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Sept. 28, 2012:: Fluking ends, small blues continue; video: sandbags being placed

Stu ends fluking season on a three-pound note. He took it from the fist cut, coming onto Holgate.

 Sandbags being placed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1axk8v1MeJ4&feature=plcp

Sept. 28, 2012: Fluke season ends. Hats off to the flatties for offering one of the finest fluking summers in a long stretch. Taking in reports from around the state, I have no doubt we’ve gone over-quota.  Won’t hurt a thing, biomass-wise. Might fishery management get testy over the too-high take?  Remains to be seen. All I know is there are plenty more fluke where those came from. One angler made a very interesting observation (though I’m sure it doesn’t fit everyone). “I would have done just as good this summer even if the size had been 18 inches.”  I can see that, as many folks were culling out 17.5s for larger arriving fluke.

 

Another word to the traveling wise that Beach Haven is going to kinda crazed for the next couple days, as will Tuckerton (tomorrow). Patience please.

The mullet run is becoming bally. That’s when smaller pods gather in larger balls. These migratory masses are often more ocean oriented, seen in the surf from now until whenever.

The cocktail/tailor blues are the main catchable now, and through the weekend. I caught a couple. Folks targeting fluke were being cleaned by blues.

Water temps remain upper 60s, bnoth bay and ocean. There is no serious cold coming so that mildness isn't going to change quickly, since the ocean and bay temperatures are based on ambient air temps. The likes of the Labrador Current does not reach us.

The later the water stays warm the less snow we get, be that good or bad. With the confirmation that it's going to be a very low El Nino impact this winter, I sure wouldn't bank of a white Christmas -- or beyond. Sorry, kids. On the other fishing hand, we'll  be catching schoolie stripers through December. 

I got three acrylic molds and big bottles of vinyl plastic to make my own Fin-S Fish and sassies. I also have bottles of GULP extract to add to my plastic creations. I'll be videotaping my efforts to create my own rubbery artificials. My weirdest idea is to literally cut the silver strips off large spearing or bay anchovies -- those fouled in my nets and already doomed. I'm then going to place them on the sides of my homemade Fin-S. By the by, I get my stuff from Jann's. https://www.jannsnetcraft.com/.

The bass heading our way from Montauk. 

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A Global study of unassessed fisheries says big catch improvements possible if user rights exist

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  by John Sackton  Sept. 28,  2012

A new study of global fish stocks published in Science today suggests that a distinction has to be made between small scale and large scale stocks.

The study looked at the fisheries that are currently not well assessed, meaning that no formal estimates of stock status, life history and fishing effort takes place.

'After focusing exclusively on finfish and aggregating across countries for highly mobile species, our final dataset contains 1,793 distinct unassessed marine fisheries from around the world, comprising 23% of global landings', said the study, with the lead author Christopher Costello of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For large scale fisheries, the study found little difference between the performance of assessed and unassessed fisheries.  


This figure, from the report, shows that the critical problem where fisheries are far below their target biomass for maximum sustainable yield are the smaller scale unassessed fisheries.  These tend to be small scale coastal fisheries in less developed countries.

Unassessed fisheries account for only 23% of global landings, although they account for more than 80% of the world's 10,000 fisheries (species in a specific geographic area).  Among the unassessed fisheries however, 64% were below MSY.  However, when the unassessed fisheries are broken down by size (i.e. larger than average and smaller than average), the larger unassessed fisheries perform nearly as well as the assessed fisheries at 94% of Bmsy,  but the smaller unassessed fisheries are in much worse condition, around 49% of Bmsy.  

The authors and EDF, which helped support the study, concluded that to preserve biodiversity among a broad range of species, and to help food security in areas where governments do not have resources for Western style fisheries management, measures can be taken that would lead to recovery for these stocks.

A recovery of fisheries could increase worldwide landings by up to 40 percent, helping to feed a global human population that is forecast to rise from 7 billion to 9 billion between now and 2050, according to the report in Friday's edition of Science.


'Small-scale unassessed fisheries are in substantially worse shape than was previously thought,' Christopher Costello, lead author of the study at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told a telephone news conference.

'The good news here is that it's not too late,' he said. 'These fisheries can rebound. But the longer we wait, the harder and more costly it will be ... In another ten years, the window of opportunity may have closed.'


One way to promote recovery is to grant communities or individual fishermen exclusive rights to catches in return for respecting 'no take' zones. These could be around coral reefs or mangrove swamps that are nurseries for fish, experts said.

'The silver lining is that we have proven solutions,' Michael Arbuckle, senior fisheries specialist at the World Bank, told the news conference. 'Ending open access in favor of fishing rights is the key.'

'The revolution here is to empower fishermen to lead the way in recovering fish populations,' said Amanda Leland, of the Environmental Defense Fund.

Costello said that 'the biggest scientific hurdle' had been to ensure confidence that the data were accurate when the fisheries were unassessed.

'Without good information on fish populations, managing (fisheries) sustainably can be a hard thing to do. It's like trying to decide how far you can drive your car without knowing how much gas is in the tank,' he said.

The new report was co-authored by Steve Gaines, professor and dean at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management; Matthew Elliott, principal of California Environmental Associates; Ray Hilborn, professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington; and Sarah Lester, project scientist for the Sustainable Fisheries Group at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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