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Capt Lou's Latest Nautical News March 26, 2017

COAST GUARD BUDGET CUT FAKE NEWS
Apparently reports of a billion dollar cut in the Coast Guard’s budget were fake news. The Homeland Security Department, of which the service is a part, recently released details into the White House’s budget for fiscal 2018, and the new budget sustains current funding levels for the U.S. Coast Guard, allowing for the continuation of the agency to acquire new assets. A Coast Guard spokesperson explained that any talk of cuts in the Coast Guard budget was pre-decisional. Last week in the State of the Coast Guard speech, the Commandant reminded everyone that the Coast Guard is a branch of the military, and the President is re-building the military.

COAST GUARD LEADERS FROM 8 COUNTRIES MEET IN BOSTON
And speaking of the Coast Guard, coast guard leaders from the world’s eight Arctic nations, including U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft, met at the Coast Guard base in Boston this past Friday to sign a joint statement for cooperation on emergency maritime response and combined operations in the high northern seas. Countries represented included Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. It was agreed that the chairmanship of the group would go to Finland's Border Guard. Maritime and environmental groups have stressed the need for closer international cooperation, as more Arctic shipping routes became navigable and more water available for energy and mineral exploration as well as commercial tourism.

NOAA STUDYING EFFECTS OF DAM REMOVALS
Around the New England, aging dams are being removed to restore river and coastal ecosystems. Originally built for everything from providing power for mills to flood control, many of these older dams have outlived their usefulness as technology has advanced. Dam removal in coastal watersheds opens access to spawning and rearing habitats for migratory fish like Atlantic salmon, river herring, and American shad. Dams function by blocking water flow and fish. The questions we always asked were if removal of a dam would cause flooding upstream and move sediment downstream into a river's channel, restricting navigation. A research team led by the NOAA Restoration Center is now looking for answers to these questions.

BOATER ORDERED TO TAKE SAFE BOATING COURSE
A Maine boater involved in a boating accident with an off duty police officer on the Merrimack River was ordered this past week to take a safe boating course. Last summer, fifty one year old John Lusty of York, Maine was charged with two counts of unsafe operation of a motorboat causing personal injury. The two counts of unsafe operation included speeding and using a spotlight for more than 3 consecutive seconds. If Lusty completes the course and makes whatever restitution necessary to the police officer, and stays out of trouble for 18 months with the law, all charges against him will be dismissed.

2016 SAILBOAT SALES UP 16%
The National Marine Manufacturers Association said new sailboat retail sales were up 16.1 percent from the previous year. The manufacturers association said 2016 sales were at a level more consistent with the historical trend after a 25.3 percent drop in 2015. However, sailboats between 12 and 19 feet in length represented 66% of the sales.

NAME TAG FROM PERFECT STORM FISHING BOAT FOUND IN IRELAND
A tag from a fishing boat that famously survived the Perfect Storm, was found on a beach in Ireland. The name on the tag was Hannah Boden which was skippered by Linda Greenlaw during the perfect storm. The Hannah Boden was the Andrea Gail's sistership which was lost during that 1991 storm. That tragedy resulted in the loss of all six of her Gloucester fishermen. The last person to communicate with the crew on the Andrea Gail was Linda Greenlaw aboard the Hannah Boden. The Hannah Boden remains in active service to this day and is presently used as a lobster boat. The tag that was just found in Ireland came from one of her lobster pots. It might have been lost for as many as 15 years.

NEW SPECIES OF FISH FOUND IN GULF OF MEXICO
Researchers studying the Gulf of Mexico since the BP Deep Horizon oil spill, reported that they found at least 60 new species of fish that no one knew existed in the Gulf. Most of them were species that had already been discovered, but had not been known to live in the Gulf. Still, 12 of those 60 species of fish were completely new species that had never before been seen. More than 16,000 samples of fish living in deep water in the Gulf were collected and studied. Officials at NOAA said more money is needed for further studies because of how little we know about the deep waters of our planet.

