Tuesday, December 31, 2019


On 31 MARCH, 2018 I did a page on ghost nets.....here is an update.

A diving instructor in the Cayman Islands, was with a group of divers that happened upon a gruesome sight when they found hundreds of decomposing sharks and other sea creatures tangled up in a solid ghost-net of dead, decomposing fish and sharks.

"At first we thought it was a log, but as we got closer we could see it was a net with floats, I jumped in the water first and was shocked at what I saw. It took my breath away — the first thing I saw was the juvenile oceanic whitetip shark."

"I got my buddy who was with me to grab a knife and jump in," he continued. "We did what we could to free some of the trapped life but most of it was already dead."
Despite the team's best efforts, Martin-Mayes said he and his friends had to stop the impromptu rescue for fear of becoming trapped in the net themselves.
"The net's sole purpose in life is to kill, you get your hand wrapped in it and you drown."
Thankfully, fisherman Charles Ebanks later rediscovered the discarded net and towed it into Harbour house marina, where it was successfully lifted out of the ocean, taken to a landfill to await action by an international nonprofit group, which will dispose of it.
Ghost nets are fishing nets that entangle fishdolphinssea turtlessharksdugongscrocodilesseabirdscrabs, and other creatures, including the occasional human diver and other sea life long after they have been abandoned or lost. 

The problem of ghost nets and other abandoned fishing gear is not limited to the Caymans or just the Caribbean.

The conservation group World Animal Protection estimates that around 640,000 tonnes of so-called ‘ghost gear’ is left in oceans each year. This ghost nets and gear continues to catch and kill fish and animals as large as whales. The International Whaling Commission estimates that 308,000 whales and dolphins die annually due to entanglement in fishing gear, and marine debris.

Current studies suggest that at least 46% of the floating debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are fishing nets and related cordage. These “ghost nets” are a major threat to fish populations around the world and pose an entirely different set of challenges in any potential cleanup.

 Last summer, the institute chartered the sailing auxiliary cargo ship Kwai to collect 40 tons of ghost nets and other plastic waste tagged by the transponders from the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Saturday, December 28, 2019


Hazardous Weather Conditions

I posted here on MVSOFEA.COM about rogue/sneaker waves on January 31, and, again on March 25, 2019 (click to open) … and, here is a third post.

We have been at the very center of the 350 mile long Oregon Coastline for four years now, in different harbors, Reedsport, Florence and Yachats, a 50 mile stretch known as shipwreck alley, there is a light house at each end.

It is very windy here year around, impossible to BBQ on board, with Northerly winds all summer then Southerly winds all winter (some think it rains a lot here as well), it never freezes, we have no mosquitos, the air is cleansed by ocean spray, wild life is abundant and there are very few people.

We have only "heard" the ocean five or so times during those four years, two of which were this week, the roar from high wave action is matching the alert above.

You can drive along the 350 miles of the rugged coast and it is all open to the public, you can watch killer and gray whales swimming by, the crabbing, clamming and fishing is great, the water always hovers around 50 degrees F. where thermal shock and
hypothermia can occur quickly.

This is simply one of the most alluring sites in all of nature, and it’s all free !

The ocean surf whips to a froth by the winter storms and can create awe-inspiring sights that attract tens of thousands of tourists who visit our beaches.

But the sights can turn deadly quickly, tourists come to the beach thinking it’s laid back, romantic and restful, they are not aware of how random sneaker waves can surprise you by rolling logs, and lifting other debris ashore that crush or entrap victims underneath, or about high wave run-ups coming ashore that knock people over and drag them out to sea, or even knowing what a rogue wave is;

There are no hard statistics on just how many people are killed or injured (or even rescued) along the Oregon coast each year, but, on average, about 100 people die each year along West coast beaches, while playing, standing or walking/hiking on the beach along coastal access spots.

Locals ‘know” about about the high number of deaths and many rescues needed on Oregon beaches due to sneaker waves, especially in winter, so, you will see warning signs posted all along all of the public beaches.

Friday, December 20, 2019


Sun's up...  0730, high tide, and time for a visual...  rock and roll overnight, wind chart shows a  lot of high 30's and low 40's SSW gusts, just had a looong sustained 46 er, we have had virtually NO rain! it is and has been 60degrees since 2100 last night.

So...fea sits in about 30 foot of water, our rhythm of movement is like being on an ocean of witch hat wave action with a long swell interval, fairly rapid yaw and bounce, nothing more than 5 or so degrees... but never-ending.  The wind hammers roll us to dock line slamming, we are being blown "away" from the dock, not against it.  

Being isolated at the unobstructed pier end lets the wind and tidal surges have its way with us, like being thrown into the briar patch it is. (and why we live on a boat)

I always remind people, after their day is done, commercial fisher/crab men, and shipyard-dock workers all go home to a landlubber house at night...  

