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.”

Johnson Bay wharf protected

HALLOWELL — The Maine Department of Marine Resources and the State Planning Office announced Oct. 25 that a Lubec working waterfront parcel, consisting of an historic wharf and former sardine factory, has been conserved through the Land for Maine’s Future Program. The Wharf at Factory “B,” a waterfront parcel within the subdivision of the Wharf on Johnson’s Bay LLC, will remain in private commercial ownership and will be permanently committed to commercial fisheries access uses, a press release said.

Located on the northern side of the Lubec peninsula in Washington County, the 1.47-acre property has about 500 feet of deepwater shorefront and contains a recently renovated 9,000-square-foot wharf and a shoreside building complex that provides over 22,000 square feet of useful space.

Victor Trafford, who bought the property in 2006, applied for and received an award of $341,500 from the Working Waterfront Access Pilot Program in exchange for a restrictive covenant that limits the residential or recreational uses to current approved spaces. The wharf and adjacent building spaces, including a 4,500-square-foot flowing seawater tank system with refrigeration capability, will remain in perpetual use for commercial fisheries access, seafood storage and processing. Plans are to use the funds to continue to renovate the working waterfront space with enhanced refrigeration, processing space and a renovated receiving area.

To learn more about the WWAPP visit the website at wwapp.org.

Maine fisheries advocates travel to Italy

STONINGTON — Penobscot East Resource Center Executive Director Robin Alden and board member and co-founder Ted Ames were among the 5,000 people that attended this year’s Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy, on Oct. 21-25.

Penobscot East was invited to join the Maine farmers and fishermen food community delegation to the biennial event conference that promotes the principles of the Slow Food movement, an international network formed in the 1980s in response to the impact of fast food operations around the world. It seeks to encourage the enjoyment of regional produce and to defend agricultural biodiversity, small-scale agriculture and sustainable food production.

According to a press release, Alden and Ames were at Terra Madre promoting the small-scale community fisheries of the eastern Gulf of Maine and educating participants on the importance of a sustainable and diverse year-round fishery with local markets for sea scallop, clam, shrimp, herring, groundfish, halibut and lobster catches.

For more information contact Penobscot East Resource Center at 367-2708 or penobscoteast.org.

Lobstermen’s assistance program holds informational sessions

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association will hold informational meetings around the state to explain a trade adjustment assistance program and provide assistance in filling out applications for lobstermen who are interested in applying to the program.

The following meetings have been scheduled. All meetings run from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Nov. 1 — Milbridge Town Hall
  • Nov. 8 — Portland Yacht Service, 58 Fore St., Portland
  • Nov. 10 — Thompson Community Center, Union
  • Nov. 16 — Ramada Inn, Ellsworth
  • Nov. 22 — Belfast Area High School
  • Nov. 30 — University of Maine at Machias, in Room 102 of the Science Building

Sturgeon meeting planned for Portland

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service has scheduled public hearings in four East Coast cities to discuss and take comments on the agency’s proposal to list three populations of Atlantic sturgeon in the Northeast under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Gulf of Maine population is proposed for listing as threatened, and endangered status is proposed for the Chesapeake Bay and New York Bight populations.

The hearing in Portland will be held Nov. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Eastland Park Hotel. Informational sessions will be held prior to each hearing from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The agency is accepting written comments as well, through Jan. 4, 2011. These can be submitted using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at regulations.gov.

Vertical lines are topic of upcoming meeting

The Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team will meet from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at the Hotel Providence in Providence, R.I. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. on Nov. 30 and concludes at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3. The main topic of discussion will be a strategy for further reducing entanglement risk due to vertical lines. For more information call Kate Swails at 978-282-8481.

Herring landing days limited

Members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council’s Atlantic Herring Section from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts discussed 2010 Area 1A effort controls during a conference call on Oct. 14 and decided that the states would allow four landings days per week for the rest of the calendar year or until the policy was changed by an additional notice.

