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 Mississippi Department of Marine Resour

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Alabama Marine Resources Division

Alabama Marine Resources Division · Total News:· Total Reads: 10

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Alabama State Waters Extended to 9 Miles for Reef Fish Management
by: Capt_Dave
2016-01-05 18:06:40

The Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, includes a provision to extend Alabama’s state waters from 3 miles to 9 miles. The bill includes additional provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in abbreviated nine and 10-day seasons for private sector recreational anglers the last two years. The red snapper provisions in the bill were authored by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

Through its Marine Resources Division, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has worked diligently over the last several years with the Alabama congressional delegation and the Alabama State Legislature to enact legislation to improve red snapper management and increase angler access to this valuable fishery resource.

“Red snapper is the most economically important fishery for coastal Alabama. The extension of our state waters from 3 to 9 miles and the third-party stock assessment for red snapper that includes information from artificial reefs should go a long way in changing the dynamic of red snapper management and should lead to more days of fishing opportunities for Alabama anglers,” said Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy, Jr. “Alabama has the best artificial reef system and the best red snapper fishery in the country. I appreciate Senator Shelby’s stalwart efforts on this, and I appreciate the continued work of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division in keeping this vital issue in the forefront both in Alabama and in Washington.”


 

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commiss

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commiss · Total News: 41 · Total Reads: 44639

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ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2
by: Capt_Dave
2012-12-17 13:46:09

ASMFC Approves Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 2

Baltimore, MD – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The Amendment establishes a 170,800 MT total allowable catch (TAC) beginning in 2013 and continuing until completion of, and Board action on, the next benchmark stock assessment, scheduled for 2014. The TAC represents a 20% reduction from the average of landings from 2009-2011 and an approximately 25% reduction from 2011 levels. The Board also adopted new biological reference points for biomass based on maximum spawning potential (MSP), with the goal of increasing abundance, spawning stock biomass, and menhaden availability as a forage species.

“Through the selection of the MSP-based reference points, beginning with adoption of Addendum V in 2011 and continuing today, the Board has made a conscious decision to address the ecosystem services provided by Atlantic menhaden,” stated Board Chair Louis Daniel of North Carolina. “Given the stock is experiencing overfishing and is most likely overfished based on the newly adopted reference points, it was incumbent upon the Board to reduce landings in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the resource and the fisheries that depend on it.”

The Amendment allocates the TAC on a state-by-state basis based on landings history of the fishery from 2009-2011; allocation will be revisited three years after implementation. Further, it reduces the Chesapeake Bay reduction fishery harvest cap by 20% (this is an adjustment of cap which was in place since 2006). States will be required to close their fisheries when the state-specific portion of the TAC has been reached; any overages must be paid back the following year. The Amendment includes provisions to allow for the transfer of quota between states and a bycatch allowance of 6,000 pounds for non-directed fisheries that are operating after a state TAC has been landed.  The Amendment also establishes requirements for timely reporting and improved biological monitoring.

For more information, please contact Mike Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at mwaine@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.

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California Department of Fish and Wildli

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Caribbean Fishery Management Council

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CT Depart of Energy and Environmental

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2016 Commercial Fishery Management Plan
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2016-01-12 08:34:38

 2016 Commercial Fishery Management Plan

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Delaware Fish and Wildlife

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

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St. Johns River blue crab trap closure starts Jan. 16
by: Mel
2016-01-12 11:18:08

 Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in all waters of the St. Johns River system must be removed from the water before Jan. 16, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.

 This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

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Greater Atlantic Regional Office

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Counci

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Gulf Council to Hold Public Hearings Around the Gulf of Mexico
by: RPaff
2016-02-05 10:27:33

 The Gulf Council will hold a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico to collect public comments on two proposed actions:

  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 26 
  • Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements for Yellowtail Snapper

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House of Representatives

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COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015
by: RPaff
2016-02-02 09:21:31

(H.R. 1987) to authorize appropriations 

for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for 
other purposes, having considered the same, report favorably 
thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill as 
amended do pass.


SEC. 302. SURVIVAL CRAFT.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fish

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Recreational harvest of gag grouper closes January 1st
by: Mel
2016-01-02 10:25:05

 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds anglers that there is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag grouper from January 1st through June 30th of each year.

 

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Maine Department of Marine Resources

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EMERGENCY CLOSURE NOTICE: Cobscook Bay & Owls Head 02/03/2016
by: RPaff
2016-02-05 10:20:30

 This notice is to alert you that DMR has identified two scallop fishing areas for which the 30% removal target has been exceeded:

  • Cobscook Bay
  • Owls Head

In addition, harvesting in the St. Croix River will be limited to one day per week for draggers on Wednesdays and one day per week for divers on Fridays during the months of February, March and April 2016.

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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FISH SPINY DOGFISH
by: RPaff
2016-01-31 08:55:09

 Purpose of the Changes:


The purpose of this action is to make changes to the commercial fishery. Spiny dogfish are a highly migratory species of shark found in both federal and state waters.

