If the pilots of taxiing aircraft are waveriders, they're Jonesing to get into the air ...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017: Below this blog are what I believe to be important press releases, many of which I have access to through media outlets. At least give the titles a glance to see if they’re up your interest alley.
There is some cold night weather arriving soon ... after that there will be no chance of doing this for quite some time. (Yes, it can be lifted up when done.)
I need to pass on some info I dumbly forgot to mention in my weekly editorial blasting the building of a “Big Ass Jetty” where Wooden Jetty now lies in Holgate. I failed to mention the study of such a groin/jetty is being done by Stockton University, a school highly qualified to perform such initial research.
Below: Stockton University ... a truly exceptional school ... and constantly getting better.
I’m more convinced than ever that it would mean erosional ruin for the Island’s far south end. I have even gotten some significant scientific support – from as far away as North Carolina -- which I greatly appreciate. I will call on those sources should this BAJ things reach the next step.
I also have scientific support for the benefits of a contiguous beach replenishment – from Loveladies straight through to the Holgate rip – with an emphasis on the “straight” part. Of course, the brain trust at Army Corps have long said the same thing.
It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention that I have also weathered ongoing “waste of money” diatribes regarding beach renourishment in the wake of the wham-bam nor’easter.
I want to pull my hair out when these naysayers won’t accept the fact the placed sand might have saved the Island from serious overwash ocean flooding – and even structural damage.
Even more aggravating is an unwillingness to first wait around to witness the long-term natural rearranging of the placed sand. It is meant to move freely, hither and yon … and return. If, in weeks to come, I see the sand has truly gone missing, I’ll be the first with an angry “WTF!?” But I know it will come back, as it has begun to do, via astounding sandbars. Let the municipal plows do their work. Call me in May.
I have decided not to go into a piss-fit over the expected reappearance of coastal abandonists, who overhype every storm in a poorly veiled effort to carry out agendas rife with disdain for those of us who live – and refuse to leave -- Long Beach Island and other coastal venues.
These doomdayists have no true interest in the lives and welfare of Islanders but instead nurture a self-serving, self-aggrandizing determination to market themselves as greater minds than ours, foreseeing the future -- while all but hoping some catastrophic event will wipe out coastalites so they can then marvel at their own morbid self-righteousness. That’s sick-ass thinking -- but secretly held by many an abandonist.
Damn, I’ve still gone on a bit of a rage – though I have plenty more to say about those who would undermine not just my lifestyle but my peace of mind, by acting like message-board A-holes bandying about “The End Is Near” signs … just to irritate folks who know an end might always be near. And I’ll be here when it comes, yak-offs.
One of the more intelligent abandonists:
Having nailed his Flyman routine to this point, Fernando immediately realized his dismount had done him in ...
Southern Regional High School Fishing Show
Set for February 18th 2017
The event will be held in the Southern Regional Middle School cafeteria on Saturday, February 18thfrom 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
th from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
The money raised goes to offsetting the cost of trips for students on the Carolyn Ann III sailing out of Viking Village. This boat has a family oriented, friendly, polite, helpful and courteous crew. This is a good trip for experienced and as well as beginner anglers. The Carolyn Ann III is the perfect charter boat for our students to start out so that they get a good first impression of fishing.
"Whether your vessel is USCG documented or State registered, if you catch fish beyond 3 nautical miles with the intent to sell them, you are operating a commercial fishing vessel."
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NOAA Fisheries Reminds Commercial HMS Permit Holders of U.S. Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Dockside Safety Examination Requirements
NOAA Fisheries is reminding commercial Highly Migratory Species (HMS) vessel permit holders that they are required to obtain a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Commercial Fishing Vessel Dockside Safety Examination.
Effective October 15, 2015, the law requires completion of a mandatory dockside safety exam at least once every five years. See USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin, or MSIB, 12-15 for clarification about the five-year mandatory dockside safety exam.
Commercial fishing means a vessel that commercially engages in the catching, taking, or harvesting of fish which, either in whole or in part, is intended to enter commerce through sale, barter, or trade.
