Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
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Thursday, August 16, 2018: This should be a fine stretch for early-day fishing bay, inlets and ocean. Tomorrow will be gusty tomorrow but light from the west and north most of Saturday and Sunday.
The look of the ocean today is literally tropical looking. I kid you not. It’s almost a turquoise blue. While this hurts surfcasting for bass and blues, small fluke are eyeing up from the sandy bottom while rays are on the prowl. Kingfish might be balled up just off the beach.
This might be one of the most perfect LBI snorkeling opportunities you will ever see. Grab the mask and flippers and see what the bottom has going on.
Seriously: Don’t mind the sharks. They pose little if any threat, as you’ll see as they either bolt in fear or mosey lazily along the bottom, barely glancing up.
Missing: Not that many years, the main sure-to-see bottom attraction during a snorkel session would be sea robins, which are a very fascinating sight when brightly winging out. They might have the coolest eye in the marine realm.
Even though some robins are still around, there has been a precipitous decline in their numbers over roughly the past decade. While fluke anglers are generally thankful for this decline, these little bottom vacuum cleaners are hugely important to the bottom ecology. They do make the best known strips for fluke bait combos.
Why they have dropped so drastically in number is bothersome since they’re bulldogs, able to handle unhandleable ocean conditions. I’ll therefore guess something has gone haywire in the sea robin's bayside nursery grounds.
Below: Hard to believe but even this passing shark species is harmless ... in an inanely toothy manner. Sand tigers are becoming very common hereabout.
CURE FLOOD IN: How can I not mention yet another temporary cure for temporary flooding: Floodgates. Beach Haven is looking into them.
I’d be lying if I said I knew about these as they relate to nuisance Island flooding. I can easily relate to them as they apply to cranberry farming and emergency flood amelioration in local lakes.
The recent Pohatcong Lake dam improvement in Tuckerton (2011), included a new spillway with a flood gate to control water level.
In LBI’s situation, I see where floodgates could be an option to pumping stations, one with less moving parts – and far less expense.
Getting sophomoric, flood gates are gravity fed, meaning they must be at a low point. Such low points can be natural depressions or manually created hollows. It’s usually a combination of both. It then comes down to strategically directing ponding waters toward the established low points, though nature has a way of doing that naturally.
There is an environmental wrench in a floodgate fix. Pity the bay areas adjacent to the gates. Talk about a focused pollution delivery system. But, hey, the heavily put-upon bay is already a good bit piteous compliments of existing outflow sewer pipe complex, which expels many forms of ugly runoff, especially road muck. A case might even be made that focalizing the outflow, via floodgates, might offer the perfect opportunity to simultaneously grab outgoing bad stuff. Floodgates could do double duty. Just a thought, though. The entire frequent flooding subject is way more sensitive than I thought.
OUT WITH THE OLD: After a recent flooding-is-us write-up, I was contacted by a semi-disagreer. She began by reminding me that coping with regular “rainstorm” flooding, going back over 70 years in her case, was merely an Island way of life. “The water always receded,” she said, followed by the local recollection, “When it flooded, we used to just wait it out, playing (board)games; those times were some of my best memories.” She then made her main delivery. “Everybody is so antsy now that they make more of the flooding then they should. It’s an island and it floods … live with it.”
Almost able to match her in flashback-based aging, it hit me that flooding events of the past really did mean hunkering down and pulling out board games, jigsaw puzzles and playing cards. Wasn’t half bad, even for an AD/HD type like myself.
Old times duly recalled, they simply did not translate into millions of dollars per hour, as times lost to flooding does in modern LBI time. Tally the cost of rentals, the value of every minute of summer business, the wages being paid to thousands of workers, the expense from burning costly fuel stuck in backups and the overall cost of living here in general and I’ll bet the eelgrass farm it LBI life is worth many millions per day. A flooding-related washout is insanely costly, thus the lack of nostalgic appreciation from modern business owners, tourists and those frequenting LBI.
More on the floodgate proposal as it plays out.
Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Beach Haven has long been a retreat for visitors seeking relief from hot summer temperatures as they head east looking for cool ocean breezes. Late summer weather also brings with it an amazing assortment of different varieties of fish that normally inhabit warm waters. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association especially look forward to these fishing opportunities.
When you think of tropical type fish, the thought is you must travel far offshore to the canyon waters where the Gulf Stream influences are felt. What makes the arrival of these different fish exciting is that some of them are being caught not that far off the beaches of Long Beach Island.
Naturally, most of these fish are being caught on the troll, but a goodly number are being caught by boats anchored up or drifting either casting metal lures or using fresh bait. Catches of mahi-mahi up to 20 pounds are being reported as close as 15 miles off with smaller mahi being caught around the artificial reef sites just a few miles from shore.