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Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game

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Read this articlePrinter ready versionE-mail to a friend  REMINDER ON NEW RULES AFFECTING RECREATIONAL LOBSTER AND CRAB FISHERMEN (RPaff)

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REMINDER ON NEW RULES AFFECTING RECREATIONAL LOBSTER AND CRAB FISHERMEN
by: RPaff
2016-01-25 11:58:14

 For 2016, the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has promulgated new regulations affecting recreational fishing for lobster and crab.

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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council · Total News: 39 · Total Reads: 58034

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Hatteras North - Recreational Black Sea Bass Closure Effective November 1, 2012
by: Capt_Dave
2012-10-25 08:52:15

Hatteras North - Recreational Black Sea Bass Closure Effective November 1, 2012

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced yesterday that the recreational black sea bass fishery will close on November 1, 2012. The fishery will remain closed to recreational fishermen in federal waters (3-200 miles from shore) through the end of the year.

The early closure was prompted last week by the release of recreational catch data that indicated the recreational harvest limit for black sea bass had been exceeded. In addition to a shortened season, the recreational fishery will face reduced catch limits in 2013 or 2014 to account for the overage. This is the first season in which the recreational black sea bass fishery will have to pay back a harvest overage.

Although the most recent assessment update for black sea bass indicated that the stock was not overfished and that overfishing was not occurring, the fishery continues to present substantial management challenges due to multiple issues with scientific uncertainty.

“The Council’s management of black sea bass has been constrained by scientific uncertainty in the assessment and quota-setting process. The apparent performance and health of the fishery raises important scientific and management issues that need to be resolved,” said Council Chairman Rick Robins. “We understand that the closure will have serious implications for the recreational fishing community and are committed to working closely with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the NMFS regional office, the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and the ASMFC to address the scientific and management issues in the black sea bass fishery as quickly as possible.”

The closure, which applies to both private anglers and party/charter vessels, prohibits fishing for or possessing black sea bass in Federal waters for the remainder of 2012. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is expected to discuss the harvest of black sea bass in state waters at its annual meeting this week.

Read the full announcement from NOAA Fisheries here:

http://www.nero.noaa.gov/nr/doc/12/12bsbclosurerecphl.pdf

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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NMFS Solicits Proposals for MAFMC 2013 Research Set-Aside Program
by: Capt_Dave
2012-02-21 19:52:49

NMFS Solicits Proposals for MAFMC 2013 Research Set-Aside Program

 

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that it is accepting proposals under the Mid-Atlantic Council's Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program for research activities to be conducted in 2013.  Applications must be received by NMFS on or before 5 p.m. EST on April 2, 2012.

 

The Council, in coordination with NMFS and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, may set aside up to 3 percent of the total allowable landings (TAL) in certain Mid-Atlantic fisheries to be used for research endeavors.  The RSA program provides a mechanism to fund research and compensate vessel owners through the sale of fish harvested under the research quota.  Vessels participating in an approved research project may be authorized by the NMFS Northeast Regional Administrator to harvest and land species in excess of any imposed trip limit or during fishery closures.  Landings from such trips are sold to generate funds that help defray the costs associated with the approved research projects. No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification.

 

NMFS is soliciting proposals for research activities concerning the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, Loligo squid, Illex squid, Atlantic mackerel, butterfish, river herring, bluefish, and tilefish fisheries.  NMFS and the Council will give priority to funding proposals addressing the research needs as follows:

 

2013 Research Priority List

 

 

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National Transportation Safety Board

National Transportation Safety Board · Total News: 38 · Total Reads: 34153

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CAPTAINS DECISION TO SAIL INTO THE PATH OF A HURRICANE CAUSED THE TALL SHIP BOU
by: Capt_Dave
2014-02-10 18:45:04

CAPTAIN’S DECISION TO SAIL INTO THE PATH OF A HURRICANE CAUSED THE TALL SHIP BOUNTY TO SINK OFF ATLANTIC COAST

February 10, 2014

WASHINGTON – A captain’s “reckless decision to sail into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy” was the probable cause of the sinking of a ship off the North Carolina coast in October 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released today. The captain and one crewmember died in the accident. Three other crewmembers were seriously injured.

On the evening of October 25, 2012, a day after a closely watched developing storm had reached hurricane strength, the 108-foot-long tall wooden ship, the Bounty, set sail from New London, Conn., for St. Petersburg, Fla., into the forecasted path of Superstorm Sandy. The 52-year-old vessel, a replica of the original 18th Century British Admiralty ship of the same name, was built for MGM Studios for the 1962 movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

Prior to setting off from New London, some of the crewmembers had expressed their concerns to the captain that sailing into a severe storm could put all of them and the ship at risk. The captain assured the crew that the Bounty could handle the rough seas and that the voyage would be a success. Just a month earlier, in an interview with a Maine TV station, the captain said that the Bounty “chased hurricanes,” and by getting close to the eye of the storm, sailors could use hurricane winds to their advantage.

The 16-page report details how a mostly inexperienced crew – some injured from falls, others seasick and fatigued from the constant thrashing of 30-foot seas – struggled for many hours to keep the ships engines running and bilge pumps operating so the seawater filling the vessel would not overtake it.

