Today's beach drive to the Rip in Holgate.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015: The northeast winds hung in longer than expected and also went northwest without the expected shift to the south. We’ll see the southerlies tomorrow. Then we’ll await that serious cold front, which could come sporting some rugged west winds. We’ll also see some near-freeze conditions to go along with the howling west winds.
The waves died down way faster than I expected, much to the chagrin of waveriders who had hoped for more size. It will likely go super flat by Friday.
I plugged Holgate and caught a powerful juvenile herring gull on my first cast. I had to undo both trebles from it ... and for my kindness, it bit me one good before taking off. Ungrateful little bastard ... I called it a day ... just like that. I can read the writing on the wall. I headed to the mainland to metal detect and got an 1847 large cent in very nice condition. I was also put upon by mosquitoes. Hopefully the arriving cool-down will send them packing ... or whatever they do when it gets too cold to fly .. or bite.
A small bass was taken on bait near the Rip.
See free-flow section below for info on bayside bass bite. Very encouraging.
Ocean temps are holding in the low 60s. That’s unseasonable. But as I’ve been noting, the length of day is dictating fish movement/activities far more than water temps. Trying to see something positive in the warmer water, it could hold the arriving schoolie bass in for a very protracted stay. I can guarantee easy pickin’ for folks targeting a bass or two for Thanksgiving – especially if you’re signed up for the Bonus Bass program.
“Effective September 1, 2015, the new SBBP regulations are as follows: One fish 24" to less than 28 inches.”
PROGRAM BACKGROUND: New Jersey is allocated a commercial harvest quota of striped bass under the Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan as administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission(ASMFC). Since New Jersey does not allow netting or sale of striped bass, this quota was transferred to the recreational fishing sector resulting in the origin of the SBBP.
The current allocation from ASMFC is 215,912 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats. Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2015, any overage would be subtracted from the 2016 quota. Although this program does allow for the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey anglers, the Division encourages catch and release whenever possible so this species can prosper for future generations.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife initiated the program in 1990 to allow the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey recreational anglers. Although the program has been modified throughout the years, the main goal of the SBBP is to allow anglers to participate in the management process while enjoying their favorite recreational pastime. It is a popular program and provides valuable data for assessing stock status and fishing trends, making it an integral part of New Jersey's striped bass management.
Highly edible beach goodies:
I've often talked about how bad-ass raccoon can be ... check these two videos.
and he is crushing the fish....in the bay! When I asked him if he had any over 28", he said "They're all over 28", fish up to 20 pounds!" What?! And here I sit waiting for a UPS delivery and the Direct TV guy....seriously, I am freaking out. Doubtful that this is a one day "flash in the pan" bite", I will be running tomorrow (Thurs) and Friday,
Nov 12 and 13, 9 AM to 2 PM to get in on this. With or without crew! Just for the knowing, I have the live bait we need to capitalize on this. I've been saving it for just such an occasion. The wind is going to continue to crank for a few more days. That brings us to the other "good news", by Thursday night the wind is switching to the west and staying hard west/northwest through Sunday night...so far, maybe longer, that's as far as the forecast goes right now. This means by Friday we could have ocean fishing as an option or the very latest Saturday morning. That hard west lays out the ocean to a flat sea providing you stay within 2 miles of shore, east of that, it will start to get bumpy, still fishable, though. I am already booked in the mornings this Sat and Sun, Nov 14 and 15, so I am adding Noon to 5 PM trips on each of those days, as well.
OPEN BOAT or Charter: Tomorrow (Thurs) and Friday, Stripers in the Bay, 9AM to 2PM. Also Sat and Sun, Nov 14/15 Ocean or Bay/Ocean Combo Noon to 5PM. All trips $160 person, 3 people max, all fish shared. Call to reserve a spot. We are available 7 days a week thru December.
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On their way south; today.
The Messenger Documentary About Demise of World’s Songbird Population To Be Released in Theaters This December; Winner of Best Conservation Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and an Audience Favorite at Hot Docs
Opening in New York at Cinema Village and Columbus at Gateway Film Center - Friday, December 4, 2015
Opening in Los Angeles at Laemmle Monicas - Friday, December 11, 2015
And over 30 additional theatrical engagements!
Su Rynard's environmental documentary reveals the demise of the world's songbird population; leaves audiences with a profound appreciation for the billions of birds with whom we share our communities and planet
"Never loses sight of the winged tunesters' sheer beauty, or their emotional and symbolic pull as perceived intermediaries between the earthly and spiritual."
- The Hollywood Reporter
NEW YORK, NY – THE MESSENGER, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) will be released in theaters this December by Kino Lorber, which has acquired all U.S. rights to the film. The film chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise will signify the crash of the global ecosystem, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers. Beautiful slow motion photography illustrates the power and beauty of these delicate winged creatures that have been praised and eulogized across cultures and throughout time.
