Daily Archives: November 15, 2020

Fears in France for future of fishing industry after Brexit

Fishermen in northern France have enjoyed nearly 50 years of shared seas during Britain’s membership of the European Union. But a no-deal Brexit is threatening to sink the livelihoods of people in Boulogne-sur-Mer who have been fishing all their lives. “If we don’t have an agreement it will be catastrophic,” says fisherman Laurent Merlin. His haul of flatfish and crabs will be at risk if any deal between the UK and the EU does not guarantee access to the seas off Britain. >video, click to read< 19:45

2020 commercial salmon catch, and value took a dive

Commercial salmon harvests proved challenging for the 2020 season, challenged by a global pandemic of the novel coronavirus, with the overall fish catch and its value down considerably from a year earlier. Data released on Monday, Nov. 9 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the all species harvest has an approximate value of $295.2 million, down 56 percent from $673.4 million in 2019. Fishermen delivered some 116.8 million fish, a 44 percent drop from the 208.3 harvested a year earlier, the report said. >click to read< 18:15

A dramatic early morning rescue operation mounted as Fife fishing boat hits the rocks

Volunteer RNLI crews from Anstruther were able to rescue two men from the Carisma before she was wrecked after hitting the rocky shore near Pittemweem shortly after 6:15am. The loss of the vessel is a massive blow to her owner and skipper Kirk Doig, who launched Carisma Seafoods in August when the Covid-10 pandemic ended most demand from fish markets as the country felt the full impact of lockdown on the hospitality industry. >click to read< 15:55

New Trawler Built Under Coronavirus Restrictions

‘That was undoubtedly our major challenge this time. We had signed the contract with the shipowner just a few days before quarantine measures were ordered by the Argentinian government,’ said Domingo Contessi, the shipyard’s president. ‘Construction began in April, when all of the  restrictions were already in place, so this boat was completely produced under social distancing requirements’. Fortunately, both Contessi’s suppliers and staff responded positively to the company’s new needs and Siempre María Elena was completed within the time agreed with Aquellos Tres S.A., the shipyard’s client. >Video, photos,  click to read< 13:23

Fishermen’s quarrel over stolen fish leads to attack

А Веlіzе Сіtу fіѕhеrmаn іѕ ѕtаblе іn hоѕріtаl аftеr bеіng аttасkеd thіѕ mоrnіng аt thе Nоrthеrn Fіѕhеrmеn Соореrаtіvе Соmроund оn Nоrth Frоnt Ѕtrееt. Роlісе ѕау 41-уеаr-оld Аlfrеd Ваrrоw tоld thеm hе hаd bееn аррrоасhеd bу оnе “Вlасk” frоm Кеllу Ѕtrееt, а dаrk соmрlехіоnеd, mеdіum buіlt mаn whо ассuѕеd hіm оf ѕtеаlіng fіѕh frоm hіѕ ісе bох. Ваrrоw ѕаіd hе wаlkеd аwау frоm “Вlасk” tо аvоіd аnу соnfrоntаtіоn аnd wеnt tо ѕіt bу thе ехіt аrеа аnd whіlѕt thеrе “Вlасk” fоllоwеd hіm аnd рісkеd uр аn іrоn ріре mеаѕurіng аррrохіmаtеlу 2 1/2 fееt іn lеngth аnd hіt hіm tо thе сеntеr оf hіѕ fоrеhеаd. >click to read<  10:58

Transportation Safety Board: Factory freezer trawler fire met with uncoordinated response

A fire on board OCI’s factory-freezer trawler Newfoundland Lynx in January started in the vessel’s sauna and, while the fire was contained, it was met with an uncoordinated response by the crew due to a lack of fire drills that involved “realistic scenarios,” states a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report released this week. The report also notes that some of the firefighting equipment on board was in a deteriorated condition and that there wasn’t enough of some key parts of the firefighting equipment. It advised in the report that, “It is important that crews perform fire drills on a regular basis to confirm that firefighting equipment is in working order, and to reinforce their knowledge of how to use the equipment and of assigned emergency duties. It is also important that these drills include varied and realistic scenarios so that crews are prepared to respond effectively to emergencies.” >click to read< 08:21