NFMS to present on rebuilding Maine stocks
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute will be hosting Richard Merrick, the chief science advisor and director of science programs for NFMS, next week for a presentation on NOAA’s strategies for rebuilding fish stocks.
The presentation is titled "Good News from the Gulf of Maine" and is the first lecture in GMRI’s fall Joan M. Kelly Sea State lecture series.
The institute notes that NOAA has been successful since the mid 1970s in rebuilding and recovering numerous species under the Magnuson Stevens Act, Marine Mammal Protected Act and Endangered Species Act, but that the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems has created obstacles for some species.
The recovery of some species has also produced unintended consequences resulting from their impacts on ecosystems, other listed species, and the communities dependent upon them.
The event is free to the public, but seating is limited. You can register online.
Sept. 10, 7-8 p.m.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
Coast Guard examination deadlines are coming up
The deadline to make sure your vessel is up to Coast Guard requirements is coming up next month.
Mandatory dockside safety examinations are required for certain fishing vessels starting Oct. 15.￼￼
You are required to successfully complete a dockside safety examination if you fish outside 3 nautical miles from shore, if you carry more than 16 individuals onboard, regardless of where you operate, or if you are engaged in the Aleutian Trade. Vessels that pass will be issued a safety decal.
If you have previously had your vessel examined after Jan. 1, 2013, you are not required to have your vessel reexamined until fine years after the date that the decal was issued. The Coast Guard is recommending reexamination to show compliance with current requirements regardless, but it is not required.
If your vessel is boarded by the Coast Guard and you are not in full compliance with the regulations, you may be subject to enforcement action, penalties, termination of the vessel’s voyage or other operational controls.
To schedule an examination or for more information, contact your local Coast Guard sector and ask for the local fishing vessel safety examiner.
Eric Haynes’ Cod Cakes
What’s on your list for summer reading? Well, let me suggest “A Mariner’s Miscellany” by Peter Spectre. It’s a collection of all things relevant and irrelevant concerning the sea, the whimsical and the serious; it’s about boats, ships, anchors, knots and ballast, the lore, poetry and language of the ocean and those who have traveled it.
Spectre has written several marine related books and did the yearly “Mariner’s Book of Days,” a nautical desk diary and calendar. He was also editor at International Marine, Wooden Boat and currently Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. Those years spent writing about boats and correcting author’s notions of boats and the sea have endowed him with an eclectic mix of nautical knowledge.
For instance, does anybody know what “dogs running before their master” means? It’s a heavy swell in advance of a hurricane. That’s in the chapter “The Language of the Sea.”
In the same chapter is a listing of the “Different kinds of dead.”
Included is “dead horse” — a cash advance for wages to be earned, and “dead marine” — an empty beer bottle.
In the chapter “Bread is the staff of life; rum is life itself” is a recipe for Serpent’s Breath (a note says it’s enough for the entire crew):
1 bottle dark rum
1 bottle light rum
1 bottle Cognac
7 cups tea
3 cups lemon juice
1 ½ cups sugar
Stir the sugar and the lemon juice into the tea, then add the hard stuff. Allow the ingredients to meld for two hours — if you can wait that long.
If you are dumb enough to be at the wheel after sharing in that concoction, it won’t be long before you’re aground. But Spectre’s book tells you how to handle that situation in the chapter “Time and tide wait for no man.”
“If you should run aground on a falling tide and can’t get her off, climb over the side and scrub the bottom while you wait for the tide to return. Your friends will think you went aground on purpose.”
In the book’s 289 pages there’s a whole lot more, some of which you might know, most of which you never heard of. Check it out.
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