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Saturday, July 24, 2010: I was half hoping I could complain that the Weather Service was over estimating the potential high temps today. No such luck. It easily hit three figures. I, of course, juts …

Saturday, July 24, 2010:

I was half hoping I could complain that the Weather Service was over estimating the potential high temps today. No such luck. It easily hit three figures. I, of course, juts had to go out and play some beach volleyball. I vaguely remember it – through the hallucinations.

We had 9 p.m. temps of 90 degrees. Insane.

Boat anglers seemed to find relief since there were loads of boats out, mainly fluking. I had an odd observation whereby deadsticks, left in rod holders while drifting, were taking the keeper fluke at a significantly higher rate than handheld rods. I have to think that’s because the smaller fluke holding on longer to untended rods, are driven off the bait by bigger fish, which down the bait with confidence since nothing bad seemed to happen to the smaller fluke getting dragged along. “Get your sorry ass outta here, son. Let me show you how it’s done.” Doormat for dinner.

Beachside ocean temps were quite chilly, to the point that over-heated beachgoers were fully pissed when they couldn’t do a dive-in without a complimentary temporary heart stoppage, as hyper heated torso hits fairly frigid surf. I saw no surfcasters. Apparently, smarter than your average sun worshiper.

Some temps, as taken by a Raytek infrared thermometer (accurate to fractions of a degree): Asphalt road surface, Ship Bottom, 138 degrees. Hood of my dark gray truck, 160 degrees. Back stoop, my house (no breeze at all), 144 degrees. Neighbor’s 2nd story roof (light-colored shingles), 144. Beach sand, toward dune: 126. The inside of my truck (dashboard), 142 degrees. Approximately 8,000 feet up, 67 degrees.

Hey, this coming week is the famed Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club’s White Marlin Invitational. Check out the excellent website at www.thewmit.com. Captain’s meeting is Wednesday and is loaded , food-wise. Early indicators point to super good conditions for the event.

IMPORTANT:

Jay

A recent letter-writing campaign in NJ to support the Coastal Jobs Creation act (HR 4914) while denouncing the Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act (HR 1584) is addressed in this letter from Congressman Frank Pallone (sponsor of both bills) to the RFA. We have approval to pass along for publication, and wondered if the Sandpaper would like this statement specifically geared towards our coastal communities.

On a side note, HR4914 is being discussed by Congress on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., July 27th, in House Resource subcommittee (schedule and stream to be available at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/). I’ll be testifying on behalf of the RFA and our coastal business community, particularly fishermen and fishing-related businesses.

Thought you might find interest.

Jim Hutchinson, Jr.

(((((((((((((((((((((((()))))))))))))))))))))))

Jim Donofrio

Executive Director

Recreational Fishing Alliance

P.O. Box 3080

New Gretna, New Jersey 08224

Dear Mr. Donofrio and members of the Recreational Fishing Alliance:

There is no debating it, our fishermen and the communities that support them are

hurting. The question is, what can be done to help fishermen do what they love, to help

them support their families and ensure that our communities benefit?

United States fisheries provide enormous benefits to communities nationwide,

including jobs, food, recreation, and ecological benefits. In 2008, commercial and

recreation fishing in New Jersey alone provided for 49,673 jobs. During this economic

downturn it is important we ensure that these communities continue to flourish. That is

why I have introduced in Congress pieces of legislation to protect the economic stimulus

that fishing provides and the jobs it creates.

My foremost priority is the passage of the Flexibility in Rebuilding American

Fisheries Act. Its purpose is simple; to provide fair changes in current law where

restrictions are overly onerous and are hurting the commercial and recreation fishermen.

Fishermen face harsh quotas limiting the amount of fish they can catch because

regulations are based on insufficient information and aimed at unattainable standards.

My legislation would permit implementation of policies that will allow for fishing quotas

to be increased when properly warranted.

I have sent a formal letter to the Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee

requesting a hearing on my Flexibility bill. In February thousands of fishermen came to

Washington to rally in support of this bill and we all deserve to see this legislation move

forward and see fair treatment of the fishing industry.

However, today fishermen and the fisheries they depend on face challenges

beyond overly burdensome restrictions. That is why I introduced the Coastal Jobs

Creation Act this year. As Congress works to create jobs and protect families, I authored

this legislation to ensure coastal communities are protected. Programs that provide the

information necessary to keep fishermen on the water and engaged in the process of

keeping stocks healthy are underfunded and failing. Coastal infrastructure is crumbling

and marine debris is proving dangerous.

My jobs legislation finds programs that help keep fisheries open, makes

fishermen and their communities an integral part of fisheries management plans,

revitalizes waterfronts and promotes safe waterways. It also provides funds for the

creation of state registry programs so salt water fishermen can avoid a federal fee that is

scheduled to begin next year.

The ultimate goal is not to subsidize fishermen but allow them to access healthy

fish stock without the burden of arbitrary and nonscientific deadlines so they can support

the economies of coastal communities as they have done for decades. The Coastal Jobs

Creation Act would not solve the underlying problem but would provide temporary relief

until a permanent solution can be achieved through passage of my Flexibility bill.

The Coastal Jobs Creation Act will help keep fishermen working, but it's the

Flexibility in American Fisheries Act which will help keep America fishing.

I wish to express my sincerest appreciation for your support and look forward to

continuing to advocate on behalf of fishermen and the industries and communities they

sustain. It is my hope that through this legislation our fishermen will be able to do what

they love.

FRANK PALLONE, JR.

Member of Congress

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