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3 Fishermen Vanish Off Oahu

Their overturned boat was found Monday

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching for three men whose fishing boat overturned off Oahu's North Shore. Authorities say Jensen Loo, Clint Oshima, and Derek Tomas—all aged 30—left Haleiwa around 5:45am Sunday and were to return by 5pm. The Coast Guard was alerted when the men still... More »

Fishermen Use Friend's Ashes to Reel In Huge Fish

'It's what he would have wanted'

(Newser) - In a sweet—and maybe also a little bit weird—move, two fishermen honored a fellow fisherman who passed away by turning his ashes into bait and using it to reel in a huge carp. Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale were planning a fishing trip to Thailand with Ron Hopper,... More »

Fishermen, Feds in Bizarre Legal Fight Over Lost Buoy

They want government to pay up, and the government is suing

(Newser) - Two California eel fishermen who stumbled across a US Geological Survey buoy in January are holding the piece of scientific equipment for ransom, citing the tried-and-true rule of finders-keepers, the Daily Beast reports. According to Ars Technica , the buoy was moored nearly 1,000 feet underwater off the coast of... More »

How This Man Survived 436 Days Lost at Sea

Neither hunger, nor thirst, nor extreme loneliness claimed the fisherman

(Newser) - When Jose Salvador Alvarenga, a 36-year-old fisherman from El Salvador, touched land for the first time after more than a year lost at sea , his hair was wild and matted, his ankles were swollen, his wrists were tiny, he could barely walk, and he constantly hid his face. He had,... More »

How Fish Could Change to Escape Fishermen

It's the nature of the hunt that the best swimmers survive—and procreate

(Newser) - Similarly to how superbugs are evolving so that they can survive our best efforts to drug them out of existence, it's possible that fish could evolve to swim faster and thus escape our masterfully constructed nets. So report University of Glasgow researchers in the journal Proceedings of the Royal ... More »

Coast Guard Swimmer Pulls Off Herculean Rescue

Darren Harrity swam 1,750 yards in dark, windy conditions to save 4 fishermen

(Newser) - When the Coast Guard in North Bend, Ore., got a report early yesterday that the crew of a commercial fishing vessel was stranded in a life raft after their boat started taking on water, it sent a chopper, a USCG release notes. But after 27-year-old rescue swimmer Darren Harrity was... More »

Swordfish Hit by Speargun Kills Fisherman

Randy Llanes, 47, was an experienced Hawaiian boat captain

(Newser) - A Hawaiian man is dead after jumping into Honokohau Harbor yesterday to catch a swordfish and getting fatally gored, CNN reports. Boat captain Randy Llanes, 47, who was head of a deep-sea fishing charter, jumped in and hit the broadbill swordfish with a spear gun, officials say. The fish then... More »

Fishermen Find Human Head —Inside Shark

Philippines find could have been ferry passenger's remains

(Newser) - The shark weighed some 650 pounds, but it's what was inside that was disturbingly memorable: a human head and leg. Fishermen in the Philippines caught the tiger shark last month, and when they opened it, they discovered the human remains, UPI reports. The flesh was only partly digested. "... More »

2 Rare Albino Lobsters Caught in Maine

While a fisherman in Florida reels in a giant shrimp

(Newser) - More strange finds from the sea : Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week, reports the Portland Press Herald . Bret Philbrick caught his off of Owls Head on Thursday and Joe Bates caught one off the Rockland breakwater days earlier. Albino lobsters are believed... More »

After 41 Years, Kidnapped S. Korean Escapes North

Chun Wook-pyo was one of 25 fishermen captured in 1972

(Newser) - In 1972, more than two dozen South Korean fisherman were kidnapped by the North while sailing the Yellow Sea. Forty-one years later, Chun Wook-pyo, 68, has made it back home, South Korea today confirmed. He's "the only crewman from those two boats to have escaped," says a... More »

Fukushima Fishermen: No, You Can't Dump That Water

Tokyo Electric sought permission to pump radioactive groundwater to ocean

(Newser) - The Tokyo Electric Power Co. went before Fukushima fishermen yesterday and asked permission to start pumping "low-level" radioactive water into the ocean where they fish. And the fishermen said, um, no. This was a surprise, apparently, with a report in the Asahi Shimbun stating that TEPCO "officials underestimated... More »

Fisherman Fist-Fights Crocodile, Survives

Yoann Galeran has 'a few holes on the head'

(Newser) - A French fisherman was swimming near an Australian yacht club when he felt something odd, "like rocks hitting on my head." It turned out to be an 8-foot crocodile, Australia's ABC News reports. "He just hit me on the top, on the left side, and on... More »

Dorner Tried to Hitch a Ride to Mexico With Fishermen

But not even $400, fish tacos convinced anyone

(Newser) - Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop who died last week after allegedly killing four people, tried to escape to Mexico, NBC News reports. On Feb. 5, just two days after he allegedly killed his first two victims, fishermen at San Diego's Driscoll Wharf say he approached them and tried to find... More »

Fishing Haul Way Down in Estuary Near BP Spill

But overall in Louisiana, numbers were about the same

(Newser) - The seafood stats are in for the Gulf's 2011 harvest, and though the finger-pointing (at BP and the oil spill, of course) has begun, the numbers paint a complicated picture. Last year was the first full year of fishing since the spill, and some areas definitely saw a depressed... More »

Fishermen Net 2,000-Pound King of Jaws

Boat, great white had to be towed to shore

(Newser) - A pair of Mexican fisherman cast their net wide, and captured a monster: a 2,000-pound great white. The 20-foot long shark was nabbed in the Sea of Cortez off Guaymas. "We were amazed when we realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and then we... More »

Fly Ties: Fish Bait Goes High Fashion

Fly fishermen reeling as women snap up rooster feathers

(Newser) - For every trendy lady you see running around with long feather extensions in her hair, a fly fisherman somewhere sadly goes without a lure. Hackles—the long, skinny rooster feathers fishermen use to make lures for bait—have been selling out nationwide. Hairdressers have gotten desperate to follow the craze... More »

Fishermen Getting Sick in Gulf Cleanup

Lawmaker wants mobile clinics funded by BP

(Newser) - More reports are surfacing about fishermen getting sick while cleaning up the Gulf oil spill, and a Louisiana congressman wants BP to pay for mobile clinics, reports the Los Angeles Times . With the "top kill" strategy under way at the ocean bottom, the fishermen on the surface are complaining... More »

20 Jobs That Could Kill You

Fishing, mining not for the faint of heart

(Newser) - Tunneling deep into the earth is dangerous business, as West Virginian miners were reminded this week. With that in mind, the Daily Beast takes a look at the most dangerous professions, broken down by deaths per 100,000, injuries per 100,000, and average annual salary:
  1. Fisherman: 129 deaths, 61
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Fishermen Hook Silver Lining in Pirate Crisis

Fish stocks soar after bandits scare away illegal trawlers

(Newser) - The fishermen of Kenya and Somalia are enjoying their best catches in many years thanks to Somali pirates scaring away illegal trawlers. Before piracy became a problem, commercial fishing vessels from around the world took advantage of Somalia's lack of an effective government to raid its waters, reaping vast numbers... More »

Giant Jellyfish Sink Trawler

Net filled with 400-pound creatures capsizes boat

(Newser) - A 10-ton fishing trawler sank off the coast of Japan after its crew tried to haul in a net filled with gigantic jellyfish. The three crew members were pitched into the water as the ship capsized and were rescued by another boat, the Telegraph reports. Nomura's jellyfish can weigh up... More »

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