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Fishing boat will be salvaged once officials sign off on plan

KODIAK, Alaska — A salvage plan for a fishing vessel that ran aground west of Kodiak Island nearly two weeks ago is awaiting approval.

KMXT reports (http://bit.ly/15KdoW ) Aloys Kopun, the owner of the Kimberly, submitted the plan to the Coast Guard and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

A salvage boat is nearby the Kimberly in the Alaska Peninsula, and will get the ship off the beach once weather allows.

The Kimberly has about 3,000 gallons of diesel on board, along with hydraulic fluid, lubricating oil and antifreeze. The plan is to tow the boat to a sheltered area and offload the liquids.

Four crewman had to spend the night in a storm when the ship went aground. They suffered from hypothermia and were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter the next morning.

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Information from: KMXT-FM, http://www.kmxt.org




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Jefferson Yachts files for Chapter 7

February 3, 2012
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Indiana boat builder Jefferson Yachts filed for Chapter 7 liquidation last month, according to documents filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Indiana. Kentuckiana Yacht Sales, which is also owned by Jefferson Yacht sales, was listed alongside the yacht builder in the bankruptcy filing.  

In the filing, Jefferson Yachts listed total assets for the company, including personal property, at $17,286, with total liabilities from both secured and unsecured creditors at $570,513.

Jefferson Yachts will meet with creditors on March 7 to discuss the debts and the bankruptcy, as required under Chapter 7 bankruptcy law.

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Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show starts today

The Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show returns to The
Pavilion in Marion Feb. 3-5.

The free show opens at 4 p.m. today. Show hours are from 4 to 7
p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday.

“There is free parking, free admission, it’s a family event,” said
Dwight Hoffard, one of the show’s organizers. “We’re breaking into
spring introducing new fishing and boating products.

“We’re full up as far as vendor space goes. We’re very pleased with
that considering the slow economy. We have rod dealers, bait
dealers and RV dealers. We’re down a little bit on boat vendors,
but we have the primary vendors in Southern Illinois. We’ve got our
major boat dealers in the area.”

The event is sponsored by Marion Ford, Black Diamond Harley
Davidson, the Williamson County Tourism Bureau, the Youth Outdoor
Education Foundation and Gum Drops.

Hoffard said keeping the event free is a priority.

“That’s a big deal for people who have 2-3 children that want to
come,” he said. “They can walk right in the door and don’t have to
reach into their pockets. I think that’s a big deal because we’d
eliminate a lot of people. We’re very proud of that and we want to
continue that.”

And, Hoffard is confident the show will have something for
everyone.

“We have just about anything you’d want to do pertaining to
fishing,” he said. “We have a couple of booths for the ladies,
various products for outdoor ladies.

“We’ve got some new vendors this year. I’m going to say about 20
percent of our vendors are new this year. That’s very pleasing.
Lunker Lure will be back. That is a Southern Illinois
favorite.”

There is also a full slate of seminars. Featured speakers include
area guide Colby Simms, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
fisheries biologists Mike Hooe, Chris Bickers and Shawn Hirst.
Hoffard said the biologists’ presentation has always been
popular.

“They will be doing a kind of barometer on the fishing at Southern
Illinois lakes at 1 p.m. Saturday,” he said.

And, the show wouldn’t be complete without Camo the Clown.

“He’s like your favorite food,” Hoffard said. “Every time you see
him you get a good taste in your mouth. He does such an awesome job
with the kids.

“He’s so popular and he does such a variety of things. It’s not
just about being a clown, he talks about conservation, he talks
about wildlife and he talks about fishing. When he’s up there, the
kids are in awe.”

In addition, the Tom Cat Hill Social Club will entertain at 3:30
p.m. Saturday.

“We’ll have a little picking and grinning with our fishing,”
Hoffard said.

And, a new feature this year will be an hourly giveaway.

