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Thursday, October 07, 2010: The wind just won’t give us a frickin’ break. There’s no guessing what direction it’s going to honk outta next. Today it’s a SCA west wind, gesturing to 30 knots. Things …

Thursday, October 07, 2010:

The wind just won’t give us a frickin’ break. There’s no guessing what direction it’s going to honk outta next. Today it’s a SCA west wind, gesturing to 30 knots. Things should calm as the weekend arrives. Offshore-ing should be doable.

Get crackin’ if you’re signing up for the 2010 LBI Surf Fishing Classic. The hats run out quickly.

As written in my weekly column, there most likely isn’t going to be a rush to the scales for the first week – unless the slammers move in, which surely could be any hour now. A slow start is prefect. Even folks like me can get lucky when it comes to essentially spinning the roulette wheel by blind casting plugs along random jetties.

The headboats went offshore and knocked the socks of tuna.

Failed mullet run remains fully failed. Hideous. That makes two losing mullet falls in succession, though last year’s light showing seems like a winner compared to the current near mullet-less year.

How about those bald eagles seen perched on an Osprey Nest off High Bar Harbor? I didn’t get a look at the raptors yet but wonder if it might be juveniles, progeny of the offspring of the Mullica River nesting adults, looking for some skyways to call their very own.

Email: “Jay Just wanted to let you know on Saturday afternoon me, Ron S., Brian D. and Carl R. decided to seine the pond at the Holgate entrance what we got was 8 " snapper blues, spearing, killies, hardheads, 10" and smaller king fish about two dozen, mullet, some kind of jacks about the size of spot and about a dozen barracudas up to 12" their were some other kinds of smaller fish native to the bay just not sure of their names we probably would have got more than what we did but the seine net was four foot high and was not on the bottom the pond was close to five feet deep in the middle fishing was slow we were bored something to do on such a nice day.”

(That’s the kinda curiosity that life is all about for folks like us.

I had seen a variety if surface swirls in there as I drove by and guessed there was quite the variety of inmates being held there by nature. I’m sure there were also some fluke buried on the bottom.

The pond got totally overwashed during the nor-easter so either there’s now a ton of new fish in the hole and/or the ones that were there are gone. Imagine the sense of escape felt by those that fled, only to be put upon by hardened predators. “How do I get back in that hole!?”

You likely noticed the fat great blue heron that incessantly hangs around that pond, engorging on easily-skewered inmates. Interestingly, great blue herons have the option of migrating south, and often opt-out, choosing to stay the winter in Jersey, despite the frigidity. I’ve written on breaking them out after their legs have become iced in. Talk about a war. You don’t realize how tall and fast they are when striking out —even at someone trying to save their dumb frozen-in asses. Unlike foul-hooked gulls and the like, five-foot herons easily have a three-foot striking range – and often go right for the face of someone coming at them.

The barracuda thing is a bit odd. I was told the odd showing of ‘cuda this fall is comprised of a subspecies called “golden barracuda.” I haven’t got a clue as to that brand of barracuda. I did see some needlefish in the pond. J-mann)

HOLGATE HAPPENINGS: While on the tricky topic of Holgate every changing layout of the land, the storm really wracked the entrance, more than usual. Where we had a very wide off and on area prior to the blow, there was nothing but exposed stone and concrete debris, post storm. Thankfully, the always helpful boys from public works (Long Beach Township) got at least a semblance of roadway in place. They were going to expand on that.

That area of exposed roots, past the Osprey Nest, was hideous right after the blow. It took until a couple hours post high tide to get by. The only upside is the fact those roots are not really jagged and most can be safely driven over, though there are also so buried wood pieces to watch for.

HOT OFF THE WIRES:

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One of the most critical problems of tuna management is that the science reported by organizations such as ICAAT is subject to political maniuplation, with some countries forcing their scientists to publish political, not scientific results.

There is a two-fold problem. First is the reliability and independence of the science itself. Second is the fact that RFMO's then ignore the advice of their own scientists.

The issue is coming to a head for ICAAT at their upcoming November meeting where they will have to vote on new bluefin tuna catch limits for the Mediterannean. It is widely believed that huge amounts of illegal fishing are continuing in the Mediterannean, and that this fishing, along with quotas which continue to be set far above the overfishing level, is contributing to the rapid decline of Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks.

At the scientific meeting in September prior to the main ICAAT meeting, scientists from the various countries were unable to agree on a catch limit recommendation. Some of the scientists complained to PEW observers that they were being pressured to agree to political attempts to manipulate the data.

A follow up meeting will be held this week in Madrid. There is a distinct possibility that the scientific advisors to ICAAT still might not reach consensus on a range of catch limits that would be acceptable to maintain the bluefin stocks. If such limits are not proposed, it will give political cover to those countries trying to sabatoge tuna conservation, and will lead to more pressure for the international community to bypass ICAAT and take tuna conservation measures independently.

