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Friday, March 03, 2017: So, I’m driving along and out of the blue it starts snowing like inside one of those stupid globes you shake

An example of why its best always best not to taunt pit bulls ... even when they're behind fences and such ... 

The point at which you discover you might not be suited for smaller European vehicles  ... 

Friday, March 03, 2017: So, I’m driving along and out of the blue it starts snowing like inside one of those stupid globes you shake and look into as if it’s a glance into a tiny parallel reality within. The difference being I wasn’t at all amused. I had set my mind to no more ostensible winterness. That’s all I have to say about the flakes except what a revoltin’ development this is … single-digit, wind-chill revoltin’.

There is some mild air arriving in quick order, after Sunday night’s frigidity, but that doesn’t offer me much comfort since I had to climb back under my house – on hands and knees, across icy beneath-house sand -- and turn off the outside water, which I had turned back on … in a now obviously premature move. I see I also have some drippage to contend with when the clear-of-winter bell sounds.

I see some folks are trying out Graveling Point. Hopefully it was simply to get out and get some fresh air. Plenty of that to be had at that very exposed piece of sedge.

Got this email. It has me thinking. I know some of the old history but what about the past 50 or even 75 years. I bring that up after thinking back on the munitions found around the HC Lumps. One has to wonder what might lurk in, near or outside the inlet. I'll begin putting out feelers for info.

"Hey Jay. Bob W. from NC here. Hope you're doing well. I had an idea for someone to do a seminar about Barnegat Inlet. Every so often I catch an LBI seminar when I am visiting family or doing an LBI vaca in general. But there is much to the history of the inlet that most folks do not know and that I would be interested in. Topics could include the inlet depth and location from the 1700s moving forward. I know it had moved quite a bit south from where it had been. Depth differences, erosion issues esp at the lighthouse where cars, refrigerators, bikes, etc., had been thrown in the water to stave off erosion, etc. All that is neat stuff. The steel mesh that was to stop WW2 subs - where is it? How deep? Whats the bottom look like in different locations? I don't know who would do the seminar but I would make the trip just for that. ..."

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(I often tell folks that Loveladies was the first to get pumped in dredge sand. Here's the original SP story. I have photos of the dredge pipes across the beach ... somewhere.) 

Crowded Barnegat Inlet Now Dredged Deeper - Loveladies Beaches Restored

30 August 1995

Source: The SandPaper, New Jersey

As the hopper dredge "Currituck" chomps away at what nature keeps depositing in Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey, USA, the Loveladies beachfront in Long Beach Township is again the benefactor this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dredge finished its 65-day summer stint. It scooped 100,000 cubic yards of sand to clear the way for commercial and recreational fleets, a task it performs twice a year. Some 20,000 cubic yards of that sand were dropped just offshore at Loveladies Beach.

As a result, said township Commissioner Frank T. Pescatore, the beaches there "are the best I've seen them in years."

Hurricane Felix left large sand berms so close to the beach that "some people called and asked if we were building mounds of sand for some reason." And the dredging helped also, Pescatore said.

"It has helped quite a bit because there's a large hole off of the Pyramid House. That looks to me like it's getting filled up pretty well," Pescatore said. "There's no sense dumping it someplace else, because where you need it is where the holes are." Pescatore went on to note that some fishermen might not be as pleased as property owners. "That hole was a good fishing spot."

Owners of the big commercial boats, though, have no complaints. John Larson, a co-owner of Viking Village docks who also owns the party boat Miss Barnegat Light and commercial fishing boats Kathy Ann, Karen L, Lori L, F. Nelson Blount, Grand Larson and Lindsey L, labeled the condition of the inlet "great." The 90-foot scalloper Kathy Ann draws 12 feet of water and needs the 16-foot average depth the "Currituck" maintains through the inlet.

"With that dredge and that rock pile and the way the government's been treating us, it's great," he said. "The inlet's great, so the commerce coming in and out of here is great." The "rock pile" is Larson's nickname for the $41 million new South Jetty, completed in 1991.

Some might question why the $800,000 per year dredging is needed at all, with a new jetty in place. But regular maintenance dredging was the plan all along, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Rich Chlan.

"The total 150,000 cubic yards removed per year is about the same as before the jetty was built, but the difference is that they're getting more depth out of the jetty now," he said.

The dredge is contracted to maintain a depth of at least 12 feet, whereas before the new jetty was built, the inlet was dredged to a depth of 10 feet, according to Chlan.

The dredging, a total of four months' work, is scheduled to continue annually. The 150 ft. (45.7m) long "Currituck" was designed and built by Ellicott® International of Baltimore, MD back in 1974. Twenty-three years later, the dredge still works reliably.

"The dredging will always be needed," Chlan said, "because if you don't continue to dredge, eventually it would all fill in, and you'd go right back to that same situation of unsafe conditions."

The Inlet From a Dredger's View
Every time "Currituck" Capt. Ed Evans comes to town, he finds an accumulation to scoop up with his split-hulled hopper dredge. But the channel "seems to be holding up better this year," he said.

