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Capt Lou's Nautical News 6/14/15

ROUND THE WORLD VOLVO OCEAN RACE IS OVER
The 12th edition of the around the world Volvo Ocean Race is over. Eight teams raced 38,739 nautical miles over a period of 9 months. The only North American layover was in Newport, Rhode Island, where as many as 100,000 fans greeted the sailors. The overall winner of this year's race is the Abu Dhabi Racing team skippered by Ian Walker from Great Britain. The last leg of the race, Leg 8 was the shortest, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. Only a freak batch of penalty points can rob Team Abu Dhabi and Walker from the silver trophy. A jubilant, but still tired Walker, reported on Friday that he had spent the previous evening not celebrating his triumph with his team mates at a Lorient restaurant, but instead caught up on his sleep.

NEW MARITIME CENTER FOR HINGHAM HARBOR
After a pair of town meeting votes in April approved over a million dollars to be spent on Hingham Harbor. The town currently owns most of the harbor front that includes a boat launch ramp, a town pier, a park, and a beach. Town officials said they are now planning to build a new maritime center, boardwalks connecting the waterfront from one end to the other, and permit one or two new waterside shops. The new maritime center would offer more extensive community rowing and sailing programs operated by Lincoln Maritime, the nonprofit that currently runs a program on the harbor. Hopefully expanded center could be open in a year or two.

GREENLAND ALLOWED 45 METRIC TONS OF ATLANTIC SALMON
Although Atlantic salmon are an endangered species in the United States with about 500 counted in our rivers, fishermen in Greenland are allowed to catch up to 45 metric tons of Atlantic salmon. Last week, the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization concluded its Thirty-Second Annual Meeting in Labrador, Canada and failed to set a quota for the Greenland salmon fishermen. The highest priorities for the United States during the meeting were to reduce the West Greenland fishery to the lowest possible level, and to institute strong management and control measures to improve catch monitoring. Apparently they failed, but new laws will continue to prohibit any exports of Atlantic salmon from Greenland to the United States or Canada.

MORE CUBANS TRYING TO LAND IN FLORIDA
With Obama taking Cuba off the terrorist list and getting closer to normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, more Cubans are now risking their lives on a raft or homemade boat to reach the U.S. They are rushing to do so out of fear that the U.S. will change its "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy which allows any Cuban reaching U.S. land to stay and pursue citizenship. If relations are normalized, they would be treated like any other foreigner caught illegally in the country — ineligible for citizenship and subject to deportation. A Coast Guard officer said that on a recent patrol he saw two Cubans on a sheet of Styrofoam trying to reach Florida.

COAST GUARD SAVES TWO ENDANGERED TURTLES
A Coast Guard crew was sent to a known drug transit zone off the coast of Central America after a suspicious item was spotted floating in the water. However, what was thought to be a package of drugs floating in the water turned out to be two endangered sea turtles entangled in plastic junk. The guardsmen managed to cut both turtles free, one of which they said was close to choking to death. Everyone was elated, but the turtles didn't stick around thank them. As shown in Coast Guard YouTube video, the 70 pound turtles quickly swam away. NOAA claims that marine debris and plastic have become a major threat to ocean life. Scientists recently estimated that there are 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans.

100 NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED IN PACIFIC
June 8th was World Oceans day and scientists from the California Academy of Sciences celebrated that day by announcing the discovery of more than 100 new species. All of the species were found in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Philippines. It is said that the Philippines is one of the most astounding regions of biodiversity on Earth, and yet very little is known about what lives there. The new species of fish will be confirmed in the coming months through DNA sequencing and other tests.

CRUISE WITH PATRIOTS FOOTBALL STAR
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is offering fans a chance to join him next winter on the 'Gronk's Party Ship." You can get on board and get “gronked” dancing with Rob Gronkowski along with about 2,500 other Gronk superfans. It's a three-day non-stop party on the water scheduled for next February 19th to the 22nd. The man himself said, “Gronk is going to sea… and my brothers and I will be rocking the boat all the way from Miami to the Bahamas!” Cabins will go on sale this July. Go to www.gronkspartyship.com.

LIVE EELS WITH TEETH FALL FROM SKY IN ALASKA
And last on today's nautical news, reports of strange looking eels with teeth falling out of the sky in Fairbanks, Alaska proved to be true. Officials from Alaska's Fish and Game found these strange looking fish alive in shopping center parking lots and in people's back yards. They were Arctic lampreys, the most common lamprey in Alaskan waters. So how did they fall out of the sky? The answer was easy for the state's officials, but not that obvious to the people who found the fish on land. The fish fell out of the mouths of sea gulls that picked them up out of the nearby rivers. Researchers said the lampreys are so plentiful, the sea gulls are grabbing more than one at a time, and dropping them like bombs over land.

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
*
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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