Last missing F/V Papa’s Girl crewmember recovered near Ocracoke

The fourth and final crewmember of the capsized Hyde County fishing vessel Papa’s Girl was recovered Tuesday, according to the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office. HCSO Sgt. Charles Herina says that the body of crewmember Sammy Douglas was recovered Tuesday after being spotted by crewmembers on an NCDOT ferry. The HCSO, Hyde County EMS and the U.S. Coast Guard all participated in the recovery effort Tuesday. The final recovery this week followed extensive searches of the Pamlico Sound in January by multiple federal, state and local agencies in the weeks after Papa’s Girl capsized on the evening of Jan. 7. >click to read< 18:28

Coronavirus threatens California lobster industry

Roughly 95% of commercially caught lobster in California is shipped to China, where customers are willing to pay premium prices. “Traditionally, Chinese New Year is when we get the biggest price,” says lobster fisherman James Voss. “This year, that happened to coincide with the coronavirus and China stopping all wild animal imports into the country. So our price went from the highest it’s been all year to the lowest.” Photos, >click to read< 14:44

Fishing Crews Urged To Avail Of Safety Training After Dramatic Irish Sea Rescue

RNLI fishing safety manager Frankie Horne has urged the fishing community to avail of safety training that is on offer for their crews and to ensure that their safety equipment is up to date. It comes after the skipper of a fishing vessel that sank late last year off the Isle of Man has attributed their rescue to the safety training the crew had undertaken previously and to their lifejackets (PFDs), which were fitted with personal locator beacons (PLBs). >click to read< 13:22

The Risk of Ship Strikes: Maine Congressional Delegation Ask Feds To Shift Focus Of Right Whale Protections

In a letter to top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week, the delegation calls on the agency to provide more information about reducing the risk of ship strikes off the United States and Canada – strikes that they say are as much a threat to the whales’ survival as entanglement with lobster fishing gear. >click to read< 10:13

  Most likely Carnival Cruise Lines is responsible for 18+ Right Whale deaths in the past 3 year, at which rate they would soon be extinct>click to read<

North Carolina Researchers ask commercial fishermen to take part in economic survey

This survey is funded by the fishermen themselves through the the North Carolina Commercial Fishing Fund. “The purpose of this study is to estimate the economic impacts and benefits of North Carolina commercial fishing and the seafood industry throughout the entire state,” says Dr. Dumas. That includes businesses supplying and supporting fishermen, processing, packing, storing, shipping wholesaling and retailing seafood. >click to read< 08:29