In the early morning hours of October 29, 2012, about 110 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., the Bounty heeled sharply to the starboard side after taking on more than 10 feet of water in the final hours of a three and a half day voyage that the NTSB said, “should never have been attempted.”

Despite hurricane winds gusting upwards of 100 mph, the U.S. Coast Guard was able to rescue all but two of the Bounty’s 16 crewmembers by hoisting them from the sea into three Jayhawk helicopters in the midst of the storm. The body of one crewmember was found, still in a protective immersion suit, about 10 hours after rescue operations had commenced. The captain was presumed lost at sea; his body was never recovered.

“Although this wooden ship was modeled after an 18th century vessel, the Captain had access to 21st century hurricane modeling tools that predicted the path and severity of Hurricane Sandy,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The Bounty’s crew was put into an extraordinarily hazardous situation through decisions that by any measure didn’t prioritize safety.”

Prior to setting to sea, the Bounty had been in a Maine shipyard for maintenance and repairs, most of which was accomplished by a crew with little experience in such specialized work. One of their tasks was to caulk and reseam a wooden hull, which had known areas of rot, with compounds supplied by the captain, including a silicone sealant marketed for household use.

The entity that owned and operated the ship, HMS Bounty Organization, LLC, did nothing to dissuade the captain from sailing into known severe weather conditions. The NTSB said that such a lack of effective safety oversight by the vessel organization contributed to the sinking.

The entire report is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/MAB1403.pdf

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NCDENR

NCDENR · Total News: 59 · Total Reads: 56523

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Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers
by: Capt_Dave
2014-09-23 09:57:59

Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues.

Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, such as draft fishery management plans, and recommend management strategies. Committees may also bring issues pertaining to their region or subject matter to the commission’s attention.

The Marine Fisheries Commission chairman appoints members to these committees for three-year terms, and several terms will expire in January.

In addition, the commission is seeking a commercial pound net fisherman to serve on the Sea Turtle Advisory Committee.

To be qualified to serve on a committee, applicants may not have had a significant fisheries violation within the past three years.

Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once every two months and actively participate in the committee process, which includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers to make recommendations on management strategies. Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.

Adviser applications are available online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees, at Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by Nov. 1 to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Nancy Fish.

 

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New England Fishery Management Council

New England Fishery Management Council · Total News:· Total Reads: 492

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Codfish closed GOM till further notice
by: Capt_Rich
2015-04-14 16:06:44

April 14, 2015
MarineFisheries Advisory

Recreational Gulf of Maine Cod Fishery Closed and

Commercial Gulf of Maine Cod Trip Limit Reduced to 200 Pounds

 

 


 

 

 

The Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) has taken emergency action to immediately reduce the commercial and recreational harvest of Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod (322 CMR 6.03):

 

·       Recreational Rule Changes

Until further notice, recreational fishermen (both private and aboard for-hire vessels) may not retain or land any cod taken from the Gulf of Maine Management Area, which includes all state-waters within Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay north to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border. Recreational vessels may transit the GOM Management Area with cod legally harvested from outside the GOM Management Area provided all fish and gear are properly stowed and fishing activity is not occurring.

 

·       Commercial Rule Changes

Additionally, MarineFisheries has reduced the commercial trip limit for Gulf of Maine cod from 800 to 200 pounds. This trip limit applies to all state-waters commercial groundfish permit endorsement holders, as well as any federal groundfish permit holder fishing in state-waters.

 

The most recent stock assessment for Gulf of Maine cod has demonstrated that the stock was overfished with over fishing occurring. Spawning stock biomass was determined to be at 3-4% of the target. Due to these severe stock conditions, the National Marine Fisheries Service promulgated emergency regulations in the early winter of 2014 and is set to promulgate additional rules during the spring of 2015 to reduce fishing mortality and protect spawning aggregations. MarineFisheries has taken the above described actions to complement these federal rules for the 2015 fishing year (FY) that runs from May 1, 2015 thru April 30, 2016.

 

DMF will take these emergency regulations to public hearing later this spring. In addition, MarineFisheries will also take comment on final rules to adjust recreational GOM haddock fishing limits and commercial GOM groundfish closures to complement anticipated federal rule changes for FY2015.  A formal announcement of this public hearing is forth coming.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

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Candidates Sought for New England Fishery Management Council
by: RPaff
2016-01-25 09:44:25

 DURHAM, N.H. -- The State of New Hampshire has been notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service of vacancies for New Hampshire’s obligatory seat and two at-large seats for the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). New Hampshire’s obligatory seat is currently held by Ellen Goethel of New Hampshire, who is completing her first term as a Council member.

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NJ Depart of Environmental Protection

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NOAA, UNC-Wilmington study finds warming Atlantic ocean temperatures could incre
by: Capt_Dave
2014-09-17 17:56:41

Warming water temperatures due to climate change could expand the range of many native species of tropical fish, including the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to a study of 40 species along rocky and artificial reefs off North Carolina by researchers from NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

The findings, reported for the first time, were published in the September issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

“The results will allow us to better understand how the fish communities might shift under different climate change scenarios and provide the type of environmental data to inform future decisions relating to the management and siting of protected areas,” said Paula Whitfield, a research ecologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and lead author of the study.

