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Capt Lou's Latest Nautical News January 15, 2017

LOBSTERMEN SAVED FROM SINKING BOAT
The Coast Guard rescued two people from their sinking lobster boat about 17 miles offshore from York, Maine. The Coast Guard received a MAYDAY call from a crew member reporting their 45-foot lobster boat, Miss Mae & Son, was hit by a rogue wave and the pumps were failing. A 47-foot Coast Guard boat arrived on the scene locating the boat thanks to an emergency radio beacon and found the fishermen standing on the pilot house in full survival gear. The fishermen jumped in the water and were pulled on board the Coast Guard boat. The water temperature was 42 degrees and the air temperature was 37 degrees. The fishermen were brought back to the Portsmouth Harbor station and no injuries were reported. A Coast Guard spokesperson said, "The lobstermen did all the right things. They activated their emergency personal indicating response beacon, called for help on the radio, and wore the proper survival gear." The Coast Guard is now issuing a broadcast to mariners informing them the lobster boat is taking on water and adrift with nobody on board.

COUNTING CODFISH IN GULF OF MAINE
Off the coast of Scituate, scientists, fishery managers, environmentalists, and fishermen aboard the commercial groundfish vessel named Miss Emily, are working to get a more accurate number of codfish in the Gulf of Maine. They are using GPS, cameras, electronic fish finders, a number of computer monitors, and a $14,000 fish-measuring board to count the catch. The 55-foot Miss Emily, skippered by captain Kevin Norton, is hoping to prove that their crew and boat will catch more fish than the federal government's crew aboard the Henry B. Bigelow, a 209-foot floating research vessel operated by NOAA. Fishermen claim that the federal catch quotas have devastated Massachusetts' codfishery. Local fishermen hope the results of this latest fish count will yield what they are seeing - more fish in the sea. If it does, Dr. David Pierce, the Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said, "that will give the federal scientists something to think about. It will force them to do some soul-searching."

FINAL HEARING IN EL FARO CARGO SHIP SINKING
The Coast Guard will hold its third and final hearing on the El Faro cargo ship sinking that killed all 33 on board. The hearing will be the first since investigators recovered 26 hours of audio and data from the ships data recorder. The ship sank October 1, 2015, during Hurricane Joaquin on its route from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Investigators and family members of those killed want to know why the cargo ship was in the path of the storm that led to the ship sinking. The Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation hearing will begin February 6th.

NOAA SUED BY NATIONAL FISHERIES INSTITUTE
The National Fisheries Institute has sued NOAA and the Department of Commerce over a recently enacted rule that could cost the commercial fishing industry hundreds of millions dollars a year. The rule in question requires U.S. seafood companies to trace the origin of the fish they import to either the specific boat that caught the fish or to its collection point, as well as the date the fish was caught. The National Fisheries Institute, along with several major seafood processors and associations, also filed suits against the officials in the Obama Administration, including the heads of the Commerce Department and NOAA, claiming they exceeded the scope of their authority. In addition, miscalculating compliance costs violates the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

NEW ENGLAND FISHERIES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL HAS 4 VACANCIES
The New England Fishery Management Council has four vacancies to fill, one from Maine, two from Massachusetts, and one from New Hampshire. The New England Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by federal regulation in 1976. It is charged with conserving and managing fishery resources from three to 200 miles off the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The process of filling council seats requires the governor of each New England state to submit names to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for consideration. The Secretary then appoints the members and at-large members to the councils. The appointments process begins each year in mid-January with nominations due from governors by March 15. New council members take their seats on August 11th. The ideal council appointee candidate is knowledgeable in fishery conservation and management, or the commercial or recreational harvest of fishery resources through occupational experience, scientific expertise, or related training.

POWERBOAT SALES UP
The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced sales of new powerboats increased between six and seven percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 250,000 boats sold. They expect the trend to continue through 2017 as consumer confidence soars and manufacturers introduce products attracting younger boaters. U.S. manufacturers are gearing up for a busy winter boat show season as the shows generate as much as 50 percent of annual sales for some manufacturers and dealers.

