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Friday, June 08, 2018: (Afternoon) The ocean is fairly calm, wave-wise, but the winds are testy out of the south;

Knowing ladies read this blog, I'm not gonna touch this with a ten-foot pole ..

Clumsy panda falls off a tree

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Within weeks of the Mobile Vet Office coming to town, word got out  ... 

Cat reaction

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All-boat Tournament 
Saturday, June 9th, 2018

11th Annual

Attention Anglers and Friends

Friday, June 08, 2018: (Afternoon) The ocean is fairly calm, wave-wise, but the winds are testy out of the south; very much a summer-like pattern. There is surf fishing to be had and ideal bank conditions along the South Jetty, Barnegat Light. Some very nice fluke in being taken. And don’t give me any crap that I’m burning a site by directly mentioning the South Jetty. After I saw how many folks those rocks and decking can comfortably hold – during last year’s bluefish run – that site is not only open to the masses but belong to them, being a state park. As to working the far east end of the jetty, that’s a more advanced locale to fish, dang near experts only, especially when it comes to close-quarter casting. Look for some fine choppers cruising past there now an again.

Fluke are becoming more evenly distributed, south to north, though Little Egg area continues to put out nicely. It seems thee big fluke now in Barnegat Inlet might very well represent an influx of flatties, possible held at sea a bit by weather changes.

WIND NOTE: The honking southeast winds will back off rather abruptly overnight, switching  to the west. That switch should offer a great, wide-ranging boat bassing opportunity for early tomorrow, until about midday. For those who know weather hereabouts, it will be a very typical offshore wind morning, slowly transitioning to glassiness (bug alert?!) followed by what could be a very quick arrival of seriously snotty SE’erlies, possibly pushing 20 mph by late afternoon. If you’re making a trek north for the Striper Shootout, pay attention to that rapid rise in headwind chop when getting back to weigh in those cows of yours.

The beach is more of a pick than a peach. While it’s not up to spring snuff, there are plenty enough hookups (big blues, rogue cow bass, schoolies) showing up to make it well worth simultaneously enjoying a day in the sun … and, to be sure, increasing south winds. Talk about going from hot to cold in just a few gusts.

I’ll issue a black drum alert for southerly waters. Drumfish folks have been hitting some mighty fine “pockets” of take-home and photo-and-release mamas. I hear-tell of 50-pounders. That “pocket” angle is important since it indicates, tightly schooled drum – and a need to ferret them out by motoring all over the place – or drift if you’re patient enough. Clams are the go-to, though squid or crabs also suffice.

I chuckle over an expert who prefers clams “after they turn,” meaning el stinkos. That’s not the first time I’ve heard of ripe clams working, even on big bass. What doesn’t work, in that vein, are souring clams. I have yet to develop a refined enough nose to determine when a clam goes from an unusable early-on stink to a highly-effective high-stink but those just-turning tweeners are useless.

Below is my usually offering of what I consider interesting and apropos fishing and seafood stories from pretty much around the world. I painstakingly pick the ones with a local tilt. And, yes, I read my ass off on a daily internet basis. I hope you take time to take in these breaking news items. They’re often way more interesting than they might first sound, headline-wise.

 

It was a black drum day! by Jingles - We had four black drum come in for weigh-ins yesterday - three were from one person!  All caught on clam.  First Brad from the Jolly Roger had a 28.5", 13.88 drum caught in Holgate.  Then Richard Sherman came in just before closing with not one, but THREE black drum caught in Beach Haven in a matter of a couple hours.  He had twin black drums, 31.75", 20.52lbs and 32.75 and ...
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Brad from the Jolly Roger with a black drum - 28.5” and 13.88lbs. Caught in holgate on salted clams.

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Anthony Aloi of New City caught this cow last night at 10pm fishing the LBI mid-island surf on bunker... 38.30 pounds 46”

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Some blues on the beach today. Here’s Scott Shirey with a gator from today. 

