According to the Web site wordorigins.org, “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.”

Ventless trap survey seeks bidders

HALLOWELL — The Department of Marine Resources is seeking three industry participants for a Ventless Trap Program through a competitive bid process. First initiated in 2006, and intended to continue as a long-term monitoring program, this project will run during June, July and August.

Interested parties will need to complete the application to identify vessel specifications, daily rate and preferred sampling leg. Three of nine legs are open for bid, covering southern Penobscot, Muscongus and Casco bays. Each leg will have 75-100 small mesh traps randomly positioned at three depths. This is an opportunity to participate in a cooperative research project supported by industry and science along the entire range of the resource.

For more information visit the DMR Web site at maine.gov/dmr/rfp/ventless. All proposals/bids must be received by March 31.

Fisheries managers to hold herring meeting in Portland

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — The New England Fishery Management Council will meet Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31 to work on the development of catch monitoring alternatives to include in Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 30 and at 9:30 a.m. on March 31 at the Eastland Park hotel. For more information, call the NEFMC at 978-465-0492.

Legislature moves forward on lobster meat law

AUGUSTA — Maine’s House of Representatives on March 9 unanimously passed L.D. 1593, a bill that would allow for the processing and selling of parts of lobsters, such as knuckles, claws and split tails. This amendment to the lobster mutilation laws is a response to a recommendation from the Governor’s Task Force on the Economic Sustainability of Maine’s Lobster Industry.

L.D. 1593 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Working waterfront symposium planned for September

Natalie Springuel of College of the Atlantic and Maine Sea Grant has announced the date for the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010. It will be held Sept. 27 to Sept. 30.

According to the Web site at wateraccessus.com, the symposium will be designed to provide an opportunity for diverse parties from around the country to discuss issues affecting working waterfronts, and will include a session on creating a national strategy for working waterfronts.

For more information, contact Springuel at 288-2944, ext. 5834.

Marine Systems Training Center hires new director

THOMASTON — Susan Swanton, executive director of the Maine Marine Trades Association, announced March 8 that Tuesdi Woodworth has joined the Marine Systems Training Center in Thomaston as its director.

Woodworth has worked in Maine’s marine industry for the past 10 years. In recent years, she sat on the board of the Maine Marine Trades Association, and served as its president in 2009. She has been involved with the Marine Systems Training Center since its inception in 2007.

Woodworth’s primary role will be to promote the MSTC and its programs throughout Maine, and beyond. She will work closely with all the marine trades industry groups to promote the training and opportunities offered at the facility.

The Marine Systems Training Center provides training in marine systems and related programs in the state of Maine. For more information, call Woodworth at 354-8803 or e-mail twoodworth@marinesystemstraining.com.

Atlantic Challenge changes name to The Apprenticeshop

ROCKLAND — Atlantic Challenge, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland, announced March 10 the official re-branding of its organization to be called The Apprenticeshop.

Building on its 38 year history of inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community and traditions of the sea, the name change reflects a return to the organization’s roots and a re-dedication to its core mission.

“Our original identity, The Apprenticeshop, under which the school was launched in the early 1970s, most simply captures our core principles,” said Executive Director Eric Stockinger. “It’s important that the name of the school reflects what we offer: learning through practical experience and acquiring skills while in the field. In a word, apprenticing.”

Massachusetts representatives call for enforcement official’s resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the aftermath of a recent inspector general’s report that called for reform of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s law enforcement office, Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., and Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., John F. Tierney, D-Mass., and William D. Delahunt, D-Mass, called for the resignation of Dale Jones as director of that office.

On Feb. 3, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco instructed the agency’s head attorney and its top fisheries manager to take immediate and long-term actions to improve the agency’s enforcement and legal operations and enhance its relationship with the fishing community.

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