Daily Archives: November 2, 2019

Oregon Coast charter boat captain uses sea as his salvation after paralyzing crash

Depoe Bay is touted as having the smallest natural navigable harbor in the world. Life moves slow there, but on the Tacklebuster charter boat, the pace can pick up real quick.,, Tyler grew up on the Tacklebuster and learned the ropes from his dad, the skipper. He always felt the call of the sea. But on a sunny day in June 2008, a day much like the one we met him on, life came to a screeching halt. In a matter of two seconds, JT says their entire world flipped upside down. >click to read<   18:33

Coast Guard confirms serious problems with channel 16

By the time the U.S. Coast Guard issued an alert in mid-October about VHF-FM radio outages throughout Southeast Alaska, word had already spread through the commercial fishing fleet from harvesters worried that mayday calls might go unanswered. “I don’t think the fleet is aware of how severe of a problem this is,” said Jeff Farvour, a commercial harvester from Sitka. “Fishermen usually feel the Coast Guard is on to these things. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be fixed any time soon.” >click to read<  15:11

Dungeness crab ‘meating up’ at slowest rate in years; also slow to harden

Dungeness crab in Long Beach Peninsula waters have the lowest percentage of meat in at least five years of late-October testing. More than 85% of local crab also are too soft to harvest. This is bad news for the traditional Dec. 1 opening date, which has often proved illusory in the past two decades.,, All areas must be at least 23% before a commercial crabbing season can commence under terms of the Tri-State protocol that governs crabbing in the waters of Washington, Oregon and California. In another potential problem for a timely season start, Washington coast crab are especially slow to harden this autumn. >click to read< 11:47

More than six month delay to north-east ice plant has fishermen calling the build a ‘fiasco’

Plans for £400,000 ice plant at Macduff were welcomed last year, with hopes it would increase landings and reduce time and costs for local boats. But the completion date in April was delayed and the official opening date in June was postponed. And last night, the development was branded a “total shambles” Skipper John Clark, who owns and operates trawler Reliance II, last night demanded answers about the project, which has been partly funded by the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF). >click to read< 10:43

She’s A Mom. What’s Your Superpower? An Interview with Representative Genevieve McDonald

In this interview, Genevieve McDonald tells us how she went from being a lobster boat captain to a state Representative of Maine, all while becoming a first time mom to beautiful twin daughters who motivate her to blaze a trail for women everywhere. Tell me a little bit about yourself. I am a member of the Maine House of Representatives and serve on the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources. My district is comprised entirely of islands off the coast of Maine. In addition to serving in the Legislature, I am a lobster boat captain out of Stonington, Maine, and a mom to twin daughters, Evalina & Elise. >click to read< 08:55

Dungeness crab season may be delayed

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement Friday in response to a settlement with an environmental group over whale entanglements in commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear.,,, Even if the eight-day delay to the commercial season happens, it should not disrupt the Bay Area tradition of cracked Dungeness crab on the Thanksgiving table, said Noah Oppenheim, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. However, it would cut into a peak period for the local fishing fleet, >click to read< 08:02

Video: Coast Guard, Navy conduct medevac of injured fisherman off Hawaii

The Coast Guard and Navy conducted a medevac of an injured mariner 431 miles off Hilo, Big Island, Thursday.,,, At 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu (JRCC) watchstanders received a report from the master of the commercial fishing vessel Lady Alice stating a crew member was suffering from an eye injury he sustained while fishing. >click to read< 06:59