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Thursday, February 10, 2011:   Some flakes flew last night but all that remained a-ground at sunrise was a tad of sparkle. By the time the sun burnt off the post cold front clouds, the trace had melt…

Thursday, February 10, 2011:

 

Some flakes flew last night but all that remained a-ground at sunrise was a tad of sparkle. By the time the sun burnt off the post cold front clouds, the trace had melted. Now, we’re in for a (big surprise) cold crunch for maybe 24 hours to 36 hours followed by – why do I say this and jinx it? – the mildest air since last November. The mildity won’t come in instantly. It’ll be more like a gradual move to normalcy (highs low to do 40s) followed by a sprint to balmy air temps (mainland mainly), quite likely into the 60s.

I refuse to call it the end of winter as we’ve seen it, but all the computers agree it’ll be a quantum shift in the jet stream meanderings – the cold branch going far to the north and the accompanying milder south air moving up from the south.

Per typical, LBI will keep an aggravating chill going, as south winds occasionally swing SE and come in off the ocean. Still, most of us will take a thaw of any sort.

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As we watch the relative warmth move in, the final contracting phases of the federal/state/local Surf City emergency beach fix are underway. The pump-in work has gotta be done in the springtime, even though the feds have the legal right to do it even in summer. No, the Army Corps has no intention of doing that. However, should a wicked hurricane hit in say, July, the Corps could take heavy metal emergency action, including a midsummer pump-in; worst-case scenario, though. 

 

I’ve been making sure The SandPaper has beach-fix updates almost weekly, even when there is very little new to write. The reason I do this is to keep locals informed and to squelch, way ahead of time, the inevitable ranting and bitching that comes with arriving seasonal folks -- who scream at me and the paper for not having alerted the public to the inconvenience.

Obviously, I can’t control what the hometown media does back where those folks hang for the winter, but I’ll be able to produce over a dozen stories proving we wrote of the upcoming sand pump meant to repair the Surf City beachfront.

 

I have reason to think the work will primarily focus on the north end of town, allowing littoral drift to carry the sand southward, covering toward the Surf City/Ship Bottom line.

 

It’ll be interesting to watch how the sand driftdown (my word) from the Harvey Cedars beach project will add material to the Surf City pump-in.

 

I had written before that, theoretically, the entire Island could be replenished by repeatedly filling in just one or two sections. However, it would take a full-blown ongoing Beach Haven replenishment to ever reach the whole of Holgate, where end times are now just around the weather bend.

 

Holgate is so pathetically anorectic that the next big storm – we haven’t had one in decades – will tear across it in two or three spots, unlike times past when a single channel separated the far south end from LBI proper. I see it breaking into a series of small sedge-like islands. Even then, we now have the technology to bring things back to the old days of sand aplenty. Methinks it’ll take a catastrophic storm to trigger that technology to step up and work on our behalf.

 

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o the government's new dietary guidelines, out Jan. 31.

Currently, people consume an average of 3 ounces of seafood a week, but adults should consume at least 8 ounces a week, the guidelines say.

Why advise such a major increase in seafood consumption?

'Research shows it reduces the risk of heart disease,' says Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ralph Sacco, president of the American Heart Association, agrees. 'There's good scientific evidence that people who eat fish have lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke,' he says.

The heart association recommends eating two or more servings (about 3 ounces per serving) of fish a week, Sacco says. 'Too few Americans are eating enough fish each week, so we applaud the USDA for adding this to their new guidelines.'

Seafood contributes nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, that are associated with reducing the risk of heart disease. Just how much a person should eat, however, has been a matter of debate because of the health risks associated with methyl mercury, a heavy metal found in seafood in varying levels.

The guidelines say the health benefits of eating a variety of seafood outweigh the risks associated with methyl mercury.

Some varieties that are relatively high in omega-3 acids and lower in mercury: salmon, anchovies, herring, sardines, Pacific oysters, trout, Atlantic and Pacific mackerel, flounder, crab, light canned tuna and catfish.

Elizabeth Ward, a registered dietitian in Boston, says, 'I am happy that they are offering this seafood guideline, but I don't think it's easily achieved.

'Fish consumption is so pitifully low now that it will take time to get it up to the amount the guidelines are suggesting.'

In the meantime, for those who aren't eating that much fish, she suggests they include foods fortified with omega-3 fatty acids such as some brands of eggs, milk and cheese.

 

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February 10, 2011 - The federal government on Wednesday issued the nation's first policy guidelines for aquaculture, opening the way for farm-raised seafood to be produced in federal waters as long as the operations do not threaten wild fish stocks or saltwater ecosystems. 

The guidelines, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, offer general standards that regional fishery councils will have to meet when they propose fish farms. Aquaculture has been growing rapidly worldwide, and in 2009, farmed fish and shellfish surpassed wild-caught stocks as the major source of seafood worldwide. NOAA estimates that 84 percent of the seafood consumed in the United States is now imported, and half of that is produced through aquaculture. 

While shellfish aquaculture is common in state waters, which typically extend to three miles offshore, most fin fish farmed in the United States are freshwater plant-eating fish like tilapia. There has been little farming of saltwater fin fish. In 2009 NOAA allowed an aquaculture plan proposed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, which regulates fishing in federal waters in the gulf, to proceed. Federal officials said then that in the absence of a federal policy, they had no grounds to block it.

Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the gulf plan would be evaluated in light of the new guidelines. Marine aquaculture operations in other countries have drawn criticism from environmentalists and researchers who say they contribute to pollution and disease among wild fish. 

Opponents also noted that farmed fish like salmon typically feed on pellets made from smaller ocean fish, which contributes to declines in wild fish stocks. In a statement, George H. Leonard, director of the aquaculture program at the Ocean Conservancy, called the draft guidelines issued Wednesday “a step in the right direction.” He said that “piecemeal aquaculture standards” like those for the gulf could undermine American efforts to produce sustainably farmed seafood. 

Among other things, the guidelines recommend more research on what Eric Schwaab, NOAA's assistant administrator for fisheries, called “alternate feeds” that would substitute for wild fish in the diets of farmed fish and might have less of an impact on the ecosystem. The guidelines also call for a ban on stocking fish farms with non-native fish until it can be demonstrated that their presence will not cause “undue harm to wild species, habitats or ecosystems in the event of an escape.” The public may comment on the aquaculture guidelines through April 11. Mr. Schwaab said he expected a final version to be adopted this year. Noting that wild fish stocks are under threat globally, the agency said that aquaculture in the United States and abroad was likely to take a growing share in the market for fish. 

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