Daily Archives: December 13, 2019

Bangkok protest to last ‘until Jan 15’, Fishermen vow 10,000-strong rally

Fishing groups from 22 coastal provinces on Thursday vowed to gather in Bangkok for a mass rally to pressure the government into relaxing laws and regulations they say are threatening their livelihoods. “We’ve already notified Nang Loeng police station as required by the law on public gatherings. And more than 10,000 people from 22 provinces will turn up,” said Mongkon Sukcharoenkhana, president of the National Fisheries Association of Thailand (NFAT). The protesters will rally outside the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry until Jan 15 or until their demands are met, >click to read< 13:25

The small change that meant big losses for Nova Scotia lobstermen

A sixteenth of an inch doesn’t seem like much. But it added up to a whole lot for Nova Scotia lobstermen in December 1989. A new law had been passed in the United States that increased the minimum allowable size of lobsters for import, by that seemingly insignificant margin. “That might not sound like much of a change to a non-fisherman,” he explained. “But in reality, it means as much as a quarter-pound increase in weight.” Video, >click to read< 10:37

Wind Energy Is Not Renewable, Sustainable Or Climate-Friendly

Wind turbines continue to be the most controversial of so-called “renewable” energy sources worldwide. But, you say, wind energy is surely renewable. It blows intermittently, but it’s natural, free, renewable and climate-friendly. That’s certainly what we hear, almost constantly. However, while the wind itself may be “renewable,” the turbines, the raw materials that go into making them, and the lands they impact certainly are not. And a new report says harnessing the wind to generate electricity actually contributes to global warming! >click to read< 09:11

Jury awards lobsterman nearly $850,000 over botched hernia surgery at EMMC

A Penobscot County jury on Thursday awarded an Ellsworth man nearly $850,000 for a botched hernia operation that required additional hospitalizations to correct and kept him from working as a lobsterman for more than two years. Stephen H. Robbins III, 49, sued Dr. Rafael J. Grossman and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in February 2019 in Penobscot County Superior Court alleging that the surgeon and the hospital were negligent.  >click to read< 08:38

In the Peconic Estuary, A Perfect Storm Hits Bay Scallops

Warming water temperatures, hypoxia (a deficiency in oxygen), ocean acidification, and harmful algal blooms, said Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, are each a stressor to the bivalve and local delicacy. The occurrence of more than one at one time, he said, may be responsible for the die-off (may be) ,,, The bay scallop fishery is “notorious for booms and busts,” Stephen Tettelbach, >click to read< 08:04

Looming Northern Pulp decision churns up worries on the water

“Of course I’m thinking about it,” said Anderson, not looking up from his stitching. “Everybody’s losing sleep.” Environment Minister Gordon Wilson has until Tuesday to decide whether to allow Northern Pulp to build a new effluent treatment facility that will pump up to 85 million litres of treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait. The pipe runs by the Caribou wharf, home port to 68 fishing boats. >click to read< 07:16