Blue Duck on the War Path!

Rubber Duck's larger half sister had just finished reading "Lonesome Dove" when she found out her baby sister had been kidnapped. She really thinks now that she is that Blue Duck. The meanest half breed this side of the Pecos who would fillet you if you looked at her funny.
Rubber Duck’s larger half sister had just finished reading “Lonesome Dove” when she found out her baby sister had been kidnapped. She really thinks that she is now that Blue Duck. The meanest half breed this side of the Pecos who would fillet you if you looked at her funny.

Chickity Check It- Northeast Ocean Data Interactive Maps


There are a ton of different layers you can add to the map and adjust.  Lots of interesting data.

Check It!-

This is just one-


This map broadly characterizes commercial fishing vessel activity in the Northeast based on Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data from 2006 through 2010 (full calendar years). In general, vessels holding permits in certain fisheries are required to use VMS.1 See for additional information, including a link to federal regulations describing requirements for the use of VMS.

This particular map is for vessels using VMS and declared into the NE multispecies fishery plan. The relative amount of vessel activity is indicated qualitatively from high (red) to low (blue). Importantly, this data was intended for fisheries management purposes supporting law enforcement initiatives: NMFS describes VMS as “a satellite surveillance system primarily used to monitor the location and movement of commercial fishing vessels in the U.S.” The map does not distinguish between fishing activity, vessel transit, or other vessel activities. The most accurate interpretation of this map is that it indicates relative levels of vessel presence.

The relatively short timeframe of this map precludes consideration of historic fishing areas. It also does not illustrate more recent or future changes in fishing activity resulting from changing environmental and economic conditions, fisheries management, and other important factors.

Data Considerations

The data provided by NMFS contained the day/month/year, the geographic coordinates of the vessel at the time of transmission, and the vessel’s declaration code, which may signify fishery plan, program within that plan, and associated area identifier or gear-type information. These data then were aggregated by combining all program codes within each fishery plan.

The limitations of the data used to produce these maps should be understood prior to interpretation of this map.

These data are from vessels operating in certain fishery management plans and certain programs within those plans. This map displays data for vessels using VMS with a limited access multispecies permit fishing under a Category A or B Days-at-Sea or catch regulated species or ocean pout while on a sector trip, or those with a limited access NE multispecies small vessel category or Handgear A permit that fish in multiple NE Multispecies Broad Stock Areas (50 CFR 648.10).

It is important to note that these data include all trips using a NE Multispecies VMS code by vessels with these permits, and as such, may include trips that target other fisheries but use a NE Multispecies VMS declaration for another fishery as a management and reporting mechanism. There are many New England fisheries not described through any VMS-derived maps.

VMS data is subject to strict confidentiality restrictions. Therefore, the map shows vessels’ locations following the removal of data that would have indicated individually identifiable vessel positions.

Berkshire Museum Presents My Butterfly Documentary and Lecture Saturday September 20th

bst_banner_final[PITTSFIELD, MA] – The Berkshire Museum will present a workshop and documentary screening with landscape designer and filmmaker Kim Smith on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Both events are included with regular Museum admission. The slide-illustrated talk, Creating a Bee, Bird, and Butterfly Garden, begins at 10 a.m.and the screening of the film, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail, will follow the talk, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Both programs are part of the Museum’s BeMuse program series.


Creating a Bee, Bird, and Butterfly Garden

Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.

Following the rhythm of the seasons, Kim Smith presents a stunning slide show and lecture demonstrating how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Native plants and examples of organic and architectural features will be discussed based on their value to particular vertebrates and invertebrates. Pollinator plant list handout included with workshop.

Black Swallowtail osmeterium ©Kim Smith 2011 copy

Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Saturday, September 20, 11:30 a.m. (time approximate; screening follows workshop)

Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is a 45-minute narrated film that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is suitable for all ages so all can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. The film was shot in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A discussion and Q & A with Kim Smith, the filmmaker, will follow the screening. Life Story of the Black Swallowtail is the first film in a trilogy about butterflies and will be followed next year by Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly.

Black swallowtail Butterfly finger ©Kim Smith 2011 copy

About Kim Smith

Kim Smith is a filmmaker, designer, author, illustrator, photographer, and naturalist who documents, in a variety of media, the world around her. She is the author and illustrator of Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden (David R. Godine, publisher, 2009). Kim’s landscape and interior design firm, Kim Smith Designs, works with clientele to create highly individualized homes and gardens, and she specializes in creating butterfly and songbird habitat gardens in public spaces. Smith is a daily contributor to the stellar community blog Good Morning Gloucester. 

