30 November 2010

Three Survive 50 Days Adrift




“Three teenage boys have been found alive after being lost in their boat in the Pacific Ocean for 50 days.”

BBC Story: BBC.co.uk.com

Further information: CNN.com

29 November 2010

Coast Guard: 2 Rescues in 3 Days Off Long Island



"In the first case, a man on the sailboat Boom De Yada sent out a distress call stating his sail was torn and a line was fouled in the boat’s propeller, causing the boat to be adrift, but he could not accurately report his location….
LongIslandPress.com

27 November 2010

Blackfish Friday


“…Long Island Sound blackfishing remains terrific from Pea and Huckleberry islands to Rye and Norwalk along one shore side and from Sands Point to Smithtown on the other. Best bait is crabs, no matter whether fiddler, Asian or green. Best depths are 20 to 30 feet - even at 40 feet as the water gets cooler.”

NYDailyNews.com

New Issue of Salt Water Sportsman Online



“Browse photos of some great catches sent in by Salt Water Sportsman readers....”
SaltWaterSportsman.com

26 November 2010

Fishing the Tides


“Tides are most important for inshore fishing due to the simple fact that predator fish feed into the current. Fish will always face into the current to keep their positions for ambushing prey swept in by the tidal currents. This is predominantly true with low, or outgoing tides.”
FishingWorld.com

24 November 2010

Deaths in the East-Coast Fishing Industry


“NIOSH recently completed an in-depth study of commercial fishing fatalities in the United States during 2000-2009. The purpose of the study was to identify the most hazardous fisheries around the country and to describe the unique safety issues in each. For this study the US was divided into four fishing regions: Alaska, West Coast, East Coast, and the Gulf of Mexico. This document is one in a set of four reports summarizing fatality data for US fishing regions….

“During 2000-2009, 165 commercial fishing deaths occurred off the East Coast of the US, an average of 17 per year (Fig. 1). During 2002, the number of fatalities was unusually low, with only three deaths. No explanation for the single-year decrease has been identified. 2009 was an especially tragic year with 29 fatalities.

“About 60% of the total deaths were caused by drowning following a vessel disaster (e.g. sinking, capsizing, fire, etc) in which the crew was forced to abandon ship (Fig. 2). About one-quarter (22%) of fatalities were the result of falls overboard. The remaining fatalities were due to traumatic injuries sustained on-board, on-shore, or while diving.”

Fatal Occupational Injuries in the U.S. Commercial Fishing Industry: Risk Factors and Recommendations / East Coast Region [PDF 1,036 KB]

23 November 2010

Devon Power Plant to Have New Owner



“EquiPower Resources Corp. has signed an agreement with Milford Holdings LLC to buy the Milford Power plant, on Shelland Street near the Housatonic River, north of Interstate 95.”
NHRegister.com



• Naugatuck River: We’re from the Corps of Engineers and We’re Here to Help You


“When you walk or drive by the Palmer Street Bridge area in the south part of the city, you may notice substantial clearing along the banks of the Naugatuck River.

“The clearing was done recently by the city, in collaboration with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. During the past month, some residents have questioned the clearing project and why it is being done, claiming the riverbank is being destroyed along with animal habitats.”
RegisterCitizen.com

22 November 2010

Anti-Fishing Groups Try to Get Rid of Lead



“Last August, more than 70 environmental groups petitioned the EPA under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act to ban the manufacture, use and processing of lead in fishing sinkers, shot and bullets. The EPA denied the ban. As such, lead sinkers and jigs are here to stay.
Article 1: WiltonPatch.com
Article 2: Wilton.Patch.com

21 November 2010

DEP Stocked Trout





“The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently completed its 2010 autumn trout stockings. From early September through late October, DEP released nearly 30,000 trophy and adult sized trout into selected waters throughout the state.”
Stamford Advocate



• October: 8th Warmest on Record

October ranked the eighth warmest October on record. The first 10 months of 2010 tied with the same period in 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature on record. The global average land surface temperature for January–October was the second warmest on record behind 2007. The global ocean surface temperature for January–October tied with 2003 as the second warmest on record behind 1998. La Nina continues to be a significant factor in global ocean temperatures.
NOAA News



