Daily Archives: June 2, 2021

‘Ropeless’ Crab Gear Would Put Whales At Greater Risk

Advocates for proposed crab gear legislation in California, AB 534, often cite misleading information in support of policies that would destroy California’s iconic and sustainable trap fisheries, while doing nothing to protect whales. The main argument is that existing crab gear is responsible for most whale mortality off the California coast, and that “ropeless” or “pop-up” gear would reduce the risk to whales from fishing gear. But the reality is that commercial fishermen share the goal of minimizing interaction between marine mammals and fishing. >click to read< By Ben Platt 17:44

Britain, EU reach agreement on 2021 fishing rights

The European Union and Britain on Wednesday (June 2) reached an agreement on fishing rights for 2021, the European Commission said. The accord was finalised in a phone call between the EU’s Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius and British Secretary of State for the Environment George Eustice. “This agreement provides predictability and continuity for our fleets with definitive TACs (trade and cooperation agreements) for the remainder of the year. >click to read< 16:39

The Sipekne’katik First Nation has indefinitely postponed the start of a communal lobster fishery

The band said it was concerned for the safety of its fishermen and lacked resources to launch the fishery in St. Marys Bay. “The reality is that we would need to provide our own security and police our own gear getting seized and it feels like a costly prospect for our community after all that we have lost,” Chief Mike Sack said in a news release. The decision to postpone came following an emergency meeting of fishermen at Sipekne’katik on Wednesday morning. >click to read< 14:06

In partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, ‘Wicked Tuna’ honors wounded veterans

A special episode of the National Geographic show ‘Wicked Tuna’ showcased six wounded veterans alongside their cast of boat captains in an effort to give back to the veteran community. One veteran who participated in the episode, Jeffery Nunez, served over five years in the Marine Corps and he believes his time on board the boat was part of his healing from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Captain Dave Marciano, featured on the show, has been particularly involved with WPP. Following season one of ‘Wicked Tuna,’ he partnered with WPP and began to take veterans on his boat for yearly charter fishing trips.   >click to read< 12:46

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 49’x16′ Scalloper, Cat 3406, with Federal Permits

To review specifications, information, and 12 photos>click here< , To see all the boats in this series >click here<11:14

A Fundraiser has been Established for stabbing victim Maximus Julian

Max Julian was in his last semester at the University of Rhode Island for business, and was about to graduate with high honors. His family has suffered a tragic loss. . Outside of school, he loved to ride BMX. Max also loved to go fishing, and worked on a commercial fishing boat out of Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, RI. Max was a shining light in the world, and will forever be remembered as being full of generosity, life and love. The Julian family has had to overcome great hardship in the past few years, including spending months in the hospital due to various medical emergencies, and suffering a large fire to their property. >click to read< , Fundraiser for Funeral Services for Maximus JulianClick to read, please donate if you can. Thank you. 10:05

Copper River closed again amid low counts

This year’s Copper River sockeye run is starting out a lot like last year’s, which is bad news for most everyone, except for maybe the fish that are showing up. Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers closed the famed early season drift gillnet fishery for a second consecutive opener May 31 due to poor sockeye counts at the department’s Miles Lake sonar upriver from the fishery. Just 54,154 sockeye had been counted at Miles Lake through May 31, compared to the approximately 132,000 fish needed by that date to meet the department’s,, >click to read< 08:58

Share, and Share Alike! 35 Penniless fishermen strike gold.

A group of penniless fishermen found £1.1 million worth of “whale vomit” in the carcass of a mammal. The rare treasure, known as ambergris, is a highly sought-after substance used in the perfume industry. The 35 fishermen from southern Yemen spoke of their joy after the lucky discovery in the Gulf of Aden which lifted them out of poverty. The profits from the ambergris were divided equally among the fishermen and they also gave money to some people who needed help in the village. One fisherman said the huge amount of money also,,, photos,>click to read< 07:59