UPDATE:  1130 ABSOLUTE CALM, 60 DEGREE , NO WIND, NO RAIN, CLEARING FOR THE LAST 2 HOURS .... But here is the 'expert" NOAA forecast just posted

Extended Forecast for

Florence OR

Click here for hazard details and duration
Flood Watch
Coastal Flood Advisory
High Wind Warning
  • NOW: Multiple
    hazards in effect
    Click HERE for Details
  • Overnight
    Overnight: Rain likely.  Cloudy, with a low around 51. Very windy, with a south southwest wind around 32 mph, with gusts as high as 48 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    Rain Likely
    and Very
    Low: 51 °F
  • Friday
    Friday: Rain likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 55. Windy, with a south wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
    Rain Likely
    and Windy
    High: 55 °F
  • Friday
    Friday Night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times.  Low around 48. Breezy, with a south wind 11 to 20 mph becoming west southwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
    Heavy Rain
    and Breezy
    Low: 48 °F
  • Saturday
    Saturday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times.  High near 51. South wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable  in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
    Heavy Rain
    High: 51 °F
  • Saturday
    Saturday Night: Rain before 10pm, then a chance of showers after 10pm.  Low around 40. Light southeast wind.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
    Rain then
    Low: 40 °F
  • Sunday
    Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 48.
    High: 48 °F
  • Sunday
    Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
    Low: 39 

Thursday, December 19, 2019


When NOAA and NOAA-marine post the weather
in RED, it usually means something...
(usually), but, then again, lets not
forget last weeks 100 MPH wind/storm
end-of-the-world warning that ended in
blue-clear-65 degree no wind days.

Check back later for results, 


Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 54. Very windy, with a south wind 13 to 23 mph increasing to 24 to 34 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain. Low around 52. Very windy, with a south wind 34 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.


The rain could be heavy at times. High near 57. Very windy, with a south wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunday, December 15, 2019




In one of my earlier articles on here, I talked about the Canadian Soldier Mayfly as having the shortest life span on earth, here we goto the opposite end, after studying 42 genes in a chemical process they call methylation that can predict life expectancy, this guy is the winner for longevity. 

The bowhead is the only baleen whale native exclusively to the Arctic and sub-arctic waters. The species is named after its characteristic massive triangular skull, which is used to break through Arctic ice.

Their skulls can be over 16.5 feet long—about 30-40 percent of their entire body length!  they clock in at 75-100 tons, making them among the heaviest animals on Earth, instead of teeth, they have about 350 large baleen plates that filter seawater for eating small zooplankton. (another article earlier-on here in these pages)

 They do not travel in pods like other whales and are loners, usually only with a mate, they move as rapidly in 90% ice-cover as they do through open water, and can dive to 1,000 feet, and stay down an hour at a time.

The bowhead was an early whaling target. In 2007, a bowhead was found with a fragment of a harpoon that was manufactured in the 1880s. 

The population was severely reduced before a 1966 moratorium was passed to protect the species. Of the five stocks of bowhead populations left, three are listed as “endangered”, one as “vulnerable”, and one as “lower risk-conservation dependent.” 

While the bowhead may be the longest-lived mammal, it stays in the Arctic waters and is not a part of mainland US whale watches.

Apparently, the secret to a long life is to swim in cold water which dramatically slows the rate of metabolism reducing the rate of cellular decay, making those Polar Bear Clubs in Minnesota that we used to rent ice saws to valid.

nothing beats submerging into a bathtub full of crushed ice for enjoyment ! 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

14 DECEMBER, 2019 - PENIS FISH ? ! !

Well, I could not pass this newsworthy note up...
                           only in California could a story like this evolve.

Bay Nature Magazine is out of the San Francisco area, and posted this great story,  anything I say just makes it worse, so after eight or so attempts at a by-line, I erased everything to just let this stand alone (see? anything you say, just makes for humor)

                                click on it and enjoy !



Thursday, December 12, 2019


Due to low meat recovery rates in half of Oregon’s harvest areas, as well as areas in both California and Washington, the opening of the ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery is delayed at least through Dec 30th. See industry notice posted above for more details. The third round of testing is scheduled to begin the week of Dec. 15th and will include crab quality testing in the areas that did not meet recovery criteria and domoic acid testing in all areas south of Heceta Head. We plan to meet with ODCAC advisors and Tri-State managers at the end of the week of 12/15, to discuss round 3 results and season-opening structure

Yuggie did it again! ...in an earlier post, I showed and talked about one of our ships cats going out on the deck, yesterday, as I returned from the wharf dumping garbage, I came down the ramp and saw Yuggie casually walking down the side deck,

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


The Harbor is dark, there are no Christmas lights.
I just began thinking about Christmas cards . . . remember those?

back in the 1950's we had soo many, that we had to add extra rows of twine across the mantle to hang them on (155 as I recall).

