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.”

Zone C lobster meeting scheduled

HALLOWELL — The next Zone C Lobster Council meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Bucksport High School Library.

Alaskans and Mainers swap artistic fish stories

STONINGTON — Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House and the Deer Isle-Stonington Public Schools announced that a collaborative project with Juneau, Alaska, called “Maine to Alaska: Swapping Fish Tales” has been awarded a second year of funding from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Deer Isle artist Sarah Doremus and Alaskan actor Ryan Conarro have been named as teaching artists for the program’s final year.

The project of learning about and communicating the similarities and differences between the two fishing communities employs teaching artists in Deer Isle and Juneau to lead professional development workshops and classroom residencies on the use of arts integrated learning strategies to improve student engagement and learning in all subject areas.

Doremus will teach a 16-hour professional development workshop, open to teachers from throughout the region, in late January.

For more information on the partnership or to register for a workshop, visit the website at operahousearts.org or call the Stonington Opera House at 367-2788.

Halibut expert meets with fishermen

STONINGTON — At the invitation of regional halibut fishermen, Penobscot East Resource Center and the Department of Marine Resources west coast fish biologist Steven J. Kaimmer traveled to Stonington to share his Pacific halibut fishery research and management experience at a gathering of fishermen in Stonington Oct. 23.

Kaimmer has spent more than 20 years working for the International Pacific Halibut Commission based in Seattle, Wash. IPHC was established in 1923 by a convention between the governments of Canada and the United States to conduct research and create management strategies for the stocks of Pacific halibut within the convention waters of both nations.

The issues under debate now in Maine are the Gulf of Maine stock size and whether to increase the permissible size of fish that are harvested. A Nov. 1 press release said there were disagreements over whether a commercial halibut fishery might become an economically viable supplemental fishery in the eastern Gulf of Maine.

For further information, contact Veronica Young at 367-2708 or veronica@penobscoteast.org.

Maine Maritime honors veterans

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will hold a Veterans Day observance ceremony Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in front of Leavitt Hall on the college campus.

Sponsored and organized by the college’s Student Government Association, and supported by the Regiment of Midshipmen, the annual student-centered event will feature student speakers and musical selections by the student a cappella group, the Maritones. Performances by the MMA band, pipe and drum corps, and drill team will also be included in the ceremony that will conclude with a 21-gun salute and a moment of silence.

As a regular part of the ceremony, the Downeast Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veteran’s Association will place a wreath at the base of the Merchant Marine memorial located on the college campus. The granite memorial honors Merchant Mariners and members of the Naval Armed Guard from Maine who died in service to their country during World War II.

Maine Maritime Academy’s Veterans Day observance is open to the public.

Academy honors best and brightest

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will formally recognize student academic success and outstanding faculty at its annual Celebration of Achievement on Thursday, Nov. 11. In total, 24 individuals associated with the college will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.

The event, an ongoing tradition at the college, consists of several recognition ceremonies that are held jointly each year for the purposes of fostering mutual respect, admiration, and inspiration among all honorees. The ceremonies include the college’s Scheel Scholars and ABS Scholars presentations, and an Excellence in Teaching award.

Lucas H. Miller of Belfast will be among those recognized for a recently established academic distinction that will honor the accomplishments of 11 outstanding students and the academic support of a leading U.S. ship classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping.

Scholarships will be awarded to deserving engineering and naval architecture students at colleges and universities that are recognized as national or international leaders in maritime technical education and research. Recipients at MMA were selected by a committee of engineering faculty and administrators based on their overall grade point average, their classroom and academic leadership and their intellectual curiosity and growth. Each will receive a $10,000 scholarship in each of the final two years of their academic career at MMA. They are also provided the opportunity to complete an internship at ABS.

Marine Systems Training Center adds classes

THOMASTON — The Marine Systems Training Center in Thomaston announced the following educational opportunities.

Nov. 9 — Navico Electronics Vendor Training, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 — QuickBooks, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 8 — Bow and Stern Thrusters, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 4 through 10 — Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (six-pack) classes, at various times

Dec. 9 — Project Management: Planning and Organizing, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 11 — Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels test

Dec. 12 — Optional Tow Endorsement, from 8 a.m. to noon

Dec. 12 — Optional Sail Endorsement, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Dec. 13 to 15 — Master Upgrade, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 12 — Project Management, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Feb. 9 — Project Management: Advanced Topics, Fixing Tough Projects and Managing Risk, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 7 — Negotiating Skills, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The training center is also offering three American Boat and Yacht Council certification courses.

Nov. 16 to 18 — Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certification, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 19 — Optional EPA Refrigerant Certification

Dec. 14 to 17 — Gasoline Engine Certification, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Marine Systems Training Center at 60 Main St. in Thomaston by calling 354-8803 or writing to info@marinesystemstraining.com.

Bigelow Laboratory hosts teacher workshop

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Bigelow Laboratory is inviting 10 Maine high school teachers to a free day of training intended to bring ocean science education into classrooms around the state. Led by research scientists David Fields and Nicole Poulton, the day-long teacher training will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 and will be followed by a four-day workshop in August 2011.

