Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: Boy, that dark-of-night storm was a kick in the ass. It did the floodalooza thing, which isn’t hard to do around here. But the 51 mph wind gust I recorded came as a surprise, as did the drop-and-cover backyard lightning. The lightning was a bit odd because it came during honkin’ ENE winds, rarely a T-storm producer. It looks like something near 5 inches of rain soaked us, though I got an island report of closer to six inches falling there. I lost track because the wind knocked over my rain gauge. See local rain amounts below -- and FB storm input.
The runoff from this storm is obviously going to present a monumentally eco-bad hit to the bay, already in the throes of prolonged pain and suffering. The latest reports on the health of Barnegat Bay shows it has no health.
Once again, the culprit within the runoff will be petroleum byproducts washed from the roads, which have been hosting traffic like we’ve never seen before. Without a doubt, the more vehicles, the worse the petro-sedimentation on the roadways. It should be about an inch thick by the traffic I’ve been seeing. That oil-based gunk hits the water and can foster rampant algae growth or simply create chemically-imbalanced water conditions.
It’s probably dumb to note but crabs seem to love the hell outta effed-up water conditions, as is seen in highly-polluted areas of the Hudson. Very few other forms of marine life have the same affection for screwed up water.
The fear of lawn and garden fertilizers hitting the bay – and further fostering algal blooms – isn’t as prevalent this time of year. They can still add to the ugly mix bound for the backbay and eventually the entire
The west winds have arrived and will pic up during the day and show more toward the weekend, as fronts pass by. This will knock down the surf and allow it to clean up. It’s a coffee-and-cream look out there now. Here’s a look-see video I sent into the NWS in Mount Holly.
(Yes, I’m a lifelong fan of west winds on LBI. It’s a surfing thing.)
Fishing should be quite doable, bayside today -- and hopefully the ocean as early as tomorrow, though today isn’t all that bad for studier vessels -- providing you know the ropes of getting through your chosen inlet when swells are as sturdy as they are for the rest of today.
I had a phone call at work about a big group of kids splashing around in the flood puddles. “Won’t that make them ill?” Hey, I did the same thing, frequently, and I sure can’t stop folks from doing it now but I can also assure it’s not the best bodily thing to do, especially for the eyes. i.e. being drenched in those petrol ingredients. But, hey, I’m also a committed believer in the concept that we gain disease and sickness resistance, for later in life, by being exposed to microbes, bacteria and other micro-crawly things growing up. That might still apply to when we’re older. Of course, you won’t see me out there doing the backstroke down Central Avenue in Ship Bottom.
Perfect week for a shark spotting!
LITTLE EGG HARBOR TW 7.50 inches 200 AM 8/13 TRAINED SPOTTER
MANAHAWKIN 7.25 inches 200 AM 8/13 COCORAHS
2 NNE STAFFORD TWP 7.25 inches 200 AM 8/13 COCORAHS
Some FB feedback on the storm:
Waking up to a bit of a war zone over here. Roads closed, debris everywhere and all of my neighbors took on water. Easily the highest water line outside of sandy in the 7 years I have been in this house. Here we go again. Stay safe.
Water everywhere. .basement. porch. ..Holy shit this is nuts! !
I woke up just overwhelmed with gratitude that we made it through the night. Now I pray I can hold onto that feeling as we deal with the damage...
We had wicked rain storm....probably 6" of rain in short period last night. Add the full moon influence. ...
(LIghtning) That was too close for comfort ! I sure someone had to have gotten that hit near here....
***There is heavy flooding through out the township, concentrated in the Mystic Islands section of town. Please use caution while driving as some vehicles have already become stranded in flood waters***Avoid driving if possible
Flooding will not be getting any worse then this, but the last time I saw it this bad was the night before Sandy. Super Moon high tide with the onshore flow and...
Eight boats sunk throughout my development last night from that rain.
Caught this daytime esque shot last night on way home from calls. Lots of folks sleeping through major flooding. What a night on lbi. Folks ask me what Sandy was like. Well it was last nights conditions only much longer duration. Many wet feet and dead cars this am.
