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Capt Lou's Nautical News 8/7/11
Posted on: Mon 08-Aug-2011
NEW WORLD RECORD SET FOR STRIPED BASS
A new world record was set for catching a striped bass. On The Water magazine is reporting that an 81.88 pound striped bass was caught and weighed during this year's Striper Cup tournament, and the Mass Striped Bass Association has confirmed it. The fish was caught by Al Stromski in Connecticut. It beat the existing world record by three pounds. That fish was caught by Al McReynolds back in 1982 in Atlantic City, N.J.

PIRATES CAUGHT IN GLOUCESTER
Two men, flying the Jolly Roger pirate flag on their boat, the flag that features the skull and crossbones, are now facing charges after breaking and entering into a sailboat at night that was moored in Gloucester Harbor. To their surprise, the owner of the boat was sleeping on board, whom they awakened. The two men in the powerboat then raced off, and the startled sailor called the Coast Guard. Using homeland security surveillance cameras strategically located around Gloucester harbor, the Coast Guard located the boat, which was still flying the pirate flag. It was found, in of all places, in Pirates Cove. The two so called pirates were arrested and their boat was seized by the Coast Guard.

NEW YORK REFUNDING SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE FEES
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced that fishermen and boat captains who paid for a saltwater fishing license in 2011 and 2010 will be refunded their money in full. That state's registry will be free. Governor Cuomo said, "Although the federal government required all saltwater fishermen to be registered, it was unfair to ask them to pay for it." He said the new no fee registry will make Long Island more attractive to tourist and charter boat businesses. All refunds are expected to be issued by the end of summer.

NO DISCHARGE AREA APPROVED FOR OUTER CAPE COD
On August 1st, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, Richard Sullivan Jr., announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has now approved the Commonwealth's designation of Outer Cape Cod as a No Discharge Area. All mariners are prohibited from discharging any treated or untreated boat sewage along the entire 30 mile Atlantic coast of Cape Cod, including Nauset Harbor. There are now 15 No Discharge Areas along the Massachusetts coast, covering 67 percent of the state's waters. Plans to designate Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds and Mt. Hope Bay a no discharge area are now in the works.

CAPTAIN BEACHES BOAT IN WOODS HOLE
The captain of an 85 foot yacht named Cocktails, intentionally drove the boat up on to Nobska Beach in Falmouth to prevent it from sinking and to keep the waterway open. He said he hit a rock in Woods Hole, putting an 80 square foot hole in the bow of the boat. The Coast Guard took two people off the boat. They were not injured. Sea Tow and Tow Boat/US assisted in the salvage effort, pulling it off the beach and towing it to a shipyard in Fairhaven for repairs. Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft provided aerial coverage throughout the operation to monitor the salvage operation and assist in spotting any pollution.

LARGEST WIND TURBINE BLADES MADE IN BOSTON
Chicago may be known as the windy city, but Boston has the largest commercial wind blade test facility in the world. It is located in the Charlestown section of the city on Boston Harbor and is now open for business. Prior to its opening, all wind blades longer than 150 feet were tested in Europe, but now the Boston center can test blades that are almost as long as football field.

HERRING HEAD BACK OUT TO SEA
Weymouth Herring Run Warden George Loring reports that the herring are now leaving the ponds and heading back out to sea. Approximately a quarter of million herring were counted in Weymouth, but George admits that millions could have gone uncounted because they move so fast. He said the fish he has seen look great, and he expects the exodus to be over by this weekend.

COAST GUARD SPOTS DRUG SUB
A U.S. Coast Guard crew on routine patrol in an airplane spotted a partially submerged, narrow shaped craft skimming along the clear Caribbean waters off the coast of Honduras. The crew notified a U.S. Customs and Border Protection airplane, which flew down for a closer look. They confirmed the boat appeared to be a drug sub. The Boston based Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, which was in the area, started chasing the "semi-submersible." The smugglers, realized they were being chased, abandoned ship, and managed to sink their sub in 50 feet of water. The Coast Guard picked the 5 smugglers out of the water and recovered the sub using sonar. A record amount of 7.5 tons of cocaine, valued at 180 million dollars, was found inside the sub.

POGIE HEARINGS SET FOR ATLANTIC COAST
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted nearly unanimously to begin a public comment period on the protection of pogies along the Atlantic Coast. Pogies, also known as menhaden or bunkers, are bait fish used by fishermen to catch stripers and bluefish. They are an oily fish, rich in omega 3 protein. Hearings are now being scheduled up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida to discuss five different management plans, ranging from status quo to reductions in catch by as much as 45% of the 2010 levels.

GULF OF MEXICO DEAD ZONE LARGEST IN HISTORY
Scientists predict this year's dead zone of low oxygen water in the Gulf of Mexico will be the largest in history. They predict it will be about the size of Lake Erie. Fish and marine life cannot survive in the dead zone because of the lack of oxygen, caused by the polluted runoff from the flooded Mississippi River valley.

MYSTERIOUS ORANGE GOO WASHES UP ON BEACH
A mysterious, orange colored goo has washed up on the shores of an isolated village in northwest Alaska. A Coast Guard officer said that it is not a petroleum based substance and that it is not made by man. Tests are being done to determine if it is some kind of an algae. One villager said she stuck her hand into the substance and didn't smell anything unusual.

POSSIBLE FLYING SAUCER FOUND ON BOTTOM OF BALTIC
And last on today's nautical news, a strange circular object resembling a space ship has been found deep below the Baltic Sea. UFO believers think it could be an alien flying saucer that crashed as it attempted to visit Earth. It was discovered by a team of salvagers from the Ocean Explorer Team who were searching for shipwrecks in the waters between Finland and Sweden. Video cameras show a path of destruction measuring about 900 feet that lead to the object giving the spaceship crash some credibility. However, the Ocean Explorer Team's website is selling T shirts in an effort to raise money to do more studying of the craft. Caveat Emptor. Let the buyer beware.


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