Effective Oct. 17 and until further notice, it is unlawful to land Atlantic herring in the state of Maine taken from ASMFC Management Area 1A, except Sunday from 6 p.m. until Thursday at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit maine.gov/dmr.

Yacht maker offers to buy Boat School

An Oct. 21 article by Sharon Kiley Mack in the Bangor Daily News said that a premier yacht maker has made an offer to buy The Boat School, which is owned by the city of Bangor and leased to Husson University.

Artist and sailor Guillerm sails south

Jackie and Philippe Guillerm have sold their house in Hope and will depart at the end of the month in the sailboat Yaya to see what is going on in other parts of the world, an e-mail message said.

“We will be back in Maine in April 2011,” Jackie Guillerm wrote. “Philippe is like a researcher, always looking for a better way to make his beautiful works of art. He will obviously continue making his wonderful sculptures, paintings and comics except this time he will be doing them on a sailboat.”

Local fishing celebrated at Camden Opera House

“The Fish Belong to the People,” William Hyler’s feature-length documentary, will be screened at the Camden Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

The film premiered at the Camden International Film Festival in 2009, and has since become a resource for those seeking to understand the challenges that the fisheries now face. The film focuses on the efforts of the Midcoast Fishermen’s Cooperative to save their fishery using environmentally friendly methods and selling directly to their customers under the brand name Port Clyde Fresh Catch.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-screening selection of hors d’oeuvres prepared by chefs from Paolina’s Way and Café Miranda, as well as Scott Yakovenko, formerly of Port Clyde Seafood Co. Freshly caught fish for the evening will be provided by MFC.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with fisherman Glen Libby, president of the MFC and chairman of the Midcoast Fishermen’s Association, Jennifer Litteral, policy director for the Island Institute, Sen. Chris Rector, R-Thomaston, who serves on Maine’s Business, Research and Economic Development Committee and Marine Resources Committee, and filmmaker William Hyler. Rob Kelley, a member of the Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance, will moderate.

For more information about this event or about the MMFHA, visit midcoastfishingheritage.org.

The event is open to the public with a suggested donation at the door.

Artisan Boatworks publishes newsletter

Rockport’s Artisan Boatworks issued a newsletter in October, after a nine-month hiatus.

Some of the highlights included in the publication were as follows.

In May, Whisper, a full keel Buzzards Bay 15, was delivered to its new owner in Norwalk, Conn.

Artisan’s two rebuilds were very different boats by design, but similar in other ways. Dragonfly, a 32-foot Clinton Crane designed Idem scow built in 1901, and Andiranda, a 30-foot Sparkman and Stephens Dark Harbor 20 from 1938, were both competitively raced in one-design fleets.

Following the launch of Whisper, the yard went to work on a new Herreshoff Fish Class, designed in 1915 by Nathanial Herreshoff.

The latest member of the Artisan Boatworks fleet is the 43-foot Sparkman and Stephens yawl Glory. Under new ownership, Glory will receive frame repairs and bottom planking, a complete systems upgrade, refinishing of all interior and exterior surfaces, and of course, a new mizzen mast and suit of sails.

Aquaculture projects receive federal review

CONCORD, Mass. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Oct. 5 announced two Down East permit applications.

Acadia Sea Farms Inc. requested permission to place up to 5,000 OysterGro cages within two tracts of 25-acres each below the mean high water line of Goose Cove in Trenton. The cages would be used for the cultivation of American oysters and European flat oysters.

Phoenix Salmon US Inc. is seeking a permit to install and maintain up to 200 circular floating fish pens of 100-meter diameter each, and a 33-foot by 23-foot feed barge and work platform off the shore of Black Island in Frenchboro. That facility would be used to commercially raise Atlantic salmon and may be used in the future to raise halibut, Arctic char, cod and blue mussels.

Information in regard to both permits can be found at the website at www.nae.usace.army.mil.

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