:12

“NO PIPE, NO WAY” Northern Pulp effluent pipe protest draws huge crowds on land and sea in Pictou

Hundreds of people from all three Maritime provinces gathered Friday in Pictou, N.S., to protest Northern Pulp’s plan to put an effluent pipe into the Northumberland Strait. Many chanted “No pipe, no way” as they marched from the local arena to the town’s waterfront. Organizers estimated at least 1,000 people attended the protest. Dozens of fishing boats and pleasure craft sailed into Pictou Harbour, some flying the Mi’kmaq Grand Council flag. >click to read<18:55

Murrells Inlet fishing community celebrates life of pioneer who passed unexpectedly

The fishing village of Murrells Inlet recently lost a true pioneer with the death of Phil Conklin, a fisherman extraordinaire and longtime owner of Seven Seas Seafood, located right on U.S. 17 Business in the inlet. Conklin passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on June 13 at the age of 71. Five days later a crowd of about 300 family and friends, including a who’s who in the Murrells Inlet fishing and restaurant industries, celebrated his life at Creek Ratz on the inlet’s Marshwalk. The Celebration of Life was indeed a party, complete with an open bar for attendees, per Phil Conklin’s request. His son, Chris Conklin, found a note hand-written by his dad among his closing documents that read “Don’t grieve, have a party. Bye.” >click to read<18:19

Fishing fleet packs Amalga Harbor: On down year for pinks, seiners line up for hatchery chums

Drivers out the road might encounter a somewhat new sight on Thursdays this month: A small armada of commercial seine boats, fishing in close proximity, yards away from the Juneau road system. In a down year for pink salmon, seiners have descended on Amalga Harbor on Thursdays in July for four planned one-day fishing openings. “It’s quite the show,” said Douglas Island Pink and Chum Operations Manager Brock Meredith. It’s the seventh year fishery managers have allowed fishing in what’s called a Special Harvest Area around Amalga Harbor. >click to read<16:31

Fish Farm: Audit finds 70 percent of B.C. fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations

An audit of British Columbia fish-processing plants sparked by gory video of a pipe spewing bloody water into the Salish Sea has found that more than 70 percent of plants audited are out of compliance with environmental regulations, and some operate under rules decades behind modern standards. Stronger measures are needed for the fish-processing industry, to ensure protection of the marine environment, including wild salmon, according to the audit of 30 fish-processing plants released Wednesday by the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in response to controversy that erupted over the plume. >click to read<13:00

He’s not shellfish: N.L. fisherman gets catch of a lifetime, and lets it go

Most fish harvesters like to keep what they catch, but a fisherman in the Bay of Islands decided it was his patriotic duty to let one particularly impressive catch go. Reg MacDonald of Summerside caught an unusual lobster in late June — one bigger and older than most he’s seen in his traps over his four decades on the water.,,, MacDonald couldn’t be sure exactly how old the lobster was, but he estimated it at around 140 years of age. After fishing for 45 years, MacDonald has learned that the darker the colour of the shell, the older the lobster, as it’s an indication that the lobster hasn’t molted in a number of years. >click to read<10:34

600-pound swordfish harpooned by New Hampshire fishermen

The fishing community is buzzing with news that a 600-pound, 14-foot swordfish was caught by commercial fishermen off the coast of New Hampshire. Ted Sutton, 80, of Lincoln, is best known as a ski racing official but he also helps his son, Tom, who runs the Julia G. out of Hampton Harbor. On Sunday, Sutton and Capt. Jeff Ouellette were on their way to Jeffreys Ledge when they saw the swordfish. They have a permit to catch these fish, so Ouellette harpooned it. “It was very exciting because I have been out there fishing for 40 years and I have never seen one before,” Sutton said. “Everyone in the whole fishing community has been calling and are as excited as us about it.” >click to read<09:41

Fisherman drowns in Cook Inlet; body brought to Homer Harbor

A Kenai man died at sea Thursday after falling overboard from a commercial fishing boat this morning north of Kodiak. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as Anthony Walsh, 62. The U.S. Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers received a report at about 9 a.m. that a man went into the water off a fishing vessel about 124 nautical miles or 143 miles north of Kodiak in Cook Inlet. According to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, Walsh fell overboard while salmon fishing with Kevin Loran, 59, of Anchorage. Loran attempted to get Walsh on board, but was not successful.
Rios identified the boat Walsh and Loran fished on as the F/V Hooligan. >click to read<08:56

Fishermen not willing to gamble on Northern Pulp effluent pipe – protest on land, sea Friday

Wayne Noel knows a little something about trust. After 37 years of fishing, some days trust is all he has. He has to trust the lobsters will be in the traps and that his sons, Mike and Brian, will be there to do the heavy lifting when he can’t. He trusts that his fellow fishermen will respond when he is in trouble and that his boat, Tall Tales, will take him to and from his fishing grounds without fail. He admits his fishery has disappointed him from time to time, but his trust has never been broken. >click to read<

Northern Pulp effluent protest on land, sea Friday – A #NoPipe land and sea rally will be held Friday on Pictou’s waterfront with people marching in the streets and boats sailing into the harbour to show their concerns over Northern Pulp’s plans to place an effluent pipe into the Northumberland Strait. >click to read<08:06