Nautical News: For the week of October 28, 2018



Tugboats and the barges arrived in Plymouth Harbor this week to begin that harbor’s dredging project. The US Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $14 million to dredge Plymouth Harbor. They said the project will be finished in time for the much anticipated 2020 celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony. Natural shoaling processes had significantly filled in the harbor’s navigation channels making navigation hazardous at low tide. The channel’s depth is listed as 18 feet deep at low tide, but had had filled in to be as little as 7 feet deep. About 385,000 cubic yards of sand and silt will now be removed and barged to disposal sites in Cape Cod and Massachusetts Bays. The entrance to Plymouth Harbor was last fully dredged in the 1960s and partially dredged in 1988.




Authorities in Maine said they recovered the body of a lobster fisherman who was seen falling off his boat near Doyle Island which is an island off Jonesport, Maine. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said the body of 51 year old Scott Chandler of West Jonesport was recovered on Tuesday. Chandler was seen falling from his 20 foot lobster boat on Tuesday morning by two nearby boaters who notified the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard arrived on scene and searched 233 nautical square miles with boats and aircraft before finding the body. They are now investigating how the lobsterman fell into the water. Maine’s marine resources department said the last time a Maine commercial fisherman died was last May.




Thousands of dead fish are still washing up on Florida’s beaches due to the ongoing red tide even though recent water samples show the toxic algae is dissipating. Up to 40 tons of dead fish removed from Florida’s beaches have been hauled to local landfills. Beach goers who are sensitive to allergies and smell are warned to stay far away.




Some of the most incredible yachts in the western hemisphere will be part of the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – the world’s largest in-water boat show. The show opens this Wednesday at seven waterfront locations, occupying more than six miles of floating docks to accommodate more than 1,500 boats and yachts. Organizers of the show anticipate more than 110,000 visitors during the show’s five day run, bringing in more than $857 million to Florida and Fort Lauderdale, which is more than a Super Bowl. Many show attendees enjoy the extra offerings in between seeing the latest boating technology and the night time parties and dinners.




With concerns growing over a likely bait shortage in the lobster industry in Maine and Canada due to a drastic cut in the herring quota, a Nova Scotia resident thinks harvesting an invasive species like carp could solve the problem. As a bonus to the lobstermen, the carp would be cheaper than the herring for the lobstermen to buy for bait, but officials are afraid that if the carp were used as live bait and escaped, they would be faced with the same serious problem that the carp caused in the Great Lakes after they were brought in and raised in pens to eat and control algae, plants, and snails. The problem became serious after the carp escaped from their pens and became the dominant species eating all the native species of fish. They also became a hazard to recreational fishermen as they jumped out of the water and struck fishermen in the face. It got so bad, the government used electric wired fields to kill the carp.




The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be hosting a workshop November 13-14 pertaining to law enforcement issues related to charterboat captains and their clients when it comes to selling a commercial size blue fin tuna. Specifically, the workshop will address: 1) Operator versus client responsibility for fisheries violations that occur on for-hire vessels and law enforcement options for addressing these. 2) Issues related to the sale of blue fin tuna by private recreational anglers, focusing on the need for vessels selling fish to comply with Coast Guard requirements like having a life raft and survival suits on board and/or Federal permits that allow for the sale of fish. Unfortunately, for us New Englanders, this meeting is being held in Philadelphia.




Doctors claim a decades long study of adults over the age of 74 found that those who had a higher amount of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in their blood from eating seafood quite likely extended their lives and reduced their chances of getting cancer, heart disease, and memory problems. Even more surprisingly, the findings suggest that older adults who consumed at least eight ounces of seafood a week had better eye sight. There is no doubt that locally caught seafood is a natural health food. This should be a real eye opener.

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