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Monday, June 22, 2009

Summertime Nor'easter

We are right in the middle of a three day summertime nor'easter. Winds are gusting to 50mph. There are boats starting to break free from their moorings and drifting up on the beach or sinking. Here is a video clip I shot today from down at Sayle's Seafood.
video

During the gale today, there were two draggers anchored side by side up in the lee of First Bend. They were the Drifter and the Underwing. I don't ever remember seeing draggers laying to on anchor up in there before. I don't understand why those two draggers were allowed to anchor on the bay scallop bed up there in First Bend. I thought the Marine Department recently enacted laws against that type of practice. Why weren't they ordered to leave? Anyone? An old local salt just e-mailed me with the answer. He said that the boats are allowed to anchor up in First Bend during a storm. Mystery solved!



June 23. Very little damage observed around the waterfront today. One big sportfisher sunk on her mooring off Shimmo and what looks like a 23' Seacraft sunk off Monomoy-

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember one year in the eighties there were some scallopers waiting out a storm in first bend. The next fall there were some scallops there that looked like a cross between sea and bay scallops. I was told they were called nordic scallops.

CR

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they received approval to anchor there from the Harbormaster per the new regs:

http://www.nantucket-ma.gov/Pages/NantucketMA_Marine/harborregs.pdf

Martie said...

That's a very good point, anonymous. I hadn't thought of that. I wonder how many scallops their anchors and anchor chains killed while they were there?

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Anonymous said...

Did those Nordic Scallops have a well defined, raised annual growth ring?

Anonymous said...

can't remember about the growth ring, but I don't think they should have been culling there catch in the harbor.

Richard said...

I think you guys mean Icelandic scallops.Some small Cape boats were fishing on them in the early and mid eighties.They were'nt "culling their catch" while laying in the harbor,they were shucking them,and this is a good thing.The finfish and crabs feed on the guts and shellfish spat can attach themselves to the discarded shells.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I looked up "Icelandic" Scallops on the internt and these are the ones that I remember. Though there may have been some dead shells, I remember picking up a fair number of live scallops. Anyway no harm done.