Daily Archives: March 11, 2023

Found debris of a plane and a human skull end up in the net

The crew of Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson GK-255 received part of the plane debris and human remains in the trawler on Wednesday while the ship was fishing in Jökuldýpi, about 50 miles west of Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland. Vísir.is reported the matter first. Captain Kristján Ólafsson tells mbl.is that it is a part of the tail, part of the plane’s exterior and another motor. “It’s not a whole plane, there are no interiors or anything like that. Just parts of the debris,” he says. The debris brought up the human remains, a large part of a skull, according to Ólafsson. “It’s unusual and people started to speculate what it was and then what airplane it was. So when we started to process the fish, there’s more to comes up like airplane parts. There’s also a bag, along with this body part. >clck to read< 18:07

Lawsuit threatens Washington’s commercial fishing families | Opinion

While Alaska might be more than 1,000 miles away, Washington shares a lot more with the 49th State than most people realize. This is especially true in the fishing industry where the relationship between Washington and Alaska runs deep and ripples throughout Washington’s economy and communities. We are seeing the complexities and the nuances of this relationship play out right now in a lawsuit that the Seattle-based Wild Fish Conservancy brought against the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2020 with the goal to shut down southeast Alaska’s small boat, hook-and-line Chinook troll fishery in the misguided name of saving the Southern Resident killer whales. >click to read< 14:57

Lobstermen unhappy over proposed changes in legal size of catch

Lobstermen facing new fishing restrictions proposed by the multi-state Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) met March 9 with Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) staff to hear details, ask questions and provide public comments. But the majority of the 30 lobstermen gathered in the Ellsworth High School cafeteria said don’t change anything. The meeting came the day after an online meeting was held that drew about 50 people. Winter Harbor lobsterman Herman Faulkingham said that a multi-state commission shouldn’t regulate individual fishermen in Maine. Jim Hanscom, who fishes out of Bar Harbor and is vice chairman of the Zone B Lobster Council, agreed. >click to read< 11:29

Dredging for Bluff oyster gold in Foveaux Strait

Just before 2am on Wednesday, oyster boat Daphne Kay left its dock at South Port. The crew is five family members. Three brothers, a brother-in-law, and a son. Ricky Ryan is the skipper, with brothers Lynn, Jason, brother-in-law Karl and Ricky’s son Ethan making up the oystermen crew of five. Some of the brothers have been involved in oystering for 44 years. Ethan, trained to be a heat pump installer and worked in refrigeration, but returned to the boat and is now in his second season. He says he actually regrets not getting into the family business earlier. The Daphne Kay, one of the first to leave in the mornings of oyster season, heads out early, so the crew can work out of the sunlight. Photos, >click to read< 09:48

The Point Judith Fishermen’s Co-op

In late 1973, I began working at the coop when I got out of college. Between caddying, pumping gas, singing in some local bars, and substitute teaching for 23 scoots a day, what I earned at the fish docks helped keep me on top of some very thin living expenses. At that time we were in a recession economy and money was tight. Jobs were also tight so a guy took whatever job was available. Around this dock one heard the names: Westcott, Champlin, Whaley, Reposa, Adams, Jones, and Sykes. These names and many others were of the guys working the draggers to earn their living. And, these guys worked very hard for that living. These names were the bedrock of the co-op. These men were pros and knew their business. >click to read< 08:52

Local fisherman outlines harbor concerns

Randy Smith owns and captains the F/V MISTASEA, a fishing vessel moored in the Crescent City Harbor. As sometimes happens, Smith encountered a mechanical breakdown while crabbing, three weeks ago. Apparently, F/V MISTASEA lost rudder control and possibly broke the drive shaft. Smith needed immediate assistance. With the help of his brother crabbers, Fashion Blacksmith, and several very knowledgeable marine diver experts, Smith was able to ease his vessel back into the Harbor; that’s the good news. F/V Mistasea was unable to be lifted onto the excavator at Fashion Blacksmith pier because of the tide level, and the buildup of mud and sludge due to zero dredging since 2013 allowed this immediate crisis to escalate. Photos, >click to read< 07:42