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Sunday, March 18, 2018: Something about Daylight Saving(s) Time that gets me hoppin’; Holgate closed to buggying

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 Whew! That was a close call. Little gal could have been badly hurt if she had gotten run into during this daring gymnastic move. 

Kid tries to impress girl with somersault

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HOLGATE NOTE: The far south end is already closed to buggy traffic. I guess there’s some arriving bird logic there though this no-let-up chilly weather likely hasn’t gotten the likes of migrating piping plover feeling all that nesty right about now.

I gather foot traffic is allowed until April 1.

This info was passed onto me by Ed McAllen:

“Long Beach Township in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which is located on the South end of Long Beach Island, to all vehicles. This includes vehicles with beach buggy permits. Only emergency vehicles will be permitted in that area. It is closed for the purpose of protecting wildlife. At this time, it is only closed to vehicles and not foot traffic. Thank you for your cooperation.”

 

Sunday, March 18, 2018: Something about Daylight Saving(s) Time that gets me hoppin’. Been woodsing it to the nth degree, mainly treasure hunting but also looking for perfect pieces of weathered wood to accommodate some obsessive/compulsive artwork I’ve been doing to pass winter, which, of late, is passing more like a kidney stone than a fading season. And more mainly mainland snow might be on the way, though not a big storm.

The beach replenishment work is running behind, not unexpectedly, considering the weather challenges this winter. Beginning dates are iffy but it looks as if the work could go into June. I'm told "setting the subline today and then we can bring the dredge down from Mantoloking. We are starting in Brant Beach." 

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One of my cooler recent treasure finds reflects on distant times in Atlantic City. This Farmer’s Permit was mainly for mainland grower who kept American’s playground loaded with fresh produce. Still, it reflects times we can’t even imagine in this day and age. The owner of this permit as likely still taking his goods over to AC by horse and wagon.

Here’s a look at the O/C glass domes I’m embedding in mainly cedar, though I’m also using some oak planks from wood boats, many abandoned in the woods over 100 years ago. I figure if that wood is still solid after being “weathered” for that long, it’s worthy of holding artwork – and tough enough to take some nasty drilling.

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From yesterday , my first ever from this spot ,the bucket list is getting crossed off ,,,lol have. A great Friday

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NJ Regulatory Update – Blackfish, Porgy, Fluke and Sea bass

By Paul Haertel, JCAA Board Member/Past President

At the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) meeting on 3/15/18, regulations for blackfish and porgies were set. For blackfish, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) required our state  to reduce our harvest by 2%.  Our council accomplished this by shortening our one day season by two weeks and reducing our bag limit from six fish to five fish for our late fall/early winter season. The adopted regulations set the minimum size at 15”, with a four fish bag limit from 1/1 – 2/28 and from 4/1-4/30.There will be a one fish bag limit from 8/1-11/15 and then a five fish bag limit from 11/16-12/31. Some people questioned why we did not just eliminate the one day season but the reason is the NJFMC wanted to keep it open for divers and shore based fishermen at a time when the water is warm and the fish are still inshore.
There was better news on porgies as the ASMFC allowed us to increase our harvest by 59%. This will result in New Jerseyhaving a year-round season. Previously our season was closed from March 1st to June 30th. The bag and size limits will remain the same, 50 fish at 9”.  The council voted in favor of this new regulation but it will not become effective until DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe signs off on it.
The regulations for fluke and sea bass will not be set until a special council meeting on 4/5 that will be held at 5PM at the Bay Avenue Community Center located at 775 E. Bay Av. in Manahawkin. The delay is due to decisions made at the recent Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meeting regarding Addendum XXX for sea bass. Several positive changes in the way sea bass are managed were made at that meeting. One is that New Jersey will be its own region. Another is that a smoothing over approach can be used to adjust MRIP numbers that appear to be way out of line. For example, the MRIP numbers for Wave 3 (May-June) in 2017 showed that New Jersey harvested an extraordinarily high number of sea bass. We will now be able to smooth over that number based on what was harvested during that period in prior years. This is a good thing as it should allow us to significantly liberalize our regulations this year. Our Bureau of Marine Fisheries worked diligently on this issue but must first have their methodology approved by the ASMFC management board when it meets via conference call on Tuesday, March 20th at 11 AM.  The board will consider approving the proposals of all three regions at that time. The three management regions are:  (1) Massachusetts through New York, (2) New Jersey, and (3) Delaware through North Carolina. The public is welcome to listen to the discussion by phone (866.214.0726, followed by pass code: 993961) and view the webinar using the following link https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6931931919817605123. The meeting agenda can be found at http://www.asmfc.org/files/Meetings/SFlounderScupBSB_BoardAgenda_3_...; meeting materials will be available March 15 at http://www.asmfc.org/home/meeting-archive. Time permitting; there will be a limited opportunity for the public to provide comments. The Board Chair will outline the procedures for accepting public comment at the beginning of the conference call. The public and other nonparticipating attendees are requested to mute their phones in order to minimize distractions to the Board’s deliberations.  For more information, please contact Caitlin Starks, FMP Coordinator, at cstarks@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.
Regarding fluke, our council is seeking to close or eliminate the gap from when fluke season closes until when sea bass season opens so they have elected to wait until the special meeting in April to set the regulations for both species. The options for fluke are expected to all have an 18” size limit and a bag limit of 3 fish. The seasons could either be from 5/15-9/16, 5/22-9/20 or 5/25-9/22. It is possible that these options could be tweaked a little or other new ones developed but that is unlikely. (The special regulations of 3 fish at 17” for Delaware Bay and 2 fish at 16” for Island Beach are expected to remain the same)
            JCAA will keep you posted as to specific options as they become available via our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Please “like” our page when you visit it.

