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Capt Lou's Nautical News July 7, 2019

COAST GUARD SEARCHING FOR OWNERS OF KAYAKS ADRIFT
The Coast Guard is looking to find the owners of two kayaks that were found drifting off the coast of Cohasset. Nicole Groll, a spokeswoman and Petty Officer for the Coast Guard, said as of Saturday night they were unable to locate the owners of the unmanned kayaks. Anyone with information regarding the Cohasset kayaks is urged to call Sector Boston at 617-223-5757. Before that incident, the Coast Guard responded to an unmanned kayak afloat in Duxbury Harbor. In that case, the owner was found safe and sound on land. Coast Guard officials are asking all canoe and kayak owners to clearly label their boats with contact information to help crews responding to reports of boats adrift.

SHARK SIGHTING CLOSES DUXBURY BEACH
Last week, Duxbury Beach was closed after a reported shark sighting. Friday afternoon a boater reported to Duxbury's Harbormaster that he had spotted a juvenile great white shark about 150 yards offshore feeding on schools of fish. Forty minutes later, Duxbury Beach Operations tweeted that the beach was shut down due to an "unconfirmed" shark sighting near the shoreline. Boaters who grew up in the area were not surprised, but said they are concerned about great whites making more frequent visits to local waters. Shark expert Greg Skomal with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said he spotted nine great whites off Wellfleet Harbor. That is the first time he’d seen them inside Cape Cod Bay. Duxbury is just across the bay, about 30 miles away or maybe an hour's swim for a great white. 

RASH AFFECTS SWIMMERS AT HINGHAM BATHING BEACH
A mysterious rash has affected children swimming at the Hingham Bathing Beach off Rte. 3A. Parents called the town's Board of Health who told them they were aware of the issue. The Board of Health tests the Bathing Beach water for bacteria weekly and reported that there’s been no high level of fecal coliform and the Bathing Beach remains open. The testing is done within the designated roped-off swimming area that is supervised by lifeguards for a time period before, during, and following high tide. Postings on Facebook said the mysterious skin rash is called the swimmers' itch and is caused by geese waste in the sand or water. If you experienced the rash, report it to the Hingham Board of Health.

CHANGES FOR GULF OF MAINE COD AND HADDOCK
NOAA has announced that the 2019 Gulf of Maine cod and haddock recreational management measures are changing. They are opening a 2-week season September 15-30th for Gulf of Maine cod with a possession limit of one 21 inch fish or longer per person. For Gulf of Maine haddock, they are  raising the possession limit  from 12 to 15 fish, and have removed the fall closure. These rules became effective July 5th.

SIX NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES REPORTED DEAD IN CANADA
Since the beginning of June, six North Atlantic right whales have been reported dead in Canadian waters. Five of them were discovered this past week.  Of the six whales found dead, four were female. Although the deaths occurred in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence shipping lanes, the deaths have led to multiple proposals to restrict or reduce lobster gear in the Gulf of Maine. A spokesperson with the New England Aquarium said that the loss of sexually mature females is biologically a major loss to this species. So far seven right whale calves have been spotted this year.

SEARCH IS ON FOR MISSING CRUISE SHIP CREWMEMBER
A search and rescue effort to locate a crewmember from the cruise ship Carnival Victory was launched for a 37 year old male crewmember who fell or was pushed overboard. The ship was 30 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba when the captain called the Coast Guard. The ship's command immediately initiated search and rescue activities, which are still ongoing as I speak. The USCG has deployed a fixed-wing airplane and the cutter Charles Sexton to search the area, and has called on all other vessels in the vicinity to keep a lookout for the victim. Carnival Victory is due for an overhaul and a renaming next year when she will undergo a $200 million project in a shipyard in Spain. She will then reenter service as the Carnival Radiance.

NORTH SOUTH RIVERS WATERSHED ASSOC GREAT RIVER RACE
On July 13, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association will hold the 2019 Great River Race, a 7.5-mile race along the South Shore’s North River. The North South River Watershed Association invites all to participate on a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, row boat, or other non-motorized vessel. Also, new for this year’s race, swimmers are invited to join the Swim for Clean Water Team to swim the full 7.5-mile course or a shorter 2.75-mile course. Proceeds from the event support North South River Watershed Association's work to protect and restore local streams, salt marshes, and the watershed.                              

27 YEARS ON RADIO STATION WATD 95.9 FM
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Recipient of 2018 Mass Boating & Yacht Clubs "Gannett Award"
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 NMMA's Progressive New England Boat Show's Exhibitors
25 Year Retired Status U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
Member of South Shore Harbormasters Association
Member of Mass Marine Trades Association
Member of Quincy Bay Race Week
Member of Mass Boating and Yacht Club Association
Member of Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
Member of Boat Writers International
Member of Boat/US
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.