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.”

Midcoast fisherman tells Boston audiences about community fishery

BOSTON, Mass. — Port Clyde fisherman Glenn Libby, chairman of the Midcoast Fishermen’s Association and a founder of the nation’s first community supported fishery, will speak at two upcoming events in Boston, Mass. In addition to his work with Port Clyde Fresh Catch, Libby holds a seat on the New England Fishery Management Council.

As part of the Down:2:Earth Green Living Festival, on Saturday, April 10 at 12:30 p.m., Libby will participate in a panel discussion called Connecting Fishermen, Chefs and the Food Community at the Hynes Convention Center. Libby will also hold a cooking demonstration and shrimp sampling at the Electrolux Kitchen Theater at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m., Libby will host a screening of the film “The Fish Belong to the People.” Those interested in attending the screening should write to Katharine Deuel at for more information.

Herring plan comment period to close

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have scheduled hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addenda II and III to Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Sea Herring.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addenda, either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. The Draft Addenda are available via the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Web site at under Breaking News or by contacting the commission at 202-289-6400. Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 16 and should be forwarded to Christopher Vonderweidt, FMP coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; 202-289-6051 by fax; or at (subject line: Addenda II and III).

Sea Scout open house offers maritime adventure for youth

ROCKLAND — Midcoast youth seeking maritime adventure are invited to an informational open house meeting of a new Sea Scout program on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. The open house will be held at the Sail, Power, & Steam Museum in Rockland on Sharp’s Point South at 75 Mechanic St. in Rockland. It will feature plenty of food and activities for young men and women, parents and children, as well as displays of the types of maritime activities that Sea Scouts participate in.

Sea Scouts is part of Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing, a co-ed program open to youth between the ages of 14 and 20 who reside in Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties. The program presents an opportunity for youth to participate in activities such as rock climbing, whitewater paddling and scuba diving. The program also includes instruction on a variety of watercraft including rowboats, canoes, kayaks and sailboats.

Activities will take place at various locations in the Penobscot Bay area around Camden and Rockland this summer, with the Sail, Power, & Steam Museum as the base camp.

After the 2 p.m. open house for youth, the Sea Scouts will offer a 4 p.m. adult leader orientation for anyone in the community to understand Sea Scouting and the ways adults may help to make the program happen for Midcoast youth.

Future meetings are tentatively set for the second and fourth Thursday nights of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information call Tomm Tomlinson at 975-6517 or e-mail

Zone council meeting re-scheduled

HALLOWELL — The next Zone E Lobster Council meeting has been re-scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3 at the Lincoln County Communications Center in Wiscasset.

Penobscot Marine Museum makes additions to staff

SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport has announced two key staff additions.

Cathy Melio has joined the staff of the museum as program and outreach coordinator. She will develop new programs, especially in the museum’s education department, and work to engage local communities in the museum’s activities. She will also fulfill the role of grants coordinator, managing the museum’s grant proposal efforts. Melio previously served as education director at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. She lives in Stockton Springs.

In addition, Bob Holtzman has added the position of marketing coordinator to his existing role as membership coordinator. In his expanded role, Holtzman will manage public relations and publicity, the museum’s online presence and Web 2.0 initiatives, and marketing aspects of the museum visitor’s experience. He will continue to manage the museum’s membership programs and its fundraising and mailing database. He lives in Rockport.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is located at U.S. Highway 1 and Church Street in Searsport, between Bucksport and Belfast. For more information and scheduled events, visit the Web site at

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