(Above: Weeks Marine does wetlands/marshlands restoration work.)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017: It’s finally official: Double Creek dredging will begin this fall. (See full press release down below. Mariners, please read. )
The Double Creek work will be done by a contractor we all know: Great Lakes Dredging.
Of special import: “Dredging operations are expected to begin in early-October and continue 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week through the end of December. Channel use may be limited where the dredge is in operation and where the pipeline is carrying dredged material to its placement locations. Channel closures are not expected, although this is subject to change.”
I like Great Lakes after they went so far out of its way to work with beachgoers during previous beach fixes on LBI. I have fun photos of folks merrily playing in the surf with the huge five-story “crab” and heavy moving equipment just off to their side. Cool.
I’ll add here that we’re in equally excellent had with Weeks Dredging doing the Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Brant Beach sand spraying, likely starting fairly soon, i.e. October.
I have to wonder: Had Great Lakes also won the beach replen bid, would they have done Double Creek first, then moved to the beaches? I say that because the surfcasting impacts would have been lessened under that scenario. Nonetheless, there will be ample fall surf fishing space until the end of the year. What’s more, the LBI Surf Fishing Classic allows some bayside fishing, adding even more real estate for anglers to tap into.
Barnegat Bay Inlet area dredging to begin in October
Contractor in the process of mobilization and placing pipeline for project
(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a project to dredge five State navigation channels in the Barnegat Bay Inlet area in Ocean County.
The work is part of an $8.7 million dollar project to dredge State channels in Forked River and Barnegat Bay. This portion of the project will include the following channels: Double Creek Mainland, Double Creek Inlet, High Bar Harbor and Barnegat Light Stake. Double Creek Inlet Channel has been closed, and commercial, sailboat and general recreational traffic had been severely limited in some locations since Superstorm Sandy. This project will ensure renewed safe navigation, and maintain these Barnegat Bay Channels in a state of good repair.
In preparation for the dredging, NJDOT’s contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC, is now working during daylight hours, seven days a week to place pipeline in or near the channels, which will be both submerged and floating. The pipeline will be used to pump sediment to the Oyster Creek Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) and sand to the Barnegat Borough Beach near the Barnegat Lighthouse Stake Park.
Dredging operations are expected to begin in early-October and continue 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week through the end of December. Channel use may be limited where the dredge is in operation and where the pipeline is carrying dredged material to its placement locations. Channel closures are not expected, although this is subject to change.
Mariners should be advised that State Aids to Navigation (ATON) will be removed as necessary for the duration of the project.Updates to the Local Notice to Mariners should be expected as the project progresses.
The public is advised to be aware of and stay alert to the pipeline, buoys, dredge and other equipment during this time. NJDOT asks that no one approach the pipeline, dredge or any related project equipment under any circumstances, whether or not active dredging operations are observed.
Pipelines can often be difficult to see on the water, and boaters should proceed through dredging maintenance and construction zones with the utmost caution. No wake speed should be observed in active work zones throughout the project duration.
Following Superstorm Sandy, NJDOT in March 2014 announced a comprehensive State Channel Dredging and Emergency Response Program to ensure and maintain safe navigation statewide, and to continue to be able to respond adequately to waterway impacts from named storms.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. For NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.
Related: The National Fish and Wildlife remains obstinate when it comes to allowing a test dredging of Little Egg Inlet. They had been momentarily on the fence about a one-time test dredge but have recently backed off, surely egged on (or off) by in-house interests opposed to the action. I hadn't expected the work could be done this winter but next spring could get interesting as things get more hazardous in the non-inlet.
(Below: While this is warning for waters south of us, I've harped long and hard on the awfulness of sundry Vibrio bacteria -- a group of some of the worst infection-makers on the books, some developing antibiotic-resistant strains, not to mention the flesh-eating varieties.)
Researchers have found that three common species of Vibrio bacteria in Chesapeake Bay could increase with changing climate conditions by the end of this century, resulting in significant economic and healthcare costs from illnesses caused by exposure to contaminated water and consumption of contaminated shellfish.
The study, the first to apply a new way of downscaling global climate models to the Chesapeake Bay, was conducted by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists and colleagues. It appears in the American Geophysical Union journal GeoHealth.
Man Dies of Flesh-Eating Bacteria from Ocean: What Is Vibrio Vulnificus?
A scanning electron micrograph image of Vibrio vulnificus bacteria.
Credit: CDC/Janice Haney Carr
A man in Maryland died just days after he developed a rare infection from a type of flesh-eating bacteria that live in ocean water.
The man, Michael Funk, 67, had a cut on his leg that came into contact with the salty water in a bay near his home in Ocean City, according to Nature World News. The cut allowed a type of bacteria called Vibrio vulnificusto enter his bloodstream. Soon, Funk began to experience intense pain in his leg and was taken to the hospital, where doctors removed infected skin, and later, amputated his leg. But within four days, the fast-moving infection had taken his life.
Vibrio vulnificus is found in warm coastal waters, and is present at higher levels between May and October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People can become infected with the bacteria in two ways: By consuming contaminated seafood, or by having an open wound that comes into direct contact with seawater that contains the bacteria. [10 Bizarre Diseases You Can Get Outdoors]
Those who eat seafood contaminated with V. vulnificus, including raw or undercooked shellfish, can experience diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and fever, the CDC said.
