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Capt Lou's Latest Nautical News August 13, 2017

DIVER’S BODY RECOVERED OFF PROVINCETOWN
After searching for two days, the Coast Guard suspended its air and sea search rescue off Provincetown for an 80 year old man with more than 50 years of diving experience. The Coast Guard search began after a crewman aboard a dive boat called them to report the diver was no longer attached to his dive flag and failed to resurface from a dive in 35 feet of water. Although the rescue effort was suspended, they kept working with state police dive teams to recover the body. Other agencies involved in the search and recovery effort were Massachusetts State Police, the local Harbormaster, and firemen and dive teams from Dennis, Yarmouth, Brewster, Barnstable, and Sandwich, many of them using sonar equipment. Then, three days after receiving the initial distress call, state police dive teams found the man’s body. The Associated Press identified the 80 year old diver as John Garzia from Foxboro. An assistant Provincetown Harbormaster told me that there had been shark sightings in the area, but the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office said there was nothing to indicate the death was anything but an accident.

TWO GREAT WHITES FEASTING ON DEAD WHALE
As we were returning from Provincetown on Friday morning, I notice six or seven boats standing by a whale watch boat. We were about 2 miles north of Race Point Provincetown. I looked to where all the boats were pointing and I could see the carcass of dead whale. I then heard on the radio two great white sharks were feeding on it.

FRANKENFISH SOLD IN CANADA
Massachusetts company AquaBounty Technologies has sold its first batch of genetically modified salmon a/k/a frankenfish to Canadian customers. The five tons of fish were shipped from the company’s farm site in Panama. AquaBounty refused to list the name of the stores or seafood distributors it sold them to, and the buyers also refused to identify themselves.

LEGISLATION FILED TO REPEAL JONES ACT
Sen. John McCain has renewed his push to repeal the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 known as the Jones Act. The law has been a keystone of the American shipping industry for generations. Specifically, it mandates that ships carrying goods between U.S. ports be owned by Americans, built in American shipyards, and crewed by Americans. McCain said the Jones Act is “archaic and burdensome,” and that it hinders free trade and harms consumers and the economy. McCain said that allowing U.S. shippers to purchase cheaper foreign made ships, shipping costs would be lower, making American farmers and businesses more competitive and bring down the cost of goods and services for American consumers. McCain previously offered Jones Act repeal legislation in 2010 and tried in 2016 to waive the law for certain tankers. Both of those efforts were unsuccessful.

MYSTERY OBJECT HAZARD TO SWIMMERS AND SURFERS
Lodged underwater, about 10 feet from the low tide mark, at East Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island is a mysterious star shaped metal object with 8 stainless steel legs that are capped with concrete. It a mystery to officials what it is and how it got there. Whatever the object is, one thing is clear — it’s very heavy as it appears to stay in place, as if rooted to the bottom of the sea, despite the considerable force of the surf, and is a hazard to swimmers and body surfers. The one thing officials are confident about is that it is not an explosive or an in-use navigational device. So far the harbormaster, a U.S. Navy admiral, and the Block Island wind farm have no idea what it is. A University of Rhode Island oceanographer believes the object could be a seafloor mount for an acoustic Doppler current profiler, a device used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to monitor currents and sediment flow during dredging projects, but there have been no recent or planned dredging projects anywhere near where the object is now located.

ALASKA CELEBRATES SALMON DAY
August 10th was Alaska Wild Salmon Day. Consumers celebrate Alaska’s five wild salmon species and the fishermen who bring them to the table. The Alaska salmon industry employs over 26,000 Alaska residents, more than any other private sector industry in the state and Alaska wild salmon accounts for over 90 percent of all wild salmon caught in the country. Since Alaska became a state, Alaska fishermen have harvested more than 7 billion salmon, a testament to the careful management and sustainability of Alaska’s wild salmon. Some believe the fish are so plentiful that they are driving down the price of farmed salmon.

TWO PINK DOLPHINS SPOTTED
Two rare pink dolphins were spotted by passengers on a cruise boat in Louisiana. They were seen playing with other dolphins. Sightings of a pink dolphin were first reported in 2007 and some now suspect the second pink dolphin may be an offspring of it. Scientists say the pink dolphins are no different than what causes an albino or what causes a lobster to be blue or yellow.

142 MILLION AMERICANS GO BOATING
And last on today’s nautical news, The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and Discover Boating just released a survey that showed that an estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016. Of those 142 million, half were children under the age of 18, and 17 million were first time participants. The study also showed that those who spent the most hours on the water or engaged in fishing and water sports were more likely to consider purchasing a boat. New boaters operated their boats an average of 23 hours for the year, while more seasoned boaters operated their boats an average of 72 hours per year. What the study didn’t show is how many hours boat owners entertained or stayed on their boats while it was tied to the dock or on a mooring.


CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"

* 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 Mass Boating and Yacht Club 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.