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Friday, July 31, 2020: UNFAIR REPORTING … IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF: In reporting on COVID spikes in NJ, ABC ran with a photo of a crowded beach scene. Foul!

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Friday, July 31, 2020: UNFAIR REPORTING … IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF: In reporting on COVID spikes in NJ, ABC ran with a photo of a crowded beach scene. Foul! Tracing is confirming that our shoreline sands are not proven C-19 contraction zones. I suspect news outlets are deceptively aligning the now nationwide story of COVID among Jersey lifeguards with beachside exposure. Absurd … made more so with irrefutable proof the guards contracted the virus at in-house parties not on the stands.  

I bring that this mindless aligning of C-19 with our beaches since our governor is always on the brink of issuing  executive orders to compensate for any statewide transmission upticks. I’ll note here that NJ still reigns supreme when it comes to dealing with the virus.

While ordering the closing of our shoreline beaches won’t be happening – with hell to pay if the Gov tries such a knucklehead thing -- requiring masks on the beach is far from off the table. A masking command would be a bitch, bringing life to the old “Life is a Beach/Bitch” bumper sticker mantras. I think mask disobedience would run rampant.

I’ll take a knock-on-wood risk by saying that even I’m stunned at the low COVID transmission impacts from human throngs summering at the Jersey shore. It must have something to do with the breezes. There is also a natural form of social distancing that beachgoers have always displayed, as everyone seeks their own parcel of sand. Even when blankets interact, it is almost always between family units and friends, a legally allowable intimacy.  

I am absolutely not COVID irresponsible. From the C-19 outbreak, I’ve taken science over sensationalism. I’m as bugged as anyone over this hideous pandemic. Face it, this stinkin’ virus is a plague -- to riskily toy with metaphors. I’ll be among the first backing a return to draconian social restrictions should things turn provenly ghastly.

Nonetheless, I believe that currently Jersey is admirably devising ways to safely live with COVID. Living with the monster is the best hope in our immediate future. Surviving until a vaccine comes along, while still maintaining some semblance of economic normalcy, is the way to go. Opting to again hide from COVID in a lockdown manner would be admitting defeat while dooming many Americans to financial ruin.


AN UGLY UNMASKING: There’s a growingly foreboding emergency call that has police officers not only on edge but seeking backup before a call location is even reached. I’m talking about nasty-ass mask disputes, as maskers and non-maskers more and more often go at it, full-bore.

Crazy "Karen" Goes NUTS At Red Lobster, Slaps Employee, Fights ...

Hundreds of graphically violent videos now emerging on YouTube – many under the KAREN meme classification -- prove violence is often common with these confrontations. Arriving officers often find themselves twixt two parties unwilling to back down, with an unusually high degree of downright craziness involved. Making enforcement matters worse, many skirmishes go from one-on-one to many-on-many, as observers see a chance to act up, often over totally unrelated issues.   

Dating back to late spring, I have seen half a dozen mask-related skirmishes– and I don’t get out all that much. I promise I’m not be sexist when I readily point out that the majority of mask ruckuses involve gals, many of whom resort to less than lady-like actions and language, even when kids are in the mix. Social media has dubbed them COVID KARENS. (I’m using caps to differentiate the namesake Karens and, well, crazy KARENS.

Below: Unfairly, this famed reality TV gal is the seeming source of KAREN: 

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Most of the mask disagreements I’ve seen have ended with little more than unresolved anger, punctuated with parting insults -- which are later rethought by combatants who come up with insanely clever things they should have parted with. Hell, I’ll bet that some homeward-bound combatants have even swung around to find their rivals just to unleash their updated retorts.  

I recently gained my purple heart in the mask wars when things got so heated between two rather portly, not so young ladies that I felt a civic duty to step between them – not that they gave even the slightest indication they noticed my intervention.

As simultaneous Insults were fired off, I stood with my arms out, a bit like a referee before a wrestling match commences. Oddly, neither of the gals had on masks, making my refereeing a bit bio-hazardous since they were both spitting mad, literally. Fortunately, I had the foresight to put my shopping mask on before stepping in the ring, knowing the essence of the issue was, in fact, mask wearing.

As the argument ran out of logical retorts regarding mask-wearing, some truly bizarre rhetoric flew, including, “Your kids must be disgusting animals,” which elicited a hissed, “At least I found a husband to have kids!” Right about then I’m thinking, “Whoa! This is some heavy s***, man.”

Bring back the good old days. 

The only thing that managed to quell the insult-fest was a rapidly gathering crowd, which, like all good gathering crowds nowadays, went into their smartphone filming mode. Those smartphones acted like tiny fire extinguishers. I’m betting both these gals held respectable jobs or social positions … when not going bat-s*** gonzo in parking lots.  

