Wednesday, July 15, 2009: Waves: Small. Water clarity: Excellent. Water temps: Low 70s.
Emails and news reports: Fished the north jetty Monday afternoon at 5:00 and was bergalled to the limit. I should have saved some of the 10” average size for a meal as there was nothing else in the catch report. It was picture perfect out there with no swell, a light SE breeze and beautiful temps. Water outside the inlet at the 1st set of channel markers was 73 degrees. Tried fluking there and in the inlet on the incoming but came up empty. WP
The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are seeking fish both offshore and inshore at this point in the season.
Captain Lindsay Fuller and the “June Bug” fished a bachelor party on Saturday hosted by dad Marty for son Andy due to wed in September. While they worked offshore a little further than an inshore trip normally would go, they didn’t find any bluefin tuna on the lumps and holes northeast of the 28 Mile Wreck. Andy did get tired out on a nice Mahi on the long rigger way back.
The sea conditions were super. Captain Lindsay noticed unusually high numbers of squid between 30' and the canyons. What he doesn't understand is why various game fish. are not all over this huge biomass.
Captain Fran Verdi ran an open boat Saturday on the “Drop Off” They fished in 75 to 100 feet of water and found a nice pick of sea bass. The water temp was 71 degrees, and they filled the box with 8 keeper sea bass and 2 bluefish.
On Sunday Captain Fran had the Ben Allicker party on board at the reef for sea bass and fluke but only found short fish in 50-55 feet of water. They headed in close to shore to drift for fluke and did pickup up a keeper to go with several throwbacks there.
On Monday the Dave Diaz family with two young daughters had a great time catching short fluke around the inlet on the incoming tide. Both little girls managed to catch their first fish.
Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Starfish” reports finding “lots of black bass” on the reefs, especially the Garden State South. On another trip he found lots of small sea bass on the Little Egg Reef but few keepers. He attributes this to it being their breeding season. On Saturday he had a party of 11 anglers that caught over 50 sea bass, sea robins, ling, blues, and one keeper fluke. The largest sea bass was about three pounds.
Captain Dave Wittenborn of the “Compass Rose” spent a week at the Outer Banks and visited a couple of his favorite marinas-Pirate's Cove in Manteo and the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. He says the boats were loaded down with yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi.
Captain Dave adds that he hopes this is a good sign of things to come for the canyons within reach of the BHCFA’s boats out of Beach Haven as they gear up for offshore trips later this summer and fall.
Capt. Adam Nowalsky of the “Karen Ann II” reports he did not get out fishing this past week as his boat received her annual maintenance. Captain Adam reports hearing of some nice mahi-mahi being trolled in the 30-40 mile range along with some bluefin in the 40-80 pound class.
He adds there have been good catches of smallish yellowfin tuna in the offshore canyons from the Lindenkohl to the Hudson.
Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com
Xinhua via COMTEX] - July 15, 2009 - BEIJING, Chinese scientists have adopted the principle of the coal mine canary to monitoring water quality by using fish to test for pollutants.
A machine containing more than 20 small fish has been used to monitor water quality in Beijing, said Wang Zijian, a professor with the Research Center for Eco-Environment Sciences, of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
'These fish safeguard the sources of the capital's domestic water day and night,' said Wang.
The machine, located in the southwest of Beijing contains, eight cuvettes, each holding water sample and three to four fish about two or three centimeters long.
'The behavior of fish will change in case of contamination, such as the speed of their movement,' said Wang.
The change is detected by the machine and an alarm is sent to the computer monitor and inspectors' mobile phones.
Only fish highly sensitive to slight pollutants were chosen, said Wang.
'We have thousands of such fish in our breeding tanks,' Wang said.
The major breeds included Japanese killifish and zebra fish from India, which were widely adopted by the international counterparts. Fish aged just three or four months were the best suited to the job.
Each batch of fish was replaced every two weeks in order to prevent them adjusting to pollutants, Wang said.
The fish were taken to Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, after the devastating earthquake on May 12 last year, to ensure the safety of the city's drinking water sources.
Associated Press] - July 14, 2009 - MAYS LANDING, N.J., A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to stealing 91 lobster tails from an Atlantic City casino's kitchen by cramming them into his jacket and backpack.
He's been sentenced to four years in prison.
Anthony Jones took the frozen lobsters from Bally's Atlantic City in February and tried to sneak them out in his jacket and backpack. A security guard monitoring a surveillance camera noticed his clothes were unusually bulky, and stopped him.
He pleaded guilty to burglary on Friday in deal with prosecutors, who dropped additional charges.
The lobsters, worth $1,275, were destroyed.
[Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News] - July 14, 2009 -
TOKYO, A research team led by Waseda University in Japan and Prof. Shinji Takeoka claims to have developed the world's thinnest adhesive bandage.
The research team said it has successfully healed a wound in the lungs of a dog using the adhesive bandage, which it has dubbed the nano bansoko (nano band-aid).
The plaster can cling to human body parts such as internal organs like plastic wrap, matching the unevenness of the surface, the team said. The bandage is made of materials chosen to minimize the impact on the human body, such as crab shell parts and kombu kelp.
