Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, November 02, 2018: You can throw this day in the fishing crapper; make some black sea bass cakes ...

Some like it rainy ... 

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Others, not so much ... Check the off-loaders.

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Friday, November 02, 2018: You can throw this day in the fishing crapper. The ocean is majorly riled from the south winds. It’s pushing five to seven feet with an unholdable south-to-north current. I drove the beach for a couple miles and saw nary a surfcaster, though I saw one heavily rain-geared fellow scooping sandcrabs among the suds. Whatever turns ya on.

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Winds will stay honking but switch to the west, offering long-cast surf fishing all weekend. It’s tough monitoring spiked rods with winds like hard so circle hooks and hand-holding baited rods works best. I’m not sure if this blow will make it tough to find fresh bunker at the shops. It’s well worth a stop-by. Clams are a decent go-to bass tantalizer. I’ve never had much luck fishing big blues with clams though I’ve seen the weighing in of some Classic slammers that went for clam on float rigs.

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Black sea bass have moved up to 15 fish at 13 inches or longer. As to when the winds will be kindly enough to allow fairly easy access to nearshore structure is up in the air. I guess that’s kind of a pun.

Sea bass are a fine eating fish as filets but shine when made into fish cakes, bettered by combining with some tog chunks.

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Then there's ...

Fishcake Tip: Don’t forget the celery pieces and, especially celery seed in the fishcake mix.

By the by, celery seed, despite the name and celery-ish flavor, do not come from the related garden-grade celery plants. The spice seeds come from a wild celery, called smallage (Apium graveolens).

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The eating variety celery is a subspecies. That’s why you can’t grow stalks of garden-variety celery from spice-rack “Celery Seeds.” I know this first-hand. Oh, the seeds – when organic – will sprout but, in short order, its “WTF?!” as the tall-growing (three feet) really take root. The narrow stalls are very pliable and only vaguely resembling salad celery, mainly in color.  The smallage stalks are stringy and decidedly untasty, though herbal medicines utilize the stalks. Adding to their low gardenablity, is the plants biennial nature. It aggressively grows the first year then blooms and seeds the next year, before dying off. The flowering can be impressive, followed by a prolific seed output.

Hey, it’s a crappy day, so learn something already.

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Below: "I meant to do that, ese!"

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Below: My first job as a boat transporter. Nothin' to it. 

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Brett Taylor

I took a quick trip this afternoon to do the new engine break in and also to get used to the Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor. Fished with my Dad at a few close wrecks to catch close to 20 Blackfish and kept two 18-inchers for the table. We are still hashing out the correct Prop for the new engine, but I can not say enough about the Minn Kota Spot Lock function - it kept us right on the wrecks with solid 3 ft swells and 15-20knot winds. We also used it in the inlet with ripping current and it kept us dead-on!! It's funny when people from land are looking at you with a odd look as if "how are they staying there"... Bringing GoPro next time! 
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Matt Shapiro

Throw back Thursday! Only about 37 pounds off lol
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(We already have these invasive species showing in our area. They can be very aggressive when up against native crabs.)

CBP Seizes 900 Pounds of Invasive Chinese Mitten Crabs in Chicago

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - November 1, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed this week that the Chicago Field office seized nearly 900 pounds of invasive Chinese mitten crabs in mid-October.

The mitten crabs, which are considered a seasonal delicacy in Asia, were discovering during examinations of incoming Chinese freight. CBP specialists reportedly noted x-ray anomalies in 16 separate shipments, which were labeled as clothing.

“Our agriculture specialists and officers work closely with other federal agencies to protect our natural resources,” CBP Supervisory Agriculture Specialist Barbara Hassan said in a press release. “In this case, cooperative efforts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) prevented the introduction of a highly invasive and destructive species into our ecosystem.”

Mitten crabs are on the Invasive Species Specialist Group’s list of “100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species.” CBP reports that this is the third interception of mitten crabs by the Chicago Field Office in the past month. The shipments were refused entry into the U.S. and violations are under review.

Photo Caption:This seizure of mitten crabs is the third interception of mitten crabs by CBP's Chicago Field Office in the past month.

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New Research Recovers Nutrients from Seafood Process Water


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Environmental News Network] by Chalmers University of Technology - November 1, 2018

Process waters from the seafood industry contain valuable nutrients, that could be used in food or aquaculture feed. But the process waters are treated as waste. Researchers now show the potential of recycling these nutrients back into the food chain.

​During preparation of herring, shrimp and mussels, large amounts of process water are continuously pumped out as waste by the seafood industry. The water is used when boiling shrimps or mussels, or when filleting, salting and marinating herring, for example. Approximately 7000-8000 liters of water is used to prepare a ton of marinated herring. A stunning 50,000 liters of water is needed per ton of peeled shrimps, or per three tons of raw shrimp.

But these side stream waters contain proteins, peptides, fats and micronutrients, which could be recycled and used, for example by the food industry, as an ingredient in feed or for growing microalgae. In fact, the leftover boiled water from shrimp preparation is basically a ready-made stock.