• Look for the Heart at the Supermarket

“Shoppers in Connecticut will soon notice little heart-shaped signs next to fish at the supermarket…

“The heart will indicate which fish are the healthiest for everybody to eat.”
NewYork.CBSLocal.com

20 November 2010

Long Island Sound Reports



Eastern Long Island Sound Report


“Another fishing season is coming to a close, the closings pushed along by a string of windy days that is driving most of the remaining anglers to plan on pulling their boats, getting ready for the holidays and the winter. In the meantime, there is still a little fishing going on, both from the boat and from the local beaches.”
Tim Coleman in The Day.com



• No Luck at Montauk


“He stood outside the Montauk 7-Eleven on Monday morning re-rigging his surfcasting rod, wearing camouflage waders and a beret, and bemoaning the weekend’s dearth of fish.

“’I fished hard, from Split Rock to the Point. I used wood [surface lures], scented bio-baits, secret baits. I flew 7,000 miles and spent 4K, and not a fish. It’s the seals, too many seals,’ Gunduz opined.”
EastHamptonStar.com



• Western Long Island Sound, NYC Report

“On the Long Island Sound…local blackfish - mostly in the three- to five-pound class, were caught in 35 to 50 feet of water, anywhere from Pea and Huckleberry islands to Rye and Mamaroneck.”

NYDailyNews.com

18 November 2010

Folk to Farm-Raise Striped Bass




“A husband-and-wife team of fish researchers is using baby striped bass as the test subjects for one of the riskiest experiments of their professional careers….

“The Valentis' Amagansett-based business, Multi Aquaculture Systems, took a year and a half to acquire rights to a lease of a 200-acre water column in Gardiners Bay, near a fast-moving current of water called "The Race." Multi Aquaculture Systems secured the rights to the 35-foot-deep column through the New York State Office of General Services….”
DolanMedia.com

15 November 2010

Pan-Roasted Striped Bass


“Chef Raymond Southern, from Stanhope Grille in the Back Bay Hotel, is perfectly pan-searing…Striped Bass with wilted pea shoots, cob bacon tomato jus, tarragon mash…

“Ingredients: 4 x 6 oz filets Striped Bass…."

NECN.com

14 November 2010

Bons Dock, Knells Island, and Hart’s Corner



Certain locales in the Stratford, CT area, for some reason, seem to attract individuals who mis-hear or otherwise fail to verify the correct pronunciation/spelling of place names. For example:

Bons Dock”: We’ve seen this one in print several times [example]. It’s not “Bons,” it’s “Bond’s.”

Knells Island: No less prestigious an institution than Harvard University
has printed this one incorrectly. It’s not “Knells,” it’s “Nells.”

And finally, Hart’s Corner: It’s not “Hart’s,” it’s “Hard’s.”

(No, we're not going to get into the various ways of spelling Shakespeare.)

There! Got that off my mind.

BTW, there may be some issues as to whether or not each of these names is possessive and requires the 's suffix. That requires a better researcher than I am.

13 November 2010

Restoring the Striped Bass in NC


There are more than 11,000 reasons anadromous fish runs should be improving on the Cape Fear River, but there also are three obstacles that stand in their way.

“For the first time since 1998, when the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission began stocking the river with young striped bass, state biologists put a native strain of striped bass into the river.

“To be exact, 11,178 of the native stripers were stocked in the shadows of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on Monday.”

NewsObserver.com

12 November 2010

Naugatuck River Greenway Project Slowly Accelerates


“Slowly but surely, a Greenway stretching through Thomaston along the banks of the Naugatuck River is creeping closer to becoming a reality.

“At a meeting last week, the proposed routing study for the Greenway was unveiled to the public.”

