Nautical News: For the week of April 16, 2017

BOSTON BOATER PLEADS GUILTY TO 3 CHARGES

 

A 26 year old former law intern pled guilty for his role in a tragic Boston harbor boating accident that happened a year ago and caused a young woman to lose her arm. The man, who did not own the boat, admitted to negligent operation of a boat, furnishing alcohol to minors, and tampering with evidence. At the time, there were 13 people aboard a 30-foot powerboat named ironically “Naut Guilty.” Six of the passengers were women under 21, including the 19-year-old victim who lost her arm. Prosecutors said that the defendant admitted that there was enough liquor aboard the boat to kill a horse. Prosecutors said that the young man got behind the wheel of the boat while people were swimming in the water, but did not know how to operate a power boat. He started the engine, put it in gear and caused the boat’s propeller to cut off the victim’s right arm and lacerating her left arm, legs, abdomen. and back. The owner of the boat, will be tried next month.

 

BLACK SEA BASS QUOTA REVISED

 

For the past two years, fishermen have been saying that black sea bass were plentiful, and yet NOAA refused to listen cutting this year’s quota. Now, just the other day, NOAA Fisheries is revising its commercial black sea bass quotas for the 2017 fishing year. The government said based on updated information, NOAA is proposing a 53 percent increase in the 2017 commercial quota which was established in 2015. NOAA Fisheries claimed it uses the best available scientific information to develop management measures and know what is best for fishermen to obtain an optimum yield from their catch.

 

DEAD RIGHT WHALE FOUND IN CAPE COD BAY

 

On Thursday, a dead North Atlantic right whale was reported near Barnstable by researchers conducting right whale surveys in Cape Cod Bay. The United States Coast Guard provided assistance by towing the carcass to a landing site in Sesuit Harbor. Researchers then transported it by trailer to a necropsy site in Bourne for a complete examination. The young whale was a female, and was approximately 27 feet long. She had been identified as a one-year old offspring born in 2016. Preliminary findings of bruising were consistent with blunt trauma. There was no evidence of entanglement. There have been a record high number of right whales observed over the past few weeks in Cape Cod Bay and even in the Cape Cod Canal. Vessels of all sizes are to keep a close look out for right whales at all times and to travel slowly to help prevent injury to both whales and people.

 

SCITUATE 4TH GRADERS PLANT DUNE GRASS

 

Last Wednesday, 4th graders from the Cushing Elementary School in Scituate helped the Town of Scituate, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, and EPA’s MassBays program plant about 10,000 stalks of beachgrass on the dunes of Peggotty Beach. Sara Grady, the NSRWA Ecologist and Nancy Durfee, Scituate’s Coastal Resources Officer showed the kids how to plant the beachgrass and how it helped prevent erosion. The students now also understand the importance of staying off the beachgrass during the summer. The teachers thanked the town and NSRWA saying, “a project like this truly makes a difference and encourages students to be life-long learners.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN DUXBURY TO COUNT HORSESHOE CRABS

 

Volunteers are needed this April, May and June to do horseshoe crab spawning surveys in Duxbury Bay. A team of 2-3 people walks and wades along a stretch of the Duxbury Bay shoreline north of the Powder Point Bridge to count the crabs. Surveys occur around the full and new moons during the months of April, May, and June. There are three daytime surveys, usually late morning, midday, and early afternoon, and three nighttime surveys, usually late evening, midnight, and early morning. Volunteers need to sign up for all the possible dates for which they are available, and then teams will be assigned Please note that you must be able to walk on sand for about a mile, and that you will be getting your feet wet. To sign up go to the web site: nsrwa.org.

 

COAST GUARD CUTTER TAMAROA TO BECOME ARTIFICIAL REEF

 

After a delay of several months, the Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa which helped rescue seven people during The Perfect Storm is scheduled to be sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coast next week forming an artificial reef. The 73-year-old ship, which also had a distinguished career in World War II, had been scheduled to be sunk late last year. It was delayed until lab tests confirmed the ship was free from cancer-causing PCBs. The Tamaroa’s crew helped save three people on a sailboat before rescuing four of five crewmen of an Air National Guard helicopter that had to be ditched in the ocean when it ran out of fuel during a similar rescue mission. Many of the Tamaroa’s former crew members are happy that the ship will be used as a reef rather than sold for scrap metal. The Tamaroa will join the Navy destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford 120 feet below the ocean’s surface on the Del-Jersey-Land Reef, a name made from the three states managing it – Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland.

 

HERRING ARE HERE

 

And last on today’s nautical news, Weymouth’s Herring Warden reported that thousands of herring are now swimming in Weymouth’s Jackson Square Herring Run from the ocean. Their arrival is a little early, but the herring should keep coming the next 30 days. The herring live in saltwater, but return every year to the exact same body of fresh water where they were born, to reproduce again. The public is invited to come on down to the Jackson Square Herring Run in Weymouth to watch the herring climb 70 feet from sea level, up the fish ladder, to the fresh body of water Whitman’s Pond where they will spawn. The herring are here. They are plentiful and everyone is excited.


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