Daily Archives: October 26, 2022

Narcan: Saved at Sea

Narcan is a lifesaving medication for the treatment of opioid overdose, but stigma around addiction limits access to it. This clip from the documentary film “Untreated & Unheard: The Addiction Crisis in America” tells the story of Captain Bill Miller, a commercial fisherman who has advocated for getting Narcan on commercial fishing boats. Video, >click to watch<, If you or a loved one is suffering from substance use disorder you can find tools, help and hope at https://drugfree.org/get-support/ 12:59

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 50′ Fiberglass Stern Trawler w/Permits, Caterpillar 3406

To review specifications, information, and 36 photos’, >click here<, To see all the boats in this series >click here< 11:46

Louisiana shrimpers call for legislators to take action, cap shrimp imports

“We have begged and pleaded for years and years and years for help, and we’ve been shunned, disregarded, ignored continuously,” said Captain Kip Marquize. “No longer can a blind eye be turned to our cause, it just cannot happen any longer. We will be completely extinct.” The Louisiana Shrimp Association held a “State of the Industry” meeting in Cut Off on Tuesday, with the goal of gathering as many shrimpers as they can to call on legislators to take action. “We have coasts that are just full of shrimp, we have processors that can’t sell shrimp, we have docks that can’t get rid of them,” said Acy Cooper, President of the Louisiana Shrimp Association. “We have people that just can’t go out because they can’t get rid of the shrimp, and there’s no need for that.” Video, >click to read< 10:09

Coast Guard reports second operational fatality-free year for Alaska commercial fishing industry

The Coast Guard 17th District Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety office reported the second fatality-free commercial fishing season in Alaska for the fiscal year 2022. The first fatality-free year in the Alaskan fishing industry occurred in 2015. An operational fatality is defined as a death occurring as a result of an incident at sea, such as a man overboard, a sunken or lost vessel, or an on-deck accident, to name a few. “I give most all the credit to the fishing industry when it comes to staying safe and alive,” said Scott Wilwert, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator, Coast Guard 17th District. >click to read<, Photos, 09:14

Massive losses predicted from Bering Sea crab closures

While other crab stocks have been declining in the North Pacific for years, the snow crab fishery’s collapse is doubly shocking for the industry. Not only is it one of the larger crab fisheries by volume in Alaska, it has also gone from booming and healthy to overfished and collapsing within five years, with little warning or clear explanation. Fishermen who made investments in permits and boats less than five years ago are now looking at bankruptcy. Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, the trade organization representing the industry, has estimated the direct financial losses at about $500 million. Adding in the ripple effects to the economy, that estimate rises to about $1 billion. >click to read< 07:50