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CAPT LOU’S TOP NAUTICAL NEWS STORIES 2015
1) EL FARO CARGO SHIP WITH 33 CREW LOST AT SEA IN BERMUDA TRIANGLE
A life ring, a container, and a badly beaten body in a survival suit were the only things found from the sunken 735 foot cargo ship El Faro. All 33 crewmen went down with the ship in the Bermuda Triangle after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Joaquin. Of the 33 crew, 28 were Americans - 4 of them were from New England. The last word from the ship came in a message to the Coast Guard that the ship had lost propulsion, was listing 15 degrees, and taking on water. The Coast Guard searched an 1,125 square mile area hoping to find survivors. The El Faro departed from Jacksonville, Florida and was headed for San Juan, Puerto Rico. Coast Captain Mark Fedor filed a report.
2) HULL, MASSACHUSETTS BECOMES NATION’S 21st COAST GUARD CITY
3) COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST DHRA FISHING BAN
The New England Fishery Management Council voted 13 to 4 to drop from consideration the proposed 55-square-mile zone in Stellwagen Bank that would have banned all recreational fishing. The ban, which was strongly supported by the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary management, was a major topic for months on "Nautical Talk Radio." We kept saying it was based on flawed science and misrepresentations. Several Council members stated that they had never received so much correspondence and testimony on a single issue of fishery management.
4) SHIPWRECK FOUND ON NANTASKET BEACH
A couple of guys with metal detectors searching for coins and jewelry on Nantasket Beach discovered an old shipwreck. What was first thought to be a 19th century vessel 30 feet long turned out to be a vessel 30 feet in width and at least 100 feet long. A team of Coast Guard volunteers dug almost completely around the top side of the hull along with Victor Mastone, Massachusetts chief underwater marine archeologist. First the wreck was there, and then a month later they couldn’t find it.
5) COAST GUARD CUTTER JAMES NAMED AFTER LEGEND
The Coast Guard names its larger cutters after legends. The Coast Guard Cutter James is named after the legendary life saver Joshua James, who is credited with saving more than 600 lives when he was the keeper of the U.S. Lifesaving Station at Point Allerton in Hull. The 418 foot long ship will be one of the most technologically advanced ships in the Coast Guard fleet. With a crew of 117, the ship has a cruising range of 12,000 miles. The Legend Class National Security Cutter was commissioned at the Boston Coast Guard base this past summer.
6) BOATS BURN IN QUINCY
With dreams of a life on the water, Justin Lowery and Tamara Silvia sold most of their belongings this summer and bought a boat to live on. Their new home went up in flames along with 9 or 10 other boats in a fast moving fire at the Captain’s Cove Marina in Quincy. I spoke with Justin Lowery.
7) GENETICALLY MODIFIED FISH APPROVED BY THE U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION.
8) TESTIMONY ABOUT CONSOLIDATION OF THE FISHING FLEET
During a New England Fisheries Management Council meeting at the Raddisson Hotel in Plymouth, former Patriots football player Jarvis Green testified against the current management system known as catch shares and a group known as the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance brought dozens of college students to stage a protest rally. Inshore fishermen claimed that under catch shares, the bigger offshore boats were allowed to fish closer to shore to satisfy their quotas. Here is local fisherman Ed Barrett.
9) OBAMA RELAXED THE SANCTIONS ON CUBA
President Obama relaxed diplomatic relations with Cuba allowing American boaters to visit Cuba. There are also direct airplane flights from Miami to Cuba. Hingham Harbormaster Ken Corson told Nautical Talk Radio what it was like to visit Cuba earlier this year.
10) PAUL LAWTON – SS PORT NICHOLSON TREASURE HUNTER ADMITS TO FORGING DOCUMENTS.
11) OBAMA CREATES TWO NEW MARINE SANCTUARIES
One in the tidal waters of Maryland and the other in Lake Michigan
12) CHANGE AT TOP OF MASSACHUSETTS DMF
Paul Diodati retired from his position as the Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Diodati was appointed the Director of Marine Fisheries in 2000. Prior to his appointment, he was the state's chief striped bass biologist. Dr. David Pierce became the new leader of the state's Division of Marine Fisheries. Here is a message from the new director’s office.
LONG ISLAND BRIDGE DEMOLISHED
The winning bidder for the job, the Walsh Construction company, had estimated the cost of the demolition to be a little over 20 1/2 million dollars. Explosives were used to take down the 3500 foot long bridge. Ferry boats from Hingham and Hull were diverted around Long Island while the bridge was demolished last Spring The detour added three to six minutes to each trip. Workers are now rebuilding the footings of the old bridge in anticipation of building a new bridge.
DREDGING MARSHFIELD AND COHASSET HARBORS
OFFSHORE WIND FARM BUILT OFF RHODE ISLAND
UNDERWATER GENERATORS INSTALLED IN CAPE COD CANAL
COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS
The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was convicted of multiple manslaughters, causing the crash, and abandoning his passengers after he wrecked the ship off the Italian island Giglio in which 32 people died. Prosecutors wanted a jail term of 26 years, but the judge sentenced Francesco Schettino to 16 years in jail. However, Schettino will not go to jail nor be placed under house arrest before the end of Italy's long appeals process, which could take years.
