Daily Archives: October 20, 2019

‘Britain ruled the waves. It was took off us by the EU . . . the dogs’

Leslie Garvan, a trawler owner from Kilkeel in Co Down who has done well out of fishing, wants to take back what he views as rightfully British. “Go back to f**kin’ [Horatio] Nelson, if you like. Britain ruled the waves then. It was took off us by the EU . . . the dogs,” says the 76-year-old, who has been going to sea from Kilkeel since 1959. Following Thursday’s Brussels deal, senior Northern Irish fishing figures are bullish. It will be for the EU to make concessions to negotiate access to UK waters. >click to read<  21:56

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting October 21–24 in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

To read the meeting agenda, and all related meeting  material of the 180th Council Meeting, >click here< 20:15

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Galveston, TX, October 21 – 24, 2019

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting October 21 – 24, 2019, at The Tremont House, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row, Galveston, TX. >click to review Agenda, and supporting documents<  Listen to the meeting online, >click to listen<  19:48

LETTER: On the future of salmon farming in B.C., Ecologists have been sounding the alarm for decades

For the first time ever, three political parties have pledged to transition open net pen fish farms on the B.C. coast to completely closed (likely land based) systems. Environmental sensibility and ecological responsibility are winning out over a regime where predominantly Norwegian multinationals come to our waters to pollute for free. The science is increasingly clear: open net pen farming is harmful to wild salmon and presents unacceptable risk to a keystone species and everyone and everything that rely on it. >click to read< 17:04

Maine’s lobstermen willing to work with feds to protect whales

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is one of the key stakeholders in an effort to better protect the North Atlantic right whales,,, A federal plan that’s being developed to help save the whales would remove miles of lobster trap rope from the waters off Maine.,, regulators have also recently expressed desire to work with the lobstermen, who have said the whale protection plan placed too much onus on their business, which is an industry vital to Maine’s economy. Chris Oliver, NOAA’s assistant administrator for fisheries, said this month that federal managers are also “diligently working with our Canadian counterparts to address both ship strikes and entanglements in Canadian waters.” >click to read< 14:18

South Texas shrimpers cling to culture as industry undergoes change

Doan Pham leaves Rockport Harbor just after after 6 a.m. aboard his 40-foot shrimp boat named Margie.,, From a small cabin at the front of the boat, Pham reaches out to other bay shrimpers by radio.,, This is how Pham, one of the few remaining bay shrimpers in Texas, has started almost every morning for the last 41 years. The number of shrimp boats operating in Texas has drastically decreased since the late 1980s. That’s also when sales of farm-raised shrimp imported into the U.S. from other countries began to take off. >click to read< 12:28

Burmese fishermen ‘faint’ after mistaking $20 million of floating crystal meth for natural deodorant

Sacks of crystal meth scooped from the sea by Burmese fishermen who mistook it for a deodorant substance had a street value of $20 million (£15.4m), an official said on Sunday, in a country believed to be the world’s largest methamphetamine producer. The accidental drug haul off Burma’s coastal Ayeyarwady region occurred when fishermen spotted a total of 23 sacks floating in the Andaman Sea on Wednesday. >click to read< 11:21

Stories of Honor – Guy Cravath: A predecessor to aviation survival

Sixty-nine-year-old Orcutt resident Guy Cravath was part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s search-and-rescue program before his profession became the domain of the highly-elite. That was when the Coast Guard used hoists with baskets to pluck distressed boaters from the water, rather than rescue swimmers. “I had no plan,” Cravath said. “I was going to graduate and get a job and wait to be drafted. That’s how stupid I was. >click to read< 10:11

Admiralty and Maritime Law: Nearly 50% of Marine Accidents Involved Commercial Fishing Boats

According to data on CDC.gov, commercial fishing is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, with a fatality rate 29 times higher than the national average worker fatality rate.,, The CDC has found that the biggest risks to fishermen are vessel disasters, falls overboard and machinery on deck. >click to read<  08:48