Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Sausage Festival is today and tonight at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society in Vineyard Haven.
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Eight endangered right whales have been spotted recently in the waters around Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and mariners are being asked to slow down for the marine mammals' safety.
Once the prey of Martha's Vineyard whalers whose owners' homes still stand today, right whales have remained an endangered species long after the American whaling industry shut down. There may be as few as 400 right whales remaining on the planet, and eight of them have been seen near Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in recent days, according to NOAA. "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a voluntary vessel speed reduction zone until March 1, asking mariners to avoid the area or travel through at less than 10 knots," in an effort to protect the whales from shipstrikes, writes Boston Globe reporter Billy Baker. For more about right whales, please see: Have you ever spotted right whales in Cape and Islands waters? …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Did you see how far the tide went out on Sunday and Monday? Have you ever seen it so low on Martha's Vineyard?
The Cape and Islands saw midday tides fall to what the Chappy Ferry Facebook page called "nearly historic lows" Sunday and Monday. In Edgartown Monday afternoon, Fuller and Lighthouse beaches were high and dry, with a bathtub ring of rocks and a string of sandbars. "The tide went out and stayed out," posted Woods Hole radio station WCAI on its Facebook page, along with a NOAA chart showing the dramatic change between Saturday's ebb and that of the following two days. Posting on its Facebook page, the Woods Hole Inn called it "an epic low tide." Chappy Ferry had no explanation: "This was supposed to be a regular half-moon low tide. We didn't really have a storm surge during the gale of the previous day." Can anyone answer the question: What…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Low levels of groundfish stocks causing a significant loss of resources for Massachusetts fishing industry
Today, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank issued fishery disaster determinations in the Northeast. The declarations open the door for tens of millions of dollars in funds to relieve struggling fishermen and their ports. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated today that despite fishermen’s adherence to strict catch limits, several key fish stocks in the Northeast groundfish fishery are not rebuilding and further cuts are expected in 2013. In a letter to Governor Deval Patrick sent on September 13th, Blank stated, “After reviewing the information available on the potential catch limits for the 2013 fishing year, I am deeply concerned about the potential impacts to Northeast fishermen and fishing communities…