Nautical News: For the week of March 18, 2018

2017 MAINE LOBSTER CATCH DOWN BUT 6th HIGHEST ON RECORD

 

State of Maine’s officials announced the lobster catch data along with other figures about the state’s fishing industry. The state’s combined fisheries, which include scallops, clams, and herring were worth $569 million. That is the fourth highest figure in history. Although last year’s lobster catch was down, it was not as bad as previously feared. Maine lobstermen caught almost 111 million pounds of lobsters last year, which matched the 2011 catch which at the time was a record year. The 2017 catch number was still the sixth highest on record going back to 1880.

 

 

73 CONTAINERS FALL OFF SHIP DURING STORM

 

The Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards after a cargo ship lost 73 containers off the coast of North Carolina during last week’s storm. The captain of the Maersk Shanghai cargo ship radioed authorities in North Carolina to let them know that 73 containers had fallen overboard during the storm. It wasn’t stated what was inside the lost containers.

 

 

VICE ADMIRAL KARL SCHULTZ SELECTED AS NEW COMMANDANT

 

Since Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft, announced that he will retire on June 1st, “Nautical Talk Radio” has learned that President Trump has sent the name of Vice Admiral Karl Schultz to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to be nominated to serve as the Coast Guard’s new Commandant.

 

 

MAN WHO DISPOSED OF HEADLESS TUNA GOING TO TRIAL

 

The Gloucester man accused of illegally landing a 400-pound bluefin tuna and then disposing of its headless carcass in the woods off Revere Street is due back in Gloucester District Court in May on the three state charges filed against him.

 

 

BARNSTABLE COUNTY BUYS 2ND DREDGE

 

Barnstable County just acquired a new 2 million dollar dredge that will be used to maintain its channels, waterways, and inlets on Cape Cod. This is the second dredge now owned by the county. County officials said the older dredge had generated up to 1.8 million dollars in revenue per year. The decision to add a second dredge was based on the high-demand for dredging projects around the region and the limited time dredging could occur because of fish migration. At least two full-time deckhands will be hired to operate the new dredge. The first project scheduled is dredging the Eel River in Falmouth.

 

 

WWII USS LEXINGTON AIRCRAFT CARRIER FOUND

 

An expedition led by yacht owner Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has discovered the USS Lexington, one of the United States’ first aircraft carriers. The USS Lexington was built at the Quincy Shipyard. The Japanese sank her during the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942, killing 216 of her nearly 3,000 crew. Known as “Lady Lex”, her wreckage was found March 4th 550 miles off the eastern coast of Australia in about 1,000 feet of water.


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