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Page 2 THE QUODDY TIDES 26 January, 2018 THE SHIP STAR LYGRA heads in toward the Port of Eastport during the snowstorm on January 17, as a freshly made snowman looks on. (Don Dunbar photo) Scallop fishing area in Cobscook closed The Department of Marine Resources end of January 11 indicated the target re- (DMR) implemented a targeted closure of moval of 30% had been exceeded in the a portion of Cobscook Bay that includes Johnson's Bay and Eastport breakwater the area off the Eastport breakwater and portion of Cobscook Bay. The closure was Johnson's Bay in Lubec, effective Janu- implemented to preserve the remaining re- ary 21. The closed area extends from Ken- source as broodstock and to protect the dali's Head in Eastport south to the Lubec juvenile scallops for future seasons. The bridge and west to a line drawn from the DMR is concerned that continued harvest- eastern side of Shackford's Head, East- ing for the duration of the 2017-18 fishing port, to Seward's Neck, Lubec. Areas season in these areas would remove any north of Kendall's Head and inner Cob- remaining broodstock as well as negative- scook Bay remain open to scallop fishing, ly impact the seed scallop resource that is Survey results from DMR's scallop sur- essential to the ongoing recovery of the vey conducted by staff during the week- scallop resource in these areas. Scallop license lottery topic of hearing by Edward French tional draws would be allotted for each The legislature's Marine Resources year, from 2009 to the current year, in Committee will be holding a hearing on which the applicant was a primary crew Friday, February 2, on a bill to allow new member on a scallop dragger and for each entrants into the scallop fishery, which has year from 1995 through 2009 in which the been closed to new licenses since 2009. The applicant previously held a Maine cam- hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in room 206 mercial scallop drag license. The DMR of the Cross Building in Augusta. had originally proposed other weighting The Department of Marine Resources criteria for extra chances in the lottery but (DMR) had held hearings, including one eliminated them after several fishermen in Machias, on the proposed lottery system suggested during the hearings that the for new licenses in October and made some multiple criteria were too complex. Also changes to the proposal based on comments based on comments made by fishermen, made by fishermen. The legislature may the DMR amended the proposal to clarify now make further changes based on public that fishermen who have been convicted input it receives at the hearing, of a marine resource violation that result- Under the current DMR proposal, two ed in suspension of their license within annual lotteries, one for drag licenses and the past seven years would not be eligible. one for dive licenses, would be estab- Some fishermen also suggested delay- fished. For drag licenses, two new entrants ing any new entry into the fishery, as ev- would be allowed in the fishery for every ery year the DMR has had to implement three licenses that are retired, which, based emergency closures to prevent depletion on the number of licenses retired in the of the stocks. However, the DMR notes past several years, would mean three or that in 2009 the fisher'-y was worth less fewer licenses would be available. To en- than $600,000 while in 2016 the value sure that there is opportunity for both had grown over 10 times, to nearly $7 younger and older fishermen to enter the million. The rotational system that the fishery, one of the licenses would go to a DMR uses to manage the fishery takes fisherman between the ages of 19 and 30 advantage of the relatively fast growth and and one would go to a fisherman age 31 or low natural mortality of scallops. The older. For dive licenses, one entrant would agency believes that allowing three or be allowed in for every license retired, fewer new drag licenses each year is mi- The regulation also establishes the eli- nor compared to the over 500 current drag gibility criteria to enter the lottery and licenses and that distributing new licenses factors that would give fishermen addi- will maintain a future for the scallop fish- tional chances. For drag licenses, addi- ery in Maine. T & G Cedar paneling available now Call for pickup or delivery. Pembroke Lumber Company (207) 853-4419 5/4 eased edge cedar decking 4 x 4 cedar posts 2x4, 2x6 and 2x8 cedar Cedar shiplap Spruce, pine and hemlock available Raised garden bed material Custom sawing Building a camp? Try our 5" x 5" natural round Log Cabin material. Call to receive a quote. Sawmill located on Rt. 214, Pembroke TWO FISHERMEN SAVED (from page 1) boat had taken on too much water and the be raised again. If anyone does find any- stern went under, thing, they can contact him through Face- Shawn Moody jumped into the water, book. but his father Owen was still in the cabin Making the fisher,/safer as the boat quickly rolled over. "I don't know how that older man got out of that The sinking points out the dangers of boat," says Miliano. "It was really scary." dragging for scallops and urchins from Shawn Moody swam over to his father, small boats that are not actually designed and Miliano threw them a life ring, as he for dragging. Also, the Coast Guard does and his crew pulled them to their boat. "It not have any requirement that commercial