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Thursday, October 08, 2015: The LBT beachfront is open to beach buggies.

"Oh, boy is this gonna taste good! ... BLAHHHHHHHHHH!"

Look at what Terry Sirdevan caught today at the end of Barnegat jetty! 25. lb 39 in striper!! And so it begins......picture from Jean Deery Schaum, via Jingles B&T. 

Thursday, October 08, 2015: The LBT beachfront is open to beach buggies. There had been some delays after the nor-easter but all seems right enough for traffic to drive the LBT sands. For newbies, remember that the LBT permit is only good for the township, not Harvey Cedars, Surf City, Ship Bottom and Beach haven. Each of those towns require separate buggy permits. Barnegat Light does not allow buggy traffic.

As expected, the ocean is taking a long time to calm down. It was estimated that the recent storm, at one stretch, blew over 35 mph for 100 hours straight. That estimate was made by a North Jersey meteorological company. You gotta go way back in the books to match that.

That said, the aftereffects of the storm are remarkably light, though eroded areas are showing the famed post-storm cliffs. I also fully realize that a big part of the hubbub was because many non-winterites were still here and didn’t realize the flooding we saw is a close to every-winter occurrence.  Nonetheless, I was duly impressed with the weather event’s duration. Just imagine what the folks in the Bahamas have to say --  a Cat 3 (to 4) hurricane for days on end. Insane. There is an irony in the fact surfers in Florida and through non-impacted of the Caribbean were loving Joaquin. One man’s meat … etc.

But enough storm chat. The near-time skies are aligning with the pre-storm droughtish conditions. That has to mean a lengthy stint of some of the finest surfcasting conditions we’ve seen in many a fall moon, actually a new moon approaching for this weekend, keeping tidal swings at a minimum.

Some folks I know just got back from New England and to say they were displeased is an understatement. They got there just as the rain and wind began and left as the sun finally broke out. I know they fished through things as best they could but didn’t light the bass barn, so to speak. I like what L.J. said, “I guess we’ll have to get all our good bass down here.” That’s my kinda thinking.

A couple LBI pluggers have had some modest striper takes using large surface plugs; I’m talking those showy custom-made type lookers. That makes sense with the still stirred conditions out there. However, I’m told that a either a slow or a slow stop-and-go retrieve is working best. That means the action is near the surface. However, I’ll bet a larger jig with sand-eel looking plastics/GULP would wow bottom-feeding fish. I’ll be using both starting today … late.

There are bass in the bay. I know of two cows taken at a sight I can’t displace due to space restriction. They were caught at night.

I want to point out that bass caught in the bay do qualify for the Classic … but only if taken from land or bulkhead. Fish caught from a dock do not qualify. Come on, we all know what a dock is. If a structure is on pilings and extends out over the water, it’s a dock. So why are jetties/groans allowed? Because they’re not docks. When have you ever heard anyone call a jetty a dock?  They’re actually meant to be extensions of land. Did you know that theoretically groins (not jetties, which are technically mark an inlet) are meant to catch sand? I kid you not. A school of thought, publicized during the placing of LBI groin system after the Great March Storm, had the groins “soon disappearing from sight as they catch sand.”  

As you surely know, the groins are now thought to be one of the worst beach-saving moves ever conjured up. They can actually enhance the speed of erosional ocean forces moving parallel to the beachline.

There have been behind-the-scenes official ponderings of completely removing the jetties, possibly dragging the rocks out to deeper water. The equipment exists to do same. The cost factor would be insane, though it could be halved if only the most seaward halves of the jetties were to be dragged off. OK, so the idea didn’t fly – though I was politely heard out when I first made the suggestion.

The rock removal concept did lead to a couple tries at so-called notching, where the middle portion of a jetty is removed to allow greater sand transport around/across the jetty to sand-deprived beaches just to the south. 

Below: Here's a look at one of those spring bluefish we're hoping will soon be stopping back this way. Ed Sisson  via Jingles B&T. 

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Just when you think you have seen it all . while waiting to see if any mullet were moving i threw my net to get it wet and i get a legal fluke which i released. while trying for a blue i get a 17" fluke on a mullet rig. there were no end of jersey flounders with the tails as well. great day on the sand.

