Gun fishin’

July 1, 2012

The USCG had a recent news release / article on their fishing grounds monitoring and enforcement activities, that I found interesting to read because it wasn’t about the “war on whatever”, perhaps you might too. The article is titled Operating Forward and highlights some of the work of the newest US Coast Guard ship, the USCG Waesche, based out of Alameda, California. Read the article here. from Wikipedia

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New regs take effect

February 16, 2012

I was just thumbing through the new IMO news magazine, noticing some upcoming changes in taking affect after recent ratification, that may affect you at work. One is the new North American Emission Control Area (ECA) coming into force, under amendments of Marpol. The new regulations affect… “…emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter from ships will be subject to more stringent controls than the limits…

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Office party, not for seafarers

December 20, 2011

In the last post, I talked about how misleading the stats were on a recent study of Post Secondary Education, and their earning potentials… this week I was sent this video which exemplifies this even more. The video is not of typical weather condition while working at sea, but this is the reality of the job. Having to put up with that, even before spending one once of your energy,…

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Draggin’ up an expensive cod end

May 25, 2011

A little over four month into full operation, a fisherman took a chunk out of Neptune. Neptune is the $100 millions dollar, publicly funded, scientific underwater observatory, off the coast of Vancouver Island BC, in the Pacific Ocean. The high tech underwater observatory was primarily installed by Alcatel, of France, to study the deep sea environment. According to news reports, the highly sensitive, and expensive, scientific equipment logged seismic data,…

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Retreat in Whale Wars

February 17, 2011

Last week, Japan announced the cancellation of their whaling, huh, I mean “cetacean research” activities in antarctic for this year. The development was attributed to the constant pestering of the whaling fleet’s main processing vessel, Nissan Maru, by vessels of the environmental group Sea Shepperd Society. But with Australia citing a lack of confirmation by the Japaneses authority, this has lead the Sea Shepperd’s leader, Paul Watson, to question this…

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Fishermen at Milan Fashion Week

October 11, 2010

A group of researcher and clothing manufacturers are meeting in Spain this month, and the results could change the way seafarers, in the fishing industry in particular, perform their work. The group is midway in a four year European Union funded project to design work wear which will better protect seafarers. The project is called Safe @ Sea and brings scientists from various fields to design work wear that will…

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Another Life Lost in the Maritimes

May 2, 2010

Everyday during the fishing season, these men go to sea in their 50 foot vessels, trying to make a living. When the boats are lost, there is a one pager in the local rag that may only be seen in the area and the rest of the world is not aware of how many lives are being lost. These men are incredibly brave to carry on, because there is no…

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