Daily Archives: October 24, 2022

Save our way of life

In case you haven’t been paying attention, hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent at the federal and state level on offshore wind development. The Biden and Mills administration is 100% committed to reimagining our historical marine economy into a new “green” economy made up of aquaculture and offshore wind power generation. If you don’t believe me, flip through the federal Inflation Reduction Act (what an excellent oxymoron) and Biden’s 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Make no mistake, eliminating the lobstering industry through the Right Whale risk reduction regulations paves the way for offshore wind development >click to read< By Patty Minerich, Boothbay Harbor 17:33

Brixham family’s plea for help over fisherman’s funeral

The daughter of a Brixham fisherman whose working life took him to ports all over the West Country has launched an online appeal to raise funds for his funeral. Scott Shay died recently at the age of 50, and his daughter Rio is hoping to raise £1,800 for the funeral and burial. “Dad was from Port Isaac in Cornwall and got into fishing when he was a young teenager. He was a trawlerman until he had a life-changing accident on the boat at sea in 2018. After this, and a long hospital stay in coma, he stayed in Brixham with his beautiful husky Winston. “I really hate to ask for help but realistically I have to.” >click to read<, and please donate if you can.

Virtual Alaska Fisherman EXPO to be held in November

The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust are hosting a Fall Fishermen’s EXPO, aimed at providing educational workshops and training to new and experienced local fishermen as well as others with interest in the fishing sector. At the November 9th EXPO, all the workshops and presentations will be offered virtually. Commercial and subsistence fishermen of all gear types will have the opportunity to attend free and interactive classes on permit and quota purchasing, gear recycling, Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project updates, PredictWind updates, marine mammal deterrents and proposed regulations, mental health and commercial fishing, harmful algae blooms and more. >click to read<, and register.13:44

Four rescued from raft as coastguard scrambled after boat runs aground

The crew of a fishing boat has been rescued from a life raft after the vessel ran aground off the coast of Aberdeenshire. Coastguard teams from Fraserburgh and Peterhead were dispatched to the incident involving the Ocean Maid BA55 at Cairnbulg shortly after 5.50am on Monday morning. The Fraserburgh RNLI boat was also scrambled to aid in the operation, though the crew was said to be “fine” after an initial check by Scottish Ambulance Service responders. Video, >click to read< 12:31

LETTER: Boycott of lobster won’t save whales

This is a response to the stories “Retailers pull lobster from menus after ‘red list’ warning”, and “Congressman wants to halt aquarium money after lobster spat”. In all my life I never heard of such a ridiculous way to save the whales — Seafood Watch adding lobster to its “red list” of seafood to avoid. These people are nuts. How are we going to save whales by asking restaurants to take lobsters off their menu? >click to read< By Sam Parisi 10:10

Fiber-optic Submarine Cable near Faroe and Shetland Islands Damaged; Mediterranean Cables also Cut

Last week the SHEFA-2 undersea cable linking the Faroe Islands to mainland Scotland via the Shetland and Orkney Islands was damaged in two separate incidents leaving much of the islands without internet connection. In the south of France three key subsea cables connecting the city of Marseille to Lyon, Milan, and Barcelona were purposely cut, the cable’s operator reported, impacting internet connectivity worldwide. While French authorities suspect an act of sabotage, their Scottish counterparts remain more cautious about what caused the damage to the cables. Similar to the Svalbard cable incidents, in which Russian fishing vessels passed repeatedly over the areas where the cables were located, police investigating the Faroe and Shetland incidents suggested that it was likely fishing vessels, which damaged the cables. >click to read< 09:19

This 53-year-old ‘fish mongress’ earns $200,000 a year

Laura Foley Ramsden’s passion for fish is in her DNA. The 53-year-old is a fourth-generation fish mongress in Massachusetts. Her great-grandfather founded Foley Fish back in 1906, and it’s been in the family since. Ramsden and her husband bought it from her parents in 2004. Over the years, Rasmden has played a role in nearly every aspect of the Foley Fish business, from packing fish to building a social media presence. Her annual salary started at $23,000 fresh out of college, and she earned $200,000 in 2021, when the company sold. Her official title was most recently VP of sales, but she’s better known as the fish mongress. Video, photos, >click to read< 07:45