Jeff Crabtree; 23 inches/4.26 lbs; 21 inches/3.18 lbs. South jetty at inlet; 4 inch white Gulp! Swimming Mullet. ~Jerry

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Here is info on the rapidly approaching Bluefish Allocation meeting schedule. I apologize for being pretty much clueless as to what, if anything, might come out of these meeting -- much less what changes to allocations might be floating around. I'll try to buff up on it. While we sure didn't knock the bluefish dead this spring, the fishery has gained in importance for recreational anglers limited in seeking summer tog, black sea bass and, to some degree, fluke.

I have no doubt our state's always-well-represented fishing organization, both commercial and recreational, will be on hand in Toms River and Ocean City: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:00 PM - Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, New Jersey 08226; Contact: Mike Celestino, 609.748.2040; Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6:00 PM - Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey 08753; Contact: Mike Celestino, 609.748.2040.

Please take advantage of the mail-in comment opportunity. 

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to Hold Scoping Hearings for Bluefish Allocation Amendment

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) have scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Bluefish Allocation Amendment. Hearings will be held June 20 – July 16 in nine coastal states from Massachusetts to Florida. The last four hearings will be joint hearings of the Council and Commission.  All comments, submitted either through public hearings or in writing, will be presented to the Council and Commission.  Written comments will be accepted until July 30, 2018.

 

The amendment will involve a comprehensive review of the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan’s (FMP) sector-based allocations, commercial allocations to the states, transfer processes, and goals and objectives. Specifically, the Council and Commission will consider whether modifications to the FMP’s goals, objectives, and allocation strategies for bluefish are needed.

 

Scoping is the first and best opportunity for members of the public to raise concerns related to the scope of issues that will be considered. The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding the range of potential issues to be addressed in the amendment. In addition to comments on allocation and transfer processes, the Council and Commission are interested in comments on the following topics:

  • Fishery productivity
  • Ecosystem considerations
  • Changes in the fishery
  • Changes in distribution of bait fish
  • Average fish size
  • Changes in availability, effort, and marketability
  • Impacts of changes observed over time  

 

Learn More

The Scoping Document contains background information on bluefish management and on issues that may be addressed in the amendment, as well as a description of the amendment process and timeline. Additional information and updates will be posted at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/bluefish-allocation-amendment.

 

Contacts

 

Hearing Schedule

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 6:00 PM - Dare County Commissioners Office, 954 Marshall Collins Drive, Room 168, Manteo, North Carolina 27954; Contact: Chris Batsavage, 252.808.8013
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6:00 PM - NC Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, North Carolina; Contact: Chris Batsavage, 252.808.8013
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6:00 PM - DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901; Contact: John Clark, 302.739.9914
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6:00 PM - Ocean City Municipal Airport, 12724 Airport Road, Berlin, Maryland 21811; Contact: Eric Durrell, 410.260.8308
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6:30 PM - NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources, 205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1, East Setauket, New York 11733; Contact: Maureen Davidson, 631.444.0483
  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:00 PM - Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, New Jersey 08226; Contact: Mike Celestino, 609.748.2040
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6:00 PM - Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey 08753; Contact: Mike Celestino, 609.748.2040
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6:00 PM - Brevard County Government Center North, “Brevard Room”, 518 South Palm Ave., Titusville, Florida 32780; Contact: Jim Estes, 850.617.9622
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 7:00 PM - CT DEEP Boating Education Center, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371; Contact: Peter Aarrestad, 860.424.4171
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 6:00 PM - Plymouth Public Library, Otto Fehlow Room, 132 South Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts; Contact: Dan McKiernan, 617.626.1536
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6:00 PM - URI Narragansett Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island; Contact: Julia Livermore, 401.423.1937
  • Monday, July 16, 2018, 6:00 PM - Internet webinar: Connection information to be available at http://www.mafmc.org or by contacting the Council; Contact: Matthew Seeley, 302.526.5262

Written Comments

Given the joint nature of this management effort and to streamline the public comment process, comments should be directed to Council contact information below. In addition to providing comments at any of the scheduled scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, on July 30, 2018. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE: http://www.mafmc.org/comments/bluefish-allocation-amendment
  2. EMAIL: mseeley@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL: 
    Chris Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director 
    Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council 
    North State Street, Suite 201 
    Dover, DE 19901

 

Please include “Bluefish Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments by mail.