LOBSTER BLOOD USED IN SKIN CREAM
Millions of pounds of lobster blood discarded at processing plants in Maine and Canada could soon serve as a skin cream to treat warts, shingles, age spots, and other ailments. A University of Maine researcher has filed a patent for lobster blood-based cosmeceutical skin cream that he said is medicinal and contained anti-viral and anti-cancer properties. The product will be called LobsteRx and could give lobster fishermen a new source of revenue as well as drive up the price of lobsters. Because the skin cream is classified as a cosmeceutical, only limited Food and Drug Administration approval is required. Now it is a proven fact that blood from horseshoe crabs is already used for medicinal purposes.

SHIP TUNNEL TO BE BUILT IN NORWAY
And last on today’s nautical news, the world’s first ship tunnel is being planned in Norway. It will be similar to a canal except it will have a roof and be well lit after being carved out of the rocky terrain. When finished, the Stad Ship Tunnel will be a little more than a mile long and 118 feet wide. Ship and boat traffic will move one way, alternating direction every hour. The height of the tunnel will be 148 feet. It is expected to cost about $275 million. Builders said the ship tunnel won't actually speed up travel times, but instead will make the voyage around the dangerous Staid peninsula very safe. The passage around the Stad peninsular is the most hazardous part of the Norwegian coastline with more than 100 days of storms and hurricanes every year. The ship tunnel is expected to take up to 4 years to build with tons of rock removed each day.


CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"

Listen to the live broadcast of "Nautical Talk Radio" with Capt Lou and crew, Sunday mornings from 11 - 12 noon (Boston time) on radio station 95.9FM WATD, streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You can also listen to a replay of recent shows anytime during the week at www.NauticalTalk.com.

* Winner of Mass/Rhode Island Associated Press "BEST TALK SHOW"
* Winner of Boston's Achievement In Radio "BEST INTERVIEW" AWARD
* Recipient of American Lighthouse Foundation's "LEN HADLEY AWARD"
* Recipient of Coast Guard's Joshua James Lifesaving Medal for public
service
* Nominated Boston's A.I.R. "BEST PRODUCED PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM"
* Judge of IBEX Innovation Products
* Judge of New England Boat Show's Best Exhibitors
* Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
* Member of South Shore Harbormaster Association
* Member of Mass Marine Trades Association
* Retired Status U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
* Member of Quincy Bay Race Week Association
* Member of Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
* Member of Boat Writers International
* Life Member of Mass Striped Bass Association
* Life Member and Past Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club
















 

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"

Listen to the live broadcast of "Nautical Talk Radio" with Capt Lou and crew, Sunday mornings from 11 - 12 noon (Boston time) on radio station  95.9FM WATD, streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You can also listen to a replay of recent shows anytime during the week a www.NauticalTalk.com.

* Winner of Mass/Rhode Island Associated Press "BEST TALK SHOW"
* Winner of Boston's Achievement In Radio "BEST INTERVIEW" AWARD
* Recipient of American Lighthouse Foundation's "LEN HADLEY AWARD"
* Recipient of Coast Guard's Joshua James Lifesaving Medal for public service
* Nominated Boston's A.I.R. "BEST PRODUCED PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM"
* Judge of IBEX Innovation Products
* Judge of New England Boat Show's Best Exhibitors
* Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
* Member of South Shore Harbormaster Association
* Member of Quincy Bay Race Week Association
* Member of Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
* Member of Boat Writers International
* Life Member of Mass Striped Bass Association
* Life Member and Past Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club

"CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"


Listen to the live broadcast of "Nautical Talk Radio" with Capt Lou and crew,  Sunday mornings from 11 - 12 noon (Boston time) on radio station 95.9FM  WATD, Marshfield, and streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You can also listen to a replay of the most recent show anytime during the week at www.nauticaltalk.com.