Daily Archives: October 4, 2020

Lobster season fast approaching – International market struggles could prove for huge domestic boost this year

With lobster season fast approaching, for some it means the return of one of the best seafood delicacies out there. But for Ray Kennedy, it’s a chance to return to the ocean one more time and enjoy doing what he’s loved nearly his whole life: catching lobsters. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years now and I believe I was fish in a former life, so I just always gravitate back to the ocean,” Mr. Kennedy, CEO of Defiance Seafoods and the man who runs the fishing vessel “Rain Man,” said with a laugh. >click to read< 20:59

New “Gadget”? Underwater noisemaker to scare away seals at Ballard Locks

On a recent morning, after some acrobatics and horsing around, a seal cruising the locks suddenly took an all-business turn. When it resurfaced, it was with a mouth crammed full of coho. The Hiram Chittenden Locks, built more than 100 years ago, allow navigable access from the freshwater of Lake Washington and Lake Union to Puget Sound. But the locks also inadvertently created an attraction for seals. The concrete chute of the locks concentrates salmon, making easy pickings. As salmon runs have declined in Puget Sound, a range of methods has been tried over the years to shut down the buffet. Underwater firecrackers, pingers, even Fake Willy, a faux orca that used to be lowered into the channel in an attempt to scare off seals and sea lions. Now a new gadget is being tested at the locks, intended to startle seals to deter them. >click to leave< 20:20

Fishing: The Great Betrayal

The Common Fisheries Policy began as a land (or rather, sea) grab, evolved into a stitch-up and grew into an environmentally devastating and commercially disastrous scandal. The EU, UK government and avaricious commercial interests are all to blame – and we’re far from being out of the woods yet. >click to read<  18:57

An unexpected outcome of the Great Bear Rainforest agreement

“Prince  Rupert produces some of the most iconic seafood in the world,” Coastal  First Nations — an alliance of nine nations on B.C.’s central and north  coast — started exploring the viability of shellfish aquaculture in the region in 2003, testing various species including oysters and geoducks.  In 2013, the nations formed Coastal Shellfish, with Metlakatla First  Nation as the majority owner, and started producing scallops.  Three-quarters of employees are Indigenous. The decision to focus on scallops was based on sustainability, Uehara said.  Scallops are filter feeders, so farming them in the ocean means they  clean the water while they grow. (we like that!) >click to read< 10:56

Bush Caucus urges reduction in halibut bycatch caps

Five members of the Alaska Legislature’s Bush Caucus have asked Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang to advocate for a reduction of halibut bycatch caps during the virtual North Pacific Fishery Management Council now underway. “Millions of pounds of halibut are discarded as bycatch every year,”,,, The Bush caucus noted that halibut fishermen lose a portion of their annual allocation of halibut every year due to the currently high bycatch caps. >click to read< 08:27

Heroic fishermen showed “fantastic community spirit” of Galway with sea rescue

Claddagh fishermen Patrick and Morgan Oliver were honoured at a Mayor Reception held in Leisureland on Friday in recognition of their achievements. The fishermen rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn from the water south west of Inis Oírr after a massive rescue operation in August. The two young woman had been swept out to sea while paddle boarding at Furbo, and ended up being carried almost 20 miles, where they eventually tied their boards to a lobster pot to hold on overnight. >click to read< 07:33