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.”

Warren to host Muscongus Bay Atlas

WARREN — The final leg of the Muscongus Bay Atlas tour will take place on Saturday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Warren Community School. Prior to the exhibit’s opening, the school’s Nature Club will host a local foods soup supper from 5 to 6 p.m.

Two new publications have just been released that provide a unique perspective on the lands and waters of Muscongus Bay, from Pemaquid Point to Port Clyde and Warren to Monhegan. The Muscongus Bay Atlas and the Muscongus Bay Region poster use map images to illuminate the shared environmental and human use features of the 10-town region from Pemaquid Point to Port Clyde and Warren to Monhegan.

Using layered images to demonstrate the relationships between land and sea and among the communities described, the atlas is intended to portray the region as a connected area, according to Jennifer Atkinson of the Quebec-Labrador Foundation’s Marine Program in Waldoboro.

Lobster Zone Council meetings scheduled

HALLOWELL — The following Lobster Zone Council meetings have been scheduled by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

• April 6 – Zone F – 6 p.m. at the Yarmouth Town Hall Community Room

• April 7 – Zone D – 6 p.m. at the Rockland Ferry Terminal

• April 12 – Zone E – 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Communications Center, Wiscasset

• April 14 – Zone B – 6 p.m. at the Mt. Desert High School Library

• April 26 – Zone G – 7 p.m. at Scarborough Town Hall Council Chambers A

• April 27 – Zone A – 6 p.m. at Washington Academy Library East, Machias

• May 5 – Zone C – 1 p.m. at the Waterman Center, North Haven

For more information, visit maine.gov/dmr.

Community supported fishery gains federal support

STONINGTON — Penobscot East Resource Center’s new Sentinel Fishery research project has applied for federal government appropriations funding to support its work in 2011.

As a direct outcome of this project, PERC will offer an eight-week supply of fresh-off-the boat locally caught groundfish to consumers in May and June, an April 1 press release said. It has been more than a decade since a marketable amount of cod, redfish, cusk and flounder were caught between Penobscot Bay and the Canadian border. The Sentinel Fishery groundfish project is designed to begin the revival of the once flourishing Down East business, beginning with gathering information about the status of local fish stocks.

Trained observers will record location, sizes and species, and the fishermen who gather the data will make the fish available through a groundfish community supported fishery that will operate much like PERC’s recent shrimp CSF. Customers would sign up ahead and commit to a half or full share of fish delivered every week for a certain number of weeks.

Fish will be landed in Jonesport and Stonington, and will be trapped or hook-caught to preserve quality and to protect habitat. CSF members will be able to collect shares at distribution points in Stonington, Ellsworth, Blue Hill and on Mount Desert Island. Call 367-2708 for membership details and information about the fish, the share pricing and pick-up locations.

Federal lobster permit rules posted

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal American lobster permit holders who intend to fish for lobster with trap gear during the 2010 fishing year (May 1, 2010, to April 3, 2011) are required to designate lobster management areas and tag all lobster traps.

For more information, download the letter and application at nero.noaa.gov/nero/nr/nrdoc/10/10lobstertraptagprogram.pdf.

Port Clyde store increases hours

PORT CLYDE — Winter hours have been removed at the Port Clyde General Store, and the store and deli have increased hours.

Under the management of Catherine Rowe of St. George the store will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to a press release. Winter hours at the store in Port Clyde were reduced to six hours daily to save on heat and electricity, and owner Linda Bean expressed thanks and praise for Becky Crane, Jill Stone and Todd Hathaway, employees at that location.

EnergyOcean 2010 program announced

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The 2010 EnergyOcean conference will take place June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Last year the event was held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

In addition to a keynote speech by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alejandro Moreno, attendees will hear from Rockport resident and Ocean Energy Institute founder Matt Simmons. The conference will include sessions on new technology, environmental impact studies and marine mammals and spatial planning.

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