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CAPT LOUíS LATEST NAUTICAL NEWS

ATLANTIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION INCREASES MENHADEN
QUOTA
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Tuesday to allow for an 8 per cent increase in the harvest of menhaden for the next two years. Some say menhaden, or pogies, are the most important species of fish in the ocean. Because they are rich in omega-3 fats, they are processed into fish oil. They are also used as fertilizer and to feed animals on farms, and even used by cosmetic companies to make lipstick. Menhaden are also considered a major food source for larger fish and marine mammals and fishermen and charter boat captains want them for bait to catch striped bass. Despite most of the comments made by environmentalists and the public against the Commission increasing the annual quota, the Commission said it was necessary to balance the fishís role with the needs of stakeholders. However, although the total quota for menhaden was increased along the east coast, the quota was reduced in the Chesapeake Bay area where the menhaden spawn.

ICCAT NOW MEETING IN MOROCCO TO DECIDE BLUEFIN TUNA QUOTA
And over in Marrakech, Morocco, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is meeting to decide Atlantic blue fin tunas. "Nautical Talk Radio's" Captain Mike Pierdinock is one of the Americans on the commission and we hear Associated Press reports that member-nations want to boost annual catch limits of blue fin tuna by as much as 50 per cent. However, the Pew Charitable Trust reminded members that less than 10 years ago an international ban on bluefin stocks was being considered. The commission's final decision will be announced this Wednesday when the meetings end.

NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES ON THE MOVE
A new study confirms what marine mammal researchers have suspected for a while: right whales use nearly the entire eastern seaboard during the winter, and they move around a lot more than was previously thought. How long they spend in some areas has also changed in recent years. The findings, published in Nature Scientific Reports, were based on passive acoustic monitoring. Using bottom-mounted listening devices deployed along the coast, researchers have recorded whale calls 24/7 to obtain the new insights into where the whales go. Genevieve Davis at the Northeast Fisheries Science Centerís Woods Hole Laboratory said passive acoustic monitoring over a 10 year period has revealed North Atlantic right whales have increased time spent in the Mid-Atlantic region and decreased their presence in the northern Gulf of Maine. She added that we donít know a lot about them in terms of their movements and migration patterns. We are still seeing right whales in the central Gulf of Maine, just not in the same numbers. They are still out there, but where they all are is the big question.

COAST GUARD HAS $914 MILLION SHORTFALL BECAUSE OF HURRICANES
Adm. Paul Zukunft, the Coast Guard commandant, said his agency faces a $914 million shortfall after an ďall hands on deck" response to 2017's three major hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The Coast Guard rescued more than 11,000 people following those storms from the continental United States to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The service also corrected more than 1,200 buoys that were off station and assisted in the removal of more than 3,600 damaged or sunken vessels.

BOAT SALES UP IN OCTOBER
Seven of the top ten recreational boating states recorded more boat sales in October than they did in the same month last year. Sales of powerboats rose 10.7 percent showing a strong end to the 2017 season. Among those top 10 states with higher sales were Texas, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Alabama, and New York. Sales in Florida and Arkansas were above average because of the September hurricanes that destroyed boats.

2ND LEG OF VOLVO OCEAN RACE NEARING FINISH
While it may be a relaxed Sunday for many Nautical Talk Radio listeners, that is surely not the case for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet battling for position in the South Atlantic as they head for Cape Town, South Africa. This morning, most of the leading group are now sailing a shorter easterly track, while some have turned southwest on a longer track but to get closer to stronger storm winds. It is still anyone's race with more than 2000 miles to Cape Town.

NAUTICAL TALK RADIO UNCOVERS RUSSIAN CONNECTION WITH TRUMP
And last on today's nautical news, Nautical Talk Radio has uncovered the Russian connection with President Trump. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, just docked one of the most expensive and the second largest yacht in the world in Palm Beach, Florida to enjoy Thanksgiving with President Trump. The 533 foot yacht named Eclipse comes equipped with two helipads, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, a disco hall and lounge, three power boats and a submarine. It has a crew of 92. Itís expected to spend two weeks docked near the Presidentís Mar-a-Lago resort.

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 stations 95.9FM WATD and 1460AM WATD. Also streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. Listen anytime to replay of recent shows 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 Mass Marine Trades Association
* Retired Status U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
* Member of Quincy Bay Race Week Association
* Member of Mass Boating and Yacht Club 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"

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 a 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"


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.