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Page 2 THE QUODDY TIDES 23 March, 19i U. S. Coast Guard Eastport Unit During the morning of Friday, March 9, the Eastport Coast Guard received a call that a vessel was taking on water and sinking in the Robbinston area. The 42&apos; scalloper Gamble had run aground. The Robbinston fire department was on the scene first and provided the boat with pumps. The Coast Guard stood by to provide assistance if needed. At 7:50 PM on the night of March 11, Officer-In-Charge, Vern Shay, received a call from a local deputy sheriff. The depu- ty sheriff had heard a plane fly over the area at a very low altitude and had re- ceived reports of a flash and/or explos- ion. The Eastport Coast Guard got its vessel underway and commenced a search down the Lubec Narrows and up to White Horse Island. Flares were seen from the Black's Harbour Lighthouse, and several flares were seen during the search. To this date, the source of these flares is undetermined. The U.S. Coast Guard search was sus- pended early in the morning of March 12, due to the darkness and icing conditions. Other boats on the scene included fish- ing vessels from Campobello, Canadian Rescue craft and Canadian Coast Guard aid. An intense air search the next day brought negative results. People in command positions have determined that a plane did fly over this area but believe it continued on for anothe.r 40 miles. BM 1 Shay would like to extend a personal "thank you" to all of the dif- ferent area agencies and civilians who were so co-operative in reporting and searching for the plane. The response was outstanding. BM3 Dave Koeime will be departing for three weeks to attend Marine Law Enforcement School in Otis, MA. Boat Bill Governor Brennan signed into law Wednesday, February 29, a bill promising to resolve the watercraft taxation issue. The bill, LD 2122, An Act Concerning Implementation of the Boat Excise Tax, was an emergency measure which took effect when signed. The new law provides that the water- craft excise tax enacted by the Legisla- ture last session goes into effect as sch- eduled on March 1, 1984. The excise tax shall be owed to the State but shall be collected by municipalities. The new law is accompanied by a re- worded constitutional amendment to provide a property tax exemption for ' watercraft and relieve the State of its liability to reimburse cities and towns for 50% of their property tax loss on boats. The new constitutional amendment will go to the voters in November 1984. If the amendment passes, the State will not be required to reimburse municipalities , for the property tax loss resulting from the exemption. In this event, the excise tax collected will become a municipal revenue source. If the constitutional amendment does not pass, the watercraft excise tax will be repealed and the property tax on boats will be reinstated. In this case, the State will be required to ensure that all munici- palities experiencing a property tax loss in 1984 receive at least 50% reimburse- ment. signed In order to do this, the new law pro- vides that the excise tax revenues collect- ed by cities and towns this year will be used tO cover the State reimbursement. Any excise tax revenues collected by a municipality in excess of what would be owed them for reimbursement will be returned to the State by April 1, 1985. The State would use those excess reven- ues to bring all municipalities not collect- ing enough excise tax up to the 50% level. Again, if the constitutional amend- ment passes in November, municipalities would retain all the excise tax revenues collected. Local assessor should continue to as- sess watercraft under the property tax for this year in order to ensure for reimburse- ment if necessary. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is preparing an analysis of the new watercraft excise tax and it will be sent to all municipal tax collectors this week. The Bureau of Taxation is preparing a letter to local assessors ex- plaining their obligations in the event of the need to reimburse for the tax loss. The excise tax decals which will be given to boat owners upon payment of the excise tax are being printed and will be distributed to tax collectors by the end of March. Soviets provide manmade spawning ground for herring The Soviet Union's herring industry is making a comback, thanks to manmade spawning grounds. The Soviet Union, which discontinued its herring fishery in the Sea of Okhotsk six years ago because of depleted stocks, expects to harvest about 100,000 tons this autumn from the reactivated com- mercial fishery. According to an article in The Sou' wester, the Soviet Union's Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography devised a net - work of manmade spawning grounds where herring eggs would be safe from the storms that frequently cast them a- shore. Herring were found to use old nets placed on the sea bottom as eagerly as they use algae. The article stated that Soviet scientists determined that within a five-year period, 500,000 square meters of net-based spawning grounds will produce a 200,000 ton increase in the herring population. Russian