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BOSTON CRUISE SHIP GOES AGROUND IN HARBOR
A Boston Harbor Cruise Ship, with 152 people aboard went aground off George's Island in Boston Harbor. Coast Guard Sector Boston received a call around 6:30PM on Saturday that the Majesty had run aground with a wedding party on board. Passengers reported that the ship came to a sudden stop, but no injuries, damage to the boat, or pollution were reported. Coast Guard crews from Station Point Allerton and Station Boston launched immediately to assist and Massachusetts State Police along with the,Massport Fire boat also assisted evacuating the passengers, helping them board another Boston Harbor Cruise boat which brought them back to Boston's Long Wharf. The Coast Guard and five crewmembers from the Majesty remained on scene to wait for the tide to come in to re-float the vessel. Although the ship got stuck in the mud, let’s hope the wedding doesn’t end up on the rocks.
BOSTON CONSTRUCTION WORKERS UNCOVER SHIPWRECK
Construction workers in Boston's Seaport District uncovered an old shipwreck as they were excavating land for a new building. One of the city’s archaeologists said the ship was from the mid-to-late 1800s and is a rare find. He thought the vessel was used to transport lime for brick layers. Many sections of the city are filled in land, and the area where this wreck was found was once called Dorchester Flats. This is the first time a shipwreck has been found in this section of the city.
FISHERIES SCIENCE CENTER STAYING IN WOODS HOLE
NOAA just announced that any municipality trying to attract NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center to relocate better forget about it. Waterfront communities like Hull and New Bedford tried to get NOAA to consider them, but NOAA said its Northeast Fisheries Science Center will remain right where it is in Woods Hole on Cape Cod. The fisheries science center is charged with the scientific research on fish from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border. A NOAA spokesperson said Woods Hole is home to some of the world’s top marine research institutions, including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Marine Biological Laboratory, and that's where we are staying.
CHANGE OF COMMAND IN FIRST COAST GUARD DISTRICT
A change of command ceremony for the First Coast Guard District was held Thursday at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall. Rear Admiral Steven Poulin, from Kittery, Maine, assumed responsibilities of commander of the First Coast Guard District, replacing Rear Admiral Linda Fagan. Poulin's previous assignments included being the Judge Advocate General and Chief General Counsel of the Coast Guard and the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs. Rear Admiral Linda Fagan, who served as First District Commander for the past two years, will continue her Coast Guard career as the Deputy for Operations Policy and Capabilities at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C.
TRANSITING CLOSED AREA WITH CODFISH REMEDIED
NOAA Fisheries issued a bulletin to alleviate the confusion how to bring cod fish caught outside the Gulf of Maine home if you have to transit the closed Gulf of Maine. The rules are that a recreational fishing vessel may possess cod that was caught outside the Gulf of Maine while passing through the Gulf of Maine, as long as all bait and hooks are removed from fishing rods and any cod and haddock on board are filleted and stored. The season for recreational Gulf of Maine cod starts August 1st, is open now outside of the Gulf of Maine.
FISHING HAS MAJOR ECONOMIC IMPACT
Commercial and recreational fishing made a significant impact on the U.S. economy. Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in the United States generated more than $214 billion in sales, contributed $100 billion to the gross domestic product, and supported nearly 2 million jobs. Recreational fishing remains an important part of coastal tourism industries around the country. The states with the highest economic impact from saltwater recreational fishing were Florida, California, New Jersey, and Texas.
LEAVE SEALS ALONE RESTING ON BEACHES
Seal pupping season is underway in New England which means you might see a seal pup resting on the beach. You must stay away from the seals as they are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Besides, they are a wild animal and could easily bite you. It is normal for a mother seal to leave her young pup alone on the beach for up to 24 hours while she feeds. You may not see the mother offshore, but if she sees you near her pup, she may not think it's safe to come back and may abandon her pup. That could be deadly for the pup. As a rule of thumb, stay at least 50 yards from seals. If you think an animal may be in trouble, call the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional 24-hour hotline 866-755-NOAA.That's 866-755-NOAA.
"TOUCH A BOAT" COMES TO HINGHAM HARBOR
The Friends of Hingham Harbor is hosting its fifth annual “Touch a Boat” event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4th. A variety of boats will be available for kids to climb aboard including the harbormaster’s boat, a Coast Guard boat, and a commercial lobster boat. People who wear their lifejackets will be entered to win a fishing excursion with South Shore Junior Anglers. The coast guard will also be present to test that life jackets properly fit. There will be sand castle building demonstrations, water relay races, music and crafts and boating and water safety education demonstrations. Admission to “Touch a Boat” is free.
BIG ONE GETS AWAY
And last on today's nautical news, we have all heard, or maybe told stories about the big one that got away, but a Texas fisherman on a kayak, in the Gulf of Mexico, has the video to prove his story was for real. He said he was about two and a half miles offshore when he hooked up with a big shark. As he reeled the fish toward his kayak, he quickly realized that the shark could easily flip his boat over and toss him in the water, but he kept on reeling until the shark was out of the water. The shark thrashed wildly, pulled the hook and landed in front of the kayak's seat, taking a huge bite out of it. The fisherman now thought about jumping overboard and leaving the shark in the kayak, but as luck had it, the shark managed to flip itself back into the water. The kayaker said this was one time he was happy that the big one got away.
CELEBRATING 24 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"
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* Life Member and Past Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club
CAPT LOU’S NAUTICAL NEWS 5/22/16
DREDGING NEEDED FOR GREEN HARBOR CHANNEL
Nautical Talk Radio has received emails requesting that something be done to immediately dredge the Marshfield Green Harbor entrance channel in between the jetties. Experienced charter boat captains say they cannot safely enter or exit the channel at low tide. Boat captains, marinas, and summer businesses hope that emergency measures can be implemented to dredge the area to make it accessible before there is a detrimental impact on the local economy.
