Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
"WTF!" Did you see what that damn thing just did."
Friday, February 13, 2015: I’m not for torture; an awful thing. But, hypothetically speaking, I believe a couple/few water-boardings would not be out of line for whoever invented the expression, “Cold enough for ya?” That idiotic question makes it sound as if I had created some absurd level of coldness that must be reached before I’d be satisfied – and there’s even some doubt as to whether or not it had been reached. Cold enough for me?! Just for the frickin’ record, 70 is cold enough for me.
And I was feeling the cold firsthand down at Holgate. While I was mainly in my capsule of comfort known as a truck cab, I got out a few times to look at some pieces of flotsam that has washed up, including some small pieces of wrecks. I suggest everybody walk the Holgate beach to look for goodies ... That's a joke, son,
Wind chills...around 10 below zero on Sunday morning.
How about the wind chills tomorrow night when winds could reach 60 mph:
...High wind watch remains in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon... winds...northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. ... Timing...the highest winds should occur late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Wind chills...around 10 below zero on Sunday morning.
* Impacts...be prepared for power outages... possibly lasting for more than 24 hours. Trees and tree limbs will be knocked down. Minor structural damage to homes is possible. Do not park vehicles where trees can fall on them. Make sure all cell phone and electronic devices are fully charged. If you have generators... please make sure they are working properly and properly ventilated. Expect bridge restrictions.
I took time at the Rip to check out some cool ice play … which will surely increase overnight. Here’s a vid look with music from some fine musical folks in Sweden, going by the name of Dylan-inspired Idiot Wind, led by Amanda Bergman: http://youtu.be/aIqKpQa2iXo. To see more from the group, go to YouTube and check “Idiot Wind Live Performance 2011.”
Saw a spooked fox caught in the open of the washover area of Holgate. That animal was movin’. I kid you not. Easily 35 mph. Here’s a look at the last phase of his flight:
Here’s when I first saw him … can barely make him out through all the bumpiness in my truck, but you can see glimpses of his speed. http://youtu.be/7lsYWq-uTyo
Elsewhere in Holgate, the resident snowy was toward the end. He wasn’t doing anything exciting so I opted for ice shots.
I recently found these remains of what I think is a former raptor … turned raptored upon. Though I mention a fox got it, I think it might have been another raptor. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU7c8hl_uC8. In fact, the same day I saw the resident owl had gotten its claws a bit bloody.
Old Bloodfoot ...
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Times Colonist] By Alison Auld - February 13, 2015 -
About eight million tonnes of shopping bags, bottles, food wrappers, toys and other plastic waste drifted into the world's oceans in a single year, says a new study that warns the amount could double over the next decade.
The unique research, published Thursday in the journal Science, suggests that between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic entered the oceans in 2010 from people living within 50 kilometres of coastlines in 192 countries. In the same year, those countries generated a total of 275 million tonnes of plastic waste, with much of it coming from mismanaged landfills and litter.
Kara Lavender Law, one of the report's authors, said she was stunned by the findings after determining that eight million tonnes is the equivalent of several shopping bags of plastic per foot of coastline.
"I've been out to sea and I've seen plastics in the middle of the open ocean, so I didn't think it was going to be a small number," she said in an interview from Portland, Maine. "But when I start to think of five grocery bags per foot of coastline, that's pretty staggering."
The researchers found that countries with the highest populations, the largest amount of coastline and less developed waste management systems produced the most plastic garbage that was likely to blow into waterways.
China was by far the biggest generator of mismanaged plastic waste, with several other East Asian countries and the United States making up the top 20 offenders. Canadians produce a high rate of waste per person, but strong management systems mitigate the amount that ends up in the marine environment, Law said.
"Developing countries are experiencing fast economic growth and with it comes increased consumption, but they don't have the infrastructure to manage waste," she said.
Law said what makes this research unique is that, for the first time, it determines the volume and sources of plastic marine debris coming from land. Previous studies looked primarily at plastics on the ocean's surface, but Law said those estimates are between 20 and 2,000 times lower than her estimates of what's entering the ocean. "We know there's more going into the ocean than we can presently account for," Law said.
Janna Jambeck, an environmental engineering professor at the University of Georgia and the study's lead author, said the amount of plastic ending up in the ocean could rise to 155 million tonnes by 2025 if consumption isn't curtailed and waste management infrastructure isn't improved.
"We're being overwhelmed by our waste," she said.
Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said the research paints a grim picture for marine species that come in contact with toxins in the plastic. There is also concern that the resins in plastic could be ingested by people eating seafood.
