On a news note: A small plane went down near the Eagles Nest Airport, Eagleswood, at around 8:30 pm today.
(Photos and more info soon up at http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com)
Per emergency radio chatter, the small plane crashed on the lawn of a house behind the Atlantic Electric Building, Rte. 9. The pilot somehow got out, either uninjured or only slightly so.
The big problem now is a large fuel leak. That tells you how lucky the pilot was. Had there been a fire, he would have been toast – and the nearby house might have gone up, too. That’s one lucky flying dude.
I’m sure it’ll be on the nightly news at 11, considering all the choppers now flying around to get a look-see. Something sickeningly sexy about planes going down. Had a car gone off the road and into the same yard there wouldn’t be so much as a media peep.
More info: The small airplane nose-dived into the yard of a home on Cox Crossing Road, after the pilot, upon take-off, was radioed by air control that there seemed to be a fire on the craft. The pilot opted to shut off his engine.
He crashed in the yard of a gal who has long voiced her fear of having the airport’s approach and take-off airspace right over her house. She has said same at many Eagleswood meetings.
Her husband was at work up north, at the time. She ran out, duly alarmed, upon hearing the crash. She immediately smelled the fuel.
One first responder radioed in that fuel was “still pouring out.” That was fairly long after the crash. Hazmat was notified.
I should note that emergency response was apparently very rapid.
This crash landing, which I suppose it was, technically, is under a half mile from a far worse crash from a few years back.
The owner of the airport didn’t have much to say tonight. He’s heading down from a couple hours away.
Photos and more info soon up at http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com
Tuesday, May 16, 2017: Late. Slowly phasing down at work; first Section II of SandPaper 2017. Many more to come, until after Labor Day. Hope you tune in at http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com.
I got numerous reports of blue a-beach, including right at the end of my Surf City work street. Talk about rubbing it in on a day lacking a spare minute to break away. I’m therefore going the night route. This is the prime/only time of year the bridges really light up down below. I also want to give the pubic fishing pier a cast or two. It keeps lights on, which can sometimes entice male weakfish.
Small bass are in the surf and could be quite get-able this week. Think smaller jigs for smaller striper, or even bloodworms to avoid the blues. Don’t waste money on eels with those blues willing to kill for an eel.
“I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize,” said Steven Wright.
Likely too much stuff down below but a lot of stuff interests me.
Not a Mojo or Bunker Dunker in site. Dropped the 5.5" Extreme Paddletail shad along some channel ledges for a true four species fish slam (25" fluke, 22" weakfish, 42" striped bass and some rat blues). Vertically jigging is super important when you don't have access to live or a live well.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Hey, it's better than a body.
A nice fishing day in Harvey Cedars suddenly grows fangs. Sorry, Jeff Warford. Been there, done that.
Not to be outdone ... Ron Champion
Volunteers Needed for “Paddle for the Edge 2017”
Do you have a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard? The Barnegat Bay Partnership is looking for paddling enthusiasts to help collect important data about the condition of shorelines along the Barnegat Bay. With many miles of shoreline, their scientists can't do it alone – they need the help of citizen science volunteers like you!
First launched by the Barnegat Bay Partnership in 2015, "Paddle for the Edge" has become an annual event. In 2015 and 2016, volunteers paddled a total of 50 miles of shoreline and collected more than 1,800 data points with their smartphones, while enjoying a great time out on the water. The data provides important information about the state of the bay’s marshes and will help guide future research and restoration projects.
This summer’s “Paddle for the Edge” event will take place from June 17th through July 5th. Volunteer paddlers can spend just a few hours on the water anytime during these dates to record some basic information for the Partnership’s shoreline study.
Interested? The first step is to attend one of the following training sessions to learn how to collect the data: June 5th (6-8 p.m.) at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, June 6th (6-8 p.m.) and June 10th (10 a.m. to noon) at Tuckerton Seaport, or June 7th (6-8 p.m.) at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library. Visit http://bbp.ocean.edu/pages/380.asp to register for a 2017 training session and to learn more about “Paddle for the Edge.”
Questions? Email Paddle4TheEdge@gmail.com.
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College, Building #10
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08753
Jim Hutchinson Jr. shared NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's photo.
Folks ask about NJDEP enforcement and why they don't often see 'em around - looks to me like they've been pretty busy!
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
Striped bass fishing, and the violations that sometimes go with it, have been heating up in the Newark Bay Complex and Hudson River.