took all we had, but we couldn't get them fishing vessels under 79 feet in length in," he relates, with the two men's Mus- have a stability inspection. According to tang flotation suits and boots filled with Josh Smith, officer in charge of Station water, making them very heavy. Two oth- Eastport, the Coast Guard had boarded the er draggers came alongside, and the cap- vessel for a routine inspection about an tain and crew member of the Wet Dreams, hour and a half before the sinking. Dennis Moody Jr. and Rick Guptill, While no scallop and urchin boats have jumped aboard the Alexis Shay to help sunk while dragging during the past seven bring the men aboard. "They were a big years in the Cobscook Bay area, eight help," says Miliano. Moody and Guptill draggers sank in a 20-year period before live near Owen and Shawn Moody in then. The most recent incident involved the Miss Priss, which sank near Falls Is- Roque Bluffs. The other vessel that came alongside to assist was the Logan James, land after hitting a ledge in 2010. The captained by Roger Preston with crew year before, five sea urchin fishermen died member Travis Preston of Roque Bluffs. in Cobscook Bay when two vessels, the Miliano estimates that the two fisher- Bottom Basher and the All American, men were in the water for perhaps 12min- sank. Previous to that, other scallop or utes. The crew on the Alexis Shay had urchin draggers have sunk in or near Cob- called 911 and the U.S. Coast Guard, and scook Bay, possibly after their drags Miliano says the son was not responsive, caught on bottom. The Matthew and Mark suffering from hypothermia, with the wa- sank near Falls Island in 2002; the Scrap- ter temperature being 39 degrees. The py-Doo sank near Goose Island in Cob- Maine Marine Patrol vessel Vigilant with scook Bay in 1999; the Four Sisters sank Captain Andy Fuss and Officer Brian Bro- off Eastport in 1996; the Jodie Lynn went die arrived shortly, and then U.S. Coast down off Denbow Point in 1994; and the Guard Station Eastport's 45-foot rescue Surf Tide sank off West Quoddy Head in vessel met them within about 10 minutes, 1990, with the loss of one life. In addition, with Owen and Shawn Moody, Miliano other vessels have had close calls or sunk and Richard Bassett transferring onto it. for other reasons in the Cobscook area. Miliano says the Coast Guard was there Following the 2009 deaths, an effort "in a flash," and the coastguardsmen was made to increase safety aboard the quickly began treating the Moodys for hy- draggers, including having the National pothermia on the Coast Guard vessel. The Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coast Guard reports that the station re- do nautical survey work in Cobscook Bay ceived the distress call at 11:54 a.m. and to develop new charts identifying obstruc- tions for draggers; encouraging fishermen had picked up the men and was back at to lower the tawing block when dragging, the Eastport breakwater by 12:33 p.m. At that point, both fishermen were hy- in order to increase vessel stability; hav- pothermic but responsive, the Coast Guard ing them wear personal flotation vests or reports. They were transported by suits; and advocating for them to use a Downeast EMS ambulance to the Calais buddy system when fishing. While new charts have been produced, no regulations Regional Hospital, where they were treat- ed and later released. "I'm just glad that concerning other safety measures, though, everyone's all right," says Miliano, who have been enacted. In a Facebook post, spoke later in the day with Shawn. Rep. Will Tuell of East Machias says he Of the sinking, Marine Patrol Sgt. Rus- plans to talk with fishermen to see what sell Wright of Lubec comments, "They changes can be made to make the fishery were very fortunate that there were boats safer and then, after doing research, will right there. Most of the boats had left by introduce a bill in the legislature that will then. If they were by themselves, it could reflect the values of the fishing communi- have been a different outcome." Wright ty" notes that at least 35 to 40 draggers were in Cobscook Bay earlier in the morning, Whiting man wins but most had caught their quota and come out of the bay by the time the sinking right to elver fish happened. Draggers had concentrated more into inner Cobscook Bay after the Department of Marine Resources closed the area off the Eastport breakwater and over to Johnson's Bay, Lubec, effective January 21. Owner Jesse Moody, who is Owen's nephew, was searching the next day for evidence of the boat. Although no sign was seen on his boat's depth finder, debris was found by some boats and Shawn Moody's wallet was towed up by a drag- ger. Jesse Moody says he will continue searching in the coming days, as he hopes that the Born Again, after being baptized under the waters of Cobscook Bay, may In the first lottery since 2013, the Maine Department of Marine Resources has awarded the right to apply for a coveted elver license to 11 lucky Mainers, includ- ing one from Whiting. More than 3,000 people applied for the 11 available licens- es. Each new license holder will receive a minimum of four pounds of quota, which at the most recent season's average value could amount to nearly $6,000 of income. They will each be authorized to choose either a dip net or a fyke net for harvest- ing. Among the lottery winners is Michael Griffm from Whiting. 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