THE MESSENGER, which was produced by SongbirdSOS Productions Inc. and Films à Cinq/ARTE, was acquired at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere and was named one of the festival’s top 3 audience favorites. Last week it won the coveted prize for Best Conservation Program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and today it won honorable mention at Cinema Ambiente Environmental Film Festival in Italy. This past weekend it had its U.S. West Coast Premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in association with the San Francisco Green Film Festival.
The film will open in New York at Cinema Village on December 4, 2015 and Los Angeles at Laemmle Monicas on December 11, 2015, followed by a release in over 30 markets nationwide, and with a subsequent DVD and digital release next year. The film will be released on Kino Lorber’s Alive Mind Cinema label.
“The Messenger made an indelible imprint upon me. While movies about the demise of the bees are ubiquitous, I thought that the birds needed to be championed too,” quipped Elizabeth Sheldon, Senior Vice President of Kino Lorber. Su Rynard comments, “Kino Lorber has done a masterful job bringing films about urgent issues to the public and we are excited to have this opportunity to work closely with this experienced team.”
For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures – woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment – are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Find out what’s killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it. As in ancient times, songbirds may once again be carrying a message to humans – one that we ignore at our own peril.
About Alive Mind Cinema:
Specializing in documentaries in the areas of enlightened consciousness, secular spirituality and culture, Alive Mind Cinema seeks to provide audiences with intellectually provocative films that deliver the "aha" response of a transformative experience. Learn more at alivemindcinema.com.
About Kino Lorber:
With a library of 1,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including five Academy Award® nominated films in the last seven years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its five house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon, Vimeo, Fandor and others.
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Join the Sierra Club and others on National Fracking Waste Day, November 17! We are holding a press conference at the Statehouse steps to launch our campaign to get the legislature to override Governor Christie’s dangerous veto on the fracking waste ban bill. Without this legislation New Jersey is vulnerable to fracking waste being brought in from other states and dumped here. There is currently a proposal to build a toxic waste facility across the river from Trenton. Without a ban here, this facility threatens our air, land, and drinking water. Tell your legislators to support the override of Christie’s veto on...
Waste from hydrofracking—which includes over 600 dangerous chemicals, including known carcinogens and endocrine disrupters as well as cancer-causing agents – is already being dumped in New Jersey. Our legislature has twice tried to ban this dumping but their legislation was vetoed by Governor Christie. The Sierra Club will be having a press conference at the state house on National Fracking Waste Day to announce our campaign to override Governor Christie’s veto on the fracking waste dumping ban.
WHO: Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club and other environmental groups
WHEN: Tuesday, November 17th at 11:30 am
WHERE: Statehouse Steps, Trenton, NJ
Wastes from the fracking process pose a risk to drinking water, cause environmental damage, and is a real threat to public health. Fracking waste is already been shipped to places in New Jersey including Deepwater, Carteret, Elizabeth, and Kearny. This waste is mostly untreated, unreported, and unregulated. One New Jersey facility received a violation from the DEP because the radioactivity level in the waste was so high it exceeded their permit. Fracking waste is exempted from critical federal protections regulating the disposal of hazardous waste and hazardous materials. This free pass from important standards increases the risks to public health and the environment.
Governor Christie has twice vetoed legislation to ban the treatment and disposal of fracking waste in New Jersey. His veto would allow fracking waste to be dumped, stored, and processed in the state of New Jersey. We need the legislature to step up and override his irresponsible veto and protect us from the hazards of fracking waste. Join us on National Fracking Waste Day, November 17, as we launch our campaign to override his dangerous veto and ban fracking waste in New Jersey!
Other groups invited include Environment New Jersey and Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
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Cold sun rising (Op-Ed)
New studies flip climate-change notions upside down
So what is a "solar minimum"?
Our sun doesn't maintain a constant intensity. Instead, it cycles in spans of approximately 11 years. When it's at its maximum, it has the highest number of sunspots on its surface in that particular cycle. When it's at its minimum, it has almost none. When there are more sunspots, the sun is brighter. When there are fewer, the sun radiates less heat toward Earth.
But that's not the only cooling effect of a solar minimum. A dim sun doesn't deflect cosmic rays away from Earth as efficiently as a bright sun. So, when these rays enter our atmosphere, they seed clouds, which in turn cool our planet even more and increase precipitation in the form of rain, snow and hail.
Since the early 1800s we have enjoyed healthy solar cycles and the rich agriculture and mild northern temperatures that they guarantee. During the Middle Ages, however, Earth felt the impact of four solar minimums over the course of 400 years.
The last Maunder Minimum and its accompanying mini-Ice Age saw the most consistent cold, continuing into the early 1800s.