"It does fill in again real fast. But, to me, it doesn't seem like it's as bad as it used to be."

But at least this year, a persistent shoal at the end of the North Jetty doesn't seem to be forming. Evans pointed to a soundings chart. "Since they put the South Jetty in, big boats have been able to go and come right there at the end of the North Jetty. On this old chart showing the shoal that was there, it's not there anymore; the end of the North Jetty stays open. And the channel that we dredge stays open better."

Material that is not carried to Loveladies Beach is deposited just south of the new South Jetty, where, according to Corps engineers, it drifts southward toward Barnegat Light and, eventually, Loveladies Beach. "If you talk to the folks that are supposed to know, the sand is generally moving this way anyway...and if you put (dredged sand) in less than 15 feet of water, it'll start marching down the beach," said Evans.

The old South Jetty, now partly submerged, is slowly being filled in with sand that lies between it and the new South Jetty.

"What they really wanted us to do is try to get it over here as close to this old jetty as possible and fill that all in with sand," Evans said. "People with those little jet boats were coming in here and not seeing those rocks. What it's doing is working its way down the beach."

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You know you've always wondered what happens when a kangaroo meets a trampoline ... 

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Coast Guard temporarily discontinues 6 Little Egg Inlet Navigational Aids

Marked on this chart are the locations of the six aids to navigation in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, which are scheduled to be temporarily discontinued by the Coast Guard, March 6, 2017. The aids which will be discontinued are Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110 ), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117 ), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129). Image courtesy of the 5th Coast Guard District.
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The locations of the six aids to navigation in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, which are scheduled to be temporarily discontinued by the Coast Guard, March 6, 2017. Image courtesy of the 5th Coast Guard District.

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is scheduled to temporarily discontinue six navigational aids in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, due to shoaling and other navigational safety concerns, Monday.

Heavy shoaling in the vicinity of Little Egg Inlet has progressed, making the waterway inaccessible to vessels with a draft greater than three feet. At this point, the aids to navigation no longer accurately mark the waterway and are misleading to mariners, which can potentially be more dangerous than having no aids to navigation.

The aids to navigation which will be changed are:

o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105)

o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110 )

o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117 )

o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120)

o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125)

o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129)

Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) is inaccessible to Coast Guard assets and cannot be removed at this time. Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) does not mark safe water.

Mariners transiting through Little Egg Inlet do so at their own risk.

The Coast Guard is responsible for providing navigational systems, information and services that enable safe navigation.

The Coast Guard continues to work with federal, state, and local partner agencies regarding the viability of marking the waterways; however, the respective waterways must be reasonably stable and of sufficient depth for the Coast Guard to safely service the area.

“Temporarily discontinuing the navigational aids is a necessary action,” said Capt. Benjamin Cooper, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “The Coast Guard’s primary mission of the safety of life at sea will always come first for us. Mariners know that the presence of navigational aids signifies a passage should be safe. With the extent of shoaling in Little Egg Inlet, we cannot maintain the aids in the area, and therefore we have to temporarily discontinue them for the sake of safety.”

Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation.

To report any aids to navigation discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation please contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807. The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.

Marked on this chart are the locations of the six aids to navigation in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, which are scheduled to be temporarily discontinued by the Coast Guard, March 6, 2017. The aids which will be discontinued are Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110 ), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117 ), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129). Image courtesy of the 5th Coast Guard District.
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Marked on this chart are the locations of the six aids to navigation in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, which are scheduled to be temporarily discontinued by the Coast Guard, March 6, 2017.
The aids which will be discontinued are Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110 ), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117 ), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125), Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129).  Image courtesy of the 5th Coast Guard District.

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I'm not sure what this little guy was thinking. Lol
Big eyes, little brain. Or maybe a tough guy....idk.

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Cold, wind, snow - pickerel never disappoint. 

STATE PETITIONS TO HOLD SUMMER FLOUNDER RECREATIONAL FISHING
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Barnegat Bay Action Update - Special Announcement                                                                                                                                                               

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION PETITIONS NEW U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY                                                                                                                
TO PUT HOLD ON CUTS TO SUMMER FLOUNDER RECREATIONAL FISHING                                                                                           
NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)                                                                                                                                                         
March 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION PETITIONS NEW U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY TO PUT HOLD ON CUTS TO SUMMER FLOUNDER RECREATIONAL FISHING 
Reductions Would Amount to De Facto Moratorium on Flounder Fishing and Ripple Throughout Shore Tourism Economy                                                                        
                        
The Christie Administration has formally requested the new U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to put a hold on severe restrictions on recreational summer flounder fishing adopted recently by a regional fisheries commission, a move that would effectively cripple the state's fishing industry and have far-reaching impacts on the shore tourism economy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.                                                         

As head of the Department of Commerce, Secretary Ross oversees management of fisheries through the agency's Fisheries Office and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service.                                                                                                                                                                      

Last month, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) approved a 34 percent reduction in the state's recreational quota for summer flounder.                       

