According to the Web site, “Scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle – to cut a hole in – and butt – a large cask. Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. Eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor.”

New England Fishery Management Council sets agenda for Portsmouth meeting

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — The New England Fishery Management Council will meet Jan. 26-28 for a wide-ranging agenda that will include solicitation of comments on a draft policy concerning the use of catch share programs in fishery management and deliberations of outstanding issues related to the council’s priorities for 2010.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • An update on the implementation of groundfish sectors
  • A report from the Herring Committee
  • Selection of final measures for inclusion in Amendment 4 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan
  • A discussion of a possible industry funded buyback for the groundfish fleet

Documents pertaining to council action are available for review prior to a final vote by the council by calling 978-465-0492 or at the council’s Web site at Comments for council consideration at the January meeting must be received at the office at least three business days prior to the start of the meeting.

The New England Fishery Management Council’s January meeting will take place at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H.

Yachting Solutions recognized for workplace safety

ROCKPORT — In December the SafetyWorks! program of the Maine Department of Labor recognized Yachting Solutions for its efforts in providing a safe and healthy work environment. At a ceremony hosted at the company’s Rockport facility, Department of Labor officials presented the company with a Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program certificate.

The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program offers incentives to private sector employers that take a proactive approach to workplace safety. A certificate is granted to employers who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health. Employers meeting the program requirements may be exempt from general scheduled OSHA inspections for up to three years.

Yachting Solutions is a yacht services provider offering brokerage, crew services, yacht management, service, storage, refit, re-power, repair and dockage in Camden and Rockland.

For more information about the Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program or any of the other free safety and health services offered by the Maine Department of Labor SafetyWorks! program, call 623-7900 or visit

Send scuttlebutt to Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello at or call 207-236-8511.