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Tuesday, September 09, 2014: Geez, just a couple days into a minor nor’easter and I’m already tired of the onshores.

(Above: Wow. Who gets credit for this photo??????)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014: Geez, just a couple days into a minor nor’easter and I’m already tired of the onshores. The upside is the blow is not as testy as first predicted, though it could pick up again later tonight.

By the by, I fully realize this isn’t a textbook nor’easter, with an intensifying Hatteras low and blocking high pressure to the north, held in place by a lack of west/east steering currents. I’m just using the olden term for any fall sky happenings that sport winds come NE for a longish period. It works.

Sorry for those hoping to get back in the angling swim by tomorrow. It’s a no-go. In fact, even Thursday will only see a wind switch from decreasing northerlies to increasing southelies. Those south winds could gust to 25 mph themselves, prior to frontal passage. Its not until Friday that winds finally swing out of the west and settle a very riled up, mixed up ocean to a dull roar.

I’m hopin’ by Friday we’ll be able to access and Holgate damages and maybe start checking for humpbacks. I’m batterying up my video cam with the crazy telephoto capacities. It pixels a bit after a few hundred yards but a pixeled whale in action is still a sight to behold. I’ll also be able to get a close-up of any whale wearing unwanted netting.

I’ll jig a bit on the Hochstrasser Bridge tonight. It’s a sight to behold when I’m into listening to The Mason’s Apron. (Hear at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtSjM3YU7Qw). A load of larger bunker have entered into the bay, north end. Not sure what that could lead to, fishing-wise, since the bass just aren’t around. I’m thinking the north tip of The dike might be a good spot when the weather breaks.

With very little rain showing, this blow won’t affect fluking whatsoever. Inlet areas – including areas well inside – should be highly workable as soon as tides settle a bit. Surf fluking has not been up to snuff. The arrival of migrating forage getting washed out of the bay by the radical tides might ignite that sudsy bite.  

Just before the winds kicked up, I saw huge pods of spearing in Barnegat Inlet, near Barney. Spearing are a higher important gamefish attractant, more than they get credit for. Just look in the belly of bass, blues, fluke, weakies – and shore-clinging species – and there will be spearing. Admittedly, they’re not the best bait for bigger fish, though I have taken decent stripers while fishing a single spearing for fluke – thus my reluctance to use curved fluke hooks when near the rocks or areas near The Rip.   

By the by, near the base of the Barnegat Lighthouse rocks, there’s a cool little cove-shaped, sand bottom area -- just a short ways down the concrete decking. It’s an ideal spot to watch baitfish migrations and musters.

A muster is baitfish getting the urge to move out into the ocean but more inclined to just hang in place gathering moral encouragement as their numbers increase. Eventually, instinct totally kicks them in the butt. It has to be remembered that these young-of-year fish have never migrated before. Hell, they’ve never been out of the bay. Imagine this odd and increasing compulsion to suddenly just pack up and go swimming blindly to who-knows-where – and what they’ll think when no sooner do they hit the sea than the most awful of savagely-toothed things come out of the woodwork tying to eat them.

The likes of mullet can sometimes do experimental migratory runs. In Barnegat Light, they’ll gung-ho to  the very end of the New South Jetty, but then come rushing back all “WTF were we thinking?!” Those experimental migratory runs of mullet can even include a rush along the 20 miles of LBI’s beachfront, all the way to Holgate, where they’ll say, “Screw this migration s***” and head back into the bay, sometimes for many days, even weeks.  

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Hi,

            Enclosed is this week’s fishing report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. It is pasted below and also attached as a file. If you have any questions, my cell phone number is 609-290-5942 and my e-mail address is jamesghutch1@aol.com

Thanks for your help,

Jim Hutchinson Sr.

 

With time running out on the summer flounder season on September 27, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are seeing some of their best fluke fishing of the year.

 

Captain Dave Kreines had a party out on the “Byte” Me for some bay and inlet fishing.  They managed 10 short fluke and a few 1-2 pound bluefish.  The big action of the day was two nice size cow-nose rays. Both of these big strong fish put up a good fight and were brought to the boat before being carefully unhooked and released.