So, whether your vessel is USCG documented or State registered, if you catch fish beyond 3 nautical miles with the intent to sell them, you are operating a commercial fishing vessel. The USCG categorizes vessels that hold one or more of the follow HMS permits as commercial fishing vessels subject to mandatory dockside safety exams:
- Atlantic Tunas General Category
- Atlantic Tunas Harpoon Category
- HMS Charter/Headboat Category
- General Commercial Swordfish
- Atlantic Tunas Longline
- Atlantic Tunas Purse Seine
- Atlantic Shark Directed Limited Access
- Atlantic Shark Incidental Limited Access
- Atlantic Smoothhound
- Atlantic Swordfish Directed Limited Access
- Atlantic Swordfish Incidental Limited Access
- Atlantic Swordfish Harpoon Limited Access
Commercial fishing vessels are required to comply with the commercial fishing vessel safety regulations found in 46 CFR Part 28.
This notice is a courtesy to commercial HMS permit holders to help keep you informed about the fishery. For additional information, call (978) 281-9260, or go to
. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2017
Contact: Melissa Danko
|Free Seminars Lined Up at the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo
Manasquan, New Jersey -
Attendees at the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo will not only be shopping for the boat of their dreams, but learning some new boating and fishing techniques at the show's free seminars. Held February 16-19, 2017 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center at Raritan Center in Edison, the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo will feature seminars on all four days of the show, with expert advice from fishing and boating's foremost authorities.
Presented by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and The Fisherman Magazine, the seminar topics will range from fishing tips and tricks to advice on electronics and mobile technology. Topics will include as bunker busting spring and fall stripers, fish finder & GPS tips, using mobile devices for fishing & boating, NJ striper science, faking out doormat fluke, striper trolling, cast netting and more.
Anglers are sure to enjoy the special Captain's Day lineup on Saturday, February 18. All of Saturday's seminars will be presented by local charter and party boat captains ready to share their expertise. Topics range from fishing and trolling techniques to incorporating the latest electronics. And back by popular demand, Capt. Frank Crescitelli will once again be opening up the seminar room to throw a cast net.
While the adults learn a thing or two in the seminar room, kids can sail over to the Kids Cove on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Little boaters can learn about marine life, take a look at some live turtles, stop by the facepainter, and create some cool boating crafts.
The 2017 show will feature something for every age and interest with hundreds of boats on sale from the top dealers in the state as well as an expansive boater's marketplace full of accessories and services, boating and fishing seminars, activities for the little boaters and much more.
Sponsorship opportunities are available; for more information, please contact Melissa Danko at 732-292-1051 or at
Event details including directions, a current list of exhibitors and show highlights can be found online at
DATES: February 16-19, 2017
LOCATION: New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center at Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837
: Thursday & Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
: $10.00 per person, 16 and younger are free (when accompanied by an adult). Tickets are available online NOW at
, and for a limited time advanced online tickets are only $8.00. Be sure to get your tickets now.
Businesses interested in exhibiting should contact the MTA/NJ office at 732-292-1051; email at
for an application as soon as possible. All proceeds from the event will go back to the Association to support its efforts to promote, advance and protect the recreational boating industry in New Jersey.
This has local implications ...
|WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) -- January 31st, 2017 -- On January 25th, the Long Island Power Authority approved the South Fork Wind Farm, a new wind development off the coast of Long Island. On January 30th, Bonnie Brady, the executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, sat down with Richard Rose on CBS New York to discuss the adverse impact the new project would have on local fish and fishermen.
Located 30 miles southeast of Montauk, New York, the South Fork Wind Farm will cost $740 million to construct the wind farm that will stretch over a 15 square mile area. In the interview Ms. Brady noted that the project would come at the expense of the many nearby fisheries, including the “most healthy stock of cod in the Northeast,” fluke, scallops, monkfish, and over 30 other different species of fish.