 All comments, regardless of submission method, will be compiled into a single document for review and consideration by both the Council and Commission. Please do not send separate comments to the Council and Commission.

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Jim Hutchinson Sr.

 

The fishing action for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association has been sporadic recently. Although there always seems to be fish around, what is biting today may not be so hungry tomorrow. The striped bass bite recently has been on the slow side. The schools of bunker which often mark feeding fish are scarce, and trolling for the bass has been a pick at best. 

One constant the past week or so has been the good bite on the black sea bass on the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs. The season is open until June 22 with a 10 fish daily limit. It closes until June 30 when it re-opens until August 31 with a 2 fish per day limit.  The next couple of weeks are good to get in on that action. There are bluefish in the bay and inlet waters one day, and none the next. Fluke are spread around the bay waters, but it seems to be hit or miss in locating keeper sized fish. 

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing has been hitting the back bays for fluke action. He had Erik Hansen of Doylestown out with buddies, Rodger Gensec and Michael Miele. They first worked the backwaters for fluke and boated over 25 shorts with 4 keepers to 23 inches. They lost a nice fish boat side that was estimated at 26-28 inches (7-8 pounds). Captain Brett finished the trip working the jetty with fresh bait for stripers and caught 3 Stripers to 26.5 inches.

 The next day he had Mike Galindo out on a 4-hour Fluke/Striped Bass charter with his boys, Bennet and Mason. They worked the fluke for one keeper and over 20 throwbacks. All the fluke were caught on bucktails. They ended the trip fishing the inlet to release a 23-inch striper and a bluefish to 24 inches. 

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.bhcfa.net.

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NOAA Releases New Stock Assessment Improvement Plan in 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 7, 2018

Earlier this week NOAA Fisheries released a new Stock Assessment Improvement Plan. The original Stock Assessment Plan was published in 2001, but due to legal mandates and research and development, NOAA has issued an update, titled “Implementing a Next Generation Stock Assessment Enterprise” (NGSA).

The latest document “describes the many challenges currently facing NOAA’s stock assessment enterprise, and some of the innovation research and operations that will meet these challenges.” The goal is for the next generation framework to act as a “road map” for addressing the challenges.

The NGSA has three focuses:

- Advocating for the expansion of the stock assessment paradigm to be more holistic and ecosystem-linked.

- Continuing the use of innovative science for data collection and analysis to reliably and efficiently provide data for maximizing use of advanced modeling methods.

- Providing a method for objectively determining stock-specific goals that create a stock assessment process that is more timely, efficient and effective at optimizing available resources and delivering results to fishery managers and the public.

Find more information on the new Stock Assessment Improvement Plan ...

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How to Slow an Invasive Species? Turn It Into Gourmet Food

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] by Patrick Whittle 

Scientists, fishermen and chefs are gathering in Maine to brainstorm uses for pesky green crabs that are plaguing New England shellfish.

They're attending a seafood summit in Portland on Wednesday and Thursday that's tackling the subject of invasive green crabs, which are relentless predators of marketable species, such as clams.

The little crabs are nearly useless themselves because there is little market for them. But the Green Crab Working Summit is bringing together seafood industry professionals with scientists, educators and chefs to come up with a solution.

Maine fishery regulators are hungry for one because the crabs are a growing problem along the state's coast. The summit will look at everything from using green crabs for gourmet cuisine to turning them into food supplements or bait.

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Despite Ongoing Poaching, Maine Fishermen Lobby for Increase in Baby Eel Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by Bill Trotter - June 7, 2018

More than 60 fishermen told an interstate marine fisheries official Wednesday that Maine’s annual baby eel catch limit should be raised because there are “plenty” of eels in Maine — even though Maine once again finds itself having to address the issue of ongoing poaching in the fishery.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering whether to raise the state’s baby eel quota, also known as elvers, from 9,688 pounds to 11,749 pounds. It held a hearing on the topic Wednesday in Brewer and plans to hold another in Augusta on Thursday, June 7.

With fishermen earning more than $2,300 per pound for their catch this spring, the 2,000-pound difference could mean as much as $4.8 million in additional revenue for the statewide fishery.

