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Capt Lou's Nautical News 4/24/16

The publicly traded MarineMax has acquired Boston boat dealer Russo Marine. It was announced that the Russo family will stay on with company for now to run its daily operations. Russo Marine was founded in 1940 and became one of New England's biggest boat dealers. They have locations in Danversport, Boston, and Hingham.

A crewman aboard a ship carrying palm oil was seriously injured after being crushed as the ship docked at Quincy's Twin Rivers Technologies plant. Witnesses said the man got caught between the ship's railing and the gangway. Quincy Deputy Fire Chief Paul Griffin said the crewman was securing the gangway at the Twin River Technologies plant off Route 3A near the Fore River Bridge. Twin Rivers Technologies plant was the former Proctor and Gamble headquarters. Quincy firefighters put the man on a stretcher and the ship's crane was used to lift him onto the dock to a waiting ambulance. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center with abdominal injuries. The ship had come from New York and was scheduled to head to South America after leaving Quincy. The injured man only spoke Mandarin Chinese, but the ship's captain spoke English and acted as an interpreter to the medical team. The Coast Guard was notified about the accident but did not respond to the scene.

NOAA Fisheries released its 2015 status report for U.S. fisheries to Congress and it showed that out of the nation's 313 species that were counted and listed in the overfishing category, only 9% of the fish were listed as subject to overfishing. "Overfishing" is different from "overfished," the other term used by NOAA. In the overfished category, only 38 out of the 233 stocks listed in that category were considered overfished. In summation, based on the 2015 assessments, eight stocks were removed from the overfishing list and two stocks came off the overfished list, and since the year 2000, the number of stocks completely rebuilt increased to 39.

A voluntary vessel speed restriction zone has been established off Nahant and Boston to protect 3 right whales sighted in this area on April 19. The speed restriction is in effect now through May 4th. Mariners are requested to transit through this area at 10 knots or less. Approaching a right whale closer than 500 yards is a violation of federal and state law. Please report all right whale sightings to: 866-755-NOAA.

George Loring, the Weymouth herring warden, reports thousands of herring are now swimming up the Back River to spawn in Whitman's pond. He invites the public to come down to the Weymouth herring run in Jackson Square, to see over 100,000 herring jumping up the 117 step fish ladder. If you start at Herring Run Park at the corner of Commercial and Broad Streets you can follow the river up to the dam at Whitman's Pond where the Herring want to be. Yesterday over 31,000 Herring made the journey at the rate of about 35 per minute. Loring also said the herring attract lots of different kinds of birds. Birders reported seeing King Fishers, Black Crowned Night Herron, Osprey, Great Blue Herron, Geese, Ducks, a Bald Eagle, Cormorants, and Seagulls. In a related story, Plymouth's Herring Pond Watershed Association are looking for volunteers to count the number herring that are currently migrating through Town Brook into the Great Herring Pond. The counting takes place at the Great Herring Pond outlet at Sandy Pond Road Bridge and takes just 10 minutes. To volunteer contact Nathan Cristofori at Plymouth town hall.

Remember the story about the two teenage boys who were lost at sea last summer possibly heading out to the Gulf Stream on a fishing trip? The Coast Guard and private pilots searched for the boys for over a week covering more than 50,000 square miles without finding them. During that search, the Coast Guard did find their boat off New Smyrna Beach, but the salvage company hired by the Coast Guard to bring the boat back to shore couldn't find it again. This past week, a freighter, approximately 100 miles off of Bermuda, found the capsized boat along with an iPhone and a tackle box. One of the boys' parents said that they still consider the boys' disappearance an open missing persons case, and hopes the government uses experts to extrapolate the data from the recovered IPhone.

