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'The Sounds of Nickels and Dimes': Tales of Lobstering and Diving in Salem Sound

Posted by Christina Jedra  April 14, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Public Library: 

To a waterside town, the ocean is a vast world full of food and promise. Captains Jay Michaud and Ray Bates, both from Marblehead, will discuss how they earn a living from the waters of Salem Sound, with stories of lobstering and diving, at the Abbot Public Library on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:00 pm.

Captain Jay Michaud has fished commercially on Salem Sound for many years. Today, he and his wife, Susan, target lobsters aboard their lobster boats, the "International Harvester" and the "A Touch of Gray." Michaud is keen to stress the lobsterman's role as a farmer or protector of the species. Captain Ray Bates, also a long-time Marblehead resident, is an experienced waterman, commercial diver, trained historian, and local author of "Shipwrecks of Boston's North Shore."

Captain Michaud is the president of the Lobster Foundation of Massachusetts, a 501(c)(3) exempt organization, established by Massachusetts lobstermen to develop opportunities for cooperative research projects among the members of the lobster industry and the scientific community. He has participated in a number of research projects, including Salem Sound Coastwatch's recent Invasives Watch Project.

"The Sounds of Nickels and Dimes: Earning a Living from the Waters of Salem Sound" is the fourth talk in the lecture series, “Underwater in Salem Sound,” co-sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. A concluding "Bonus Lecture" will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, followed by another four lectures in 2014. All sessions are free and open to the public. 

This Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. Every Massachusetts driver who purchases one of the “Preserve the Trust” license plates is contributing to the Trust and to the State’s environmental well-being. 

The Lecture Series is part of a MET grant awarded to Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local nonprofit watershed protection organization, to study the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor over the next two and a half years. Turbidity, which is cloudiness in the water column, affects the ability of the water to sustain marine life. Dr. Brad Hubeny of Salem State University’s Geological Science Department is the principal investigator along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director.

The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631-1481, or consult the Library’s calendar at www.abbotlibrary.org.

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