The value of the statewide catch this spring is estimated to be $21.7 million, which is the third-highest annual landings value ever for the fishery, and the highest since Maine adopted a statewide catch limit in 2014.

“We don’t believe at all the [American eel] population is depleted,” John Banks, director of natural resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation, told commission official Kirby Rootes-Murdy. “We’re hearing from [harvesters in] the field that this population is not in trouble at all.”

Patrick Keliher, commissioner of Maine Department of Marine Resources, said Wednesday that the way the 2018 elver fishing season ended last month “didn’t help” the argument in favor of increasing Maine’s quota.

The department abruptly ended the season on May 24, when the statewide catch was still 500 pounds below its 9,688-pound quota, after Marine Patrol discovered that some licensed dealers had been engaged in illegal, under-the-table cash transactions for the lucrative eels. State law prohibits cash transactions and requires all sales to be recorded with a electronic swipe-card system that charts each fisherman’s catch and each dealer’s purchases.

“I’ve been very clear with the other commissioners up and down the East Coast that my goal is to figure out how it happened, how we can fix it with different changes in laws and rules, and we’ll move forward with doing it as expeditiously as possible,” Keliher said after the hearing. “That said, if they don’t feel comfortable, there’s no way they are going to vote for a quota increase for the state of Maine. This fishery creates illegal activity in their states. We have to get this under control.”

Keliher declined to get into specifics about how the dealers allegedly were getting around the swipe-card system — which was implemented in 2014 to combat widespread poaching in the fishery — but he did say he believes the state can put additional measures in place to reduce the number of illegally caught elvers that get smuggled into the distribution chain. The state could have officials monitor packing and shipping operations, or could place seals on shipping boxes to ensure they contain legally caught elvers.

And, he added, he thinks the state can have a plan by the time the commission votes on increasing Maine’s quota later this summer, and have it approved by the Legislature before the 2019 season starts next March.

“We have between now and August to put together our argument and to create a plan to fix the problem,” Keliher said, adding he has been getting suggestions from industry members. “People understand the risk. If we really didn’t get this under control over a few years they could close the fishery down.”

“This is all driven by greed. This is 100 percent greed,” he added. “It’s too much money.”

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Trading Price of Adult Eels Record High Ahead of Peak Summer Consumption

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Mainichi] - June 8, 2018

Future supply worries have spiked the market price for yummy summer delicacy broiled eel ahead of Japan's special eel-eating days in July and August.

In addition to low catches of the juvenile eels known as "shirasu unagi," worries of waning populations next year as well have spurred moves to stockpile adult eels across the industry, leading to high prices.

"The cost of purchasing eels is high, and it's been difficult to secure stock," said President Hiromichi Akiba of the "Akidai" chain of supermarkets mainly based in Tokyo's Nerima Ward. "We have no choice but to decrease the scale of our special sale of eels this year," he said with a stern expression, referring to the upcoming "Doyo no Ushi no Hi" (the Day of the Ox) -- midsummer days when people traditionally eat eel for stamina to beat the heat -- set for July 20 and Aug. 1 this year.

According to an interview survey conducted by the Union of Eel Farmers Cooperatives of Japan, from mid-March 2018, the market price for adult eels has been around a record-breaking 5,300 yen per kilogram, or about five of the standard-size animals. The organization made the unusual request in March that wholesalers and specialty stores shift the usual policy of one eel per customer serving to one eel per two servings, as they would make sure to grow the eels to a larger size this year before shipment.

The standard size of an eel is roughly 200 grams, but this year the farmers are taking the time to raise the animals to be approximately 350 grams in a desperate measure to utilize the "resource" to the fullest extent.

The fishing of juvenile eels takes place from November to April the following year. During the current season, the amount of juveniles caught up until this past January was only 13 percent of that caught during the same time frame a year earlier. Catches of juvenile eels increased in February and beyond, but in the end there was still a 29 percent decrease from the previous year (to about 14 metric tons) in the amount of juveniles caught throughout the entire season.

The Fisheries Agency reports that the trading price for juvenile eels during the first half of the 2000s was around 200,000 yen per kilogram. That price has jumped to the 1 to 2 million yen range in recent years, while the domestic supply -- including imported eels -- has dropped from about 160,000 tons in 2000 to 30,000 to 50,000 tons.

