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Capt Lou's Nautical News March 17, 2019

POSSIBLE HUGE OIL SPILL
Did you know there is an old oil spill near the mouth of the Mississippi River that keeps on spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico? It all started in September 2004, when a Taylor Energy companyfs oil platform, known as MC-20 Saratoga, was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. So far, some estimate the site may have released an estimated 150 million gallons and could pass the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 200 million gallons, and unless the oil spill is stopped, the sunken rig could leak for another 100 years, becoming Americafs worst environmental disaster. However, Taylor Energy officials dispute the figures concerning the leak and have tried to dismiss the leak as nothing more than a mere gtrickleh. They claim the leak hasnft changed in years. Only the governmentfs estimate of the leak changed in 2016 when Trump became President.

BLACK SEA BASS EATING BABY LOBSTERS
The black sea bass population is so abundant that Michael Armstrong, the assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said they love eating the baby lobsters. That has caused deep concern to Beth Casoni, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermenfs Association, who said the sea bass are getting into the traps and eating the smaller lobsters, sometimes swallowing them whole. Even more concerning to Casoni is their alleged habit of picking off the undersized lobsters that are tossed back by lobstermen. Black sea bass population growth has expanded from the Mid-Atlantic to New England, but it is the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission that manages them. The New England Fisheries Management Council is not involved in the management of northern black seas bass stocks, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesperson Jennifer Goebel. The member states in the Atlantic States Management Fisheries Commission like Massachusetts and its neighbors are regularly outvoted on issues like increasing the New England quotas. To complicate matters more, lobstermen fear Vineyard Windfs wind farm will attract even more black sea bass causing more harm to the lobster stocks.

TWO RESCUED IN WELLFLEET HARBOR
This past Tuesday morning, rescue crews found two men in freezing chest deep water, clinging to their capsized boat a mile out of Wellfleet Harbor. The two told the Wellfleet harbormaster they were farming oysters when their 24-foot boat snagged something on the bottom, tipped, and started taking on water. The harbormaster said they were probably in the water for at least a half hour before he got them on to his boat and brought them to a waiting ambulance. They were showing signs of hypothermia and taken to the Cape Cod Hospital for treatment. The U.S. Coast Guard was also notified to help in the search.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WEYMOUTH HERRING RUN CLEAN-UP
The Weymouth Herring Run will be holding its annual clean up and beatification on Saturday April 6th. We will be meeting at Herring Run Park in Weymouth's Jackson Square at the corner of Broad and Commercial Streets around 8:00 am rain or shine. Volunteers will be cleaning up trash, cutting brush, removing debris, replacing fish ladders and painting. This year there is also a clean up of the Mill River, behind Shaw's Supermarket off Route 53. Those interested in helping out should dress for work along the river and dress warm. The Weymouth Herring Run continues to be one of the biggest in the State. Again help the herring find their way up the river. Clean up starts April 6th at 8 AM. Refreshments will be provided by local businesses for all who volunteer. If you have any questions please e-mail herring run Warden George Loring at gmloring@verizon.net.

EPA ALLOWS SALE OF E15 YEAR ROUND
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol to be sold during the summer months. In response, National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich stated, "The EPA's legally questionable decision to allow year-round sales of E15 needlessly puts millions of American boaters – not to mention hundreds of millions of people with chainsaws, generators, and lawnmowers – at an increased risk of misfuelling just so a powerful, politically important constituency can reap a financial windfall. The National Marine Manufacturers Association is adamantly against this proposal. Just last week, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute released a study showing misfuelling is on the rise, with more than 3 in 5 Americans mistakenly assuming that any gas sold at gas stations is safe for all of their products.


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.