Commissioner Martin wrote to Secretary Ross that the restrictions will "put our recreational summer flounder industry in serious jeopardy."               

"This action imposes a de facto moratorium on recreational summer flounder fishing in my state," Commissioner Martin wrote. "This action also is disproportionately damaging to New Jersey compared with other states."                                                                                                                                                            

"In the short term, New Jersey is requesting that you stop these new regulations from going into effect and that NOAA Fisheries Maintain the status quo for the 2017 Recreational Harvest Limit for summer flounder. At the same time, we are requesting an immediate benchmark stock assessment for summer flounder be conducted."

Summer flounder, also known as fluke, is one of the state's most popular sport fish. It is especially popular in New Jersey, attracting many thousands of anglers each summer season because of the abundance of these fish close to beaches and in bays and creeks. The summer flounder season in New Jersey typically runs from May through September, concurrent with the peak tourism season.                                                                                                                                                                                  

Any reduction would be in addition to the 27 recreational quota reduction New Jersey had to implement after successfully fighting off a proposed 59 percent reduction in 2015. Last year's New Jersey regulations allowed recreational anglers fishing to take up to four summer flounder per day that met a minimum, 17-inch length requirement in Delaware Bay. For all other New Jersey marine waters, the minimum length was at least 18 inches long.                                                                      

In order to meet the new quota, New Jersey's size limit would have to be increased to 19 inches and the number of fish that could be kept each day would be reduced from five to three. Due to their biological needs and migration patterns, summer flounder are smaller in New Jersey waters than in waters north of our state.                   

Ironically, most of the fish that anglers would be able to keep under the new regulations would be breeding-size females. Ninety percent of the fish that meet the 19-inch limit are females.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Christie Administration argues that fisheries resources, managed by regional commissions based on information collected by the states and the National Marine Fisheries Service, varies too widely from year to year, causing a great deal of uncertainty for state fishery managers and for those who enjoy fishing. Conversely, New Jersey has over three decades' worth of fish trawl surveys that show a slight, but measurable increase in the summer flounder stock off the coast.                                       

"New Jersey recognizes the importance of protecting our marine resources by preventing the overfishing of any species," Commissioner Martin added in the letter. "But the decisions that are made to ensure the health of fisheries must be based on reliable data about the health of the fishery and the use of up-to-date, sound science."     

Recreational fishing in New Jersey alone directly creates some 20,000 jobs and contributes $1.5 billion to the state's economy, with commercial fishing generating another billion dollars in economic benefits. Restaurants, hotels, gift shops and a wide range of other businesses would be harmed if recreational anglers see no point in making the trip if they feel that their prospects for keeping a few fish to take home are not good.                                                                                                                                                

Commissioner Martin testified against the quota changes at the Feb. 2 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting. In his letter to Secretary Ross, Commissioner Martin noted that NOAA's Fisheries Office and the National Marine Fisheries Service are required to review decisions by regional commissioners before they are published in the Federal Register and become final.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

For a copy of Commissioner Martin's letter, visit  www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2017/flndrletter02-28-17.pdf   
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Walmart Backs Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative in Seafood Procurement Policy


SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 23, 2017

Walmart has become the latest retailer to align its seafood procurement policies in support of the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI).

Walmart said it will now accept certification schemes which have successfully completed the GSSI Benchmark Process.

“By 2025, based on price, availability, quality, customer demand, and unique regulatory environments across our global retail markets, Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club, ASDA, Walmart Canada, Walmart Brazil, Walmart Mexico, and Walmart Central America will require all fresh and frozen, farmed and wild seafood suppliers to source from fisheries who are: Third-party certified as sustainable using Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), or certified by a program which follows the FAO Guidelines1 and is recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) as such. For our farmed supply, we expect suppliers to ensure sustainable production and sourcing throughout the supply chain, including final processing plant, farms, hatcheries and feed mills,” Walmart says under the seafood policy section on the retailer’s Policies and Guidelines webpage.

Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and the second major retailer to back the GSSI policy.

“We are very pleased to see Walmart join the ranks of leading companies that committed to GSSI’s non-competitive approach to building confidence in seafood certification. It is a major milestone towards our collective objective of more sustainable seafood for everyone and we encourage other companies to follow," said GSSI’s Program Director Herman Wisse.

Last June, Kroger, among the largest grocery chains in the United States, backed the GSSI scheme in its seafood procurement policy goals for 2020. At the time Kroger committed to source 90 percent of all of its seafood from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or other programs recognized by the GSSI.

Major value-added seafood distributor High Liner Foods also added the GSSI to its toolkit of credible Eco Certification Programs for wild harvested seafood

The GSSI has now secured the support of over 40 companies, NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental organizations. In addition to Walmart, the GSSI also landed support from Japan’s Marine Ecolabel, known as MEL-Japan so far this year. 

In 2016, the Alaska and Iceland RFM Programs were the first certification schemes to achieve GSSI recognition.

The Marine Stewardship Council ended its public consultation in November while other schemes have publicly entered the benchmark process. 

    

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