“We’re going to give a door prize away every hour,” Hoffard said.
“It could be a knife. It could be a hoodie. It could be a t-shirt.
We have a wide variety of items, and every hour on the hour we’ll
have a giveaway.”

For more information on the event, call 618-997-3690.

les.winkeler@thesouthern.com / 618-351-5088

 

 


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Sailing: Clipper yachts depart for Qingdao

Sailing: Clipper yachts depart for Qingdao
By Patwant Singh |
Posted: 04 February 2012 1948 hrs

 

 


 
 
 





SINGAPORE: After a week long stop-over, the fleet taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race has departed for their next destination, Qingdao in China.

And in keeping with the Lunar New Year theme, the sailors got a taste of tossing the Yu Sheng (raw fish salad), for the send-off on Saturday.

The dish symbolises good fortune, something the crew of the ten boats could do with, as they navigate through the tough South China Sea.

While in Singapore, the international crew soaked in the island’s tourist spots, culture and cuisine.

The public also got a closer look at the yachts berthed at the Marina at Keppel Bay.

Team Singapore is currently in fifth position and is optimistic of a podium finish, despite the expected challenges on the way to Qingdao.

Ben Bowley, the skipper of the Singapore Clipper, said: “It’s going to be pretty rough, especially once we start getting up past Taiwan and that area. It’s upwind most of the ways, so it means the boats are going to be chopping into the wind quite a lot.

“Could be quite uncomfortable, going to be a lot of spray coming up over the boats and then there is the massive change in temperature to deal with as well.”

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Dorchester County boat builder lines up dealers; BMW goes solar to power …

Scout Boat fans have additional nearby and far-flung places to buy the watercraft, while an Upstate carmaker is drawing power from the sun to run buildings.

Those are two of the recent tidbits involving things with wheels or on waves in the Charleston area and state.

Dotting the Americas

Reinforcing its claim as an international company, Summerville-based Scout Boats Inc. has signed on dealers in three countries and on two continents.

At the same time, it hasn’t neglected its home state.

The national and international outlets added to its roster include Sea Ray of Greenville in Greenville. Also joining up with Scout are Marine Max Stuart in Stuart, Fla; Grand Yachts Inc. in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Price Masters based in San Salvador, El Salvador.

“This new expansion to our already successful dealer network will provide convenience for current and future customers,” said Alan Lang, national/international sales manager for Scout Boats. At the same time, it will open “new markets for our company to strengthen our brand,” he said.

Scout Boats, founded more than 20 years ago, manufactures a host of models. They include bay boats, fish ’n ski, sportfishing, flats and walk around designs. Boats range from 15 to 35 feet in length.

The company said its goal is to design the best-built boats in its distinctive sportfishing niches.

For more information, visit www.scoutboats.com.

BMW heats up naturally

The South Carolina attraction where people can view BMW’s automotive breakthroughs has an innovative type of technology to provide power.

BMW Manufacturing said it has installed solar panels to provide energy that will fully charge up the 24,000-square-foot Zentrum Museum.

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Solar panels are put into position to complete BMW Manufacturing’s new solar energy program.

Located in the Spartanburg area, the building is the BMW automotive plant’s heritage museum and visitors’ center.

In addition to the new solar panels, the plant also installed three new electric-vehicle-charging stations in the main facility.

“Adding a new, alternative energy platform to our energy portfolio is another step in our commitment to sustainable methods of generating power at our factory,” said Duncan Seaman, department manager of Market Operations for the United States and Canada.

He said the solar power will complement an existing landfill gas-to-energy and hydrogen fuel cell program. It also offsets fossil fuel requirements that would be needed to run the center.

BMW put up 400 solar modules, each capable of producing 240 watts of energy. They provide all the power to the Zentrum Museum and to electric-vehicle-charging stations.

Completed in partnership with Morrisville, N.C.-based Southern Energy Management, the solar panels were installed in front of the Zentrum Museum parallel to Interstate 85. BMW invested $500,000 in the installation. SunStore Solar served as a consultant to BMW on the project.

