Daily Archives: November 19, 2023

Debris from boat of 3 missing fisherman found off coast of St. Augustine

Debris from the boat of three missing Georgia fisherman was found 16 miles off the coast of St. Augustine Sunday night, according to the United Cajun Navy. The owner of the F/V Carol Ann confirmed the recently found debris, which was a fish box and the buoy balls on the boat. The three missing fisherman, Tyler Barlow, Caleb Wilkinson and Dalton Conway, went on what was planned to be a four-day fishing trip. Video, >>click to read<< 21:31

F/V Susan Rose: Fishing boat that ran aground off N.J. sinks

A 77-foot commercial fishing boat that ran aground three blocks from the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach last week sank while it was being towed from the area, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said Sunday. The Coast Guard received a report of the boat being beached shortly before 5 a.m. Friday. Crews worked all day Saturday to get the boat afloat. As a salvage company was towing it away, the vessel sank in 48 feet of water about a half mile from Manasquan Inlet around 2 a.m. Sunday, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Matthew West said. >>click to read<< 13:39

Resurgence of illegal Indonesian fishers ‘unacceptable’ as companies say stocks are suffering

Fishers say highly organised illegal poaching of Australia’s fish and marine life is having a significant impact on fish stocks in the country’s remote northern waters. Northern Wildcatch Seafood operator Grant Barker, whose fleet of five boats fish remote waters off the West Australian and Northern Territory coast, said it was common to see Indonesian fishing boats operating within Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). He was concerned about the impact of illegal fishing on Australia’s fish stocks.  “Depending on the time of the year and where our boats are fishing, we might have interactions with them 15 or 20 times a year,” he said. Mr Barker said illegal fishing was highly organised and designed to take as much catch as possible. Photos, video, >>click to read<< 11:59

B.C. stream watchers link ‘unprecedented’ coho salmon kill to tire toxin and drought

John Barker has been volunteering with the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society for more than 20 years and says he’s never seen anything like it, dozens of coho salmon, pre-spawn and silvery, looking fresh from the sea, dead at the mouth of Brothers Creek. “When you have a loss like this, it’s devastating,” said Barker. He and others suspect the culprit in the “unprecedented” kill in late October could have been a chemical found in tires that has previously been associated with coho deaths, coupled with B.C.’s drought. He hopes solutions can be found and wants the tire industry to find an alternative to the chemical, called 6PPD-quinone. >>click to read<< 10:44

Cornish fishermen lead on national policy change

Two years ago, the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation went above national regulation and pioneered a voluntary measure to protect crawfish stocks. Since then, Cornish fishermen have been calling for the government to bring in a higher minimum size for catching crawfish as national policy. Earlier this week, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) revealed their decision to introduce the measure.  Aiden Mcclary, 23-year-old fisherman from St Ives, doesn’t mind taking the economic hit if it sustains the stock of Crawfish   He said: “We don’t want history repeating itself. Years ago, back when my dad was fishing, there was a massive crawfish stock but it was wiped out because of a lack of management in place. >>click to read<< 09:55

Search suspended for Maine missing fisherman

The search for a missing fisherman off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine, has been suspended. The search for Scott Cluff was suspended Friday evening after crews scoured more than 700 square nautical miles. “Suspending a search for a family’s loved one is one of the hardest decisions I must make,” Capt. Amy Florentino said in the press release. “My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time.” Cluff’s overturned 12-foot aluminum skiff was discovered early Friday morning, as well as several other items associated with his boat, including life jackets, a seat and a fish measuring device. >>click to read<< 08:34

Peterhead firm given green light for fish processing factory expansion

Northbay Pelagic has been given the green light to expand its Peterhead fish processing site that will help the firm hit new national fishing targets. Operation manager Scott McKenzie said the additional space was needed to meet the Scottish Government’s new landings obligation. Speaking at the Buchan area committee, Mr. McKenzie explained: “Scottish pelagic fleets this current year must land 30% of their catch in Scotland. Next year it will increase to 45 per cent and the year after it will be up to 55 per cent. Northbay Pelagic is one of the largest pelagic fish processors in the country. It currently processes around 25,000 tonnes of fish per year including mackerel and herring. – >>click to read<< 07:07