The docks at the Rockland Public Landing were full with pleasure boats of all shapes and sizes Friday evening, July 8 as the Rockland Yacht Club welcomed participants in the 2011 Rockland-Castine Regatta, July 9 and 10.

Winning in the non-spinnaker Cruising Division were Too Elusive, first place; Ex Libris, second place; and Tittravate, third place.

In the Racing Division, Kaos took first place; Keemah, second; and Snowbird, third.

Greyhawk won the Shorthanded Division, with Black Bear, second; and Cats Paw, third.

The 2011 Rockland-Castine Regatta was open to all yachts with valid PHRF certificates and all members of the Rockland Yacht Club. The race was first started in 1998 and ran through 2002 before being merged into the West Bay Race.

Boats raced from outside the Rockland Breakwater to Castine on July 9, with crews meeting for dinner, daily awards and entertainment at Dennett’s Wharf Restaurant. On July 10, the sailboats returned to Rockland where an awards ceremony was held.

Maine Beaches Conference to balance values and expectations

SOUTH PORTLAND — Southern Maine Community College will host the Maine Beaches Conference on July 15 beginning at 9 a.m.

The conference is designed to provide opportunities for communication and exchange of the most current information among beach stakeholders with diverse interests and will present findings from the state’s beach monitoring programs.

For more information, contact Kristen Grant at

Lobster Advisory Council meeting in July

HALLOWELL — The next Lobster Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 21 at 3 p.m. at the Natural Resource Services Center, first floor conference room, in Hallowell.

Bangor seeks boat builder

BANGOR — A story by Eric Russell on July 7 at said the city of Bangor is looking for a Maine-based company to build a boat for the Bangor Fire Department.

The Bangor City Council voted 5-4 at a special meeting July 6 to reconsider a previous vote to purchase a boat from a Seattle-based builder.

Specifications call for an aluminum-hulled vessel to help firefighters with calls in the Kenduskeag Stream and the Penobscot River. The boat will include fire suppression and high-tech navigation equipment and also would be used for water rescues, the article said.

Funding for the project will come from a federal homeland security grant.

Keeping track of crustaceans

CAPE BRETON, Canada — At a fishery conference in Cape Breton last fall, one of the key topics was the ability to track a product from the harvester or producer through the supply chain to the consumer and back again, according to a story from The Cape Breton Post.

In the wake of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, outbreaks in Canada, traceability became part of the common Canadian vocabulary.

Last spring, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced that all cattle must be tagged with a round radio frequency identification ear tag prior to being moved from one location to another. The new RFI tags replace the previously required bar-coded dangle tags.

While lobster fishermen haven’t faced the type of crisis livestock producers experienced with BSE, some fishermen are volunteering to allow consumers to track them down. They’ve signed up with a tagging system called Thisfish, which originated in British Columbia and recently expanded to include the Atlantic Canadian lobster fishery.

Those signed up for the program use lobster claw bands that have plastic numbered tags attached. Consumers can visit the website, enter the code on the tag, and learn about the fisherman who caught a specific lobster.

Products that can be linked up with an individual producer or harvester — whether wine, cheese or lobster — have a certain cachet that can eventually translate into a cash premium, the story said.

In 2009, as part of a marketing strategy, Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine introduced claw tags to identify where whole live lobsters are landed.

Ocean Chemistry at Café Scientifique

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Bigelow Laboratory Senior Research Scientist Ben Twining will lead a Café Scientifique discussion at 6 p.m. on July 19 about the use of advanced technology in understanding the role of trace metals in the world’s oceans.

Don’t Kill the Messenger is the fourth of 10 Bigelow Laboratory summer science conversations, held every Tuesday evening through Aug. 30 in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor.

Twining’s research examines the interactions between microorganisms and trace metals in the ocean, investigating how the presence of metals in seawater affects phytoplankton growth.

Open Lighthouse Day set for September

AUGUSTA — The third annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day will take place rain or shine Sept. 17, with many of the state’s coastal, island and river lighthouses planning to welcome the public.

Last year, 18,000 people visited 25 open light stations, and 5,000 people climbed up light towers for the lantern room view. The event is coordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation and is the largest event of its kind in the country.

For more information, visit

Tsunami detected in English Channel

SOUTHAMPTON, Great Britain — A network of coastal tidal and wave monitoring stations maintained by Southampton-based EMU Limited recorded the progress of the waves caused by this week’s minor tsunami along the south coast, according to a story at the website at

A massive underwater landslide in the Atlantic 200 miles off the Cornish Coast is believed to be the cause of a small tsunami along the south coast, which created waves of between 18 and 30 inches and resulted in abnormal tidal records at the Channel Coastal Observatory and Plymouth Coastal Observatory shore stations.

Fishermen’s Energy awards management contract

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — AECOM, a provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced that Fishermen’s Energy LLC recently awarded the firm a contract for project and construction management, engineering, and procurement services for its Fishermen’s Atlantic City Windfarm project. Located about 2.8 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J., this will be the first offshore windfarm project to be built in North America.

AECOM is currently supporting Fishermen’s Energy LLC in the detailed project planning and scheduling activities as well as in the procurement of construction contracts and major equipment. The project is slated to produce up to 25 megawatts of energy capable of powering approximately 10,000 homes. In addition to creating more than 200 construction jobs, it is a prototype for larger scale utility projects that are currently in various stages of development. AECOM has begun pre-construction activities and will provide project, procurement, construction and commissioning management services for the project.

Fishermen’s Energy LLC is a developer of offshore wind energy projects, founded by New Jersey commercial fishermen. According to a press release, Fishermen’s Energy intends to harvest the wind and the sea, side by side, in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

Greenpeace executive arrested on arctic rig

The international executive director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, was arrested and flown to Greenland after breaching an exclusion zone and scaling a controversial Arctic oil rig about 75 miles out to sea.

At 6:45 a.m. on Friday, June 17, an inflatable speedboat carrying Naidoo was launched from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. The rig’s operators, Cairn Energy, used water cannons to try to prevent him from climbing a 100-foot ladder up the outside of one of the rig’s giant legs, but Naidoo made it to the platform, where he demanded that Cairn immediately halt drilling operations and leave the Arctic.

He also sought a meeting with the master of the rig so he could present the names of 50,000 people from across the world who have emailed Cairn to demand they publish the rig’s secret oil spill response plan. The document has been at the center of a month-long campaign of civil disobedience in the Arctic.

The area where Cairn intends to drill is known as Iceberg Alley. According to a Greenpeace press release, the company intends to tow icebergs out of the rig’s path or use water cannons to divert them to avoid a collision as the rig drills for oil.

According to the website, “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.”

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