The next meeting of the Zone D Lobster Council is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Rockland Ferry Terminal.

Workshop explores sector management

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — The New England Fishery Management Council will host a workshop exploring lessons learned following a year of sector operations under the regulations initiated by the council in Amendment 16 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Plan.

The workshop will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 25 and 26, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

Participants will discuss what elements of sector management worked, or did not, over the past year and review sector annual reports, a Northeast Fisheries Science Center one-year sector performance report, comparison of Amendment 16 goals and objectives vs. outcomes and problems that have impeded sector operations, among other issues.

Council members, the NEFMC Scientific and Statistical Committee, Groundfish Advisors and Plan Development Team members, sector representatives and any other interested parties from the fishing community or public are invited to attend.

For additional information, contact Anne Hawkins at the council office by email at or call 978-465-0492, ext. 111.

Workshop materials will be posted on the council’s website at

Sew a sailor’s ditty bag at The Apprenticeshop

ROCKLAND — The basics of hand sewing and marlinspike knot work will be highlighted as class participants construct a traditional canvas ditty bag, often the first project undertaken by a sail maker’s apprentice.

The course will cover palm and needle techniques, along with splicing, Turk’s head knots and more. All tools and materials will be provided and participants will take home a functional ditty bag.

The evening course with instructor Eric Stockinger will run on Monday and Wednesday evenings for two weeks, beginning Monday, Aug. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call The Apprenticeshop at 594-1800.

Isobel visits Penobscot Bay Rendezvous

BELFAST — Fresh from a maiden regatta series, Isobel, Stephens Waring Yacht Design’s latest design, will head to the inaugural Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, Aug. 18 through 21.

The 75-foot fast cruiser, owned by the Schottes and launched July 15, won the Spirit of Tradition class at the Castine Classic Yacht Race, came in second on corrected time at the Camden-Brooklin Race and won the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta with the fastest elapsed time.

Stephens Waring Yacht Design is also sponsoring Saturday’s Dinner Dance at Wayfarer Marine in Camden, for competitors and event guests. From 6 to 7 p.m., Paul Waring and Bob Stephens will be dockside to show competitors and guests around Isobel before dinner.

The Penobscot Bay Rendezvous is presented by Wayfarer Marine and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. Super yachts, classics, performance racers, Picnic Boats and lobster yachts are invited to enter. The Penobscot Bay Rendezvous is a celebration of boating and boatbuilding that will feature daily races for sailboats and a Poker Run and Photo Pursuit events for powerboats. Participants will be hosted each night at a different exclusive venue. Lobster bakes, barbecues, dancing and fireworks are all a part of the ticket.

To register, visit the website at

Aquaculture Research Institute open house

ORONO — The University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The event will begin in the morning at Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus at Orono, and continue in the afternoon at the Aquaculture Research Center and Hitchner Aquaria.

The open house, which is being held in order to showcase ARI’s research projects and facilities, is free and open to the public. Attendees can register by contacting Anne Langston at 581-4397 or

Shawn Robinson, a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, will give the keynote address at 10:30 a.m. Other topics being discussed in the morning session include aquatic disease ecology, disease resistance in shellfish, lobster health research, and research into sea lice.

Following a lunch and poster session, ARI graduate students will discuss their research projects. In a concurrent session, faculty members, including ARI Director Ian Bricknell, will discuss their research activities.

Tours of the ARI facilities, including the Aquaculture Research Center building and aquaria in Hitchner Hall, will be available at the same time.

Captain’s classes at Camden Hills

CAMDEN — Three class offerings, taught by U.S. Coast Guard certified instructors from the American Boat School of Marlborough, Conn., will be available at Camden Hills Regional High School this fall.

Captain’s License Info Night, being held Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m., will be a one-hour informational session for anyone interested in the full Captain’s Course but seeking more information. The class is free but reservations are required. Call 236-7800, ext. 274 to reserve a space.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the two levels of Captain’s License Courses — OUPV/Six-Pack Level and Master’s Level — will begin.

OUPV/Six Pack will run 14 weeks and qualify graduating students to operate vessels carrying up to six passengers.

Master’s Level students will continue on for the six weeks following the end of the OUPV class. After graduating from the Master’s Class, students will be qualified to operate vessels carrying seven or more passengers.

Fees for the classes include all texts, charts, plotters, and the USCG test. Those successfully completing of this class will earn the license with no need to take any tests in Boston.

Payment arrangements, including weekly payments, can be made with the American Boat School instructor. Both OUPV and Master’s classes meet Thursday evenings starting at 6 p.m. at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. There are no classes during Thanksgiving or Christmas weeks.

Call Five Town Community School District Adult Education at 236-7800, option 5 to register or for more information. Visit for more information.

Café Scientifique season concludes with Kevin Strange

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Bigelow Laboratory will welcome the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Director Kevin Strange as the final speaker of its 2011 Summer Café Scientifique program on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor.

Strange will lead a discussion titled “The Worm in Us All: What Our Primitive Ancestors Tell Us About Human Disease and Aging.” The talk will address the important role evolution plays in biomedical research, and why studying simpler organisms allows scientists to understand aging and other basic biological processes more quickly and economically.

The worm of the talk’s title is the roundworm C. elegans — a non-mammalian model organism that helps define the genes and genetic pathways underlying physiological and pathophysiological processes. Strange’s research focuses on understanding how C. elegans copes with environmental stress.

Café Scientifique talks are free and open to the public, with beer, wine, and sodas available for purchase.

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.