Daily Archives: June 5, 2021

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for June 04, 2021

Legislative updates, Bill updates, Calendar, >Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here< 20:46

Lobstermen Protest Offshore Wind Farm in the Gulf of Maine

An ambitious wind power project in the Gulf of Maine could, years from now, make these family lobster dinners less frequent. Local lobstermen believe offshore wind will significantly disrupt the ecosystem and displace fishermen. Supporters say a project will provide clean energy for the region.,,  “When you think of Maine, lobster’s the first thing that comes to mind,” Dustin Delano, a fourth-generation lobsterman and the Vice President of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, told me a story about fishermen from the United Kingdom coming to Maine a few years ago to discuss the windmill arrays which had been recently installed where they fish. One Mainer asked, “What would you do if you were us right now?” An English fisherman leaned over the table and said, “Fight it with everything you have, because you have everything to lose and absolutely nothing to gain.” >click to read< 17:04

Break Up of DV North Pacific Pending

The rusting hull of the former fishing vessel North Pacific is aground near the west-end launch ramps, awaiting dismantling. Homer Council member Heath Smith asked City Manager Rob Dumouchel about the boat’s situation at last week’s city council meeting. “The derelict vessel will be there for some time. It’d going to be there for the summer and dismantled,”,,, Dumouchel added that the method salvagers used to ground vessels reached its limit in rolling the North Pacific ashore. >click to read<  Ports across Alaska are home to a ghost fleet of derelict vessels. Many are abandoned, left to rot dockside, to become hazards to the environment or navigation. >click to read<  13:08

Everything You Didn’t Know About Andrea Gail, The Fishing Vessel Lost In ‘The Perfect Storm’

In the fall of 1991, a catastrophic storm swept the northeastern coast of the U.S., wreaking havoc along the coast of Massachusetts. The storm would strike the coast with no name, afterward only gaining the title of the ‘perfect storm’ and inspiring a movie of the same name. It made landfall suddenly with no one anticipating its hurricane-strength devastation, with those on land feeling its effects but those at sea having a first-hand account of the strength of its winds and rain. The Andrea Gail set out of Gloucester on what was meant to be a month-long fishing trip off the coast of Newfoundland, covering a total of 900 miles,,, What they didn’t know is that the storm heading up the coast would take the lives of 13 people and causing millions of dollars in damage from Florida all the way up to Nova Scotia. photos, >click to read< 10:20

Fishing vessel busted with €250m ($304m) worth of drugs first spotted by Irish naval officers weeks ago

Three men were arrested this week when the ‘Odyssey 227’ shipping trawler was seized with 22.1 tonnes of hash on board after the Irish tip-off to authorities in Spain. The ship, which originated in Morocco, was intercepted last Tuesday before the hash was recovered and three men arrested. The capture is one of the biggest ever seizures of cannabis in European waters. photos, >click to read< 09:01

Sipekne’katik fisherman says delay in fishery launch the smart decision for now

Robert Syliboy, a member of the Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, said his community’s decision to delay the start of its own fishery this week was the smart thing to do for now. “,, Sipekne’katik Chief Mike Sack said concerns over safety is the main reason he and council members decided to postpone the start of the First Nation’s fishery for the time being. Lobster Fishing Area 34 in St. Mary’s Bay is currently closed to commercial fishing until the last week in November.  >click to read< 08:07