Daily Archives: February 2, 2020

Fishing boat under repair after hitting rocks in Otago Harbour

A fishing vessel struck rocks in Otago Harbour and had to be grounded on a sandbank to stop it sinking. Otago Regional Council harbourmaster Steve Rushbrook said Carolina M hit the ground near Wellers Rock about 3am on Saturday and started taking on water. “With the help of a local fishing vessel, the Mary Ann, the Carolina M made it to a point of safety — a known shallow sandbank in the area. >click to read< 16:23

Dungeness Crabs Redux

Well, after my last post, The Solution To Dissolution, I thought I was done with the Dungeness crab question. And I was happy to be done with those chilly crustaceans. Writing that post brought back memories of how cold the fishery is. I remember leaving out from Eureka harbor at the north end of California and crossing the bar at the mouth of Humboldt Bay well before dawn.,, In that post, I discussed the manifold problems with the incorrect media claim that “The Pacific Ocean is becoming so acidic it is starting to dissolve the shells of a key species of crab, according to a new US study.” Willis Eschenbach >click to read< 13:59

Protestors Protest against fishermen over calls for grey seal cull off Kerry

Animal welfare campaigners have staged a protest in An Daingean (Dingle) to protest against calls by fishermen for a cull of grey seals. The protesters say a cull on the grey seal colony around Na Blascaodaí (The Blasket Islands) would be “unnecessary and barbaric.”  The inshore fishermen claim an “out of control” seal population is putting livelihoods at risk and are calling for a “seal management plan” to be put in place immediately.  >click to read< 10:27

Humpy run into Price William Sound forecast is above average

Forecasts for the 2020 fishing season show a robust run of pink and chum salmon into Price William Sound, along with a healthy run of kings and below average return of wild and hatchery salmon to the Copper River. The area forecast released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday, Jan. 28, also put wild sockeye returns to Coghill Lake at slightly below average. >click to read< 09:20

Coast Guard urges caution to mariners ahead of heavy weather expected to impact the Central and Southern California Coast

Sunday’s weather conditions for the inner waters in the vicinity of metro Los Angeles include wind speeds reaching 40 knots and sea states as high as 14 feet. Conditions are expected to worsen moving north from Los Angeles. For offshore conditions, the National Weather Service is reporting potential gusts approaching 50 knots with seas nearing 20 feet. Beaches throughout the area are expected to feature exceptionally high surf, large breaking waves and dangerous rip currents.>click to read< 07:48