Uh, but why?...
Rainy day, synchronized contentment ...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Thar she blows. Make that, there he blows. And Jose blew this day clean off the map, which was no skin off my back since I was deeply stuck at work for a 12-hour shift.
The ocean in riled to the point of overwash and beach consumption. Nonetheless, I see the Island’s washed over beaches returning relatively quickly, though the current fierce storm swell will give way to that persistent ground swell, as Jose goes nowhere fast – possibly even swinging back toward the coast, as an extratropical system, i.e. a cold-core low pressure system. It will still generate swells despite losing its tropical characteristics.
I’m sure Holgate nature area beaches have taken a solid hit. Wave action was going ocean to bay with just a five-foot Jose swell, prior to the wind. It will surely be drivable … eventually … hopefully sooner.
This blow could clobber the nonexistent mullet run, assuming it was still yet to start. Many of us have noticed that fierce wave action can force migrating mullet into run further out to sea, far from the gamey, ambush-ridden swash areas near the beach – where they’re dead ducks.
Here’s a segment from my weekly column (out tomorrow) having to do with the bennies of Jose:
“ As to the more up-ish side of Jose-can-you-sea, our bayside definitely needed a good flushing, which it’s getting, thanks to quite-brisk north winds.
“Those winds – and the accompanying currents – take less than 48 hours to fully power away any worn-out summer bay water, including the stale stuff in deeper holes. In comes fresh Atlantic Ocean water. The bay luxuriates in such a sweet turn-over.
“And don’t think for a minute that we don’t have mighty fine seawater entering our bay mix. Our chunk of ocean harbors some of the cleanest marine waters anywhere, due in huge part to our near maniacal watch-dogging of what enters it.”
It's getting tougher and tougher finding a place to air up after buggying the beach. The Wawa pump (mainland) is oft out of order. The coin pumps can be highly iffy, though not that costly when compared to the rubber damage from under-inflated tires ... something I know all too much about. I swear I go through tires like a NASCAR driver.
I'm looking into my own industrial air compressor, as if I don't already have enough costly toys.
Yes, I have a slew of portable air pumps but to re-up four truck tires can take over 20 minutes. While that isn't all that bad, I get impatient after the first tire ... and walk off.
One of the best slow-mo compressors: Viair (00077) 77P Portable Compressor Kit ...
I'm getting highly mixed reports on the new line line of battery-powered, portable tire inflators. These ARE NOT for buggy four-tire refills, more for small inflations, maybe your John Deere drive mower. However, they are apparently usefully adequate for a single truck tire fill-up in a "flat" repair situation. I came close to getting one. backed out.
Then there's the old-fashioned method.
Why in bloody hell is my first thought: "That kinda looks likes fun?" Because it's not my boat, I'm guessin'.
Below: What I warn about ... driving on beach after overwash, or right after storm high tides back off.
The Fish Are Losing Their Voice
Steve Brustein of Portland, ME with a 23″ summer flounder (fluke) caught last month north of the Jamestown Bridge in Narragansett Bay, RI.
It’s nine months into a 48-month presidency, and the fish are losing their voice. With all that is going on in our country it seems odd to talk about the plight of the fish. However, it is important to note that by ignoring climate change and abusing resources such as fish, the people in our nation will feel the impact well after the present administration is gone.
The fish are losing their voice because in past administrations (Republican or Democrat) it has been a matter of rebuilding fisheries and allowing them to grow to maximum sustainable yield levels. However, that is not the case now. The administration and its appointees have engaged an agenda that focuses on whatever in the short term is economically expedient, while battering our natural resources and environment in the process. People and the fish are, and will, continue to be hurt by this agenda, and that is a tragedy.
Maximum sustainable yield (MSY) is the largest average catch that can be captured from a stock under existing environmental conditions. MSY aims to achieve a balance between too much and too little harvest to keep the population at some abundance level with a maximum replacement rate.
Rebuilding fisheries and aiming harvest at MSY is being ignored by some congressmen, senators and the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. Some aim to put local interests first, allowing more fish to be taken for short-term economic gain. Rebuilding fish stocks and the long term health of our fishery, growing fish to abundance, is taking a back seat to the short term economic gains of a few.
The fish we take off New England, in the Gulf of Mexico, and off the coast of Alaska belong to those living in Wyoming and Missouri just as much as they belong to those living in New Jersey or on the coast of Louisiana. So, fisheries have and should be managed for the benefit of all, giving the fish priority so they grow to abundance for all.
Secretary Ross is responsible for managing our national fisheries through the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the fishing law of our nation, gives fisheries management control to eight regional fisheries councils, with NOAA coordinating, supervising and implementing management decisions.
In some cases (such as in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic) a coastwide commission has been put in place. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) provides east coast management for migratory species that travel from one council’s geographic management area to another. With some species (striped bass, summer flounder, black sea bass and others on the east coast) it makes sense to manage fish coastwide.
