Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce Over $2 Million for NJ Fisheries
NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive $2,352,643 for individuals and businesses in New Jersey’s fishing industries hurt by Superstorm Sandy from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“Our vibrant New Jersey commercial and recreational fisheries are among the largest in the nation, generating over a billion dollars in revenue," said Sen. Menendez. “As we all know, many New Jersey industries were hurt by Superstorm Sandy and I’m glad this grant will help repair a vital part of our economy. As our state continues to recover from the storm, I will keep fighting for Federal resources to support the fisherman and fishing businesses in our state.”
“New Jersey fisheries, which contribute so much to our state’s economy, continue to feel the impact of Superstorm Sandy, and need relief. Today, I am pleased that NOAA has responded to the need with meaningful action,” said Sen. Booker. “I am committed to ensuring this vital industry as well as the men and women they employ have the resources they need to continue thriving.”
This Federal funding comes from the Sandy Relief Package, passed by the 113th Congress, which contained $5 million in aid for multiple fishery disasters.
Earlier this year Menendez and Booker sent a letter to NOAA asking the agency to give close consideration to the continuing needs of New Jersey as it works to provide much-needed relief to commercial and recreational fisheries impacted by disasters.
We had some good trips and some not-so-good trips over the past few days. Saturday was awful. Wind really blew and I turned the boat around after only a half mile cruise from the inlet. Came back in the bay and struggled to catch a short fluke and a bluefish in some windy conditions. Sunday morning I had Jeff Boyer, Fred Baker, and Brian Jacobson aboard who collectively caught a 34, 38, and 40 pound striper trolling Tony Maja #4 white spoons off of Island Beach State Park. Thanks to Capt. Steve Purul on the Reel Fantasea who called us in on the action as soon as they boated one of the big stripers.
Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE0UgI7RDZo I went right back to the same location with my afternoon charter with high hopes and we caught nothing for two and a half hours. I took them back in the bay where twins Jake and Zach Milone did battle with a bunch of small bluefish on the troll between BB and the 40 Buoy, the only place that allowed us to troll due to all of the "slime" everywhere else. Back out Monday morning and could not a buy a fish from the inlet to Lavallette. We did get some "blow ups" from bluefish on our poppers at the top of Oyster Creek Channel on the way home and I did eventually subdue a nice 5 pounder before releasing him.
What should you take away from all of this? Just keep going. The only way to see those big fish days are to get out now. We still have all of June with this fishery and now is when it gets interesting. The snag bite heats up and the troll keeps producing. The bass start crashing the bunker at the surface. You could wait and see how everyone does or you can get out there and let them read about your trip. This is the west/northwest pattern we have been waiting for coming up this weekend. Calm seas make for easier bunker spotting. We will run wherever we have to. I have no north to south limits. My boat can run for two days when she is topped with fuel....so pack a lunch! Also there has been some interest in mixing things up with an early morning effort for the big stripers and then an hour or more of light tackle blues and/or fluke in the bay. Majority rules, so whatever you guys would like to do, it's always best to discuss it beforehand to make sure we are putting people with similar agendas together on the same trips.
Running Open Boat this Friday, June 6, 1PM to 7PM. Saturday is already double booked morning and afternoon. Sunday, the morning is booked and I have been informed by my family not to book an afternoon/evening trip as alas,...it is my 50th birthday and I am taking the rest of the day off. I will be running Open Boat again on Monday, June 9, 6AM to Noon and 1PM to 7PM. $150 per man, 3 people max, all fish are shared.
Calling me on my cell is the best way to make a reservation.
See you on board.
Attached pic is from Sunday: left to right, Fred Baker, Jeff Boyer, and Brian Jacobson
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Mass Fish Deaths: Millions Have Been Found Dead All Over The World In The Past Month
Millions of fish are suddenly dying all over the planet. In fact, there have been dozens of mass fish death events reported in the past month alone. So why is this happening? Why are fish dying in unprecedented numbers all over the world? When more than six tons of fish died in Marina Del Rayover the weekend, it made headlines all over the United States. But the truth is that what just happened off the southern California coast is just the tip of the iceberg. In 2014, mass fish die-offs have pretty much become a daily event globally. Individually, each event could perhaps be dismissed as an anomaly, but as you will see below when they are all put together into one list it truly is rather stunning. So is there a reason why so many fish are dying? Is there something that connects these mass fish death events? Has something about our environment changed? The following are just a few examples of the mass fish death reports that have been coming in day after day from all over the globe…
*In April, 500,000 carp were found “floating belly-up in Kentucky’s Cumberland River“.
