31 December 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 28 DEC 2012

”Wishes for 2013 fishing season”:

“For all anglers, salty and sweet, we wish a great New Year when you never hear the dreaded words: ‘Oh, man, you should have been here yesterday, we really hammered 'em.’”

Source: CTPost.com

30 December 2012

• Sand Eels A Boon to Fly-Fishing

“The striped bass fishing held up on days when boaters ventured out, as schools of sea herring and sand eels are still present.

"Most of the bass being caught are on the small side, but like last week, some bass in the 15-pound range were landed. Swimming plugs, surface poppers, shads, Hogy baits and jigs were catching fish.”

Source: NorthJersey.com

29 December 2012

• Coast Guard Finds 5 Miles Of Illegal Gill Net Filled With Shark

“The crew of a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island response boat spotted the gill net approximately 17 miles north of the U.S. – Mexican maritime border. The gill net was 5 miles long and was loaded with 345 dead sharks.

”The species of shark seized included 225 black tip, 109 bonnet, and 11 bull sharks.”

Source: CoastGuardNews.com

28 December 2012

• The Great Menhaden [Bunker] Debate Continues

“They focused on a claim by the Pew Environment Group that ‘In recent years, menhaden numbers along our coast have plummeted by 90 percent.’ While I admit I am not familiar with specific details of menhaden population trends, anyone who has paid any attention at all to the ocean knows that we’re overfishing at alarming rates.

"According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately 1/3 of all global fisheries are depleted or overexploited, many by more than the 90% referenced for menhaden. Shockingly, PolitiFact called the claim by Pew ‘mostly false.’ Their reasoning for this ruling is even more ridiculous than the ruling itself:”

Source: SouthernFriedScience.com

27 December 2012

• 445-Pound Yellowfin Tuna Sets Record

“After several days filled with hype and speculation, as the Excel advanced toward San Diego with a monstrous yellowfin tuna aboard, the fish was weighed Sunday morning and officially became the largest known yellowfin ever caught on rod and reel.”

Source: PeteThomasOutdoors.com

26 December 2012

• Feds Set to OK Frankenfish

“The US Food and Drug Administration said Friday that a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal salmon is 'unlikely' to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption.”

Source: CommonDreams.org

Thanks to Val S. for the tip on this report. (Photo/Reuters)

24 December 2012

• Greetings!

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace...this day and always.

Numbers 6:24

• Charles Walsh’s Column – 21 DEC 2012

“Effort has begun to restore native trout in Connecticut...

”Many people do not realize that most of the trout that are so important to anglers fishing in Connecticut's rivers, streams and lakes were imported to this country years ago. America's only true native trout was almost wiped out by industrialization and the damming of rivers for power.

"In the following piece, adapted from the December newsletter of Nutmeg Chapter Trout Unlimited, former president Ron Merly talks about an ambitious effort to restore those native trout in Connecticut and other states.”

Source: CTPost.com

23 December 2012

• Fisherman Killed, Another Wounded, Fishing with Dynamite

“A fisherman was killed while another was seriously wounded when the improvised explosive device (IED) they were using for illegal fishing accidentally exploded in the seas of Barangay Sangali, this city, last Monday…

”… the victims were hurling the IEDs at the sea purposely to increase their catch when the explosive prematurely exploded inflicting injuries on them.”

Source: ZamboangaToday.ph

22 December 2012

• Study: Fish Sold Is Routinely Mislabeled in NYC Restaurants, Stores

“According to the study released by the ocean conservation group Oceana, only 39 percent of the fish obtained were accurately identified….

”...100 percent of the 16 sushi bars tested sold mislabeled fish.”

Source: MyFox8.com

21 December 2012

• November Global Temperatures Fifth Highest On Record

“According to NOAA scientists, the globally-averaged temperature for November 2012 marked the fifth warmest November since record keeping began in 1880.

"It also marked the 36th consecutive November and 333rd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.”

Source: NOAA

20 December 2012

• “Housatonic River Dredging Project Completed”

“The Housatonic River is 149 miles long and originates from two branches in the Berkshires. Over the past 36 years, since the river was last dredged, hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of eroded sediment have flowed down river, much of it deposited in the lower reaches between Milford and Stratford, hindering boat navigation.

