Daily Archives: June 17, 2021

KVH Introduces TracPhone® LTE-1 for Offshore Internet Access

KVH Industries, Inc., has introduced the TracPhone® LTE-1 Global marine communications system designed to provide recreational boaters and commercial mariners in more than 150 countries with Internet access up to 20 miles offshore. The system utilizes LTE Advanced (LTE-A) cellular network technology, which is faster than regular 4G LTE, and builds on KVH’s award-winning U.S.-only TracPhone LTE-1, which was introduced in 2018. >click to read< 20:26

Douglas “Daddy Doug” Guthrie Sr., commercial fisherman, netmaker of Harkers Island, has passed away

Douglas was born March 27, 1942, on Harkers Island to the late Irvin and Bertha Guthrie. He was an avid commercial fisherman, his favorite fishing being channel netting for shrimp. Douglas was a lifetime netmaker and was the first in Carteret County to introduce mechanical clamming, of which he invented the prototype. In his earlier years, he managed net houses in Florida, but the local waters called him back home, where he enjoyed being on Core Sound with his family. Douglas was a loving husband of 59 years, faithful father to his sons, constant friend to his siblings and beloved papa to his grand and great-grandchildren. >click to read< 18:34

Why summer shrimp price should be set at $1.22/lb (which even then may be too low)

The 2021 summer price of shrimp paid to inshore fishermen — either the FFAW’s proposed $1.22/lb or the $1.10/lb offered by processors — is now in the hands of the province’s price setting panel, which, by law, must choose one or the other. That’s even if the “right price” is somewhere in the middle, just as the panel wrote in late April when it set the spring price of shrimp at $1/lb (processors’ price) over the FFAW’s $1.50/lb. The panel system of fish pricing doesn’t work in terms of best possible price to harvesters, but that’s another story. >click to read< 16:00

Leaked document reveals Govt’s proposals to reform New Zealand fishing industry

Proposals to vastly increase marine protections in the ailing Hauraki Gulf and ban trawling in all but “carefully selected” corridors have been revealed in a leaked document. The document also outlines Oceans and Fisheries Minister David Parker’s proposals to reform the New Zealand commercial fishing industry, including progress on the rollout of cameras on commercial vessels. The document, produced for the Labour Party’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee, outlines a suite of papers to be taken to Cabinet that will “underpin the Government’s work on Oceans and Fisheries”. It was reportedly leaked to the Act Party and published online. >click to read13:15

Brixham fisherman stars in new Devon and Cornwall TV series

Brixham fisherman Tristan Northway, who kept his business buoyant during lockdown by bringing his boat right up to the quayside to sell direct from the deck to his customers, will be one of the stars of a new TV series. A new season of Channel Four’s Devon and Cornwall starts on Monday June 21 at 8pm, and Tristan’s story featured in the opening episode. Tristan, described by Channel Four as a ‘maverick skipper’, was filmed on board his boat Adela, the smallest of the fleet in busy Brixham harbour. >click to read< 11:19

Teen commercial fisherman hooked on a career on the water

While many other young people are leaving coastal communities for careers elsewhere, Wyatt Casper decided to cast his lot as a commercial fisherman at home in Dare County. Unlike many of his peers, the seventeen year old is already his own boss, operating two fishing boats on the waters of of the Albermarle Sound. Of course being the boss means Caspers workday begins at 7, 6, or even 3 am. >click to read< 10:29

That’s right, lobster boat racing fans! Rev up your engines, lobster boat racing season is here!

There’s going be a whole lot of wake on the water this Saturday, June 19 when lobster boats up and down the coast arrive, revved up and ready to race, in the 2021 Charles Begin Memorial Lobster Boat Races. That’s right, lobster boat racing fans, Maine’s races are on and the kickoff is right here in Boothbay Harbor! Boat captains will sign up at Brown’s Wharf on Atlantic Avenue between 8 and 10 a.m.; the races start at 10. All signup fees will go to Maine Lobsterman’s Association. photos, video, >click to read< 2019’s Fastest Working Lobster Boat, Boothbay, was Andrew Taylor’s Blue-Eyed Girl. 09:07

Leave Our Ocean Alone – Pursue Energy Technologies on Land

Onshore alternatives exist that can make use of existing infrastructure and not impact our ocean resources. I urge readers to look into these alternatives. While moving the turbines farther offshore will reduce visibility impacts, it does not resolve the issues associated with industrializing the ocean’s resources. There will be environmental issues to be considered. The Atlantic Shores project proposed off Long Beach Island could include some 200 massive wind turbines, standing 850 feet above sea level and only 9 to 10 miles off our beach, presenting a “wall” of turbines obstructing our view to the horizon. The impact on the environment, including that on the endangered right whale,,, >click to read< by Jim Binder 08:22