Daily Archives: February 19, 2024

In crabbers’ turbulent moment, Edmonds seafood processor ‘saved our season’

When a seafood processing plant in Alaska shut down in the middle of crabbing season, fishermen found themselves in a pinch. Under the state’s quota system, harvesters can only catch a set amount of crab each year. And they must deliver 90% of their catch to a processor with a corresponding quota With the Peter Pan Seafood facility closed this winter in King Cove, there was no one to process their catch. That’s when Keyport, an Edmonds-based company, stepped up to the plate. “When Peter Pan announced they were shutting down, a lot of fishermen came to us asking for help,” Keyport CEO Mark Pedersen said. more, >>click to read<< 16:18

NCFA WEEKLY UPDATE FOR February 19, 2024

Proposed shrimp trawl area closures to “protect” submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). Once again, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) will be discussing adopting further regulations for North Carolina’s shrimp trawl fishery. At the February MFC meeting they will be reviewing recommendations from the Division of Marine Fisheries to close numerous areas to shrimp trawling to “protect” SAV. While the NCFA shares fishermen’s concerns over the areas DMF wants to close to trawling our primary concerns are not with the specific areas DMF wishes to close. Our concerns are, first, are the areas closures, any of them, necessary, and second, is the process proposed for implementing these closures, specifically proclamation authority, legal? Are these closures necessary? more, >>click to read<< 13:03

“You saved someone’s life,”- Commercial Fisherman makes dramatic rescue

Near sunset last Nov. 6, commercial fisherman John Genther of Madison was steering his boat back home after a day of catching whelk when he spotted a bright blue object about a half mile ahead in the water. As he maneuvered closer, he realized it was a man wrapped in winter clothing, without a life preserver, clinging to the side of an overturned skiff in 55-degree water. Genther immediately recognized the signs of hypothermia and knew what to do, thanks to a first aid training he completed less than two weeks earlier. “You saved someone’s life,” said Nick Lajoie, commander and chief of response for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, speaking to Genther and a roomful of attendees at a ceremony on Feb. 8 honoring the heroic act. “It’s a big deal.” more, >>click to read<< 10:22

New Zealand: Rollout of cameras on fishing boats under review

The future roll-out of cameras on fishing boats is back on the table on Monday. Top fishing company executives and senior officials from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will meet to discuss challenges and future options for the programme. Labour brought in the regime to put cameras on commercial fishing vessels to improve under-reporting around bycatch of species like penguins, dolphins and seals. Cameras been installed on about 300 in-shore vessels already, but the future of the roll-out may be up in the air. more, >>click to read<< 09:12

New Fisheries Protective Co-operative Taking Inspiration from Past to Help Inshore Fish Harvesters

The newly formed Fisheries Protective Co-operative is taking a deliberate page from the past in both its name, and its aim to advance the economic interest of inshore fish harvesters. Spokesperson Ryan Cleary says the name of the new co-op is a direct reference to the Fishermen’s Protective Union formed by William Ford Coaker more than a century ago. Cleary says like Coaker, the FPC was formed to help inshore enterprise owners. more, >>click to read<< 08:16

Farmers, Fishermen & the Far-Right: An Unlikely Alliance in Rural Europe

Farmers and fishermen in rural Europe form an unlikely alliance with the far-right to protest against globalization, immigration, and policies threatening their livelihoods. This complex narrative unveils the struggle for survival, identity, and sovereignty in an ever-globalizing world.  In the heart of France’s rural expanse, a surprising alliance is taking shape, one that threads through the quiet towns across Europe and stretches its roots deep into the soil of global discontent. Farmers, the bedrock of our sustenance, find themselves in an unlikely camaraderie with fishermen and factions of the far-right, united not by ideology but by a shared sense of siege. more, >>click to read<< 07:03