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When some drunken numbnuts wants to dent your hood ...
Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Well, today’s start of a new batch of witch’s tit coldness has me thinking in terms of going out and chain sawing some blowdown (trees). It’s one of the only activities lending itself to getting out and doing something productive in the bitter cold.
For me, there’s something highly nostalgic about the ear-penetrating whine of the chainsaw and the smell of two-stroke engine fumes on a bitter day. Oh, it doesn’t remind me of distant days when I took to sawing cords of wood in the outback. Perish the thought. No, it reminds me of days when I didn’t get out there because I was in frickin’ Hawaii, picking pineapples fresh off the cactus and smashing them with my fist to secure these fat, drippy, sun-warmed chunks of golden sweetest – then licking the rundown drips off my forearms before heading to the beach to surf 75-degree waves …
Get over it, Jay. Jimi’s dead and those ancient days went up in smoke with Vesuvius.
Now, I wait for spring with baited breath.
And I’ll surely hear sundry philosophers saying that without the cold I couldn’t appreciate the warmth of spring. Wanna bet? I could appreciate warmth every day, from now until hell freezes over.
Enough subfreezin’ gripin’. I’ll get back to life at hand by alerting that the SRHS Fishing Rams are holding their annual Fishermen’s Flea Market this Saturday. Forecast temp at tip-off: 14 degrees.
Data: Southern Regional Fishing Rams FISHING FLEA MARKET Where: Southern Regional Middle School Cedar Bridge Rd, Manahawkin NJ When: Saturday Feb. 18, 2012 8:00AM-2:00PM Over 80 Tables of New and used fishing related stuff!!! $4 Donation at the door to benefit the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club GSP to exit 63, Rt. 72 East to Rt. 9 N. approx 1 mile to Cedarbridge Rd. left on Cedar Bridge Rd. School on left. in the middle school.
Or, if you live dangerously, this ... filling girlfriend's hair blower with flour ... :
Or, when you want to just go to Hawaii by yourself ...
Groups Go To Court to Protect Blueback Herring from Extinction
Challenge flawed decision not to list imperiled river herring as a “threatened species”
Washington, D.C. – The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a coalition of fishing and watershed protection groups filed a complaint today in federal court seeking to reverse a decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) not to list the blueback herring as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Blueback herring once spawned in huge numbers in rivers along the Atlantic coast and were a major prey species for an array of fish, mammals, and birds. But due to habitat destruction, fishing, and water pollution, blueback herring populations have been reduced to tiny fragments of their original sizes.
“The blueback herring is in desperate need of federal protection—a fishery that dates back at least 350 years has declined almost 99 percent over the last fifty,” said Brad Sewell, a senior attorney at NRDC. “Rescuing and ultimately bringing back river herring will be a boon for our coastal ecosystems and fisheries.”
The groups are asking that U.S District Court in DC find NMFS in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and that the court order the federal agency to prepare a new listing determination within six months.
“The fate of the Mid-Atlantic blueback herring population is part of a bigger picture,” said Earthjustice Attorney Roger Fleming. “River herring and shad – keystone species in the Atlantic Ocean and coastal rivers food chain – are victims of industrial fishing operations, compounding decades of harm from habitat destruction and pollution. But the larger problem is the lack of protection from federal oversight agencies.”
In August 2011, NRDC petitioned NMFS to list blueback herring as threatened under the ESA, and to designate critical habitat for the species. Two years later, the Service published its determination that the blueback herring was not likely to become in danger of extinction and does not warrant protection under the ESA -- despite the government’s acknowledgement that the species was likely at or less than two percent of its historical baseline (based on catch levels) and that three out of four regional blueback herring populations in the U.S. were likely still decreasing. NRDC and Earthjustice, on behalf of several fishing and watershed groups, filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue for ESA protection of the imperiled river herring in October 2014.
Blueback herring once were highly abundant in many coastal waters, rivers and streams of the eastern United States, from Nova Scotia all the way to Florida. In larger rivers, spawning runs could reach well into the millions of individual fish. The movement of enormous schools of silvery, foot-long herring as they left the Atlantic to swim up rivers and streams was an astonishing annual event. A vital part of healthy watersheds and coastal ecosystems, these schools fed predators hungry after a long winter, including striped bass, ospreys, bald eagles, herons, harbor seals and river otters.
But due primarily to the impacts of dams and habitat destruction, overfishing, and water pollution, blueback herring are now reduced to tiny remnant runs. The commercial fishery has collapsed and a critical food source has gone missing from the ecosystem. The Mid-Atlantic blueback river herring population is particularly imperiled and at risk of extinction.
“For over a decade now, we have observed widespread drastic decline in all of our historic runs here in central NJ. In the spring, migrating Striped Bass used to follow these fish and feed on them prior to spawning. Nowadays they are left to scrounge for other forage at a time when they need them most,” said Capt. Paul Eidman, Founder of Anglers Conservation Network.
“The historical abundance of river herring in the Great Egg Harbor River system is long gone. The state of New Jersey has outlawed even the possession of one river herring, but they are still allowed to be killed in large numbers as bycatch in federal waters. It is time for the National Marine Fisheries Service to list the blueback herring as a threatened species and start to work to bring them back”, said Fred Akers, Administrator of the Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River Council.
“The stakes for the blueback herring are simply too high for us not to challenge the NMFS decision,” said Charles Furst, President of the Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s Association, “and that is why we find ourselves in court today.”
Public interest law organization Earthjustice and NRDC filed the complaint against NMFS on behalf of NRDC, Anglers Conservation Network, Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s Association, Great Egg Harbor River Council, and Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association.
The online news release and court filing can be found at the following link: