Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, October 30, 2015: What a nice let-down. The winds and even the large swells have gone down fairly rapidly.

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Friday, October 30, 2015: What a nice let-down. The winds and even the large swells have gone down fairly rapidly. The ocean is still discolored but even that seems to be moving out, surely by tomorrow.

There is a goodly amount of fishing pressure along the beach as folks tap the weekend for an extra day on the front end. Oddly, not that many years back mainly Mondays were used to extend weekends. I think the Friday thinking has Thursdays in mind. If you’re going to grab a Friday why not tack on a short Thursday. You can’t us Monday like that. You take a long Monday-based weekend just try to come into work late Tuesday. You’ll soon have seven days a week to yourself – which is not a good thing in the workaday survival realm.

Anyway, even seeing some folks fishing on the beach doesn’t make it a Classic look. It’s a fraction of the fishing pressure we’re used to. I used to drive the beach from Ship Bottom southward and it was sometimes hard to find an unused jetty. Of course, now it can be tough even finding a jetty with the sand and such.

Holgate has reopened but it’s a tough go around the 10,000-foot mark, high tide. Even that tight spot will be getting more and more passable as the west wind blows the ocean down to size. I really think the Holgate end will produce a big bass in the near future. This is not to suggest the south end bass bite will torch up; it’s just not that kinda year.

Ocean temps are into the 50s. I’ll take some scattered temperature readings today though they won’t be reflective of what the temps will be when cleaner water takes over. I think it’ll still by between 57 and 60 once clean.

By the by, I use two better-grade infrared thermometers; different brands. They often read a tad different – though sometimes only fractionally, i.e. 59.6 and 59.1. Still, getting a double read adds accuracy when averaged out.

We got a little over an inch of rain in Ship Bottom from this latest storm system. However, areas as near as Little Egg Harbor, got over twice that much. It helped the water table but really hasn’t gotten the Pinelands creeks running that well. This is one of the finest times of years for kayaking/canoeing.

Below: Inflatable kayaks are quite cool an highly functional

LEARN-A-TERM: This is a fine time to introduce folks to a scientific term which has gained in newsiness: relative sea level rise. I broadest terms, it has to do with sinking land along the shoreline.

Relative sea level rise may, or may not, be integrated with the more famed climate change-related sea rise. Whichever, it’s apropos to our barrier island.

I have fostered – maybe even created – the notion that LBI is sinking under the pressure of humankind; not only beneath the weight of buildings but quadrillions of vehicle drive-overs. The press-down is pressing the air from between the sand grains on which the Island rests. It is also squishing down organic matter from historic fillings of low-lying LBI areas.

Historic photos of LBI, say, a 100 years back prove much of LBI was salt marsh lowlands. Hell, Surf City was known as “the Great Swamp.” And it was a veritable swamp for much of the real estate between Beach Arlington (south Ship Bottom) and now Beach Haven Terrace. Assorted fill material – of any historic sort – was  freely used to shore-up as much as 80 percent of all the now-built-upon areas from the Boulevard westward – and even a bit eastward. In fact, we essentially saw that filled in zone go under water – way under -- during Sandy.

Cycling back to the concept of relative sea rise, those filled in, built-upon areas are sinking, and some might say compressing, under the ever-increasing weight of mankind. That translates to the sea rising thereabouts, fulfilling the term.

However, we can add a unique twist to the technical sea rise. We actually have relative bay rise. It’s obvious that our now-routine flooding comes from the bay.

While it’s easy to relate bay rise to the influx of sea water during storms and high water, there is yet another factor playing into our relative bay rise: a rapidly shallowing bay. Shallow bays mans the water being forced in by the sea more rapidly fans out and floods the parameters of the bay.

Below: This is just a thunderstorm aftermath ... 

So, as LBI sinks, the bay fills. Barnegat Bay, extending from Point Pleasant Canal south to Little Egg Harbor Inlet, has never been shallower. Natural and human-based sedimentation is filling in the bay, as nature intended. It’s a kin to a process called eutrophication, whereby silt material fills in water areas to the point where land displace water.  

While we nobly fight relative sea and bay rises -- with raised homes and bulkheaded bay fronts -- the Boulevard seems doomed to regularly sink beneath the onslaught of bay water during every high-seas weather event. It is now part of life hereabouts. Live with it. Hey, going with the flow is the life we’ve chosen. Of course, I wouldn’t live an LBI lifestyle without a 4WD vehicle – with decent clearance below. 



