Thursday, May 28, 2009:
If it seemed the ocean was gaining in nastiness as the day went on, that was compliments of the first tropical activity of the year. A fairly well-defined system formed off North Carolina today and quickly decided to head out and away from the coast. However, the intensifying system threw some drizzle and general drippiness our way. Fortunately, the most worrisome winds were way out at sea. It was mainly the surf that showed the stir, reaching about 5 feet along the beach by late day.
The nearshore stir is not a bad thing since it should be conducive to bassing as things settle quickly -- starting tomorrow with winds turning off shore by late tomorrow. West winds will extend through the weekend.
Once again, the weather seems to be weekender friendly. That will ring especially true if the bunker pods reorganize outside Barnegat Inlet – hopefully further south than this past Monday when the action was from the bathing Beach northward. I have to think the pods will begin showing shortly off Little Egg. This is not to say there isn’t action outside that inlet right now. It’s just more of a trolling guessing game as opposed to sighting the nervous water of bunker driven to the surface by the big mammas down below.
News story: [Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)] - May 27, 2009
Washington (dpa) - Humans began catching fish, shellfish and other marine mammals from 30,000 to 300,000 years ago, ten times earlier than previously believed, according to marine scientists conducting a years-long census of marine life.
In a report issued Sunday, the researchers said they were re- calibrating their measurements of sea life based on historical studies dating back to written and paleontological records over the past millenia.
The report is to be presented in Vancouver, Canada, from Tuesday to Thursday by international scientists at the Oceans Past Conference at the University of British Columbia.
The researchers drew upon old ship logs, literary texts, tax accounts, mounted trophies, ice records and other resources to provide insight into marine diversity and how it's changed.
The ongoing global Census of Marine Life is the first attempt to take stock of the world's oceans and their species, and has taken researchers into ocean regions rarely studied or visited. The census is to be published by 2010 in an online encyclopaedia with a webpage for every species. Scientist expect that there will still be more than 1 million unknown species at that point.
The historical study is expected to 'upend' ideas of natural marine life sizes, abundance, habitats and vulnerability, the Census team said in a press statement.
Large freshwater fish started disappearing in medieval times as they steadily shrunk in size, sending fishers to sea, the researchers said. Net fishing began with the Romans, and was modernized with the use of pairs of boats dragging nets in the 1600s.
'Human fishing and impacts on near-shore and island marine life ... apparently began in many parts in the Middle Stone Age - 300,000 to 30,000 years ago - ten times earlier than previously believed,' the scientists wrote.
Before systematic whale hunting began in the early 1800s, the waters around New Zealand sported an estimated 27,000 southern right whales, about 30 times today's numbers, the report said.