Daily Archives: January 22, 2023


Locals are jumping in to help Luke Sack, a local crabber, whose boat was damaged while trying to help another boat that got into trouble in Shelter Cove yesterday. The organizer, Lisa Machi Pleger wrote, “On Saturday January 21st Luke set out to retrieve his crab when he noticed a sport boat in distress, Luke did what any hero would do and came to their rescue only to end up in trouble himself. His boat washed ashore and was severely damaged. Many of his electronics are ruined, along with his motors and the vessel itself. >click to read< the rest, and please, donate if you can! 18:33

N.L. snow crab sales to Japan displaced by Russia

While many countries are imposing sanctions on Russia as a result of the war in Ukraine, Japan is taking advantage of low Russian snow crab prices. Clifford Small, MP for Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame and federal fisheries critic, says that is preventing Newfoundland and Labrador processors from selling their crab to Japan, as they normally do. “To have one of our major markets dry up on us, and to dry up in a sense that basically they started buying from a country like Russia — that’s at war in Ukraine — flies in the face of what you’d expect from a great trading partner and an ally,” he said. >click to read< 15:44

Calls for €12m fund to help inshore fishing industry

The Government is to be asked to give Ireland’s inshore fishers more than €12m to help them deal with the disruption to their markets caused by the war in Ukraine and the pandemic. The market in shrimp, for example, has collapsed, with one group of around 600 smaller inshore fishers losing an estimated total of €5m in the build-up to last Christmas. Their representatives have seen more than €100m in packages to help the much larger, offshore sector boat owners deal with the negative impacts of Brexit, which is mainly the cut in quota and resulting 40% fall in income. But they say that despite having 91% of the country’s entire fishing fleet, and employing the majority of Irish fishers, Ireland’s inshore sector has, by comparison, received around €3.7m. >click to read< 11:26

1st small modular nuclear reactor certified for use in U.S.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has certified the design for what will be the United States’ first small modular nuclear reactor. The rule that certifies the design was published Thursday in the Federal Register. It means that companies seeking to build and operate a nuclear power plant can pick the design for a 50-megawatt, advanced light-water small modular nuclear reactor by Oregon-based NuScale Power and apply to the NRC for a license. It’s the final determination that the design is acceptable for use, so it can’t be legally challenged during the licensing process when someone applies to build and operate a nuclear power plant, NRC spokesperson Scott Burnell said Friday. The rule becomes effective in late February. >click to read< 10:32

Falmouth low tide reveals wreck of Scottish trawler Ben Asdale that was swept onto rocks 44 years ago

Cornwall’s coastline is strewn with shipwrecks. More than 3,000 are recorded around our shores, with most hidden below the surface of the sea, or buried under the sands of time on our beaches. However, there are a few shipwrecks in Cornwall that can be seen at low tide – those more recent wrecks that remain where they met their peril on the rocks. Here, they slowly rust, bend and disintegrate into their surroundings – broken down by years of gentle tides and raging storms. The skeletal remains of one such wreck can still be seen at low tide below cliffs near Falmouth. Just around the corner from Maenporth Beach, below Newporth Head, lies the wreck of Scottish trawler Ben Asdale, where it was swept upon the rocks one fateful night, 44 years ago. 24 photos, >click to read< 09:36

Blue lobster caught by New Hampshire fisherman off Isle of Shoals

A New Hampshire fisherman was in for an exciting surprise when he caught a blue lobster by the Isle of Shoals. Jake Eaton, who caught the lobster, said this is something that doesn’t happen every day. He said he gets out to haul three to four times a week and has been fishing for about a decade. “Fishermen are fortunate to see the things we get to see, you know, with all the wildlife and everything. So just try not to take it for granted and just realize how lucky we are to get to experience it,” Eaton said. >click to read< 08:11