The North Carolina reefs lie within the temperate-tropical transition zone, where historically, both temperate and tropical species live, at their respective range limits. However, water temperatures in the zone are becoming more tropical, making it an important place to detect climate changes and its impacts.

The researchers first  made these discoveries during an ecological study of the marine communities on the North Carolina reefs. Findings from this earlier study showed similar shifts of climate change induced shifts in algal populations.

Researchers combined year-round bottom water temperature data with 2006-2010 fish community surveys in water depths from 15 to 150 feet off the coast of North Carolina. The study revealed that the fish community was primarily tropical in the deeper areas surveyed, from 122 to 150 feet, with a winter mean temperature of 21 °C (69.8 °F). However, many of these native tropical fishes, usually abundant in shallow, somewhat cooler reefs, tended to remain in the deeper, warmer water, suggesting that temperature is a main factor in controlling their distribution.

“Globally, fish communities are becoming more tropical as a result of warming temperatures,  as fish move to follow their optimal temperature range.,” said Whitfield. “Along the North Carolina coast, warming water temperatures may allow the expansion of tropical fish species, such as lionfish, into areas that were previously uninhabitable due to cold winter temperatures. The temperature thresholds collected in this study will allow us to detect and to estimate fish community changes related to water temperature.”

“This kind of monitoring data set is quite rare because it combines multi-year quantitative fish density data with continuous bottom water temperature data from the same location,” said Jonathan A. Hare, NOAA Fisheries research oceanographer and a co-author on the study.

Similarly, the distribution of the venomous Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans), a species new to the Atlantic since 2000, was restricted to water depths deeper than 87 feet where the average water temperature was higher than 15.2°C (approximately 59.4 °F). As the more shallow waters warm, lionfish may expand their range, since they seem to be attracted to areas with a warmer  minimum temperature. Although lionfish only arrived in North Carolina in 2000 they were the most common species observed in water depths from 122 to 150 feet in this study.

Since their first sighting off the Florida east coast, in the late 1980s, lionfish have spread throughout the western North Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. They are considered a major threat to Atlantic reefs by reducing reef fish recruitment and biomass, and have been implicated in cascading impacts such as decreased coral cover on coral reefs. To date, cold winter bottom temperatures are the only factor found to control their distribution on a large scale.

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NOAA Fisheries

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Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for and Possession of Red, Black, Tiger, Yellowf
by: RPaff
2016-02-01 18:35:51

 Annual Seasonal Grouper Closure

NOAA Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the upcoming annual seasonal closure on fishing for, or possession of red, black, tiger, yellowfin, and yellowedge grouper in U.S. Caribbean federal waters. This closure begins at 12:01 a.m., local time, on February 1, 2016, and extends through April 30, 2016. This prohibition on possession does not apply to such grouper harvested and landed on shore prior to the closure.
Fishing Prohibitions in Grammanik Bank, U.S. Virgin Islands

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North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

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State certifies new state record white marlin
by: RPaff
2016-01-27 11:31:12

 MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for white marlin.

 Neil Manning of Ashburn, Va. reeled in the 138-pound fish Nov. 16 while fishing off Hatteras.
 The fish measured 85 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork in the tail. The girth of the fish measured 37 inches.

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MEETINGS TO DISCUSS FUTURE RED DRUM MANAGEMENT
by: Capt_Dave
2008-03-14 06:04:44

MEETINGS TO DISCUSS FUTURE RED DRUM MANAGEMENT
 
MOREHEAD CITY – A series of meetings will begin next week offering the public an opportunity to discuss future management of North Carolina’s red drum fishery.
 
The five meetings will detail proposals in a draft update to the state’s Red Drum Fishery Management Plan. A fishery management plan makes long-term regulatory recommendations for a fishery.
 
The meetings will be held:
 
Tuesday, March 4                      6 p.m.                         McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh

Wednesday, March 5                      6 p.m.                   Craven County Agriculture Building
300 Industrial Drive
New Bern

Thursday, March 6                         6:30 p.m.                Hatteras Civic Center
Hwy. 12
Hatteras

Tuesday, March 11                      6:30 p.m.                 Dobo Hall
Room 103
University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Wilmington

Wednesday, April 2              Noon                           Department of Environment and
Natural Resources Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall
Washington
 
These meetings are being held in conjunction with scheduled advisory committee meetings for the Marine Fisheries Commission.
 
            Since April 2007, an advisory group, consisting of commercial and recreational fishermen, scientists, and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries staff, has been discussing issues relating to the red drum fishery so as to revise the 2001 fishery management plan. The advisory committee drafted the proposed plan, now going out for public input.
 
           Once the public meetings are complete, the Marine Fisheries Commission will endorse all or portions of the plan, which is then sent to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the General Assembly for review and comment. The draft plan will come back before the Marine Fisheries Commission for any modifications and then the rulemaking process begins. When rulemaking is complete, the commission adopts the final plan and implements any needed rules.
 