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October 6, 2010 - While many people don't like to put a face to their meals, Nishiki Sushi in Sacramento, Calif. had been serving dancing seafood until PETA asked them to stop.

According to The Sacramento Bee , the sushi restaurant took the controversial 'dancing prawn' dish off the menu after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals contacted them, informing them that shrimp can feel pain.

After numerous customers called PETA to inform them of the treatment of the live prawns at the dining establishment, the organization stepped in, according to The Bee.

The restaurant had bathed the live prawns in cold sake before the tail was removed and then they were served live and moving.

In fact, customers were told to squeeze lemon juice on the prawns so they would 'dance' while being 'eaten alive.' But rather than dancing, PETA pointed to a study that shows that shrimp are actually writhing in pain.

'Because we received so many calls, we contacted Nishiki and told them every animal feels pain, and we have the scientific evidence to back that up,' said Amanda Fortino, a campaign coordinator for PETA, to The Bee. 'They agreed to not sell the live shrimp anymore, and we really appreciate that.'

AOL News reported that the owner of Nishiki, Danny Leung, told PETA he didn't know the sea creatures were feeling pain and swiftly removed the item from the menu.

The animal activists report the findings of a 2007 study from Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland which prove that prawns react to pain.

Specifically, the crustaceans acted as though they had an injured paw when acid was dabbed onto an antennae and were also affected by painkillers.

Some sushi restaurants in Japan fillet live fish down to the bone and leave the head and tail attached and serve it still moving - a practice that PETA would no doubt try to stop.

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[Nutra Ingredients] By Shane Starling - October 7, 2010 -

French-based Polaris has purchased Canadian start-up Ocean Nutrasciences, for an undisclosed sum.

Polaris has been working in the nutritional lipid area for about 15 years and said the acquisition provided it with added innovation potential in marine ingredients for use in, “nutraceutics, food and cosmetics”.

In particular, Ocean Nutrasciences has done a lot of work taking extracts from Northern shrimp which have been found to be high in astaxanthine, amino acids and omega-3 forms EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

In a statement Polaris said Ocean Nutrasciences, “develops, makes, values (via clinical studies) and markets marine ingredients (shellfish, algae and fish) exempt from organic solvents”.

The company had a strong, “expertise in the development of biochemical processes and state-of-the-art equipments” and its Quebec location gave it access to, “an optimal volume of strictly controlled fresh raw materials”.

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October 7, 2010 - The fish that once made fortunes in towns like Port Penn and Delaware City -- the Atlantic sturgeon -- is being proposed for endangered species listing along much of the Atlantic Coast, including Delaware and Chesapeake bays.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fishery Service announced Tuesday it will seek endangered species status for populations in the Chesapeake Bay, New York Bight -- which includes the Delaware River and Bay, Carolina and South Atlantic populations. The Gulf of Maine population is proposed for threatened species listing.

It is already illegal to fish for Atlantic sturgeon.

'We haven't seen a recovery even in the absence of a fishery,' said Dewayne Fox, a sturgeon researcher and associate professor at Delaware State University. 'They haven't come back.'

Delaware fisheries biologist Matt Fisher, who works with Atlantic sturgeon, said the listing should help address issues such as dredging, ship strikes and water quality and give more teeth to federal regulators.

Listing, if it happens, could potentially impact everything from Delaware's commercial gill-net fisheries, dredging including the Delaware River deepening project and beach renourishment projects, Fox said.

A comment period and a series of public meetings will precede a final decision.

Federal officials took a detailed look at Atlantic sturgeon populations in 2007 and concluded the population -- already small -- was at risk from accidental catches in commercial fishing, vessel strikes, poor water quality, dams and dredging.

Amid these concerns there was a bright spot for the Delaware River and Bay population last year. Fisher and a team of state biologists caught a baby sturgeon when they were sampling. The small sturgeon was a sign that the adults are still spawning and reproducing in the Delaware River and Bay.

Until Fisher's discovery, there was uncertainty about whether a spawning stock still existed. It was a critical discovery because Atlantic sturgeon spawn in the river of their own birth.

Adults can be huge -- more than 6 feet long once they are mature -- and they are slow-growing and long-lived. Because they reach sexual maturity later than many other fish species, it can take decades for a depleted population to recover.

The fish spend much of their lives in saltwater but they spawn and are born in fresh waters.

At one time, they spawned in major estuary and river systems from Labrador to Florida.

The federal survey found that the fish are now found in 35 U.S. rivers and are likely spawning in about 20 of those.

Delaware River landings peaked in 1888 at 6 million pounds. By 1901, sturgeon landings in the Delaware were 6 percent of that.

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