Just landed this. On B&N's clams. Right in the wash

Kevin Deiter's photo.
Greg Kopenhaver updated his cover photo.
16 hrs

Greg Kopenhaver's photo.

October 29, 2015   

New Report Shows Value of US Fish Landings Strong - Fisheries of the United States 2014

As we close out National Seafood Month this week, NOAA Fisheries released the 
Fisheries of the U.S. Report for 2014 today. 

Each year, we compile key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing's importance to the nation. Inside the 2014 report, you'll find landings totals for both domestic commercial and recreational fishing by species. This information allows us to track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports.
Here are a few highlights from the report: 
  • U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.5 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.4 billion in 2014.
  • There were strong landings of 3.1 billion pounds for the nation's largest commercial fishery, walleye pollock, valued at $400 million.
  • Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, continue to dominate the list of top ports driven by landings of pollock for Alaska and sea scallops in Massachusetts.
  • U.S. marine and freshwater aquaculture production was valued at $1.4 billion, about one-quarter the value of the nation's commercial wild catch. 
  • The five highest value commercial species categories were crabs ($686 million), shrimp ($681 million), lobster ($625 million), salmon ($617 million), and scallops ($428 million).
In our recreational fisheries:
  • 10.4 million anglers took 68 million trips in 2014.
  • These recreational anglers caught 392 million fish, and released sixty percent of those caught. 
  • The total harvest was estimated at 155 million fish weighing 186 million pounds. 
  • The top five U.S. species ranked by pounds landed were striped bass, bluefish, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, and summer flounder.
We have also posted Fisheries Economics of the United States for 2013. The report highlights the positive far-reaching economic impact of the seafood and recreational fisheries industries on the U.S. economy. The 2014 version of Fisheries Economics of the United States will be released within the next few months. 
Fisheries of the United States 2014 and Fisheries Economics of the United States 2013 are available on our website.
Warm Regards,


Laurel Bryant 
Chief, External Affairs

NOAA Fisheries Communications 


New Jersey & New York Fishermen United in Opposition to Port Ambrose 

Fight Agency Over Proposed Taking of Traditional Fishing Grounds


Sandy Hook, NJ - Recreational and commercial fishermen are often at odds over fisheries related issues, but on keeping the ocean clean and healthy they stand united. The Port Ambrose proposal threatens their way of life and would begin harmful industrialization of the ocean and limit their access. Today, New Jersey and New York fishermen are standing in opposition to ensure big industry does not stomp on their livelihoods, food, and enjoyment.


New York and New Jersey Fishermen’s concerns right now is Port Ambrose, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility that Liberty Natural Gas wants to build off the beaches of Long Island, Staten Island and New Jersey. 


Here is what fishermen have to say:


"Port Ambrose will harm fish populations, crowd out recreational fishing vessels in the area, pose a risk to shipping and commercial vessels in the area, and is simply not needed."  - John Malazia,  VP of the Fisherman’s Conservation Association, Trustee of the Staten Island Tuna Club, Trustee of the Natural Resources Protective Association and Director of the NY Sportfishing Federation. 


“Building an LNG terminal will surely increase the demand for natural gas, and in turn, will increase fracking activities in surrounding states. Ruining trout streams inland and then flowing down and poisoning the New York/New Jersey's already fragile ecosystem. Enough already, we all live downstream!” - Captain Paul Eidman,  Anglers Conservation Network.


"The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association strongly opposes the Port Ambrose LNG project because it will not only disrupt over 250 acres of productive ocean floor during and after construction, but once completed, will totally restrict recreational and commercial fishing for almost two miles surrounding the facility and all tanker vessel traffic to and from the port. This is unacceptable!" - Pete Grimbilas, Tournament Director, Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association


 "The exclusion zones and the required security to enforce it will not make fishing more attractive for saltwater anglers.” - Don Marantz, Jersey Coast Anglers Association


 "Along with the impact to eggs, larvae, plankton and copepods, over 250 acres of the seafloor habitat will be scraped and dug up during construction and operation. These activities impact the habitat of many species of fish and shellfish that I and members of the Belford Seafood Co-op fish for. Additionally, there will be an area of roughly 1.9 miles that will surround each buoy which I cannot go in…all so a private cooperation can benefit. I am calling upon MARAD to deny the application for Port Ambrose, and call on Governor Christie to reject this unnecessary and harmful project.” -  Roy Diehl, President, Belford Seafood Co-op