”A recently completed dredging project cleared up much of that sediment:”

Source: MilfordMirror.com

18 December 2012

• 18 Months Later, Ciguatera Is Nothing to Mess With

“It took them a week to diagnose Ms Austrin with ciguatera poisoning.

”The toxin, which is produced by tiny organisms in tropical and subtropical waters around the Pacific Islands and northern parts of eastern Australia, sticks to coral reefs, seaweed and algae and is eaten by small herbivorous fish.”

Source: ODT.Co.NZ

Note: Wikipedia says, "Due to the limited habitats of ciguatoxin-producing microorganisms, ciguatera is common in only subtropical and tropical waters, particularly the Pacific and Caribbean, and usually is associated with fish caught in tropical reef waters. Ciguatoxin is found in over 400 species of reef fish. Avoiding consumption of all reef fish (any fish living in warm tropical waters) is the only sure way to avoid exposure. Imported fish served in restaurants may contain the toxin and produce illness which often goes unexplained by physicians unfamiliar with the symptoms of a tropical toxin. Ciguatoxin can also occur in farm-raised salmon. Furthermore, species substitution, labeling a reef fish as a non-reef fish at restaurants and retail, can complicate efforts by consumers to avoid ciguatera.

"Ciguatoxin is odourless, tasteless and very heat-resistant, so ciguatoxin-laden fish cannot be detoxified by conventional cooking.
"There is no effective treatment or antidote for ciguatera poisoning." Wiki also says it can be passed on through intercourse and breast milk.

17 December 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 15 DEC 2012

“What follows is a highly subjective list of warmer places one can travel to for the purpose of fishing and perhaps some vacation-style eating, drinking and cavorting between outings on the water.”

Source: CTPost.com

15 December 2012

• Sandy Hook Elementary School

We are so fortunate.

We have a grandchild in the school. James was a few classrooms removed from the shooting, but he heard the shots and was among those protected by a brave teacher.

On the refrigerator at James's house is a photo of him with his school classmates from last year.

The little girl on his left in that photo didn't survive.

Our prayer for the families and the lost:
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

Numbers 6:24

• Video: Watch This Catfish Go Orca On A Pigeon

“ Just as remarkable was how good the fish appeared to be at it. Of the 45 breaching behaviors observed, 28% resulted in successful bird capture.

”A one-in-four success rate is incredible for any predatorial attack, let alone one that transcends the water-land barrier.”

Source: io9.c0m

14 December 2012

• “Sushi kills your brain?”

“Mercury contamination levels questioned…

”BRUSSELS — Can eating too much sushi reduce your brain power? Mercury contamination in big fish such as sharks, swordfish and certain types of tuna is on the rise, and smaller traces of the toxic metal may be enough to cause restricted brain development or other health problems for humans who eat them, according to data released Tuesday.

“Although little risk has been detected in most types of fish, the authorities have long warned vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women and small children, to limit their consumption of certain species of big ocean predators.”

Source: VOXXI.com

13 December 2012

• “Norway's Rakfisk: Is This The World's Smelliest Fish?”

“Norway's five million people enjoy one of the highest standards of living, not just in Europe, but in the world. Could the secret of the country's success be connected to the local appetite for some exceedingly smelly fish?

”Take a selection of over-ripe cheeses. Place them in the midst of a pile of dirty, wet soccer kit. Leave for a week. Now you have the nose-numbing smell of rakfisk, one of the great Norwegian delicacies.”

Source: BBC News

12 December 2012

• Fast-Growing Salmon May Never End Up On Plate

“Salmon that’s been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat.

”After weathering concerns about everything from the safety of humans eating the salmon to their impact on the environment, Aquabounty was poised to become the world’s first company to sell fish whose DNA has been altered to speed up growth.

”The Food and Drug Administration in 2010 concluded that Aquabounty’s salmon was as safe to eat as the traditional variety. The agency also said that there’s little chance that the salmon could escape and breed with wild fish, which could disrupt the fragile relationships between plants and animals in nature.”

Source: HeraldandNews.com

• NOAA: U.S. Warmer And Drier Than Average For November

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during November was 44.1°F (2.1°F above the 20th century average), tying 2004 as the 20th warmest November on record.