           Included in the draft Red Drum Fishery Management Plan are management recommendations for trip and gear limits, educational outreach, environmental concerns and data needs. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings and share their thoughts on the future of the red drum fishery.
 
           Recommended changes to commercial harvest regulations
 
           Continue the current commercial regulations, which are a 250,000-pound annual harvest cap, prohibited possession of fish greater than 27 inches and a seven fish trip limit with a provision requiring that red drum make up no more than 50 percent of the total catch. The director of the Division of Marine Fisheries has authority to modify the trip limit.
 
           Or
 
          Continue the current 250,000-pound annual harvest cap, but increase the trip limit to 10 fish; allow possession of up to three fish while fishing, prior to meeting the 50-percent bycatch provision, so long as the total catch, upon landing, meets the 50-percent bycatch provision
 
          Recommended changes to attendance requirements for small mesh gill nets (smaller than 5-inches stretched mesh)
 
          Lengthen the seasonal attendance requirement for small mesh gill nets (currently May 1 – Oct. 31) to May 1 through Dec. 31 in primary and permanent secondary nursery areas and modified no-trawl areas, within 200 yards of the shoreline in areas north of Core Sound and within 100 yards of the shoreline in Core Sound and waters south.
 
          Or
 
          Require year-round attendance of small mesh gill nets in primary and permanent secondary nursery areas, except for the Albemarle Sound Management Area, Core Sound and waters south; lengthen the seasonal attendance (currently May 1 – Oct. 31) to May 1 – Nov. 31 in primary and permanent secondary nursery areas and modified no-trawl areas in Core Sound and waters south; and lengthen the attendance season to May 1 – Nov. 31 within 200 yards of the shoreline statewide, except for Core Sound and waters south during October and November
 
          Recommended changes to attendance requirements for large mesh gill nets (greater than 5 inches stretched mesh)
 
          Require unattended large mesh gill nets to be set a minimum of 25 yards from shore from June through October.
 
          Or
 
          Require unattended large mesh gill nets to be set parallel from shore and a minimum of 10 feet from shore in all state waters.
 
          Recreational size and bag limits
 
          No changes are recommended to the current recreational slot size and creel limit of one fish per day between 18 inches and 27 inches.
 
          Visit http://www.ncdmf.net/download/RDFMP_revised%20draf_%202-19-08.pdf to view the Red Drum Fishery Management Plan. For more information about red drum management, please contact Lee Paramore by e-mail at lee.paramore@ncmail.net or by calling 252-473-5734

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OSU/NOAA study: Warm-water years are tough on juvenile salmon
by: Mel
2016-01-02 10:30:51

 NEWPORT, Ore. – A new analysis of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Pacific Ocean documents a dramatic difference in their foraging habits and overall health between years of warm water and those when the water is colder.

 

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NEFMC to vote on closing Stellwagon to all rec fishing
by: Capt_Rich
2015-03-31 15:22:39

NEW ENGLAND COUNCIL TO VOTE ON RECREATIONAL CLOSURES

Meetings Set On Proposal to Stop Anglers Groundfishing at Research Area

 

March 31, 2015 - On April 21 through 23, the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will vote on the proposed Stellwagen Bank Designated Habitat Research Area (DHRA), which would close down a 55-square-mile area of Stellwagen Bank to recreational anglers.  The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) is encouraging saltwater anglers and recreational fishing and boating industry leaders to attend this final hearing and let their voices be heard.   A list of voting council members can be found at www.nefmc.org

.    Contact the voting representatives on the Council and indicate that you need their support to vote "NO" on the Stellwagen Bank DHRA which would close 55 square miles of prime fishing grounds to recreational fishing, by voting for the "No Action" alternative in the Habitat Amendment 2 document.

 

 

Capt. Mike Pierdinock,  who is the RFA's Massachusetts Chairman, indicated that the DHRA would result in the closure of one of the last areas that are accessible to the for-hire fleet and recreational anglers that provides fruitful levels of cod, haddock and other bottom fish. "This is neither the time nor the place to consider such a closure while we struggle with a poor economy, with the existing cod closures, reduced bag limits on haddock over fewer weeks per year, and the recent reduction in the striped bass bag limit," he said.

 

The basis for the selection of the proposed DHRA is riddled with flawed science and inconsistencies that question the basic foundation and selection of the area for research.  "We pointed out flaws in  the science, and then the goal and objective of the closure changed from week to week. This has been going on for years.  What is the purpose and objective of this closure if it isn't based on sound science, which is supposed to be the basis of fishery management decisions?" he continued.

 

Earlier this year, the Council's Recreational Advisory Panel sent a strong message to the Council, unanimously opposing the proposed research area. However, the Sanctuary continues to indicate that only five charter boats fish within this area, based upon Vessel Trip Resports (VTRs). New England recreational fishermen as well as other NOAA agencies point out that Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) do not provide an accurate picture of fishing activity.  Over 200 anglers showed up at the public meetings in Plymouth and Gloucester indicating that they fish within the proposed closure area yet the Sanctuary continues to indicate that only five charter boats fish within this area.