Capt Lou's Nautical News 2/7/16
NOAA PREDICTS UP TO 80 FISH SPECIES MOVING
NOAA believes that only 10% of the sustainable cod population remain in the Atlantic and further predict that up to 80 species of fish from the Carolinas to Canada will be threatened by the warming, changing currents in the ocean and the increased acidity. They claim that the same thing will happen to Atlantic salmon, winter flounder, bay scallops, ocean quahogs, and other species that has happened to the Atlantic cod. As a result of this recent study, NOAA believes that climate change and not overfishing has dwindled the stocks and made it very difficult to manage the stocks. However, one scientist pointed out that the fish are still swimming somewhere in the ocean and just moved, and as one species moves away, another comes in its place. In our region, a perfect example of this is the abundant supply of black sea bass.
FDA CLARIFIES ITS POSITION ON SALE OF FRANKENFISH
While the sale of genetically modified salmon also known as frankenfish was previously approved for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA clarified its approval stating it was meant only for domestic genetically modified salmon. As far as we know, there are no domestic genetically modified salmon. All imports of the fish are currently banned until the agency can determine its labeling guidelines. According to experts, making rules regarding product labeling is a lengthy process that can take years to develop. Unfortunately, the Massachusetts based company that is farming the frankenfish, it is doing so in fish farms located in Panama. However, it should be noted that the import ban has no impact on the Massachusetts company's operations because they currently have plans to sell the fish in Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and China, but not in the U.S.
OFFICIALS IN PLYMOUTH WORKING ON ITS FIRST HARBOR PLAN
Over the next 12 months, the town of Plymouth will be working on its first management plan for Plymouth Harbor. The Plymouth Harbor Committee is hoping that boaters, fishermen, and local businesses will get involved in the process. The fist step of the project was started by defining the harbor as an area that extends south from Clark’s Island and Saquish to Brown’s Bank and Plymouth Beach, then north along the downtown waterfront to Cordage Park. Harbormaster Chad Hunter noted that work will begin this spring on replacement of the T Wharf and the state boat ramp since the town already was awarded a $2 million grant to complete both projects. Also a walkway will go around the waterfront side of Wood’s Seafood.
MARINA IN PROVINCETOWN SOLD
Another Massachusetts marina has changed hands. This one is in Provincetown. After owning and managing it for 46 years, the Cabrals have sold Fisherman's Wharf for $3.5 million to a couple known for redeveloping marinas in Newburyport and Boston. The new owners, Charles and Ann Lagasse said they plan on totally refurbishing the existing dock and slips and all the amenities to get the facility up to speed for this coming season. Then they would like to expand the marina to 200 slips, making it a “go-to” destination. Included in their plans are a restaurant and hotel. The couple presently own The Boston Yacht Haven Marina, the new Charlestown Marina, and marinas in Newburyport. They also manage the Fan Pier Marina in Boston’s Seaport District for the Fallon Company.
PRESIDENT'S ORDER COULD BAN FISHING ON CASHES LEDGE
As New England fishermen struggle under intense quota cuts and socialist regulations, the industry fears another political move that could have devastating consequences. About 80 miles off the coast of Cape Ann is a cold-water kelp forest known as Cashes Ledge. The area is loaded with fish and has been a traditional fishing ground, and believe it or not, that is what has environmentalist groups like the Conservation Law Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts concerned. They believe the fishing boats will destroy the kelp forest. So very quietly, the environmentalist groups have been lobbying Obama to sign an executive order to make Cashes Ledge an underwater monument area. The environmentalists are lobbying behind the scenes before there the public can comment on the idea. A presidential executive order would effectively close the area to all commercial fishing.
CAPT PIERDINOCK APPOINTED TO MIGRATORY SPECIES PANEL
Congratulations to Capt Mike Pierdinock who was just appointed to serve on the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel for a three-year term. Their next meeting will be held in Bethesda, Maryland to consider alternatives for the conservation and management of tuna, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. They will also discuss management changes to shark and bluefin tuna tournaments.
OBAMA APPROVES OFFSHORE FISH FARMING
Now that the Obama administration has approved offshore fish farms, there are plans to build a massive finfish farm about four miles off the coast of San Diego, California. It will produce yearly 11 million pounds of yellowtail jack, white seabass and striped bass plus the associated fecal, feed, antibiotics waste, not to mention interference with commercial ship traffic. The proposed fish farm will use a series of open-water cages tethered to the ocean floor.
4500 YEAR OLD BOAT FOUND IN EGYPT
And last on today’s nautical news, archaeologists working inland near Cairo, Egypt have uncovered a 4,500 year old 59 foot wooden boat. Some of the ropes that bound the wood together are still in their original position. The size of the boat plus a bowl bearing the name of a king, indicate the owner’s close ties with the pharaoh of that time. Maybe it was his girlfriend. Apparently, in those days, they buried the boat in a chamber next to where the owner was buried. They believed the boat would was their stairway to heaven.
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* Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
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* Member of Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
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* Life Member of Mass Striped Bass Association
* Life Member and Past Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club