Toby Lapinski and I put together a killer video segment on how to fish the surf in a wetsuit. It will appear next month in the digital domain of The Fisherman magazine. It features lots of "how to" info and an underwater look at the sport. It isn't the extreme sport you might think it is -- the only thing that dictates that is the sea conditions -- when it's calm conditions it can be an effortless walk in the park...albeit it a wet a wild park. The video clearly shows you how easy it is to enjoy your time in the water, not just on the water.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION ACTION FUND ENDORSES LoBIONDO FOR REELECTION
OCEAN CITY, N.J. – Citing his strong conservation efforts and leadership on environmental issues, the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund (NWFAF) has endorsed U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) for his reelection.
“South Jersey is home to some of the country’s most treasured environmental areas and critical habitats. From wild and scenic rivers and three national wildlife refuges to the waters and beaches along our coastline, we are fortunate to live among some of the most important yet sensitive ecosystems – areas that must be preserved and respected,” said LoBiondo. “From the local nesting habitats of the piping plover and osprey to the unique relationship between horseshoe crabs and the red knot birds en route to the Arctic, I will continue to support efforts that protect South Jersey’s pristine environment and welcome the endorsement of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund.”
“We especially appreciate your leadership in efforts to protect the Delaware River, promote offshore wind and renewable energy, fight for cleaner water and beaches, and to protect and conserve wildlife and public lands including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” wrote Andy Buchsbaum, Interim Executive Director of NWFAF. “As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, you have often stood up for the protection and restoration of America’s Great Waters and we look forward to continuing to work with you in that space.”
The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is the political action committee of the National Wildlife Federation, that per the website: “advocates for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political stripes to ensure they have a voice in the democratic process.”
The full text of the NWFAF endorsement letter is attached to this release.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your help,
Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Some outstanding catches by the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been accompanying a stretch of beautiful August weather in Beach Haven.
Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” hit the reefs on Saturday with John and Cindy MacDonald. Captain George said “the ocean was friendly.” They returned to the dock with a good catch of sea bass while also releasing many sea bass and short fluke. Captain George fished the reefs again on Sunday with the Esposito family. It was another beautiful day on the water, and they managed a couple of nice fluke and along with some sea bass. Short fish and sea robins and skates kept the anglers reeling in fish. On an overnight trip Captain George took the Ammerman and Lieb families to the canyon for some tuna fishing. They caught and released two white marlin, had two more break off, and caught many tuna. They released all the tuna except a couple for eating. There were many small tuna around, and pods of whales there that put on a show.
Captain Bob Gerkens and the “Hot Tuna” capped off a good week on Sunday as they limited out on yellowfin tuna with a total of 24 on a daytime chunking trip before heading in early. The largest was 80-pounds with several fish over 50. The split charter consisted of experienced anglers Chris Martin, Richard Brail, Dave Parhiaro, Kevin Brennan, Drew Colehower, and Adam Zakamarek. Dante Soriente worked the pit. Earlier in the week Captain Bob also reported on a successful canyon trip with the Jim Bruscia party.
The offshore tuna bite is as good as it gets right now.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org
Anyone that ordered sports plugs there done. Anyone that hasn't paid for them you can send it now. If you are not paid by Friday I will sell these on Monday. Jason and Troy I know you are picking them up this weekend so this doesn't include you. I will send PMs on Friday if your not paid.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - August 25, 2014 -
Blue Water Fishermen's Association (BWFA) is a trade organization representing domestic fishing and associated businesses that are involved in the harvest and sale of highly migratory species -- primarily swordfish, tuna and sharks -- from U.S. and international Northern Atlantic waters.
The Association is coming up on its 25th anniversary and a large part of why its members are still in business is that from the very beginning in the late 1980s they have individually and collectively committed to a sustainable fishery with minimal impacts on the ocean environment.
This has been in spite of the U.S. fleet making up a very minor part of the North Atlantic fishery, an international management regime that was initially focused much more on maximizing harvest than on preserving the long-term viability of the fisheries, and the misdirected opposition from several mega-foundations, the ENGOs they support and other fishing groups that they have co-opted.
The conservation-related efforts of BWFA were given official recognition in 2007 through a posthumous award by NOAA to Nelson Beideman, former pelagic longline fisherman (widely known as Captain Hammer- KWC) , one of the organization's founders and its second Executive Director.
