Daily Archives: June 9, 2021

The Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative – $647M to protect Pacific salmon

Record federal spending to try to save the Pacific salmon population marks the beginning of a new chapter,,, Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson outlined the principles that will guide how $647.1 million announced in the last budget will be spent over the next five years. The Pacific salmon population is drastically declining due to a combination of climate, habitat and harvesting pressures, the government said in a news release. “A generation of Canadians have seen salmon populations decline, some up to 90 per cent in their lifetime,”,,, “There is no quick fix and no one single solution to save this species. This will require patience and all hands on deck.” >click to read< 19:33

Elda Curtis Henry, followed in his Commercial Fisherman fathers footsteps, has passed away

Family and friends are mourning the loss of “Curt,” since he passed away in Eureka in the presence of his family.,, After graduating Arcata High School in 1964, he married Eloise Henriksen of Fortuna. Curt followed in his father’s footsteps to become a commercial fisherman, and when his father retired, he and Eloise also took over the family business of Henry’s Crab Traps. Curt continued to fish for Dungeness crab, salmon and tuna along the entire West Coast from as far as Tahiti to Alaska. Over the many years of his career, he owned and operated the CavalierEarly DawnCompass Rose and The Jewel. He taught his older sons, Rodney and Jeffrey, along with his nephew, Raymond, to fish when they were in their teenage years. In 1991 Curt met his second wife, Carolyn. Together they ran a successful bed and breakfast at East Brother Light station in Point Richmond, Calif. After some time, he returned to fishing, and they also divorced. >click to read< 17:02

Sri Lanka: Plastic, chemicals and a devastating environmental hit for commercial fishermen and their communities

The X-Press Pearl is lying half sunken off the coast of Sri Lanka. Images of the ship burning for days have gone around the world,,, Tons of tiny plastic pellets have already washed up on the local beach nearby. Aside from the environmental threats, there are also devastating consequences for the local communities, fishermen who overnight lost their livelihoods and will likely suffer for years to come. Plastic pellets, also called nurdles, are tiny  round pieces of plastic, used to make nearly all plastic goods. They will wash up on beaches or end up in the guts of fish and other ocean animals. “More hazardous than the plastic are the chemicals,” >Video, photos, click to read< 14:35

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 36′ Northern Bay Lobster Boat, 375 HP John Deere 6081 Diesel

To review specifications, information, and 15 photos>click here< , To see all the boats in this series >click here<11:15

North to Alaska: family fishes for salmon off Sitka Island

It’s a long commute from Plymouth to Sitka, Alaska, but Tracy Sylvester plans to make that trip this summer. The Cape Cod native and her family will be fishing for wild salmon just off the island,,, Sylvester’s catch is sold right here at the Plymouth Farmers’ Market, which is where you will find her this Thursday and again this fall. She and her partner Jesse Remund ply the waters off Sitka for salmon and other fish, often accompanied by their two children, Lilly and Eddy. The fish are knocked out, gutted and bled as soon as we catch them, then packed in ice to be flash-frozen at the processing plant.” Right now, Sylvester is selling fish caught by other members of the cooperative. They will head back to their home in Port Alexander on Southern Baranof Island, near Sitka Island, in July to catch salmon from their 42-foot wooden boat F/V Faithful. >click to read< 09:52

Lobster prices are through the roof!

As the country reopens post-pandemic, increased demand for lobster and a squeezed supply caused by a state ban on lobstering to protect right whales has resulted in a price spike of about 60% per live lobster. “If there’s no lobsters coming in, then the demand isn’t being met. Those are the cards,” said South Shore Lobsterman Association President John Haverland. According to business publisher Urner Barry, the retail price of a live, one-and-a-half-pound lobster increased from $5.47 a year ago to $9.05 on June 7 this year. >click to read< 08:41

Selvåg Senior: New LNG-Powered Purse Seiner/Trawler cuts GHG 42%

Capable of both trawling and purse seining, the 79.5- x16.2-m vessel will have a molded depth of 6.9 m. The RSW holds, in the DNV-GL classed vessel, will have a total volume of just under 2550 cu. m.. The main propulsion engine will be a medium-speed Wärtsilä 8V31DF, producing 4,800 kW at 750 RPM. The main auxiliary genset will be powered by a Cummins QSK60 generating 1,724 kWe/3×440 VAC/60Hz at 1,800 RPM. The QSK60 engine will be fitted with IMO Tier 3 compliant SCR after treatment systems. She has a 15-knot design speed and accommodation for up to 14 crewmembers. >click to read< 08:05