Nautical News: For the week of September 1, 2019

WOMAN CATCHES FISH WITH TWO MOUTHS

 

A New York woman out on a fishing trip reeled in a fish that had two mouths. Scientists said they have seen fish with two mouths before, but it is definitely something that is rare. The woman who pulled the creature from the deep said she released it back into the wild after making sure to take pictures of her rare catch.

 

 

NOAA SETTLES CIVIL CASE AGAINST “CODFATHER”

 

NOAA has settled its civil case against Carlos “the Codfather” Rafael and his fishing captains. Rafael pled guilty in 2017 to falsifying fish quotas, tax evasion, and conspiracy and is currently serving a 46 month jail sentence. Under the terms of the civil settlement, Rafael will permanently stop all commercial fishing except for scalloping by the end of this year and to cease scalloping by March 31st, 2020. He must also sell all limited access federal fishing permits and vessels he owns or controls by December 31st, through transactions reviewed and approved by NOAA, and relinquish the seafood dealer permit issued to his company, Carlos Seafood. In addition, Rafael must pay a civil penalty of $3,010,644 and never participate in federal fisheries again. As for 17 of Rafael’s former fishing captains, their operating permits will be suspended and they will not be allowed to be on board a federally permitted vessel while it is at sea or offloading. If any of the captains are caught intentionally, or recklessly, violating rules, they will be permanently banned from commercial fishing.

 

 

DIRECTOR OF MASS DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES TO RETIRE

 

Nautical Talk Radio has learned that David Pierce, the Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, announced that he will be retiring from his position on November 1st. Pierce has served as the director of Massachusetts Fisheries since 2015. No word yet on who will replace him.

 

 

NEW PRESIDENT OF NMMA TO TAKE OVER OCT 1ST

Nautical talk Radio has also learned that Frank Hugelmeyer will be taking over as president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. He will succeed Thom Dammrich as president on October 1st following Dammrich’s retirement. Hugelmeyer, a veteran leader of the outdoor recreation industry, came to NMMA from the RV Industry Association, where he served as president since 2015. Prior to RVIA, he was president and CEO of the Outdoor Industry Association for 14 years. Hugelmeyer is an avid boater and fishermen living on Long Island, New York. He claimed his family over the years owned different brands of boats that included Seabird, Chris-Craft, Pembroke, Egg Harbor, Hatteras, Robalo, and Cobia.

 

 

JUMPING OFF FERRYBOAT WILL COST YOU

 

The Coast Guard has ruled that intentionally jumping overboard from a ferryboat will come with a fine up to $35,000. Investigators from Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England fined two teenage passengers $2,500 each for intentionally jumping over ferry railings in June and July. Luke Garrity, 18 years old, is accused of jumping off the ferry Island Queen in Falmouth on June 23, 2019, and Andrew Myers, 19 years old, is accused of jumping off the ferry Anna C in Block Island, Rhode Island on July 28th, 2019. In both of these cases, the vessel’s crews performed a man overboard emergency recovery in accordance with their training and procedures. Coast Guard officials said the act of intentionally jumping into the water from a passenger vessel interferes with the safe operation of the vessel, which is a violation of federal law.

 

 

MAN HIT BY HIS BOAT’S PROPELLER

 

New Hampshire police said a man was struck and injured by his own boat after he fell overboard in the middle of the night. New Hampshire State Police said they responded to reports of a person screaming for help in the water at 2:33 in the morning. Troopers found 29 year old Steven Lacroix standing alone in about 2 feet of water. The man said he had fallen off his pontoon boat while working on the boat’s motor. The boat continued moving and the propeller hit him. He managed to turn the he motor off and swim to shore. Police transported the man to the local hospital where doctors described his injuries as non-life threatening. The accident is still under investigation.

 

 

PICTURES SHOW TITANIC DISINTEGRATING LYING ON BOTTOM

 

According to a release from Triton Submarines, an exploration crew with a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, completed five dives over eight days to the wreck of the Titanic. The ship lies nearly 2,400 miles below the surface of the ocean, about 370 miles south of Newfoundland in water that is just above freezing on the surface. The first Titanic dive in 14 years found that the ship is being “consumed” by the ocean. Photos showed the tip of the ship covered with oceanic material that is eating away at the ship’s steel. It has been more than a hundred years since the Titanic sank.

 

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