 

Captain Gary Dugan on the “Irish Jig” fished the Garden State South recently and ended up with four nice fluke ranging from 18-24 inches. Another day he had seven keepers to 25-inches. He found the hot bait was live peanut bunker.

 

Captain George Finck of Sparetime Charters had a few charters this past week where he found the fishing to be good. He had Mike Gilligan and friends out to the reef and for a good catch of 35 fluke with four keepers up to 23-inches along with some bluefish. The charter even had fun bringing in two big skates which gave them a good fight. The ocean temperature was 78-degrees with waves of 1 to 2 foot which increased to 2 to 4 ft just before coming in.

 

Captain Fran Verdi had the John Cocca party out on the “Francesca Marie” for a four hour trip. The action was good and despite a 10-1 ratio of throwbacks to keepers, they managed 9 keeper fluke. They also had some sea bass and blues, but fluke ruled the day.

 

Captain Bob Gerkens had the “Hot Tuna” out for some daytime chunking for yellowfin tuna at a southern canyon. After hooking only a small mako shark on the chunk, Captain Bob made the move to switch to the troll. This move paid off as they found a good bite on long fin tuna in the 35 to 45 pound class on the troll. The charter party also caught a mahi-mahi to go with their tuna. Anglers included Scott Damiano, Dave Swarter, and John Clementson along with mate Brian Medford.

           

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.org 

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Check out this concept: 

In play for recreational votes NZ gov't to set up 'recreation only' marine fishing areas

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Scoop] by Hamish Rutherford - Sept. 9, 2014  

The National party in New Zealand is to create a new tiered system for marine reserves, with commercial fishing banned from parts of the Marlborough Sounds and Hauraki Gulf.
 
Conservation spokesman Nick Smith and primary industries spokesman Nathan Guy announced two new recreational fishing parks for the areas at an event at the Ponsonby Cruising Club in Auckland this afternoon.
 
Prime Minister John Key told an audience in Ponsonby that commercial fishermen with quota in the areas would be given the option to move further out.
 
Alternatively if they could not catch the fish elsewhere, they may be given compensation as they were having property rights stripped.
 
A well-placed source in the fishing industry said the $20 million in compensation mooted by the Government would not even cover snapper quota in the Hauraki Gulf.
 
If the quota was pushed elsewhere, it would add to pressures in the Bay of Plenty or Northland.
 
Smith said the new recreational areas were a New Zealand first.
 
"These areas will be reserved predominantly for recreational fishing and will enhance the opportunity for Kiwi families to catch fish in areas like the inner Hauraki Gulf and the Marlborough Sounds," Smith said.
 
"These proposed in-shore parks are in two of the most popular areas for recreational fishing in the country."
 
They would be managed for a range of recreational activities by an advisory board of local users, and would exclude most commercial fishing.
 
Smith said on a typical summer day there were up to 6900 recreational vessels on the water, roughly 21,000 fishers.
 
"National wants to preserve the inner Hauraki Gulf exclusively for these fishers, so families in Auckland and across the wider region can continue to enjoy one of the country's best-loved pastimes."
 
National faced a storm among recreational fishers last year when it cut snapper quota, and today's announcement appears to be a blatent attempt to win votes in that sector.
 
In the Marlborough Sounds, some commercial fishing for paua, scallop and crayfish in the area could continue.
 
Guy said "fair compensation" would be paid to those who operate in the affected areas.
 
"Some will be able to catch their fish quota outside these new recreational fishing parks, but others will be adversely affected.
 
"We will be establishing a legal mechanism based on current legislative principles for compensating quota holders, and the level of compensation will be decided on following discussions with industry."

 

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EPA sponsored group launches updated plan to restore Long Island Sound by 2035

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] September 9, 2014

A partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as nonprofit and community groups and businesses--which is also sponsored by the EPA-- have issued a new plan that aims to restore and protect the Long Island Sound over the next two decades.

