Category Archives: Fishing Boat

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  Another tragedy has struck the local New England fishing community with the sinking of the F/V MISTY BLUE which is based in New Bedford but owned and operated by companies from Cape May, New Jersey of Atlantic Cape Fisheries, Inc. and F/V MISTY BLUE LLC.   Currently, the USCG, local agencies and good Samaritans are searching for the two missing crew members, one who has been identified as Michael Roberts, 49, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts and Jonathan Saraiva, 22.  The F/V MISTY BLUE sank Monday Evening, December 4, 2017 at approximately 6:10 pm.  The USCG received a distress call from the F/V MISTY BLUE’S EPIRB.  An EPIRB is an emergency radio beacon that indicates the fishing vessels last position.  It can be activated manually by crew members or automatically when the EPRIB hits a certain depth in the ocean. Capt. Eric Arabian, 44 and crew member Colby McMullen, 22 were rescued…
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Safety Tips to Prevent and Fight Fishing Boat Fires

One of the last places you want to be when a fire breaks out is confined to a boat. You could become trapped, have to abandon ship or be the victim of an explosion if the fire reaches your vessel’s fuel supply. Therefore, for anyone who spends much time on the water, whether for business or pleasure, learning how to prevent and fight boat fires is extremely important. How to Prevent a Fishing Boat Fire Sport Fishing magazine published a few tips for fighting and preventing fires on boats: Add Breakers and Fuses – Fuses and breakers add an extra layer of protection to help lower the risk of an electrical fire. These devices absorb power surges and cut circuits to prevent fires from resulting due to electrical problems. Make sure that you have breakers and fuses installed on your boat. Trust Your Nose – If something smells odd, such…
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What is the Most Common Cause of Accident for Crab Fishermen?

Commercial crab fishing has a bad reputation for being one of the most dangerous industries, especially the Dungeness crab fishing industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, 80 out of every 100,000 crab fishermen die while commercial crab fishing. However, a recent article by the Half Moon Bay Review says that any injuries and deaths sustained while trying to bring these “Dungies” to dinner tables are almost entirely avoidable. How Can Commercial Crab Fishermen Avoid Accidents? According to the Half Moon Bay Review, almost every commercial crab fishing accident occurs when a vessel becomes overloaded or loses stability. Typically, the boat will depart from the harbor carrying too many crab traps. The weight from these traps will cause the boat to ride lower in the water than it should, which leads to vessel instability. Vessel instability is when a boat is particularly susceptible to tipping over, capsizing and flooding….
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