 

"VTRs only capture one location per fishing trip, even though we typically fish multiple locations on a given day," said Charlie Wade, President of the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association.  "The instructions ask us to report only the center point that represents all our activity on a given day. How can you possibly use that data to conclude anything about where we actually fish? Fishermen move in and out of this area on any given trip.

 

 

Concerns on behalf of the recreational fishing community are also being echoed by several Massachusetts legislators who are worried about the proposal and who have been urging the Council to consider the economic impacts of the proposed closure. "Our charter boat captains are telling us that this proposal is going to exact a heavy toll," said Rep. Vinny deMacedo, a Massachusetts State Representative from the First Plymouth District. "And decreased recreational fishing means less bait and tackle sales, fewer fishermen visiting our hotels and shopping districts, and less boats in our marinas."

 

 

"We know our recreational and commercial fishermen are laboring under enormous ecological, regulatory, and financial pressures," said Rep. Jim Cantwell of the Fourth Plymouth district.  "Our fishermen are telling us this closure would just be another nail in the coffin."

 

"Recreational fishing plays a pivotal role in the local economy," added state Senator Robert Hedlund of the Plymouth and Norfolk District of Massachusetts.  "This shutdown will be disastrous not only to the captains and crew of these boats but to the local restaurants, hotels and tackle shops. I strongly urge the council to reject any proposed closure of Stellwagen."

 

"NOAA is saying this closure will not greatly impact the fishing industry, but our fishermen are saying otherwise," added Rep. Tom Calter, a State Representative for the 12th Plymouth District.  "We urge the New England Fishery Management Council to hear their plea and consider the impact this will have not only on the boaters' livelihoods, but on the local economy as well."

RFA executive director Jim Donofrio praised the bipartisan support from Massachusetts legislators as a key factor in the upcoming Council vote. "There should be nothing to gridlock this vote. Denying access to these fishing grounds will have a devastating economic impact on the charter/party and recreational anglers and all of the businesses that rely on this historic fishery

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DEM FUNDS CLEANUP OF WRECKED VESSELS IN WATERS OFF PORTSMOUTH AND WESTERLY
by: Mel
2016-01-02 09:40:32

 PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it has awarded grants totaling $29,678 to two Rhode Island communities to fund removal of abandoned vessels from local waters. The grants, awarded to the Town of Portsmouth and the Watch Hill Fire District in Westerly, are the latest in Rhode Island's ongoing efforts to support the cleanup of marine debris that may threaten the environment and navigational safety.

 

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Wilmington Full Day Saltwater Fishing School, on Saturday, February 6
by: Dawg
2016-01-26 06:51:14

If you’ve been thinking about attending the popular Wilmington Full Day Saltwater Fishing School, on Saturday, February 6, at the Coastline Convention Center from 7:30-5:30, then you better get your tickets by the end of this week. The Wilmington Full Day School is almost a sold out event, and will most likely be sold out by this weekend.

There are still plenty of seats available, though, for the Wilmington “Long” Half Day Saltwater Fishing School (7:30-1:30) on Sunday, February 7, at Coastline.

Both the Wilmington Full Day and Half Day schools offer hands-on, classroom-style instruction provided by over twenty local captains and guides that live and breathe the North Carolina coast. In addition to the Wilmington Full Day and Half Day schools, Fisherman’s Post is also once again offering schools in Morehead City (February 20) and Greenville (March 12).

Topics range from inshore, nearshore, surf, offshore, and blue water fishing. Captains will cover a range of topics that includes techniques, equipment, strategy, locations, terminal tackle, electronics, bait, etc. There will be main seminars and several hands-on stations going on concurrently all day long, so you will always be able to find a session that most interests you.

 

 

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S.C. Natural Resources Board meets Jan. 6 in Columbia
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2016-01-02 10:11:49

 The S.C. Natural Resources Board, the policy making body of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 in Room 335 (board room) of the Rembert C. Dennis Building located at 1000 Assembly St. in Columbia.

 

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Fed. Fishery Mgrs Solicit Public Input on Proposed Electronic Reporting
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2016-01-12 10:48:31

 The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting public input through a series of public hearings on proposed measures that could affect federally permitted charter ("6-pack") vessels along the Atlantic coast.

 For-hire vessels (charter and headboats) operating more than three miles offshore in federal waters must have specific federal permits to legally target dolphin and wahoo, Coastal Migratory Pelagics (mackerel and cobia), and snapper grouper species. The Council is considering alternatives that would require electronic reporting for charter vessels with those federal permits, ranging from weekly reporting to daily reporting, through development of the Atlantic Generic Charterboat/Headboat Reporting Amendment.

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Federal Agencies Announce Availability of Sea Turtle Five-year Status Reviews
by: Dawg
2007-09-03 10:12:54

Federal Agencies Announce Availability of Sea Turtle Five-year Status Reviews


   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries
   Service (Agencies) jointly announced today the completion and
   availability of six five-year status reviews for federally listed sea
   turtles: Olive ridley sea turtle; Kemp’s ridley sea turtle; Leatherback
   sea turtle; Green sea turtle; Hawksbill sea turtle; and Loggerhead sea
   turtle.

