Daily Archives: March 14, 2023

Argentinian Yard Launches its First Newbuild Fishing Vessel

Built entirely at the De Angelis yard Nuevo Don Julio is a fresher trawler designed to operate from Caleta Paula port, in Santa Cruz province. The regional standards relating to coastal fishing vessels stipulate a maximum registered length of 12 metres, so that was a crucial factor of this venture from the outset, explained production manager Juan Cruz Rodríguez. ‘The primary requirement presented by our client was that the boat should have the largest storage capacity possible while remaining within the maximum allowed length,’ he said. The 99m3 fish room is considerably larger than would be expected in a vessel of this size. Nuevo Don Julio’s designers had to strike balances between length and internal volume by creating a special configuration of elements to ensure its stability. Photos >click to read< 19:25

The unlikely conversion of the 45m trawler Scintilla Maris

A single-prop fishing trawler is not an obvious choice for conversion into a superyacht, but for the owner of Scintilla Maris it was the only one. We travelled to the Damen Maaskant shipyard near Rotterdam to find out more. Entrepreneur Erik Vonk grew up fascinated by tugboats and trawlers. “In the 1980s and into the ‘90s these steel-hulled boats represented the epitomy of Dutch shipbuilding,” says Vonk. “They were very sturdily built, almost over-engineered, to deal with conditions in the North Sea. I’d been following the Dutch beam trawlers for years and when one became available as part of a decommissioning scheme in 2006 I decided to buy her, basically with a virtual handshake over the phone.” lots of photos, >click to read< 15:32

California crabber accuses processor of price fixing

A Portland, Oregon seafood processor, the country’s largest, faces an antitrust class action over what the lead plaintiff says is an egregious case of price fixing in the West Coast’s increasingly unstable Dungeness crab market. Fisherman Brand Little of Auburn, California, filed a putative class action Monday accusing the $945 million company with fixing the price of the highly sought after Dungeness crab, which is found along the coasts and bays between Central California and Alaska. Little says Pacific Seafood, which is owned by Frank Dulcich, the grandson of the company’s founder, has “for at least the last four years, and likely substantially longer” fixed the prices paid to the region’s crabbers. That has in turn dramatically reduced the amount of money earned by the crabbers and priced out customers during the peak demand period while forcing them to buy frozen crab from the previous year, also supplied by Pacific Seafood. >click to read< 12:21

Fishing industry warns snap lockout of key Northern Territory waters could affect restaurant plates around Australia

The fishing industry says restaurants and fish markets around Australia are scrambling to secure barramundi, mud crabs and threadfin salmon after a snap decision closed key Northern Territory waters. Commercial fishers have been banned from the East Alligator River and Mini Mini-Murgenella Creek estuaries. The lockout has followed a failed attempt by the NT Government to negotiate commercial fishing access with the Northern Land Council, which represents traditional owners. Barramundi fishers and crabbers had been preparing for their season in the rich coastal waters off Arnhem Land, east of Kakadu National Park. >click to read< 10:23

Few benefits seen from close-to-shore wind turbines

It’s beyond offensive for Gov. Phil Murphy to dismiss as “disinformation” the concerns of many of his constituents about a possible connection between wind energy survey work and the almost weekly occurrence of dead whales floating onto the Jersey Shore. Here are some things the governor has repeatedly failed to address: The planned wind farms, particularly those off of Long Beach Island, will have structures up to 1,000 feet tall, and will be close enough to land to be visible from beaches. For the Atlantic Shore project, they will be as few as 9 miles offshore. These hundreds of turbines proposed for three installations could bring devastating results to the state’s commercial fishing and tourism industries. >click to read< 09:19

Maryland seafood locale claps back at PETA in billboard feud before crab season: ‘Brought religion into it’

Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, a seafood restaurant in Maryland, hit back after the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched a billboard near the restaurant in February that encouraged people to “go vegan.” PETA’s Lent-themed billboard read, “I never lent you my flesh, go vegan,” according to a video posted to Jimmy’s Famous Seafood’s Twitter page. The billboard included a picture of a cross and a fish. The seafood restaurant, located in Dundalk, Maryland, posted a photo of two billboards on Thursday advertising their restaurant in response. One said, “they died to be enjoyed” and the other read, “it’d be a sin to waste them.” Photos, >click to read< 08:07