Specifically, Ms. Brady cited the threat to local fish stocks from a construction process known as “pile driving,” which emits a loud sound that injures, and can kill, nearby fish and marine mammals. In addition, the process plows six feet beneath the ocean floor, dispersing sediment and killing larvae as a result of a large increase in pressure.
“Pile driving kills anything with a swim bladder within three-quarters of a mile. When you puncture a swim bladder, you don’t float, you sink,” Ms. Brady said. “If you’re at the bottom of the ocean because you’re a ground fish to begin with you’re not going to be coming up.”
Ms. Brady continued that these fishing areas would be very difficult for local fishermen to replace.
“Fishermen go to the areas where fish are, specifically based on temperature and bait. And as a result, during certain times of the year they move offshore and onshore,” Ms. Brady clarified in the interview.
Ms. Brady also took issue with the lack of consultation with the commercial fishing industry before approval of the wind farm. She explained that wind farm proponents failed to reach out to the commercial fishing industry to assess areas of economic importance or high environmental sensitivity that should be excluded from the wind farm area.
As fishing vessels often have difficulty navigating the wind turbine array, a return to the area can be problematic.
“The reality is we as fishermen depend upon the fish, not only for this generation but for generations in the future,” Brady said. “We, more than anyone else, know what goes on underneath the waterline because we are the ones who follow the fish and catch them in providing food for the nation.” Watch the full interview at CBS New York
These purple sea urchins can be found from Cape Cod to the Gulf of Mexico. The red urchins found in the Pacific are believed to live up to 200 years or more, making them among the longest living animals on earth.
Who Really Owns Our Public Lands???? I have long been advocating that The DEP and Pinelands Commission should cease issuing permits for off-road event in our public lands. These permits are first approved by the Superintendents of the State Forest, then on to the DEP and finally approved by the Pinelands Commission’s staff and Executive Director. Now my case has become even more critical.
I had a GREAT time at the Somerset Fly Fishing Show this weekend. Awesome crowds! Holy Crap!! Filled the place with lots of noise and activity all three days. Thanks to all peeps that came by to say hello and share their season's experiences with me. We talked and tied lots of FLEYES. Mostly BEASTS!!! At times I thought the fire department would break up the crowds around my table but we managed. Lots of old faces that have supported me for many, many years. Thank you! To the young audience, I pledge to you my unending dedication to your learning the sport we all love. I had a ball because of all of you. I THANK YOU ALL.
Even for someone apolitical like me, I have to admit this sign is coolly clever ...
Great Backyard Bird Count event being hosted by the Barnegat Bay Partnership and Save Barnegat Bay on February 18th.
Barnegat Bay “Great Backyard Bird Count” Event
Save Barnegat Bay and the Barnegat Bay Partnership are hosting a free Great Backyard Bird Count event on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Brown’s Woods, 117 Haines Road, Toms River. Located on 40 acres of preserved forest and wetlands bordering on Long Swamp Creek and the Toms River, Brown’s Woods is a great location for birding, with everything from songbirds to raptors to overwintering waterfowl.
Naturalist Becky Laboy from Ocean County Parks and Recreation will lead the bird walk and count. Learn how to spot and identify bird species that spend the winter here and learn more about their lives in the colder months of the year. Be a “citizen scientist” and help count the birds seen during the walk.
Everyone is welcome – from beginning birders to experts. Bring binoculars if you have them – there will also be a few pairs available for sharing. RSVP for the event by emailing Danielle Fadeski, the Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that in the event of inclement weather on the 18th, the event will be moved to February 20th.
Sponsored by Cornell University and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages people of all ages in counting birds in local communities around the world. Scientists use the count information to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations on a global scale.
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College, Building #10
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08753
US Fisheries at Grave Risk if Government Stifles Science Data (Editorial)
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Editorial Opinion] by John Sackton - January 30, 2017
Those who know me have no doubt that my personal political opinions reflect more Massachusetts and California than Texas and Louisiana. But in an industry that has a diverse range of political views, there has always been common ground when it comes to the business of fish.
We all support profitable and healthy fish companies; we support use of our seafood resources for food and encourage maximum sustainable production, and we support business accountability, accurate labeling, sustainability, and compliance with labor laws.
And most importantly, to get these things we support sound fisheries science. The genius of the fishery management system in place since the passage of the original 200-mile limit and the Magnuson Act in 1976 has been the commitment to make fisheries decisions based on sound science.
The regional management councils were set up to allow conflict: various fisheries stakeholders will not agree about gear, allocation, seasons, quota shares, observers or many other features of a modern fishery management and enforcement system. But all agree on one thing, as required by law: decisions must be made in accordance with the best scientific advice and the councils cannot legally overrule peer reviewed formal scientific conclusions.
We have two stories today, one from Canada, and one from Seattle, about the impacts of government suppression of scientific research for political purposes. In Canada, the Harper government did not want scientists directly communicating with the public on issues that could make the government look bad or that might create public controversy over fish management.
The Canadians slashed the budget for fisheries science, drove many researchers out of the DFO, and damaged Canadian fisheries in ways that are taking years to repair. For example, the science on Northern Cod is not robust enough to support scientific consensus on the path forward for that fishery despite evidence the stock is increasing.
In the US, the Trump administration is declaring war on the EPA, NASA, and some other science agencies. They have frozen many grant programs, any new hiring, and created a wave of fear and uncertainty in universities and science agencies across the country.
The EPA, and NASA climate scientists conduct a lot of work necessary to understanding fish stocks.
In our story today, EPA funded scientists looking at Alaska’s salmon programs and researching protecting water quality in Bristol Bay find their work at risk. A Tacoma researcher pointed out that research on clean water and salmon in Alaska helps support 14,000 fishing and related jobs in Bristol Bay.
That says nothing about the seafood industry’s spending further down the value chain to market and promote and distribute sockeye salmon. The industry itself is likely to spend upwards of $1 million this year simply to make up for state budget shortfalls in needed observations and data gathering.
This week, with a freeze on EPA grants and hiring, more of Bristol Bay is at risk. The University of Washington alone gets over $1 billion in science funding research from the government, including from many agencies targeted as ideologically impure by the Trump team.
NOAA scientists at the Dept. of Commerce do not work in a vacuum. Like all scientists, they depend on a wide network of researchers and published data to build fish models used for fishery management.
With changing climate and water temperature emerging as a key driver of fish behavior, any ideological crusade against climate science is a crusade against our ability to harvest fish.
The industry is strongly backing Chris Oliver, currently executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, for the fisheries administrator position at NOAA. Oliver has deep and invaluable experience at the intersection of how science gets applied to fisheries and food production. He will be a strong advocate for keeping up the scientific capabilities of NOAA.
But in the broader sense, our industry is at risk from those who would attack scientists and defund them.
We have built up the most successful example of sustainable fish management in the world, and global retailers have endorsed sustainability as a core sourcing requirement for virtually all of their seafood purchases. Dismantling or crippling the science that undergirds our ability to have sustainable fisheries ends up limiting harvests, undermining consumer trust, increasing fish population volatility and boom and bust, and in short driving down the value of our entire wild capture industry.
That is too great a business risk to take for any ideology, and for that reason, the entire industry should speak with a single voice in defense of our climate science and other research, and against any political interference with our government funded science. It is the foundation of our business success.
Future of Some Fisheries Research in Doubt After Anti-Science Leaks From Trump Admin
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Seattle Times] by Sandi Doughton - January 30, 2017
As confusing and conflicting tweets, leaks and directives fly from the new administration in Washington, D.C., many local researchers are unsure about what’s in store for their work and the role of science in America.
A few days after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, University of Washington graduate student Sarah O’Neal got word that her fate was in limbo.
O’Neal’s research on Alaska’s salmon fisheries is funded through an Environmental Protection Agency fellowship. But the new administration imposed a freeze on some EPA spending and contracts, and no one could tell O’Neal what that meant for her project.
“I may or may not get paid on Monday,” she said. “I told my landlord I might not be able to pay the rent.”