 MAP to BERKSHIRE MUSEUM, thanks to Cat Ryan!

About the Berkshire Museum

Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. Admission to the Butterfly Pavilion is an additional $2 per person. For more information, visit Berkshire Museum or call 413.443.7171.

In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian’s resources with the nation.

Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Butterflies is on view throughOctober 26, 2014. Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection is currently on view. Little Cinema is open year-round. Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Worlds in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing.


Ellis Paul with Martyn Joseph at Old Sloop Coffeehouse on Friday Sept 12


Ellis Paul has won 15 Boston Music awards, released 19 CDs, and earned loyal fans around the world with his meticulously written songs and compelling live shows. Paul has written songs for numerous TV shows as well as Hollywood films such as the Farrelly Brothers movies “Me, Myself & Irene”, “Hall Pass”, and “Shallow Hal”. Martyn Joseph headlines festivals in Europe and is known for his dynamic performances and his ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics.

Community Photos 9/9/14

Peter Tysver at Beacon Marine Basin From Eric Schwartz

Eric writes-

Taken 9/1/2014 at Beacon Marine Basin. The painter is Peter Tysver.

Spars, Stars, and Stripes Forever From D or R Teele

spars and stripes

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2014 From Antony Marks

German film ‘Ways of Love’ filming on Atlantic Rd. From Bernie

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Hi Joey,

Anyone figure out what happened to the family of swans we saw on Henry’s Pond this spring? They had 4 little ones.


(or maybe I don’t really want to  know)?


Thought you might like to share this. I was expecting a Pot O’Gold when I reached my place but no such luck.
Bing McGilvray


Thought this was a different shot of the Eagle, climbing the rigging before parade of sail.
Vicki Gamage


Hi Joey,
Thought your readers might enjoy this photo taken out our window from our home on eden road in Rockport last night.
Sandy Simon


Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck around 6 p.m.

Trish Castraberti


Partners Reunited

Roseway, hauled, with Highlander Sea (ex-Pilot), both built in the 20’s in Essex.  Fifty years ago they were working together for the Boston Pilots from Long Wharf.  One or the other was usually seen off Nahant jogging under trysail, year ‘round. 

Al Bezanson

Roseway and Pilot

Tuesday September 9th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tonight NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy drizzle.

Pod Cast Weather :

Beach Forecast :
Cool / 60°s
Sunny / UV INDEX 8
Water Temp 70°
Winds ENE 10-15mph

Hourly Forecast:



Community Stuff 9/9/14




CALVO WOODCARVING SCHOOL still has openings in the fall class schedule.

We offer five-day, three-day, weekly and weekend woodcarving classes.  

I also have room in my forging woodcarving tools workshop in October as well. 

Call for more information  978-283-0231 or check the website:

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Gloucester U – Year Two!
A FREE and Exciting After-School Program Being Offered at Gloucester High School.

It’s year two of Gloucester U and we are excited to offer more quality programs to our GHS student’s after-school.
This school year we will have (3) 10- week sessions with courses offered one day a week from 2:15 to 5:00.   The first session, beginning on September 15th, includes working with Back Yard Growers at Gloucester Farm (our zero waste, greenhouse initiative) courses in Art, Career and College Readiness, Anime and Website Design, Calligraphy, and more…
Funded by a Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Gloucester U has been developed and designed to offer more learning opportunities for our high school students. The goal of the grant funded program is to assist our students in improving academic performance and ignite a desire in him or her to be successful in the future and to become 21st century navigators.

Instructed by teachers and professionals in our community, the high-quality, hands-on series of courses are designed for small groups of students and offer the opportunity to heighten their achievement, skills in critical thinking and strengthen links between peers, our community, home and school.

For program and course specifics, and to register, go to

We look forward to seeing you after school!


Samantha Whitney – Program Coordinator
978.281.9872 Ext. 12222

Stressed Out? Tight and sore? A self-care routine that includes yoga and massage can help you find your way out of pain and stress so you can enjoy what you love! 

Saltwater Massage Studio has teamed up with Yoga Joy to give you just that!