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Capt Lou's Latest Nautical News February 19, 2017

ALL HANDS LOST ON ALASKAN CRAB BOAT
The United States Coast Guard has suspended its search for the 92 foot crabbing vessel Destination with 6 fishermen aboard, which sent out an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert early on February 11th from Alaska's Bering Sea. Destination's home port was Seattle, Washington. No mayday call was ever received by the Coast Guard who rushed to the area of where the emergency signal came from. Upon arriving on scene, the Coast Guard found buoys, tarps, and a life-ring belonging to the fishing vessel Destination, along with a sheen of oil. However no crewmembers were found after the Coast Guard searched a total of 5,730 square nautical miles. Other fishing boats also participated in the search. Friends of the lost crew said they worked very hard, were very experienced, and the best at what they did.

2016 TABOR ACADEMY DIES IN DIVING ACCIDENT ABOARD TABOR SCHOONER
U.S. Coast Guard officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands said that it could take up to a year to complete their investigation of a 2016 Tabor Academy graduate who recently died two weeks ago in a snorkeling accident while working as a crew member on the academy's Tabor Boy schooner. The young man had been free-diving and suffered what is known as shallow-water blackout while collecting data about coral reefs in the region. According to scientific journals, shallow-water blackout is often triggered by holding one's breath for long periods of time resulting in the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and an increase in carbon dioxide. This causes the diver to lose consciousness and the inhalation of water. According military people, shallow water blackout happens more frequently to very fit divers under the age of 40. Tabor Academy is located in Marion, Massachusetts.

DEAD DOLPHIN CALF FOUND ON NANTASKET BEACH
A beach walker on Nantasket Beach spotted a dead dolphin calf that had washed ashore. The New England Aquarium was called and sent its Marine Animal Rescue Team to pick it up. The 4 foot, 86 pound female calf, estimated to be about 6 months old, was taken to the rescue team's Quincy shipyard facility for a necropsy. It was believed that the calf was still dependent upon her mother and that the mother had died from age or disease. Researchers said marine mammal deaths in the northeast rise sharply this time of year, but even in death, the calf will help aquarium biologists learn more about other dolphins' life. Thousands of dolphins live year round off the coast of New England.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO COUNT HERRING
The North and South Rivers Watershed Association is seeking volunteers from the end of March through the end of May to count herring. The counting will be done 7 days a week, six to nine times a day, at five different locations. These counts will help to monitor trends in the local herring population. Volunteers are needed that can commit to doing 10 minute counts, ideally several times a week, during a specific time period, at one of five sites in Marshfield, Scituate, and Pembroke. A mandatory training session is required for new volunteers. To get involved go to the North and South Rivers watershed Association's web site - NSRWA.org.

THREE SNOWMOBILERS DIE AFTER FALLING THROUGH ICE
Anyone thinking of snowmobiling up north better think twice. Officials in New Hampshire are warning all snowmobilers that three people died last weekend after falling through the ice while riding on Lake Winnipesaukee. A 15-year-old boy and his father on a snowmobile fell through the ice. The father suffered hypothermia and survived, but his son died. Three other snowmobilers also fell through the ice. Only one of them survived. Fish and Game recommended snowmobilers to go slowly and follow existing tracks. Before crossing snow covered ice, holes should be cut in the ice to see if it is safe.

ANOTHER CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER GOES OVERBOARD
A 24 year old man was seen going overboard from the 11th deck of the Carnival Elation cruise ship's closed-circuit security system. At the time, the ship was in the Bahamas, 15 miles southwest of Abaco while enroute to Nassau. The Coast Guard was notified and searched more than 1,381 square miles with helicopters for more than nine hours before calling off the search.

DNA SAMPLES SHOW NATURAL BOOM-BUST CYCLES OF FISH POPULATIONS
NOAA scientists that new methods for counting forage fish show there were natural extreme boom-bust cycles for centuries. At least three species off the U.S. West Coast repeatedly experienced steep population increases followed by steep declines, going back to the year 1000, long before commercial fishing began. The species included sardines, anchovies, and hake. One of the new methods for counting fish used DNA to examine fish scales collected on the bottom of the ocean. So many scales were dated between the years 1000 to 1500AD, that scientists could determine boom and bust population cycles. The findings will have implications for the ecosystem, fishermen, and fisheries managers.

AMERICA'S CUP CHAMPION SHOWS OFF BOAT IT WILL USE IN 2017 RACE
America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA unveiled the boat it will race in the 2017 Americas Cup. The unveiling marked another step in Larry Ellison's Oracles pursuit of claiming the Americas Cup for a third consecutive time. Oracles wing-sailed catamaran is nearly 50 feet long with a wing height of about 79 feet. The boats hulls lift out of the water on hydrofoils, allowing the boat to reach speeds of up to 60 mph. The boats in this year's America's Cup race are smaller than the 72 footers used in the 2015 America's Cup race and will have a smaller crew limited to six. This year there will be five teams challenging Oracle for the cup. The challengers are Artemis Racing from Sweden, Emirates Team from New Zealand, Groupama Team from France, Land Rover BAR from Britain and Softbank Team from Japan. The 35th Americas Cup Match begins June 17 in Bermuda.

FOOTBALL PLAYER USES "CATCH" TO OPEN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
And last on today's nautical news, New England Patriots star, Julian Edleman, who made that unbelievable catch in the Super Bowl game, has released a video that shows he is thinking about another kind of a catch - fishing. Edelman said a lightbulb went off in his head about opening a chain of seafood restaurants called Edelmans Catch. What a great idea! We will remember that catch the rest of our lives.


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
* Retired Status U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
* 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


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"


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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