A statement from the EPA on Friday said the freeze on grants like the fellowship program had been lifted. But O’Neal still hadn’t received any official reassurance from the agency.
As confusing and conflicting tweets, leaks and directives fly from Washington, D.C., many local researchers are equally unsure about what’s in store for their work and the role of science in America.
“What I’m seeing around me is total uncertainty … and fear,” said UW professor Eric Steig, who drills ice cores in Greenland and Antarctica to reconstruct past climate and help project future impacts from greenhouse gasses.
With a president who once called global warming a hoax cooked up by China, climate scientists who rely on federal funding feel particularly vulnerable. Trump advisers have said they intend to strip out NASA funding for satellite observations of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. Administration requests for the lists of federal employees working on climate change sent a chill through the field, though plans to remove EPA’s climate-change webpages were scrapped after an outcry.
There’s deep concern that an administration that rejects information it doesn’t like will “kill the messenger” who delivers that information, said UW atmospheric sciences professor Dennis Hartmann.
“The nonacceptance of what is generally regarded to be the facts, and the presentation of alternative facts, is of great concern to science,” he said. “We’re in the business of trying to establish what the facts are in terms of the natural world.”
The U.S. is the global leader in climate science, but that could change if funding is slashed and a hostile attitude prevails, said UW professor David Battisti, whose work includes forecasting climate-change impacts on food production.
“There are going to be scientists who leave the U.S.,” he said. “I’m seriously thinking about it.”
Environmental science, especially related to air and water pollution, also could be at risk from a White House determined to cut regulation of business and industry.
The Puget Sound Institute at the UW Tacoma gets much of its funding from the EPA, as part of ambitious, ongoing efforts to clean up and protect Puget Sound. The existing contract seems safe, said director Joel Baker. But the entire project is up for renewal this year.
Baker said he spent much of the past week “trying really hard not to panic, and talk my staff down off the walls.”
Given the economic and ecological importance of Puget Sound to the state of Washington, it’s hard to see any rationale for eliminating programs to protect it, he said. O’Neal pointed out that research on clean water and salmon in Alaska helps support 14,000 fishing and related jobs in Bristol Bay.
“This argument that keeps getting trotted out, that you have to choose between a clean environment and a strong economy, has been disproven so many times,” Baker said.
As one of the nation’s leading research centers, the UW pulls in about $1 billion a year in federal grants. Roughly 60 percent of that money is for biomedical research. There’s no indication that the new administration intends to scale back funding for research on disease and health — but also no assurance that it won’t be trimmed along with the rest of the federal budget.
An analysis by the journal Science found that regardless of which party controls Congress or the White House, funding for science has held relatively steady at about 10 percent of nondefense, discretionary funding.
Based on Trump’s statements and cabinet picks, if deep cuts come, Battisti predicts they will hit hardest at NASA, EPA, the Department of Energy and, perhaps, the National Science Foundation, which funds much of the nation’s climate and basic science research.
The pinch would be most acute for graduate students and early-career scientists, veteran researchers pointed out. A shortage of funding, coupled with a general disdain for science and data, could make science jobs less attractive.
“If you get up in the morning and the president of the United States is saying things that are just blatantly stupid about science, it’s not a real encouraging career path,” Baker said. “What worries me is that we’re driving a whole generation away from science.”
The Trump presidency may also be turning a generation of scientists into activists.
Sarah Myhre, a postdoctoral scholar in the UW’s Future of Ice Initiative, joined the new advocacy group 500 Women Scientists. Along with like-minded colleagues, she took part in the Seattle women’s march on Jan. 21, and is helping map out strategies to stand up for women in science.
“I don’t think it’s going to be an easy path,” she said. “But scientists have a very important role to play in what will happen politically, and in the transition to a green economy.”
A scientists’ march on Washington, the date yet to be decided, was announced and within days its Facebook page had attracted a quarter of a million followers.
“I’ve not often been the person to do a lot of marching,” said UW fisheries biologist Tim Essington, who’s considering the trip to D.C. “I just think in this environment, making sure that every voice gets heard is very important.”