Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, July 09, 2012: Winds have kicked out of the NE a tad harder than forecasted. I got gusts to 20 mph. Surf has gone from nearly flat to 3- to 4-feet, accompanied by a moderate north-to-south beachfront current. Eelgrass is also in the surfside mix, though sketchier today than yesterday.
Bathing has gotten quite tricky an could be downright dangerous when lifeguards go off at 5 p.m. If you’re angling, keep an eagle eye open for nearby after-hours bathers who might get into trouble. There has been many a rescue sparked by timely calls from anglers. I hear it on the scanner quite often.
Boat fishing today has also gotten a lot trickier. Inside the bay might be OK. Folks making runs into the ocean might face borderline SCAs.
This stir might evoke a mild short-lived bass bite along the beachfront. Bait will be the only way to go until the last of the eelgrass washes in – then plug or jig.
KINGFISH: I noticed the south end has a good showing of kingfish. No reports of same hereabouts. I either have nobody fishing for them up here (mid/north-Island) or surfcasters aren’t catching any in these parts.
I have to admit that these sandcrab-loving panfish – studies show their bellies are often loaded with small sandcrabs -- have often shown a decided preference for the Spray Beach to Beach Haven to Holgate surf zones – though definitely not to the complete exclusion of other Island areas.
Grab your light gear, small hooks, bloodworms or fake-o bits, and give dog-days kingfishing a try. Premade kingfish rigs really do work like a charm.
I used to spend hours and days kingfishing. And I still feel you’ll quadruple your success if you keep the kingfish rig moving slightly, via a slow retrieve. That retrieve also helps show where a school is hanging – and they do school very tightly. I’ve even been able to move along the beach hooking, as the school drifts along.
By the by, like any panfish, it’s not the worst thing to release smaller ones.
IBT (I’ve been told): Kingfish heads are lethal as shark bait. I’ve also heard that big bass can’t resist those heads, though I have no doubt we have way more big sharks than we do big bass right about now.
Kingfish flesh is as good as it comes. I’ll even match it with fluke, tuna and the likes. To get maximal meat, cook in the round (headed and gutted) and peel off skin. Loads of luscious meat.
Health note: There is a sickly slew of Island folks suffering from what might be strep throat. While it could simply be non- Streptococcal “sore throat” – most often something called acute viral pharyngitis – I’m told by a couple sufferers that it seem to be more than a typical sore throat.
ROME, A pro-environment group says the world's shark populations are in worse trouble than previously thought.
The Pew Environment Group is cautioning in a report that the actual global catch of sharks might be up to four times higher than official U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization statistics.
The report says Hong Kong's shark fin market accounts for about half of the global trade. The report's official release is timed for Monday, when representatives of many governments will be attending a fisheries committee meeting at the Rome-based U.N. food agency. AP obtained a copy of the report Sunday.
Pew Environment Group says one-third of about 200 countries whose practices were reviewed ban the `'wasteful practice of shark finning" and that very few countries have catch limits on shark species including endangered ones.
From NMFS: United States Leads on Whale Conservation
NOAA, with staff from the State Department, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, Department of the Interior, and private citizens, recently participated the 64th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Panama. The IWC is the premiere international organization for the conservation and management of whales. Eighty-nine countries, including the United States, make up the IWC. The countries split between those that support commercial whaling and countries opposed to commercial whaling. The IWC also holds responsibility for establishing a system of international regulation for commercial and subsistence whale hunts.
Armed with years of experience and an unrelenting commitment to conserve our planet's whales, the U.S. delegation announced new whale conservation initiatives and provided leadership at this meeting for discussions about disentanglement, strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling, ship strike avoidance, and responsible whale watching. The U.S. delegation announced that they would continue working with Argentina and Brazil on capacity building and training in relation to disentanglement response. In addition, they hosted a premiere showing of the Emmy award-winning film, In the Wake of Giants, about NOAA's effort to disentangle whales caught in fishing gear in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary. Also at this week's IWC meeting in Panama, Greenpeace provided the U.S. delegation with almost 53,000 signatures and a letter to President Obama thanking the Administration for their conservation efforts. In the letter, Greenpeace also asks the President to continue efforts to strengthen the international moratorium on commercial whaling.
Finally, one of the biggest issues driving the discussions this year was subsistence hunting for indigenous communities, including the U.S.'s Alaska Natives and the Makah Tribe. At the meeting on July 3, the IWC renewed aboriginal subsistence whaling catch limits through 2018 for bowhead and gray whales. The IWC last renewed these catch limits in 2007. They approved catch limits at the same annual levels as previous years. The United States had requested a renewal of the bowhead whale catch limits on behalf of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, and a renewal of the gray whale catch limits on behalf of the Makah Tribe of Washington State. Alaska Native coastal communities harvest bowhead whales for subsistence purposes. The Makah Tribe of Washington State has hunted gray whales in prior years, but currently seeks authorization from NOAA Fisheries under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to hunt gray whales for subsistence purposes.
Northeast/Southeast – NOAA Proposes to Prohibit Retaining, Transshipping, Landing, Storing, Selling and Purchasing of Silky Sharks Caught in the Pelagic Longline fishery for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the Atlantic; Comments Due Jul. 23
NOAA Fisheries is proposing a rule to implement the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) recommendation 11-08, which prohibits retaining, transshipping, or landing of silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) caught in association with ICCAT fisheries. In order to improve domestic enforcement capabilities, NOAA Fisheries is also proposing to prohibit the storing, selling and purchasing of the species. This rule would affect the commercial highly migratory species pelagic longline fishery for tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. This rule would not affect commercial fishermen fishing for sharks with bottom longline, gillnet, or handgear; nor would the rule affect recreational fishermen as harvesting silky sharks is already prohibited in the recreational fishery. Comments on the proposed rule are due July 23, 2012.
[Fishupdate.com] - July 9, 2012 -
The full programme for the 10th International Seafood Summit in Hong Kong is now available.
Set against the landscape of a changing world order - across global politics, markets and environmental change - this year's Summit theme of "Evolving Solutions for New Horizon's" poses the question: in what ways can the seafood community continue the momentum and further advance sustainability solutions?
This year's programme provides key updates and exciting innovations in the following areas:
- High seas fishing and the ocean commons
- Marketing with integrity and through the value chain
- Sustainable aquaculture
- Live seafood trade
- Food security and livelihoods
- Keystone species, including sharks, tuna, and salmon
- Consumer demand and awareness
- Ecosystem approach
- Artisanal fisheries and social capital
- Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported (IUU) fishing
- Financing the future of seafood
In addition to the full programme, there will be three pre-Summit workshops on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 to explore the future of seafood ecolabelling, investment in sustainable seafood & ocean restoration, and the status of shark finning. Although the workshops are free of charge to registered Summit attendees, participants interestsd in attending the workshops must also register through the Summit registration page.
The field trip "The Real China Aquaculture Experience" will take place September 8- 11, 2012, and will provide a firsthand look at the challenges and opportunities of aquaculture production in China. Space is limited on this field trip, so be sure to register soon.