Other pelagic fish such as bonita, Spanish mackerel, and albacore are similarly close by. There are reports of big triggerfish and sheepshead on the bottom around structure both at the reefs and jetties and even in some of the deeper holes of the bay waters. Chum slicks along with large fresh baits are magnets for a variety of sharks.
This is not to say that the native species are still not around in good numbers. Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” reports a busy week of trips with lots of fish coming over the rail. Most days had double digit counts with several days with more than 30 fish on 4-hour trips. The best news is that the fluke numbers are increasing and so is the size. Captain John notes that he picked up his first kingfish and blowfish of the season to add to the variety of fish being caught.
Complete information on the boats and captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net
NY/NJ Baykeeper deploys 1.5 million oysters to expand Living Shoreline
Matawan, NJ--As part of its mission to construct the first living shoreline in New Jersey portion of the Raritan Bay, NY/NJ Baykeeper conducted an oyster deployment and oyster castle installation (concrete oyster “homes”) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 14-16.
Approximately 1.5 million juvenile oysters were transported from Leonardo State Marina aboard the Baykeeper patrol boat and taken to the Living Shoreline at Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWSE), where the fledgling oysters were introduced by NY/NJ Baykeeper’s team of scientists.
NY/NJ Baykeeper cultivates juvenile oysters at the NWSE facility, where the oyster larvae are grown and then released onto NY/NJ Baykeeper’s oyster reefs in Raritan Bay and monitored for growth and survivorship.
NY/NJ Baykeeper Restoration Program Director Meredith Comi, NY/NJ Baykeeper Captain Pete Cangeloso, Raritan Riverkeeper Bill Schultz and the NY/NJ Baykeeper Diving Team were joined by members of the U.S. Navy stationed at Naval Weapons Stations Earle.
In 2011, NY/NJ Baykeeper formed a partnership with NWSE to execute oyster restoration work.
The oyster is now functionally extinct in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary due to rampant development, over-harvesting and pollution. NY/NJ Baykeeper is working to restore the oyster population for the many benefits this vital species provides, including protecting the coastline against erosion, serving as speed bumps for waves during storms, acting as natural water filters and adding a habitat for marine life.
In 2016, NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Rutgers University Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) installed a 0.91-acre Living Shoreline adjacent to Ware Creek at NWSE using oysters set on vertical oyster reef structures, or castles, which can reduce storm energies and soil erosion.
“The idea was to see if oysters could survive, and if so could we bring back this important species,” Comi said of the program’s launch almost two decades ago. “They did, in fact, survive and the oyster gardening program was borne out of that. Over the past few years we've shifted to a whole ecosystem approach—a living shoreline involving multiple species. Ultimately, we are testing restoration methods in an urban area that we hope can be replicated in other urban estuaries. The big picture is all about fortifying our coasts and increasing habitat for other important species in our waters. We always say that if we can do this work here, we can do it anywhere.”
In November 2017, NY/NJ Baykeeper found that its oysters were naturally reproducing on its reef for the first time. The millions of oysters NY/NJ Baykeeper placed on the reef had grown and spawned, resulting in larvae settling back on the reef –all indicators of a healthy habitat.
“We are very proud of our work with the U.S. Navy, Rutgers University and others at Earle Naval Base on Raritan Bay, but we are also incredibly grateful to the bold actions of NY/NJ Baykeeper Founder Andy Willner and former NY/NJ Baykeeper Board Chair Ben Longstreth when they placed a barge load of oyster shells at the feet of Lady Liberty more than two decades ago,” NY/NJ Baykeeper CEO Greg Remaud said. “That barge of oysters was the first tangible step in what has in recent years led to widespread oyster restoration projects around the NY-NJ Harbor and brought oyster restoration in the region to new heights.”
NY/NJ Baykeeper has restored more than 3.5 million oysters back to NY-NJ Harbor Estuary waters with 200,000 – 500,000 new oysters introduced annually through its oyster restoration program.
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This waterspout over the ocean off Ship Bottom was nature showing off a bit. It proved to be a good sign for LBI since the storm system generating it stayed well to the north, dropping over six inches of rain as nearby at Brick. Unlike fair weather waterspouts, which have been seen over the ocean during generally fair weather periods, this was a tornadic waterspout, spawned by a breakaway storm cell related to a volley of severe thunderstorms.