Wilbur Kuntzi's photo.
Wilbur Kuntzi's photo.

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Raymond Jones

Ekram Aslam

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Blaine Anderson

The albie fishing continues to improve. They were far less picky today and ate nearly everything we threw at them... Stopped counting at 20 this morning 
Fish Shimano / 
Fish G.Loomis / 
Humminbird / 
Minn Kota
Blaine Anderson's photo.
Blaine Anderson's photo.
Blaine Anderson's photo.
Blaine Anderson's photo.
Blaine Anderson's photo.
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Roy Leyva

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Here's a deer "rub" that leaves little doubt what this buck is after. 

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House Committee Wants to See White House's Marine Monument Plans; Suspects Collusion Among NGOs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 8, 2015

The US House Committee on Natural Resources wants to see the Obama Administration's plan to designate marine national monuments out of concern the Interior Department is being steered exclusively by NGO interest with little input from local representation.

Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), aong with Reps. John Fleming (R-LA), Don Young (R-AK), and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) have sent a letter to teh White House asking for more information about the Administration's designations. The members were particularly disturbed by apparent collusion and influence of environmental groups to get the marine mouments approved. 

"[T]he day after the Subcommittee’s hearing, a chain of emails were publicly released which raise serious questions regarding the Administration’s plans for a new marine monument designation and the potential involvement of a number of outside interests. Specifically, the emails show representatives from the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Pew warning their members to avoid talking to the ‘outside world’ about the organizations’ efforts to influence the Administration to announce a Marine National Monument off of New England during the 'Our Ocean Conference' in Chile," the letter states. 

The letter requests records of all meetings regarding the designation or revision of national monuments, correspondence and memos related to national marine monument designations, and Executive branch communications including those with non-governmental organizations connected to the September 15, 2015 National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Town Hall meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

The full letter can be read here.

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More Than a Third of World's Coral Reef Faces Major Bleaching Event

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sydney Morning Herald] Saffron Howden - October 8, 2015

 
A massive, global coral bleaching event is underway which could affect 38 per cent of the world's reefs by year's end, including the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have revealed.
 
The consortium of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US, the University of Queensland, Reef Check, and XL Catlin Seaview Survey says the mass bleaching - only the third of its kind in recorded history - is being driven by increased ocean temperatures.
 
 NOAA has estimated the event may kill more than 12,000 square kilometres of reef worldwide.
 
The rise in the ocean temperatures is being caused by the background warming from climate change made worse by this year's super El Nino weather event, and a Pacific warm water mass known as "the Blob", the researchers say.
The extent of the damage to Australia's World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef was not yet known, but it will become obvious by early 2016, University of Queensland Global Change Institute Director, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, said in a statement.
 
 "If conditions continue to worsen, the Great Barrier Reef is set to suffer from widespread coral bleaching and subsequent mortality, the most common effect of rising sea temperatures," Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.
 
 Coral bleaching occurs when stressed corals exude an algae, zooxanthellae, which lives inside their tissue. After it is expelled, the bright, white skeleton of the coral is left exposed. They can, but do not always, die as a result of the bleaching.
 
 According to the NOAA-led researchers, coral reefs support one quarter of all marine species and a mass bleaching event can "severely deplete" the ecosystems that rely on them.
 
 In 1998, more than half of the Great Barrier Reef experienced bleaching and up to 10 per cent of its corals died. That was the world's first, major recorded event of its kind and it killed 16 per cent of the globe's corals.
 
 The second event, five years ago, did not affect the Great Barrier Reef partly because two local cyclones helped to drive down ocean temperatures.
 
 But this year so far, bleaching has already been recorded across the northern Pacific, Indian, and western Atlantic Oceans. It is expected to become obvious in the Caribbean in the next few weeks.
 
 Bleaching only reaches a "global event" stage when all three major ocean basins are affected across multiple reefs spanning 100 kilometres or more, XL Catlin Seaview Survey said.
 
 "This is only the third time we've seen a global-scale bleaching event," NOAA Coral Reef Watch coordinator Dr Mark Eakin said in a statement.
 