The last time we became concerned about cooler temperatures - possibly dangerously cooler - was in the 1970s. Global temperatures have declined since the 1940s, as measured by Pacific Decadal Oscillation. The PDO Index is a recurring pattern of ocean-atmosphere climate variability centred over the Pacific Ocean. Determined by deep currents, it is said to shift between warm and cool modes. Some scientists worried that it might stay cool and drag down the Atlantic Decadal Oscillation with it, spurring a new Ice Age. The fear was exacerbated by the fact that Earth has been in the current inter-glacial period for 10,000 years (depending on how the starting point is gauged).
If Earth were to enter the next Ice Age too quickly, glaciers could advance much further south, rainforests could turn into savannah, and sea levels could drop dramatically, causing havoc.
The BBC, all three major American TV networks, Time magazine and the New York Times all ran feature stories highlighting the scare. Fortunately, by 1978 the PDO Index shifted back to warm and the fear abated.
Climate science vs the sceptics
By the 1990s the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had formed the "97 per cent consensus". The consensus was that Earth was warming more than it should, not just due to natural causes but also human activity. This was termed Anthropogenic Global Warming. The culprit was identified as carbon dioxide generated from the burning of fossil fuels.
CO2 is a greenhouse gas and its increase in the atmosphere could be dangerous, the panel claimed. Some of these scientists, particularly those working at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Britain's Meteorological Office, have gone so far as to declare CO2 as the primary driver of climate on Earth. This modern "climate science" has stirred unprecedented controversy in the field. Sceptics, clinging to more traditional approaches, say the science has been corrupted by the billions of dollars in government funding for climate-change research and agencies and industries that claim to be "fighting climate change". The counter-argument is that the sceptics are backed by the oil, gas and coal industries or are affiliated with conservative political groups.
The biggest bone of contention between the two groups is how the data are assessed. In the United States, the recorded temperature data go back to 1880, and elsewhere not even that far. Those data have to be "stapled on" to the ice-core data used to determine temperatures in earlier times. This has led to controversial representations, such as the infamous "hockey stick" graph released by the IPCC that gave the impression the world is hotter now than ever. Many scientists slammed the graph as wholly unrealistic, insisting that previous eras, such as the medieval warm period and the Holocene maximum were warmer than today.
Another issue is the urban "heat island" effect. Black asphalt roads and concrete structures absorb heat from the sun. Roy Spencer, a climatologist at the University of Alabama and former IPCC alumnus, charged in 2013 that the NOAA was "warming up" readings at rural temperature stations to match the urban ones rather than the reverse. A spokesman for the NOAA responded but stopped short of denying it.
In the 2009 "climategate scandal", e-mails and documents from IPCC-affiliated scientists were leaked that indicated they had manipulated data and reports to jibe with the AGW theory. References were made to "hiding the decline" through the use of "tricks". Then in 2012 Anthony Watts, a meteorologist and self-described whistle-blower, caught the NOAA changing temperature data from the 1930s to make the decade appear colder than it had been. Another whistle-blower, blogger Tony Heller, although clearly aligned with conservative groups like the Heartland Institute, has amassed impressive data. He claims that, since 1997, the world has actually been getting colder and Goddard and the NOAA are committing "climate fraud". The NOAA has declined to respond.
Around 2000, the PDO Index started to blow cold again, possibly causing global warming to "pause", as the mainstream scientists describe it. IPCC-affiliated scientists as well as Nasa and the NOAA attribute the pause to other factors. This is when the plot thickens.
Solar cycle 24 - two cycles prior the cycle that's expected to bottom out into a Maunder Minimum - was weak. In 2013-14 it reached its maximum far below average. Meanwhile extreme cold-weather anomalies have occurred around the world. Last year "polar vortices" slammed into the central US and Siberia as a third hovered over the Atlantic. All 50 US states, including Hawaii, had temperatures below freezing for the first time in recorded history. Snowfall records were broken in cities in the US, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and elsewhere. Southern American states and central Mexico, where snow is rare, got heavy snow, as did the Middle East.
This past summer the cold didn't let up, with more temperature records across the US and rare summer snows seen in Canada, the US and China. Birds have migrated early in the last two years. Antarctic sea ice set a new record in 2013 and it was broken again in 2014.
Not even Thailand was immune. In 2014 Bangkok hit its coldest low in 30 years, while 63 lives were lost in the North.
Scientists at the Climate and Environmental Physics and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Berne in Switzerland have recently backed up theories that support the sun's importance in determining the climate on Earth. A paper published last year by the American Meteorological Society contradicts claims by IPCC scientists that the sun couldn't be responsible for major shifts in climate. Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, rejected IPCC assertions that solar variations don't matter. Among the many studies and authorities she cited was the National Research Council's recent report "The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate".