There is some really nice water about 3-5 miles off the beach. What I mean by nice is canyon blue. And with that nice water comes fish that don’t usually venture in this close to LBI, like this nice 15 lb. Mahi my friend Dan got Sunday about 5 miles off the beach. This AM I ventured out into the nice water for a bit. The buoys in contact with the this tropical water are holding pilot fish, banded rudder fish, and Amlaco jacks. You really need to be on you fish ID A game when trying to correctly identify these southern visitors. Small lures or pieces of bait are the way to go when targeting them. Unfortunately, I did not connect with any of the southern speedsters like kingfish or Mahi this morning when trolling. There are even loosely connected Sargassum weed lines in the nice water.
Still feisty blues in the 2-4lb range mixed in with schoolie bass to be had when the conditions are right around the inlet. Some of these blues I cleaned recently are getting ready to spawn. The bottom around the inlet seems to be paved with short fluke at times with catch rates of 10-15 fish an hour not uncommon. The keeper fluke have been a little shy my last few trips. I think it was due to the New Moon that just past. The current was rip roaring most of the time and the back bay was flooded at high tide. I usually do better with bigger fluke during times of slower current which is now. Here are also some picture of a trip where there were three, that’s right three, people with the name Alex on board the Debbie M. First time ever and talk about confusion. Every time someone said Alex, three heads turned. I tapped out after five minutes and told those on board to address me as Capt Alex to minimize the confusion J
I have Friday and Saturday open if you want to come on board and have some light tackle fun!
Amazing fishing yesterday on Reel Innovation. 9/9 on yellow fin and a mahi
DEP COMMISSIONER MCCABE TO WELCOME FISHERIES PROFESSIONALS TO AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY CONFERENCE IN ATLANTIC CITY
TRENTON - At 8:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd., Atlantic City, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe will deliver welcoming remarks to fisheries professionals attending the 148th annual American Fisheries Society conference.
An estimated 1,800 fisheries professionals and scientists from around the world are attending the conference from Sunday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 24. This year's theme is "Communicating the Science of Fisheries Conservation to Diverse Audiences."
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, a science panel of regional and international experts will convene to discuss offshore wind energy research, development and impacts. Conference highlights throughout the week include discussions on climate change impacts, aquaculture and other topics. Numerous presentations and symposia will focus on fisheries management, habitat restoration, new technologies, extreme event impacts and more.
The conference is co-sponsored by the DEP and the Delaware Department of Natural
Resources and Environmental Control. To view the conference's five-day schedule, visit
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SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Local] - August 15, 2018
Species of fish such as plaice and cod are on the increase under the waves of the North Sea, a Danish study has found.
The research, conducted by DTU Aqua at the Technical University of Denmark, found a significant increase in numbers of large fish in the northeast Atlantic.
Results of the study show that, since the turn of the century, the biomass of 25 different species included in the study doubled. Certain species, including plaice, cod and hake, tripled or even quadrupled over the period.
Although overfishing in the area is a concern that has been reported in the past, the results of the study are “a success story for European fisheries administration,” DTU Aqua head of department Ken Haste Andersen told Ritzau.
“This is good news that is a little surprising. Many of the populations of large fish are actually on their way up after many years of overfishing, which sent them close to the bottom,” Andersen said.
“We have been able to control the amount of fishing so that these species have been able to come back again,” he said.
Similar trends have also been observed in other parts of the world where administration of fishing functions effectively, he added.
Fishing has, however, yet to reach a sustainable level in all aspects, according to the DTU Aqua head of department.
“Some species have reach a level of sustainability, but others are not there yet,” he said.
Other seas around Denmark, the Kattegat and Baltic seas, still face challenges in preserving fish populations, Andersen added.
“In the eastern Baltic Sea near Bornholm, for example, we have seen the strange trend of cod becoming thin and weak. We don’t know exactly why,” he said.
The DTU Aqua study is based on data from 2016. Biomass is a measure of the total mass of fish within a given area.
Restaurants' Gain from Lower Prices Due to Trump Tariffs May be Wiped Out by Seafood Price Increases
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – August 15, 2018
Often one group’s pain is another’s gain. This seems to be the case with Trump’s agricultural tariffs, which will cost farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income but will provide the restaurant industry with slightly lower prices on a range of items.
Plate IQ looked at 500,000 restaurant invoices from the 12 month period ending July 2018, and tried to calculate the projected change in restaurant food costs. The start-up company allows even small restaurants to digitize invoices, and then track and pay them electronically. The analysis did not say what percentage of the US industry is represented by their 500,000 invoices. But their clientele is independent restaurants who often get paper invoices and don't have electronic billing systems.
The study was published by Business Insider.
Plate IQ looked at five commodities from restaurant invoices: Corn, Pork, Apples, Cheese and Seafood.
