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.”

Fisheries enforcement forum planned in Gloucester

GLOUCESTER — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced plans for a Fisheries Enforcement Forum on Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

The forum, which will be held at NOAA’s Northeast Regional Office and 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, Mass., will provide an opportunity for the fishing industry and NOAA’s Office of General Counsel and Office of Law Enforcement to discuss NOAA’s fishery enforcement proceedings and practices and to start an ongoing dialogue outside of an enforcement context, a press release said.

For more information, visit nero.noaa.gov/nero/forum.

Fisheries council adds to upcoming agenda

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — The New England Fishery Management Council has announced the addition of another item of business to its April 27 meeting. Under the Herring Committee Report, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., the council will discuss measures proposed in Draft Addendum III to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring. The action includes measures to address days out of the fishery and landing limits for small mesh bottom trawl vessels operating in the Gulf of Maine.

The NEFMC meeting will take place April 27 to April 29 at the Hilton Mystic Hotel in Mystic, Conn. For more information, call the council at 978-465-0492.

Alewives spotted in Great Salt Bay

DAMARISCOTTA — An April 14 story by Joe Gelarden in the Lincoln County News reported that “at least three large schools of alewives have been spotted in the Great Salt Bay and as many as a dozen fish were seen climbing the Damariscotta Fish Ladder over the weekend.”

The article quoted Fish Warden Stan Waltz as saying that alewives had been seen in the fish ladder’s upper pools on April 10 or April 11.

“The annual run of alewives, is early this year, due to warming spring temperatures that have pushed out flowers and flowering trees,” the news article said.

Community supported fishery begins in Down East communities

STONINGTON — Penobscot East Resource Center announced April 20 the inauguration of Community Fish, an eight-week subscription of fresh local fish sold directly from local fishermen to area residents. The program, which will run through May and June, will provide hook-caught Penobscot Bay fish, landed in Stonington and delivered to neighborhood collection points.

A press release stated that subscribers would be investing in the future of fishing communities by helping to support a unique eastern Gulf of Maine research project.

“The fishermen landing your fish are at the same time helping us conduct research into the status of inshore groundfish stocks,” the press release said. It also said subscribers would be buying directly from local fishermen for an equitable price and supporting sustainable hook fishing to both protect the habitat and landpremium fish.

“Because the catch is unpredictable, we cannot guarantee from week to week exactly which type of fish you will receive,” the press release said. Subscribers could expect hake, ocean perch, also known as redfish, cusk, cod and Pollock over the course of the CSF season. Recipes will be distributed to CSF members and short catches will be made up in subsequent weeks, the press release said.

Interested parties should call 367-2708 or send an e-mail to csf@penobscoteast.org.

Film highlights Maine maritime heritage

EASTPORT — The Border Historical Society and the Boat School are pleased to announce that Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, in collaboration with Northeast Historic Film, will present an new maritime film, “In Our Wake – Maine’s Maritime Heritage on Film,” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 at the Boat School at 16 Deep Cove Road in Eastport.

Through home movies, travelogues, silent films and talkies “In Our Wake” looks at Maine’s boats, harbors and people. Commentary will be provided and encouraged at the showing, a press release said.

Power Squadron reminds boaters to use life jackets

SARASOTA, Fla. — A startling number of boating accident deaths, primarily from drowning, occur each year because people are not wearing life jackets, a press release from the U.S. Power Squadron said. U.S. Coast Guard Director of Prevention Policy Rear Admiral James A. Watson stated that in over two thirds of fatal boating accidents, people weren’t wearing life jackets. National Safe Boating Week — May 22 to May 28 — is designed to help with this tragic situation.

The United States Power Squadrons and its local squadron members nationwide encourage all recreational boaters to wear a life jacket. It also recommends that the over 70 million recreational boaters in the U.S. without boating training register for a safe boating course to protect them and their families.

“This year, in the weeks leading up to and following National Safe Boating Week, over 450 locations will be offering programs in America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition as well as critical seminars and demonstration days,” said Greg Scotten, the chairman of the USPS Marketing and PR Committee.

Scotten encouraged all recreational boaters to take personal responsibility for their safety and that of their passengers. To find a local program taught in a short classroom session visit usps.org and click on “Take A Boating Course.” For more information call 888-367-8777.

Maine Maritime to honor Michaud at commencement

CASTINE — Rep. Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, will address the graduating class at Maine Maritime Academy’s 67th Commencement on Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m. in Alexander Fieldhouse. Michaud will receive an honorary doctorate from the college.

The college will also present an honorary doctor of science degree to Frederick J. Harris, MMA class of 1967, president of General Dynamics NASSCO and a vice president of General Dynamics Corp.

Commencement activities will begin at 9 a.m. with the annual awards program in Delano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall. The college’s class of 2010 includes four associate in science, 187 bachelor of science, and 14 master of science degree candidates. The graduating class represents nearly 80 Maine communities and 19 other states, as well as Puerto Rico, China, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait and South Africa.

Real-time weather data available online

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy meteorology classes began using a new state-of the-art weather station this semester. According to meteorology instructor Capt. Andy Chase, professor of marine transportation, the new system provides real-time weather data for class use and provides easy online access to the data for the community. The system records wind, temperature, humidity, precipitation and barometric pressure. Visual graphs will assist students and the community to interpret conditions and identify trends.

The new system is solar powered and utilizes wireless technology to convey information from the collection unit to campus servers. The unit sends data wirelessly to the base station located in Dismukes Hall, the college’s main academic building. The data is then uploaded automatically to a Web site that feeds current weather conditions to the college’s Web site at mainemaritime.edu.

Lobstermen to debrief on international exchange

BELFAST — The Maine Lobstermen’s Association will hold a meeting for Maine lobstermen who participated in the recent international lobstermen’s exchange, and others who are interested in joining the discussion, to learn what the lobster industry thought about the exchange, discuss topics of interest raised during the exchange and explore possible next steps.

Topics for the discussion will include safety, government accountability, management, marketing and price and industry leadership.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, May 4 at 1 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Public Library on High Street. Those who wish to participate but cannot attend are invited to send their ideas by mail to Maine Lobstermen’s Association, 21 Western Ave. #1, Kennebunk, ME 04043, call 967‐4555, or contact MLA Executive Director Patrice McCarron at patrice@mainelobstermen.org.

Public hearings on lobster meat processing license

HALLOWELL — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has announced two public hearings on proposed rulemaking for lobster processor licenses. The proposed rulemaking creates a two-tiered approach for a lobster processor license that would allow both processing of tails and lobster parts with a fee of $500 and a lobster processor tails only license for processing only lobster tails with a fee of $159.

Hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, 56 Commercial St. in Portland and Thursday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall, One City Hall Plaza in Ellsworth. The deadline for written comments is May 24. For more information, visit the Web site at maine.gov/dmr.

Free Drill Conductor course

PORTLAND — A free U.S. Coast Guard Safety Drill Conductor Course will be offered July 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The training will be at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. New Hampshire Sea Grant at the University of New Hampshire will cover the cost of the course, which is normally $175. Space is limited. Interested people should contact Ken La Valley at ken.lavalley@unh.edu or 603-862-4343.

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