The thickness of the bandage can vary from several tens of nanometers to 1,000 nanometers. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.
The research team said it made an adhesive bandage 75 nanometers thick for the experiment with the dog's lungs. One week after attaching the plaster, the team found the dog's wound had healed.
The team also confirmed that the bandage had not torn because it was able to expand and contract with the movements of the dog's lungs.
In existing treatments for injured internal organs, in addition to sutures, sheets with a thickness of several millimeters are placed over wounds.
However, the medical agents used to adhere the sheets to the organs can sometimes have harmful effects on the body.
(c) 2009, The Yomiuri Shimbun. Distributed by Mclatchy-Tribune News Service.
Public Health professor wants feds to factor affordabability into nutrition guidelines
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Associated Press] - July 14, 2009 - WASHINGTON, Has the recession cut heart-healthy seafood and leafy greens out of your budget? Are you squeezing boxed meals or fast food between two jobs?
Obesity experts say the lousy economy threatens to worsen Americans' already bulging waistlines because bad-for-you food happens to be the cheapest. But there are healthy cheap eats, and new research aims to show how to eke the most nutrition out of every buck.
'We wanted to make sure every calorie counted,' says Dr. Adam Drewnowski, who directs the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition and is pushing for the federal government to put more affordability into the calculation when it issues new dietary guidelines next year.
No, his plan is not a plea to live on salads. After all, salad greens can cost four times as much as green beans and last not nearly as long.
Drewnowski is out to rehabilitate the potato, just not the french-fry version. He says it's time to welcome protein-rich eggs back to the table.
Spinach? Excellent if you can afford it. If not, iceberg lettuce has merit, he insists.
No time to cook from scratch? Or live in a low-income neighborhood where good fresh produce is scarce? Frozen veggies can be better buys anyway, he says, and even canned if you watch the sodium.
'The message is now shifting from the most nutrient-rich foods to the most affordable nutrient-rich foods,' says Drewnowski.
Two-thirds of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity is so epidemic that some doctors predict we soon will see a generation with lower life expectancy than their parents. The recession won't help.
'Higher food prices are straining household budgets, especially for low-income families,' says Dr. James Marks of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who fears rising grocery bills will outstrip what little progress is being made in encouraging better eating and more exercise.
It's a hard fact: Eating healthier can cost more. When you're hungry, you go for what's most filling, meaning calorie-dense foods with lots of added fat and sugar.
'You tend to go for the value meal at a fast-food restaurant,' says Jeff Levi of Trust for America's Health, a health advocacy group.
It's not just the price-tag difference. Drewnowski's research shows education and other demographic factors play a role, too, in whether people have the information to choose more nutritious options - and the extra time it takes to shop and cook for them. In a recent study of the eating habits of 164 Seattle-area adults, he found women with the highest incomes and most education ate the most nutritious fare, with steadily improving dietary quality for every dollar spent.
Yet when Drewnowski examined what the Agriculture Department calls a 'thrifty food plan' for healthy eating, he found it takes between nine hours and 16 hours a week to purchase, prepare and cook, while the average U.S. working woman - still the chief family cook - spends about five hours a week doing that.
So Drewnowski started slicing and dicing federal statistics to compare average national prices per portion with the nutritional value of different foods, per 100 calories. Comparing the two rankings let him find best buys, the middle ground between most nutritious yet expensive and the not-so-healthy in each food group.
'Milk is off the charts,' Drewnowski says, especially if people choose low-fat versions over sugar-packed, no-nutrient colas. 'It won't be spinach and arugula and poached salmon. It'll be potatoes and beans and (lean) ground beef and milk and yogurt.'
On his list, carrots trump peppers, and apples trump strawberries, as cheaper and longer-lasting. Canned tomatoes pack even more of the nutrient lycopene than pricier fresh ones. Canned or frozen corn kernels mean no paying for the cob.
Somewhere between expensive salmon and cheap bacon comes lean hamburger - just drain it well - and chicken that can be quick-cooked many ways besides artery-clogging deep-fried.
Then there's the potato, maligned by the anti-carb movement. It actually has more potassium than a banana, fiber and even vitamin C. Just no fatty fries: Boil or mash or bake, and go easy on the butter. 'It got nations through famines,' Drewnowski notes.
July 14, 2009 - LA JOLLA, Calif., An offshore earthquake that rattled the Southern California coastline early Saturday may have confused squid, sending them toward a beach.
The squid were first spotted at La Jolla Shores beach about 45 minutes after the 7:30 a.m. quake, San Diego 6 reported. The squid, most of them 3 feet to 4 feet long, not only turned up in shallow water, they moved up onto the beach.
Some swimmers and joggers launched an informal squid rescue, getting the invertebrates back in the water.
Scientists say the earthquake, which measured 4.0 on the Richter scale, may have disoriented the squid, sending them landward.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake was centered about 30 miles west of La Jolla and 37 miles off San Diego, the Los Angeles Times reported. While it was large enough to be felt in much of western San Diego County and to do some damage if it had been closer, no injuries or property damage was reported.