Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Playing the overworking man part today.
Not much e-input from the fishing world this week, as many folks are now seriously back at work, post-summer. Many had extended their post-season stay-around before committing to their other homefronts. Just as many are now putting in the extra hours to free up time for the Classic.
I’ve got more bad-wind news, as you likely know. We’re once again in for a northeast blow. This batch looks like it’s really gonna blow. Starting tomorrow, we’ll see serious easterly winds – straight onshore – getting up to 35 mph. Soaking rains will come by tomorrow night and soak up one good through Thursday.
Then, as if the ugly easterlies are just a warm-up, things will go full-blown northeast, though drier.
This erosional scenario will play out all the way through Friday, after which it’ll stay NE, but back off a bit. Saturday should shine, sky-wise.
This wind assault is sorta suckacious since the bass aren’t around enough for the onshore conditions to blow up a big bass bite, as will happen later in fall. In fact, the arriving winds will hold the way-warm water in place, despite fairly cool air temps.
I’m starting to see a storminess pattern developing, as some long-term forecasts had suspected. This still doesn’t assure snowiness, as is also forecast. However, the table is being set for us to be totally susceptible to a winter brutalization. I still stick with my belief that the snow will stay to our west – and sometimes not that far west, as close as Chatsworth and such.
I’m pulling the following from my weekly column since it is timely.
HOLGATE HAPPENNINGS: Buggy, how many frickin’ times do I have to warn you to not squash the bleedin’ gulls?!
Stu had to bag three road-kill herring gulls just this past week. I disposed of another, along with a more exotic bird brand, though that rarer bird had no visible signs of tread marks. It might have been a natural DNS (did not survive), though it wasn’t weather worn.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge I’ve never seen a hatch of herring gulls this large, Island-wide. On a natural note, these greedy gulls can be real bastards when it comes to harassing the crap out of other bird species, especially hatchlings. But ours is not to do some extemporaneous de-gulling via de-tires. As I’ve said before, seeing that all Holgate birdlife lives oo fly another day is good PR.
As to why some gulls will allow themselves to be run over by slow-moving vehicles, it has to do with slow-learningness. Young gulls are often the epitome of birdbrains. I often have to lay on my horn in hopes of blast said birdbrains out of my path. However, this is the first time I’ve also needed to come to a complete stop for lounging birds, as they moronically look toward my approaching truck trying to register what’s happening.
When running through the list of solutions for coastal erosion problems, one item always needs to be retreat – the willful abandonment of the coast to the forces of nature causing the erosional issues. It needs to be on the table with all the other engineering and management approaches because, frankly, you cannot eliminate any choice from consideration if you are trying to be a good coastal steward.
However, contrary to the strongly held views of a very small but very vocal coastal minority, retreat cannot be the only answer... and here’s why. Retreat is not always:
This is not to argue that coastal retreat should never be considered. As we said before, it needs to be part of any list of options when coastal problems are being analyzed. There are places where retreat is likely the best solution, where due to geologic and hydrologic forces the best answer is to remove (or not rebuild) structures and infrastructure rather than spend more money and material protecting things that just should not be there any more.
But when so-called “experts” routinely push retreat as the only solution to coastal problems, discounting all the other viable options and even denying reality itself… well, they may just be more interested in provocation than in problem-solving. That’s simply not sound coastal management or policy.
Last night I was on assignment for The Fisherman Magazine and working with Toby Lapinski. I'm producing a series of three surf fishing videos that feature Toby demonstrating tips and techniques for wet suit fishing and wader fishing. With high surf and dangerous conditions on the ocean front, it was the perfect night to demonstrate how you can still score from the shore by working back bays and calmer, more protected areas. This isn't going to be a "where to" video (so if you know the spot, keep it to yourself...or view my posts below on Shinny Inlet) it will focus instead on "how to" work these inland waterways that exist up and down the coast.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China daily] - September 23, 2014 -
In China, Asian carp is considered a delicious dish, but in the United States, it is seen as a dangerous invasive species that threatens rivers, lakes and indigenous species.
In early September, US scientists came to China to explore ways to prevent the fish's spread in their country and explore the possibility of exporting the invaders back to China.
"Chinese love eating the fish, and the US has too many of them, which makes exploring a business plan a win-win solution," said Yang Bo, a freshwater expert from The Nature Conservancy who accompanied the US scientists during their visit. Yang made her remarks in an interview with China Daily on Monday.
But implementing such a plan won't be easy, Yang added.
Barriers to the plan include the high costs of transportation, the tariffs and the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act, a US law that makes transportation of the live fish across US state lines illegal.
"Although difficulties exist, we are looking for high-level discussion between the two countries," she said.
One of the scientists, Jim Garvey, director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale said he hopes that research and collaboration between the US and China will lead to greater demand for the fish and enhanced economic opportunity.