   Both agencies share jurisdiction for federally listed sea turtles and
   jointly conducted the reviews.

   After reviewing all of the best scientific and commercially available
   information and data, the agencies’ biologists recommended that the
   current listing classification for the six sea turtle species remain
   unchanged.

   The past decade has seen many technological advances, a diversity of
   research, and completion of numerous on the ground recovery efforts for
   sea turtles through work done by FWS, NMFS, and dedicated sea turtle
   conservation partners in the U.S and many other countries.  This has
   allowed us to better understand the biology of these six sea turtles and
   in some areas improve protection and conservation measures where they
   are showing improvement.  Refer to each five-year review for examples
   and more information on accomplishments and work that is ongoing or
   still must be undertaken to recover the world's sea turtles.

   The five-year reviews and a list of Frequently Asked Questions are
   available online at
http://www.fws.gov/northflorida or may be requested
   by email to
seaturtles@fws.gov, by fax at 904-232-2404, by mail at U.S.
   Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Sea Turtle Five-year Reviews, 6620
   Southpoint Drive South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL 32216-0958, or by
   telephone at 904/232-2580.  Please include your name and street mailing
   address in your request. E-mail requests will receive an automated
   response confirming receipt of your request.

   NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our
   nation’s living marine resources and their habitat through scientific
   research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries Service provides
   effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation,
   supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to
   provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational
   opportunities for the American public. To learn more about NOAA
   Fisheries Service, please visit:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov.

   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency
   responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife,
   plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
   people. Visit the Service’s website at
http://www.fws.gov.

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Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting
by: Capt_Dave
2012-08-06 01:10:17

Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting

 

The Wilmington District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a Shallow-draft Inlet Meeting at 2:00 pm on Tuesday August 7, 2012.  The meeting will be held at Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church located at 3902 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.

 

We will be discussing all project issues for the following five (5) shallow-draft inlets:

 

          1.  Bogue Inlet

          2.  New River Inlet

          3.  New Topsail Inlet

          4.  Carolina Beach Inlet

          5.  Lockwoods Folly Inlet

 

The purpose of the meeting is to inform the users of current project conditions, project funding, and talk about our plans for future work.  This meeting will serve as a forum for navigation beneficiaries to get a better understanding of our dredging program.  Feel free to pass this invite to any project stakeholders that I may have missed. If you have any questions, please give me a call.

Thanks,

 

Bob Keistler

 

 

Robert (Bob) W. Keistler, PE

Project Manager

USACE - Wilmington District

69 Darlington Avenue

Wilmington, NC 28403

 

Telephone:  (910) 251-4709

Email: robert.w.keistler@saw02.usace.army.mil

 

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COAST GUARD RESCUES SURFER IN DISTRESS NEAR CAPE KIWANDA, ORE.
by: RPaff
2016-02-02 16:10:51

 WARRENTON, Ore. — A Coast Guard Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued a surfer in distress 150 yards offshore near Cape Kiwanda, Saturday.

The surfer was safely transferred to local emergency medical services at the Pacific City Airport for further medical care.

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COAST GUARD ESCORTS DISABLED RI FISHING VESSEL AHEAD OF WINTER STORM BOSTON Wi
by: RPaff
2016-01-25 12:06:47

 BOSTON — With a major winter storm approaching, Coast Guard crews from Station Menemsha, Massachusetts and Station Castle Hill, Rhode Island, aided a distressed fishing crew about 10 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island Saturday.

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Coast Guard restricts Thimble Shoals Channel due to missing buoy at Chesapeake B
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2016-02-05 10:37:46

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard placed transit restrictions on the Thimble Shoals Channel Thursday between buoys 1 and 2, and Anchorage C west of Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel after a buoy sank in the channel.

Only vessels with a 20-foot draft or less are allowed to transit through the channel. 

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Coast Guard to public: Be safe this holiday weekend
by: Capt_Dave
2016-01-02 07:59:07

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is reminding boaters to practice safe boating and exercise caution during New Year’s Eve celebrations, and throughout the upcoming weekend.

Coast Guard crews throughout the Seventh Coast Guard District will be on duty New Year’s Eve to ensure everyone venturing out on the water has a safe holiday.

Anyone planning to celebrate New Year’s on a boat this weekend should follow these important safety tips:

Check the weather. The Coast Guard highly advises boaters check weather conditions before venturing out on the water. If weather conditions do not look favorable in the area, or at the destination, boaters should consider altering their plans until conditions improve. If in doubt, don’t go out!

Wear lifejackets. Boaters should ensure they have enough lifejackets for everyone aboard their boat, including children. The Coast Guard urges people to wear lifejackets whenever they're on the water. Lifejackets can greatly increase chances of survival at sea.

Have a VHF Radio. Boaters are urged to use VHF radios for their primary means of communication. Cell phones are recommended, but should only be used as a back-up emergency communication device. Cell phone signals can be weak and unreliable offshore.

Designate a sober boat operator. Boaters are reminded to have a designated boat operator aboard at all times. Never operate any vessel while under the influence of alcohol. In addition to the serious risk of injury or death, boating while intoxicated can have significant financial and legal consequences.

