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Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, July 20, 2009: Waves: 2 foot, south. Water clarity: excellent. Water temps: back up to above 70.

Ideal conditions all day. Fluking a breeze on the ocean. A few reports indicate easy pickin’s and a slightly elevated keeper rate.

Hutch’s BHCFA weekly report:

Despite water temperatures that have been changing as much as 10 degrees from one day to the next, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting together some nice catches.
Captain Adam Nowalsky of the “Karen Ann II” sailing from Great Bay Marina
reports continued good weather and catching for anglers in southern Ocean County. Fluke continue to migrate out of the bays, with mostly smaller fish remaining in the bay. He says the majority of the keeper sized fluke are now coming from the ocean. The sea bass bite is dominated by sub-legal fish. This is a good sign for the future.
Virginia's fleet of menhaden reduction boats were off Long Beach Island last week, working their way back south. If you see a fleet of a half dozen larger commercial boats with smaller sets of boats around them and a spotter plane flying overhead, give them a wide berth because they don't have much courtesy for the recreational
fishermen while setting their purse seine nets.
In fishing highlights, Captain Adam said the Bender family from Bethlehem, Pa. led by 7-year old Luke ”The Boaterman” had a nice catch of big black sea bass. Another day he had a group of Seton Hall Alumni for “A Day With The Pirates.” They had a good catch of mostly black sea bass with Jerry Walker leading the way.
Captain Dave Wittenborn of the “Compass Rose” found his fluke bite slowing with west winds and accompanying cooler water temperatures. Captain Dave solved that problem by fishing offshore some 8 miles where the deeper water was warmer. He said it was “Drop and reel” with a lot of shorts, but some real nice sea bass up to 5-pounds.
Last week’s fishing was inconsistent for Captain Frank Camarda and the “Miss Beach Haven.” A lot has to do with water temperatures and the amount of grass and seaweed in the water. On the ocean trips there have been some jumbo sea bass up to 4 lbs and fluke to 6-pounds. Nina from Bordentown was Saturday’s pool winner with a 6-pounder. Sunday’s conditions were poor most of the morning, and they concentrated on sea bass until a breeze arrived and the fluke started to bite. High hook was Tom Hook from Manahawkin.with 3 nice size fluke and a couple of sea bass. Pool winner today was the duke of fluke himself, Ted Alves of Mount Holly, with a 5-pound fluke.
Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com

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July 20, 2009 - ROME/PARIS, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France announced Thursday his country's support for a ban of international trade in endangered Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna.

Sarkozy would be joining a growing call to list the overexploited fish under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – before it disappears forever from the sea and our plates.

Speaking at the close of a national stakeholder consultation on France's future sustainable fisheries and maritime policy, the 'Grenelle de la Mer,' President Sarkozy said today: 'France supports listing bluefin tuna on the CITES convention to ban international trade.' Sarkozy put this in the context of France's support for a broader sustainable fisheries policy.

'Ours is the last generation with the ability to take action before it's too late – we must protect marine resources now, in order to fish better in future. We owe this to fishermen, and we owe it to future generations,' he said.

The Principality of Monaco was first to communicate its willingness to sponsor a proposal to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, and has this week launched a formal CITES consultation process to seek the support of other range states – countries through whose waters the species swims.

'WWF welcomes the Monaco initiative, whose fleets have traditionally caught more bluefin tuna than any other country,' said Sergi Tudela, Head of Fisheries at WWF Mediterranean. 'We now urge France to put its words into action and be the first country to formally sign up to Monaco's proposal for CITES Appendix I, which would ban international trade.'

'WWF also appeals to other range states to follow this lead and support the proposal to list Atlantic bluefin on the CITES convention – if they want to give bluefin tuna a break and see a healthy fishery again in years to come. This iconic species is simply at the end of its tether.'

CITES contracting parties next confer in Doha, Qatar 13-25 March 2010, but proposals need to be submitted by 17 October to be eligible for consideration at the Conference of the Parties.

Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna is in big trouble, and the fishery is insufficiently policed. Contributing to the species' dramatic decline are the huge overcapacity of fishing fleets, catches that far exceed legal quotas, pirate fishing, the use of illegal spotting planes to chase tuna, under-reporting of catch, fishing during the closed season, management measures that disregard scientific advice – all driven by the insatiable appetite of the world's luxury seafood markets where bluefin tuna fetches record prices.

'In terms of eligibility for a listing on CITES Appendix I, Atlantic bluefin tuna ticks every box – and then some,' said Dr Susan Lieberman, Director of WWF's Global Species Program
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Copyright 2009 The Yomiuri Shimbun] - July 20, 2009 - A type of jellyfish usually considered a nuisance may become useful in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical fields due to a new technique that extracts collagen from the creature.

In a process developed by Fukui Prefectural University and other institutions, collagen has been extracted from mizukurage, or moon jellyfish. But the technology can be applied to other jellyfish species such as the infamous Nomura's jellyfish, also known as Echizen jellyfish, according to the institutions.

Collagen, a kind of protein, is used for making products in a variety of fields as the substance is believed to have moisturizing properties and other effects. Normally, collagen is extracted from the skin of fish or pigs.

Moon jellyfish have a diameter of between 15 to 30 centimeters. In summer, the jellyfish proliferate in swimming areas near beaches.

The Japan Atomic Power Co., based in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, operator of nuclear power plants in Ibaraki and Fukui prefectures, has experienced difficulties in disposing of the jellyfish massing around water intake openings for the plants, which need seawater to cool their equipment.

The company asked Reiji Yoshinaka, professor emeritus at the university, Yoshihiro Yokoyama, professor at the university, and others to conduct research on possible ways to deal with the jellyfish in 2003.

According to Shoshi Mizuta, an associate professor at the university and a member of the research team, the jellyfish decomposes when kept at low temperatures for a certain period of time.

The researchers found that several enzymes played a role in inducing this phenomenon when the water temperature dropped to around 4 C.

Collagen fibers, which are in the jellyfish's body structure, were successfully isolated and purified from the liquefied jellyfish.

According to the team, 1 kilogram of the jellyfish contains 1 gram of collagen, and has less odor compared to collagen extracted from pigs or fish.

Until around 2005, the team came close but fell short of successfully extracting jellyfish collagen. Technoble Co., a Nishi Ward, Osaka-based cosmetics material supplier, took note of the team's earlier research results and conducted its own experiments to develop the technology with the team's approval. Since then, the firm has built a facility to produce large quantifies of collagen of high purity.

'We're very happy that our research to make use of the troublesome jellyfish led to a good result. We hope the technology will be commercialized soon,' Mizuta said.
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