Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Bitchy cat -- and paybacks are a bitch ... (Not staged. Glass and head wound as proof.)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015: See beach replenishment story below.
Looks like the big beach fix will begin in Ship Bottom. The prospect of a midsummer Beach Haven replenishment activity might have duly spooked the Queen City council, leading them to appeal to Great Lakes to change their “sand-blowing” schedule. That’s just a guess on my part but I know for sure that Ship Bottom is ecstatic over the news it will be first in line to receive pumped in sand … very soon. Just this morning a jubilant SB mayor told me, “We’ll have sand for hurricane season!” Mayor Porky is always looking out for our town.
Below: Mayor Bill "Porky" Huelsenbeck ... and hermit friends.
As I read it – after misreading at first – the 105th Street start will now begin later, something like 45 days later, Ship Bottom time. However, I'm checking to see if the phase after Ship Bottom might be south Brant Beach, picking up where they left off with the first Brant Beach replen.
Whichever, none of this is good news for Holgate, which is now further down the sand line, as part of what they're calling “south Long Beach Township” segment.
yes, “Five pipe landing sites will be necessary for this section of the project,” indicates there will be a speed-up of sorts, as the south LBT segment gets going. But, it sure looks like the very sand-needy far south end won't feel new sand until maybe November -- meaning hurricane season, if it so chooses, could have its way with Holgate.
As for the wilderness area erosion zone, it’s likely we’ll see a full breach there by next fall. By that I means an ocean-to-bay cut-across – not a new inlet -- will show almost daily at high tide, even without storms or astronomically high tides. Yes, the November-arriving sands of the replenishment will move toward the wilderness area erosion very quickly, and stem the erosion, but prior to that slow and unpredictable littoral process we’re going to face some very trying beach driving times – right at the height of bas season.
I will add that the completion of the south LBT segment of the replen could come in ahead of schedule, due in large part to kinder summer conditions, but even then it could prove too late if Hurricane Whoever decides we look like a good place to dine.
As to the upcoming Simply Bassin’ tourney, there will be tons of striper fishing areas to tap, especially north LBI. I’ll have more info on the event as details become available.
I thoroughly assure that there will be tons of beachfront areas to surf fish. Keep in mind that Great Lakes allows public usages on both side of where they’re blowing sand. Only the exact work areas are off limits.
Might the intense beachline work alter northern migration of fish, seeing the work will be going on at the height of migration? Possibly. However, the zone between where the sand is being dredged (miles off the beach) and where it comes ashore, is very wide … miles wide. I think north-moving schools will easily pass through that essentially undisturbed zone. Might bass, kingfish and the likes take full advantage of any edibles stirred up by the replenishment? Duh.
As to larvae of mullet (below) and other forage fish blowing into the bay from the Atlantic, they won’t be impacted in any way, shape or form.
SANDCRAB SCENE: Whenever sand is pumped in, I get asked about our beloved mole crabs, always called sandcrabs hereabouts. No doubt they get plowed under by as much as ten feet of sand. I can’t say for sure what happens to those buried sandcrabs but I can assure they come back with a vengeance – almost a freaky vengeance. In Harvey Cedars and Surf City, the post-replenishment rebound of the sandcrab population got downright weird, to the point where I was getting calls about the sand being so alive with them that it felt spooky underfoot. One guy told me. “I was standing in shallow water and was almost falling over because the sand was moving so much with sandcrabs.”
I’m figuring that over many decades, sandcrabs reach something of a balance between the available food and the number of crabs. The population holds steady, in a balance. When vast qualities of nutrient-rich sand are introduced, the sandcrabs go hog wild – eating and reproducing. The feel of the population explosion can be felt underfoot. In fact, it takes a long time for the crabs to reestablish a balance. In the interim, bottom-feeding fish and a slew of shorebirds feast on sandcrabs like never before.
Keep in mind that striped bass live and breathe sandcrabs, often the number-one stomach content item found during studies. That’s not to imply replenishment is a good way to get bass back to our shoreline. Based on the sorry showing of fall stripers in recent years, it’s going to take a lot more than clouds of sandcrabs to buttress the failing stocks of big bass.
A bit more upbeat, I can assure that fluking in the surf is going to through the ceiling this summer; not simply because that bite has been increasing annually for years now but also because flatties are absolutely taking advantage (and thriving) in the swash area due to the lack of big bass. Even a 20-inch striper can easily suck down a 20-inch fluke – and they do, every chance they get. I often write about larger bass with fluke stacked like pancakes in their stomachs. With no bass to spook them, fluke will stay flush to the beach all day and night, bank on it.
Above: Pipes will begin here. Photo www.newsobserver.com
Beach Replenishment Now Slated to Begin in Ship Bottom Next Month ... See http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/beach-replenishment-now-slate...
Mar 18, 2015
The schedule for beach replenishment on Long Beach Island has changed once again, with contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. now set to begin dredging in Ship Bottom in late April.
Work for the LBI Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project, a joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, was previously expected to begin in southern Long Beach Township. However, as ACE Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette explained, “Great Lakes modified the schedule based on equipment availability and operational considerations.”