The Long Island Sound Study's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan reflects the changing needs of communities, incorporates scientific and technological advances, and addresses new environmental challenges, emphasizing the principles of sustainability, climate change resiliency, and environmental justice, the group said.

"Building on the progress made to date, the challenge now is to make sustainability an integral part of achieving a cleaner, healthier Long Island Sound for people to enjoy," said Curt Spalding, Regional Administrator of EPA's New England office.

The draft plan sets 20 measurable targets for the ecosystem to be achieved by 2035, including reducing beach closures due to sewage, improving water clarity, reducing the area of waters with unhealthy oxygen levels, increasing shellfish harvests, and reducing the amount of marine debris.

“Superstorm Sandy changed forever how we think about our coasts and coastal communities”, said Judith A. Enck, EPA Region 2 Administrator. “The draft plan highlights that actions can be taken to adapt to climate change, making Long Island Sound healthier and our communities and economy more resilient.”

The plan highlights progress made in the past 20 years to improve water and habitat quality.

Under a bi-state program to reduce nitrogen pollution there are now 35 million fewer pounds per year of nitrogen discharged from 106 wastewater treatment facilities to Long Island Sound.

More than a million gallons of recreational boat sewage are kept out of the water each year by the 'No Discharge Zone' for vessel waste in Long Island Sound established by Connecticut and New York.

Regional partners have restored a total of 1,548 acres of habitat and reopened 300 miles of river and stream corridors to fish passage since 1998.  Since 2006, partners have protected 2,580 acres of open space and coastal habitat through easements and land acquisitions.

“The initial 1994 comprehensive restoration plan has led to substantial progress in restoring and protecting Long Island Sound, but there is more work to be done,” said Joe Martens, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “The comprehensive update of the draft plan will guide the ecological restoration of the Sound for years to come, using the best current science to further improve this outstanding natural and economic resource.”

“This draft plan recognizes Long Island Sound as a vital recreational, ecological and economic resource for the citizens of our state and region - and proposes measures to protect water quality, public access, and the safeguarding of natural resources and habitats” said Robert Klee, Commissioner of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “With the release of the draft CCMP, the public now has an important opportunity to contribute to the collective vision and shared action agenda that will set the course for protection and management of Long Island Sound for generations to come.”

Photo Credit: Long Island Traditions

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We have to take this stuff seriously at some fishing point ... 

World Meteorological Organization: Ocean Acidification and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hit Record Levels

Alex Kirby, Climate News Network
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September 9, 2014 8:55 am
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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that the amounts of atmospheric greenhouse gases reached a new high in 2013, driven by rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide.

Reef stricken: corals, fisheries and tourism will all be damaged by ocean acidification Image: Ritiks via Wikimedia CommonsReef stricken: corals, fisheries and tourism will all be damaged by ocean acidification. Photo credit: Ritiks via Wikimedia Commons

The news is consistent with trends in fossil fuel consumption. But what comes as more of a surprise is the WMO’s revelation that the current rate of ocean acidification, which greenhouse gases (GHGs) help to cause, appears unprecedented in at least the last 300 million years.

The details of growing GHG levels are in the annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, published by the WMO—the United Nations specialist agency that plays a leading role in international efforts to monitor and protect the environment.

They show that between 1990 and 2013 there was a 34 percent increase in radiative forcing—the warming effect on our climate—because of long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide.

Complex interactions

The Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations—not emissions—of greenhouse gases. Emissions are what go into the atmosphere, while concentrations are what stay there after the complex system of interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere (the entire global ecological system) and the oceans.

About a quarter of total emissions are taken up by the oceans and another quarter by the biosphere, cutting levels of atmospheric CO2.

In 2013, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 was 142 percent higher than before the Industrial Revolution started, in about 1750. Concentrations of methane and nitrous oxide had risen by 253 percent and 121 percent respectively.

The observations from WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch network showed that CO2 levels increased more from 2012 to 2013 than during any other year since 1984. Scientists think this may be related to reduced CO2 absorption by the Earth’s biosphere, as well as by the steady increase in emissions.

