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HOLGATE SANDS: There is nothing overly new from ACE regarding Holgate. Reporter Juliet KH writes, “No definitive timeframe for a decision, but still looking at the possibility of placing additional sand in Holgate. But no guarantees they'll be able to as there are environmental, physical and contractual issues to work through.”
Similar to the last replen there, extra paperwork is coming into play. It might have to do with the refuge but I don’t know that for a fact. More telling may be that “contractual” angle. I’m guessing that Great lakes might actually want to get the hell outta here before winter. They know what it can be like here.
Ship Bottom is next. That beach fill – no dune work – could interfere a bit with surf fishing in October but we’ve seen that Great Lakes is almost remarkably agreeable to the public using the beach right up to where they’re pumping sand. Quite cool of them.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016: I thought the weather would be all over the board and sure enough … it was a bigger board than I thought. There were some honking winds last night and today is down to a merest of breezes out of the south.
This null wind period will be gone in a huge way by Thursday. We have a borderline worrisome batch of direct onshore winds arriving for the end of the week, pushing 40 mph. It is a double-barrel influence of lows, north and south.
What I don’t like is the possible duration of these east winds, lasting up to five high tides. We’re also in a somewhat problematic new moon phase. I’ve noticed this moon phase has been giving us high tide headaches this entire year. There have been many years when new moons are meaningless -- in the road-flooding scheme of things.
I’m not harping on rain and such. It is coming but precip is not a huge factor for serious fall fishing. It rains, we climb into our chestwaders and waterproof jackets.
Complexities of arriving stormage: There is a possibility that the onshore flow might not as hard as forecasted, should the northern low sinks slightly further south, holding the far more powerful southern low down to our south. That would mean mere SCA conditions. If the expected storm route holds true, we’ll be vying with gales, now being warned. A highly unlikely scenario of an enhanced southern low (blowing up just off the coast) could evoke full gale (storm) warnings, with winds over 50 mph.
This will be yet another erosional test for the Dead Forest area in Holgate, two-thirds of the way to the Rip. That far down Holgate there is absolutely no erosion relief from the replen sand. It could get ugly if all the sand-covered former vegetation gets uncovered, as it did last winter. My chain saw has gone kaput so I won’t be blazing any openings.
None of this bodes well for those of us who wanted to get our fishing in prior to this weekend. It’s gonna be a wind-in-face mess on the frontbeach. Then comes the Chowderfest weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, when winds will obediently calm rapidly. The sun-warmed chowda will flow like wine … served in tiny thumb-sized plastic cups. It will bring with it the last touristy traffic jams of the year. Drive nice, especially if driving through an over-bustling Beach Haven, heading for Holgate.
Most LBI traffic signals will go on the blink next week. The speed will increase slightly. Nonetheless, it’s still doubly advisable to drive the straight and narrow. I don’t know if it’s just me but I’ve never seen so many folks getting pulled over in LBT. Yes, it very well might be the new license plate scanning system at play.
NOTE: You’ve likely noticed that LBTPD cruisers are now inclined to lie in wait on east/west side streets, where they can get a speed check and a real good look inside vehicles before you know they’re even sitting there.
Hey, I don’t mind safer roads. At the same time, I’m not sure what I think of cops pulling me over to tell me my license plates indicate I’m, say, behind in my property taxes. The company selling the scanners offers that as a usage. If you’re a deadbeat dad, you’re a dead duck driving.
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SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 22, 2016
Washington, DC – The global commercial catch of tuna reached 5 million tons in 2014, an increase from 4.6 million in 2013, according to the ISSF Tuna Stock Status Update – 2016 (Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna) report just published by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). Tuna accounts for about 6% of the world’s 81.5m ton marine catch.
The report, which is updated as recently as this month for species that have current landings or survey data available, lists the make up of the world’s tuna catch and measures each of the world's stocks against three management metrics: abundance, mortality, and bycatch.
Skipjack tuna species accounted for 57% of the tuna catch, followed by yellowfin (27%), bigeye (9%), albacore (6%) and bluefin (1%). Purse seine vessels harvested 64% of the tuna, followed by longline methods (12%), pole-and-line (9%), gillnets (4%) and miscellaneous fishing gear types (11%).
This year’s report indicates that 77% of the total tuna catch in 2014 was from stocks at a “healthy level of abundance.” That’s down from a February 2016 preliminary report that showed 78% of tuna catch from healthy stocks in 2014, 87% in 2013, 86% in 2012, and 94% in 2011.
From a perspective of tuna stocks, 44% of tuna stocks globally are at a healthy level of abundance, and 39% are overfished. Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) bigeye tuna ontinues to be slightly overfished and was downgraded from a Green (healthy abundance) rating to a Yellow (intermediate) rating since February. Other overfished stocks were Western Pacific Ocean (WPO) bigeye, Atlantic Ocean (AO) bigeye, and Indian Ocean (IO) yellowfin.
The report also summarizes tuna management measures recently taken by tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). For instance, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission adopted harvest control rules for skipjack tuna, as well as a plan for rebuilding the overfished Indian Ocean yellowfin stock. The Inter-American-Tropical-Tuna-Commission (IATTC), in the Eastern Pacific Ocean also adopted an HCR for tropical tuna species.
“While 77% of the world’s tuna catch comes from healthy stocks, it is important to remember that there are four stocks — representing 13% of the catch — that are being overfished,” explains Dr. Victor Restrepo, ISSF Vice President, Science. “Even though there are management measures in place for them, these measures are proving to be insufficient to end overfishing — and a greater effort is required.”
The ISSF report compiles the most recent scientific evaluations from five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) into one comprehensive resource, organized by ocean and tuna species. It assesses the status and management of 23 tuna stocks using a consistent methodology that considers Abundance, Exploitation/Management (fishing mortality) and Environmental Impact (bycatch).
The report also includes an appendix on bycatch showing the species impacted by gear type using the same color-coded system and a summary of the major mitigation and monitoring measures adopted by the various tuna RFMOs.