New council appointee
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Commerce last month appointed Kristin “Togue” Brawn to a regional fishery management council that partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries to manage marine fisheries resources.
Brawn, a former state fisheries manager at the Department of Marine Resources, was appointed as the at-large member to the New England council.
NOAA Fisheries works with the councils through the process of developing fishery management plans and Brawn was one of 31 members appointed to the several regional councils.
Members usually come from diverse backgrounds, including commercial and recreational fishing, environmental organizations and academia.
Brawn has been working with the state’s commercial fishing and seafood industries for more than 20 years. She now runs the Stonington-based Downeast Dayboat, which specializes in shipping fresh scallops across the country.
The council is also made up of one member each from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine. Geoffrey Smith is the Maine appointee.
Youth sailors place 6th
SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Four local youth sailors took sixth last month at the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship in Rochester, N.Y.
Alec Fisichella, Sofie Dowling, Lucas Ingebritson and Nathan Ingebritson – all recent alumni of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team and members of the MDI Community Sailing – raced for the Rose Cup at the invitational event at the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario.
The event is for sailors between the ages of 16-21 and is a training ground for sailors passionate about match racing and competing at the next level.
The team missed the semifinals by one race and lost to the eventual winners, Fisichella said. There were eight teams in all.
One of the highlights for Fisichella, 20, was the sailing clinic held prior to the race.
“It was awesome to have the clinic first,” he said. “We learned a lot and we improved a lot throughout the week.”
The team did take home the Nick Scandone Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by their peers. The award is named for the late U.S. Paralympic Gold medal winner Nick Scandone, who beat both able-bodied and physically-challenged competitors through the last year of his life as he fought ALS.
Fisichella also said that the local IOD Class and fleet members, as well as the MDI Community Sailing Center, were a huge help in sponsoring the team’s practice and travel to the event.
Live boil ban
LONDON — Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are considering putting a halt to boiling live lobsters.
According to a report in the Evening Standard, the House of Lords is considering the ban, which would require chefs to stun or chill lobsters before cooking them. Other countries have already taken up similar bans, including Switzerland, in an effort to cook the crustaceans more humanely.
Locally, Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound owner Charlotte Gill has experimented with hotboxing lobsters with marijuana before cooking in order to dull the pain of boiling alive. A team of scientists in California recently conducted tests built off Gill’s tests and found that lobsters’ motor skills are affected by THC. Whether they feel pain or not after being exposed to THC, the team could not make a clear conclusion. Gill stands by her tests, but currently uses valerian root on lobsters sold to the public.