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Introduce youth to fishing and the outdoors as an alternative to drug and alcohol abuse

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Program targeted to community and faith-based organizations


A Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered community and faith-based organizations will be held April 27-29 in Waretown.  HOFNOD is a youth fishing, conservation, and aquatic education program which supports positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills. The program is flexible enough to be tailored to fit most organizations. For more information see the workshop announcement.

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Tides, Weather, Local Knowledge

US Harbors wins grant to develop new tides, weather, and local knowledge app.


USHarbors.com, a popular online tool for tides, weather, and local knowledge about harbors around the country, was recently awarded a Seed Grant from the Maine Technology Institute. This grant allows US Harbors to expand their platform to new channels; making it easier for boaters, fishermen, beach-goers, and others who use and love the water, to get the information they need. Over 4 million users rely on USHarbors for accurate, highly-usable tide charts covering over 1,200 unique US harbors. The site also supports local businesses and organizations by providing an affordable hyper-local marketing channel, where they can easily promote their products and services to people interested in marine-related activities. 
 
“MTI was delighted to award Seed Grant funding to US Harbors to assist in the development of its mobile application and an update of its existing website product,” said Brian Whitney, MTI’s President.  “These improvements will continue to position US Harbors as the go-to resource for helpful and accurate information about coastal tides and weather.”

 
For boaters, fishermen, beachcombers – anyone planning to be on the coast – visitusharbors.com/explore. 

For business and organizations interested in hyper-local marketing opportunities, and access to audiences with specific interests in maritime activities contactadvertise@usharbors.com. 

For all other enquires, high-res images and unformatted text, email info@usharbors.com.

About US Harbors

US Harbors is a coastal and marine information website, owned and operated by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Inc., based in Rockland, Maine. It provides precise and comprehensive tides, weather and local knowledge for anyone interested in activities by or on the sea—not just boaters, but beachcombers, birdwatchers, fishermen, surfers, kayakers, even landlubbers who love to witness the power of a nor’easter at high tide. It has been in operation since 2009, providing tides, weather and local information for 1,200+ harbors around the United States. The custom-made tide charts are particularly popular, attracting the majority of the 4 million unique visitors a year. 

 Our mission statement:

"To provide clear and accurate coastal information for harbors around the country; and to support the local businesses, organizations and non-profits that keep our coasts flourishing.”

For folks more seriously into weather, I'd like you to read this weirdly balanced piece from Ars Technica, arstechnica.com. 
It shows how a story can follow the penchants of weather without losing sight of the insane number of variables always in play. In other words, it offers "maybes" presented without an over emphasis on and commitment to the sexier, more radical side, of sky things. 

Harsh winter weather in eastern US could be due to warmer Arctic

No firm conclusions here, but the two seem connected.



Enlarge / Temperatures at the start of 2018—a familiar pattern as of late.


Without some historical context, it’s easy to over-interpret an unusual weather event, especially when it's fresh in your mind. At this time of year in the US, that means cold snaps or unseasonably warm weather—and the storms that accompany them. Are they tied in with our changing climate?

There’s a legitimately controversial proposal that they are. The idea that warming in the Arctic (and shrinking sea ice coverage) has been making northern mid-latitude winters “weirder” has drawn a lot of attention in recent years. But does it explain the weather you complained about last week?

The idea suggests that the weirdness is driven by the fact that the Arctic is warming faster than any other region, which slightly decreases the temperature difference from equator to pole. A number of researchers think this can cause the jet stream (which separates frigid polar air from warmer midlatitude air) to get more wiggly—allowing cold air to spill southward more frequently. On the opposite side of those wiggles, warm air will get pulled north to normally frigid regions.



Many researchers remain unconvinced that this is a climate effect, as this behavior is naturally quite variable and could plausibly be influenced by other factors. Jennifer Francis—a leading proponent of the Arctic hypothesis—joined with Judah Cohen and Karl Pfeiffer to publish a new study focused on US winters. The work carefully acknowledges disagreements and unknowns, but it finds some interesting weather patterns over the last few decades.

The researchers work with some complex (but particularly useful) measures of weather conditions. For US weather, they use an index that tallies up cold snaps and snowstorms; it acts a bit like the “heating degree days” you may see on your energy bill. For the Arctic, they calculated average atmospheric pressure and temperature conditions north of 65° N latitude.

