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Hansen of FV Northwestern Comes to CBMM

Edgar Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern—as featured on Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch,” photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Edgar Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern—as featured on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," is coming to St. Michaels, MD and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, August 14 for the 2nd annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Hansen agreed to attend the event after learning of some of the parallels both Alaskan fisherman and the Chesapeake’s watermen are facing. "With fishing being my livelihood for over 25 years,” said Hansen, “it is a pleasure any time I am able to help others in the industry and support them in the challenges they face."   “I was floored when Edgar personally returned my phone call,” said Talbot County Watermen’s Association’s event coordinator, Lisa Gowe. “He is really looking forward to coming to the museum, and getting on a couple of boats during the docking contest.”   Watermen’s Appreciation Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 14 from 10am to 5pm along the waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. The event celebrates the Chesapeake watermen’s heritage and features the days catch of crabs in a Maryland crab feast;  live toe-tapping and get-up-and-dance music with Bird Dog & the Road Kings; and a spirited “Watermen’s Rodeo” boat docking contest which begins at 11am.  


Combination Boat Joins Oregon Fleet

“Don’t make me out to be anything special,” cautioned Mike Pettis over the phone, “I’m just a working man.” The challenges of winter waters off the west coast of Oregon, not to mention the care required to stay in the fishing business, are well known. So it will be hard not to feel some admiration for a man who is adding yet another boat to his fishing fleet. Pettis has an extensive history as a long-liner (halibut and black cod) as well as a crab


Fred Wahl to Build Again

Fred Wahl, whose Oregon yard built two Bering Sea aft-house crab boats last year, is starting in on a quite different pot fishing boat to work off the U.S. west coast. Design work on this forward cabin raised-fo'c'sle vessel is by Jensen Maritime of Seattle. Owners Lyle and son Scott Harzell of Florence, Ore. will fish crab, sable fish and other species with the vessel off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington states.


Peggy Jo: A Family Tradition

When pioneering king crab fisherman Oscar Dyson of Kodiak had Jensen-designed 99 ft. Peggy Jo built back in 1966, Pacific Fisherman hailed her as "the first U.S. vessel ever built specifically to fish for King crab." She was big for her day - capable of carrying 100 pots and packing 12,000 live crab. The yellowing magazine copy tells us she was equipped with the latest electronics including "a loran set which enables the skipper to establish his bearings electronically


Coast Guard Suspends Search for Big Valley Crewmen

After searching more than 1,700 square miles, the Coast Guard suspended its search for three individuals from the fishing vessel Big Valley late Monday night. The Big Valley sank Saturday morning casting the six crewmen into the frigid Bering Sea 70 miles west of St. Paul Island. The joint search operation included searches by the Alaska State Trooper (AST) vessel Stimson, Good Samaritans, a Coast Guard C-130 airplane crew


Update #40: Assessment Complete, Kulluk Stable

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Jonathan Klingenberg.

Unified Command confirmed the following information:   The Kulluk remains in stable condition and there are no reports of any release.   The underwater assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel has been completed and that data is now being analyzed.   Unified Command continues to work with the Kodiak Crab Alliance Cooperative to put mitigation measures in place that will reduce potential impacts to the fishery during the upcoming crabbing season.  


Tanker Company Fined $1.5M

The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Departments of Interior and Commerce, and the State of New Jersey, announced today that France Shipmanagement S.A., the operator of the tank vessel Anitra-from which there was an estimated 40,000 gallon oil spill in 1996 into the Delaware Bay off the coast of New Jersey-has agreed to pay the United States and State of New Jersey a combined $1.5 million to resolve allegations that the spill resulted in injury to natural resources.


Crescent City, Calif. Tsunami Damage Report

Photo courtesy USCG

In a fact sheet released by the U.S. Coast Guard, it was reported that the tsunami from the earthquake in Japan resulted in the sinking of 16 vessels in the Port of Crescent City, Calif.  In addition, 47 vessels incurred some damage and there was significant damage to moorings and docks.     Crescent City tsunami fact sheet #3   Location:   Crescent City Inner Basin Harbor, Crescent City, CA Cause:   Tsunami following 8.9 earthquake in Japan Dsamage:


NOAA Awards $967,000 to 11 Marine Debris Removal Projects

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources will continue organizing cleanups to remove debris from beaches in Kahoolawe.