Thomaston Express

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11 November 2010

Zebra Mussel Symposium Monday in Danbury




“Zebra mussels -- a non-native invasive species with the potential for clogging natural waterways -- were recently found in the Housatonic River.”
NewsTimes.com

“Beware of NOAA Bearing Gifts”



“This is bureaucracy at its best, you have a federal law which mandates you fix the data problem, but instead of meeting the initiative in the allotted deadline, you host outreach sessions, reallocate funding toward new initiatives and send out press releases….”
APP.com

10 November 2010

ASMFC Rejects Increased Commercial Striper Harvest



“The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) today rejected a proposed increase in commercial striped bass quota. According to FishingUnited.com, the final vote of 10-4-1 in favor of status quo was supported by Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

WFN.TV

Courtesy On the Water



• New Issue of SaltWater Sportsman Online



“From Massachusetts' Monomoy Flats to Texas' Laguna Madre, shallow-water fishing is increasingly popular. Management success stories for species like redfish and striped bass are certainly a driving force. But the economic downturn, higher fuel prices, reduced bag limits and closures offshore have forced many anglers onto the flats. This growing pressure is not only impacting the fish but also leading to more conflicts between anglers. Most problems can be avoided, however, by following a few simple rules.”
SaltWaterSportsman.com



• October: High Temps, Low Rainfall

“The contiguous United States had its 11th warmest October on record, according to the latest NOAA State of the Climate report issued today. The average temperature for October was 56.9 F, which is 2.1 F above the 1901–2000 average. The average precipitation was 1.85 inches, which was 0.26 inch below the 1901–2000 average.”

NOAA’s data indicate that Connecticut was above average both in temperature and rainfall in October.

NOAA News

09 November 2010

Small Craft Advisory in Effect...

LONG ISLAND SOUND WEST OF NEW HAVEN CT/PORT JEFFERSON NY-
TUE NOV 9 2010

TUE Afternoon: N winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Isolated showers.

TUE Night: N winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of rain after midnight.

WED: N winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

WED Night: NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

THU: NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt...diminishing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Massachusetts Season Draws to Close


“As the saltwater fishing season is drawing to an end, this will be the last report of the year. While there are bass and blues to be found, the fish are on the move. Some spots are great one day, and then barren the next.”
ItemLive.com

08 November 2010

Study Shows Pacific Fisheries May Face Collapse By 2035


“Pacific island fisheries face collapse in the next 25 years as overfishing, population growth and climate change threaten one of the region’s main economic resources, a study warned Wednesday.

“The report, published by the Noumea-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community, said the $2-billion-a-year industry was poorly managed, with a lack of coordination among the 22 island nations in the region.”
BusinessWorld


• Montauk Surf Tournament

“Attila Ozturk, a veteran Montauk caster, said… “One time about six years ago we were fishing. I gave my last bucktail to Toad [Gary Stephens]. It was a black bucktail, rare. I thought I had another one. He caught the winning fish with it,” Mr. Ozturk said, obviously still smarting….”

EastHamptonStar.com

07 November 2010

Oy Vey!

GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT

SUN: N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT.

SUN NIGHT: NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

MON: NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. RAIN LIKELY. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM IN THE MORNING.

MON NIGHT: N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. RAIN LIKELY...MAINLY IN THE EVENING.

TUE: N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING.

False “May Day” Leads to 18 Months in Prison



“A Detroit resident has been convicted and sentenced in federal court for making a false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard….

“Andre D. Cheatom, 19 years old, was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, supervised release for three years, a special assessment of $100.00, and ordered to pay $14,302 in restitution for knowingly and willfully causing the Coast Guard to attempt to save lives and property when no help was needed….”

Coast Guard News



• NYC Fishing Report


“It seems that Mother Nature is the only one to slow up the great fall run we have enjoyed in the marine waters around New York.”

NYPost.com

06 November 2010

Time to Pack It In?


• On Cape Cod, Maybe


“Some fishing seasons end when a certain tonnage has been landed. Some quota-based commercial seasons end in a matter of days, even hours.

"Striper season isn't really like that. You might say it ends when the last straggler is picked off from that final departing, southbound school.

