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A lobster boat caught fire off the coast of Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Friday morning according to the United States Coast Guard.

They say the operator of the “Dawn Breaker” attempted to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher, but could not keep up with the flames.

The operator contacted officials with his exact location after activating a personal locator beacon, then jumped from the 28-foot ship. A good samaritan aboard a skiff safely pulled him out of the water in less than 15 minutes.

The operator was brought back to shore, where he was evaluated by EMTs.

It is unclear how the ship caught fire, but the Coast Guard called the operator a “true professional mariner” and said he did everything right after the mishap.

From NECN and CBSLocal

Video: End of the Season By Leslie Heffron

Hi Joey, The season’s winding down in Pigeon Cove. Here’s a one minute slice of life on the waterfront late Sunday afternoon.

Editor’s note: the season is far from over for everyone except the small part timers. We’re actually in the heart of it.

Today’s Menu for The Cape Ann Farmers Market

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Sista Felicia’s Kitchen Menu

Captain Joe’s Lobster Chowder
Muddicca Steak Sandwich
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Sista Felicia’s Sweet Tea

Marshalls Farm Stand & Sista Felica’s Kitchen look forward to seeing you this afternoon at todays Cape Ann Farmers Market!

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Captain Joe’s Lobster Chowder ~ Captain Joe’s Fresh Cape Ann Lobster served up in Dairy Based Chowder, with Farm Fresh Corn, Onion, & Potato, & Topped with Crispy Bacon & Farm Fresh Chive

***Allergy Warning–  Contains Seafood , Lobster, Dairy, Bacon, Corn, Onion, Potato, Chive, Wine***

m5Muddicca Steak Sandwich ~ Grilled Sicilian Breadcrumb Crusted Steak Cutlets Served on Italian Bread with Sista Felicia’s Famous Basil Pesto (Pesto Contains Pine Nuts), Farm Fresh Red Roasted Peppers & Provolone Cheese

***Allergy Warning– Contains Italian bread, Cheese, Meat, Nuts, Lemon, Garlic, Italian Seasonings, Dairy, Olive Oil, Red Pepper, Basil***

Tomato Cucumber Salad ~ Farm Fresh Tomato, Cucumber, & Red Onion Salad Dressed in Olive Oil &  Oregano Vinaigrette Dressing

** Allergy Warnings– Ingredients;  Farm Fresh Tomato, Cucumber & Red Onion, Olive Oil, Oregano, Salt Pepper, Sugar***


Sista Felicia’s Sweet Tea~ Infused with Mint & Lemon

** Allergy Warning– Tea, Sugar, Lemon, Mint***

*Disclaimer: Pricing & Availability Subject to Change*
***Please Notify Your Server Of Any Food Allergies Before Placing Order***

Marshalls Farm Stand Fresh Produce

Fresh picked Corn, tomatoes,  kale,beets,carrots, zucchini, summer squash, lettuce, raspberries, blueberries, basil, cilantro, dill, eggplant, cucumber, pickling cukes, sweet onions


Sista Felicia & Marshall’s Farmstand Are All In On Local Farmers Markets! Catch Us Today @ The Magnolia Farmers Market! 



IMG_3346Sista Felicia’s Menu for Today Magnolia Farmer’s Market    
Marshalls Farm Fresh Corn Salad

Olive Tapenade

Captain Joe & Son’s Lobster Dip

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Marshall’s Farmstand Fresh Produce

Corn, Kale, Beets, Carrots, Zucchini, Sumer Squash, Lettuce, Raspberries, Basil Dill, Eggplant, Cucumber, Pickling Cucumber, Sweet Onion


This Morning Sista Felicia Shopped Local for the freshest ingredients for today’s menu!


Something I Haven’t Seen since 1989 At The Dock- A New Shipment of wooden (read Not Wire) Lobster Traps @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

I’d say once a month someone calls the dock looking for an old used wood lobster trap they can put a piece of glass on and turn into a decorative coffee table.  The answer for as long as I can remember has been “The fishermen haven’t used wooden traps forever.”

Now with this load of wooden lobster traps it’s the first one I‘ve seen in a whole long time.

Bringing it back “Old School” at Captain Joe and Sons Lobster



74.8 pounds. That should be a pleasure to handle all day :)


It doesn’t get any sweeter than this and just look at those huge hunks of fresh lobster meat. Get yourself on over to Passports Restaurant on Main Street!

Sublimely sweet lobster salad at Passports Restaurant #GloucesterMA @livviiiiii @copymatt

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Still a few tickets left for Roomful of Blues Cruise aboard Beauport Princess on 6/13

THIS IS AN ALL AGES CONCERT CRUISE featuring the first ever appearance by these national recording stars aboard the Beauport Princess.  

Dance, dine and cruise historic Gloucester Harbor with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues aboard the Beauport Princes Cruise Ship. Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring their world famous Lobster Rolls! A full cash bar is available aboard the cruise ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW — There are only about 50 tickets left.  Don’t wait!

Roomful of Blues Cruise aboard Beauport Princess Just Went On-Sale and is selling fast

We just put tickets on sale to the public for our Roomful of Blues Cruise on Saturday, June 13 aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship.  Our limited quantity Pre-Sale for this cruise sold out in a few hours, so we expect the full cruise will sell out in a few days.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW — Don’t wait until the last minute.  You’ll be left at the dock.


