Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HMS Bounty Disaster

On Monday, October 29, 2012 Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel's crew late Sunday evening.

Eventually, the Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.

When Coast Guard crewmen aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, arrived on scene, They found the Bounty taking on water and without propulsion in 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

According to the ship's Facebook page, the HMS Bounty appeared in the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and the more recent "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall Trout Stocking in White Clay Creek

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that White Clay Creek in Northern Delaware has received its fall stocking of trout. DNREC Fisheries staff, along with volunteer help, stocked 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout throughout White Clay Creek from near the border with Pennsylvania downstream to Newark.

The volunteers used float boxes to carry hundreds of fish upstream and down from the truck access points along White Clay. Fisheries staff noted that the fish arrived healthy, most of which exceeded 12 inches in length.

Delaware’s trout stocking is conducted under the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Trout anglers support the program directly through the purchase of the required trout stamp along with the normal resident or non-resident fishing license. Proceeds from trout stamps go directly towards the purchase of rainbow trout for stocking.

To purchase a fishing license or trout stamps, or for more information about trout fishing in Delaware, visit, or call the Fisheries section at 302-739-9914.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Harris Creek Oyster Sanctuary

During the 2012 season, Maryland initiated oyster plantings aimed at fulfilling the goals set by federal agencies to restore oyster habitat and populations in 20 Bay tributaries by 2025.

Workers deployed 634 million spat on shell in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, with most of those deployed into the Harris Creek oyster sanctuary.

The effort involved the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), the University of Maryland Horn Point Lab Hatchery (UMD HPL), along with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District

Nearly one third of the 360 acre goal in Harris Creek has been planted with enhanced substrate and spat on shell. In addition, portions of the Upper Bay were restocked with oysters after last year’s wide-scale mortality from excessive fresh water.

Harris Creek, a tributary of the Choptank River, is the first river targeted for large-scale, tributary-based oyster restoration. This area was chosen collaboratively by Maryland DNR, Army Corps Baltimore District and NOAA because of its high likelihood to succeed. Construction of the Harris Creek oyster sanctuary is funded primarily by Maryland DNR, the Army Corps and NOAA.

source: Oyster Recovery Partnership

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rising Mid Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures

According to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), temperatures in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays were more than 6 degrees C (11°F) above historical average at the surface and more than 5 degrees C (9°F) above average at the bottom during the first six months of 2012.

During the same period, sea surface temperatures off North America's Atlantic Coast were the highest ever recorded. The affected area, known as the Northeast US Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), extends from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Spring 2012 Ecosystem Advisory is available online at: