Nautical News: For the week of May 13, 2018

LITTLE BREWSTER ISLAND AND BOSTON LIGHT CLOSED

 

“Nautical Talk Radio” has learned that historic Boston Lighthouse on Little Brewster Island will be closed to visitors this coming summer. Apparently the big bad n’oreasters we experienced this past winter caused enough damage on the island to make it hazardous to visitors. We hear repairs to the damage on the island will be undertaken during the summer.

 

SPANISH TEAM MAPFRE WINS LEG 8 IN VOLVO RACE TO NEWPORT

 

The Spanish team MAPFRE stunned the Volvo Ocean Race fleet by winning Leg 8 in a come-from-behind victory as all seven teams arrived in a foggy Newport., Rhode Island. Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel, who was leading most of the past week finished in 2nd place. For three sailors, Charlie Enright, Mark Towill, and Nick Dana, Newport is a homecoming. Towill, Enright and Dana on Vestas 11th Hour Racing team are ll familiar with Narragansett Bay. Race village at Fort Adams Park is now officially opened to the public.

 

NEW METHOD TO KILL LICE IN ATLANTIC SALMON FISH FARMS

 

A year ago, parasitic sea lice infected salmon fish farms around the world costing aquaculturists about a billion dollars. The lice attached themselves to the salmon, eating away at the fish either killing it or rendering it unfit to sell. Just like humans build up a resistance to the antibiotics used to fight disease, so do the fish. Now commercial salmon fish farms in Maine and New Brunswick claim they are using a method never used before in the Atlantic Ocean to protect their fish from sea lice. They are bathing the fish in warm water. The warm water makes the lice fall off the fish. It’s a Norwegian technology called the “Thermolicer.”

 

SCIENTISTS SAY KEEP SMALL FISH AND RELEASE THE BIG ONES

 

A report just published in the journal Science claims that fishing regulations that call for a minimum size limit for a keeper is wrong and exactly opposite what they should be. Marine biologists claim there should be a maximum size limit for it to be legal to keep a fish. The argument is let the bigger female fish in the water to produce more eggs. Studies were done on more than 300 species of fish and in the case of snappers, a small female snapper laid around 4,000 eggs whereas a much larger snapper deposited eggs by the million. Making smaller fish in any given species more valuable than the larger fish could make a world of difference.

 

MAINE’S “ELVER KINGPIN” SENTENCED TO JAIL

 

Similar to New Bedford’s “cod father” who was sentenced to jail, a Maine fisherman known as the “elver kingpin” was sentenced to jail, ordered to pay a fine, and forfeit his eel fishing permit for being involved with a juvenile eel trafficking ring, smuggling the elvers into Asia. Juvenile or baby eels are called elvers. Maine and South Carolina are the only two states where commercial elver fishing is permitted, but in this case, the elvers were also illegally caught off the coast of Virginia.

 

DRONE SHOWS DOZENS OF WRECKS IN PROVIDENCE

 

A TV station’s drone has uncovered shipwrecks that might be a hundred years old in shallow water in waters close to downtown Providence and East Providence. Vessels range in size between 40 and 200 feet long. Some were sailing vessels, harbor steamers and barges. In some cases the historic wrecks are a hazard to navigation. An official wants everyone to know that there is no treasure located on any of the wrecks. He said the only thing valuable is their history.

 

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY IS MAY 18TH

 

Endangered Species Day is an annual celebration. This year it will be celebrated on May 18th, this coming Friday. Hundreds of species are listed even if they are abundant in one area and scarce in another. This makes it extremely hard to get a species like piping plovers de-listed. They may be abundant in Massachusetts, but scarce in other states. In the Atlantic Ocean, threatened and endangered species include whales, sea turtles, and fish like salmon and sturgeon.

 

BEACH JOGGER SCARED BY PRE-HISTORIC MONSTER FISH

 

And speaking of an endangered species, last on today’s nautical news, a scary looking 6 foot long fish with a head that looked like the head of an alligator scared a beach jogger in New Jersey. She took a picture of it and sent it to the newspapers who quickly printed the picture along with headlines of a “Prehistoric SEA MONSTER washes up on beach.” However, scientists said the fish wasn’t prehistoric but in fact was a rarely seen Atlantic sturgeon. According to NOAA Fisheries, the Atlantic sturgeon can live up to 60 years and about 4,600 of them live on the bottom of the Hudson River in New York and 2,000 in a South Carolina river. The government now admits there are unknown numbers of Atlantic sturgeon in rivers and estuaries all along the East Coast and Canada, but it is still listed as endangered. Apparently nobody really knows how many other fish there are in the ocean either.


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