Purchase and register an EPIRB. Boaters are urged to purchase and register an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. An EPIRB is a device which, when activated, sends a distress signal to a satellite. This technology can help rescue crews pinpoint a person's exact location in the event of an emergency. A PLB, personal locator beacon, is also recommended. PLB’s function like EPIRB's, but are smaller and can be worn on clothes or a lifejacket. For more information on EPIRB's, visit: http://www.sarsat.noaa.gov/emerbcns.html

Ask the captain. People who decide to celebrate aboard a commercial vessel should ensure that vessel's operator is licensed and the vessel has met the proper safety requirements. Whenever a passenger pays to be aboard a boat someone else is operating, the operator, or “captain”, is required by law to have a merchant mariner’s license. Ensure the operator, or “captain”, is properly licensed. They are also required to have their license readily available to produce upon request. If they’re operating a small passenger vessel, a certificate of inspection should be visually displayed. This includes captains using smart phone apps to provide boating services. Captains operating illegally are subject to civil penalties up to $35,000. For more information on passenger vessel requirements, and to verify any captain’s credentials, visit the National Maritime Center’s website at: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/

Use flares only during emergencies. Signal flares are a vital piece of emergency gear for all boaters, and should be used only in distress situations. Flares should not be used for celebrations or non-emergencies. Boaters, or passengers aboard vessels, who accidentally launch a flare should notify the Coast Guard immediately to prevent the unnecessary deployment of Coast Guard boats, aircraft, and personnel.

Don’t hesitate to call for help. As always, the Coast Guard will be monitoring VHF Channel 16 for marine emergencies. If you feel you are in a distress situation, don’t hesitate to call for help. Boaters are also asked to notify the Coast Guard if their previously reported distress situation improves. This will reduce false alarms and ensure Coast Guard rescue crews are ready to respond to actual distress situations.

Hoax calls are costly and illegal. Boaters are reminded that placing a deliberate hoax distress call over the radio can have serious legal and financial consequences. Boaters planning to have children aboard their boat should teach them about responsible radio use. Parents can be held responsible for hoax calls placed by their children.

The Coast Guard wishes everyone a safe and happy new year.

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COAST GUARD URGES BOATERS TO WEAR LIFEJACKETS
by: Mel
2016-01-03 07:17:52

 NEW ORLEANS — Over the course of the past week, the Coast Guard responded to multiple cases along the Gulf of Mexico where people in distress were not wearing lifejackets.

 Life Jackets should be used with any activity on the water, whether it's done with a paddle, motor or a sail. Using a properly fitted life jacket increases survivability in an accident, which gives rescuers more time to locate a victim.

 
Accidents can result in a number of injuries which prevent a person in the water from swimming. Wearing a properly fitted life jacket will keep a victim above water regardless if they are conscious or have suffered debilitating injuries.
 

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KESHENA
by: Dawg
2006-03-09 12:37:29

KESHENA

U.S. TUG BOAT

Propulsion: Fuel/Oil - Electric Motor

Type: Tug - Tender & Recovery

Tonnage: 427 Gross Tons

Length: 147 Feet

Width: 27 Feet

Armament: Unarmed

 

Remarks:

On wednesday July 15th, 1942 convoy KS 520 is attacked by the U-576, the U-boat drives the convoy into a nearby allied minefield after firing and hitting 3 merchant vessels with torpedoes. One of those vessels was the Panamanian freighter J.A. Mowinkel which had sustained both torpedo and mine damage during the assault but remained afloat. Four days later the Keshena and another tug were sent to recover the Mowinkel as quickly as possible. During towing manuevers however the Keshena strikes another mine and sinks just east of Ocracoke. Two crew members are killed by the mine explosion, the rest of the crew consisting of one woman and 14 men are returned to the Ocracoke Coast Guard Station on Sunday the 19th of July.

Factoid:

During the first six monthes of 1942 U-boats sank hundreds of merchant vessels off the coast of the United States, more than eighty of these ships sank off North Carolina. Due to the geographic location of the outer barrier islands, U-boats could easily escape retaliation by fleeing to nearby deep waters after attacking allied ships. This made places like Cape Lookout shoals and Diamond shoals ideal haunts for marauding subs, slow moving freighters and tankers were easy targets and no match for the German "Wolfpacks".

The coastal waters became so dangerous that Captains referred to our coast as "Torpedo Junction" and dreaded having to travel past our shoals. Ships could burn for weeks at a time and cause many hazards to other ships passing by, including both merchant and military vessels. In response to this increasing aggression by the Germans, the U.S. Navy engaged in offensive and defensive measures to mitigate attacks. Ships and planes were used to conduct escort, patrols and search & destroy missions to defend against U-boats. Merchant ships would be grouped with light cruisers and destroyers in convoys designed to help protect them from enemy attacks and allow them to deliver the much needed cargo to aid the war effort.

Coast Guard crew of the Cutter Spencer setting depth charges.

 

 

GPS:

Lat: N 34 59.950 Lon: W 75 45.820

Depth of wreck: 84'

Data written and compiled by BluewaterBandit

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