Daily Archives: February 8, 2021

Weʼre raising £10,000 to The Leigh Spencer Memorial Fund

Leigh was killed on Saturday the 6th February in a tragic accident aboard the fishing vessel he worked on. He leaves his wife Analiza and two young children, Theo and Issabella. We’ve started this page to raise money to cover Leigh‘s funeral arrangements, and also to provide for Analiza and the children now that their husband and father is no longer there for them. >Please click here to read<, and donate if you can. Thank you. 17:14

Fisherman Leigh Spencer who died in trawler incident identified

A fisherman who died in an incident on a trawler off the coast of Cornwall has been named locally. Leigh Spencer, 50, from Millbrook was fatally injured on the vessel on Saturday. Devon and Cornwall Police said a second crew member was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with minor injuries and later discharged. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) confirmed the vessel was a beam trawler called The Cornishman, which is now back in Newlyn. >click to read< 13:43

Now that’s waterproof! Lobsterman fishes dropped iphone, still working, from the depths

Two weeks ago, Gloucester lobsterman Andrew Gossom was working on his boat, the F/V Sandollar, while it was tied up on the far side of the old Intershell building off St. Peter’s Square. The 26-year-old Gloucester native was talking on his iPhone 12. He had called Tony Gross, his former boss on the Sandollar,,, The iPhone 12 can do many things. Flying is not recommended. Gross, at home in Annisquam, heard two sounds. The first, while unusual, was unmistakable: The plop of something entering the water. >click to read< 11:27

“The Perfect Catch” campaign: Asian carp is getting a new name and a public makeover

Illinois officials and their partners want to give the invasive Asian carp threatening the Great Lakes a similar makeover. The goal: To grow the fish’s image as a healthy, delicious, organic, sustainable food source which will in turn, get more fishermen removing more tons of the fish from Illinois rivers just outside of Lake Michigan. Markets such as pet food, bait and fertilizer have expanded the use of invasive Asian carp in recent years. But “it’s been hard to get the human consumption part of this because of the four-letter word: carp,” A full-on media blitz is coming later this year to change that. >click to read< 09:51

Grimsby fisherman has vital equipment removed and destroyed by Triton Knoll wind farm

Darren Kenyon, of Fastline Shellfish, lost 13 lobster pots and a distinctive anchor by a contractor working for the new Triton Knoll wind farm. Mr Kenyon, 54, who has been left angry about the loss, says he has since reported the matter to the police. But Triton Knoll say they needed to remove the equipment to ensure safety for those working on the site and they had made attempts to locate the owner before destroying them. Mr Kenyon said: “We have enough problems as it is without this. There are a lot of struggles with the fishing industry being the way it is. >click to read< 08:41

Canada’s sockeye salmon find their way home again after 50 years

For the first time in over 50 years, spawning sockeye salmon will return to Okanagan Lake in British Columbia,,, A fish ladder, left inoperable after the Penticton Dam was built in the 1950s, has been restored by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. A crane was used to remove a wooden gate blocking off the narrow concrete passage, opening the way for fish to get through.  “To watch that gate go up, and to know that fish can finally return to their historic grounds, was a tearful moment,” she said. McFayden is a member of the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative (ORRI) and the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance. >click to read< 07:55