Daily Archives: May 17, 2022

SEA-NL supports province issuing new snow crab processing licenses

Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador supports the issuance of new snow crab processing licenses as the quickest way to increase industry capacity and reduce pressure on the inshore fleet to fish in potentially unsafe conditions. “We see more processing licenses as the quickest way to take pressure off the inshore fleet,” says Ryan Cleary, SEA-NL’s executive director. “More competition in the processing sector should mean more opportunity for inshore boats to land crab quotas faster, with less expense, and safer for all hands.” “More crab processing capacity will take pressure off the inshore fleet, and that’s the bottom line for SEA-NL,”  >click to read< 14:20

Fishing Boat Captain Pays $22,300 To Settle Federal Fisheries Case With NOAA

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a settlement agreement with a commercial fishing captain. Darrell York of the commercial fishing vessel, F/V Watch Out, agreed to pay $22,300 restitution for resource-related crimes dating back to 2015. During a stop in January 2021, officers discovered 13 red snapper and one gag grouper in the hidden compartment.  >click to read<  13:20

Snow crab prices plummet in Newfoundland

It wasn’t the news fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador wanted to hear. They’ll get less for their snow crab after today, as the result of a decision by the province’s fish price setting panel. After reviewing a request from the Association of Seafood Producers and arguments by the Fish Food and Allied Workers, the panel went with the processors’ pitch of $6.15 per pound. That’s down nearly 20 per cent from the $7.60 per pound price that was set for the start of the season on April 1. In Nova Scotia, fish harvesters also saw a drop in snow crab prices a couple of weeks ago. They are now getting $8.25 a pound for snow crab, according to Gordon Beaton, local president with the Maritime Fishermen’s Union.  >click to read<  11:06

$230M Class Action Settlement in 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Plains All American Pipeline has agreed to pay $230 million to fishers, fish processors and shoreline property residents who are members of two classes in a class action lawsuit filed against the company after a corroded pipeline spilled an estimated 15,000 barrels of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean in 2015. Due to failed maintenance and extensive pipeline corrosion, Plains was found criminally liable in 2018 for the oil spill. The spill devastated the fishing industry and polluted coastal properties from Santa Barbara County to Los Angeles County. These class members will now be compensated for their damages. >click to read< 10:14

F/V Purbeck Isle: Family mark anniversary of Dorset fishing boat tragedy

The family of a man who died in a fishing boat accident are gathering to remember him on the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy. Robert Prowse, 20, was on the Purbeck Isle along with David McFarlane, 35, and Jack Craig, 21, when it sank off Dorset on 17 May 2012. All three men died. Mr Prowse’s body has never been found. Mr Prowse’s family, including his three daughters, have asked people to gather at a memorial bench in Weymouth Harbour to remember the three men. >click to read< 09:01

Maine Fisherman Catches Rare Orange Lobster, Throws It Back

A TikTok video shows the moment a fisherman catches a “unique” rare type of lobster before releasing it back into the ocean. The video, which has been viewed more than 850,000 times since being posted a couple of days ago, was made by Jacob Knowles, a Maine fisherman who regularly posts videos documenting his time at sea and the various creatures caught. “We caught our first unique lobster,” Knowles says, holding a small orange lobster up to the camera. “She’s pretty cool, she’s all orange… she looks like she’s got gloves on.” Video, >click to read< 08:24