Daily Archives: December 4, 2023

Looking back august 13, 2015 Fullabullard, By Jim Lovgren

Recently John Bullard was quoted as saying that fishermen are lying, and there is no proof that windmill factories are killing marine mammals. This reminded me of an article published in Fisherynation concerning Mr. Fullabullard from 2015. The article showed the cover of the New York Daily News reading, Fullabulard to fishermen, Drop Dead. Now eight years later Mr. Fullabullard is saying to the Whales, Drop Dead. Nothing has changed with Mr Fullabullard, he is, and always will be a lying politician/ bureaucrat, only too happy to say whatever the people paying him need him to say, since he has the credentials from his years spent destroying the fishing industry. Good job, John, I mean Alfred. Click to read The Harvey Haddock Report – Fullabullard to Fishermen, DROP DEAD! 18:04

What makes Dungeness Crab Unique

Named after the town of Dungeness, Washington where people first began fishing for these crustaceans in the 1800s, Dungeness crab meat is prized by chefs and seafood connoisseurs alike for its subtle sweetness, and flaky, delicate texture. It’s easy to get lost in the moment when you’re biting into a chunk of delectable Dungeness crab meat. Still, it’s worth pausing to express gratitude toward the crab fishermen (and women) who caught that meal for you. This article covers a lot about these crabs, and you’ll know about a wide variety of crab from Dungeness to King Crab. Dungeness vs. Snow Crab, vs. Stone Crab, Photos, and more, >>click to read<< 16:50

NOAA Fisheries Approves Adjustments to Fishing Year 2023 Specifications for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

Each year, NOAA Fisheries determines how much unused quota sectors may carry over from the previous fishing year based on final catch data. Today, we are announcing, through a final rule, the amount of allocation each sector may carry over from the 2022 to 2023 fishing year, which ends April 30, 2024. For details, including tables presenting the carryover allocations, see the rule as filed in the Federal Register. Questions? Fishermen: Liz Sullivan, Regional Office, (978) 282-8493. Media: Contact GARFO Public Affairs  15:09

Tarzan, the last sponge-fishing sailboat, on its way to a long restoration

The Tarzan, an old traditional Mediterranean rig and the last to have fished sponges under sail, is heading for Narbonne to be restored to her original condition. The Association des Amis du Tarzan tells us more about its history and the upcoming restoration program. The Tarzan adventure began in 1950 in Sfax, Tunisia, at the Manno shipyard. This motorized schooner, built for the Marinello brothers of Sicilian origin, had an oak hull and an auric rig. Measuring 33 meters long overall, with only 21 meters of hull and a further 12 meters for the spars, 5.20 meters wide and between 38 and 40 tons displacement, she was initially designed for sponge-fishing under sail Lots of links, and photos, more. >>click to read<< 12:05

Minute silences to be held to mark anniversaries of Haut du Mont explosion and trawler tragedy

Minute silences will be held this week to mark the one-year anniversaries of two tragedies which claimed the lives of 13 people. The government has announced that public workers will fall silent at noon on Friday to remember fisherman Michael Michieli and his two crew – Jervis Baligat and Larry Simyunn – who were killed when their trawler was in collision with the Commodore Goodwill freight ship. Another silence will be observed at noon on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the explosion at Haut du Mont on Pier Road. Nine residents – 72-year-old Peter Bowler, Raymie Brown (71), Romeu and Louise De Almeida (67 and 64 years), Derek and Sylvia Ellis (61 and 73 years), Ken and Jane Ralph (72 and 71 years) and 63-year-old Billy Marsden – were killed in the blast. Photos, more, >>click to read<< 11:03

‘Catalytic.’ How a bipartisan bill could save working waterfronts from Cape Cod to Alaska

Andrew Spalt climbs the side of the new hydraulic dredge ramp he is installing aboard his boat Miss Emma.

The Working Waterfront Protection Act (S-3180) would establish a grant program that would support working waterfronts in coastal states, including the Great Lakes. The act would provide $20 million annually through fiscal 2028. Commercial fishing cooperatives, working waterfront owners and operators, nonprofit organizations and municipal and state governments would be eligible to apply. Fishing Communities Coalition Coordinator Noah Oppenheim said support is crucial because of pressures facing working waterfront owners and fishing communities nationwide. The coalition represents more than 1,000 independent small boat fishermen and business owners from Maine to Alaska, according to its website. 8 photos, more, >>click to read<< 09:38

Australia: Anti-offshore wind farm fishing group is chaired by a former Liberal MP

A fishing industry group that has become one of the most vocal critics of offshore wind farm plans is chaired by a former Liberal politician who claims that the turbines threaten Australia’s national security by providing places for foreign submarines to hide. Offshore wind farms proposed for near the Illawarra region andOffshore wind farms Port Stephens have become a hot-button issue with the emergence of anti-wind farm organising. One of the major existing groups that have come out in opposition to the plans is the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA), Fishing groups have opposed the offshore wind farm plans out of fear that the projects would hurt both commercial and recreational fishers. But AFTA was not one of the groups that made submissions during the consultation process between February and April this year. more, >>click to read<< 08:29

Commentary: Offshore wind foes push false info about whale deaths

As the former former of New Bedford, regional administrator of NOAA Fisheries, and as president of the Board of the New Bedford Ocean Cluster, I know that commercial fishing and offshore wind can co-exist and thrive. But this requires honest communication about the real conflicts between wind and fishing that need science-based thinking, baseline and ongoing research, respectful listening, and collaborative problem solving. This is made so much more difficult when there is an ongoing disinformation campaign that distorts the facts, presents false information, and operates with motives that can’t be trusted and that are geared towards stopping projects rather than solving problems. more, >>click to read<< 07:14