Representatives and senators in states that have long recognized the major economic impact of fishing in their local economies have advocated with the administration and Secretary Ross to allow more fish to be taken (e.g. New Jersey with summer flounder (fluke) and the Gulf of Mexico State with red snapper). They want to take more fish than science-based harvest limits allows. Local interest groups, including some fishermen, boat manufactures, fishing retailers and the fishing-related tourism industry, want to take more fish to enhance economic gain to the detriment of the fish. And, some government leaders aim to take more fish to satisfy political pressure put upon them by these and other interest groups.
Here are some examples of the fish losing their voice to a select few for short-term economic gain in the past nine months.
Commission overruled by Secretary of Commerce
Last month Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce, notified the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) that he has found the State of New Jersey to be in compliance with the new Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The decision circumvented the work of the Commission that provides coastwide management of summer flounder (fluke) in our area.
In a press release in response to Secretary Ross’s decision the ASMFC said, “Based on the latest stock assessment information, summer flounder is currently experiencing overfishing. Spawning stock biomass has been declining since 2010 and is just 16% above the threshold.”
When decisions – such as the Secretary of Commerce’s decision allowing New Jersey to make their own summer flounder regulations – are allowed, they put the interests of individual states first and the fish and the nation take a back seat.
Making waves with red snapper
The Department of Commerce under Secretary Ross announced in June an agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the five Gulf Coast states to extend the 2017 recreational red snapper season by 39 weekend days in the Gulf of Mexico for private recreational anglers.
This decision to circumvent input from the public and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council was the first time under this administration that the Department of Commerce forced NOAA to make a decision ignoring existing research on stock status, harvest limits and local Council input.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the top Democrat on the Natural Resources panel, noted that the Federal Register announcement of the amended season extension said that it “may delay the ultimate rebuilding of the stock by as many as six years.”
Moves to change the Magnuson-Stevens Act
The most troubling examples of the fish losing their voice in our nation are the bills, such as H.R. 200, that have been or are about to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Senate.
Many of these bills advocate for local interests rather than growing fish to abundance in the interests of our nation. Discussions around a proposed Senate bill aim to revise the Magnuson-Stevens Act by taking away many of the measures that have successfully rebuilt stocks under the existing law (over forty fish stocks have been rebuilt under the Act).
The MSA is not perfect and can use improvement. The Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled, “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives.” However, the solutions offered at the Senate hearing play into the short-term economic gains strategy put forth by the administration. Solutions discussed at the hearing aimed to weaken the MSA, making it easier to eliminate annual catch and harvest limits and loosening the need for accountability (so if you fish over your quota or harvest limit there are little or no consequences).
These proposed changes would empower the Secretary of Commerce, NOAA and individual states to go their own way with harvest limits with little regard for what is good for the fishery or the nation.
We need a strong MSA so fish can keep their voice
The fisheries policy changes engaged by Secretary Ross and the administration over the past nine months have clearly demonstrated a path of short-term economic gains as the priority. Rebuilding fish stocks to maximum sustainable yield, so we have an abundance of fish for all in the nation to catch and eat, has taken a back seat.
It is important we give the fish their voice back today, as there may be no fish to catch if we continue down this path.
SHARK FIN BAN IS MISGUIDED, WOULD UNDERMINE SUSTAINABLE U.S. SHARK FISHERIES, SAY EXPERTS
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Looking for the owner of this rig ..
You just never know what you will see when 100 miles offshore. We were wrapping up our trip on Saturday and had some Longfins on .. I noticed a balloon racing by the boat as we put the Longfin in the fishbox. We drove over to balloon and saw it was attached to mono and had a fish on it .. we picked up mono, spliced it into one of our rods and fought fish , eventually landing a very nice Yellowfin .. fish had this rig in its mouth. Anyone lose a nice fish Friday pm or Sat Am around Hudson Canyon ?
Jay Mann This is an excellent movie, both quality and message. It's this Saturday, Ship Bottom Fire Hall. I'll see you there. Snacks before; panel discussion afterwards
I suspect someone in Barnegat Light is feeding the foxes. This little guy was not shy at all
This might also be an example of how wild canines became domesticated.