But if people have a wound that is exposed to the bacteria, as in Funk's case, the bacteria can infect the skin and cause skin breakdown and ulcers. These infections can progress to affect the whole body, and lead to life-threatening symptoms, including dangerously low blood pressure or septic shock, the CDC said.
Once a bloodstream infection occurs, the prognosis is grim: About 50 percent of V. vulnificus bloodstream infections are fatal, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Still, serious illness from the bacteria is rare: the CDC estimates that among the 80,000 people in the U.S. who become sick with Vibrio bacteria per year, about 100 die from the infection.
People are more likely to develop an infection if they have a weakened immune system, particularly from chronic liver disease, the CDC said.
To prevent infection with V. vulnificus, the CDC recommends that people with open wounds avoid contact with salt or brackish water, or cover their wound with a waterproof bandage. To avoid a foodborne illness from the bacteria, the CDC recommends that people do not eat raw or undercooked shellfish.
Brain Damage in Fish Affected by Plastic Nanoparticles
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PHYS.ORG] September 26, 2017
Calculations have shown that 10 per cent of all plastic produced around the world ultimately ends up in the oceans. As a result, a large majority of global marine debris is in fact plastic waste. Human production of plastics is a well-known environmental concern, but few studies have studied the effects of tiny plastic particles, known as nanoplastic particles.
"Our study is the first to show that nanosized plastic particles can accumulate in fish brains", says Tommy Cedervall, a chemistry researcher at Lund University.
The Lund University researchers studied how nanoplastics may be transported through different organisms in the aquatic ecosystem, i.e. via algae and animal plankton to larger fish. Tiny plastic particles in the water are eaten by animal plankton, which in turn are eaten by fish.
According to Cedervall, the study includes several interesting results on how plastic of different sizes affects aquatic organisms. Most importantly, it provides evidence that nanoplastic particles can indeed cross the blood-brain barrier in fish and thus accumulate inside fish's brain tissue.
In addition, the researchers involved in the present study have demonstrated the occurrence of behavioural disorders in fish that are affected by nanoplastics. They eat slower and explore their surroundings less. The researchers believe that these behavioural changes may be linked to brain damage caused by the presence of nanoplastics in the brain.
Another result of the study is that animal plankton die when exposed to nanosized plastic particles, while larger plastic particles do not affect them. Overall, these different effects of nanoplastics may have an impact on the ecosystem as a whole.
"It is important to study how plastics affect ecosystems and that nanoplastic particles likely have a more dangerous impact on aquatic ecosystems than larger pieces of plastics", says Tommy Cedervall.
However, he does not dare to draw the conclusion that plastic nanoparticles could accumulate in other tissues in fish and thus potentially be transmitted to humans through consumption.
"No, we are not aware of any such studies and are therefore very cautious about commenting on it", says Tommy Cedervall.
The present study was conducted in collaboration between the divisions of Biochemistry and structural biology, Aquatic ecology and Center for environmental and climate research at Lund University.
19TH ANNUAL IGFA FISHING HALL OF FAME
The19th Annual IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. The Class of 2017 will include individuals from recreational angling, the marine science community and tournament anglers: Rick Clunn, Larry Dahlberg, Peter Fithian, Mike Levitt and Dr. Eric Prince.
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday, October 28, 2017
6 - 10 pm
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
"The New Home of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame"
500 W. Sunshine Street • Springfield, Missouri
Original article on Live Science.Y HURRICANE SANDY HOMEOWNERS' RIGHTS
“A grave injustice to storm victims who trusted their government.”
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Eager to stop paying Hurricane Sandy claims, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood insurance program is on track to slam the door shut on hundreds of homeowners who waited the longest but never got a promised hearing.
With the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy just around the corner, national flood insurance authorities are holding fast to an arbitrary October 25th deadline for all hearings in front of neutral arbitrators. Unfortunately, hundreds of Sandy survivors haven’t had their proverbial day in court – and it looks like they won’t.
“This is completely unfair, a grave injustice against Hurricane Sandy survivors who trusted their government,” said Augie Matteis, managing partner of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley (WMC). “The homeowners who were forced to wait the longest for their ‘day in court’ are now being told that day will never come.”
Instead, Sandy victims want the October deadline rescheduled for December 15, 2017, giving FEMA time to hold all promised hearings.
In March 2015, after FEMA admitted to fraud and underpaying homeowners, the agency agreed to let Sandy victims reopen their flood insurance claims to determine if they were underpaid. Caught in an embarrassing scandal, FEMA made two big promises: to review and pay all claims properly within 90 days, and to provide all policyholders who didn’t agree with FEMA’s findings the right to a hearing with a third-party neutral arbitrator.
“Two years later – just days before the fifth anniversary of Sandy – we know FEMA completely misrepresented the timing of its review process,” said Matteis, whose firm represents hundreds of homeowners still waiting. “And after doing virtually nothing the first year, the bureaucracy is now denying hundreds of victims the hearing that they were promised.”
In the two years of the Sandy Claims Review program, FEMA averaged less than 20 neutral hearings per week. To meet its own arbitrary October deadline, the agency would have to conduct 1,000 proceedings in the next three weeks.
Weisbrod Matteis & Copley is the nation’s leading disaster recovery law firm. Based in Washington, DC, the firm still represents 350 Hurricane Sandy victims with pending FEMA flood claims who waited five years for a hearing and may be cut off by the agency’s arbitrary deadline. WMC has represented thousands of disaster victims and in 2016 prevailed in the United States Supreme Court in a billion dollar National Flood Insurance Program fraud case.