Although the oceans lessen the increase in CO2 that would otherwise happen in the atmosphere, they do so at a price to marine life and to fishing communities—and also to tourism. The Bulletin says the oceans appear to be acidifying faster than at any time in at least the last 300 million years.

“We know without any doubt that our climate is changing and our weather is becoming more extreme due to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels,” said the WMO’s secretary-general, Michel Jarraud.

Running out of time

“The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows that, far from falling, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere actually increased last year at the fastest rate for nearly 30 years. We are running out of time. The laws of physics are non-negotiable.

“The Bulletin provides a scientific base for decision-making. We have the knowledge and we have the tools for action to try to keep temperature increases within 2°C to give our planet a chance and to give our children and grandchildren a future. Pleading ignorance can no longer be an excuse for not acting.”

Wendy Watson-Wright, executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, said: “It is high time the ocean, as the primary driver of the planet’s climate and attenuator of climate change, becomes a central part of climate change discussions.

“If global warming is not a strong enough reason to cut CO2 emissions, ocean acidification should be, since its effects are already being felt and will increase for many decades to come.”

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere reached 396.0 parts per million (ppm) in 2013. At the current rate of increase, the global annual average concentration is set to cross the symbolic 400 ppm threshold within the next two years.

More potent

Methane, in the short term, is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2—34 times more potent over a century, but 84 times more over 20 years.

Atmospheric methane reached a new high of about 1,824 parts per billion (ppb) in 2013, because of increased emissions from human sources. Since 2007, it has started increasing again, after a temporary period of levelling-off.

Nitrous oxide’s atmospheric concentration in 2013 was about 325.9 ppb. Its impact on climate, over a century, is 298 times greater than equal emissions of CO2. It also plays an important role in the destruction of the ozone layer that protects the Earth from harmful ultraviolet solar radiation.

The oceans currently absorb a quarter of anthropogenic CO2 emissions—about 4kg of CO2 per day per person. Acidification will continue to accelerate at least until mid-century, according to projections from Earth system models.

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World’s Endangered Forests Need Your Help

   

“Out of Fashion” is Rainforest Action Network‘s (RAN) latest major effort to preserve the world’s endangered forests and we need your help to win. With this campaign, RAN is bringing attention to a growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities—a threat that has been hiding in plain sight for years: dissolving pulp. Dissolving pulp is a highly influential commodity in today’s marketplace. And the increased demand for this product is accelerating deforestation and exacerbating human rights abuses across the globe.

rainforestdestructionThe increased demand for dissolving pulp is accelerating deforestation and exacerbating human rights abuses across the globe. Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network

Big name fashion brands are complicit in the pulping of pristine forests—seizing Indigenous land, driving species loss and threatening the climate—all to manufacture a product that makes its way into the clothes we wear every day.

Over the next few days, RAN will introduce you to this destructive industry—and how Rainforest Action Network is planning to take it on.

Dissolving Pulp and Fashion

In our first blog, “Introducing: Out of Fashion,” we introduced the threat of dissolving wood pulp and how this product makes its way out of the forest and into your closet. Dissolving pulp makes this journey disguised as rayon, viscose, and modal, fabrics used in the latest fashions from many of today’s most popular brands.

So, how do trees actually make their way into the clothes you’re wearing?

It’s a complicated process: forests are cut, then pulped into a toxic sludge or “soluble compound.” This sludge is what is known as dissolving pulp and it is produced using a wide variety of toxic chemicals including dioxin, chlorine, volatile organic compounds and adsorbable organic halides. These chemicals are known to bioaccumulate—meaning they collect and increase in negative impact within the bodies of human beings and all living creatures. This toxic sludge is then forced through spinnerets, and becomes viscose staple fiber (VSF). The VSF is then spun into yarn, woven into fabric, sewn into garments, and then marketed by brands and sold in outlets all over the world—from luxury stores to suburban shopping malls to big box stores. That is how pristine rainforests find their way into our closets.

So, what fabrics actually contain dissolving pulp? What should you look for on the label?