COAST GUARD RELAXES TATTOO REGULATIONS
Like the Navy, the Coast Guard recently loosened its restrictions for tattoos. Women can now get permanent eyeliner, but not past the outer corner of the eye. Neck tattoos are now allowed, but it cannot be seen above the collar. Ring tattoos are allowed but not on thumbs or past the knuckle. Traditional old school tattoos like nautical stars, clipper ships, and anchors are still popular.

FISH AND CHIRPS
And last on today's nautical news, getting Americans to eat sand sharks, which are also known as dogfish and are very plentiful, is a big goal for Cape Cod fishermen, who ship 90% of the fish to Great Britain and France, where they are served in soup and fish and chips. Now the United Nations wants to serve them around the world in a meal they call fish and chirps. It's dogfish and crickets. Scientists claim both the dogfish and crickets have a lot of nutritional benefits. The chirps or crickets can be served whole, dried, sauteed or with ketchup. Neither the dog fish trend or the fish and chirps have exactly caught on in America or Japan, where farmers said it might make good food for their animals.

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* Judge of New England Boat Show's Best Exhibitors
* Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
* Member of South Shore Harbormaster Association
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* 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


TOP NAUTICAL NEWS STORIES IN 2016

# 10 MOTHERLOAD OF TREASURE FOUND ON CAPE COD PIRATE SHIP
Barry Clifford, who discovered the first pirate shipwreck in North America 30 years ago, claims he has now found the bulk of the ship's legendary treasure. Clifford said he is convinced most, if not all of the 400,000 silver and gold coins on the ship, have been recovered. The former slave ship, commanded by the English pirate Samuel 'Black Sam' Bellamy, went down in stormy seas off Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in 1717, killing all but a handful of the nearly 150-person crew. Previous recovered artifacts from the pirate ship Whydah can be seen in Clifford's museums on Cape Cod.

#9 DEADLIEST CATCH CAPTAIN SUFFERED HEART ATTACK ON TV
After experiencing chest pains while filming at sea, Deadliest Catch star Captain Sig Hansen was airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska for treatment of a heart attack. Hansen was aboard his vessel the Northwestern, fishing for crab, on when he felt ill. His shipmates and the production crew of the Discovery Channel reality television series urged him to seek emergency treatment. Hansen has been a part of the Deadliest Catch series since 2006.

#8 EL FARO BLACK BOX RETRIEVED
Search crews retrieved the black box from the wreckage of the freighter El Faro that sank in 15,000 feet of water near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin last year. All 33 crew members were killed including two from Massachusetts. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board listened to hours of recordings on the black box. They heard how the flooding on the ship was uncontrollable and that the ship had lost propulsion. The recording ends shortly after the captain tells his crew - abandon ship.

#7 STELLWAGEN BANK MARINE SANCTUARY'S SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT
Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary's Superintendent Craig D. MacDonald announced that he was retiring. MacDonald came under the scrutiny of Washington after a very large number of stakeholders opposed his proposal to create a 55 square mile Designated Research Area that would have prohibited fishing. Benjamin D. Cowie-Haskell, the Assistant Superintendent, is slated to become acting superintendent for at least the next 12 months.

#6 SEARCH FOR MOTHER AND SON
Nathan and Linda Carmen departed Ram's Point Marina in Point Judith, Rhode Island in a 31 foot aluminum center console boat for an overnight fishing trip. Their boat sank forcing both of them into the water. After searching for 6 days, covering more than 62,000 square miles, officials suspended the search. A Chinese freighter found Nathan floating in a liferaft a week after the boat sank. Nathan's mother was never found. Police and FBI got involved in the investigation because Nathan's grandfather was shot to death a couple of years prior, leaving an estate worth an estimated 44 million dollars.

#5 SEARCH SUSPENDED FOR THREE NEW BEDFORD FISHERMEN
The search for three missing boaters on a 23 foot boat in Cape Cod Bay was suspended after covering 3,879 nautical miles. The three missing men were identified as Carlos Amaral, Dylan Amaral, and Mario Fialho. All three worked on fishing boats in New Bedford. They had launched their boat at the Sandwich marina on the Cape Cod Canal. Their last known position was off the coast of Provincetown. So far, only their truck and boat trailer were found parked at the marina and they have disappeared without a trace.