All of these commodities except seafood are expected to have lower prices, due to the loss of significant export markets in China, Mexico, and elsewhere. The loss of markets will lead to an oversupply and price weakness in the United States.
Pork is the most significant, with an average savings of nearly $30 per invoice over the next 12 months.
Cheese, Apples, and Potatoes will be lower due to retaliatory tariffs imposed by Mexico. For cheese the reduction is projected at $3.65 per invoice; for Apples at $2.88 per invoice, and for potatoes at $12.20 per invoice. For corn, the reduction is $6.14 per invoice, on average.
Seafood is the only commodity that will have higher costs. Although restaurants may benefit from price reductions on lobster and Dungeness crab, the impact of higher costs on seafood shipped to China for reprocessing will directly impact restaurants.
Plate IQ calculated increased costs for haddock, pollock, tuna, and crabmeat.
Plate IQ expects higher seafood costs to be $41.15 per invoice next year, just based on a 10% tariff. If Trump follows through with his threat to raise that to a 25% tariff, the average cost per invoice would rise to $102.87.
Bottom line: if a 25% tariff is imposed on US seafood exported to China for processing and re-imported, it would eliminate all the ‘benefits’ restaurants might see from lower prices for other commodities.
Plate IQ’s number crunching shows that even where you might think there is a silver lining for trade disruption, it is often a mirage. In this case, restaurants will be forced to sell less seafood at higher prices not due to customer demand, but due to unrelated trade disputes.
As the National Fisheries Institute has highlighted over and over again, the irresponsible tariffs will end up hitting American jobs and prosperity, with no potential gain on the other end. Plate IQ just put their own numbers behind this.
45 Tons Of “Illegally Treated” Tuna Seized in Spain
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 14, 2018
Spain is cracking down on fraudulent food. Food Navigator reports that Spanish authorities, who have been working alongside Europol and Interpol, seized 45 tons of tuna that was “illegally treated.”
According to the report, the fish in question were frozen and “only suitable for canning.” However, the fish were treated with an unknown substance that enhanced their color, and then sold as “fresh fish.” While the substance that the fish were treated with has not been identified, it’s likely carbon monoxide, which prevents meat and seafood from discoloring with age. While fish treated with CO is legal in the United Sates, it’s illegal in the European Union.
“This can represent a serious risk to public health, taking into account that the modification of the initial color can mask spoilage allowing the development of biological amines (histamine) responsible for the so called scombroid syndrome in humans,” Spanish authorities said in a statement regarding the tuna seizure.
An investigation into the illegally treated fish is currently underway with three companies and three fishing vessels being linked to the scheme. Those involved could face jail time for endangering public health.
Most countries share the concern that there could be a potential toxic effect in meat and seafood that has been treated with CO. A study on carbon monoxide in meat and fish packaging found that “fraudulent use of CO provides an additional risk of histamine, responsibly for toxicological effects, can be formed.” But besides masking potential spoilage, CO treated foods also mislead customers who think that they are purchasing a fresh product. Specifically looking at tuna, a bright red color is an important factor in determining the quality and market value of the product. If the product is treated with a color enhancing substance, consumers may not be buying the high-quality product that they think they are.
The European Union is not the only one to ban the use of CO in treating meat and seafood. Japan and Canada have banned the use of carbon monoxide as well.
Photo Credit: Mussi Katz/ Flickr
Eating Farmed Salmon Just As Good As Going Vegan When it Comes to Reducing Impact on Earth
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 15, 2018
Recycling, using public transportation and reducing trash can reduce your carbon footprint – but what about changing your eating habits? Studies show that eating vegan meals – or farmed salmon – has the ability to reduce your impact on Earth.
A chart developed by Norwegian NGO Future in Our Hands (FIOH) shows that a farmed salmon meal and vegan meal use the least amount of square meters to produce one portion of dinner. According to Cermaq, the reason farmed salmon is equivalent to a vegan meal is because “part of the fish feed is from marine resources, and fish, being cold blooded and living in water, are very efficient feed converters.”
In addition, the study from FIOH found that “a portion of chicken, pork or beef all take up more farmed land abroad than farmed salmon does.”
Despite claims that farmed salmon is one of the better alternatives when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint, research published by the Guardian this past May found that freshwater fish farming produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. With that said, meat is still the number one offender when it comes to environmental impact. Just this past July global office space upstart WeWork announced that they were going meat-free. The company confirmed that they will no longer be serving red meat, poultry or pork at events, and that employees will not be reimbursed for “work-related meals containing meat.” Seafood is not included in their ban.