Daily Archives: August 24, 2019

Widow strives to keep dream alive in the wake of her husbands death

For the last 13 years, the Longbottom family has been serving fresh seafood to thousands of people at Five Islands Lobster Co. It’s a staple in Georgetown. But this year has been different. Owner Gina Longbottom lost her husband Keith to brain cancer. “For the last ten years he was the face of this place. Everyone knew him,” Longbottom said. Keith died in June, after a 17-month battle. >click to read<  21:49

Sea Level Rise? President Obama Just Bought Beachside Property on Martha’s Vineyard

President and Michelle Obama join the growing list of climate activists who want to enjoy a little beachside luxury before the carbon demon swallows all the coastlines. Headline: Barack and Michelle Obama are buying a $15M estate in Martha’s Vineyard.,,, I’m sure we all wish the Obamas well in their new home, but I can’t help thinking this purchase of a low lying seaside property somewhat contradicts previous statements by President Obama about the urgent need to address sea level rise. by Eric Worrall >click to read< 14:03

Cordova District Fishermen United scholarships send fledgling fishermen to college

Reid Williams, 18, assumed his formal education would end with high school. After years of gillnetting on his father’s boat, Williams didn’t see the point in plunking down thousands of dollars for further schooling. After all, he had already found a paying trade. There’s a lot of fishermen that just know how to fish, and I want to expand my horizons,,, Williams was awarded the 2019 Robert H. Blake Memorial Scholarship for a two-page essay in which Williams argued that the patience and industriousness he had learned gillnetting could be put to use at UAF’s College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. >click to read<  13:29

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission votes to close flounder fishing

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission adopted the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 as proposed by the Division of Marine Fisheries, giving the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries flexibility with the commercial and recreational seasons so long as they meet the statutorily required harvest reductions. The Division of Marine Fisheries anticipates issuing a proclamation next week that closes the commercial and recreational season around Sept. 4. >click to read< 12:21

What Newfoundland and Labrador could learn from the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history

Marine scientist Donald Boesch says the controversy fuelled by recent oil spills off Canada’s East Coast has some “fairly interesting and striking comparisons” to his past work examining how the offshore (oil) industry is managed, as part of a U.S. inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon disaster.,,, Boesch says one of the most critical lessons the commission learned is that the U.S. agency overseeing offshore oil in the gulf had a conflict of interest built into its mandate.,,, Critics have accused the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) of having a similar conflict. >click to read< 10:26

Clearwater keeps sustainability label for offshore lobster fishery following audit

Auditors imposed conditions on Clearwater, downgraded its ratings and concluded “there is evidence of systematic non-compliance in the fishery.” The company said it is pleased with the outcome.,,, The independent audit was ordered after Clearwater was convicted of a “gross violation” in its lobster fishery in September 2018. The company pleaded guilty to illegally storing thousands of traps at sea after,,, >click to read< 09:52

F/V Northguider: High Arctic Salvage Operation for Grounded Trawler Resumes

On December 28, 2018, the trawler Northguider grounded in the Hinlopenstretet, the strait between Spitsbergen and Nordauslandet in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Her crew put out a distress call and reported that the vessel had taken on water in the engine room, and all crewmembers were safely evacuated by helicopter the same day. The vessel could not immediately be refloated, but salvors returned to remove all her diesel fuel, lube oil and hydraulic fluid in a successful operation in January. Photo’s, >click to read<09:11