Designed for teachers interested in incorporating ocean sciences into their classroom using hands-on activities, December workshop will bring teachers together with scientists to talk about current research at the laboratory and the best ways to incorporate ocean science concepts into the classroom; carry out field studies that can be easily replicated in any aquatic environment; and improve their field methods, data collection and analysis skills.

During the August four-day ocean sciences professional development workshop, teachers will receive and learn to use classroom-friendly sampling tools and inquiry-based lesson plans. Activities and lesson plans will be aligned with the Maine State Learning Results and the essential principles of ocean literacy as defined by the multi-institutional Ocean Literacy Network. The laboratory expects to offer up to four continuing education unit credits to all participants.

Funding for the December workshop has been provided by the Horizon Foundation. Advance registration is required and space is filling rapidly, a press release said. Online registration and more information are available at bigelow.org or by contacting Rebecca Fowler at rfowler@bigelow.org or 633-9632.

Britain creates world’s largest marine reserve

CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO — According to an article by Jonathan Owen for The Independent that was posted at the website at independent.co.uk, the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve was established in the British territorial waters of the Chagos Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean on Oct. 31.

The new sanctuary is designated as a “no-take” zone where commercial fishing will be banned, and “serves to underline how catastrophically the international community has fallen short of a goal set almost a decade ago to protect marine life” the article said.

“In 2002, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Summit on Sustainable Development made a commitment to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2012. Today, with only 15 months to go, it is estimated that just 1.17 per cent of the world’s oceans are under some form of protection, and a mere 0.08 per cent classified as ‘no-take’ zones,” Owen wrote.

The Chagos reserve covers an area of 210,000 square miles — twice the size of Britain and about three times the area of the six New England states. Its waters are home to the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, as well as green sea turtles, dolphins and one of the world’s largest coral reefs — a habitat for more than 1,200 species of coral and fish.

Lobster chef of the year show to air

PORTLAND — For those that did not attend the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition last month, New England Sports Network has produced a show that takes viewers inside the contest. It debuted last month and will air again Saturday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.

The Lobster Chef of the Year 2010 was crowned after a cook-off competition at a sold out event at Harvest on the Harbor, the three-day food and wine festival held last month in Portland.

Kelly Patrick Farrin, sous chef at Azure Café in Freeport, earned the title of Maine Lobster Chef of the Year with his herb grilled Maine lobster tail on arugula with chive ricotta gnocchi and corn milk.

Three finalists were selected from a field of professional chefs who submitted recipes over the summer. A panel of judges reviewed the recipes, minus identifying information from the submitting chefs, and selected the three finalists based on a variety of criteria.

At the competition, Farrin was awarded $1,000 in prize money and a plaque identifying him as the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year from the Maine Lobster Promotion Council.

Copies of the recipes by all three contestants can be found at lobsterfrommaine.com. For NESN channel listings visit the website at nesn.com. Information on Harvest on the Harbor is at harvestontheharbor.com.

Coast Guard calls for cell phone protocols

Washington, D.C. — The Coast Guard has issued an advisory recommending that boat operators refrain from using cell phones.

“When mariners are navigating or working alone, the use of cellular or other devices unrelated to the operation at hand could impede the exchange of vital operational information, delay reaction time, or cause attention lapses of those involved which could result in unwanted circumstances having very serious consequences causing injuries and fatalities, material damage, and environmental impact,” the advisory said.

“National Transportation Safety Board findings in investigations involving other transportation modes have found that the use of cellular telephones and other wireless devices can degrade performance, slow response times, and increase attention lapses of those in safety-sensitive positions.”

The notice cited a recent executive order that prohibits text messaging by federal employees, including contractors, when driving government vehicles or their privately owned vehicles on government business and bans on texting and using hand-held devices while driving in a number of states and the District of Columbia.

“The potential risk associated with improper use of cellular telephones and other devices in the marine environment while navigating or performing other vessel functions should be apparent to vessel owners and operators,” it said.

“Consequently, the Coast Guard strongly recommends vessel owners and operators to develop and implement effective operational policies outlining when the use of cellular telephones and other devices is appropriate or prohibited.”

Salazar proposes Ocean Energy Safety Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar proposed the concept of establishing an Ocean Energy Safety Institute designed to facilitate research and development, training, and implementation in the areas of offshore drilling safety, blowout containment and oil spill response.

The institute would be a collaborative initiative involving the Department of Energy, the Coast Guard, industry, academia and scientific experts.

The institute would create a transparent organization that builds on the strategic collaboration of its members to address technological needs and inherent risks associated with offshore drilling, and deepwater drilling in particular, a press release said.

Salazar reached out to potential partners in government, industry, and elsewhere to discuss the proposal and has asked that they share ideas regarding the institute’s formation and future operations. More information can be found at the website at doi.gov.

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