Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
PARKING WITHOUT PUNCHES; As the civil war in Iraq heats up, so does the equally contentious struggle for ocean-block parking on Long Beach Island. And it has already gotten ugly out there, as winter-absent property owners return and want to declare unbridled ownership of the public roadways fronting their prime pieces of real estate.
You can likely sense I’m not wild about ocean-blockers getting all uppity when folks legally park in front of their units. Yes, legally.
I’ll tediously repeat that in virtually all Island municipalities, you are only allowed 40 percent (or less) drive-way coverage fronting a property. The notion that every square inch of roadway fronting oceanfront properties is the exclusive domain of the users of the property is ludicrous. And I use the word “users” with verbal specificity. Often the folks claiming all-frontal parking rights are renters.
Legalities offered – and often ignored by ocean block property owners and their spontaneous “No Parking” signs – there’s way more to this gnarly issue than meets the simplistic thinking of oft self-righteous property owners. State and federal laws require the public be afforded adequate and convenient access to the beaches, including nearby parking. Towns can lose state and federal funding if they go “No Parking” crazy.
But, for fun, I’m gonna side with ocean-blockers. Huh!? Hey, they can rightfully complain that the high demand of the roadway in front of their properties makes them excessively put upon by parkers. I’ll skip over the fact that the highest rental incomes are gleaned from near-beach properties, so being in high-demand areas also has its, uh, merits. But, let’s play out some exclusionary parking scenarios.
You’re correct, Mr. Put-upon Oceanblocker. And what should be done? Towns have heard it a million times: Designate all ocean block roadways as “No Parking” zones.
OK, consider it done. So, where will beach bound folks now park? Duh, the next closest blocks to the ocean blocks?
But, hold that taxi. Aren’t the next-blockers now being egregiously put upon? Based on the fully acknowledged pleas of oceanblockers, municipalities have no legal choice but apply the same exclusionary parking principals to the next blocks down. Hey, laws be laws.
I don’t need to carry this nonsense out any further, considering much of LBI only offers three or four blocks twixt bay and ocean. Going fully “No Parking” is a dead end – to all daytime tourism.
So, back we circle to the ugly issue of parking on the ocean block. It’s both legal to do so and often dangerously touchy – and well worth a cop callout, should push approach shove. Though cops wouldn’t mind if they never had to referee one more parking push/shove, parking disputes can quickly become non-small matters. The trick is to park sensibly and immediately call for the boys in blue before things get volatile.
Emergency Town hall meeting about seismic testing off Barnegat Bay: Join scientists, commercial and recreational fishing leaders, divers, elected officials, marine mammal protectors and citizens to who care about the health of New Jersey marine life. Hear about the harm and risks of ocean blasting!
When: 5pm - Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Where: Barnegat Light Fire Company 10 West 10th Street, Barnegat Light, NJ O8006
For more information: Contact Heather at Clean Ocean Action 732-872-0111
This is the seismic vessel:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory's Office of Marine Operations (OMO) currently operates the research vessel Marcus G. Langseth that serves as the national seismic research facility for the United States academic research community. The R/V Marcus G. Langseth's unique seismic capability allows it to provide both 2D and 3D maps of the earth's structure miles below the seafloor. Utilizing the vessel's other capabilities, expeditions have collected sediment cores for understanding climate variations throughout the Earth’s history, sampled seawater for determining physical and chemical properties of the oceans, and deployed remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for studying submarine volcanoes. Scientists and researchers from all over the world are encouraged to participate in research programs aboard the Langseth.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] June 17, 2014
President Obama today announced an executive order combatting seafood fraud and IUU fishing. In his statement, he said that the US has eliminated overfishing, but that the economic gains of the seafood industry were in jeapordy due to IUU fishing in other countries, mislabeling and seafood fraud.
The executive order directs government agencies to take appropriate action within their budgets to combat seafood fraud and mislabeling, and sets up a subcommittee to specifically develop a plan to fight seafood fraud and mislabeling.
The text of the order is below:
Photo Credit: Seaweb
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Advertiser] By Clayton Hunt - June 24, 2014 -
Dr. Deepika Dave, a research scientist with the Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University is currently working to address one of the key issues in the province’s aquaculture industry - what do to do with salmon waste.
Dr. Dave is leading the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development’s (CASD) marine biodiesel research team in creating biodiesel and other value added products from salmon waste.
Dr. Dave said officials with the provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DFA) and Environment Canada are saying that we will have to generate more landfill sites to handle salmon waste as the industry continues to grow.
Waste generated from salmon aquaculture includes processing waste and mortalities.
The processing of salmon generates large amounts of solid wastes, up to 45 to 50 percent of the body weight of the processed salmon.
Research from the DFA has revealed that 12 percent of salmon aquaculture production within the province is turned out as waste every year due to disease and other factors which includes mortality.
The province’s salmon industry generates an average of 6276 tonnes of processing discards and 1,712 tonnes of mortalities from which valuable oil can be recovered. The province has the potential to produce 1,600 tonnes of salmon oil that can be converted into approximately 1,520 tonnes of biodiesel.
Salmon waste management is an issue, which has the greatest impact on the environment, especially the marine environment.
Our current landfill locations are quickly being filled so we have to look for solutions to handle salmon waste, as it will pose more concerns for land and marine environments in the future.
Dr. Dave said, “We have to think about what we can do with the huge amount of waste instead of dumping it in landfills and or oceans. It is very important to see if we can utilize waste in a practical way and make money from that process without causing any further problem with the waste.”
One of the ways to utilize salmon waste is to convert it into biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable or animal fats formulated exclusively for diesel engines.
Dr. Dave said one of the key benefits of generating this waste into biodiesel would be to reduce our dependency on landfills while at the same time protecting the marine environment.
Over the long-term Dr. Dave said this biodiesel project could develop an economically viable, small to medium scale fish oil derived biodiesel production process for the salmon aquaculture industry.
This biodiesel could be used in remote aquaculture sites to run generators and marine vessels.
“While it is not easy to convert salmon waste into biodiesel, it can be done,” Dr. Dave said. “We are attempting to produce biodiesel without using many chemicals and have had some success.”
Dr. Dave received $100,000 funding from the Research and Development Corporation to conduct the project. The research is being conducted at CASD’s marine bioprocessing plant in St. John’s.