Daily Archives: December 7, 2021

Commercial Fisherman/Army Veteran Norval Helmer Nelson, of No. Douglas, Alaska has passed away

Norval Helmer Nelson, Sr, was born April 2, 1926 in Onalaska, Washington to Arnt Hilmer Sjoning Nilsen of Bodø, Norway and Selma Elizabeth (Holmblad) Nilsen of Bergsjõ, Sweden.  Ole and his brother Axel worked alongside their father to build on the beach the family’s first fishing boat-the F/V Saga–with trolling poles made from nearby spruce trees. Ole captained the F/V Saga, F/V Nova, F/V Silverspray, F/V Sparrow Castle, F/V Vermont, F/V Curlew. In 1974, Ole and his son Norvie bought the 82 foot crabber F/V Aleut Princess from Kodiak. Ole fished for crab up until he was 93 – atop the flying bridge of the F/V Christian in frigid rolling seas and snowstorms. He was never idle. Watch the video. >click to read< 21:47

Coast Guard aircrew hoist 4 fishermen from disabled commercial fishing vessel

A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted four fishermen from a disabled fishing vessel off the coast of Duck, N.C., Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call at approximately 7:30 a.m. from the captain of the fishing vessel Bald Eagle II stating that his vessel was disabled and drifting towards shore. photos, >click to read< 15:48

DFO forces fishermen to shorten boats, Transport Canada fines them for it

Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) takes issue with the sudden move by Transport Canada to come down like a hammer on inshore fishermen who’ve had fishing vessels modified or cut in length without advance approval. “Fishermen have been told for years by officials with Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, and their own union that they didn’t need architectural drawings or advance approval to modify or cut a vessel to fish in the under 40’ fleet,” says Ryan Cleary, Interim Executive Director of SEA-NL. “Now the same fishermen are being told they will be locked up, and/or slapped with million-dollar fines if they didn’t do what they were told they didn’t have to do,” added Cleary. “Sounds to me like grounds for a class-action lawsuit.” >click to read< 13:19

Fishing trawler aground in rough seas in OBX Tuesday morning – Four fishermen rescued

A fishing trawler grounded in rough seas in the Outer Banks Tuesday morning. Four crew members from the F/V Bald Eagle II was airlifted a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter from Station Elizabeth City. The F/V Bald Eagle II is a 78-foot-long steel-hulled trawler. >Video, click to read< – Coast Guard rescues four from disabled vessel off Southern Shores – According to USCG Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann, the call came in after the Bald Eagle II had become disabled and was drifting closer to shore. >click to read< 12:21

Holtec says it won’t dump radioactive water in Cape Cod Bay in 2022

The company in charge of decommissioning Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station announced Monday that it would not discharge radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay in 2022. “We wanted to share that in the near term the decision at Pilgrim has been made that the processed water will remain on site, safely stored, and that we will not discharge any processed water in 2022 while this evaluation (of alternative disposal options) is undertaken,”,,, The email said the company appreciated and understood the public’s questions and concerns, and “remain committed to an open, transparent process on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Station focused on the health and safety of the public, the environment, and on-site personnel.” >click to read< 11:19

Fishing association says offshore wind farms being rushed through

Plans to build offshore windfarms west of Shetland are being rushed through, according to the Shetland Fishermen’s Association. Policy officer Sheila Keith said the industry “depends on these rich grounds” for catching. She said fishermen were “hugely concerned” that proper assessments into how the offshore wind industry will affect fishing are not being made. >click to read< 10:22

Couple recovering after fishing boat sinks in Shem Creek

It was a difficult morning for a young couple and after their commercial fishing boat sunk in Shem Creek sometime during the early morning hours, dumping around 100 gallons of water into the creek as it went down. “We woke up this morning, came down to check the boat as normal,” said one of the boat’s owners. But things were anything but normal. Their source of income was gone. “We just have to keep our composure. It’s just a big old bump in the road, one foot in front of the other and keep on going forward. That’s just life of a commercial fisherman.”  Video, >click to read< 09:03

Alabama: Fishermen land big haul of roe mullet on Fowl River

More than half a dozen boats lined up at the mouth of Fowl River Monday for a big catch of roe mullet. The roe mullet is a popular fish that can be sold for money, especially the females that hold eggs. Licensed fishermen use gill nets to capture the fish as they move from the rivers to the Gulf of Mexico. In Alabama, gill net fishing will soon be extinct. The state no longer issues gill net licenses for environmental concerns. Many gill net fishermen have been fishing for roe mullet for generations and sell the fish to support their families. Video, >click to read< 07:34