NOAA fixes proposed haddock rules  

MIKE SPRINGER/Staff file photo/The Eagle, a 295-foot U.S. Coast Guard barque also known as "America's Tall Ship," motors toward Gloucester Harbor in 2014 to take part in the Gloucester Schooner Festival. The vessel is having a homecoming of sorts as it visits Denmark.

We here at FishOn are no strangers to the correction. We've had to pen a few in our inexplicably long and undistinguished career and it's never fun. Of course, we never experienced the indignity suffered in the last century by an old colleague at the Hartford Courant, who once had to run a correction that was almost as long as the story it corrected.

We may have even suggested he write a three-part correction series. He was not amused.

So, we're sure the nice folks at NOAA Fisheries weren't overjoyed last week when they had to send out a corrected release to the proposed rule for 2019 recreational groundfish regulations for the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. But they shouldn't beat themselves up too bad. It was just a typo in the proposed rule stating that the Groundfish Committee recommended a 15-inch minimum size for Gulf of Maine haddock when in reality the committee's recommendation was for a minimum size of 17 inches.

So, here are the full list of recommendations within the proposed rule for which NOAA Fisheries is seeking comment:

Gulf of Maine haddock: NOAA Fisheries is recommending an increase in the daily bag limit to 15 from 12 in 2018, with the minimum size remaining at 17 inches. The recommendation for the open season is May 1 to Feb. 29 and April 15-30;

Gulf of Maine cod: NOAA Fisheries is recommending partially reopening the fishery that has been closed for several years to all fishing by allowing recreational fishermen to catch one GOM cod per day during the limited seasons of Sept. 15-30 and April 15-30. The recommended minimum size is 21 inches.

Georges Bank cod: NOAA Fisheries is recommending a status quo daily bag limit of 10, but with the proposed 2019 minimum size shrinking two inches to 21 inches. The fishery would be open to recreational fishing all year.

Interesting negotiating tactics

You know how it is with bosses and employees. They don't always get along, but Forrest Broyles may have taken employer-employee animus to a new level.

Broyles, from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, has pleaded no contest in court "after telling police he was under the influence of a hallucinogenic when he used a machete to wreak havoc on his former boss' home because of a fish dispute," according to story by the Associated Press.

Broyles was angry at his boss, claiming he didn't get his share of the choke ahi they caught together. So, on Dec. 3, while cruising at altitude on the hallucinogenic brew of ayahuasca (apparently a local favorite along the Amazon River), Broyles broke into his ex-boss' abode and made his case in high-charged fashion.

"Broyles ex-boss told police he was at home watching football with his wife when he heard a horn honking and then a loud bang," according to the report. "He then heard glass shattering from his front door and saw Broyles headed to the living area carrying a machete."

After threatening to kill his ex-boss and chop him up, Broyles started swinging the machete at anything within reach, breaking out all the windows, a sliding door, chairs, tables, cabinets, the stove, a microwave and a canoe paddle, police said.

Broyles pleaded no contest to burglary, criminal property damage and terroristic threatening and prosecutors dropped a charge of attempted murder. He is expected to be sentenced in August to seven years in prison, the story stated.

No word if he got his fish.

Let that be a lesson for the kids: Stay off the ayahuasca.

Job fair

Just a reminder: On Tuesday, the city is hosting a job fair at City Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help out the 180 workers — especially the 150 or so seasonal and temporary employees — find new work after National Fish & Seafood closed down on May 10.

The job fair is open to the public, as well. So, if you're looking for work, you can't do any better than one-stop shopping at City Hall. If you go, make sure you bring your resume. Also, the city is providing free parking at the its I-4, C-2 lot on Rogers Street.

So, go get yourself a job. You deserve it. 

The Eagle has landed . . . back in Europe where it started

In the summer of 2014, we had the privilege of sailing aboard the USCG barque Eagle when the tri-masted, 295-foot Coast Guard Tall Ship was in town for the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. It was some of the most fun we've ever had on the water. Majestic doesn't quite cover it.

We came across an interesting story last week on the Danish media website about Eagle returning to Copenhagen for a three-day stay that will include free public tours.

It's a bit of a homecoming.

The Coast Guard now uses the ship as a training vessel for future Coast Guard officers. But when it was built in 1936, it was as a sail-training ship for the German navy and carried the name Horst Wessel. The Germans decommissioned the vessel in 1939 before the beginning of World War II, then recommissioned it in 1942 while adding armor-plating and anti-aircraft guns.

At the end of the war, the navies of the United States, Soviet Union and Great Britain drew lots to see who would get Eagle. The U.S. won and the Coast Guard commissioned the ship into service on May 15, 1946, as the Coast Guard cutter Eagle.

A mere 68 years later, we got to hitch a ride into Gloucester Harbor from about three miles outside the Dog Bar breakwater on a glorious, sunny day.

Honestly, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

As always, no fish were harmed in the making of this column.

Contact Sean Horgan at 978-675-2714, or Follow him on Twitter at @SeanGDT.