Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Thursday, March 02, 2017: I’m in a state of stunnedness ...

Oh, so that's what it takes to gain a Red Belt ...

Much to do today. Just want to get in this short blog. I have to run out and make plans to go here: https://www.facebook.com/memes/videos/1505241992826716/

Thursday, March 02, 2017: I’m in a state of stunnedness. I couldn’t believe the single-digit weather forecasts so I called up the meteoro-maps myself, thus my stunnednosity. We really could be seeing night wind-chill temps into single digits, with actual lows down to 12 in the Pines. WTFF!? … with that extra “F” thrown in for vile measure.  

Even hardcore woods frogs, which have been out in noisy abundance lately, aren’t going to be liking this sudden freeze … though they won’t be croaking. Due to some miraculous natural antifreeze in their blood they can freeze almost rock-hard and then thaw out and commence to seeking good spring lovin.’ However, some other species that have already emerged won’t be faring the freeze as well. There will be goners. Could this be one of the many small follies associated with gone-whacky weather? DYK, amphibians are truer than the proverbial canaries in a coal mine when it comes to, let’s say, responding badly to atmospheric abnormalities. Worldwide, amphibians are dying off at an awful rate, in fact, they’d likely rather be canaries right about now.

Now onto the winds, which might be the hardest winds of the season. I had a 53 mph WSW gust. I can also anecdotally attest that some gusts rocked the rafters like they hadn’t been rocked in many a moon. When you own an older home like mine, surviving any serious rafter-rocking is a success. I did have some clothes hanging on the line that are likely a few backyards down by now. That’s OK, my herring gulls will fly them back … for an extra hotdog or two.

Winds will die just in time for the freaky cold to come in with more gusts.

David Michael Voris Beach Haven  wind vid ... https://www.facebook.com/david.m.voris/videos/10210990412070608/

Below is another read on North Carolina (East Coast) shrimp and efforts to greatly reduce the bycatch damage they do. It must be remembered that this damage wrecks both recreational and commercial fishing effort alike. It’s just wrong to kill so much marine life for such a minimal-by-comparison take-home catch. I’ll also repeat that I believe there must be viable shrimping methods that allow for the industry to survive while other fishermen aren’t deprived of their sport and livelihoods. 


Impact of Shrimping Regulations Felt Far and Wide Along N.C. Coast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [WNCT.com] by Elizabeth tew - March 2, 2017
Beaufort, NC - For months at a time, fisherman Dennis Aultman lives on his boat, the “Bertie P,” where he said he spends his time trawling along places like the “the Pamlico Sound and out off of the beach off of Ocracoke and Kitty Hawk.”
He’s just one of hundreds of North Carolina fishermen who said any changes to the industry would affect their livelihoods.
The N.C. Wildlife Federation introduced a petition last November to the state Division of Marine Fisheries that adds new regulations on shrimpers.
“I don’t understand why they want to shut us down,” said Aultman. “It creates jobs for a lot of people other than just us.”
But David Knight of the N.C. Wildlife Federation said the organization sees the regulations as a necessity.
“Those that are saying this is about banning shrimp trawling in North Carolina are incorrect,” said Knight. “That statement is untrue. If you look at our petition and read it closely, we want there to be more restriction on these nursery areas.”
Knight said evidence of finfish depletion of species like whitefish, spot and croaker add to the urgency.
“We found that we were losing hundreds of thousands of juvenile fish annually, and the greatest cause of that was due to shrimp trawling,” Knight said.
To protect those juvenile fish, the federation asked the division to designate the Pamlico Sound as a primary nursery area.
The petition also asked to limit tow times to 45 minutes, trawling to three days per week, head rope length to 90 feet and requires 60-count shrimp, or 60 shrimp per pound, in the Pamlico Sound before allowing trawling in those waters.
The Division of Fisheries voted five to three on February 16 to accept the petition.
Jerry Schill represents commercial fishermen against the regulations, and he said they put a cloud over the heads of many shrimpers and their families.
“There would be a few people who would be able to continue shrimping,” said Schill. “It’s not a total ban on shrimping, but economically it would strangle the industry to the point to where it couldn’t make any money.”
The fishing industry is vital to North Carolina’s economy. In 2014, about 7 million pounds of seafood were caught in Carteret County alone, valued at nearly $15 million.
Fishermen don’t disagree conservation efforts are needed to reduce bycatch.
“Those arguments are all valid, and we continue to try to do things better,” Schill said.
The goal is to reduce bycatch by 40 percent federally and in North Carolina by 60 percent
“Everything they’ve asked us to do we comply with,” said Aultman said. “Turtle excluders, fish excluders, we’ve been having more regulations every year, but we always follow them.”
So for now, fishermen like Aultman said they are hoping for a miracle.
The Division of Marine Fisheries will now enter into an eight- to 12-month-long process of verifying the economic impact of the rules before they actually go into effect.
Fishermen said they plan to go to the state legislature for relief.


As I look back at the many osprey platforms that I've installed throughout the state, there are some that I'll never forget, like the one that I installed with my dad near the Oyster Creek Generating Station. My dad was a huge supporter of my work and is largely responsible for who I am today. I am eternally grateful for everything that he taught me in life.

With help from my family and friends, I'll be building and installing a #reclaimedwood osprey platform as a memorial for my dad. The new platform will replace a very old 4-post platform which is located inside Sedge Island WMA (right inside the Barnegat inlet). He passed this location many times while heading out fishing in the ocean. In addition, it will provide a home for a lone male osprey that attempted to build a nest on a nearby house last spring. I know he would be happy to see this old nest site become active again.

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