" The area that they are proposing to use are important fishing grounds for fluke and squid. Generations of fishermen have been working these areas for 300 years. Putting an LNG terminal on traditional fishing is taking money out fisherman’s wallet and into the pockets of greedy gas company.  We will not stand for it.” -  Captain James Lovgren, Spokesman for the Fisherman’s Dock Co-op, Pt. Pleaseant


"LNG would be a very attractive target for terrorists because of the tremendous damage it could cause to our country.” - John Toth, Trustee, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance


"Surf anglers, including many of our members from the tri-state area, sometimes have to travel great distances to fish along the shorelines of the proposed LNG - Port Ambrose area. Successful fishing trips in this area is strongly dependent upon a good base of smaller bait fish that different predator fish need to survive, grow, and increase in numbers year over year. Fishermen are well aware of our already declining fisheries as we are currently experiencing reduced fishing stocks, changing of minimum sizes, smaller possession limits, and less species- related fishing days being allowed during open seasons. Port Ambrose's destruction and killing of more than 44 million fish eggs and 5 million fish during construction, including every operational year thereafter is detrimental to our fisheries. 


"And thinking about catastrophic affects, Port Ambrose is pretty damn frightening.  Everyone knows accidents happen and Port Ambrose is an accident waiting to happen!  If Governor Christie really cares about Jersey, it's people, their livelihood and the visitors from out of state, the Governor will veto Port Ambrose at the first opportunity he gets!" - Tim Burden, President, New Jersey Beach Buggy Association


Over 150 organizations, elected officials, and thousands of concerned citizens have  raised their voices against this dangerous project and will have the opportunity to speak out next week at hearings in New York and New Jersey. The consensus is clear: the public is opposed to this project, it doesn't make sense economically, puts our security at risk, and industrializes the ocean with fossil fuels.

This is the public's last opportunity to voice their concerns about this project, as well as the start of the 45 day window for Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo to veto Port Ambrose.

Final public hearing dates:


·  New York - Monday, Nov. 2nd & Tuesday, Nov. 3rd - Long Beach Hotel, 405 E. Broadway, Long Beach, NY; Open house 4:30 - 5:30pm & Hearing 6 -10pm

·  New Jersey - Wednesday, Nov. 4th & Thursday Nov. 5th - Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, 6 Industrial Way E, Eatontown, NJ; Open house 4:30 - 5:30pm & Hearing 6 - 10pm



Nicole Dallara

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Clean Ocean Action

18 Hartshorne Dr

Highlands, NJ 07732

(p) 732.872.0111 (f) 732.872.8041



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Indonesia’s Parched Peatlands Burn Under El Niño

Indonesia on track for worst fire season since 1997

This post contains excerpts from a story published by IRI on Medium.com. View the full story, including data and additional graphics, here. 

Written by staff from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Media can contact Francesco Fiondella.

Much of western Indonesia is currently burning, producing enormous amounts of smoke-haze, and disrupting large parts of society in the region. Scientists are suggesting that this is not ‘normal’ seasonal burning and could end up ranking among the worst on record. This is one of the first severe impacts of the strong El Niño that has been developing over the last year.

September 24 image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. Thick gray smoke from fires hovers over the islands of Sumatra (left) and Kalimantan (right) and has triggered air quality alerts and health warnings in Indonesia and neighboring countries. Visibility has plummeted.

For optimal reading and viewing, see the full version of this story onMedium.


There will likely be little relief through October and possibly into early November, according the most recent seasonal climate forecasts issued by IRI. These forecasts show a very strong chance that most of western Indonesia will see below-normal rainfall for the remainder of the dry season. Allan Spessa of the Open University in the United Kingdom has shown that these types of forecasts can, on average, be reliable predictors of severe fire years.

“Critically, the strong El Niño translates into a delayed onset of the rainy season,” says Andrew Robertson, who heads IRI’s Climate Group.

Our research shows that the severity of the fire season is related to the onset date of the rainy season. If it’s delayed, fires will burn longer and intensify the environmental and social impacts.” –Andrew Robertson.


The smoke contributes to enhanced concentrations of multiple pollutants, most notably particulate matter and ozone, which have a significant negative impact on air quality and people’s health. Miriam Marlier, of the University of California in Los Angeles and Columbia University, has studied how these fires affect regional mortality. “These fires not only impact Indonesia but also conditions nearby in Singapore and Malaysia.”

According to her previous work, about 11,000 adults in the region died prematurely in 1997 due to cardiovascular diseases related to poor air quality attributable to fires.

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