This fiber goes by many names, so it’s important to check the label when looking for your next outfit. These include: rayon, viscose, Lyocell and modal. While clothes might feel like silk or cotton, remember to double check and see if they contain rayon or these other potentially rainforest-damaging fabrics. And even if you personally are avoiding these fabrics, remember that not everybody is. That’s why RAN is calling on the industry to change as a whole—and that’s why we need your voice on this petition.

Why would people actually turn precious rainforests into high-fashion apparel in the first place?

These fabrics are becoming attractive options due to the rising cost and (ironically) environmental concerns associated with cotton. Due to recent flooding and droughts, cotton crops have suffered significantly in recent years. As a response, clothing brands will even list these rainforest-destroying fabrics such as rayon as “natural” or “renewable” textiles.

One of the most amazing things is the ubiquity of these products. From cheap clothing to high-end luxury brands, rayon and viscose are everywhere, and at every price point. Companies that use these products range from Forever 21 to Prada, from Abercrombie to Louis Vuitton—and everyone in between. It’s critical that companies that are profiting from this destruction take responsibility for their supply chain.

In the next blog, we’ll dive into what clothing companies can do and actions you as the consumer can take to protect forests and human rights from irresponsible clothing and the expansion of the dissolving pulp market. But don’t wait—take action now to demand that your clothes are free of deforestation and human rights abuses here.

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Not sure if this will help world fishing resources or not: 

Japan's fishing industry has seen its workforce plummet to record lows since Fukushima

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Wall Street Journal] by Jun Hongo - September 9, 2014

The population of Japanese people engaged in marine fisheries dropped to a record low 181,253, which was an 18% decrease from five years ago, according to the Statistics of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries report by the farm ministry released last week.

The report illustrates the impact of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear crisis, which took a toll on the fishery industry in the Tohoku region.

Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures saw the population of their fishermen drop by 38% in five years to 14,074. The decline in Fukushima prefecture was the sharpest: There are only 409 people living off the business today, which is a 77% drop from five years ago.

The number of commercial fishing boats also dropped 17.5% to 153,034 from 185,465 five years earlier.

Some other reasons for the declining number of fishermen in Japan include new regulations, fewer fishery resources around the country and cheaper imports from overseas, according to the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, known as Zengyoren.

The report showed the quickly aging population of those engaged in marine fishery.

According to the report, more than 25% of the fishermen in Japan are between 45 and 54 years old, followed by 22% who are 65 to 74 years old. The percentage of those who are 75 years old or older grew to 13% this year from 7% 10 years ago. Only 3% of fishermen in Japan are aged between 15 and 24 today.

Of the 89,485 privately managed fishery businesses in the country, only 14,811, or 17%, say they have someone who can be a successor in the trade, suggesting many sons and daughters of fishermen have moved to other occupations.

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High tech stuff:

Vessel Monitoring System Program

Proposed Rule for Requirements Related to Approved Vessel Monitoring System Units

As part of NOAA’s Vessel Monitoring System Program, some commercial fishermen operating in federal fisheries are required to carry and operate onboard mobile transceiver units that report vessel location and other data to NOAA Fisheries. The purpose is to track vessel location for fisheries management and enforcement. In order to create a reliable and secure system, and to facilitate dependable mechanisms for fishermen to meet their responsibility to transfer data, NOAA Fisheries established technical and other requirements that mobile transceiver units and the associated communications services must meet.

All mobile transceiver units and communications services used in the vessel monitoring system must be type-approved for use—meaning the mobile transceiver unit and service must meet and remain in compliance with the type-approval requirements.

Currently, the type-approval specifications (requirements) are published in the Federal Register (73 FR 5813). These specifications provide the requirements related to: technical requirements of the unit, satellite communications, and data security, delivery, and latency. The specifications also address roles and responsibilities for the type-approval process, change control, customer service, billing, and litigation support.

A proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on September 9, 2014, that will codify the type-approval specifications, revise latency standards, and establish initial type-approval, renewal, revocation, and appeals processes for industry and constituents. Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by October 24, 2014.

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