Those who read my story last week about groundfishing (or perhaps you saw Jeff and I talking about it on WCSH's 207 program) know that the men and women who catch cod, haddock, flounder, and other bottom-feeding fish are facing hard times.
They've finally gotten a glimmer of good news. At the Maine Fishermen's Forum, taking place now in Rockport, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced they WILL (probably) pay for the cost of at-sea monitoring starting May 1.
"There were so many opportunites to go to sea -- fishing, whaling, coastal carriage, long-haul trade to India, China, the West Indies, and Europe, not to mention naval service -- that a Westport boy would have had to search for a reason to reject the call."
Bath author Geoffrey Wolff, a former Washington Post books editor, Princeton and UC Irvine professor, and American Academy of Arts and Letters award winner, will be in town on Wednesday to read from his new book, The Hard Way Around: The Passages of Joshua Slocum (Knopf).
Something about The World makes my heart beat faster than usual. A combination of terror and excited curiosity, I think. When it docks in Portland in October 2012, I might be more interested in seeing the inside of the ship than its residents are in exploring Portland (yes, that's right, RESIDENTS -- people who LIVE on the ship, who OWN apartments ON THE SHIP).