You are invited to this year’s Oyster Stew Supper and Annual Meeting on February 14, 2017. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and take the chill off the winter by joining us for a delicious dinner at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport MA. Doors open at 6:00 pm, stew is served at 6:30 and the Annual Meeting follows immediately after the dinner.
Dinner tickets are $15 each.
The evening’s feature presentation will be a screening of “The Last Bay Scallop?” by Nantucket filmmaker John Stanton. Westport’s scallop harvests have already been decimated. Now, the waters around Nantucket that host the last commercially viable bay scallop fishery on the East Coast may also face the same fate due to loss of the scallops’ eel grass habitat, Harbor pollution, particularly excess nitrogen that fosters algae overgrowth, is the main culprit. See how fishermen and scientists alike are fighting to protect this island’s cultural and economic staple and what lessons Westport can learn from them.
Be sure to check out the Winter 2017 newsletter, which features a report on the results of this summer’s salt marsh study. The six marsh sites that were evaluated show an alarming 46% decline in total area since 1934.
Advocacy updates, the latest new catch and photos from the clambake and boat show are also featured, along with columns from Cap’n Cukie and WFA President Jack Reynolds.
Bill and Susan Barker have generously donated an 11’6’’ Beverly Sailing Dinghy to the WFA in support of our efforts to protect the Westport River and its marine habitat.
- This roomy and well balanced sailing dinghy with a simple rig and ample flotation for safety is a popular all-round sailboat. The boat for sale was designed by Sidney DeW. Herreshoff and built in 2005. When new the price was $4900.
- Length 11′ 6″
- Depth 1′ 7″
- Weight with sail 207 lbs
We are accepting bids through the winter. Please send inquiries and offers to [email protected].
View from the HPLSS out to Gooseberry and some of the Elizabeth Islands
What a beautiful fall season we have been having! The Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station is still open through December on Wednesday afternoons from 12 to 4 PM. Come on down to 241 East Beach Rd. in Westport, MA to check out our little piece of maritime history and then enjoy the spectacular view over to the Elizabeth Islands. Don’t forget to stop in at the Visitor Center next door to view more historical artifacts and the latest information on our advocacy projects. Check out our merchandise: WFA branded T-Shirts (short and long sleeve) and fleece jackets and hoodies make great gifts and they are all on sale – 30% off! Take a break and come visit the HPLSS.
WFA Merchandise on sale at the HPLSS.
A mix of really interesting classic small wooden boats, from sailing dinghies and old dories to canoes and kayaks, will be on display at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station on October 15th and 16th. The station is located at 241 East Beach Rd in Westport. Come on down to check them out! You can vote for your favorite entry in two categories and the winners will be announced on Sunday afternoon.
We’ll have model boats there too, along with a marine equipment flea market, refreshments and more. At noon on Saturday, the Dharma Voyage rowers will be demonstrating their prowess out on the water with their pilot gigs.
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The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce three 2016 recipients of $500 scholarships for undergraduate college expenses beyond freshman year. Dalton Bryant of Westport is a senior at Brown University, majoring in International Relations. He hopes to promote conservation in the field of transportation or alternative energy. Westport native Melinda Tripp will be a junior at UMass Dartmouth, where she is majoring in Marketing. She has worked at the Business Innovation Research Center which helped plan UMass Dartmouth’s Green Innovations Day to promote elimination of waste in the environment. Andrew Ronan, also a rising junior from Westport, has been getting a hands on environmental education in arboriculture at Paul Smith College in the Adirondack Mountains and is continuing on for a Bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management. The WFA applauds these college students for their academic excellence and interest in environmental protection.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association recognizes the importance of ongoing support for college students and awards up to three continuing education $500 scholarships a year to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. Undergraduate students can receive an award for up to four years, and need not be prior year recipients to apply.
The WFA continuing education scholarship is open to incoming college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applicants must be sponsored by a WFA member. Additional application criteria and instructions are online at http://westportriver.org/scholarship/ The deadline for submission is July 31, 2016.
The WFA Continuing Scholarship awards will be announced in August and checks will be disbursed at that time.
The Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station summer hours begin on June 25th. The HPLSS is located at 241 East Beach Rd in Westport, MA and will be open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4 PM. Stop in to explore one of the last remaining of the 69 lifesaving stations built along the coast by the Humane Society of Massachusetts. These stations were constructed to provide volunteers with easy access to a rescue boat to help save passengers and crew on shipwrecked vessels.
A group of WFA volunteers has started meeting to develop more information and programming for the LSS. If you are interested in helping out with this effort or in serving as a docent to help share the LSS’s maritime history on one or more weekend days during July and August, then email [email protected].
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room of the Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road, Westport, MA regarding the proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nitrogen inputs into the Westport River. DEP staff will discuss and respond to any public comments on the TMDL report.
A TMDL is essentially a “pollution budget” and an outline of a cleanup plan designed to restore the health of an impaired waterbody. A TMDL establishes a maximum amount of pollution that a water body can accept and still meet water quality standards. The waterbody segments of the Westport River watershed are listed on the 2014 Massachusetts Integrated List of Waters (Category 5) as impaired.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association supports the proposed TMDLs as a first step in addressing a very serious problem that is degrading the river’s water quality. After this public hearing, DEP will hopefully finally issue the official TMDLs. Then the Town needs to develop an action plan that prioritizes its next steps in reducing the excess nitrogen flowing into the Westport River that is coming primarily from septic systems, lawn and agricultural fertilizers and stormwater.
The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce two local recipients of the WFA Merit scholarship for 2016. Reaghan Tripp and Lily Gelinas have each been chosen to receive a $650.00 award for academic and civic excellence.
Reaghan is a 2016 graduate of Westport High School and she plans to attend Ohio State University. She is the daughter of Amy & Scott Tripp of Westport MA. Reaghan is a National Honor Society member and ranked at the top of her class academically. She also played varsity soccer and basketball and is an active volunteer and mentor in her school, church and community. She is a member of STEEL (Students That Exemplify Extraordinary Leadership). Reaghan plans to major in public health with an environmental sciences track, so she can teach others that the key to healthier people is by creating a healthier environment.
Lily Gelinas is graduating from Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth this year and will start at Johnson & Wales University in the fall. Her parents are Jennifer and Steve Gelinas of Westport. Lily’s guidance counselor praised Lily’s diligence and effort in her honors track academic program, while participating in volleyball and winter track. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in a wide array of community service projects. She has been a regular volunteer at Westport Fishermen’s Association events. In addition to studying Human Resources, Lily plans to minor in Environmental Sustainability.
The Board of Directors would like to extend their congratulations and wish Reaghan and Lily much success in the future. In addition, the WFA would also like to recognize and thank all of our generous members, sponsors and community friends who contribute to our scholarship fund throughout the year.