Great Lakes plans to mobilize two dredges, the Padre Island and the Dodge Island, to commence the beach renourishment. Pipe landings will be made at Eighth Street and 23rd Street in Ship Bottom when the work begins next month. “From each landing site, construction will first progress north and then flip and progress south,” said Rochette. “Beachfill operations are expected to last 35 days within the borough of Ship Bottom.”
Crews will then move to southern Long Beach Township, and will progress south to the end of the project in Holgate. Five pipe landing sites will be necessary for this section of the project.
“A third dredge, the Liberty Island (above), is scheduled to mobilize to the project site in August 2015 and begin operations in one of the remaining sections of the project,” Rochette noted.
No more than 1,000 feet of beach will be closed as work progresses along the Island; closed sections are “rolling,” said Rochette, and advance as the beachfill progresses. Great Lakes anticipates construction to progress approximately 100 feet per day.
Under the base contract, all work is required to be complete by April 12, 2016, though there are currently options on the contract for further work that, if awarded, could add time to the contract completion date. Weather and mechanical delays may also cause a change in the construction schedule and completion date.
Last year, the Army Corps awarded a $128 million contract to Great Lakes for this project, which involves dredging approximately 8a million cubic yards of sand from an approved borrow area 3 miles offshore.
As the Corps reports, “The sand will be pumped through a series of pipes onto the beaches within the municipalities of Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and a small section of Surf City over a length of 12.7 miles. The sand is then built into a dune and berm system designed to reduce potential damages to infrastructure, businesses, and homes that can occur from coastal storm events.”
The contract also includes the construction of dune crossovers, dune fencing installation and dune grass plantings.
The LBI project was only partially completed when Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore in fall 2012. Prior to that, “the Army Corps completed the initial construction of the project at Surf City in 2006; Harvey Cedars in 2010; and Brant Beach between 31st and 57th Streets, in Long Beach Township, in 2012,” an ACE press release stated. “The Army Corps repaired beaches in Surf City and Harvey Cedars in 2012 after Hurricane Irene, and fully restored the beaches within all three communities after Hurricane Sandy in 2013. The restoration and repair work was funded 100 percent through the Army Corps’ Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program. The current contract will complete the initial construction of the dune and berm system on Long Beach Island.
“Construction is funded entirely by the federal government through the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (PL113-2), commonly known as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. Following the completion of initial construction, the project is eligible for continued periodic nourishment.”
Updates on the project will be posted to the ACE website –www.nap.usace.army.mil – as information is available. —J.K.-H.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fairbanks News-Miner] By Rep. Don Young - March 18, 2015 -
Almost 40 years ago, without regard for the conservation of our fisheries or the needs of the Alaskan people, foreign fishing fleets dominated the waters off Alaska's shores and took anything and everything in their reach.
Ask anyone familiar with the times, deck lights of foreign vessels — dozens if not more — could be seen just miles off the coast of Kodiak and other coastal communities. Recognizing the need for change, countless Alaskan fishermen came to Congress to ask for help in pushing the foreign fleets out.
Sen. Ted Stevens and I knew that Alaska's and America's interests needed protection and we immediately began working to spearhead commonsense fisheries reforms through Congress. Reforms weren't easy, but partnerships and friendships were formed — with representatives and senators across state and party lines – to convince our colleagues it was the right thing to do.
After years of work, the foundation of our domestic fishing fleet was born, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Along with the creation of the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone that pushed foreign fleets further from our shores, the MSA “Americanized" our fisheries and created wealth and certainty for our state and fishermen.
Alaska is now home to the strongest, most sustainable fisheries in the world. All across the North Pacific, from Dutch Harbor to Ketchikan, our fishermen and coastal communities have thrived under the policies developed in the MSA. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska's seafood industry now contributes nearly 80,000 jobs to our local economies; is home to 11 of the nation's top 20 most valuable commercial fishing ports; and harvests more than 60 percent of the nation's seafood.
As Alaska's fisheries continue to flourish, with healthy communities and jobs at sea and on shore, there ultimately comes a time when our laws — even those that are working well — must be reviewed and updated. Just as our fishermen and fisheries must adjust to new dynamic challenges, our laws must also be reviewed to keep pace with changes in our industry and ensure Congress is implementing them as intended.
After more than two years of reviewing the MSA, I have been asked by the House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) to once again put my fisheries experience to work by leading the charge on reauthorizing this important legislation.
In an effort to ensure a proper balance between the biological needs of our fish stocks and the economic needs of our fishermen and coastal communities, I have introduced legislation with a number of regional cosponsors to reauthorize and strengthen the MSA. H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, provides a number of modest but necessary reforms, including efforts to: provide fisheries managers with increased flexibility and transparency; allow for improved data collection through the use of electronic monitoring; increase accountability for our federal agencies; and create predictability and certainty for coastal communities that depend on stable fishing.
In many ways, the MSA continues to support Alaska fishermen and protect our fishery resource as envisioned. But as I've learned in Congress, our laws are not written in stone and we must constantly review them, listen to our constituents and make changes when necessary.
As we move forward on this important legislation and take up separate efforts to address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing by foreign vessels, I look forward to once again hearing from the countless Alaskans and Americans who helped us develop these positive reforms.
While I will miss teaming up with Sen. Stevens again during this process, as we did for the first time in 1976 and for the last time in 2006, I will remember him fondly as we work to update the law bearing his name.