Ironically, it was when things were finally phasing down that I took a hit, via a glancing blow from a flung water bottle, thrown by the gal who was lucky enough to have found a husband. I responded with a glaring “Damn, lady! WTF!” -- using the long version of “WTF.” And just like that, the chucker suddenly underwent an instantaneous mood reversal, offering a downright motherly, “Oh, I’m so sorry!” And she seemed sincere enough, epically when (gospel truth) she tried to hand me a bottle of water. I turned it down, saying, “No, I think there’s one right here on the ground somewhere.” She might have loosed a small chuckle as she slipped into her SUV to drive off.

KAREN CRAZINESS: I must light upon that KAREN thing, which has become the insult du jour. First of all, I have known many Karens and they have been, to a person, wonderful. I’m therefore not surely sure how this mocking meme came about. To get quite the read in on it, check out  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-53588201.

For a more technical read, Wiki proposes, “Karen is a pejorative term used in the United States and other English-speaking countries for a woman perceived as entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is appropriate or necessary. A common stereotype is that of a white woman who uses her privilege to demand her own way at the expense of others.”

After watching upwards of 50 YouTube KAREN! videos, I’ve grown to greatly distrust the entire concert. To me, it’s utterly clear that KARENS  – and KENS in the case of males acting in a manically entitled manner – are most often pre-disturbed folks, in need of therapy and compassion -- more than ridicule. These unfortunate folks are most often what I’d call the mentally marginalized, making them easy targets for mockery. If you think about it, those who mock them are the ones displaying exorbitant sense of entitlement, as in “I’m so much better than KARENS  and KENS.” As the old saying goes, “There but for the grace of God …”  


BE FOREWARNED IN STAFFORD: Just a word to the motoring unwise, namely those of you who sometimes push the legal envelope when driving. The Stafford Township PD is patrolling roads like Rte. 72 with a dark, unmarked pickup truck. There’s no picking it out of a crowd, instead, it picks you out. It will jump out and bite before you know what hit you.

Seeing I’m one of those poke-along drivers, I fear not. However, I know many of my pickup truck buddies live life in the left lane – and feel comfortable when all they see is a fellow pickup in the rearview mirror.

Below: This is not the Stafford PD's pickup but offers a glimpse at what you don't want to glimpse in your rearview mirror: 

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FISH LOOKABOUT: The beachside kingfish schools, when located, are as thick as they have been dating back to my dad’s fishing days of the 1950s, when he freely said “It’s a fish I can finally catch.” It seems he passed on his fishing genes, thus my love of bluefish because it’s a fish I can finally catch.

The kingfish draw has surfcasters switching to light surf gear or heavier freshwater set-ups. Kingfish rigs are flying off the shelves.

Adding to the kingfish hoopla is the unusually large size they’ve been running. As it stands now, the state record (northern) kingfish, is a hefty 2 pounds, 8 ounces taken in 2004 Chester Urbanski within Barnegat Bay. No added info on where in the all of Barnegat Bay it was taken.

I received one of those emails that does my one-time-chef heart good. “Jay, I can’t agree more that kingfish are possibly the best tasting fish we have. I have never eaten them before and when my wife pan fried them she and my kids loved them, too. Now watch I probably won’t be able to catch another one. …”

Perish the thought. Now that you have the feel for hooking them – surely helped along by the rigs you showed me you made – you’re in the kingfish, possibly well into October.

Speaking of late-summer and fall kingfishing, as nearly as I can figure, NJ is about the northern fringe of this current fine showing. I’m not sure what that means to the fall migration except the obvious: once our current run of kingfish depart, there might not be a ton more coming in from the north. That indicates that the first segment of the 2020 LBI Surf Fishing Classic will be the prime time to cash in on the new kingfish money and prizes. Therefore, sign up early and often – as I like to say in a Capone vein. The “often” refers to getting family and friends to enter.

Of interest: There are a few distinguishing factors between northern and southern kingfish. Per http://www.fresh-seafood.net/ : “The southern kingfish (Menticirrhus americanus) can be recognized by its long, slender body, underslung mouth, and barbel under the chin. Their sides are silver to gray in color, usually with a pattern of indistinct bars.

Below: Menticirrhus americanus


“The northern kingfish (Menticirrhus saxatilis) is nearly identical in size and shape. The most notable feature of this species is its color. The northern kingfish tends to be darker with 5 or 6 dark bars on the back. The fins are also dark, often with a blackish outline. Another distinguishing feature is its long, soft spine on the first dorsal fin.”

Below: Menticirrhus saxatilis

NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - Northern Kingfish: A Profile

Of import, the two do not seem to inter breed. 


NICE MATTING: Harvey Cedars has been using beach entrance mats for a few years now, most recently trying a blue plastic thatch material. I’m giving the so-called Beach Access Surfaces a big thumbs up. They make for a steady and sturdy walk when entering and exiting the beach. Just as importantly, they're far cooler, temperature-wise, than the sand.

I have no way of knowing for sure, but they look relatively easy to install and secure, which means they can be readily taken back up. Of course, public works might beg to differ, though I think not.

Other towns should ponder these beachgoer-friendly mats – if they aren’t using them already.  


