Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Above: A kingfisher makes an amazing ice score.
Snowy ride this a.m. on the Road-to-Nowhere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXcw0n9Jq9s
Saturday, February 09, 2013: That rapid fire burst of snow last night was a tad bothersome, registering about three inches on LBI and slightly heavier for sections of the mainland. Kit wasn’t quite shovel-able but ended up busting my cheap, wood-handled broom. Sometimes I wish I never got that large gift card to the Dollar World.
The mind-boggler is thinking about what Nemo the Blizzard would have been like had it all been snow hereabouts. Not only would it have easily surpassed 30 inches in snow depth but it would have been heavy now -- not the total amount but the actual weight of the wet snow. Trees on the mainland were straining under just what little snow we got. Add another 30 inches?
We also dodged a bullet with the tides. In many places it was nothing we haven’t seen a dozen times so far this season. This is not to say it wasn’t a dismal Déjà flood for folks like those on Cedar Run/Dock Road but the size Nemo finally achieved would have drowned all of us, had it exploded off the Delmarva.
There was one other saving grace of winter storm Nemo: it’s short duration. If we’ve learned any life lessons from both the March Storm of ’62 and Superstorm Sandy, it’s the second and even third day of a vicious storm are what kills and destroys.
The worst expression any coastal soul can hear, weather-wise, is “slow mover.” And for those of us who micro-studied the actions of Superstorm Sandy, she came damn close to hitting the brakes right off the NJ coast. There was also the little-discussed factor of nearly 36 hours of hard northeast winds prior to her actual arrival, a form of pre-stacking tides inside the bay. I’ll even limb out by suggesting Sandy would not have been as severe a flood event if the coast hadn’t already been softened up by early surf and surges – although those early impacts were part and parcel of her development.
Might this be the end of winter’s worst? I’ll use that now commonplace line that “Some computers are showing …” that jet stream trends seem to point to an overall mildening (no such word but it works for me). When it’s all said and done, this is going to be a “normal” meteorological winter, based both on average temperatures and precipitation, though the later doesn’t need much more to edge into the “above-average” realm.
I really like this series on making real fish skin lures. Above and below photos are from another site but shows spinner blades and plug made with actual skin. It is done the same way as in this video.
The following news story reeks of maneuvering to find ways to finagle a renewal of overfishing in the face of the worst fishery/biosystem collapse on the planet. The fishing regions off New England were among the richest in the world only a few decades back. Catastrophic overfishing by the combined efforts of both local vessels and factory ships absolutely denuded the area of most fish stocks. Now there is an understandable outcry by those local commercial fishing vessels figuratively dying at the docks. But to blame catch restrictions and “catch monitors,” as if they’re to blame for the decimation of fisheries, remains ludicrous. Of course, up that way they’re also blaming the seals. Shows the degree of freaky finger-pointing they’ll go to just to avoid accepting the blame. We have to bring those New England and “banks” fish stock back to life. And lest I get targeted for being anti-commercial fishing, once those stocks are back we then allow the commercialists to shine again, though this time in a controlled manner. My way of thinking paves the way for fishing forever.
[Portland Press-Herald] By Kevin Miller - February 8, 2013 -
WASHINGTON, Lawmakers from Maine and two other states are urging federal regulators to "exercise all authority under the law" to help the New England groundfishing fleet weather severe catch limits that many fear could decimate the industry.
In a letter sent Thursday, 13 members of Congress from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire asked acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank to help owners cover the costs of having catch monitors on vessels as mandated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. All four members of Maine's delegation -- Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud -- signed the letter.
"NOAA Fisheries must seriously consider the impact of further burdening our fishermen with at-sea monitoring costs and dedicate the resources necessary to continue to cover these costs," the members wrote. "Even without the drastic reductions in catch limits, our fishermen cannot feasibly afford their expected share of at-sea monitors."
The New England lawmakers also requested that NOAA promptly decide whether fishermen will be able to carry over any unused quotas from this year to next. They also urged the agency to dedicate funding toward finding out what is suppressing populations of many groundfish species.
"With incredible challenges ahead for fishermen and in rebuilding the resource, now is the time to prioritize federal programs that have the potential to improve fisheries science and management and support long-term sustainability of the resource and fishing communities," the letter reads.
Last week, regional fisheries regulators voted to slash the quota for Gulf of Maine cod by 77 percent later this year and Georges Bank cod by 55 percent. The reductions are necessary, regulators and scientists said, because groundfish stocks have been found to be much smaller than previously estimated.
In 1990, an estimated 350 vessels hauled in more than 15 million pounds of Atlantic cod in Maine alone. Today, fewer than 50 vessels remain in the industry. The cod catch for 2011 was just 750,000 pounds and the total value of all groundfish that year was just $5.7 million, compared to $334.6 million for lobster.
Many groundfishermen have struggled to catch even their reduced quotas because stocks have all but disappeared in many areas. Fishermen have asked NOAA to let them transfer their unused quota to this year, but no decision has been made.
Last year, the Commerce Department declared that the New England groundfishery faced an "economic disaster" because stocks were not recovering as quickly as expected despite strict catch limits. The designation opens the door for federal disaster relief. But Congress has yet to authorize any funding.