He was an active fisheries management partner who was instrumental in efforts to reduce domestic and international bycatch of sea turtles, and develop domestic and international management programs that led to the rebuilding of north Atlantic swordfish."
Terri Beideman currently serves as BWFA executive director.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By Bonnie Berwick - August 13, 2014 -
Lobster, you're on a roll.
Recent news reports have chronicled your rise — or fall? — citing sustainability, affordability and sheer bounty. In Maine alone, marine biologists are happy to report that your numbers have grown "unbelievably" over the past 25 years. Will that diminish your white-tablecloth profile?
If I'd known our friends were buying, I'd have ordered the lobster.
You've had your ups and downs in America; plentiful enough to bore Colonial palates in the 1600s, and popular enough to support a canning industry in Maine 200 years later. The condition in which you were transported made a difference; once fishermen figured out how to hold fresh Homarus americanus in recirculating-water tanks (pounds), you clawed your way into the "lobster palaces" that catered to the glitterati of Edwardian New York.
Fast-forward through lobster booms and busts of the 19th and 20th centuries: Here you are, gobbled up as fast food and as high-end fare, at restaurants and at home. In the post-"Annie Hall" era, amateur cooks became downright squeamish about how to dispatch you properly. Now we're worried that you're feeling pain, so we move you to the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes to slow your metabolism, before the chef's knife and heat are applied. Experts say stress can adversely affect the texture of the flesh.
If we're doing it right, that knife goes in at the top of the vertical slit on the underside of the head, and you don't see it coming.
Those of us who are moved yet unwilling to give up the taste of your sweet, snowy-white meat are defaulting to the time- honored consumer preference for animal protein that's easier to deal with in parts — claws and tails — or at least without a face.
"Tails, people cook at home," says Dave Pasternack, longtime fisherman and chef-restaurateur of Esca and Barchetta in New York. "Doesn't make a mess." Pasternack has cooked a lot of you guys over the past three decades, and he swears that he can still remember the taste of a blue lobster (your close cousin, species-wise) he had in Scotland. At his restaurants, it's Canadian hard shells all the way. "They've got 20 percent more meat than new shells," Pasternack says.
Do people understand the differences among your lobster brethren? When you're placed side by side they can. An uncooked or cooked carapace of a new shell — the middle body part that includes the head — will give a little when squeezed between thumb and forefinger. New shells are practically synonymous with Maine lobsters, where seafood is so important that it rates a cabinet-level agency .
New shells, so named because the lobster has recently molted, have their upside. They're easier to crack open than hard shells, and they're less expensive. With the height of the season approaching — delayed a month or so by 2014's colder winter — Washington area residents can pick up Maine new shells at farmers markets these days, in the Mosaic District, Reston, Chantilly, Bethesda, Rockville (1 1 / 4-pounders, $12.50) and have them steamed while they shop. Restaurants and Maine denizens are paying $4 to $5 per pound.
Locavores don't have to be disappointed; about 100,000 pounds of your nearby kin (same kind as in Maine, down to North Carolina) are pulled from Maryland coastal waters each year, according to Steve Vilnit, fisheries marketing director for the state's Department of Natural Resources.
"A live lobster right off my boat is just as good as any Maine lobster," says John Gourley, an Ocean City fisherman who made news when he pulled one of your rare blue kin — 1 in 2 million or so — from 900 feet of coastal water in 2012. A three-day run in his 60-foot Pot Luck can haul in 2,000 pounds of lobster, in addition to 6,000 or so pounds of crabs. Pay no attention to marketing claims that colder waters make for better lobster. Gourley's right. From Canada down the Atlantic coast, you'll taste sweet.
So what's a classy restaurant to do? Lobster used to be the lah-dee-dah thing. Beyond seafood and steakhouse places, the serving of a whole steamed or butter-poached lobster is getting harder to find by itself.
"I've never been a big lobster eater," admits chef Robert Wiedmaier. "It's rich." (How'd people get that idea about you? Nutritionally, you've got less fat and cholesterol than a boneless chicken breast.) His customers at Marcel's demand that the lobster bisque he opened with 16 years ago, topped with a decadent crown of golden puff pastry, remains available in all but the hottest months.