For 12 cities from Massachusetts to Washington—going back to 1950—the researchers compared the winter weather index to Arctic conditions. For the western US (which has often been the weather yin to the Northeast’s yang), there wasn’t much of a correlation. But a strong link was apparent in the eastern US. Higher Arctic upper air pressures—and warmer temperatures—have been followed by harsh winter weather in the eastern US a few days later.

(It’s important to note that snow storms aren’t indicative of especially cold temperatures, but rather the presence of water vapor and freezing temperatures.)

Applying a quick-and-dirty version of the winter weather index to the rest of the Northern Hemisphere shows that the linkage is similar from northern Europe across to northern Asia.

This connection may not seem like a shock, but one reason it’s interesting is that both the Arctic air pressure and temperature measures show an increase over the last few decades—especially in late winter. At the same time, places like the US Northeast have actually seen more severe winter weather. And that’s what you would expect if Arctic warming makes mid-latitude winters weirder.

The simplest expectation—and the one generally shown by model simulations—is that winter weather should become milder as the globe warms. But that’s not what’s happening in some places. These counterintuitive winter patterns could simply be the result of natural variability due to things like Pacific Ocean circulation, making it difficult to draw firm conclusions about the Arctic’s role.

For example, the researchers attempted to repeat their analysis for two time periods: 1950-1989 and 1990-2016. After 1990, the faster rate of warming in the Arctic became clear. So if the connection between Arctic conditions and mid-latitude winter weather was stronger after 1990, that would lend support to the idea that Arctic warming is in charge.

However, the correlation between the two is actually strongest before 1990. That leaves the researchers with some cautious conclusions. While there is a real link worth digging into, this type of study can’t say much about whether the Arctic is actually the cause of the increase in harsh eastern US winters—the authors describe their results as “only suggestive.” The proposed atmospheric connection makes sense, but that’s not enough.

If you’ve felt like the eastern US has seen some unusually harsh winter weather lately, you’re not wrong. But whether that’s due to human-caused warming in the Arctic or a separate factor isn’t quite clear just yet.

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Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts


Image copyrightBTO/JILL PAKENHAM

Scientists are warning of the risks of wild birds spreading diseases when they gather at feeders in gardens.

Experts led by Zoological Society of London say people should continue to feed birds, especially in winter, but should be aware of the risks.

If birds look sick, food should be withdrawn temporarily, they say.

The review of 25 years' worth of data identified emerging threats to garden birds. Finches, doves and pigeons are vulnerable to a parasite infection.

Meanwhile, a form of bird pox is becoming more common, causing warty-like lumps on the bodies of great tits and other birds.

Other disease threats, such as salmonella, appear to be declining.

"Our study shows how three of the most common diseases that affect British garden birds have changed both dramatically and unpredictably over the past decade, both in terms of the species they affect and their patterns of occurrence," said Dr Becki Lawson from ZSL's Institute of Zoology.

Image copyrightBTO/JOHN HARDING

Common signs that a wild bird is ill include unusually fluffed-up plumage and lethargy.

Diseases can be spread through droppings or regurgitated food around bird feeders.

Finding out more about the changing pattern of diseases will help to ensure that garden birds can be fed safely, say the researchers.

ZSL, working with experts from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), say people who notice sick birds should take practical steps to minimise risks:

  • Seek advice from a vet
  • Withdraw food for a while to let birds disperse over a wider area
  • Feed birds in moderation, clean bird feeders regularly, and rotate feeding sites.

Co-researcher Kate Risely from the BTO said anyone who feeds wild birds should be aware of their responsibilities for preventing disease.

She told BBC News: "Be very vigilant - enjoy feeding the birds but educate yourself about what the risks are and what to do if you see signs of disease."

Image copyrightBTO/PAUL NEWTON

It was important to continue to feed wild birds, especially in winter, when they need lots of food to survive, she said.

The review of evidence is published in the journal, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

It found that patterns of infection in wild birds are changing.

This may be influenced by wild birds congregating at bird feeders and coming into contact with species they don't encounter naturally in the wild.

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Chicken of the Sea Celebrates ‘Best New Foodservice Product Award’ Win for Yellowfin Tuna Slices

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 16, 2018

Chicken of the Sea is celebrating their big win at Seafood Expo North America. Earlier this week the Thai Union owned company took home the award for “Best New Foodservice Product” for their Yellowfin Tuna Slices.

“We launched Chicken of the Sea Yellowfin Tuna Slices to compete with sliced turkey, ham and roast beef in America’s restaurants and delicatessens,” Scott Solar, group director of global food service and culinary development, said in a press release. “The Award is a part of a larger wave of feedback that suggests that Americans are ready for a change in their lunch return.”

Chicken of the Sea announced earlier this month that they would be introducing their new deli product at the Boston seafood show. Labeled as “the world’s first pre-sliced, pre-seasoned tuna made from who yellowfin tuna loins,” the product was designed to shake up the “classic deli experience.” The tuna slices beat out three other finalists to take home the Best New Foodservice Product award.

Consumers will be able to purchase two flavor varieties – Black pepper and Cajun. The product is currently being tested and rolled-out nationwide.

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