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Saturday, November 08, 2008: Waves: Residual 3-4 north. Wind: Light (early).
A.M. note: Both LBI inlets are bustin’ with bunker, especially south. It remains the best bunker fall in recent memory – quite likely due to conservation measures enacted a few years back. Even stricter measures are in being fostered that would greatly reduce reduction boats in the EEZ. This move might be tough due to evidence that the fishery is not being overfished.
Very crowded conditions on the beach and in the inlets today. Stay brotherly. Weekends pass quickly.
Jamens Braak is the latest member of the rogue-catchers club. His 37-2 muscled onto the charts after he pulled it out of the North End surf, using bunker. That was the second such cow in that vicinity (his was caught Thursday but weighed Friday) in as many days. Still, the patterning of these super striper catches is unpredictable. Get out there and try wherever you feel the surf beckoning.
Head note: As oft noted, I’m sure not big on bunker heads but a number of stories of success with bunker cabezas has come my way in the past week. Interestingly, they were working amazingly well when folks were snagging and dropping bunker. I also saw that folks weren’t using just the head but a goodly chunk of the body also – that is, when bunker were as close as a snag away. When they’re 2 bucks a pop, that’ not as fiscally viable.
E-question: “Did the Osprey Nest take a beating …? -- Kyle
(It isn't just the Nest but the area north and south for quite a distance that is going down. It seems a number of beach points are racing to see which can be the first to break west.
What is "break west?"
That's not a total breakthrough. A total breakthrough will happen during a huge storm. A breaking to the west is when the highest historic point of Holgate has been reached (right about now) and thereafter there is only an eroding of the overall Holgate highlands -- to eventually have the sea meet the bay.
A famed cliché tells it less technically: It's all downhill from here.
Picture Holgate as a dike and the higher water side (the ocean) is, on a regular basis, eroding the dike's peak, making it easier and easier to breach during high water periods. In this instance, since the ocean's height varies through tides and smaller storms, an over washing (a short-term breach) will occur then back off, further lowering the height of the dike in the process. Eventually, the dike's top height is so lowered there is little resistance to even semi-high waters. Sooner or later, inexorable natural forces will establish a full-blown breakthrough point – and create a permanent breach, this time a new inlet.
In some ways, Holgate is not only eroding along the beachfront but is also losing what little height above sea level it had. Again, this is part of the insidious breaking to the west.
Note: The current (likely doomed) federal beach replenishment program requires the building of dunes along with the placement of beach sand. That is to bolster the high point of the Island to make breaching less likely. It exemplifies how essential it is to prevent the lowering of high point of the island. If Holgate is to be preserved now, it’ll entail a beach fill and a significant dune building. Currently, Holgate is, at numerous points, fully lacking beach, dunes or highlands.
The Forsythe Refuge remains dedicated to preventing any effort to sure-up Holgate. Eventually, the state will step in since, by proximity, the erosion will risk lives and properties. I believe the Refuge, i.e. the federal government, will be fully liable for any loses incurred because of its blocking of emergency beach replenishment. J-mann)
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Copyright 2008 Independent News and Media Ltd] - November 7, 2008 - The demand for shark fins is driving illegal shark fishing globally and causing shark populations to plummet.
A report published jointly by the Australian government and Traffic, an international network that monitors trade in wild plants and animals, said the Asian shark fin markets was the key driver of shark fin fishing.
The report was launched ahead of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation meeting on sharks in Rome this week. The meeting will discuss how to monitor shark fisheries and will consider the effect illegal fishing is having on shark numbers.
Traffic said in a statement that sharks were particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they grew slowly, were late to mature and produced relatively few young. Currently more than a fifth of shark species were listed as threatened with extinction.
Glenn Sant, Traffic's global marine programme leader and author of the report, said in the statement: 'We simply don't know enough about the scale of global shark fishing practices to assess the true impact that legitimate fishing is having. Many so-called managed shark fisheries are not constrained in any way to ensure they are sustainable, which opens up the threat of over-fishing.'
In 2000 the FAO encouraged member countries to implement management of their shark populations, but seven years later fewer than 20% of members had introduced a plan to do so. Such national measures should include specific actions to tackle illegal shark fishing, Traffic said.
'The global lack of action towards conserving shark populations is inexcusable, given the knowledge we have about the impacts of fishing on these animals,' Sant said.
Only six of the 20 shark-catching countries had implemented plans of action to manage sharks