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Offshore wind turbine arrays planned off the East Coast will likely impede future fisheries surveys, increasing uncertainty in stock assessments and potentially lowering annual fishing quotas, according to a new critique of the federal government’s Vineyard Wind environmental report.

In a July 22 paper, the Science Center for Marine Fisheries conclud...

The center is a cooperative research group, including representatives of universities and the fishing industry, organized under the National Science Foundation to pursue fisheries science questions. Its review of BOEM’s environmental assessment raises eight key issues, saying that much more research is needed to clarify the potential impacts of up to 15 Atlantic wind energy projects.

Near the top of the scientists’ concerns is how physical limitations on navigation and fishing amid turbine arrays might affect future NMFS annual survey cruises.

BOEM’s environmental statement “notes that surveys within the turbine field are unlikely and that this will increase uncertainty in assessments, but without any estimates of effect," the paper states.

“For some species, the actual impact would begin with a contraction of the total stock. Simply put, the only recourse in the assessment would be to assume that no stock exists in unsurveyed areas,” the scientists wrote. “The example of the region east of Nantucket and the clam survey is a good example. Here, the fishery has caught clams for many years, yet the region is not surveyed and those clams are not, therefore, included in the stock estimate.”

The paper’s lead author is Eric Powell, the director of the cooperative research center who works at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Center, and as a Rutgers University professor had many years of studying the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic surf clam resource. Co-authors include Andrew Scheld of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Pat Sullivan of Cornell University; Josh Kohut, Thomas Grothues and Daphne Munro of Rutgers; Paula Moreno of EcoMarine Integrated Analytics, LLC; and Gavin Fay at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

If NOAA research vessels are not able to survey within the turbine arrays, stock assessments might be skewed downward, the paper states.

“It is important to realize that any unknown generates additional uncertainty that ultimately favors a quota reduction. It is important to realize that this impact is perpetual,” the scientists wrote. “That is, the economic damage is realized each year that the turbine field exists and restricts survey completeness.”

That in turn means that offering affected fishermen and business “a single-year compensation package cannot mitigate the adverse economic impact,” the paper states. “It is important to realize that long-term recovery after decommissioning might result in decadal and longer impacts on fishing of long-lived species, a timeline and effect level not contemplated in the current SEIS.”

Other concerns raised by the science center group focus on the effects that turbine tower structures may have on biological and oceanographic conditions, from larval fish distribution to seasonal cold water flows through the wind energy areas.

The paper was released in the waning days of BOEM’s 45-day public comment period on the supplemental environmental impact statement, now heading into its final months of consideration before the agency issues its record of decision in December.

Fishing and wind energy advocates alike were making their last pitches in the final hours of July 27.

Fishermen called for a five-year moratorium on offshore wind development. Wind power backers pushed BOEM to accept developers’ proposal for a uniform 1-nautical mile grid layout for New England offshore turbines – and turn down fishermen’s wish for dedicated vessel transit lanes up to four miles wide through the arrays.

“We are confident that the deployment of offshore wind can be compatible with commercial fishing and safe navigation, as has been demonstrated in many other countries that are already safely and successfully operating offshore wind farms,” the American Wind Energy Association said in a July 28 statement.

“AWEA strongly agrees with the analysis from the U.S. Coast Guard and BOEM that the turbine spacing and uniform grid layout proposed by offshore developers for the adjacent Massachusetts and Rhode Island lease areas, which is reflected in Alternative D2 in the draft supplemental environmental impact statement and results in 200 transit lanes through the lease areas, will ‘maximize safe navigation,’ as the Coast Guard determined,” the group said. “There is no reason to adopt Alternative F to provide even wider transit lanes when Coast Guard and BOEM analysis demonstrates it is worse for navigation safety.”

One study examined the cardiac MRIs of 100 people who had recovered from Covid-19 and compared them to heart images from 100 people who were similar but not infected with the virus. Their average age was 49 and two-thirds of the patients had recovered at home. More than two months later, infected patients were more likely to have troubling cardiac signs than people in the control group: 78 patients showed structural changes to their hearts, 76 had evidence of a biomarker signaling cardiac injury typically found after a heart attack, and 60 had signs of inflammation.

These were relatively young, healthy patients who fell ill in the spring, Valentina Puntmann, who led the MRI study, pointed out in an interview. Many of them had just returned from ski vacations. None of them thought they had anything wrong with their hearts.

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Comment by Allen Lawrence Jr. on August 3, 2020 at 11:44am

Hello Jay,just an FYI from a previous post there is now 4 trash and recycle cans

 at the Causeway Fishing and Crabbing area on the mainland side of it. Wife and I met my youngest son and his wife there Saturday afternoon on the incoming tide to do some crabbing. Beautiful day out with a nice breeze to keep most of the greenhead flies away with only a couple on the attack. Crabbing was not good at all though with only several small ones being caught with only one keeper escaping as my son was pulling up a box trap. Several people fishing later in the afternoon with some people walking and bike riding also.All and all,we had a good relaxing afternoon with some family anyway.


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