On Sunday, April 9, 2017, DFW's Bureau of Law Enforcement Conservation Officer Holmes and Lt. Kuechler patrolled the Newark Bay Complex. The officers inspected 15 fishermen and issued 10 summonses for violations of possession of undersized striped bass and possession of striped bass over the daily limit.
On the weekend of April 15, Lt. Kuechler, CO Holmes, CO Driscoll, and CO Ocampo patrolled the Newark Bay Complex and Hudson River. The officers inspected 65 anglers, issuing a total of 40 summonses for violations including possession of undersize striped bass, possession of striped bass over the daily limit and interference with the duties of a conservation officer.
The "bite" continued the next weekend with 29 anglers inspected and 18 summonses issued. The officers found 12 bass under the legal size limit, 9 taken over the daily limit and one instance of interference with the duties of a conservation officer.
Fish Monger II Tues 5/16 Ling n things - Nice day on the water and good life on the bottom... no shortage of bites and there was a better showing of ling as well as all the usual suspects. Had some real nice black fish go back n tons n tons of seabass ( both closed ) but we did pick at some ling... couple winter flounder... a nice keeper cod n pollack. So def n improvement n Nice multi species days w hh having over 20 ling... still not as much as I want for the box but we had a nice action filled day n everyone went home with some fish for dinner. Tommorw is out first rutgers resesrch of the season which we always look forward having them aboard .... Thanks guys
Massachusetts fish ...
Here's a few minutes of our 38 pound striper we trolled off of Seaside Park today. We were fishing in 60 feet of water and he freight trained the white Mojo we were dragging. Bob Danyluk of Flemington was on the rod for his new personal best bass.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH-Nhmf8_9I&feature=youtu.be
Sailing Open Boat or Charter Thurs and Fri afternoon, May 18 and 19,
Noon to 6PM. The weather and sea condition is perfect all week. $175 person or $600 for the boat, 4 people max, all fish are shared. Call to reserve a spot.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
Hi Flier Sportfishing
Below is from Beach Haven 1917, when things like blue-nosed sharks plied the waters off LBI beaches.
Below: I kinda like the feel of this. Folks back then were obviously a lot less whiney when s*** happened. By the by, both Engleside and Baldwin were aboard. Note: "No Cabin."
Barry Myers, AccuWeather Chief Executive, is Front-Runner for NOAA’s Top Job
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Washington Post] by Jason Samenow - May 16, 2017
Nearly four months into his administration, President Trump has yet to name the next leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But several individuals in the weather community say Barry Myers, chief executive of AccuWeather in State College, Pa., is the leading candidate.
Myers, who holds business and law degrees, has served as AccuWeather’s chief executive since September 2007 and has overseen the company’s strategic initiatives and global expansion. His strong business background is viewed as a major asset for an administration that has placed a great deal of value on private-sector experience.
The job of NOAA administrator is seen as a critical for advancing the nation’s weather forecasts and understanding climate change. The agency runs the National Weather Service, conducts and funds weather and climate research, and operates a constellation of weather satellites as well as a climate data center.
NOAA also has enormous responsibilities in understanding and protecting the nation’s coasts, oceans and fisheries.
Members of the weather and climate community, aware of Myers’s likely selection, said they think that he would bring strong corporate leadership to the position. But others were worried about his nontechnical background and a rocky relationship with the National Weather Service.
“I think Barry would bring very practical, pragmatic expertise and management acumen to NOAA,” said David Titley, professor of meteorology at Penn State who served as NOAA’s chief operating officer in the Obama administration.
Rich Sorkin, chief executive for Jupiter, a start-up focused on risk from weather and climate, called Myers an “exceptional” candidate given his private-sector orientation. He said he thinks that Myers, given his deep involvement in the “broader weather ecosystem,” would strive to help the agency’s weather modeling catch up with the European system, which it has fallen behind.
However, several leaders from the weather industry expressed concerns about Myers’s lack of science background and questioned his knowledge of core NOAA issues besides weather.
“He is very strong in weather forecasting, but NOAA is much broader than that,” said Elizabeth Weatherhead, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Colorado.
Andrew Rosenberg of the Union of Concerned Scientists called Myers’s lack of scientific credentials “concerning,” noting that the last several NOAA administrators had science backgrounds.
“Making sure overall NOAA’s mission is valued, especially its scientific work, is absolutely crucial,” he said.