Another option: Go big. At the Palm in District, a three-pounder's the smallest lobster on the menu, and it runs $75 at this time of year. There's some debate about whether size affects the meat's tenderness. Wiedmaier expects it to be tough, while fishmonger Anthony D'Angelo of Samuels and Son Seafood in Philadelphia says the bad rap's more likely due to overcooking. The consensus among chefs seems to be 12 minutes in a boiling pot for the 1 1/ 4-to-1 1/ 2-pounders, and 10 minutes more per each additional pound.
Gourley agrees: "There's no difference between the taste of a 1-pounder and a 20-pounder," he says. "You just have to cook it right."
Some aficionados find your tail meat tastier and sweeter, while others prefer the relative silkiness of the claw. Here's the thing, though: Because the shell on the underside of the tail is so much thinner than the claw shells, people who cook the tails also tend to overcook them. Bottom line: For efficiency, you're better off when dismantled — not unlike the way a Thanksgiving turkey benefits from similar treatment. But, like that big roasted bird, something's lost when the sum of parts is presented at the table instead.
D'Angelo's a hard-shell-claw man all the way. His family has been seafood-savvy since Anthony's great-great grandfather harvested the waters around Sicily. The 35-year-old has been in the business half his life. He says lobster has lost some of its luster, but mostly because Americans have more sophisticated, adventurous palates — ordering the high-end likes of cigala (a North Atlantic crustacean) and buri, a Japanese kingfish.
When live lobsters check into their special room (capacity: 20,000 pounds; temperature, 40 degrees) at Samuels and Son's 70,000-square-foot warehouse, they're sorted by size and separated into roomy, slotted plastic bins. The showering water that is recirculated through the bins is triple-filtered and chemical-free, running through a state-of-the-art reservoir that's 12 feet deep.
As impressive as the operation is, the Louisville tanks you chill out in are said to be the largest in the world. It's all about location; a central spot for North American lobster distribution. And they make you a surprisingly affordable dining option smack in the middle of the country, where prices are as cheap as high season — roughly July to October — in Maine.
On hold in such tanks, the lobsters are basically hibernating; no feeding is necessary.
Back at Samuels and Son, thousands of boxed lobster tails await shipping orders in a 5,700-square-foot freezer (minus-10 degrees). Tails have become a huge part of the lobster trade, D'Angelo says, with most of the processing done in Canada when that nation's lobster season is off and its facilities are available.
Technically speaking, he says, much of the tail meat we buy at supermarkets is not true lobster, but crayfish instead. Lobster has two heavy claws — a crusher and a "seizer," with serrated edges. The crayfish varieties, including so-called spiny lobsters and rock lobsters of Australia and Brazil, for example, generally have thinner, less powerful pincers.
The exception would be those tails from wild-caught rock lobsters of the Tristan da Cunha islands in the South Atlantic. They are the most expensive (6 ounces, about $36), sweetest-eating, and they are deemed sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Maybe that's another answer to maintaining a luxury profile, if that's what you want. Fill "lobstah" roll orders with fine North American lobster, get the word out about Tristans and rely on those steak- and seafood houses to cook your 5-pounders the right way.
While farmers and researchers are coming up with more sustainable and innovative ways to farm across the globe, it’s not always easy for the information to be shared or accessed. Many organizations are taking a new approach to expand access by broadcasting through creative and non-traditional media outlets.
Now, attention-grabbing information is reaching new audiences, and agricultural innovations are successfully reaching the world’s smallest and most remote farming communities.
When agricultural themes and messages are woven into popular reality shows, song lyrics, radio broadcasts, and comic books, information becomes more accessible and relatable. For example, young generations are becoming more interested in agriculture through hip hop songs, TV shows following the lives of young food producers, and stories of farmer “superheroes.” This media is reaching a widespread audience, creating a passion for farming, and delivering vital new technologies to farmers who need them most.
Watching television is one of the world’s most popular past times, and farm-themed shows are starting to air in several countries. In the United Kingdom, Channel 4’s First Time Farmers series chronicles youth who are trying their hand at the family business. According to the show, “a new generation of farmers is breathing life into the agricultural world, balancing hard work with finding time for love, laughter, and partying.” This is especially important for future food production since the average age of U.K. farmers is 58 years.
