Nautical News: For the week of March 31, 2013

NOAA FISHERIES MAKES NEW FISHING PROPOSALS

NOAA Fisheries announced several new proposed management measures for groundfish. These measures include substantial reductions for both Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank cod and six other stocks. However, increases in catch limits are being proposed for several other stocks including redfish and pollock. NOAA Fisheries is also proposing to allow some fishing on Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder in 2013. According to their analysis, the winter flounder should generate an estimated $5.4 million in additional revenue for the fishermen.


APPEAL TO STOP SALE E15 ETHANOL GOES TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has joined The Engine Products Group in a petition to the Supreme Court for it to reconsider a circuit court of appeals decision that allowed the sale of gasoline containing E15. The government has 30 days to oppose the petition.


FERRY BOATS TO CAPE COD ISLANDS HAS NEW RULES FOR KIDS UNDER 12

All passengers under age 12 riding the Steamship Authority ferries to Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard must now be accompanied by an adult. The authority’s board of governors unanimously approved the measure at a meeting this past week. Without an adult accompanying a child aged 12 or under, the board felt there was a liability problem and the public supported the board’s decision.


RHODE ISLAND GETS 2 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FOR BOAT TECH COURSES

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association announced that it has received state approval and grant money totaling almost 2 million dollars to launch programs to train people to work in that state’s boatbuilding and repair industry. Rhode Island is among the first states to develop training programs such as these for the marine industry. The program will give participants hands-on skills training in entry-level areas such as painting, varnishing, composites, hauling, rigging, fork and Travelift operation, shrink wrapping, and winterizing and commissioning. Five Rhode Island companies have already committed to hiring available candidates for job openings to ensure this program leads to real jobs.


SEA LIONS FACE EXECUTION

Out on the west coast, up to 368 California sea lions face execution by Oregon and Washington state workers for the crime of eating endangered salmon on the Columbia River. The sea lions will be branded with hot irons, hazed with rubber bullets and explosives, and killed by lethal injection or shotgun for eating less than 4% of the salmon. All of this mayhem is conducted on the taxpayers’ dime while commercial, sport, and tribal fisheries are allowed to take up to 17% of the same endangered salmon and the Bonneville Dam on the river claims approximately 17% of adult salmon.


ANOTHER GERMAN WWII U-BOAT FOUND

The wreck of a German World War II submarine that was sunk with 48 people on board has been found off the coast of Norway by an oil company crew working on a new oil pipeline. The U-486 was torpedoed and sunk by a British submarine in April 1945 shortly after it left the Norwegian town of Bergen. Records indicated there were no survivors. The sub is currently lying on the bottom in 820 feet of water about a mile away from another German sub, the U-486, which was also sunk in 1945. That sub contained dozens of tons of mercury on board that threaten the environment as Norwegian engineers still debate how to safely remove it.


PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP PLAYS TV SHOW’S THEME SONG ON ITS HORNS

And last on today’s nautical news, the Princess Cruise lines newest ship, the Royal Princess, will play the theme song from the 1970s television show Love Boat, when it is launched from the shipyard where it is being built in Italy. The TV show helped make the Princess line a household name. During a recent visit to the 3,560 passenger ship’s bridge, one of the company’s top officials pushed a button that triggered the horn to play the first two bars of the Love Boat theme.

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