Daily Archives: October 17, 2022

Richmond fishing company charged with unsafe transportation of ammonia

A Richmond fishing company has been charged with transporting ammonia by people not trained to do so, not complying with safety regulations as well as possibly dumping it. Arctic Pearl Fishing, Arctic Pearl Ice and Cold Storage and Kwong Man Sang Company have all been charged in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred in the fall of 2017.  The charges range from handling or transporting dangerous goods, that is, anhydrous ammonia used in the shipping industry for refrigeration, as well as not complying with safety requirements.  >click to read< 18:59

No Offshore Wind: WV to work with VA on nuclear technology

Virginia lawmakers and West Virginia lawmakers are in talks on how to collaborate on expanding nuclear energy and innovating nuclear technology. Earlier this month, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced his new energy policy, which seeks to expand the state’s nuclear energy capabilities by constructing small modular nuclear reactors, also known as SMRs, to provide power. The state may work with its neighbor West Virginia on getting these reactors up and running. “These units can be built on old coal mining sites, and we already know we have the skilled machinists, engineers, welders and fabricators who can support the nuclear industry,” West Virginia House Speaker Roger Hanshaw. >click to read< 17:00

Lobsterman Erik John Capuano of Deer Isle has passed away

Erik John Capuano passed away at his home unexpectedly, at the age of 33, on Sept. 1, 2022, in Deer Isle, Maine. He is survived by his loving partner Elizabeth “Liz” Perez, and her sons Judson and Elliott of Deer Isle, Maine. He was the beloved son of Lorrie and Michael “Jack” Capuano of Bantam. Erik was a graduate of Litchfield High School. Shortly after graduating the sea called him to become a lobsterman and he moved to Stonington, Maine. He loved the beauty of the early misty sea mornings, beautiful sun rises, the smell of the ocean air and the island life and brotherhood of the hardworking fishing community. >click to read< 12:24

SEA-NL questions results of fish pricing review when skippers weren’t involved; study wasn’t broad enough

Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador questions the legitimacy of the review of the province’s broken fish price-setting system when the consultant didn’t consult inshore skippers. “The consultant didn’t hold a single meeting with the more than 3,200 licensed inshore enterprise owners in this province when their livelihoods hang on the price of fish,” says Ryan Cleary, SEA-NL’s Executive Director. “Usually when government considers changing laws they consult people, but that didn’t happen with the fish pricing review and the inshore fleet, which raises the question whether this government sees fishermen as people. That sounds as ludicrous as not including owner operators in the review of fish pricing.” >click to read< 10:22

North Atlantic Right Whale not impacted by NL lobster, snow crab fisheries

“The justification for the new “avoid” rating does not reference any of this significant action by Canadian lobster fishery stakeholders, does not identify any pathway toward achieving a better evaluation and only tells the fishery to “do more”. The Canadian lobster sector is constantly working on solutions and will continue to innovate to protect the NARW. The new Seafood Watch rating tells us that Monterey Bay Aquarium is not working collaboratively to help fisheries improve.” “It’s really not even a Canadian problem. The species spends more of its time in American waters, but I think harvesters in the United States have done a lot to mitigate the impacts out that way. There is no evidence that these fisheries are impacting the recovery of the right whale overall. There’s a lot of other factors that are impacting it, but it’s not these fisheries. I hope consumers will look into this and see that is the case.” >click to read< 09:45

‘Follow the Fish’ to learn about tugs at GLMHC on Thursday

“Follow the Fish” to learn about the evolution of commercial fishing vessels in the Great Lakes. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Maritime Archaeologist Cassandra Sadler will examine the historical development of the traditional Great Lakes commercial fish tug. “Fish tugs and fishing vessels were immensely important to the Great Lakes fishing industry,” Sadler said. “There aren’t many of the fish tugs left … there’s only a handful of active commercial fish tugs, and many are in museums. So, we’re just trying to document them before they all disappear.” Photos, >click to read< 08:28