It was a large part of Christmas/Hanukka/Bozich, there was the "choosing" of the cards (very important to adjust the greeting or picture for each recipient), that huge task led to the pre-engraved same-card idea, but, now, to not appear "cold" each card had to have a personalized message handwritten inside (very tedious and time consuming).

We lived out... so everything had to be mailed, which was a "handwrite" the address on an envelope fun-time, then, there was the stamping.    and, all of those that came back as NSA or "Moved" or with a ? on them because they were missing a city or state.

Early on, I realized things about government workers intellect, I mean how many Chicago,     (no state), choices do we have? or Wapakoneta ? or Poughkeepsie... no wonder the 1960s saw the invention of the zipcode... it was for the Postal Sorters,  "George, can you go to the map and point to Denver for us?" (I didn't think so).

As time went on the cost of stamps kept rising, as did the cost of cards, as did the overall time investment... back then, no one cared about the poisonous ink, or the trees (paper), or the emissions from driving to the post office and the process of driving around to deliver these nation-wide, or thee birth defects from licking stamps, or even the accidental insults of opening a card to "Hi Bill !" when your name is Sam, or a card to your dead wife "Have a great Holiday Shari !" or, the Libovitz family not appreciating the Manger card.

This year I got a card from the Bank... with an advertisement and my last name misspelled, and another from Amazon with my Prime account number in four places. 

Mail Chimp does all the email form cards for me right out of my "contacts" file automatically on the 20th... all preloaded, pre-set, and I am not worried about filling up the landfills, destroying the planet with non Soy ink, or worrying about the rainforest pulp mill.

But, Christmas is ruined now... there is no snow on the Oregon coast, Santa Clause is not real,  stores (remember them?) do not play carols anymore, Amazon and eBay don't wrap the gifts I send or receive, Christmas Cards are collectors items, killing a live pine tree is wrong, and, the furnace keeps blowing out the menorah, 

I cannot remember the other thing Christmas was known for,  was it Rudolph's birthday ?  No...wait, it was for the egg nog and cookies, right? <s>

Tuesday, December 10, 2019


While here on the Oregon coast we are into a 45-50 degree day/night three week long temperature run, with one day of rain followed by four days of blue sky sun and no wind cycles repeating over and over.... on Monday at 1400 (local time) the White Island, New Zealand  volcano blew up !

White Island, also known by the indigenous Maori name Whakaari, is the tip of an undersea volcano about 30 miles off the coast of the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's main North Island of Te Ika-a-Māui.

More than 10,000 adventure tourists visit the island each year, paying landing fees to the island’s owners. 

There were 47 people on the island at the time of the eruption, including 24 people from Australia, 9 Americans, 2 from China, 4 from Germany, 5 people from New Zealand.

Many were passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas, rescue helicopters and other aircraft carried out aerial reconnaissance flights over the island and reported no signs of life. 

A statement from local police says, “Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors left on the island."

Monday, December 9, 2019


Since closing this webpage down, the complaints have not ceased... so, by true popular demand, I will be resurrecting a number of new inputs here .... again,

The radio show is going clunk clunk, and I am still having difficulties, but keep checking the http://www.portholeradio.com site for something---anything--- to be up on the web.

An unseasonal-warm rain-less November...... and now more "no rain" in December, the C of C and Port cancelled the boat lighting contest this year so we are dark for the holidays... simply too much work and time and money.

Last week, a jury in the US District Court in San Francisco found former Bumble Bee CEO Chris Lischewski guilty of participating in a conspiracy to fix prices of canned tuna sold in the United States.

Lischewski faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $10 million dollars in fines. Sentencing will be carried out later.

I HAVE REPORTED ABOUT CONTAMINATED SEAFOOD  MANY TIMES,  here is one that did not get away. . . According to a release by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Vancouver B.C. 7 Seas Seafood Company and its owner 
 John Heras, 78, admitted and pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, to illegally importing more than 9,000 pounds rotten putrid seafood into the U.S. that was actually FDA rejected as “potentially adulterated fish” . between Octoberi 2014 and August 2015. 

He agreed to pay a $150,000 fine and could face up to a year in prison after sentencing in February.

Approximately 9,020 pounds of tainted frozen Corvina was refused entry into the U.S. from Mexico after the FDA determined it was decomposed and putrid,” Seven Seas then shipped the fish to its Vancouver, after the Corvina arrived in B.C., 7 Seas then cooked the fish and claimed they found nothing wrong with it, so they then sold the fish to Washington state markets...   Yum !