In Kenya, farmers have used the reality show format to create a successful series,Shamba Shape-Up. “Shamba” means “farm” in Swahili, and the show is best thought of as “Extreme Makeover: Farm Edition.” In each episode, experts from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) visit farms in need of a helping hand, giving both farmers and viewers the tools they need to improve productivity and increase income on their farms. The show has become very popular, attracting 11 million viewers around East Africa. During each episode, viewers are prompted to send in their address to obtain a free pamphlet on that week’s topics.
In the United States, media is being used to familiarize the public with agriculture and food production. This year, Chipotle produced a four-part webisode comedy series called Farmed and Dangerous as part of its Food with Integrity campaign.The series explores “the outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industr...” through a satirical glimpse at industrial food production. The series aims to make people think about the origins of their food.
Chipotle isn’t the first to explore U.S. industrial food production through online shorts. The Meatrix exposed factory farming through a clever cartoon spoof of the popular movie The Matrix. In the short, one humble pig chooses to follow Moo-pheus and break out of the false reality of the Meatrix; he learns that most meats come from animals confined in warehouses, rather than from animals who once frolicked around family farms. The film went viral in November 2003 and has since been translated into 30 languages.
Radio can reach remote communities as well as offer information and entertainment to a large group of people. In Vietnam Hanh Trinh Xanh, meaning “The Green Journey,” is a 100-episode radio soap opera series that was broadcast from 2011 to 2013. Developed by Voice of Vietnam (VOV) in partnership with the Population Media Center and the Danish International Development Agency, Hanh Trinh Xanh chronicles four families living in different regions of the country as they adapt their agricultural practices to climate change. Through dramatic and scandalous plot lines, listeners are easily engaged as they learn about sustainable practices. After each episode, listeners are encouraged to engage with VOV about their personal agricultural challenges via text message.
In Ghana, Farm Radio International and the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) recently launched an eight month radio program on Star 89.7 FM broadcasting in Primukyeae, a farming community in the Atebubu-Amantin district in which 55 percent of the population is actively involved in agriculture. The series will help educate farmers on the effects of climate change and how to adapt to it. District Chief Executive Sampson Owusu Boateng stressed, “It is important that the interrelationship between climate change and agricultural production is made available to [farmers] to guide them in their farming activities.”
Farm Radio Network began in the 1950s in Canada as a way to spread agricultural awareness, address the needs of farmers, and help farmers exchange information. Since then, the Network has expanded to 500 participating broadcasters in almost 100 countries, over half of which are in Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, a gardener in South Africa was able to experiment with a bamboo irrigation system developed by a farmer in Thailand after hearing about it on the local radio station.
Comic books draw young readers in with graphic, fast-paced plots. The popular ShujaazFM series in Kenya follows the lives of four young people in an effort to empower other young people to be heroes in their communities. The issues aim to educate and entertain Kenyan youth on nutrition, planting maize seeds, and the role they can play in society.
Comic books can also be used to highlight the lives of future farmers and agricultural innovations. In Japan, the newest comic craze is farming manga. The popular Silver Spoon comic series takes place at an agricultural high school in Hokkaido and features a cast of aspiring farmers who make sake and explore the culinary world. The series has sold 15 million copies over the past three years, making it one of Japan’s most successful comics, and was also recently released as a feature film.
Music also captivates a younger audience and makes agricultural edu.... DJ Cavem is teaching kids how to grow greens through hip hop. He’s produced three international albums inspiring kids to be “gardeners not gangstas.” His music teaches kids about the produce section at the grocery store and attempts to change the way they look at fruits and vegetables.
Others, like Rock Star Farms in Georgia, use music to captivate the global community and educate about local foods. Paul Diaz, founder of Tree Sounds Studios and Rock Star Farms, creates hip hop music on topics such as the environment, biodynamics, and being a beet farmer. In Bordeaux, France architects are merging ecosystems and music together in La Ferme Musicale. This vertical farm and cultural center was created to address health, food, and ethical concerns in the community while bringing community members together to celebrate food and music.
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