The New York Marine Unit is being investigated for giving boat rides to friends and businessmen. In one case the city's marine unit got caught transporting their friends to a catered barbecue at the 39th St. Pier in Brooklyn last summer and giving friends cruises up and down the Hudson River. In one instance, a businessman who was being investigated by the FBI had a private party on the marine unit boat that included a police helicopter flyover. Newspapers report that the investigation into unauthorized and improper use of the city's marine patrol boat has resulted in nine officers, including several high-ranking officials, getting demoted. The Department of Justice has now joined with FBI to continue its investigation and will soon be looking into the misuse of harbor patrol boats in other cities in the Northeast.

A commercial fisherman hauled in an oceanographic buoy and will not give it back to the U.S. Geological Survey until the agency pays him for his trouble. He said he found the buoy entangled in his net and brought it aboard his boat as it was a hazard to navigation. Not knowing what it was, he saw an “800” telephone number on its side, so he dialed the number and left a message that he had found the buoy, taken possession of it, and that it was on his boat which was heading back to the harbor. He said he would return the buoy to its owner, if they paid him a salvage fee of 10% of the buoy's value. As it turned out, the buoy was worth about $450,000 and the government wants it back. The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a lawsuit against the boat’s owner. The fisherman's admiralty attorney said once the buoy floated free, it was anyone's to claim. Under admiralty salvage law, it’s finders keepers. Too add salt to the injury, the fisherman also claims that the steel cable on the buoy damaged his boats underwater running gear. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it would not comment on a pending case.

And last on today’s nautical news, a letter returned to Great Britain’s Marine Biological Association was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest message in a bottle ever found. The message in the bottle had been drifting on currents for a little over 108 years before it was found on a German beach. More than 1,000 bottles containing messages were released in the southern North Sea over a period of years in the early 1900s as part of the British association’s research into ocean currents. Only about half of them were found and returned.


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Capt Lou's Nautical News April 17, 2016

Coast Guard Sector New England is requesting the public's help after receiving two fake mayday calls this past week. In one call, the person said he was aboard a sailboat named the Whiskey Rose. In the other call, the person said he was aboard a sailboat named the Regal Two. In neither call was a location given, but the Coast Guard said they were able to get a line of bearing on both calls and they were 100 or more miles apart. One call came from near the isles of Shoals off New Hampshire and the second call came two days later south of Nantucket. In both instances boat and aircraft assets searched hundreds of square miles for hours without finding any boats in trouble. This cost a considerable amount of money and jeopardized the lives of the searchers.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating a small abandoned motor boat that was found running on the bank of the Boston’s Charles River near the Mass Avenue Bridge. They want to know who owns the boat or how it ended up there. State police said it was not known if someone jumped or fell off the boat into the river or if the boat was stolen. The boat was towed to a secure location while the investigation is ongoing.

Recreational fishermen from Maine to Texas can now keep track of saltwater fishing regulations just by looking at their smartphone. A free app called Fish Rules provides images to identify various species and lets fishermen know in real time if a fish is in season at their location, how many they can keep, minimum size, and bag and vessel limit. The app uses a smartphone’s GPS and calendar to show what state or federal regulations apply to a fishing location on a specific day, making compliance with fishing regulations much easier. Fisheries regulators at NOAA Fisheries helped the founder of the fish app develop it so that even if you are at sea with no signal, you can manually select your location to see the relevant regulations. Fish Rules is available for both iPhone and Android in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Fifty-five year old Wayne Kusy has built a 14 foot replica of the SS America cruise ship using toothpicks - 270,000 toothpicks! Along with the toothpicks, he used 10 gallons of wood glue. It took him an estimated two years of eight-hour work days to complete. This toothpick model ship was built in Kusy's apartment and occupied both his living room and dining room until it was shipped to a gallery last week. He said building the model ship was an act of engineering that he has mastered since a fifth grade art project. By the way, Kusy has built toothpick model ships that have been as long 25 feet, and his 16 foot model of the Lusitania is on permanent exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. I wonder if he uses round or flat toothpicks. He said he is a stickler for details. Do you think he takes a handful of toothpicks every time he leaves a restaurant?


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