Other researchers and organisations are also predicting global cooling - the Russian Academy of Science, the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Scientists, the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism Russia, Victor Manuel Velesco Herrera at the National University of Mexico, the Bulgarian Institute of Astronomy, Dr Tim Patterson at Carleton University in Canada, Drs Lin Zhen at Nanjing University in China, just to name a few.
For now nevertheless, the IPCC and other authoritative agencies are sticking to their CO2-dominant climate-forcing theory. They attribute the cold spells to a disruption in the jet stream caused by Anthropogenic Global Warming. Some of their theories have heads being scratched, for instance the "pause" in global warming they attribute to heat being absorbed deep into the oceans. When Antarctic ice reached record levels in 2013, scientists were "baffled" because the water beneath the ice was warm, they claimed. In climate science old and new, nothing is certain.
We conclude with a bit of good news, though. Recent research has determined that the famous Stradivarius violin owes its unique, esteemed sound to the last Maunder Minimum. The solar condition changed the texture of the trees that provided the wood from which the instrument was crafted. So lovers of classical music can place their orders for the next generation of incomparable violins, coming - giving the trees time to mature - in about 100 years.
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The race is on to prove that offshore wind power on floating platforms can be a significant power source for coastal states, with more than a dozen designs in development.
Technology has advanced hugely since the first full-scale floating wind turbine was built near Stavanger, Norway, in 2009. Photo credit: Lars Christopher / Wikimedia Commons
All countries with deep seas off their coasts can exploit the technology by anchoring wind farms near their major cities. Countries supporting these floating power stations include Japan, the U.S. and European countries bordering the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. Island states with limited land space would also benefit.
There are already successful demonstration platforms in Norway and Portugal, proving that the technology works. The battle now is to get costs down so that offshore wind can compete with other renewables.
The latest group to claim a breakthrough is the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain. Its developers have designed and patented a floating platform for offshore wind turbines that they claim can reduce energy costs to €0.12 per kilowatt hour (kWh)—less than the cost of electricity from a new nuclear power station.
They say the cost reduction is achieved through more efficient design and the use of concrete rather than steel, reducing costs by 60 percent.
Climent Molins and Alexis Campos, researchers at the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering, have developed another prototype called the WindCrete, a cylindrical structure with a large float and a ballast base that makes it self-stabilizing.
They say the main innovation of this model is its seamless, monolithic structure. It is also built of concrete, which is cheaper than steel, concrete is said to be more resistant in the marine environment, needing less maintenance and lasting for about 50 years.
The absence of joints in the platform is designed to increase its ability to withstand the effects of wind and seawater, avoiding the damage normally caused by wave action.
The WindCrete includes a 5-megawatt (MW) wind turbine that could be upgraded to carry rotors producing up to 15 MW with a relatively small increase in cost, making it far more economical.
Partially-submerged offshore platforms of this type require a minimum depth: 90 m in the case of the WindCrete. However, there is no technical maximum depth below which they cannot be installed. In the Gulf of Mexico, for example, there are floating oil platforms anchored at depths of up to 2,300 meters.
The WindCrete prototype, developed as part of a European project to promote innovation in this area, features in a report by the UK’s Carbon Trust on the current state of the floating wind technology market, written for the Scottish government.
Scotland has many deep sea locations close to its coasts and high wind speeds, so it is perfect for large-scale floating wind farms if they can be made competitive.
Examples of innovations in floating wind turbines. Photo credit: Carbon Trust
The report examines key trends, costs and barriers to commercial exploitation and includes an analysis of 18 models currently on the market.
Another area of development that offers promise for some coastal states is tidal power of various types.
It is not a new technology. The Rance Tidal Power Station in northwest France opened in 1966 and produces around 100 MW of electricity—enough to power 130,000 homes.
But new types of tidal power have been proved in the prototype stage and are expected to grow in importance.
One of the most promising is undersea turbines, rather like wind turbines but smaller. They have been developed in Europe and are proving successful, particularly where the tide is strongest—such as at the entrance to sea inlets or between islands.
Another system under development—and already given the go-ahead by the British government—is a tidal lagoon in the Severn estuary between England and South Wales. A dam will be constructed an will fill as the tide comes in, driving turbines as it does so. It will then empty, again producing electricity as the tide flows out through the turbines.
Because the UK and Canada have the highest tides in the world, they are the two countries currently most interested in these technologies, although there are concerns in the UK that the Conservative government is currently lukewarm in its support for renewables because it has increased subsidies for nuclear and fossil fuels.
The improving prospects for the tidal power industry will be discussed at a conference, theInternational Tidal Energy Summit, to be held in London from Nov. 23-25.
Government ministers in the UK will face pressure there to support the industry, which insiders claim needs extra political help to maintain the UK’s technological lead in the area.
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