Daily Archives: February 25, 2024

Most New Jerseyans say they do not want massive wind farms at the shore 

Support for building wind turbines off New Jersey’s coast has taken a dive in the last four years, particularly among residents of shore towns, a Stockton University Poll reveals. Currently, half of the state’s residents are on board with plans to erect wind turbines at sea for electricity, a sharp fall from the 80% support measured in a 2019 survey. Back in 2019, nearly 80% of New Jersey adults were all for offshore wind farms, with a strong backing from 77% of coastal dwellers. Now, only 33% of those living near the coast are fans of the idea, according to the latest findings. more, >>click to read<< 17:20

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol wins one against American fish-shipping companies for violating antiquated Jones Act

Two seafood shipping companies have settled a lawsuit challenging penalties and fines levied by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for violating the Jones Act, a more than 100-year old law requiring merchandise be transported by U.S. flagged vessels between U.S. ports. An exception to the U.S. flagged vessel requirement allows seafood from Alaska to be transported to the mainland U.S. if it travels via Canadian rail.  The companies challenged the penalties and fines in the U.S. District Court of Alaska, saying they did not violate the Jones Act while transporting seafood from Alaska to the mainland U.S. because it was “transported” by Canadian rail.A settlement agreement was finalized between the companies and the U.S. in January. The agreement requires KIF and ARM to pay $9.5 million to the U.S. The companies also stopped using the BCR to transport seafood to the U.S. after this ruling. more, >>click to read<< 13:07

UK authorities pledge support for pollack fishermen

Fishermen mainly in the south-west of the UK who have been hard hit by the restrictions on fishing for pollack will be in line for support, according to a government statement. This includes fast-tracked applications for a share of £6 million in grant funding available through the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme, aimed at those fishing with lines for pollack from <10m boats. Pollack has become a by-catch-only species when the government followed advice to set a zero-TAC for pollack. more, >>click to read<< 11:38

MH370 10 years on: Should the search for the doomed flight continue?

Pressure is mounting on the Australian government to launch a new search for missing plane MH370, as the families of those on board the Boeing 777 prepare to mark 10 years since the doomed flight took off from Kuala Lumpur. 239 passengers and crew were on board the aircraft bound for Beijing when it vanished somewhere in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. Waring believes the authorities should investigate the reported discovery of a large wing of an aircraft reportedly found off the coast of South Australia. Kit Olver told 60 Minutes he immediately thought of MH370 when the piece of debris got caught in the net of his fishing trawler seven months after the flight disappeared. Photos, more, >>click to read<< 09:54

Waiting for details on Gulf of St Lawrence redfish

Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Diane Lebouthillier last month announced a long-awaited decision on the reopening of the commercial redfish fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, known as commercial redfish fishery. Now the Atlantic Groundfish Council and its members are awaiting more information on the decision to better understand the details. ‘During the consultation process, we were pleased to see various stakeholders sharing the view that the significance of historical shares and the investments by existing quota holders should be respected and are an important part of a sustainable and successful Canadian redfish fishery,’ said Sylvie Lapointe, President of the Atlantic Groundfish Council. more, >>click to read<< 07:08