"Don't you try to mess with my pathetic deprived child look!"
Wednesday, September 27, 2017: Well, the surf is rockin’ and rollin’. Maria is sending powerful calling cards – powerful enough to eat away at some already over-eaten beaches.
I tried to reach the Rip at Holgate but the slowly dropping high tide wanted no part of visitors. I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the ocean to back off. I ended up shaping wampum pendants. Not very creative but it keeps my hands busy. Here’s some I’ve done in the past. Smiling at my clasps, right?
Congrats to Weeks Inc. for also nabbing the Brigantine contract. They’ll now be the ones to have all their dredging ducks conveniently in row, with two contracts (LBI and Brigantine) within a hop, skip and a jump.
GO WITH THE FLOW: I heard some out-loud wonderings regarding the dredging of Double Creek and how it might impact sedimentation in Barnegat Inlet.
I might be wrong but I don’t think the inlet has needed maintenance work (shoal removal) for a couple/few summers.
Barnegat Inlet is regularly maintained by the Army Corps, as part of Barnegat Inlet Regional Sediment Management.
The de-shoaling, post South Jetty elevating/construction, was originally done by the Dredge Currituck but most recently by the Shallow Draft Dredge Murden, seen in photo, clearing shoaling from the Inlet in April of 2014.
Per ACE: The Murden was designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Marine Design Center in Philadelphia and is based out of Wilmington, N.C. Barnegat Inlet requires dredging to provide reliable maritime navigation for the U.S. Coast Guard and a large fishing fleet consisting of full-time commercial, charter and recreational vessels.
Interestingly, the above-mentioned Inlet maintenance program technically extends inside the inlet, past High Bar Harbor and the mouth of Double Creek (east end), all the way over to Oyster Creek.
Here, check it out:
Barnegat Inlet Project Index Map (Photo by USACE)
As to any Inlet impact from the Great Lakes dredging of Double Creek, when done there will likely be a greater tidal flow of inlet water, more so heading westward, during incoming tides.
What's more, there will surely be an improved ocean/bay water exchange. The west side of Barnegat Bay will benefit from that, as will navigating BB, BI, 42, etc., -- along with fluking in 2018.
I'm not sure how the dredging will impact the Sailboat Wreck, a real decent fishing locale.
RECENT HISTORY: I recall a project to straighten the Inlet channel, rendering it a straight west/east run from Double Creek out to sea.
That straightening -- cutting through the flood plain sands -- would reduce the current dog-leg from the Light over to Myers Hole as a secondary channel. There was also talk of bulk-heading or even jettying The Dike area of High Bar Harbor.
Regarding that plan, I sat in on discussions where it was feared that such a direct flow of ocean water through the Inlet would increase the ocean/bay water exchange to such an extent it could enhance the risk of high-tide flooding for bulk-headed communities over on the mainland, Barnegat to Lacey. Gospel truth.
Like many such discussions, it seemed to go nowhere, but not before I brought up the concept that the future of Barnegat Bay, as a whole, i.e. empathizing southward to Little Egg Harbor, demands an enhanced flushing action – to prevent eutrophication (over shallowing ) of the south part of bay system. I was thanked ... and scooted along.
Back to the shoal removal in the Inlet, I sure as hell have never seen a hopper-dredger scooping sand all the way over to Oyster Creek. Nonetheless, it is the responsibility of ACE to keep it deep and navigable. I’m also guessing the Double Creek dredging must legally stop at the federal jurisdiction point, as seen on the map.
MaryEllen Smith to Holgate Update
The speed limit signs are changing today!
WEIRD: Hit those brakes! The last Beach Haven borough speed limit sign, northbound Boulevard, is 45 mph ... Then, in just a few blocks, it's back to 35 mph signs for all LBT. Maybe the sign-changing folks just didn't get any further today. Or, it's going to be kinda confusing out there for a while.
I find the following story a bit odd, as the mayor defend groins, despite the seemingly obvious problem that they cause down-drift.
Brigantine Beach Erosion Problem on the Table
The City of Brigantine, New Jersey, continues to pursue a more permanent solution to the town’s ongoing struggle to prevent erosion of the north-end beaches.
The City Engineer Ed Stinson announced at the May 3 Council Meeting that he is having discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who are very interested in finding solution for the ongoing problem.
According to Stinson, Brigantine has entered into an agreement with the federal government designating it as an “engineered beach.” This makes Brigantine eligible for scheduled beach replenishments in which sand is pumped into areas eroded by storms.
