17 March 2012

Effective Dynamite Fishing Techniques; How Bad Is Long Island Sound; and, Eels in the Streets

Fish Won’t Bite? Here’s One Way to Get Them!

”Gilberto Alcoser, 34, was 13 years old when he started the deadly occupation of dynamite fishing. For seven years, he and his father would set out at sunrise to throw dynamites into the sea and catch fish, along the way blowing up coral reefs and seagrass beds that nurture the very marine life that sustains their livelihood.”


How Bad is Long Island Sound?

”In 2011, Connecticut broke records for rain and snowfall, which in turn resulted in over 1 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage being discharged into local waterways and Long Island Sound. Yet the public was ill-informed of these releases.

”Sewage overflows contaminate waterways and our communities with dangerous pathogens that put our health at risk.”


Eels in the Streets

”…when part of New Zealand was hit by a 'weather bomb' recently, a number of eels suddenly sprung up in some surprising locations."


Connecticut Fishermen Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

”The DEEP is considering changes in minimum lengths, creel limits and/or season dates for no less than four of the top six fish caught in Long Island Sound -- fluke (summer flounder), blackfish (Tautog), porgies (scup) and black sea bass….

”The only fish species of the top six that do not have [pending] regulation designations are striped bass and bluefish. This means we can be fairly certain that the 28-inch striper length and the 10-fish creel limit for blues will remain in place for 2012.

”Before you go getting all giddy with joy over that last bit of news, consider the following….”

Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

Long Island Sound a Seaweed Farm?

”… seaweed farming could be the answer to some of the world’s most intractable problems.

”For starters, it could provide a highly nutritious, sustainable food source to a hungry planet; it could be transformed into biofuel that removes heat-trapping carbon dioxide even as it cleans offshore waters of pollutants; and it could create environmentally friendly economic opportunities for coastal communities.”


Coast Guard Cautions Spring-Weather Boaters

”With temperatures anticipated in the mid-60s this week, many area boaters may feel the urge to take the winter wrap off their boat or kayak and head out on the water. The combination of light boating traffic and spring-like temperatures can make for a great day. There are dangers though associated with spring-like weather and winter-like water temperatures. Boaters are urged to take the proper precautions before heading out.

“’Boaters should ensure that they have the proper lifesaving equipment on board their vessel, that it is in good working order, and that everyone on board knows how to operate it,’ said Lt. Garrett Meyer of Coast Guard Sector Boston.

”For paddle boaters, it is especially critical to prepare before heading out.

“’It is also important to remember that water temperatures are still around 40 degrees and hypothermia can set in relatively quickly,’ said Meyer. ‘Dress appropriately for the water temperature, not the air.’

”Additionally, the Coast Guard recommends that boaters heading out on the water prepare a float plan and leave it with a family or friend on shore. This document will provide the Coast Guard and other first responders valuable information needed to conduct a search if the boater fails to return as planned.

”Always wearing your lifejacket while onboard and having an emergency position indicating radio beacon and VHF marine-band radio in addition to all required safety equipment can help boaters have a safe and enjoyable day on the water.”


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