Nutrients Could Be Recycled

The Nordic project NoVAqua, coordinated by Professor Ingrid Undeland of the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, has now shown the potential of extracting these important nutrients from the process waters.

Read more at Chalmers University of Technology


China Finds New Ways to Develop Distant-Water Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China Economic Net] - November 1, 2018

As the growing middle class in China is increasingly demanding deep seawater products with high-quality protein, China has become the world's largest distant-water fishing nation, having one quarter of the world's fishing boats.

However, with the continuous development of China's distant-water fishing industry, the challenges are also looming large. The most striking one is the over-exploitation of global marine resources.

Recently, the Global Times visited the national distant-water fishing base in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang Province, to find out how China's distant-water fishing industry copes with the challenge to achieve further and sustainable development.

Merger and integration

According to monitoring conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the proportion of fish stocks within the limits of biological sustainability had decreased from 90 percent in 1974 to 66.9 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, the proportion of fish stocks caught at unsustainable biological levels increased from 10 percent in 1974 to 33.1 percent in 2015. Fish stocks that have not been fully captured have continued to decline from 1974 to 2015. By 2015, they accounted for only 7 percent of the total assessed population.

As one of the major producers, China has recently started setting restrictions on the number and size of distant-water fishing companies.

"As a producer, China cares about the protection and sustainability of marine resources more than any other countries. It's our livelihood that will suffer a loss if the resources are exhausted," Liu Xinzhong, deputy director of fisheries bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, told the Global Times.

So far, the number of China's distant-water fishing companies has decreased from 167 in 2015 to 159 in 2017, the number of fishing ships has decreased from 2,512 in 2015 to 2,491 in 2017. The Chinese government has set two red lines to guide the approval of distant-water fishing ships: to limit the number of ships within 3,000 by 2020, and to stop the number of companies from growing.

In spite of the decreases of fishing ships' sizes and amounts, China's distant-water fishing industry is realizing growth and making a breakthrough through renovation and improved efficiency, Liu said.

At present, Chinese fishing companies are phasing out old fishing boats, reforming existing fishing vessels in terms of sanitation and safety, improving production efficiency and making products that meet the higher international standards of the EU and US to expand the markets.

Meanwhile, merger, reorganization and competition are also ongoing within the industry.

China is changing the industry by promoting large distant-water fishing companies to merge a large number of small, weak companies, especially those actually owned by big companies. In this way, China can build large and well-managed as well as internationally competitive modern distant-water fishing companies.

China's distant-water fishing production is steadily growing in spite of restrictions on fishing companies' sizes and numbers. Yu Kangzhen, vice minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, told the Global Times that the total production in the industry has reached 2.09 million tons at the value of 23.6 billion yuan in 2017, increasing 14.5 percent from 2015.

Through intelligent technology

The structure of China's distant-water fishing industry is still relatively simple. The scientific support and complex development ability are still relatively low.

The industrial construction is lagging behind and the market is not fully developed. To solve these problems, it's necessary to develop the industry with the support of modern technology.

Zhan Wei, deputy general manager of Dayangshijia, a distant-water fishing company based in East China's Zhejiang Province, told the Global Times that the company has installed an intelligent exploration system on all fishing ships since 2017.

The systems can send real-time location data back to prevent accidents and increase production.

"This system helps us measure water temperature and make fishery analysis at any time," Wei said.

"We can detect the real-time water temperature on the surface, the middle layer and the deep layer of the ocean. We can locate what types of fish that can be caught in each area and the changes in production. We can also record on the big platform database to provide guidance and help for future work," Wei noted.

Building distant-water fishing bases and expanding industry chains to produce products with added value is another measure adopted by many companies to cope with the challenges mentioned above.

The core area of the national distant-water fishing base in Zhoushan is about 6.23 square kilometers and can accommodate 1,300 fishing boats at the same time, attracting more than 200 enterprises. The base is aimed at "one port, one city, one district and one center".

Huang Baoshan, director of the China Fisheries Association, told the Global Times that "from raw fish to products with a high value, fishery bases help to expand the domestic market and build competitive brands. In this regard, China will still have huge potentials to grow."

New opportunity for BRI

Although there is a challenge, China's distant-water fishing industry is also facing a good opportunity as former leading players, such as the US, EU, Japan and South Korea, are slowly retreating from the industry, and importing fishing products from China.

On the other hand, the promotion of the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative (BRI) has also led more and more developing countries to look forward to enhancing local tax revenues and employment through cooperation with China in the field of distant-water fishing.

Liu said more and more international industry management organizations are inviting China to join, which means that Chinese fisheries not only can get more global fishing quotas, but also begin to participate in making international industry rules.

"Many countries are also increasingly willing to invite Chinese companies to establish local fishery bases and participate in the construction of transshipment terminals. The cooperation mode has gradually changed from single-type fishing to full-scale cooperation including processing and breeding," Liu said

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