Yang said that in addition to the fish products trade, China and the US will strengthen cooperation in Asian carp research, including the water temperature and flow related to breeding, so that the US can control fish reproduction and China can boost its own.
China has made various efforts for years to protect the fish.
Asian carp were first introduced into the US from China in the 1970s to help enhance water quality in ponds. Within the past four decades, the fish escaped into major waterways, including the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.
Although it lives on plankton and algae, Asian carp are a strong competitor of native fish species because of the invasive species' large size and rapid rate of reproduction.
Garvey expressed concern that Asian carp will eat freshwater mussels into extinction. The US has the greatest diversity of freshwater mussels in the world.
The US government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to prevent the spread of Asian carp, including electric barriers, water guns and scent-based lures to try to catch them.
Garvey said the US government has spent nearly $100 million on research in the past four years to determine ways to impede movement and reduce carp density in rivers.
Photo Credit: Great Lakes Fishery Commission
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Post] by Yoav Gonen - September 23, 2014
One fish, two fish, out with “blue” fish.
A city councilman who formerly pushed the state to pass a law banning the sale of shark fins is now angling to aid another at-risk breed — bluefin tuna.
Alan Maisel (D-Brooklyn) is set to introduce a measure on Tuesday that would ban the sale in New York City of any tuna “advertised or labeled” as bluefin – a delicacy that’s largely confined to high-end restaurants.
“The problem with the bluefin tuna is that about 90 percent of the stock is depleted,” Maisel told The Post. “The population needs to have a chance to recover.”
Before joining the City Council this year, Maisel led the charge against shark fin sales in 2013 as a member of the state assembly.
The law that went into effect on July 1 this year threatens violators across the state with up to 15 days in jail and
$100 in fines for each fish.
Maisel said it was environmentalists familiar with his work on that bill that came to him with the troubling facts on the status of bluefin tuna.
“The city doesn’t have jurisdiction over this in terms of fishing, but the city does have jurisdiction over what can or can’t be sold,” he said.
In recent years, popular Manhattan restaurants such as Nobu, Blue Fin and Masa have at times featured bluefin tuna on their menus.
Asked about the availability of bluefin on Monday, a reservationist at Nobu said it was served seasonally, while a maitre D at Blue Fin restaurant would only confirm serving “sushi-grade” tuna.
A receptionist at the bar affiliated with Masa in Columbus Circle confirmed that bluefin is on the menu.
Seafood guru Eric Ripert, executive chef at Le Bernadin, said he hasn’t served bluefin tuna at his midtown mecca for a number of years.
But he said an alternate solution to banning its sale would have been to label the fish’s origin – to distinguish between parts of the world where it’s endangered and parts where it’s not.
“If there’s no labeling, then maybe it’s a good idea to give the fish a break,” he said. “If we see a quick recovery, I’m sure everyone will be happy that it happened.”
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] Sept. 22, 2014
Ocean Trust and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists are holding the 4th Science and Sustainability forum focusing on the Gulf of Mexico, with senior FAO personel and fisheries scientists. The forum will meet in Louisiana to review the status, trends and advancements in seafood sustainability, with particular emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico.
The forum lineup features a who’s who list of presenters on fisheries sustainability as well as new initiatives that aim to validate the fishery management systems and the sustainability of seafood managed under those systems. Speakers include Prof. Ray Hilborn, Dr. Steve Cadrin, Dr. Brian Rothschild, Dr. Grimur Valdimarsson, Dr. Steve Otwell, Dr. Lahsen Ababouch Policy and Economics Director of the FAO Fisheries Program, and Dr. Dick Beamish of DFO and the Pacific Biological Station in BC.
“Sustainability is the result of a well-designed and implemented management system and sustainability assessments should focus on the system, not on a snapshot of individual stock status or fishing level at any given point in time,” said Thor Lassen, president of Ocean Trust and co-host of the forum.
“We need to rationalize seafood sustainability assessments by taking a systematic approach on a national and international level as we did in assuring seafood safety with HACCP.”
The Science & Sustainability Forum will include global sustainability reviews by FAO and independent scientists as well as a special focus on the Gulf of Mexico with presentations from Gulf based organizations and scientists.
NOAA and CONAPESCA are expected to participate and address US and Mexican fisheries.
The forum will also address bycatch, forage fish, all tunas, Antarctic and Southern Ocean fisheries, FAO Regional Fishery and Fishery Management Bodys’ fisheries, and fishery and aquaculture partnerships addressing sustainability.
A special presentation will be given by the new Chair of FAO’s Committee on Fisheries on FAO’s current global initiatives.
The forum is open to all nations, scientists, managers, seafood industry representatives and companies, stakeholder organizations and press.
Bonefish Grill is a sponsor of the program, and has worked with Ocean Trust on red snapper conservation and research in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hotel discount rates end October 6, 2014, so register now.
Forum registration closes October 20, 2014.
To view information and consider registration, click here.
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