"Unimaginable quantities of plastic waste needlessly strangle and poison untold marine life forms every day," he said. "I am concerned that plastic may become the DDT of our time - it's everywhere, it does not go away and it is harmful to life."
Heading north ????
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Press-Herald] By Dennis Hoey - February 13, 2015 -
Once again, Maine braced Thursday for a major snowstorm as the National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch for this weekend.
A watch, as opposed to a warning, means that forecasters are 50 percent certain that blizzard conditions will occur. Blizzard conditions are defined as visibility of a quarter-mile or less because of snow, and sustained winds or frequent wind gusts of 35 mph over a three-hour period.
Portland and other coastal communities are expected to get at least a foot of snow, forecasters said, and inland areas a little less. The snow is expected to start falling Saturday afternoon, continue through the evening and intensify Sunday morning. It should end by Sunday evening.
The timing of the storm, lasting through a good part of Valentine’s Day evening, couldn’t be worse for restaurants, but several in southern Maine have vowed not to close on one of their big nights of the year.
Piccolo, on Middle Street in Portland, was named one of the “Best New Romantic Restaurants in America” by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2014. Husband and wife chefs Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez are planning a five-course tasting menu that will feature Wagyu beef, Basket Island oysters and New England seafood, for $75 per person.
“Absolutely. We are going to stay open,” said Kelly Nelson, who handles reservations for Piccolo. “We live in Maine and this weather is what Maine is all about.”
Despite the forecast, Piccolo has a long waiting list for dinner reservations, Nelson said.
At the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Albert Black, an assistant innkeeper, said, “It would take an enormous catastrophe for the White Barn Inn to close, but we are concerned about the safety of our guests.”
The restaurant will serve an intimate four-course dinner for $130 per person – not including tax and gratuity. The “Cupid’s Menu Gourmand” will feature smoked salmon tartare, Wagyu beef loin and foie gras-braised short ribs.
Despite the threat of a blizzard, Black said, the only reservation he has left is for 9 p.m. Saturday, for a party of four or more. He said the White Barn offers 26 guest rooms, just in case diners don’t feel like driving home.
Five Fifty-Five on Congress Street in downtown Portland is “definitely staying open” despite the forecast, said Alex Delabruere, a hostess. “We are Mainers,” she said.
The restaurant plans a four-course menu that includes truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese, sturgeon with artichokes, and Pineland Farm strip loin and venison – all for $75 per person.
Although Jonathan’s in Ogunquit will be open for dinner and a Valentine’s Day dance Saturday night, a concert scheduled for Sunday featuring Suede has been postponed to March 7 because of the storm. The postponement was announced Thursday night on Jonathan’s Facebook page.
Weather service meteorologist Mike Cempa said the snowflakes should start to fall around 5 p.m. Saturday – just as couples start venturing out for a romantic dinner.
“Prepare for snow, but also keep up with the forecast,” Cempa said, “because some areas may get more or less than what we are predicting.”
The good news, if there is any, is that the snow should be light and fluffy. The storm is expected to end Sunday afternoon or evening.
Portland is running out of space to dump snow, so it may have to resort to using privately owned land or even the ocean to clear the piles that are choking streets and sidewalks. “These are unprecedented times,” said Mike Bobinsky, Portland’s director of public services.
A total of 76.4 inches had fallen at the Portland International Jetport by Thursday night, 14.5 more than the city’s seasonal average of 61.9 inches.
This week, the city spent all that remained in its $1.1 million snow removal budget. Funds for future operations will have to come from the public services budget or the city’s general fund.
Bobinsky contacted four private landowners about whether they would be willing to let the city dump snow on their property. As an added measure, he said, he is creating a snow dump on a 7-acre city-owned parcel off Riverside Street. That site has drawbacks because of the time it would take to truck snow there from the downtown peninsula.
In past winters, the city has typically had breaks between snowstorms, giving plow and snow removal crews time to clear roads and sidewalks, Bobinsky said. That hasn’t been the case since late January. The weather service said the state has been beaten down by four storms that have each dropped more than 5 inches of snow, including one that dropped 2 feet.
“These back-to-back storms are very concerning,” Bobinsky said.
He said the city hasn’t had to dump snow in the ocean before, but it is a possibility if the seemingly endless cycle of storms continues. “I am going to recommend we exhaust these other options before we start discharging (snow) into water,” he said.
City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said that if the city is forced into ocean dumping, it will first need a disposal permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
Grondin said the city now disposes of snow in four places: the median strip of Franklin Street, Cutter Street at the base of the Eastern Promenade, outer Congress Street near the airport, and a lot on Somerset Street behind Trader Joe’s. Officials say those locations are almost at capacity.