Lots of Articles of Interest Have Built Up in Our Files:
• Conference Discusses Need to Protect the Sound
“Long Island Sound generates more than $5.5 million in revenue each year through the tourism, recreation and fishing industries, but pollution -- including beach closings resulting from outmoded sewage treatment facilities -- threatens that, environmental advocates said recently at a waterfront press conference.”
• Surfcasting in A Wetsuit
“Coppola is a wetsuiter. Simply put, he seals himself tightly in a neoprene suit from head to toe, waits until the sun goes down, swims to submerged rocks in the crashing Long Island surf, climbs on one, and targets stripers beyond the reach of other surfcasters. He gets knocked off, and he gets back on. He does this for hours on end.”
• CTDEP Hopes to Protect Birds
“Herons and egrets also are state-listed species, nesting on islands in Long Island Sound. To protect them, the DEP has closed Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook through the nesting season. These islands have been designated as Audubon Important Bird Areas.”
• Bluefish Instead of Sharks
“He hooked up instantly, urging me to grab the rod. I plunged one end into my empty gut and felt the pull of a fish on the other for the first time in my life. It took all of my strength to endure the fight with two 15-pound bluefish hooked on the same lure.”
• So, Is This the Truth…
“As the oil spill continues and the cleanup lags, we must begin to ask difficult and uncomfortable questions. There does not seem to be much that anyone can do to stop the spill except dig a relief well, not due until August. But the cleanup is a different story. The press and Internet are full of straightforward suggestions for easy ways of improving the cleanup, but the federal government is resisting these remedies.”
Wall Street Journal
• …Or Is This the Truth?
“Under the Jones Act, enacted back in 1920, only U.S.-built ships owned by American citizens and operated by American crews can carry cargo and passengers between U.S. ports. Conservative critics of the administration complain that the law has handicapped the response to the Gulf oil spill, and accuse the White House of pandering to unions at the expense of the Gulf by refusing to waive Jones Act requirements”
• How Can We Possibly Understand Their Frustration?
“An Orange Beach, Ala., charter boat captain shot and killed himself this morning just before his vessel was scheduled to set out to take part in oil cleanup and protection efforts, investigators said.
“William Allen "Rookie" Kruse, 55, was found dead on the flying bridge of his boat, The Rookie, at the dock at Fort Morgan Marina just before 7 a.m., Baldwin County Deputy Coroner Rod Steade said.”
• Man Eaters…Not OUR Problem
“The striper fishing remains strong with some big fish and the bluefish are moving in. The big news this week and what you must watch for are great white sharks that have come in early this year. They are here to eat seals and most people think it's the Cape at Monomoy that has them all but the Merrimack River has seals too.”
• Well, At Least I Didn’t Think It Was Our Problem
“The Coast Guard says a 20-year-old boater who was fishing off New York's Long Island was bitten by a shark that he caught as he was trying to remove the hook from its mouth.”
Coast Guard News
• NOAA Models Long-Term Oil Threat to Gulf and East Coast Shoreline
July 2, 2010: NOAA has used modeling of historical wind and ocean currents to project the likelihood that surface oil from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill will impact additional U.S. coastline. This modeling, part of NOAA’s comprehensive response to the unprecedented Gulf oil disaster, can help guide the ongoing preparedness, response and cleanup efforts.
•Much of the west coast of Florida has a low probability (20 percent down to less than one percent) of oiling, but the Florida Keys, Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas have a greater probability (61 to 80 percent) due to the potential influence of the Loop Current. Any oil reaching this area would have spent considerable time degrading and dispersing and would be in the form of scattered tar balls and not a large surface slick of oil.
•There is a low probability of shoreline impacts from eastern central Florida up the Eastern Seaboard (20 percent diminishing to less than one percent). Potential impacts become increasingly unlikely north of North Carolina as the Gulf Stream moves away from the continental U.S. at Cape Hatteras. If oil does reach these areas, it will be in the form of tar balls or highly weathered oil.
• Rescue Guide
“As soon as someone notices a person falling into or flailing in the water, he or she should point to the individual and shout "Man Overboard!" followed by "Port Side!" or "Starboard Side!" depending on whether the person is on the left (Port) or right (Starboard) side of the boat. Then keep pointing until the person is rescued. This is essential in open water where it's easy to lose track of a person's position in the water.”
• Will Stripers Be in Maine in 0-10?
“The question I wanted answered: Are the stripers coming back to the Penobscot this year?”
Bangor Daily News
• Striped Bass Recipe
4 5-6-ounce portions of filleted striped bass
2 large Vidalia onions (1½ pounds)
1 small bunch of arugula
1 tablespoon of fresh oregano leaves
1 teaspoon of pink peppercorns
1 cup aged red wine vinegar
1 cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup dark brown sugar
1 cup plus two teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
New York Daily News
Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. Also, if you intend to fish above the Merritt Parkway bridge on the Housatonic River, you also need a Connecticut freshwater license. You can purchase these from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
Check these links for more information:
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;