National Fisherman

PORT TOWNSEND — A commercial fishing vessel on the ground at the Boat Haven caught fire when welding sparks ignited combustible material in the hold, firefighters said.

According to an East Jefferson Fire-Rescue news release, workers on board the Wild Wind were welding in a forward cabin at the main deck level Monday afternoon when sparks flew down a chimney-like shaft and ignited combustible material below.

The workers used a garden hose in an attempt to put out the fire but were unsuccessful.

In the meantime, workers on a nearby boat called 9-1-1, and firefighters from East Jefferson Fire-Rescue, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue and Naval Magazine Indian Island responded to the call.

After ensuring that all workers were accounted for, firefighters began an offensive attack on the fire, which they said was a difficult process because of the tight quarters on the 70-foot vessel.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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