KIDS WISHING TO GO FISHING” – A FREE FISHING EVENT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
On Saturday, 9/30/17, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association in conjunction with Cardinale Enterprises and New Jersey Shore Chapter 12 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will be hosting a fishing event for special needs children ages 6 to 16. The event will be held at Lake Julianna located at Ponderosa Estates Farm in Millstone Township, New Jersey. This will be a catch and release event with barbless hooks in a lake that is well stocked with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappies, yellow perch, channel catfish and sunfish. Refreshments will be served, there will be plenty of door prizes, free bait and rigs along with loaner rods and reels. Adults will be on hand to help the kids fish and best of all the event is FREE. However, those interested in attending as an individual or group must register in advance by calling 732-747-7846 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Did a magic hour trip during the week. Started outside along the beach trolling for false albacore and the likes. Even when trolling @ 8-9 mph I could not keep snappers off the line. Moved out to deeper water and I still was covered up by snappers. Might be the most snappers I have seen in my life this year. Moving back inside found schoolie bass blowing up before sunset and into the dark. Saturday I had Doug Chittenden and friend out. After loading the livewell with live bait we headed out in the morning fog. On a side note if you or you Captain are not loading the livewell this time of year you are missing out. I have written before about Florida style fishing in making bait for a trip and there is no better time than now with peanuts, mullet, and snappers. The Debbie M is a born and raised custom Florida boat and I like to fish that style as much as possible. One of her custom features is a 50-gallon oval livewell (standard was 25 gallon) that keeps the water moving in a true circular fashion. This is important with live baits such as peanut bunker since they do best in a circulating livewell. The other feature is that when full with 50 gallons, the water does not slosh when the lid is down. This minimizes the baits from getting “beat up” when the boat is rocking & rolling. I can keep 500 + peanut bunker healthy with almost no dead loss. No back to my report……… We did not find the bass cooperating as much as my magic hour trip but we did score (picture attached). One issue I see with the local bass and weakfish population going all out right now is water temperature. The ocean is still in the low 70’s and the bay is back up to 76. The second part of the trip we were able to work the inlet even though the tide was ebbing and a swell from Jose was coming in. Most of the swell was getting picked off by the South Bar which helped. Did a number on the bluefish from husky 3-4 pounders to racers in the 7-9 pound class. I think the racers are fish that spent the summer in Barnegat Bay and are starting to come out. Prior to this, all the blues caught aboard the Debbie M all summer were feeding well on the abundance of bait around the inlet. The blues that stayed in the bay had to deal with water temperatures above their optimum and not as much forage causing them to lose weight. All in all, two great trips by just going fishing. Oh, and a lot of catching. Give me a call if you want to head out and go fishing.
Barnegat Bay, NJ
You Tube Channel: Fishing Barnegat Bay
Illegally harvesting striped bass lands commercial angler in hot water
Eleven others also plead guilty to similar charges
Illegally harvesting striped bass from federal waters landed a dozen North Carolina commercial fishermen in hot water.
Gaston L. Saunders, 53, of Wanchese, pleaded guilty on Aug. 3 to federal charges regarding the illegal harvest and sale of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters.
The charges stem from a 2010 Lacey Act investigation by NOAA, assisted by the Coast Guard. Since 1990, there has been a ban on harvesting Atlantic striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which spans between three miles and 200 miles seaward of the coastline. Eleven other commercial fishermen have entered guilty pleas for conduct uncovered in the investigation.
Saunders also pled guilty to one count of federal tax evasion and three counts of failure to file federal taxes. In the plea agreement, he agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $544,946.35 payable to the Internal Revenue Service.
A sentencing hearing will be set at a later date. Saunders faces a total maximum sentence of 13 years imprisonment and/or a $800,000 fine.
According to the Department of Justice, further investigation revealed that, despite earning a substantial income from his commercial fishing, Saunders failed to file a tax return since 1999. Starting in 2010, and in order to avoid IRS collection efforts, Saunders directed his wife to deposit his fishing income into their joint bank account, then withdraw the money the same day and used those funds to purchase cashier’s checks, primarily in denominations of less than $10,000 each. His wife would place the cashier’s checks in a safe deposit box, cashing them over the years as the couple needed money. Between October 2010 and August 2014, Saunders caused his wife to deposit at least 20 fishing income checks totally $432,419.20 and converted the money to cashier’s checks. In total, Saunders and his wife failed to pay $544,946.35 in federal taxes.
NOAA determined that between Jan. 19, 2009 and Feb. 9, 2010 Saunders, then captain of the trawler Little Sammie, harvested approximately 13,613 pounds of Atlantic striped bass from the EEZ, which he sold to a fish dealer in Engelhard. The estimated fair market retail value of the 13,613 pounds of illegally harvested fish exceeds $108,000. Saunders also submitted false statements to NOAA for two of three fishing trips, falsely claiming he caught the fish in state waters.
“These prosecutions make clear that efforts to circumvent laws regulating commercial fishing, which are implemented to sustain the species for the benefit of future generations, will be enforced vigorously,” said U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “We are pleased to partner with our colleagues in DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Section to prosecute these important cases.”
Manny Antonaras, Deputy Speical Agent in Charge for NOAA’s Southeast Division’s Office of Law Enforcement stated, "NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement is committed to ensuring a level playing field for law abiding fishermen and coastal communities that rely upon our nation’s living marine resources. When people cheat the system, it hurts those who follow the rules the most."
“Tax evasion is not a victimless crime. Saunders’ attempt to evade tax by hiding income and failing to file tax returns is a theft from the American public who are paying their fair share,” said Thomas J. Holloman, III, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation. “We are proud to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute individuals who attempt to enrich themselves by fraudulent means.”
Credit –– Outer Banks Sentinel