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Capt Lou's Nautical News 11/22/15
TOWN OF HULL DESIGNATED A COAST GUARD MUNICIPALITY
FDA APPROVES GENETICALLY MODIFIED FISH
The first genetically modified animal designed to be human food has
been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the
agency is not requiring the company who makes it to label the fish as
genetically engineered, so you may soon be eating it without even
knowing it. Corporate officers from Aquabounty said they will take the
genes of an eel like fish called ocean pout and mix them with
antibiotics, drugs, and genes from a Pacific chinook salmon creating
what some call "frankenfish." The company's CEO Ron Stotish said
that they would probably label the fish as 'Atlantic salmon." The FDA
said in a statement on Thursday that AquaBounty's genetically modified
fish met its requirements to gain its approval. Those requirements
were that changing of the fish's DNA couldn't be harmful to the fish and it had to actually grow faster as the company claimed. Critics said the FDA didn't do any scientific studies to prove these claims and simply relied upon what the company reported. More than 60 supermarket chains have reportedly pledged not to sell the fish including Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Target. In addition to the ongoing debate around food that's been genetically modified, critics are also concerned that these salmon could escape and mate with wild fish. The company says that's not very likely because their genetically modified fish are farmed in sealed-off facilities in Canada and Panama, and the fish are sterilized.
RECORD YEAR FOR COAST GUARD DRUG SEIZURES
The Coast Guard is having a record year for intercepting drug
smugglers. Just the other day the Coast Guard seized 7.5 tons of
cocaine discovered aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel.
Officials said about 80 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the U.S. is brought up the Pacific Coast, packed in small boats and even
submarines. The other 20 per cent of drugs is carried into the U.S.
along the east coast in speed boats. A suspect vessel is initially located and then tracked by aircraft or boats before being stopped and
CHRISTMAS LIGHT DECORATIONS BLIND PILOT
Here is a warning to anyone using the Star Shower Laser Light Display
as part of their home's Christmas decorations. Make sure the laser is
not pointed skyward. The other night a Coast Guard pilot reported a
green laser light being pointed at them. Police were notified and
discovered the light was coming from a Christmas light "laser" display in a homeowner's front yard. Shining a laser at an aircraft is dangerous to the pilot, the passengers, and everyone on the ground, as it causes the pilot to temporarily lose clear vision. It is illegal under state and federal law to shine a laser at an aircraft. Make sure your Star Shower Laser Light is not pointed skyward.
CAPE COD GET RADIATION DETECTING BOAT
The Barnstable County Sheriff's department received a $446,000 grant
from the Department of Homeland Security to buy a 31 foot boat that
can detect radiation. The boat will be the only one of its kind between Boston and Providence. The Sheriff said he needed a radiation
detecting vessel to protect the thousands of passengers riding the
Steamship Authority's ferry boats between Woods Hole and Martha's
Vineyard in case there was a terrorist attack. He said the boat would
also be helpful if there was an incident involving the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station before it closes. The sheriff said he applied for the grant twice in the past four years after learning that there was need for more maritime security off Cape Cod. A total of six people will be trained to operate the new boat which was built by Safe Boats International, a company that designs and builds vessels for military, law enforcement, and rescue agencies. The Coast Guard said they have no boat with such built-in radiation detecting equipment, but they do have portable radiological detection equipment at each station on Cape Cod.
PLYMOUTH LOBSTERMAN GET BLUE LOBSTER
Plymouth lobsterman Peter Mason found an extremely rare blue lobster
in one of his traps. He said it was glowing blue as he pulled it in. Mason said this was the 4th blue lobster that he has caught in his career, but the last blue lobster he caught was nearly 20 years ago. Blue lobsters are the result of a genetic variation that occurs in supposedly one of every 5 million lobsters according to the New England Aquarium, but that estimate might be way off because this was the third blue lobster caught in the Boston region since Labor Day. There was another blue lobster caught in Marshfield in September and one in Beverly Harbor in October. As for the one caught this week, Mason said he was keeping it in a crate to show friends, and then he said he would probably release it.
FOUR CIVILIAN WEATHERMEN GET PURPLE HEART MEDALS
Four civilian weathermen just received purple heart medals
posthumously. Lester Fodor, Luther Brady, George Kubach, and
Edward Weber were not looking to make history when they volunteered
in 1942 for duty as civilian weather observers aboard the U.S. Coast
Guard Cutter Muskeget. Having completed their studies at the U.S. Weather Bureau — the predecessor to NOAA’s National Weather
Service — they were simply looking to do their part to serve our nation and safeguard our troops during World War II. Shortly after the attack in Pearl Harbor, the Weather Bureau sought “applications from men who desired assignments to weather ships stationed in the AAtlantic. Fodor, Brady, Kubach, and Weber answered the call without hesitation, without thought of personal gain or recognition, and knowing full well that in doing so they might make the ultimate sacrifice. On the afternoon of August 24, 1942, they boarded the ship Muskeget, in Boston heading for Weather Station No. 2 in the North Atlantic. It turned out that this was the final voyage for the ship, its 121 man crew, and the four weathermen. On 9/11 of all dates, in 1942, the Muskeget disappeared. The Navy's aircraft and ships search proved fruitless and the Muskeget was presumed lost in action with no survivors. The military personnel aboard the Muskeget all received the Purple Heart medal posthumously, but the four civilians, the four weathermen, did not. The Navy assumed the Muskegat was sunk by a German U-boat, but had no proof until last year when the German U-boat's logs were found confirming the Muskegat was sunk by a torpedo. This past week, a Purple Heart award ceremony honoring the weathermen of the Muskeget took place at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. with family members of three of the four weathermen present. It marked the first time the Purple Heart was awarded to a civilian member of NOAA’s National Weather Service.
NO PERMITS GRANTED YET FOR MIAMI BOAT SHOW
The February Miami International Boat Show has been in a battle since it announced the show would move from the City of Miami to Key
Biscayne. Permits for an 830 boat dock system still have not been
issued. The next date the Miami-Dade County commissioners meet will
be December 15. The organizers of the show are also trying to get
permits to use shuttle buses and water taxis to deliver attendees to the show site. The show, scheduled for Feb. 11-16, 2016, is moving to the new location because of renovations at its traditional home at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The city of Miami is supporting the move, but officials in Key Biscayne have openly opposed it. Lawsuits have been filed against both the city of Miami and the National Marine
Manufacturers Association to block the show. In a statement to Boating
Industry, NMMA President Thom Dammrich said that show organizers
remain confident about receiving the permits. He explained that the
permit is for the docking system and even if that permit is not granted, the show will go on. Another location would be found for the in water component of the show.
NEIGHBORS COMPLAIN ABOUT FISH ON CLOTHES LINE
And last on today's nautical news, some Brooklyn residents are up in
arms about a neighbor who leaves fish out to dry on a clothesline. One
neighbor said that she has been complaining to 311 about the odor on
64th Street near 18th Avenue to no avail. She said it smells disgusting and attracts bugs. City officials said that there was nothing illegal or against any board of health rules to hang fish outside your window. They said hanging fish outside is a very common thing in any coastal town and thousands of years of fishing have proven it's a good idea to hang fish outside for a day or so after catching it. Furthermore they said unpleasant smells are a reality when living in a city and plenty of other sections of the city smell a lot worse. You just can't make this stuff up!
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