But Myers has the backing of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of academic institutions, focused on scientific research. Its president, Antonio Busalacchi, stressed the weather enterprise’s private sector has experienced massive growth and that Myers’s background would be a positive in forming partnerships. “I think he’ll bring a perspective that’s right for the nation,” Busalacchi said. “Like any new administrator, there will be a steep learning curve on the whole of the organization.”
Myers’s potential appointment is opposed by the labor union for the National Weather Service, the NWS Employees Organization. Myers and AccuWeather have, at times, butted heads with the Weather Service, opposing certain initiatives that they claimed were unfairly competing with the private sector.
Richard Hirn, a spokesperson for the union, called Myers “wholly unqualified” for the position. In 2005, Myers and his brother Joel, founder of AccuWeather, gave money to then-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who introduced legislation aimed at curtailing government competition with private weather services. The legislation didn’t receive a single co-sponsor, Hirn said.
“If Myers is confirmed, he will be able to order the NWS to do what Congress was unwilling to do — which is to turn the Weather Service into a taxpayer-funded corporate subsidy of AccuWeather,” Hirn said.
Penn State’s Titley said he expected Myers’s family business and the potential for conflict of interest as NOAA chief to come up in any confirmation hearing. And he said the Senate would probably “probe” Myers’s prior comments pertaining to the role of the Weather Service in relationship to the private sector, if he ends up being the nominee.
For his part, Myers has said he fully supports the mission of the Weather Service and has won an award for his efforts to strengthen the private-public-sector partnership.
Should Myers be Trump’s choice, he has supporters on Capitol Hill, and appears to be in good standing with the House Science Committee.
“We have a good relationship with Barry Myers,” said Kristin Baum, the committee’s communications director. “The chairman will certainly be supportive of whoever the administration nominates.”
The administration’s timetable for naming the NOAA administrator is still unknown. The Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA, when contacted about Myers’s candidacy Monday morning, had no comment.
Climate Central pointed out in early April that Trump was behind former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan in naming a NOAA administrator.
Several industry officials said Myers’s appointment is not a done deal, and other candidates remain possibilities.
Scott Rayder, who served as chief of staff for former NOAA administrator Conrad Lautenbacher in the administration of President George W. Bush, has seen his stock fall. The status of Jon White, president and chief executive of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, also considered a candidate, is uncertain.
Other names mentioned as potential candidates include Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy; Kelvin Droegemeier, professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma; and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). Gallaudet may also be a candidate for deputy NOAA administrator, according to two individuals.
Myers did not respond to a request for comment on his candidacy.
=============================================================================================Roy Leyva with Joe Firman.
A friend of mine lost a family member at a very young age and he had auctioned off one of his collectible plugs to help the family. I won the auction and had him keep the plug and send me one he made in Sailor's favorite color so I could fish it in her name. Today I threw that red metal lip in hopes of catching a decent fish on it. Well I'm sure Sailor was all smiles in heaven cause it worked!
ENGOs Renew Push for Shark Trade Elimination Act Passage; Industry, Scientists Push Back
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers - May 15, 2017
Like sharks in a feeding frenzy, a group of scientists, students and Oceana are circling, renewing their push to pass the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act, threatening sustainable U.S shark fisheries. The scientists and ENGOs also say sharks are in decline.
On the other side, the Sustainable Shark Alliance, a U.S. seafood industry trade group, opposes the legislation. It's unnecessary, they say, won't make a dent in the global shark trade and ultimately penalize responsible fishermen.
“Oceana presents a false choice between a sustainable domestic shark fishery and other uses, such as tourism,” Shaun Gehan, a lawyer for the Sustainable Shark Alliance, said in a statement. “University and federal studies alike show growing domestic populations.”
The practice of shark finning, using only the fins and releasing the shark, has been banned in the U.S. since 1993. Some states have passed legislation banning trade of some shark parts or some species.
"The Shark Finning Prohibition Act ended the brutal practice of finning, the removal of the sharks’ fins while discarding their bodies at sea, and the Shark Conservation Act eventually closed some of its loopholes ensuring that sharks are landed with their fins naturally attached to their bodies," the scientists wrote in their May 9 letter to Congress. "However, the United States continues to allow the buying and selling of fins. Five of the 11 countries that export shark fins to the U.S. do not prohibit shark finning. Therefore, while the U.S. bans shark finning in its own waters, it indirectly promotes this practice elsewhere and perpetuates the global trade in shark fins."
Alliance members and other scientists counter that the Shark Trade Elimination Act will, by removing sustainably sourced shark parts, result in the increase of illegal trade of shark fins.