Japan, South Korea and Taiwan will hold an unofficial meeting in Tokyo on June 7 and 8 concerning eel resource management. The annual upper limit for the amount of juvenile eels caught is also on the table. In addition, a conference of parties under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (the Washington Convention) is scheduled for May through June 2019, and the protection of the eel population may come up for discussion.

In order to circumvent limits on international eel trade under the Washington Convention, the Fisheries Agency is believed to favor strengthening efforts to protect the eel population. However, China -- which has taken a negative stance toward beefing up rules on the eel catch -- has opted out of the unofficial meeting, likely making it difficult for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan alone to come up with viable countermeasures.

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Amazon Shoppers Can Now Support SIRF Projects Through AmazonSmile

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 7, 2018

Amazon users will now be able to donate to the Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF).

On Thursday SIRF announced that they have registered with AmazonSmile, a website operated by e-commerce giant Amazon, that features the same products and prices, but also donates 0.5% of your purchase to a charitable organization of your choice.

“AmazonSmile is a convenient way to convert the online shopping experience into a supportive act,” SIRF board member Derek Figueroa. “I have registered SIRF as my AmazonSmile charity and am glad to see my routine orders now contributing to an industry-bettering effort.”

Using AmazonSmile – and donating to SIRF – is pretty simple. Instead of visiting amazon.com, an Amazon account owner just has to login through smile.amazon.com. Once logged into the site, search for “Seafood Industry Research Fund.” The site operates exactly the same as amazon.com but product detail pages will display text that reads: “eligible for AmazonSmile donation.” The process donates 0.5% on all eligible purchases at no additional cost.

“As an adaptive organization SIRF is always looking to diversify opportunities for giving,” SIRF Chairman Russ Mentzer added. “AmazonSmile offers a quick and simple way to shop and support SIRF with no hassle or fee. I hope SIRF’s champions will take advantage of this program and give back to SIRF with their buying decisions.

Amazon has donated over $80 million to charities since first launching AmazonSmile in 2013. SIRF will use donations towards “funding innovative, industry improving projects.”

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Everything You Need to Know About World Oceans Day 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Sun] by Phoebe Cooke - June 8, 2018

Plastic pollution has never played such a big role in our daily lives. Here's how to look sharp for the annual celebration of the seas

The wonder and woes of the world’s oceans might be washing right over you.

But whether you’re a tote-carrying anti-plastic warrior or you’re not quite sure where to start, here’s what you need to know about the annual day of the oceans.

When is World Oceans Day 2018 and what is it for?

The annual celebration of the earth’s oceans takes place every year on June 8.

Since its creation in 1992 by the Government of Canada, the day has aimed to create more awareness around the importance of the sea – from regulating our climate to generating the oxygen we need to breathe.

Youth participation has also played an increasingly key role – with the introduction of a World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council in 2016.

One of the main aims of the day was to help move oceans from the sidelines to the centre of intergovernmental and NGO discussions, as well as giving support to ocean and coastal bodies across the world.

The Ocean Project has organised the day since 2002, with a team based in the US and in dozens of other countries.

What is the theme this year?

This year’s theme will be preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.

The theme is prompted by the catastrophic amount of plastic that is ending up in our oceans.

Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year, causing £8billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.

In 2017, the theme was “Our Oceans, Our Future”, and in 2016 “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.

How is the date marked?

The day is celebrated through the launching of new campaigns and initiatives, special events at aquariums and zoos, outdoor explorations and aquatic and beach clean-ups.

There are also educational and conservation action programmes, art contests, film festivals and sustainable seafood events, from Hawaii to Islamabad.

Participants are able to find events around them or organise their own celebrations.

This year, participants are encouraged to think specifically about the plastic they use – and if they can use less and recycle more.

People are also encouraged to use the hastages #WorldOceansDay and #SaveOurOcean to spread the word on cleaning up our oceans.

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, encouraged “everyone to play a part”.

He said: “You can make a difference today -and every day – by doing simple things like carrying your own water bottle, coffee cup and shopping bags, recycling the plastic you buy, avoiding products that contain microplastics and volunteering for a local clean-up.”

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