The solar panels are not the first alternative energy efforts from BMW at the facility.

Since 2003, the company has collected, cleaned and compressed methane gas from a local landfill and used it to power more than half of the BMW plant’s total energy needs.

Three years ago, the company invested $12 million in its landfill gas program to further improve efficiency.

As a result of the program, BMW reduced carbon dioxide emissions by about 92,000 tons per year and saved about $5 million a year in energy costs.

The company also said it recently added a hydrogen storage and distribution center within its 11 megawatt Energy Center to ease on-site fueling of a hydrogen fuel-cell material handling fleet. The fleet is located inside the 1.2 million-square-foot-plant that completes final assembly of the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle.

For more information on BMW Manufacturing, visit www.bmwusfactory.com.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.


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Fish & Boat Commission may consider expanded registration rules

Requiring registration for even non-motorized boats will be a discussion item for the Pennsylvania Fish Boat Commission’s Boating Advisory Board meeting next week.

State law does not mandate registration for canoes, kayaks and other non-powered vessels unless they are used at fish and boat commission owned lakes or access areas.

Only boats that use gasoline, diesel or electric motors — and those documented for recreational purposes by the U.S. Coast Guard, such as yachts — are subject to registration fees.

“There are pros and cons to mandatory registration for all boats,” Bureau of Boating and Outreach director Laurel Anders said. “We’ll lay the ground work for that discussion.”

According to Anders, registration for all boats is mandatory in several other states. She stressed, however, that nothing will be settled or finalized at the Feb. 9 meeting.

“We’re not going to ask (the commissioners) at this point to develop a position on whether they support the concept,” she said. “There’s no guarantee that anything that is discussed will actually go to the commission.”

Anders said that while the fish and boat commission is granted some federal money, it receives nothing from the state’s general fund. License and registration fees make up a large portion of the commission’s income.

“We are supported by our users — our boaters and anglers,” she said.

Anders added that she will not release figures regarding the financial benefit of the uniform registration concept until after Thursday’s meeting. As of now, non-powered boats used on commission-owned lakes can be registered for two years at a fee of $18.

Benscreek Canoe Club Vice President Michael Cook said he can see both positives and negatives to the idea.

“It’s kind of a double-sided sword,” the Johnstown resident said.

He added that he understands the commission’s need to raise money, “but if you own multiple boats it can get kind of expensive kind of fast.”

According to Cook, a lot of canoe and kayak enthusiasts would probably be on-board with the fees.

“I think for the most part, people would be in (agreement) that this is beneficial as long as they aren’t gouging us on how much they were charging for the registration,” he said.

Cook noted that registration also has benefits to the owner, because boats licensed through the state show proof of ownership in the event of theft.

Even with enough support, this potential change still has a long road. The advisory board will make its recommendations Thursday at commission headquarters in Harrisburg. Fish and boat commissioners then meet at Shippensburg University in July with a light agenda.

According to Anders, commissioners aren’t likely to vote on any changes until the Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 meetings in Pittsburgh.


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Charleston Boat Show sees large increase in attendance

2012 Charleston Boat Show

February 3, 2012
Filed under News, Top Stories

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Charleston Boat Show, which ran Jan. 27-29, saw an increase in attendance of 42 percent this year compared to 2011, according to organizers.

The show’s producers, JBM Associates, reported more than 127 sales during the show.

Craig Freeman, sales manager/partner at Barrier Island Marine, said in a statement, “The team at Barrier Island Marine is very pleased with the 2012 Charleston Boat Show. We had our best show in our company history. Attendance was up but more importantly everyone we talked to had a positive attitude. The boating lifestyle is alive and well in the low country.”

Jacqui Bomar, president of JBM Associates, said the show helped meet pent-up consumer demand.

