Port Clinton Marina is located at the mouth of the Hammonasett River, close to the Hammonassett nature preserve. The marina offers a unique and picturesque setting with a panoramic view of Clinton Harbor and Cedar Island. Its convenient access to Long Island Sound makes it the perfect location for all boaters.
In addition to our 140 slips and excellent marina service, Port Clinton Marina also provides a full range of boat commissioning, winterization, hauling and storage services.
Endangered and threatened
By Catherine Mails
The roseate tern is a federally protected and endangered seabird that is mainly found in the Northern Hemisphere on the northeastern coast of North America, extending from Nova Scotia to the southern tip of Florida, as well as several islands in the Caribbean Sea. [1.]
A roseate tern adult has a white body and a black head cap. The black bill is red at the base, varying from season and age of the bird.
The bird's bright orange-red legs and feet makes it easily distinguished during the summer months, notably flapping their wings vigorously.
They are small in size with a sleek body and only weigh approximately 4 ounces, with a wingspan of 30 inches.
A roseate tern is mostly a saltwater coastal bird, rarely seen inland. Roseate terns, are master divers catching their prey by diving headfirst into the water. They primarily eat small fish and occasionally mollusks.
They are a member of the gull family.[2.]
Northeastern terns migrate back to Connecticut from waters off Trinidad and northern South America, and from the Pacific coast of Columbia to eastern Brazil. Their return to Connecticut is usually late April and early May.
The third largest roseate tern colony in North America, exists in Guilford, Connecticut at Faulkner’s Island; which is now part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. Other colony sightings in Connecticut are: Tuxis Island off Madison and Duck Island in Clinton.[2.]
The first eggs are laid by the three week of May.
Common threats to the terns are: owls, gulls and raptors. Gulls have been the biggest threat stalking out the nesting areas before the terns return in the spring, and take over the colony area. Once the gulls have moved into the once populated tern colony the terns will not
return to that area. Another disturbance to colonies is the increased popularity of beach goers and boaters.
Endangerment in Connecticut History
During the late 1800's the roseate terns almost came too a tragic end, due to the millinery trade.[3.]
During 1875 and the early 1900's, hunters killed hundreds and thousands of snowy egrets, owls, terns and other elegant birds to almost extinction just for the making of hats or the feathers used for hair pieces and brooches.[4.]
An article written in The Good Housekeeping magazine, reported in its winter of 1886-1887 issue: “At Cape Cod, 40,000 terns have been killed in one season by a single agent in the hat trade.”
So goes it, by the 1890's women conservationists from around the country rallied to protect the American birds.[4.]
Finally, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 — which made it "unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, possess, sell, purchase, barter, import, export, or transport any migratory bird" — effectively put an end to the omnipresent bird and feather hats.[4.]
Thus, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on enforcing this Treaty and protecting the wildlife from today's threats such as wind turbines and cellphone towers.[1.]
[4.] Good housekeeping
[4.] Bird Treaty
Boating distress devices
By Catherine Mails
Visual distress signals (V.D.S.) should be part of your boat's safety equipment. The visual distress signal requirements for recreational boaters states that all boats are required to have these devices on board, up to the point where the waters are less than two miles wide. Boaters must have current dated US Coast Guard-approved day and night signals for all boats operating on coastal and open bodies of water.
The intended purpose of the visual distress signals (V.D.S.) is to summon help should the need arise.
Examples of Pyrotechnic and Non-Pyrotechnic
Red Hand-Held Flare (day and night)
Red Meteor (day and night)
Parachute Flare (day and night)
Orange Smoke Signal (Hand-Held day only)
Floating Orange Smoke Signal ( day only)
Electric Distress Light (night only)
Orange Signal Flag (day only)
Federal requirements are as follows:
For boats under 16' in length: Distress signals are only required when operating between sunset and sunrise. If operating at night, one electric distress light or three combination day/night red flares are required.
For boats 16' in length or greater: One orange distress flag and one electric distress light – or - three hand-held or floating orange smoke signals and one electric distress light – or – three combination day/night red flares; hand-held, meteor or parachute type.
When employing pyrotechnic devices, do so only when you see or hear a boat or airplane, or if you know for sure that someone on shore is in a position to see your signal. Using Good Judgement is essential for your deployed distress signal to be seen.
Ensure your flares are ready
Read and understand the directions before an emergency.
Store your flares in a waterproof container, or in a dry designated area below deck – and make sure passengers and crew know where they are kept.
Check the expiration date on the flares regularly. Rule of thumb, every three boating season they should be replaced. Do not dispose expired flares in the garbage.
Have a safe boating season!
Boat inspections can save a life
By Catherine Mails April 16, 2016
Boating can be a great past time!
Without the proper equipment and gear a pleasurable day on the water can quickly become a disaster.
Starting the boating season off with getting a boat inspection is a great beginning to a fantastic season on your boat.
The USCG Auxiliary comprises of a group of volunteers assisting the US Coast Guard in providing safety instructions and safety inspections of recreational boats.
It's worth your time to go through your boat using a check list, prior to having the USCG inspection.
PFD's, (Life jackets) are mandatory safety equipment. Visually check them for rips and tears.
- Make sure the PFD's are Coast Guard approved.
- An approved PFD is required for every person on board.
- Type III throwable flotation cushion.
Commonly, flares need to replaced. Flares should be replaced after every three boating seasons.
- Donate expired flares to a local Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron for training classes.
- Contact a local law enforcement or fire protection for advisement on proper disposal.
- NEVER activate marine flares in a non-emergency situation.
- NEVER dispose of flares in household trash.
Check to see if the audible signaling device, a horn or a electric horn mounted on the vessel or a hand-held device powered by a compressed air canister is working properly? I have found that little creators like to make nests on the mounted device.
Have a Safe Boating season!