*Over the weekend, thousands upon thousands of fish died just off the southern California coastline…
California Fish and Wildlife workers are still scooping dead sea life from the surface of the harbor Monday after thousands of dead anchovies, stingrays and even an octopus died and floated up over the weekend.
So far officials have cleaned up 6 tons of dead fish, and they still have a long way to go.
*The death of approximately 35,000 fish up in Minnesota is being blamed on a “lack of oxygen“.
*The recent die off of thousands of fish in the Shark River near Belmar, New Jersey is also being blamed on “oxygen depletion“.
*Officials in Menifee, California are still trying to figure out what caused the death of thousands of fish in Menifee Lake a few weeks ago…
Authorities continued testing the water in Menifee Lake Friday after thousands of dead fish have been seen floating since last weekend.
Menifee city officials first heard reports Saturday of floating fish at the lake, which is located on private property about a half-mile east of the 215 Freeway.
*In the Gulf of Mexico, dolphins and sea turtles are dying “in record numbers“.
*Maryland officials are still puzzled by the death of 7,000 Atlantic menhadenlast month…
State environmental scientists are investigating the cause of a fish kill that left about 7,000 dead Atlantic menhaden in waters that include the Inner Harbor and Fells Point.
Jay Apperson, spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment, said that biologists went by boat on Tuesday to the area of Monday’s fish kill. He says the area extended from the mouth of the Patapsco River, up the Baltimore Harbor to Fells Point and Fort McHenry.
*Mass fish die-offs in Lake Champlain up in Vermont are being called “the new normal” by government officials.
*Along the coast of northern California, seals and young sea lions are dying “in record numbers“.
*Three months ago, farmers in Singapore lost 160 tons of fish to a mass die-off event.
*Back in September, approximately 40 kilometers of the Fuhe River in China “was covered with dead fish“.
*Also during last September, close to ten tons of dead fish were found floating on a lake near the town of Komotini, Greece.
The following are some more examples of mass fish death events from just the past several weeks that come from a list compiled on another website…
17th May 2014 – Masses of fish turn up dead in a marina in Pultneyville, New York, America. Link
16th May 2014 – Mass die off of fish in a river in Aragatsotn, Armenia. Link
15th May 2014 – Hundreds of fish dying off ‘due to pollution’ in the wetlands of Rewalsar, India. Link
14th May 2014 – Thousands of dead fish washing ashore in Cootes Paradise, Hamilton, Canada. Link
13th May 2014 – Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up along coast of Tasmania, Australia. Link
12th May 2014 – Mass death of fish in the river Eden ‘is a mystery’ in Cumbria,England. Link
11th May 2014 – Thousands of dead Puffer Fish, also dead turtles washing up on various beaches in Colombia and Costa Rica. Link and here
11th May 2014 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a pond is ‘a mystery’ in Southborough, England. Link
10th May 2014 – Thousands of fish dead due to pollution in spring in Sikkim,India. Link
9th May 2014 – Die off of Fish ’causes panic’ in the Luda Yana River in Bulgaria.Link
8th May 2014 – Thousands of dead fish appear in a lake ‘shock residents’ in Mangalore, India. Link
8th May 2014 – 12 TONS of dead fish removed from lakes in Chisago County, Minnesota, America. Link
7th May 2014 – Massive die off of fish in reservoirs in Quanzhou, China. Link
7th May 2014 – Thousands of fish found dead on the shores of Roatan,Honduras. Link
5th May 2014 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up on a beach ‘a mystery’ in San Antonio Oeste, Argentina. Link
5th May 2014 – Mass death of fish found in lakes in Almindingen, Denmark.Link
4th May 2014 – Mass die off of fish in a river in Fujian, China. Link
3rd May 2014 – 1,000+ dead fish wash ashore along a lake in Ontario, Canada.Link
2nd May 2014 – 40,000 fish die suddenly in a dam in Piaui, Brazil. Link
30th April 2014 – Mass fish kill ‘worst I’ve seen in 26 years of working here’ in Iowa, America. Link
30th April 2014 – Large amount of dead fish found floating along a river in Xiasha District, China. Link
29th April 2014 – Dozens of sea turtles are washing up dead in South Mississippi,America. Link
29th April 2014 – Thousands of dead fish washing up along the shores of Lakes in Wisconsin, America. Link
28th April 2014 – Turtles and other marine life continue to wash up dead in Bari,Italy. Link
28th April 2014 – Large fish kill found in the Mogi River in Brazil. Link
25th April 2014 – Large fish kill found in a reservoir in Nanchong, China. Link
24th April 2014 – Large amount of fish wash up dead along a river in La Chorrera, Panama. Link
23rd April 2014 – 2 Million fish found dead in a dam in Tehran, Iran. Link
23rd April 2014 – Mass die off of fish in Island lake in Ontario, Canada. Link
23rd April 2014 – Thousands of dead fish appear in a lake in Mudanjiang, China.Link
22nd April 2014 – 1,000 fish found dead in Oona River, County Tyrone,Northern Ireland. Link
21st April 2014 – Large amounts of fish washing up dead along the Panchganga River in India. Link
19th April 2014 – MILLIONS of dead fish found floating in Thondamanaru Lagoon, Sri Lanka. Link
And remember, this list represents events that have happened in just a little over the past month.