 Dr Tyrone Ridgway, from UQ's Global Change Institute, said the severity of any impact on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef will depend on how long the higher-than-average ocean temperatures last.
 
 "As we move into summer, these temperatures are expected to rise even more," he told Fairfax Media. 
 "If we get coral mortality, the health of the system will decline."
 
 As corals are the "builders" of the Reef, this would affect fish stocks as well as tourism.
Surface waters of the equatorial central and eastern Pacific - where the El Nino has formed - are as much as 4 degrees warmer than average, while deeper gauges are detecting anomalies of 7 degrees.
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NOAA Awards $48 Million to Advance Climate Research, Improve Community Resilience

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NOAA] October 8, 2015 
 
NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) on Wednesday announced it has awarded $48 million for 53 new projects. Research will be conducted by NOAA laboratories and operational centers, universities, and other agency and research partners to advance the understanding, modeling, and prediction of Earth’s climate system and to improve decision making. 
 
The results of research funded by these grants are expected to have impacts far beyond individual projects. Some of the anticipated results include more accurate weather and climate prediction, early warning of drought hazards, more robust decision-support services, enhanced community and drought preparedness, and improved ability to respond and adapt to public health impacts.
 
States with institutions receiving NOAA CPO funding from the FY2015 Competition.
 
The funds will be distributed over the life of the projects, many of which span one to five years. All awards were selected through an open, highly competitive process.
 
"Every day, communities and businesses in the U.S. and around world are grappling with environmental challenges due to changing climate conditions and extreme events," said Wayne Higgins, director of the Climate Program Office. "People want timely and relevant scientific information about where and why climate variability and change occur and what impacts that has on human and natural systems. CPO's competitive grants play a vital role in advancing understanding of Earth's climate system and in transitioning our data, tools, information, and operations to applications the public can use to improve decision making.”
 
The projects will support these priorities:
Provide high-quality, long-term global observations, climate information and products, $5.1 million for projects to produce global and regional indices to help monitor climate, weather, and sea ice trends, which provide information to forecasters, researchers, and decision makers in communities across the country.  
 
Provide leadership and support for research, assessments, and climate services to key sectors and regions, $24.4 million — including $19.5 million for Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessment Programs from Hawaii to New York — to improve the ability of local communities to prepare for and adapt to climate change.  
 
•Improve critical forecasts and bolster earth system models, $10.2 million to improve predictions and projections on a range of time scales from weeks to seasons, to decades, and centuries in the future. 
 
Improve prediction of drought and other extreme events, $8.4 million to improve earth system models and predictions through the North American Multi-Model Ensemble System (NMME), a state-of-the-art seasonal prediction system, and help fund the creation of a new task force and improved software infrastructure for NOAA weather and climate models. 
 
CPO manages competitive research programs that fund climate science, assessments, decision-support research, modeling improvements, and capacity-building activities. While each program has its own focus, together they demonstrate NOAA’s commitment to advancing integrated climate research and enhancing society’s ability to plan and respond to climate variability and climate change. CPO’s network of partners, specialists, and principal investigators will broadly integrate research findings from these projects to help build resilience in the face of climate challenges. 
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No Shark Fin Industry? Malaysia Among World’s Top 10 Producers, Minister Told


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Malay Mail Online] - October 8, 2015

     
KOTA KINABALU — Marine conservationists here have refuted Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek's claim that the country does not have a shark finning industry and referred the federal minister to a United Nation's (UN) study that ranked Malaysia among the world's top ten producers.

Sabah Sharks Protection Association (SSPA) pointed out the detailed study from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report named Malaysia as the world's ninth-largest shark producer and third-largest importer in volume terms.

“The report clearly indicates that Malaysia is a major shark producer with a large consumer market for shark fins, posting large import volumes of low-valued shark fins. The demand for shark fin and meat leads to the high volumes of sharks being caught in the country,” said the coalition group.

“We are calling on Malaysia to take serious action to manage its shark and ray population by implementing its international and local commitment,” it said in a statement, adding that Malaysia, under the International Trade in Endangered Species Act 2008, protects sharks for trade, but it does not address the issue of shark finning and hunting.

On Monday, Ahmad Shabery, who is agriculture and agro-based industry minister said that there was no need to amend the current Fisheries Act and impose a ban on shark hunting and finning activities despite reports of dwindling shark population and rampant illegal fishing in the state.