#4 OBAMA BANS COMMERCIAL FISHING IN ATLANTIC MONUMENT AREA
Using an executive order, Obama designated a 5000 square mile area off Cape Cod a National Monument area. The Monument includes four underwater seamounts and three submerged canyons. The executive order immediately banned commercial fishing with exception of crabbing and lobstering. Crabbing and lobstering will be prohibited in 7 years.

#3 FISHERMEN LOSE LAWSUIT AND MUST PAY FOR FISH OBSERVERS
Fishermen from Virginia, North Carolina, New York, and New England sued NOAA trying to stop them from forcing to pay for the government's at sea monitors program. Unfortunately for the fishermen, the judge ruled that they must pay the cost of the observers and rejected all of the fishermen's claims.

#2 NEW BEDFORD FISHERMAN KNOWN AS THE CODFATHER ARRESTED
Federal authorities raided one of the biggest seafood wholesalers in the Northeast and arrested owner Carlos Rafael and his bookkeeper on charges of conspiracy and falsifying records. The charges arose out of an undercover investigation in which federal agents posed as Russian organized crime figures interested in buying Rafael's fishing business. The buyers were told that there were hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash transactions that occurred off the books. The feds alleged that the 64 year old fisherman falsified records to evaded fish quotas and the types of fish caught. The charge of submitting falsified records to the federal government carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Rafael was released from jail after posting a million dollar bond and agreeing to wear an electronic monitoring device. Agents from the Internal Revenue Service, the Coast Guard, NOAA, and the FBI were all involved in the sting. The trial is now scheduled for this coming February.

#1 TRUMP ELECTED PRESIDENT
The United States elected Donald Trump as its 45th President. Trump said he planned to reverse many of Obama's treaties, trade agreements, and Executive Orders. One of the trade agreements to be reversed is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have a big impact on farm raised imported fish. Trump has made claims that climate change, ocean warming, increased storminess, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and overfishing are all a hoax. His promise to rebuild the military will include the Coast Guard. His threat to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency could be a big boost to waterfront development including marinas. He has stated that offshore wind farms need to be located where they dont impact fishing or shipping lanes, and that he is considering reversing Obama's order that created the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of Cape Cod.

Honorable Mention:

NEW BEDFORD IS THE HIGHEST VALUED FISHING PORT IN THE U.S. FOR THE 16TH YEAR IN A ROW THANKS TO ITS SCALLOP FISH FISHERY.

FISHERMEN'S MEMORIAL PARK BUILT IN MARSHFIELD
Construction of a walkway and a fishermen's memorial park was finished in Green Harbor near the town pier. Harbormaster Mike DiMeo said a marker or memorial would be placed on the half mile long harbor walk. DeMeo also announced plans for a multi million dollar marine resource and visitors' center replacing his harbormaster's office trailer

USS SALEM MOVING TO NEW PIER AT QUINCY SHIPYARD
The USS Salem will move a couple of piers away from its present location at the former Quincy Shipyard. The move cleared its final hurdle after Quincy's conservation commission gave the owner of the pier permission to raft barges on the side of the ship. Officials said there will be a "grand reopening" celebration for the ship around Memorial Day weekend.

NOTABLE DEATHS:

BOB DOUGHERTY A/K/A "MR. UNSINKABLE."
Dougherty got his start in the industry drawing the lines for Boston Whalers classic hulls during the 1960s and later launched the EdgeWater and Everglades brands. He refined the technique of building unsinkable boats.

MONSTER SHARK FISHERMAN FRANK MUNDUS
The man who inspired the making of the movie JAWS.

MIAMI MARLINS PITCHER JOSE FERNANDEZ
Killed along with two friends in a Miami boating accident.

FIDEL CASTRO
More U.S. boaters will be visiting Cuba.







 

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CELEBRATING 25 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, streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You  can also listen to a replay of recent shows 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"
* Judge of IBEX Innovation Products
* Judge of New England Boat Show's Best Exhibitors
* 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

"CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"


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