TOP NAUTICAL NEWS STORIES OF 2013
12) Deer rescued by fisherman and Hull Harbormaster 1 1/2 miles off Nantasket Beach
11) Hundreds of friends, fishermen, and people from the community show their support Scituate fisherman whose boat burned to the waterline
10) Naval engineers upright wrecked Costa Concordia and recovered some passengers’ valuables from safes in cabins
9) Barry Clifford of Provincetown, who discovered the only authenticated pirate ship, the Whydah, off Wellfleet Cape Cod announces he found Columbus’ ship, the Sancta Maria
8) A proposal to close 55 square miles of Stellwagen Bank to fishing is considered by the New England Fisheries Management Council
7) Dave Waller, a Boston businessman, was the successful bidder in the government’s auction of Graves lighthouse. His plans are to use it as a summer vacation house
6) Two men who claimed they found a billion dollars in gold and platinum on a shipwreck off Cape Cod called it quits after raising over 6 million dollars in money from investors
5) Andrew Simpson, a 36-year-old two-time Olympic medalist on the Swedish America’s Cup racing team was killed last Spring when his team’s sailboat capsized during training on San Francisco Bay, trapping him underwater
4) Dr. Jane Lubchenco resigned her position as the head of NOAA Fisheries. Lubchenco was responsible for implementing the European or the communal management plan known as catch shares to commercial fishermen. She was also in charge of NOAA when one scandal happened after another. Scandals like millions of dollars missing, judges in cahoots with NOAA prosecutors, excessive fines assessed to fishermen, junkets around the world paid for by the fines collected from fishermen, the purchase of a $400000 recreational boat that the agency said was used for undercover work, and worst of all, bad science.
3) A 21 foot powerboat with 6 people from a wedding party on board collided with a barge under the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River in New York. Killed on the boat were the bride and the groom’s best man. The captain was also seriously injured.
2) A man who was the cook on a Nigerian tug boat that sank survived 3 days 100 feet underwater by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket. Divers had already recovered four bodies out of the sunken tugboat. When a hand appeared on a TV screen monitoring the recovery, the diver assumed it was another corpse, but when he went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him.
1) John Bullard, NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Regional Administrator, tells fishermen that commercial cod fish quotas must be cut by 78%. Fishermen replied that the industry would be destroyed.