But SSPA said, however, that according to international reports, between 2000 and 2011, Malaysia recorded average annual shark fin imports of 1,172 tonnes, worth US$3.2 million (approximately RM14 million) and average annual shark fin exports of 238 tonnes, worth US$902,000 (approximately RM3.9 million).

“There are currently no catch quotas for catching sharks and rays in Malaysian waters, and government statistics show a declining trend in annual catches since a high in 2003, indicating shark populations may be in decline.

“Sharks are one of many groups of fishes targeted by multi-species fisheries, which include the use of trawling and gill nets, and require specific management measures if they are to be sustainable.

“The fins of sharks caught in Malaysian waters are typically removed at the landing site, demonstrating that the sale of the fins is part of the income of fishers who catch them,” said the group.

The association urged Ahmad Shabery not only to discuss the proposal to set up a shark protection area, but to strengthening shark protection under relevant conservation and fisheries laws in Malaysia.

They reminded the minister that Malaysia was a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1993, and the prime minister had declared the country's commitment to protect biodiversity in Malaysia as part of the Coral Triangle region during the Leaders Summit of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) in May 2009.

“However, this commitment falls far short when it comes to sharks,” they said.

SSPA is made up of the Malaysian Nature Society (Sabah branch), Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Shark, Education, Awareness and Survival (SEAS), Scubazoo, Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC), WWF-Malaysia, Shark Stewards and Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP).

Meanwhile, International conservation organisation Shark Savers Asia Pacific regional director Jonn Lu said that the minister's statement came as a surprise because Malaysia was widely known to be a major source, trade and consumption country for shark fins.

He said that it was immaterial if the sharks were targeted or were accidental by-catches, as facts remain that 80 per cent of Sabah's shark population has been wiped out, mirroring similar global trends of population depletion due to unsustainable demand for shark fin and meat.

“If the minister does not see compelling evidence of commercial shark finning activity in Malaysia, thus negating the need for a legislative response, perhaps he could consider a total shark catchment ban, because there is a plethora of evidence showing alarming local population depletion,” he said, adding that extinction of sharks in Malaysia will be an impending reality if not addressed.

Sabah is situated in the heart of the coral triangle, one of the richest and most biodiverse marine habitats in the world.

“It is in Malaysia's national interest to protect and preserve these natural and economic assets, and it is the Minister's duty to champion marine or shark conservation initiatives,” he said, adding that the local dive tourism industry has also brought in millions of divers, who pumped multiple of millions of dollars into local economies.

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Kentucky's Blue Shore Fishery to Process Surimi from Asian Carp

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WPSD] by Blake Stevens and Jason Thomason - October 8, 2015

Asian carp is considered an invasive fish, but it’s creating jobs in our area. The Blue Shore Fishery celebrated a ribbon cutting today in Graves County, but this isn’t the first of its kind.

For this company, this is the third facility specializing in Asian carp. It also owns RCB in Ledbetter and Fin Gourmet in Paducah. Blue Shore is in Farmington, and will open its doors soon.

For Graves County, the ribbon cutting means it’s time to get to work. Ryan Drane with economic development says this is all thanks to those owners who invested $1.3 million in this facility. He says he was happy to help. “We don't hire people. We help people give the opportunity to grow jobs,"
Drane added.

Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen joined in the celebration today. She says this is great for the region and the state.

“They’re taking what has become a nuisance in our waterways, our lakes, and our rivers and turning it into an incredible opportunity," Luallen said.

One of the co-owners, John Crilly, says this is all thanks to community and state support. “From the Kentucky state legislature all the way down to the people that did the drywall, or people who put the machines together right here on the ground, were essential.”

What separates this plant from others is how they process the carp. Surimi is the end product that will come out of Blue Shore. It’s a paste used to make imitation crab meat, lobster, and scallops. One of the company's clients out of Japan has more than 400 uses for the paste.

The company’s last hurdle is to go through a health inspection on Oct. 15. Once that’s complete, it'll start processing the carp and exporting it across the world.

The company has hired 25 employees but hoped to get to that 66 employee goal by 2017.

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