"Anyone with a case of striper fever knows the season never really ends. There are holdover fish. Cape Cod affords us unparalleled access. Even when the stripers leave, you can jig cod through the cold months.”
CapeCodOnline.com



• Eastern Long Island Sound Fishing Report


“If you want a crack at some good striper fishing, Montauk is the place to go. Bundle up if you have an open boat, watch the weather for the next window and head on over. You can also run down to the wrecks and lumps off the Rhode Island beaches for some good sea bass catches.”
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

05 November 2010

North Pole Heating Up



“The Arctic region, also called the “planet’s refrigerator,” continues to heat up, affecting local populations and ecosystems as well as weather patterns in the most populated parts of the Northern Hemisphere, according to a team of 69 international scientists. The findings were released today in the Arctic Report Card, a yearly assessment of Arctic conditions.”
NOAA



• Coast Guard Saves Man Fallen from Q-River Bridge

“Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received the initial report from New Haven Fire Rescue after a Good Samaritan reported hearing cries for help off of the Ferry Street Bridge at around 2:30 a.m.”
Coast Guard News


• Shelton to Renew 4.0MM Gallons/Day of Wastewater into Housatonic River


The Commissioner of Environmental Protection has given notice that the DEP has made a tentative determination to renew a permit based on an application submitted by the City of Shelton ("the applicant") under Section 22a-430 of the Connecticut General Statutes for a permit to discharge into the waters of the state.

In accordance with applicable federal and state law, the Commissioner has made a tentative determination that the existing system to treat the discharge will protect the waters of the state from pollution, and the Commissioner proposes to re-issue a permit for this discharge to Housatonic River.

The proposed permit, if issued by the Commissioner, will require that all wastewater be treated to meet the applicable effluent limitations with periodic monitoring to demonstrate that the discharge will not cause pollution.

City of Shelton presently discharges up to an annual average daily design flow of 4.0 million gallons per day of secondary biological treated municipal wastewaters to Housatonic River.
CTDEP Notice

04 November 2010

All About…Eels!




“The eel is the only fish in the world that spawns in the middle of an ocean but spends its adult lives in rivers, lakes and streams (the opposite of most migratory fishes, like salmon and shad). Still to this day, no one has witnessed an adult eel spawning in the wild. The only reason we know that freshwater eels spawn in the ocean is because tiny eels in their larval stage have been found drifting near the surface thousands of miles from any shore.”
HuffingtonPost.com



• “Chasing Blackfish A Worthwhile Pursuit “

“For the past few years, I nursed a mild guilt complex that I had never fished for blackfish.”
Charles Walsh in the Connecticut Post

03 November 2010

Long Island Rescue



“Four people were rescued from the water by a Coast Guard response crew near Moriches, N.Y., Friday.

“Suffolk County, N.Y., Dispatch reported a 21-foot boat taking on water with four people aboard approximately 1/2 mile east of Moriches Inlet, oceanside, just after 6:00 p.m. The people aboard the boat, which was taking on water from an unknown source, were bailing their vessel with buckets when they were swamped by a wave, and capsized. A Coast Guard Station Moriches boat crew arrived on scene to find all four people atop the boat, and took them aboard the Coast Guard boat.

“’They did the right thing,’ said Mark Averill, a search and rescue specialist with Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. ‘They were their wearing life jackets and they stayed with the boat.’”
Coast Guard News



• Salmon and Blackfish in CT Waters


“Anglers are catching lots of big fat blackfish in the Sound. The largest blackfish reported last week was a 10.4-pounder caught by….”
Stamford Advocate




• Foam Flows Down Brook to Housatonic


“DERBY -- A pool of sewage and liquid cleaner flowed into Two Mile Brook Wednesday afternoon, creating a mile-long trail of suds that summoned fire personnel from Derby and Orange, as well as the state Department of Environmental Protection.“
GreenwichTime.com

02 November 2010

World of Saltwater Fishing…On Long Island Sound



“George Poveromo, host of George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing, spent a few days last week fishing Long Island Sound for an upcoming show….

He said, “This was the first time I had ever fished for blackfish, and scored my first ones today…. We caught them on a reef a couple miles out of the Branford River…. All on crabs. When the tide got going, we went jigging on the same reef for bluefish. They were around in good numbers, mostly small…nailed one around 16 pounds. We got them on diamond jigs and Williamson Flutter Jigs."
Martin Armstrong in the Stamford Advocate