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Capt Lou's Nautical News 8/30/15

COAST GUARD CUTTER JAMES ARRIVES AT ITS HOMEPORT
The National Security Coast Guard Cutter Joshua James arrived Friday at its new home in Charleston, South Carolina. Escorted through the harbor by small fleet of Coast Guard boats, police, and fire boats, the 418-foot James with its crew of 111 pulled up to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centerís pier and moored. The James, which was commissioned August 8th in Boston, arrived at its new homeport after making several stops along the East Coast. The James is the fifth of eight planned Legend-class National Security Cutters that serve as the centerpieces for the Coast Guard. The Legend-class cutters feature state-of-the-art surveillance and reconnaissance technology, and can remain at sea for prolonged periods of time. They are also equipped with a missile defense system. The ship was named after Joshua James, a Coast Guard legend who saved hundreds of lives during his 60 years of service with the Massachusetts Humane Society and the U.S. Life-Saving Service.

RIGHT WHALE SPOTTED OFF COHASSET
The Coast Guard broadcast a security call on the marine radio advising all mariners that an endangered right whale was spotted swimming near Minot's light in Cohasset. Mariners were reminded that federal law requires that they stay at least 50 yards away from a right whale and immediately report any sightings.

THREE BROTHERS FINED $20000 FOR CATCHING TOO MANY FISH
Remember the story earlier this summer about three Asian men, all in their 60s, who caught 25 times the limit of black sea bass allowed for recreational fishermen? Some of the fish were undersized as well. At the time they were fishing on Massachusetts south coast and drew the suspicion of the Mattapoisett Harbormaster because of the overloaded condition of their 12 foot inflatable boat. The Massachusetts Environmental Police were called and they found and confiscated the 198 fish and the boat and trailer. The fish that was confiscated was refrigerated and donated the next day to the Salvation Army. This past week the three men had their day in court and the judge found them guilty and hit them with a $20,000 fine.

MAN FINED $15000 AND SENTENCED TO 1 YEAR IN JAIL FOR HOAX CALL
And in another court case, a Maine man was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution for making a hoax distress call that sent the Coast Guard on 7 hour wild goose chase. Federal prosecutors said they hoped by sending the man to jail and ordering him to pay $15,000 would deter someone else from making a false call for help. In this particular case, the 23 year old man transmitted a call for help to the Coast Guard while sitting in his pick up truck. He told the Coast Guard his brother suffered a severe laceration to his neck and a great loss of blood while fishing aboard the fishing boat named Lila Rose off the coast of Maine. In actuality, the Lila Rose was safely moored in Vinalhaven Island the whole time and there was nobody injured. A Coast Guard spokesperson said they take all calls for help seriously and respond accordingly.

FISHERMEN EXTINGUISH FIRE BEFORE HELP ARRIVES
Two Maine fishermen were safely rescued from their burning boat about six miles from Jeffreys Ledge off the coast of Maine. A crew member aboard the Gretchen Marie, a 40-foot fishing boat based out of Portland, contacted the Coast Guard to say there was a fire on board and heavy smoke coming from the boat's pilothouse. A boat was immediately sent to remove the fishermen from the boat, however, the fishermen extinguished fire before the Coast Guard arrived. A helicopter also was sent to the scene to assist. The Coast Guard towed the boat back to Portland, where it was checked by the Portland Fire department. The Coast Guard praised the fishermen for handling the emergency flawlessly and having all the proper safety equipment on board.

BOATOWNERS PREPARE FOR HURRICANES
Boat owners and marina operators in Southern Florida are wasting no time preparing for Tropical Storm Erika to make landfall. Marina workers securing anything that can fly open like dock boxes, recycling bins, and deck furniture. They are also tying down dumpsters to prevent them from floating into a stored boat. Boat owners are hauling their boats as fast as they can. Extra dock lines and fenders are being added to the boats that stay in the water. Also, boat owners are urged to lower their antennas and remove all flags and bimini tops.

LAWSUITS AGAINST CANNED TUNA COMPANIES
There are a number of lawsuits pending against three major producers of canned tuna that allege price fixing. There is also a class action lawsuit pending against the Costco stores and their supplier of shrimp, Thailand CP Foods, that seeks restitution for customers who bought shrimp that was allegedly caught using slave labor. However, the litigants in this lawsuit claim that it is much more than getting money. They want to put an end to human trafficking and slave labor. The lawsuit refers to a number of reports which show the Thai fishing industry using laborers held against their will and forced to work impossibly long hours under horrific conditions.

SCHOONER DELIVERS MAINE PRODUCTS TO BOSTON
And last on todayís nautical news, an organization called Greenhorns is helping young farmers in Maine to bring their products to market in a unique way. They are shipping them to Boston on a schooner. Many people watched the Portland Yacht Services boat yard load the schooner with 6,400 pounds of honey, beeswax candles, pickles, and jam. The Maine Sail Freight schooner departed on Friday and arrived in Boston Harbor today. Now, Maine fishermen are thinking of shipping fish up to Boston via the wind powered schooner. I wonder if the Drop Kick Murphys were there.

CELEBRATING 23 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.

* 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"
* 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





 

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

"CELEBRATING 23 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.

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