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2008-08-06 15:00:27

By BASHAM, Laura A poignant one-minute's silence spoke volumes for those who went to Nelson's waterfront on Saturday to pay tribute to fishermen who lost their lives at sea. Under a grey sky and by a calm sea, a 1000-strong crowd gathered at the Sunderland Marine Pier for the eighth annual Blessing of the Fleet. "It's quite emotional," said fishing industry spokesman Darren Guard. "That minute's silence is always a bit of a tug on the heart- strings. "Everybody knows somebody who has...

2008-08-05 00:00:17

By LIZ PHILLIPS South Devon fishermen, already banned from scalloping in 60 square miles of Lyme Bay, have condemned the launch of a new three- year eco-study of the seabed as 'a Government delaying tactic'. Scalloping is worth more than pounds3million a year to the port of Brixham because it has no catch limit like sole or plaice. Paignton fisherman Nick Prust, spokesman for the South West Inshore Fishermen's Association, said the pounds400,000 cost of the new Plymouth University study...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

CALABASH, N.C. _ An engine fire at sea Wednesday morning forced 26 passengers and crew members to jump from their charter-fishing boat into the ocean, where they clung to rubber life rafts and watched the burning boat sink until help arrived. "I didn't know at the time if I was making the right decision," said captain Dan Manos of the Miss Calabash II, who ordered his passengers into the water. "But once I had been in the water five minutes, I looked at that boat and I knew I did the right...

2008-07-27 00:00:24

In a final fling before Parliament 'recessed' for an 11 week summer holiday, the Lords European Union Committee made a disastrously ill informed recommendation to our dysfunctional government. It said, in essence, that EU waters were over-fished, that fleets were over capacity, that the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) had failed to conserve stocks and that any attempts by the EU to make 'de minimus' payments to fishing boats to offset the prohibitive cost of fuel should be blocked. They...

2008-07-20 15:00:21

By Laine Welch, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage Jul. 20--Fishermen are seeing red flags as Congress retools the rules that will govern the U.S. Coast Guard through 2012. The USCG Act that was passed by the U.S. House (HR 2830) contains business busters for fishing operations, mostly in the form of new licensing, inspection and reporting requirements for even the smallest boats. The bill now passes to the U.S. Senate. "It would require survival craft on any commercial fishing...

2008-07-02 21:00:11

By Dennis Taylor, The Monterey County Herald, Calif. Jul. 2--Monterey will never again be known as "The Sardine Capital of the World," as it was in the 1930s and '40s, but three fishing boats delivered 135 tons of sardines to Wharf No. 2 early Tuesday, a haul that drew an upbeat proclamation from a local captain. "The ocean is healthy," said Tom Noto, a third-generation Monterey fisher who pilots the Lady J. "We're seeing a lot of big schools of sardines out there right now, just like in...

2008-06-25 15:00:00

By Kevin Wadlow, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jun. 25--Even kayakers could find themselves needing a proposed federal permit regulating boating discharges, the Environmental Protection Agency says. On the positive side, a vessel discharge permit for a kayak or other motorless vessel might cost only 29 cents to $2.29, according to an EPA fact sheet released this week. Owners of commercial fishing boats, however, could be charged up to $1,598 - the estimated top annual fee for a...

2008-06-16 12:00:29

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Deborah Kuo] Taipei, June 16 (CNA) - Naval vessels will be dispatched to escort agroup of legislators on their planned visit to the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, military spokeswoman Lisa Chi said Monday [16 June]. The Navy has started planning for the proposed trip by a group of lawmakers from the legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defence Committee, led by ruling Kuomintang Legislator...

2008-06-15 00:00:16

Brixham fishermen are reeling after the theft of hundreds of pounds of equipment during the weekend. Rob Penfold, skipper of fishing boat Fiona Mary said that 6,000 yards of bass gill nets worth pounds300 had been stolen from the store at Brixham breakwater and pots belonging to fisherman Trevor Parnell have also been stolen. Mr Penfold is offering pounds100 reward for information leading to the arrest conviction of the culprits. Mr Penfold said: "It was all brand new gear and who ever...

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2008-02-02 16:10:00

Fishing fleets around the world have agreed to new measures to reduce deaths and injuries to albatross and other endangered seabirds that pursue the fleets' baited hooks.  The measures, which take effect this year in Atlantic and Pacific ocean fleets, include the use of streamer lines to drive birds away from boats' sterns as miles of baited hooks, are being set, along with dying bait blue to conceal it in dark water.In their hunt for food that often takes them across international...