Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
February 11, 2011:
Nice day considering the wee hours of the morning saw the temperature dip to single digits. If you think that’s gotta be some sort of record low, you’re off by almost 20 degrees. Hard to believe but on this date in 1979 it dipped to minus 11. You heard right, that’s 11 below zero. You can look that up. What’s more, the night prior and the following night back in 1979, set record lows in that same well-below-zero neighborhood. I was in Hawaii at the time. I was a lot smarter then. Flashback: There was nothing more rewarding than settling down in front of the TV after surfing all day in 78-degree water, as balmy trade winds snuck by the fluttering curtains, and watch national weather, seeing it was 11 below zero in Atlantic City at that very moment. It put this cosmic smile on my face. Now, the cosmos has turned the other cheek.
Back to reality, I’ll re-note that we’re in for a real decent potentially long-lived warmth spurt. Today, the weather computers are even more certain that most of next week will be well above normal. I refuse to even bandy about the notion that La Nina is moving in. By my thinking (and frustration with the frigidness), she blew her chance to make it a mild winter. Even if she leads to things going crazily mild right into spring, she’s a loser.
I grabbed a late day wood session west of New Gretna. I hiked around looking for any signs of those huge coyote thereabouts, like the one road-killed last year. I saw nada. Not track or scat. I did have a long chat with the head of a local family down there. He was at my truck when I got back. He was rightfully wondering what I was up to, as I wetn around issuing my coyote calls. Once we met, official like, he told me how the state is making a power move on his homestead -- land his family has owned for generations on end. I told them I’d help fight any unfair land grabbing. It seems that Senator Chris Connors is already lending a hand to protect his family’s property. He also told me a weird story of his home getting sprayed by a state-owned aircraft, laying down an herbicide meant to kill phragmites. Not for nothin’, I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be sprayed with something capable of killing phragmites.
During my hike, I was a tad surprised to hear a load of unusually noisy dirt bikers out in what had to be mighty frigid conditions. I was on foot and it was a tad chilly. On a dirt bike, there had to be some added wind chill factoring.
NOAA Fisheries will host a National Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Science Workshop on February 15-17, 2011, in Silver Spring, MD. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Regional Fishery Management Councils and will involve NOAA Fisheries staff, Council representatives and nationally recognized fishery science experts.
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) was amended in 2007 to include a requirement to implement ACLs and accountability measures in the nation’s fisheries. This mandate and the subsequent update of National Standard 1 Guidelines substantially changed the nature and amount of data needed to manage the nation’s fisheries. The workshop will focus on scoping potential improvements in the state of scientific information needed to support implementation of the MSA, particularly in determining and implementing ACLs. The scope of the science issues associated with ACLs is quite broad, and not all topics can be fully covered. The proposed topics to be addressed include:
• Identifying data needs and related costs of conducting additional stock assessments.
• Calculating and communicating uncertainty in stock assessments.
• Considering socio-economic and ecosystem considerations in the definition of optimum yield.
• Developing cost-effective approaches to developing ACLs and AMs for data-poor stocks.
• How to best use cooperative research programs to augment needed data.
• Coordinating the roles of Science Centers, SSCs, and peer review systems in providing the best scientific information available.
• Identifying improvements to commercial and recreational fishery monitoring programs to provide scientists and managers with the data they need.
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [AFP} By Anne Trebilcock - February 11, 2011 - Long-time tuna fisherman Tony Santic has told of the biggest school of southern bluefin tuna he has ever seen.
Mr Santic and others in the industry say it is the best season in living memory in the Great Australian Bight.
He says one school of tuna he saw on a recent fishing trip was so big it would have been dangerous to catch, as the boat would be unable to handle it.
"The school of fish was enormous. I've never seen anything like it in my 42 years fishing," he said.
"I put the school down at 1,000 tonnes but it could have been as big as 10,000."
He and others argue scientists are wrong about dwindling tuna stocks.
Mr Santic says quota cuts should be reversed.
"There's fish everywhere so where is the quota going?" he said.
"It was easy enough to take it away real quick so they should be giving it back to the Australian people as quickly as possible because someone made a very grave error."
Mr Santic is now based at Geelong in Victoria after many years of fishing out of Port Lincoln in South Australia.
His crew filmed a video about the huge tuna school.