Nautical News: For the week of June 16, 2019

FLESH EATING DISEASE IN GULF OF MEXICO

 

Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico are warning about “mycobacterium marinum” also known as the flesh eating disease. Alabama Health Officials said all it takes is to allow bad bacteria to enter into your body. A cut from a hook or knife or even from the scales of a fish is all that it takes. Officials advise anyone with compromised immune systems to be extra cautious. Patients with cancer, diabetes, or other immunocompromising conditions are more susceptible to harmful effects of bad bacteria.

 

HYANNIS FERRY BOAT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION COMPLETED

 

The Coast Guard announced that it has completed its investigation into the 2017 ferry that hit the jetty in Hyannis. Fifteen people were sent to the hospital. An earlier, preliminary investigation into the crash found that the captain mistook a metal pole and two sailboats as buoys, according to the head of Steamship Authority boat line. The final Coast Guard report determined factors that contributed to the incident included a loss of situational awareness by the bridge crew; the 1st officer’s lack of familiarity training with the vessel; the master’s distraction due to helping the 1st officer energize the spotlight at a critical time during transit; perceptual confusions by the master relating to the radar images; reduced visibility due to the weather conditions, the speed of the vessel; and the ship’s operations manual not being in compliance.

 

BOSTON GETS 2 MORE PERMITS FOR NEW LONG ISLAND BRIDGE

 

In what City of Boston officials called an important development, the State Department of Environmental Protection has given the green light to two crucial permits that the city needs to build a new Long Island Bridge. Without these permits, the city could not build a new Long Island Bridge. The City of Boston has now received two of the three permits it needs from the Commonwealth to build a new Long Island Bridge so that it can house a substance abuse Treatment Center. The big hurdle though could be continued strong opposition from the City of Quincy. You see, the road leading to Long Island goes through Quincy, and that city has already filed one legal appeal in an attempt to stop the project. Quincy has also passed an ordinance that bans all trucks from using the road to access the new bridge. The old Long Island Bridge was demolished in 2015 because it was structurally unsound.

 

EPA APPROVES YEAR ROUND SALE OF E15 GAS

 

The Environmental Protection Agency formally approved the year-round sale of E15 ethanol despite protests from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and makers of small engines. They claimed E15 is a direct threat to consumer safety because of confusion and mislabeling at the gas pump. More than 60 percent of Americans mistakenly assume that any gas sold at their local gas station is safe for all products.

 

STELLWAGEN SANCTUARY SEEKS ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

 

NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for one primary and six alternate seats on its advisory council. Applicants accepted as members should expect to serve a three-year term. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent Peter DeCola. Applications are due by June 30, 2019. Applications can be downloaded from the sanctuary’s website at https://stellwagen.noaa.gov.

 

NOAA’S FISHERIES SCIENCE CENTER TO MEET WITH FISHERMEN

 

NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Cooperative Research Branch wants to hear from the region’s fisheries stakeholders. Your input is key to creating a strategic, forward-thinking plan that outlines clear and actionable steps for building community and developing effective cooperative research projects. Thus, we are hosting a series of engagement sessions in August and September to engage with fishing communities and fisheries stakeholders, identify and learn from the successes and shortfalls of previous research, discuss research ideas and priorities for future projects, and recognize and build upon the strengths of our partners. There will be two sessions in Massachusetts – one in Gloucester, August 14th, and one in New Bedford, August 20th.

 

COAST GUARD SEIZED DRUGS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS

 

The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton was a part of operations targeting transnational criminal organizations. The Hamilton crew offloaded about 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine and 1,500 pounds of seized marijuana in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The drugs were interdicted in international waters the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America.

 

FLORIDA CHARTER BOAT CAPTAIN ARRESTED FOR DUI

 

A charter Florida charter boat captain is accused of boating under the influence, opening fire with a handgun, and refusing to bring his passengers back to shore. The Sarasota Police Department and Coast Guard responded to a call about an intoxicated charter boat captain, and arrived just as the boat was backing into a dock space with his passengers. The 36 year old charter boat captain was immediately arrested by Sarasota police as soon as he got off the boat after allegations of a handgun being discharged in front of the passengers. Several witnesses told police the captain drank multiple beers on the boat. Police said the captain had watery bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and his breath smelled like alcoholic beverages, but the captain refused a breathalyzer test and insisted that he was not drunk.

 

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