Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, June 20, 2014: if you’re not geared up for LBI this weekend you’re in the wrong gear. It’s going to be fine for just about any Island activity, though sailing might be a stretch during slack wind periods.
There should be very good nearshore angling conditions.
Fluke and sharks will dominate the hooking, though there are still occasional seasonal stripers and some cocktail blues buzzing about.
Crabbing has turned on, at least enough to demand an entire section on BBQ grills. I was spotlighting the bay a couple nights back and saw a goodly showing of shedders tucked in corners of pilings. Crabs get highly inactive during sheds.
I'm trying to get a read on some of the nearshore whale activity just off LBI. If you get a photo or video of whale(s) please shoot it my way.
Local PDs are making a big effort to alert motorists to pedestrians on LBI. In case you haven’t noticed, there are a ton of walkers out there. Yes, you're quite aware of the fact you must, by law, stop for road-crossers. But, more importantly, you also have to hit the frickin’ brakes when faced with entire zones of foot traffic. It doesn't matter if the speed limit is 35 mph, if there are folks near the road up ahead, you have to decelerate.
You know as well as me the massive number of motorists who just keep plowing ahead regardless of an obvious pedestrian showing up ahead. “They can just get out of my way,” is written all over the faces of way too many numbnut drivers. Well, I can assure it will virtually always be your fault if you hit someone. Offering the line “Hey, I was driving along at the legal speed limit” won't cut it. All speed limits are predicated on existing road conditions. The Boulevard on a crowded pedestrian-crossing day can instantly – and legally -- go from a posted 35 mph to a slow crawl.
The thing that gets me is the drivers who aggressively forge through pedestrian areas to quickly reach their destinations then head to the beach and get furious when cars blow by them as they try to cross the road.
Do like I do: Take an attitude chill-pill whenever driving LBI.
NORTH END MOTORIST ALERT: Eeks. Don’t accidently blow through the now fully cycling traffic signals in Barnegat Light. I won’t do it again. I promise.
Historic boat reassigned to Tuckerton Seaport. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5y_Ca3ho0
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 [PACNEWS] - June 20, 2014 -
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa's congressional delegate has voiced concerns over the U.S. President's new executive orders to preserve and protect oceans and marine ecosystems in the Pacific.
Barack Obama moved this week to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding the Pacific Remote islands Marine National Monument, an ocean preserve that lies between Hawai'i and American Samoa.
Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he supports President Obama's commitment to protecting the Pacific oceans but the measures may impact some Pacific Island economies, including American Samoa.
Faleomavega says the Territory is a single-industry economy and is almost entirely dependent on the U.S. tuna fishing and processing industry.
He says he has told the White House that stakeholders including territorial delegates, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. tuna fishermen and processors, should be consulted.
The Obama administration says the President will seek input and comments from stakeholders, including fishermen, scientists, conservation experts, elected officials, and others in the region, to share their views before moving forward with these initiatives.
DEP RESUMES EDUCATION AND COMPLIANCE SWEEPS ON BARNEGAT BAY THIS SUMMER
(14/P64) TRENTON – As part of the Christie Administration’s continuing effort to protect and restore ecologically important Barnegat Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), with assistance from local law enforcement, is resuming intensive education and compliance sweeps this summer to promote greener and safer boating practices on the bay, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.
DEP first launched the sweeps in the summer of 2012 to educate the boating public and seasonal visitors to Barnegat Bay on low-impact boating measures that can make a positive impact on the bay’s health, especially during the peak boating season.
“The goal of these sweeps is to educate Barnegat Bay boaters on how they can better protect this precious natural resource,’’ DEP Commissioner Martin said. “Our enforcement staff will employ these sweeps to remind boaters and watercraft enthusiasts of important guidelines they should follow that will help protect the environmental integrity of the bay, while not interfering with their enjoyment of the bay’’
DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers and State Park Police will be joined by officers from the Seaside Park, Barnegat, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Surf City, Stafford, Toms River and Lavallette police departments in the effort. They will patrol the bay throughout the summer and distribute green boating literature during informal stops on Barnegat Bay. Boaters also will get maps showing the 16 most ecologically sensitive areas of the 660-square-mile watershed – areas deserving of special care.
The sweeps may also result in citations for violation of boater laws and egregious natural resource violations.
“It’s important that people who enjoy Barnegat Bay are aware of how they can minimize water craft impacts to benefit the bay in the short-term and in the long-term,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Law Enforcement Chief Mark Chicketano. “Offenders of existing navigational and maritime law, including speed in no-wake zones or driving while intoxicated, will be penalized.”
Studies done by the DEP in coordination with academic researchers have identified the 16 ecologically sensitive areas in Barnegat Bay that can be negatively impacted by water craft. High speed boats and watercraft, and the wakes they create, can damage submerged aquatic vegetation, such as eel grass. They can also disrupt aquatic habitats and nesting shorebirds, particularly in shallower tidal waters where recreational activities are common.
The DEP has established a series of tips for clean and green boating in Barnegat Bay and that information will be provided to boaters who are stopped during the education sweeps. As part of its campaign to keep the bay cleaner and greener, the DEP recommends boaters and personal watercraft users:
To learn more of Governor Christie’s Action Plan for Barnegat Bay, visit:
To learn how to reduce water craft impacts of Barnegat Bay, visit:
For a map of Barnegat Bay’s 16 Ecologically Sensitive Areas, visit:
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One of Jersey's Best!! One of My First Decoy's !! From The Parker Family. Lloyd Parker (Goose Decoy) Parkertown NJ 1859-1921
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