So what is causing all of these mass fish death events?
Please feel free to share your opinion by posting a comment below…
Enclosed is this week’s fishing report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. It is pasted below and also attached as a file. If you have any questions, my cell phone number is 609-290-5942 and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your help,
Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Variety continues to be the theme of fishing in the Beach Haven area, and the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been on hand to take full advantage.
A sampling of recent trips by some of the captains of the BHCFA reflects this variety. Captain Carl Sheppard sailed recently on the “Star Fish” with a party looking to do some bottom fishing on some of the inshore artificial reefs and wrecks. Despite a strong northeast wind, Captain Carl was able to find a nice pick of larger than usual black sea bass. The surface water temperature measured in at 64-degrees. Captain Carl took advantage of the beautiful weather last Sunday to refinish the deck of the “Star Fish.”
Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” fished Great Bay last weekend and found the bite to be very strong. On Saturday, he managed to put seven fluke in the cooler that ranged in size from 18.5 to 26-inches. In addition, his fishermen released many more short fish. On Sunday, his party got a late start and managed about a dozen short fish with several close to the mark and one 20-inch flattie to take home.
Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” is currently delivering a boat from the Florida Keys up to the north but expects to be fishing here very shortly. In his absence, Captain John reports his mate Ryan Schramm fished north of Beach Haven over the weekend and picked up a nice 30-pound striped bass.
With the air temperatures currently running below normal, this pattern of species variety should stick around for a while yet.
Complete information on the boats and captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found atwww.BHCFA.org.
METALLICA FACE GLASTONBURY PROTEST
Campaigners call for band to be binned over Hetfield's hunting hobby
An online campaign has been launched to have Metallica removed from the Glastonbury festival bill because of frontman James Hetfield's interest in hunting.
He's described himself as a "keen huntsman" and enjoys travelling round the world to take part in shooting expeditions – and angry anti-hunt campaigners believe that means he shouldn't be associated with the Worthy Farm event.
A Facebook page entitled Remove Metallica has gained over 2500 likes since launching last week. Organisers say: "This page is an appeal to Glastonbury to remove Metallica from their lineup. We believe James Hetfield's support of big-game hunting is incompatible with the spirit of Glastonbury and brings its good name into disrepute."
The campaign has been ignited by the announcement that Hetfield will narrate a History TV series about bear hunting in Alaska. Its producers argue the documentary presents a balanced view, saying: "Brown bear co-existence with humans on the island is a delicate balance, yet is regarded as one of the most successful conservation efforts in the world. Most hunters go after adult males, or boars, who when food is scarce are known to kill and eat cubs, as well as cause trouble near populated areas."
But some people feel the musician's involvement in the show means his band shouldn't perform at Glastonbury. The campaign admin says: "I doubt very much that James Hetfield is the first high-profile big-game hunter to grace the stages – I'm sure there have been many.
"I do however doubt that any of them have had a prime time History show promoting his view that hunting is a good thing to do, on at the same time. This double-exposure gives his views extra publicity and acceptability, and this is where we can have an effect.
"This is about raising awareness and making both Metallica and Glastonbury aware of what appears to be a large number of people's disapproval."
The documentary series, Hunt, is launched on June 8. Metallica are due to headline Glastonbury on June 28. Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, whose band co-headlineSonisphere with Hetfield and co in July, last week said he'd never consider following them to the Worthy Farm event, branding it "middle-class" and "bourgeois."