Events, News

Road Race Returns on MAY 6TH!

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is hosting their 13th Annual Run for the Water on May 6, 2017. We are featuring a new 10K course length this year, with cash awards and 5k-3medals for top male and female finishers. The 5K Family Fun Run/Walk returns, with fun prizes for top individuals, families and teams.  Free t-shirt for all pre-registered entrants. Post race feast too!  Pb rm tr 100 79a50c9f3b9887d99aea979433acb661e8b92f9a4d771c63eada895661f9dfb8

Details: http://westportriver.org/run-for-the-water

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Oyster Stew & Annual Meeting – Feb. 14th

eelgrass-buzzards-bayYou 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.

 

News

Winter 2017 Newsletter Available

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.

 

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Beverly Sailing Dinghy For Sale

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-for-saledinghy 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″
    • Beam 4′ 6″
  • Depth 1′ 7″
  • Weight with sail 207 lbs

We are accepting bids through the winter. Please send inquiries and offers to [email protected].

 

 

 

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HPLSS Fall Hours & Apparel Sale

View from the HPLSS out to Gooseberry and some of the Elizabeth Islands

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.

WFA Merchandise on sale at the HPLSS.

 

Events, News

Visit our Classic Wooden Boat Show – Oct. 15 & 16

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.

Click here for more details.

News

Continuing Ed. Scholarship Awards

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.

Events

33rd Annual Clambake & Raffle

Order your clambake tickets now for Sept 11, 2016

This traditional event at the Little Compton Game Club is a great opportunity to catch up with WFA members and friends. You can play some family games (corn hole, horseshoes, bocce and more) and check out the latest data from our salt marsh study while the bake cooks. Clam chowder is served at noon, followed by the classic seaweed and rock bake at 2 pm.

Click on the Clambake link to order your tickets now. Deadline is Sept. 6th.

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Salt Marsh Study Underway

The Westport River salt marsh study is in full swing. One round of field sampling has been completed. To document the marsh losses that seem to be accelerating this

Molly Weiner on Bailey's Flat

Molly Weiner taking a core sample on Bailey’s Flat

summer, a volunteer will take drone aerial photographs of the specific test sites we have selected for comparison to historical satellite photos dating back to 1938.

Our intern, Molly Weiner, will be staying on a few extra weeks to do additional data analysis and interpretation, so we are looking to raise more funds to continue to pay her a stipend. Donations welcome! Online at www.westportriver.org/donate/ or by mail to WFA, PO Box 83, Westport Point, MA 02791.

Molly Weiner, intern, and Linda Deegan, Wood's Hole senior scientist examining marsh

Molly Weiner and Wood’s Hole senior scientist Linda Deegan examining marsh