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Captain Lou's Latest Nautical News 2/11/18

FISHING BOATS SINK AT PIER IN NEW BEDFORD
Two fishing boats owned by Carlos "the codfather" Rafael were found submerged at the dock in about 25 feet of water. One of them was the fishing vessel Dinah Jane that had its illegal catch of scallops confiscated by police last week. The other boat that sank was named the Nemesis. Both boats were tied together so when one sank, it took the other one tied to it with it to the bottom. New Bedford police and fire responded to Homerfs Wharf at 1:24 this past Monday morning after the vesselsf emergency position radio beacons transmitted a signal to the Coast Guard. Officials said there was no one aboard either vessel. According to the Coast Guard, the 65-foot Dinah Jane and 67-foot Nemesis contained a combined capacity of 9,500 gallons of fuel. The cause of the sinkings is being investigated.

MAINE LOBSTER DOWN IN LANDINGS AND PRICE
Mainefs 2017 lobster harvest is on pace to hit its lowest value in 10 years. Lobstermen got hit with a double whammy - a lower catch combined with lower prices. After setting a new record in each of the past 10 years, 2017 saw the catch drop about 30% from the 2016 catch. During the same time, the price for Maine lobsters dropped because of less demand. Not since 2001 have both the statewide catch and average price paid to fishermen dropped from the previous year. Scientists are not sure why lobstermen caught fewer lobsters last year, but they knew that the string of setting new records couldn't continue. Lobster population surveys show that older, but not yet ready to harvest lobsters, are doing fine.

CHARTER BOATS MIGHT BE BANNED FROM SANDWICH BOAT RAMP
Town officials in Sandwich want to meet with the Army Corps of Engineers to determine if charter boat skippers with trailer boats may continue to use the Sandwich Marina boat ramp for business purposes. The marina is located on the Cape Cod Canal and apparently the town leases the marina from the Army Corps of Engineers which maintains the canal. The lease states that the only charter boats that can use the ramp are the three charter boats that have seasonal slips. Otherwise, the ramp is reserved for the local commercial fishing fleet, two canal pilot boats, and recreational boats. In the past, those in charge have looked the other way because of the economic impact the charter boats have on nearby restaurants and shops, but now the town wants clarity to the issue to make sure they are not in violation of their federal lease.

LENT IS GOOD FOR FISHERMEN
Ash Wednesday was this week starting the Lenten season. Although it is an important religious time period, it is also an important time period for fishermen. Seafood restaurants are also expecting a good Lenten season even though Lent starts on Valentine's Day. This year, several fast casual and quick-service chains are featuring a variety of wild fish for the religious celebration that runs from February 14th through March 29th.

LEG 6 OF VOLVO OCEAN RACE UNDERWAY
Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race is underway as the boats departed from China racing to New Zealand. Believe it or not, the sailors said the marina facilities in China were superb. Now only 6 teams are competing. The seventh team, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, announced it will miss Leg 6, following a collision with a Chinese fishing boat. In a statement released by the team, they said the boat was loaded onto a container ship and is already on its way to Aukland where it will be repaired. The team hopes the boat will be ready by March 18th to start leg 7 which goes from Aukland to Brazil.

FISHERMEN CLAIM BLUE MARLIN SANK THEIR BOAT
Five recreational fishermen on a 31 foot boat off Boynton Beach, Florida claimed a hooked blue marlin capsized their boat by pulling it backwards and swamping it. The five men were rescued by a nearby catamaran and then picked up by the Coast Guard. Officials are not investigating their story, but local charter boat captains doubt whether a marlin or any other fish could pull the boat backwards and sink it. They say it more likely to be a case of operator error, putting the boat in reverse at full throttle. A small craft advisory was in effect at the time of the sinking. Seas were 7 feet or greater. Well known charter boat captain Bouncer Smith said a marlin shouldnft get the blame for sinking the boat.

BIO-DEGRADABLE SIX PACK RING COULD REPLACE PLASTIC
Salt Water Brewery in South Florida is the first brewery to develop a biodegradable six-pack ring. The Six-Pack Ring looks like it is made of paper, but it is actually made from wheat and barley, which allows it to be composted. It will eventually break down if itfs littered outside or in the water. If a marine animal should eat it, the material wonft harm its digestive system, but it is not recommended for human consumption. This groundbreaking product could result in a significant decrease in both plastic pollution and wildlife injuries or deaths related to ingestion or entrapment in plastic six-pack rings.

COTTONTAIL RABBIT REFUGE PLANNED FOR NOMANS ISLAND
And last on todayfs nautical news, just like they count fish, the federal government claims that New England cottontail rabbits are at risk. Just like fishermen who say fish are plentiful, suburban residents are not believed when they say they see a lot of bunnies hopping around their yards. Therefore, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just announced it plans to establish a refuge for New England cottontail rabbits on Nomans Land, an Island in Nantucket Sound. Several years ago, a cottontail rabbit refuge was established on Patience Island in Narragansett Bay. For the record, officials said the New England cottontail is different from the more eastern cottontail, and is really the only native cottontail doing the bunny hop in Massachusetts.


CELEBRATING 26 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.