Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, January 07, 2015: The cruel days are upon us. Single-digit lows tonight will be the abnormal norm.

"Uh, this is not going quite right ..."

Wednesday, January 07, 2015: The cruel days are upon us. Single-digit lows tonight will be the abnormal norm. On long-term average, we should see a nighttime low of 25 and a daytime high of 42. That average goes back well over 100 years. As we all now say, “Where’s global warming when you need it?”

The layer of snow is a bit of digging salvation for me. It actually insulates the ground below, keeping it from freezing hard. With rain and milder air coming after the cold goes, I should be able to quickly get back to my treasure hunting. When the ground freezes solid, it takes a load more than a bit of raininess to thaw it out.

I’m looking for story ideas for The SandPaper, mainly for my slightly out-there column but also for the main newsy part of the paper. I especially like to follow up on story ideas focusing on interesting people doing interesting things – or who have done interesting things in the past. I’m also obsessed with wild, weird and whacky stuff. Best way to reach me is jmann99@hotmail.com on via a personal message on Facebook (under Jay Mann.)


NOAA Fisheries Announces Additional Information for Installation of Electronic Monitoring Systems


On December 23, 2014, NMFS announced the schedule for installation of electronic monitoring systems for eligible vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas Longline category.  That document provided instructions to owners/operators of such vessels regarding the logistics of installation of the Electronic Monitoring systems, and the responsibilities of the vessel owner/operator.  This document repeats important information, and provides additional instructions regarding the installation of Electronic Monitoring systems, as follows:

  • Vessel owners should call the NMFS-approved contractor, Saltwater Inc, at 1-800-770-3241 to schedule the date of installation and training at least one week in advance of the desired date of installation.  The scheduled dates and locations of installations are listed in Table 1.
  • Vessels will be scheduled on a 'first-come, first-served' basis.  If multiple vessels request installation on the same day and location, priority will be given to the vessel which contacts Saltwater Inc. first.
  • The vessel owner and/or operator should provide information to the Electronic Monitoring technician about the power supply and other vessel infrastructure, and other information as needed. A vessel assessment form is available that includes all the information needed.
  • The vessel owner and/or operator should be present on the day of installation to provide access to the vessel and facilitate equipment installation.

Table 1. Dates and Locations of Electronic Monitoring Installations.

Date Range (2015)

Name of Port

January 16 through 25

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Panama City, Florida

February 14 through 23

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Dulac, Louisiana

March 16 through 25

Wanchese, North Carolina

Beaufort, North Carolina

April 14 through 23

Wanchese, North Carolina

Dulac, Louisiana

May 11 through 17, and 19 through 25

To Be Determined

Barnegat Light, New Jersey


Other installations: If a vessel owner and /or operator of an eligible vessel is not able to coordinate installation on one of the dates and locations listed in Table 1, the vessel operator should contact the EM technicians at Saltwater Inc. at 800-770-3241, in order to determine whether another mutually-agreed upon location and date before June 1, 2015, is feasible for installation and training.  NMFS cannot guarantee that an alternate date will be feasible, given the limited funding and time available to complete installation of, and training on the operation of the EM equipment.  Therefore, vessel owners and/or operators should make a concerted effort to make plans to adhere to the EM installation schedule in Table 1. 

This notice is a courtesy to HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  For further information, contact Thomas Warren or Brad McHale at 978-281-9260,  Craig Cockrell at 301-427-8503, or Jennifer Cudney at 727-824-5399.  This information will also be posted on the HMS website at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/documents/fmp/am7/index.html.


There is an exceptional open auction this Saturday at the Eagleswood Fire Company station, Railroad Ave., West Creek


January 10 Multi-Estate Auction


Well we’re into the home stretch — the auction is Saturday and we’ll be ‘decking’ the hall for this exciting event!  What a way to usher in 2015!  Many rare and unusual items up for bid in a large heated hall, and delicious food provided by Chef Rich!

The majority of items consigned to this auction can be previewed in the Gallery section at the following link:http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/photopanel.cgi?listingid=2243369&...

If you are unable to attend, select items are also available for you to bid on — either as an absentee bidder, a live/real time bidder, or both.  You can find the Catalog and registration area at the following link but remember you must register and be approved in order to bid.  http://www.auctionzip.com/aflive.html?method=getCatalogLots&cat...

Another option available is phone bidding.  If you’re interested in an item(s) and wish to be on the phone with one of our staff members and bid when the item is open for bid, you may do so by contacting us at 609.618.7215 no later than Friday morning, January 9, at 11: a.m. (EST) to complete the paperwork.

N.Y.F.D. BADGE ca 1860


8 a.m. PREVIEW
9 a.m. BOX LOTS
10 a.m. CATALOG followed by Table Items and Furniture

March 21, 2015 Multi-Estate Auction -- 219 Railroad Avenue, West Creek, NJ 08092


Settlement will lead US to make rules for seafood imports that may harm marine mammals in 2016

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  Jan 7, 2015

A settlement between 3 NGO's and the U.S. government at the court of International Trade may lead to import rules based on how seafood producers interact with Marine Mammals.
The NGO's say the agreement will require foreign fisheries to meet the same marine mammal protection standards required of U.S. fishermen or be denied import privileges, thus implementing a 40-year-old provision of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
“The new regulations will force other countries to step up and meet U.S. conservation standards — saving hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins from dying on hooks and in fishing nets around the world,” said Sarah Uhlemann, senior attorney and international program director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “The U.S. government has finally recognized that all seafood consumed in the United States must be ‘dolphin-safe.’ ”
Each year more than 650,000 whales, dolphins and other marine mammals are caught and killed in fishing gear. These animals are unintentional “bycatch” of commercial fisheries and either drown outright or are tossed overboard to die from their injuries.
The Center says that despite U.S. efforts to protect marine mammals in its own waters, fishing gear continues to pose the most significant threat to whale and dolphin conservation worldwide. 
They highlight the vaquita — the world’s smallest porpoise — which is being driven extinct by shrimp gillnets in Mexico’s Gulf of California. Fewer than 100 vaquita remain. 
Under the new regulations, shrimp from this region would be barred from entering the United States unless fishing in the area meets the more protective U.S. marine mammal protection standards. These standards may include modifying fishing gear and closing fishing in some areas to limit the risk of entanglement.
Since 1972 the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act has prohibited the United States from allowing seafood to enter the country unless it meets U.S. whale and dolphin standards. Under today’s settlement, the federal government must make a final decision by August 2016 about how to implement this requirement and end unlawful imports.
The NGO parties to the suit in addition to the Center for Biological Diversity include Turtle Island Restoration Network, and the National Resources Defense Council.
It is not clear whether the rules are going to be adopted by NOAA, or by the State Department which monitors compliance with turtle exclusion devices. 


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Comment by Dave Nederostek on January 7, 2015 at 6:55pm

Smoke on the water tomorrow. Perhaps.


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