NOAA’s Marine Debris Program provided $967,000 through its Restoration Center to support locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. Eleven groups across the country received funding to remove derelict fishing nets, litter, lumber, tires and other harmful marine debris from shorelines and coastal waters. “Marine debris plagues coastlines all over the country, and these communities have the expertise and motivation to address it


KEIFCA Orders Blyth Workcat Patrol Boat

Image: Blyth Workcat

The Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (KEIFCA) placed a contract for a 17-meter GRP Blyth Workcat for use when monitoring fishing activities around the Kent and Essex coasts. The new boat is being built to meet the exact requirements of KEIFCA which has specified a durable craft capable of operating in extreme offshore conditions while undertaking a wide range of tasks relating to the monitoring of fish stocks and the supervision of fishing activities


USCG Responds to Sailing Vessel Allision

Coast Guard Station Mayport crewmembers responded to a report of a sailing vessel that allided with the Main Street Bridge Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla., in the St. Johns River. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center were notified of the incident at approximately


Illegal Mexican Fishermen Chased, Rescued

Coast Guard Cutter Brant: USCG photo

Four Mexican nationals, who were illegally fishing in U.S. waters off South Texas were rescued, after their lancha began taking on water during a pursuit by the crew of the Cutter 'Brant', informs the US Coast Guard. The Coast Guardsmen spotted a lancha crew recovering long-line fishing gear


RS Class: Unique Trawler Joins Russian Fleet

Up-to-date fishing vessel Taurus has entered service under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The ship was built to the dual RS/DNV class and registered under the flag of the Russian Federation. The ordering customer and shipowner is ZAO TAURUS of Murmansk.


Man Medevaced from Fishing Boat off Lewes, Del.

screen capture from USCG video

The U.S. Coast Guard announced it medevaced a 49-year-old man at approximately 8 a.m. Monday from a fishing boat about 50 miles offshore from Lewes, Del. A crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Mary Elizabeth alerted Coast Guard watchstanders of an ailing crewmember who was in need of immediate


$5.6M Granted for US Fisheries Research

Research projects in New England and the Mid-Atlantic are expected to receive nearly $5.6 million in federal funding, according to an announcement made today by NOAA Fisheries. Under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program, which is administered by NOAA Fisheries


Nonlethal Equipment Prevents Robbery at Sea

The P-Trap installation releases lines in the water on both sides of the fishing vessel. Propellers of hostile vessels tangle in the lines, engines stall as a result of this and the intruder remains at a safe distance, meaning that pirates cannot climb aboard.

Multilayered approach deters criminals and prevents unwanted boarding Westmark BV has recently performed a test in which passive nonlethal equipment served in a multilayered strategy to protect fishing crews from the threat of robbery at sea


ITF President Weighs in on Multimillion Dollar Fisheries Dispute

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International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) president Paddy Crumlin has met with key stakeholders in Auckland, New Zealand, about the ongoing campaign to secure NZD30 million in unpaid wages for fishers in the region. The ITF has contributed to Slave Free Seas’ campaign to


AMSA Calls Off Search for Missing Vessel

AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) said it has suspended the search for a 75-meter fishing support vessel after consulting expert medical advice indicating that in the current weather conditions there is no prospect of survival.


Airbus Expands VSAT Coverage

Ku-band coverage boosted with Seychelles region extension delivering high-speed data. Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (Very Small Apperture Terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.


Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Grounds in Batanes

Taiwanese fishing vessel FV Jui Fa Tsai with five crew composed of two Taiwanese and three Indonesian nationals ran aground at vicinity 16 nautical miles Northeast off Itbayat Island, Batanes on April 1, 2014 at 6:50 a.m. Immediately, Coast Guard District North Eastern Luzon was alerted and


Seafarers Charity Aids Crew, Families of Fatal Ship Collision

Photo: Apostleship of the Sea

The dangers of shipping and fishing should not be underestimated, said seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea, following the collision of a car carrier and a fishing boat in Spanish waters. Media have reported that three crew are confirmed dead after the Baltic Breeze


Texas City Y Oil Spill Information Session

Representatives of the Unified Command responding to a March 22 oil spill will join community leaders in an informational session on Thursday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Port O’Connor Elementary School, 508 Monroe Avenue.


J.K. Fabrication Winch Earns DNV Approval

Photo: J.K. Fabrication

J.K. Fabrication announced it has received DNV Type Approval on its Model 40-30-3000 Anchor Winch. The winch can now be specified into existing commercial applications on barges, tugs, fishing and yacht vessels around the world. The company said the new Arctic Prowler Longlining vessel


Texas City Spill Clean-up Continues

Reponse efforts continue on South Matagorda Island, Mustand Island and Padre Island National Seashore More than 465 response contractors continued work today along the shores of Mustang and South Matagorda Islands and Padre Island National Seashore


USCG Searching for 2 Trapped Under Sunken Barge

The Coast Guard, along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Mississippi County, Ark. Sheriff's Department, are searching for two people in the water near a sunken barge in Hickman Landing Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report at


 
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