Dance, dine and cruise historic Gloucester Harbor with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues aboard the Beauport Princes Cruise Ship. Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring their world famous Lobster Rolls! A full cash bar is available aboard the cruise ship.

Chickity Check It!- “More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters”

Ancient, Predatory “Lobster” is an Ancestor to All Modern Arthropods

From Gizmodo-

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, shrimp and butterflies, was a predatory “lobster-like” creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago.

As reported this week in the journal Paleontology, fossils of Yawunik were recently unearthed from Marble Canyon, part of the renowned Burgess Shale rock formation of British Columbia. This massive fossil bed holds specimens of many sea creatures that lived during the Cambrian period, the geologic era that saw a rapid diversification of marine life forms.

For the entire story and photos click here


Journal reference: Paleontology

Greatest Headline Ever- It’s Official “Naps & Lobster Are Good For Health” vis @CBSBoston

Uhmmmm, Heloooo I’ve been saying this for years!-
Naps & Lobster Are Good For Health

CBS Local-Feb 11, 2015

BOSTON (CBS) – For years doctors have been advising Americans to avoid eating certain foods high in cholesterol like eggs, lobster and shrimp, but new research suggests that this is not sage advice.

It turns out your blood cholesterol is dictated much more by genetics than by how much cholesterol you eat in your diet.

That said, saturated fats, like butter, cream, cheese, and animal fats play a larger role in the level of bad cholesterol in your system and those foods should still be limited to maintain ideal cholesterol levels.

Dr. Mallika Marshall says people with diabetes and certain other medical conditions should limit cholesterol-rich foods, but for everyone else, eating eggs and shellfish is probably fine.


Absolutely the greatest headline I’ve ever read.  Great work CBS Boston

Thanks for the tip Bippy

Brown Pelican Pesticide Ban Success Story and Why This is Relevant to Gloucester Lobstermen and Our Community

California Brown Pelican taking flight El Matador Beach ©Kim Smith 2015 copyBrown Pelican Taking Flight

When I was a young girl my family lived in Southern California for several years. I recall seeing few, if any, brown pelicans at our local beaches. Due to the widespread use of DDT in agriculture, brown pelicans on both the east and west coasts, along with other species of birds, were made nearly extinct. Pelicans incubate their eggs with the skin of their feet, essentially standing on the eggs to keep them warm. DDT caused thinning of the eggshells and when the pelican parents stood on the eggshells, the shells fractured and broke.California Brown Pelican preening ©Kim Smith 2015

Preening Pelicans ~ You can tell that these two are young pelicans because their eyes, usually brown, turn blue during courtship.

During the 1960s brown pelican colonies along the Southern California coast had shrunk by more than 90 percent. For decades, a chemical plant had been discharging thousands of pounds of DDT into Los Angeles sewers. The toxic chemical was ingested by anchovies and other fish consumed by pelicans. The chemical altered the pelican’s calcium metabolism, which caused them to lay eggs with thinner shells. DDT-caused shell thinning also exterminated peregrine falcons in the east, and took a terrible toll on bald eagles and ospreys.

El Matador Beach Brown Pelican habitat ©Kim Smith 2015. JPG

Insulation: After deep diving for fish, pelicans perch on rocks and preen. Pelicans feather’s keep them warm and dry; they do not actually get wet thanks to the oil in their preening gland. The glands secrete oily waxes and fats that they work into their feathers making them wind- and weatherproof, as well as providing insulation from the cold.

As a direct result of Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring, in 1972 DDT was banned nationwide. The brown pelican has recovered ground and was delisted from the federally endangered species in 2009. Unfortunately, after DDT was banned, two years later Monsanto brought to market their glyphosate herbicide Round Up.

El Matador Beach commorants ©kim Smith 2015

 Brown Pelican Habitat ~ El Matador State Beach

While visiting Liv and Matt, we spotted pelicans everywhere and it was absolutely wonderful to see. They are magnificent birds with an extraordinary life story. Here are several links to learn more about the California brown pelican:

About Pelicans, California Brown Pelicans

El Matador  Beach Pelican ©Kim Smith 2015

Today the lobster industry faces several major threats. Not only are the lobsters stressed from warming ocean waters and a protozoan parasite, but several pesticides used in massive mosquito spraying, including methoprene, malathion, and remethrin are linked to contributing to the collapse of the lobster fishery in the waters off Connecticut and New York. Lobsters are arthropods, which places them in the same phylum classification as mosquitoes and may help explain why they are affected. Lobster landings on Long Island Sound are of particular concern as they have declined from 3.7 million pounds in 1999 to 142,000 pounds in 2011.

Bearing in mind that worse chemicals are often used after specific chemicals are banned, the Maine Lobsterman’s Association is somewhat reluctant at this point to endorse banning specific pesticides until more comprehensive testing is done.

Gloucester lobsterman follow strict conservation guidelines. It would be very interesting to learn what they consider are the reason(s) for the declining population of lobsters in fisheries further south.

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Overkill: Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good

Silent Spring

Aaaaand Now It’s Official: Gloucester’s Got The Coolest Jews On The Planet After Building First Ever Lobster Pot Menorah

Get a Load Of Our Jew Buddies Up On Middle Street Rocking The First Ever Lobster Pot Menorah!

Right out there on the bleeding edge of cool- you name another small coastal community with more creative Jews than right here in Gloucester Ma. You can’t!

Read all about it on The Gloucester Clam

Click pic for the larger photos at The Clam


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