“The Charleston Boat Show has always been a strong show,” Bomar said. “We believe there was a lot of pent-up demand over the past couple of years and people were ready to get back on the water and enjoy the boating lifestyle. It is Charleston after all.”

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Africa: Too Many Boats Catching Too Few Fish

It is no secret that Europe’s seas, once teeming with life, are now unable to provide fish for all its citizens. EU governments and the fishing industry have known for decades that they catch more than their seas can provide, so much so that the European Commission itself has acknowledged that close to 90% of all fish stocks in Europe are being overfished. It is also no secret that, as stocks has declined, fishing fleets have increasingly ventured further away to keep up the seemingly endless supply of fish that we enjoy in Europe. Today, almost half of all fish sold in the EU is caught outside EU waters.

One destination of choice for Europe’s largest fleets is the coast of West Africa. Close to Europe and with a wealth of marine life, this part of the world has always been ideal for fishing. The EU has long entered into partnerships with African states that allow its boats to access lucrative fishing grounds. On the face of it this seems fair; the EU pays money to African countries for their resource. But look closer and you will find a skewed and unjust reality. West Africa’s waters are no longer the plentiful seas they once were. This region too has suffered from decades of overfishing particularly by foreign fleets. The last 20 years or more have seen a surge of industrial – sometimes factory-sized vessels from Russia and Asia, as well as from Europe to West Africa.

At the same time, West Africa’s own coastal communities are increasingly becoming dependent on their seas for their livelihoods, income and quite simply for their nourishment. As an oceans campaigner with Greenpeace working in both Europe and West Africa, I have had the privilege to join our team in Dakar to visit several fishing communities in Senegal, Mauritania and Cape Verde, to see and hear firsthand how overfishing is taking its toll on both our oceans and the people that depend on them.

The stories are the same wherever you go. Local fishermen are witnessing the plunder of their seas by foreign trawlers. The result is that they need to fish farther and farther out to sea, risk their lives in doing so and return with only a fraction of what was once was a normal catch. Foreign trawlers tear up the sea floor, destroy entire habitats and literally suck up all the fish that is of any value.

In early 2011, we invited fishermen from West Africa to nine cities across Europe to tell their stories directly to decision makers, including those at the very top in Brussels. While Senegal ended its formal partnership with the EU in 2006, the country still suffers from historic, as well as current overfishing by foreign industrial fleets. Our team in Dakar continues to work with local fishermen. Last week over 6000 signatures were collected across Senegal’s fishing communities to send a clear message to their government that it needs to look to the future by protecting our oceans and not allowing them to perish at the hands of the big industrial fleets.

Meanwhile, our teams in Europe have revealed just how many millions of Euros have gone into subsidising and literally keeping afloat some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated fishing vessels – the very vessels that form part of the unrelenting fleet that continue to plunder the waters of West Africa. These boats would run at a loss were it not for the generosity of EU taxpayers!

Unfortunately, like almost everywhere in the world, there are now too many boats catching too few fish in West Africa – and the people that suffer the most are those that depend almost exclusively on healthy seas for their survival.

There is however, hope: Europe can turn around its fishing policy to ensure truly sustainable and fair fisheries for all and still make a profit. Scientists predict that there would be 80% more fish in the sea if we managed our fisheries properly.

The EU must lead the world towards a more sustainable future for fish and fishing. This means cutting back the size of their fleet, in line with available fish resources, by removing the most destructive boats from the water first. Decision makers must adhere to science and never fish more than our seas can sustain. The EU should change the way they currently negotiate access to foreign waters. Instead of sending their largest boats to Africa, the EU should support the development of locally caught and processed fish. Finally priority must be given to low impact and sustainable fisheries that provide most benefits to coastal communities both in Europe and Africa.

Farah Obaidullah is oceans campaigner with Greenpeace International.

Add your voice to the call for sutainable fishing policies in Senegal before its upcoming presidential elections here.


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