In This Place
12:49 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Local News Roundup: Sandwich Town Clerk Apologizes; Concerns About Nuclear Waste; More Tick Trouble

Some residents near the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are concerned about their property values as spent fuel from the reactor is moved to long-term, dry-cask storage units like these.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of the top stories of the week in the Cape, Islands and Coast region.

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The Fishing News
7:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Assessment of the Striped Bass Population Likely to Result in Tightened Regulations

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Striper Regulations Likely To Be Changing - and the Weekly Fishing Roundup. The Fishing News, with Steve Junker and Kevin Blinkoff

If you fish, then you have surely noticed: there just aren't as many striped bass around as there were eight or ten years ago. And the most recent stock assessment by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission confirms this fact. While it asserts that overfishing is not yet occurring, the science indicates that the spawning biomass of striped bass has been steadily declining and is now approaching a critical level.

What's to be done? To protect striped bass, regulators are considering cutting back on the recreational allowance. The three approaches under consideration are 1) a 25% cutback in the 2015 harvest, or: 2) a "3-year plan" that calls only for a 17% cut the first year and no cuts the following 2 years, or 3) a 3-year plan calling for a 7% cut each year for 3 consecutive years starting in 2015. Within these 3 approaches, "specific options to be considered include bag, size, slot and trophy size limits for the recreational fishery and quota reductions for the commercial fishery."

What does that mean for the recreational angler? In Massachusetts, the current limit is two bass per day with a 28-inch minimum. It seems likely that this limit will be reduced, perhaps to one bass at 28-inches, or one bass at 32-inches.

The good news is that striped bass are considered one of the better managed species in the fishery. Because they spawn in inshore waters, scientists have been able to amass good data on their habitats and spawning stock. And this proposed intervention seems to be coming enough in advance to head-off a major stock collapse like what was seen in the 1980s, when keeper-sized bass became scarce along the Massachusetts coast. 

As the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission weighs its options, it is seeking public input. Two public hearings are being held in our region, both on Tuesday, September 2nd. Here the location details:

September 2 at 10 AM
Nantucket Community Room
4 Fairgrounds Road
Nantucket, Massachusetts

September 2 at 6 PMMassachusetts Maritime AcademyAdmiral’s Hall, 101 Academy DriveBuzzards Bay, Massachusetts  

Written public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on September 30, 2014 and should be forwarded to Mike Waine, ASMFC, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or

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Weekend Outlook
9:56 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Fireworks Over Barnstable & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

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Labor Day was first made a holiday by the state of Oregon in 1887. By 1894, thirty states had recognized Labor Day, and it became a national holiday. That's a little bit of history. But the Town of Barnstable is using a lot of history to commemorate this year's Labor Day weekend, as it continues marking its 375th anniversary year, this time with a fireworks display on Saturday night.

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The Point
2:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Democratic Candidates Debate on The Point

State House Chambers

Democratic Candidates for the 1st Barnstable District State Representative seat discuss the issues, live on The Point with Mindy Todd. The candidates are Ian Ryan, Alexander Morash, and Elisa Zawadzkas.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Surprise! Sweet Potatoes and Artichokes Grow on Cape Cod

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Most people think of sweet potatoes as a southern crop, and artichokes as something from the Mediterranean. But both plants can thrive on Cape Cod. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay visits the Barnstable County Fairgrounds demonstration garden to learn about growing these two unusual crops.

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The Point
12:21 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Young Adult Books Enjoyed By Grownups, Too

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Should adults be embarrassed to read books written for young adults, or is a good read a good read no matter what audience it was intended for?  Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times weigh in on the debate, and bring along their favorite young adult books. With Mindy Todd on The Point.

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Cape Cod Notebook
3:34 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Tony Bennet Returns, in Memory, to Serenade Cape Cod

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  No, he’s not at the Melody Tent this summer, though for years – decades, actually - a concert by Tony Bennett has been one of the staples of its summer schedule. I used to take my mother to see him when he was in his 60’s. Kathy and I went to hear him there when he was in his 70s.  Now, at the age of 88, Tony Bennett is still in command of the stage and his voice, packing the houses, performing over a dozen concerts this summer alone, including one at Tanglewood on August 31. No moss grows under this man’s feet.

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The Point
11:15 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Facing Alzheimer's Disease

Greg O'Brien
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 Without a cure or a preventative, in the next 15 years Alzheimer’s is expected to exceed heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death, and could bankrupt Medicare.

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Science & Environment
11:52 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Balancing the Environmental Costs and Benefits of Research

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, Maine, recently moved into a new $30 million LEED-platinum certified campus.
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Reducing the environmental footprint of research

Like everything, scientific research comes with environmental impacts - from energy-demanding labs to abandoned spacecraft. Is what we learn worth it?

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The Fishing News
1:13 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

3 Bonito Hotspots Lure Anglers South of the Cape

The sandy shoal known as Hedge Fence, just north of Oak Bluffs, is a popular spot to fish bonito.

"Have you heard about bonito? Are they here yet?"

That's the refrain passing between fishermen as August enters its final weeks. Bonito are a passion for many anglers, and they only arrive at this time of the season.

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