“Right now it’s very preliminary, and every project involves a cost analysis, meaning that the cost of the project cannot outweigh the cumulative future benefits of doing it. So the next step is the cost analysis and how it will be funded,” said Stinson.“It’s taken a couple of years for the Army Corps to get through their studies, but they’ve determined that there is a federal interest to review those options and take it to the next step.”
Stinson also added that the city is looking for a funding partner and has reached out to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s coastal engineering division. “Nothing is in writing yet, but it definitely appears that the state will partner with the federal government in helping Brigantine achieve this.”
Years ago, the Corps installed groins up to the Roosevelt Boulevard beach and beyond that point is where Brigantine’s most severe erosion problems tend to occur when a severe storm hits.
“The last set of jetties that were put in stopped at Roosevelt Boulevard, and they worked,” said Mayor Guenther. “We’ve argued for years that having stopped at Roosevelt Boulevard is part of the problem — not the entire problem but part of the problem — as to why erosion takes place beyond that.”
USACE recently has been considering a variety of solutions to tackle this problem, including adding more groins, or rockpile jetties, in strategic areas to help contain the sand.
An NJ'er down Mexico way ... What a gorgeous fish.
The Codfather gets nearly 4 years for evading fishing quotas
BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. fishing magnate known as The Codfather who pleaded guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal was sentenced on Monday to nearly four years in prison.
Carlos Rafael, who owns one of the nation’s largest commercial fishing operations, falsely claimed his vessels caught haddock or pollock when they had actually caught other species subject to stricter quotas, federal authorities said. He then sold the fish for cash, some of which was smuggled overseas.
Rafael pleaded guilty in March to false labeling and fish identification and tax evasion, among other charges. He was sentenced in federal court in Boston to 46 months behind bars, the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts tweeted.
Rafael’s fishing operation includes a fleet of more than 30 vessels, 44 commercial fishing permits and the Carlos Seafood business in New Bedford.
Prosecutors asked for more than four years in prison. Rafael’s attorneys sought two years of probation in community and home confinement.
An attorney for Rafael didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Monday. His attorneys said in court documents that he “accepts full responsibility for the crimes he committed.”
228 more dolphins slaughtered in the Danish Faroe Islands as Sea Shepherd confronts the European Commission
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September 27, 2017
On September 25th Sea Shepherd’s legal representatives sent a formal response to the European Commission condemning its sloppy and grossly inadequate reply to our detailed and painstakingly-researched legal arguments for infringement proceedings against Denmark. Compiled over a two-year period, the evidence presented to the Commission in May 2017 shows that Denmark has broken EU laws by facilitating and participating in the slaughter of dolphins in the Faroe Islands. The Commission’s deficient reply dismissing the case indicates they failed to properly consider the dossier and its legal arguments. In accordance with the European Union’s long-standing administrative rules and guiding principles, Sea Shepherd demands the Commission give specific responses -- with legal justifications -- for each of the main points addressed in the request for infringement proceedings. We have requested the Commission provide its detailed justifications within 15 working days.
Meanwhile, on the same day 219 more Atlantic white-sided dolphins were killed at Skálabotnur on the Faroese island of Eysturoy, and nine more pilot whales were killed at Hvalba. That brings the 2017 statistics up to 1605 small cetaceans slaughtered in 23 grindadrap hunts so far this year.
Sea Shepherd’s mission is to stop the slaughter of dolphins (including Atlantic white-sided dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales) in the Faroe Islands grindadrap hunts. Although part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands claim to be independent of European Union rules and regulation that prohibit killing of cetaceans. However, the Danish navy and Danish police have directly interfered with Sea Shepherd’s ability to stop the slaughter, both participating in and facilitating the grindadrap. Operation Bloody Fjords is a campaign to hold the Danish government accountable for their actions that result directly in the deaths of hundreds of dolphins every year.
“The Commission invited the submission of comments regarding its decision and requested ‘any information that might show evidence of an infringement.’ While we appreciate this opportunity to supplement the record, we respectfully point out that the Commission has failed to fully consider (or potentially consider at all) the extensive legal arguments and voluminous evidence already submitted in support of an infringement action against Denmark. There is no need for Sea Shepherd to submit additional ‘evidence of an infringement.’ The Commission already has sufficient evidence before it now.” From Sea Shepherd’s letter to the European Commission.
For more information about Operation Bloody Fjords: https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/our-campaigns/bloody-fjords/