RECREATIONAL FISHERMAN ARRESTED
This past week a Massachusetts Environmental Police Lieutenant received a call from the Mattapoisett Harbormaster regarding an individual at the boat ramp in possession of black sea bass, three days before the recreational season for black sea bass opened. Environmental police officers arrived and found several totes and coolers on the ground filled with black sea bass. An inspection of the boat found more sea bass stuffed into compartments inside the boat. Officers counted 153 black sea bass and determined about half of them were under the 15 inch minimum size limit. Furthermore, there is a recreational limit of 5 black sea bass per person. The vessel operator was placed under arrest. It was not clear if police will seek forfeiture of the person's boat and tow vehicle.
MASSACHUSETTS FREE FISHING WEEKEND
The weekend of June 4th & 5th has been designated a Free Fishing Weekend in Massachusetts fresh waters. Anglers will not need a fishing license to fish in any Massachusetts public freshwater lake, pond, river or stream from 12:00 a.m. Saturday June 4t until 11:59 p.m. Sunday night June 5th. A license is required at all other times for those 15 years of age or older and it is free for youths 15 to 17.
COAST GUARD OPENS SEASONAL SCITUATE STATION
Coast Guard Station Scituate is scheduled to open tomorrow for the 2016 summer boating season and will remain open through Labor Day. The station’s crew conducts search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and recreational boating safety with a 29-foot response boat . The crew are available to respond to an event 24 hours a day. Chief Warrant Officer Robert Canepa, commanding officer of Station Point Allerton in Hull will also be the commanding officer of the seasonal station in Scituate.
BOATING ACCIDENT STATISTICS
The Coast Guard released its annual Recreational Boating Statistics and it showed that out of more than 80 million boaters, there were 626 boating fatalities nationwide last year, the third-lowest number on record. The Recreational Boating Statistics report also reported that injuries decreased 2.4 percent although reported accidents increased 2.3 percent. Alcohol was the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents and was listed as the leading factor in 17 percent of deaths. Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure, and excessive speed ranked as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. Twenty-two children under the age of 13 died while boating in 2015. Twelve of the twenty-two died from drowning. Two of the twelve who drowned were wearing a life jacket. The types of boats with the highest number of fatalities were open motorboats, jet skis, kayaks, and canoes.
CANADA APPROVES CONSUMPTION OF GMO FISH
After four years of studies, the Canadian government has declared that genetically engineered salmon is safe to be sold to Canadian consumers. United States based AquaBounty mixes the genes of Atlantic salmon with genes from Chinook salmon so that each fish grows faster and reaches market size sooner than conventional farmed salmon. Canadian health officials also said that they would not require any labels identifying the fish as being genetically modified. Critics of Canada's decision said the studies only compared the genetically modified fish to other farm raised fish, which they consider far less healthy than fish that swim in the wild. Meanwhile, not a single genetically modified fish produced by the U.S. company has been sold in the United States.
EPA AGAIN PROPOSES TO INCREASE ETHANOL
The Environmental Protection Agency again has proposed increasing the amount of ethanol from E10 to E15. This increase in ethanol goes beyond the tolerance level that marine engines and older cars are designed to operate. Critics of the increase claim making ethanol from corn is bad for the environment and bad for consumers. Furthermore, new pumps to blend the mixture of the ethanol and gas must be installed, making it very likely consumers may not be getting the proper mixture or that the gas they are buying is properly labeled.
WHALE SPEED LIMITS IN EFFECT
Now that whales have returned to New England waters for the summer, so NOAA is reminding all mariners that vessels 65 feet or greater in length are required to travel at 10 knots or less in areas where endangered North Atlantic right whales may be swimming. In waters off coastal mid Atlantic states, the speed limit is in effect within 20 nautical miles around all major ports. NOAA also warns that smaller boats, including, kayaks are at risk for colliding with whales. Collisions are dangerous for boats, passengers, as well as the whales. Boats can sustain extensive damage from striking a whale, passengers can be thrown overboard, and whales can be gravely injured by the impact. Striking a whale can also result in criminal and civil penalties under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.
SAILBOAT RACES IN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
Newport, Rhode Island will host the World Match Racing Tour May 30th thru June 4th. The world's top match racing sailors from the U.S. and nine other countries will be racing within yards of the shoreline of Fort Adams State Park each day from 10 am to 5 pm. Spectators will see dramatic sailboat racing while enjoying food, family lawn games at the park The event is open to the public, with no admission fee and free parking.
BOAT/US RELEASES TOP 10 BOAT NAMES FOR 2016
And last on today's nautical news, BOAT/US graphics and letters department has just released 2016's ten most popular boat names. BOAT/US claims they have a compiled a list of more than 8500 boat names over the past 20 years, and every Spring, they release the 10 most popular boat names sold to their members. In often cases, boat names can reveal a lot about the owner of the boat. For example, one boat's name is "She Got The House." Fortunately that is not one of the top 10 names. Neither is "Going For Broke" The number one boat name for 2016 is "Happy Ours" and ours is spelled o-u-r-s. The second most popular name is "Freedom" and owning a boat is certainly that. The third most popular boat name is "Grace" followed by "Serendipity," "Island Time," "No Regrets," "Liberty," "At Last," "Blue Moon," and "Aquaholic." Like I said, sometimes the name of a boat tells a lot about its owner.