fishing vessels have been in the Bay of Fundy for the past several years buying their herring directly from area fishermen. Five Soviet factory ships purchased and processed Canadian herr- ing while at anchor two miles off Yar- mouth in August of last year. Last sum- Notes from Boston Blue Fish Recent reports of the Boston Fishery Market News Report (Statistics & Mar- ket News Div., NMFS, NOAA), 10 Com- monwealth Pier, Boston, Mass. 02210 had the following notes: BOSTON LOBSTER MARKET- March 16, 1984 A light-to-moderate supply of lobsters was reported for the week; 28,000 pounds from Maine and 12,000 pounds from Nova Scotia. Any other time of the year a 40,000 pound supply would be inuscule, but the demand is also light this time of the year. There was no market-prices were unavailable on all three shipments of the pound stock lobsters. BOLIVIAN FISH PROCESSING The UK's Overseas Development Ad- ministration and the Tropical Develop- ment and Research Institute have been aiding Bolivian fishermen. A two-person team arrived in Bolivia in June 1983 and has prepared studies on the shelf life of various Amazonian-basin species when stored on ice. PORTUGUESE CANNED EXPORTS Portuguese canned exports increased from 36,000 metric tons in 1981 to 41, 000 tons in 1982. Portuguese officials estimate that shipments increased about 20 percent in 1983. ANUGA "83-TRADE LEADS AVAI L- ABLE A U.S. Seafood Exhibit was presented during the ANUGA '83 World Food Mar- ket, in Cologne, West Germany , October 15-20, 1983. Trade leads collected during this show are available by contacting: Ken- neth T. Ellington, Export Marketing Ser- vices Staff, Industry Development Divis- ion, National Marine Fisheries Service, Tel. (202) 634-7451. Telex: 904269 NMFSNOAADOC WSH POLAND TRANSFERS FISHING EF- FORT TO SOUTH AMERICA The Polish fishing industry was adverse- ly affected when the United States den- ied the Poles access to U.S. fishing grounds after the 1981 declaration of martial law in Poland. The U.S. 1981 catch allocation to Poland was 230,000 tons. Poland only partially succeeded in finding alternative fishing grounds and, as a result, the Polish 1982 catch was only 582,000 t., an 8 percent decline from the 630,000 t taken in 1981. Many trawlers displaced from U.S. waters were deployed in highseas fisher- ies off Peru, Chile and Argentina. Com- plete catch statistics for 1983 are not yet available, but the Poles claim to have developed new highseas fishing methods and will probably report improved re- sults in 1983. Polish Government offic- ials claim that their squid catch alone off Argentina exceeded 100,000 t in 1982 and that squid has become a major export commodity. While improved fishing meth- ods may have helped in 1983, the Poles also benefitted from the British 150- mile Exclusion Zone around the Falk- land Islands which has prevented the Argentines from fully enforcing their 200-mile zone. Polish officials say that they have also developed new processing techniques for both squid and krill which combined with administrative reforms, should help make 1984 another success- ful year for Polish fisheries off South America. mer Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans gave the East Coast herring purse seine fleet a quota of 13,000 met- ric tons of herring to sell to the Soviet fleet while 40,000 tons was the quota for on-shore processing plants. It is expected that the Russian fishing vessels will be back in the Bay of Fundy next summer seeking siljotka (herring) as it moves into the Bay of Fundy to spawn February record month for Eastport shipping During the month, of Febr vessels were loaded at Eastport with a total of 9916 tons of ex making this by far the largest volume a single month since Eastlc as a deep water port began in May 198 Annual tonnage moved through port has risen steadily since the be ing of operations with annual volume summarized as follows: 1 1981 15,000 1982 52,000 i 1983 64,000 The LASH barge vessels operated byi Forest Lines continue to call ; every six weeks, offering liner service to North Europe and U.K. ports. The bar- ges are well suited to all types of forest products. Other than the woodpulp carried, a sizeable amount of bundled hardwood has been moved through Eastport on LASH barges. Ori inating from Maine and New Hampshire hardwood mills, this cargo was carried t England to be used in furniture manu- facturing. N.E. fish imports via Eastport The following fish imports entered New England at Portland, Maine from Canada via Eastport. (Net weight 1,000 pounds). By truck fog January 1984: F._r.e_: Salmon 4.0, Cod 27.0. Shellfish: Fresh: Clams 25.6, Lobsters, ..................... Live 3.8, Scallops 18.8, Perriwinkles 5.0 Salted: Pollock 1.0, Boneless: Cod 25.2. Misc: Fish Scales 46.0. EASTPORT, MAINE An Equal Oooortunity EmoIoyer The Mearl Corporation a-'idurina the summer :![ II We Can Supply: t  i I SCALLOP BAGS " RUBBER SCALLOPWAS"ERS00, R,NGS K'+I K c,-,A,,,, SHAC,<,00 H,'DRAU',CS. '-'OS" FITT,,"GS 0 HARD SURFACING = MISCELLANEOUS REPAIRS 1 ;| AND COMPLETE MACHINE 5"0" I :!1 t P.R.W. MECHANICAL & FAB., LTD. I St. George, N.B. - 606-755-3428 Y ';!1' --==--====J. }l