“Oceana and their partners are grossly misinformed and are misinforming the public,” said Bob Jones, Executive Director of the Southeastern Fisheries Association. “The U.S. shark fishery is the most sustainably run shark fishery in the world. Oceana should be promoting the responsible practices of the fishery instead of working to dismantle it.”
Dr. David Shiffman, a renowned shark conservation biologist, also is against the proposed legislation and wrote about it on the marine science and conservation blog Southern Fried Science.
"Shark fin trade bans do not allow for a sustainable supply of shark fins to enter the marketplace, punishing American fishermen who are doing it right," Shiffman wrote. "Sustainable trade is incompatible with a total ban on trade, at least in the same place and time. The United States has some of the most sustainable managed shark fisheries on Earth. When these fisheries provide fins to the marketplace, it shows that fins can absolutely come from a well-managed shark fishery."
Moreover, using the sustainably managed U.S. shark fisheries as examples would be better in the long run when the U.S. is negotiating with other countries, Shiffman said.
"This can be an important example for international fisheries negotiations and associated advocacy (e.g., 'the United States manages their shark fisheries well, and so can you, here’s how.')," Shiffman wrote. "According to Dr. Robert Hueter of Mote Marine Laboratory, a nationwide ban on the shark fin trade 'will cause the demise of a legal domestic industry that is showing the rest of the world how to utilize sharks in a responsible, sustainable way.' (And yes, sustainable shark fisheries absolutely can exist and do exist, although there are certainly many more examples of unsustainable shark fisheries.)"
While not affecting illegal international shark populations, the bill will hurt U.S. shark fishermen who play by the rules. It will force fishermen to dispose of shark fins on every shark they catch, which currently account for 50 percent of a shark’s value. Proper management can only occur when U.S. shark fisheries are allowed to collect the full value of their catch – without this revenue, shark fisheries will not be able to afford fuel costs and will cease to exist, the Alliance said in the statement.
“Our members are struck by the intolerance of the proponents of this campaign. It is clear that they are indifferent to the potential loss of income. I guess the livelihoods of fishing families are insignificant to the folks who support Oceana's agenda,” said Greg DiDomenico, Executive Director of the Garden State Seafood Association.
Other respected shark scientists have come out in opposition to the legislation as well, including Dr. Robert E. Hueter. Hueter is the Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota Florida, and has more than 40 years of experience in shark research.
“This bill will do nothing to effectively combat the practice of finning on the high seas and in other countries, where the real problem lies, and it will not significantly reduce mortality of the sharks killed in global fisheries every year," Hueter wrote in a letter to Congress.
Biggest blue I've seen in the bay.....35"er in a big blow on light tackle!
Paul Peluso Caught a Nice Striped Bass today also released another keeper
In stomach: Big-ass mantis shrimp. One still looks edible.
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Waukegan, IL | The capture of a huge 3,000-pound great white shark in Lake Michigan yesterday could explain the disappearance of missing people in the area in the last decade, has confirmed the U.S. Coast Guard this morning.
Canadian tourist, John O’Keef and his friend from Chicago, Allan Brooks captured the 3,000-pound beast while fishing for sturgeon in Michigan Lake.
“We reeled in the beast for a good 4-5 hours before my friend Allan finally shot it with a rifle and wounded it to the head” explains O’Keef.
“I’d heard of the Lake Michigan monster, but never did I expect to catch it myself,” claims the 63-year-old Canadian tourist.
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The great white shark estimated at more than 1.2 tons is the biggest fish ever caught in the region, believe experts.
Professor of biology at the University of Illinois, Allan Jameson said: “This is not common to find such a beast so far inland. Either rising sea temperatures and depleted fish stocks possibly led the shark to adventure itself further into the Great Lakes region.” he admits, visibly puzzled. “It is also possible it traveled to the region through underwater tunnels that interconnect between the Great Lakes,” he told reporters.
According to authorities more than a hundred people reported missing in the area in the last decade may have fallen under the fangs of the gigantic beast, several local residents even suspecting its presence for a long time.
U.S. Coast Guards reassured local residents that the occurrence of such a predator in the region’s waters “is highly unlikely” as sharks are not well adapted to freshwater systems.
In 1916, a deadly shark attack near Presque Ile beach, in Lake Eerie, made national headlines, forcing local authorities to ban swimming in the region for over 14 years until the ban was lifted in 1930.