The period of January-November was the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous United States.

Source: NOAA

11 December 2012

• You Think You’ve Had Tough Fishing Trips?

“Police in Siberia are now trying to piece together a mystery that unfolded after four friends went on a fishing expedition in August in the endless taiga.

”Three months later, only two men came back from their adventure along the remote Sutam River….

”Alexander Abdullaev, 37, and Alexei Gradulenko, 35, were found alive - but only just….

”One body was found and one is still missing. The police are not certain if the corpse is that of Viktor Komarov, 47, or Andrei Kurochkin, 44.

”But they do think that the dead man was murdered.

”And the cuts on his body suggested to investigators that he was cannibalized….”

Source: SiberianTimes.com

• Homeland Security Adds Underwater Drones To Their Arsenal With Robots Based On Fish

“Flexible body and fins allow it to dart around the water like a real fish

”Meet Robocod, the latest weapon in Homeland Security's increasingly high-tech underwater arsenal, a robotic fish designed to safeguard the coastline of America and bring justice to the deep.”

Source: DailyMail.co.UK

10 December 2012

• Fisherman Hopitalized, Dies After Housatonic Boating Accident

“SHELTON -- A 55-year-old man who had been rescued from the Housatonic River after a Friday night boating accident, died Saturday at Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

”The DEEP declined to release the man's name, pending notification of his family.”

Source: CTPost.com

09 December 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column - 07 DEC 2012

“The fall broodstock Atlantic salmon stockings were completed this week. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection stocked more than 200 fish into Beach Pond and Mount Tom Pond.

"The stockings brought the total number of salmon stocked this fall to over 2,000 fish. The upper Naugatuck River received 403 salmon, the lower Naugatuck got 403 salmon….”

Source: CTPost.com

• What’s New With East Coast River Herring?

River herring (alewife and blue back herring), range along the East Coast and have supported one of the oldest fisheries in the United States.

Read about the current activities to protect and restore river herring populations.

Source: NOAA

08 December 2012

• Man in Critical Condition After Falling Out of Boat on Housatonic River

“A 55-year-old man is in critical condition after he was pulled from the Housatonic River Friday night after a boat accident.”

Source: CTPost.com

• DEEP to Deny Metal Finishing Wastewater Discharge Into Housatonic

“The following public notice has been posted on the CT DEEP website:

"(Shelton) Notice of tentative determination to deny an application submitted by Auto-Swage Products Incorporated for discharge of metal finishing wastewaters to the Housatonic River."

To view this public notice, please visit: DEEP

07 December 2012

• How NOAA Does Long-Range Weather Forecasts

“It's late fall and the Indians on a remote reservation in North Dakota asked
their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old
secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the winter was
going to be like.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was
indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect
firewood to be prepared.

But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went
to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, 'Is the
coming winter going to be cold?'

'It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,' the meteorologist at
the weather service responded.

So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more
firewood in order to be prepared.

A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. 'Does it still
look like it is going to be a very cold winter?'

'Yes,' the man at National Weather Service again replied, 'it's going to be
a very cold winter.'

The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every
scrap of firewood they could find.

Two weeks later, the chief called the National Weather Service again. 'Are
you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?'

'Absolutely,' the man replied. 'It's looking more and more like it is
going to be one of the coldest winters we've ever seen.'

'How can you be so sure?' the chief asked.

The weatherman replied, 'The Indians are collecting a @#$%-load of firewood”

Source: Unknown

• “Vietnam Sees Great Potential In Puffer Fish Exports”

”The increasing demand for Vietnamese puffer fish in the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan and mainland China is opening up great potential for Vietnam’s seafood industry, said the Seafood Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.”

Source: Saigon-GPDaily.com

06 December 2012

05 December 2012

• Fishermen: Watch the Birds

“When they dip, dive and hover over the water, it can mean that fish are on top. Birds can also tell us which direction bait and predatory fish are moving. But — they can tell us even more.”

Source: FlyFishinSalt.com

01 December 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 30 NOV 2012

“Remediation ongoing to clean up 'The Gun Club'

”On the maps, it's called Stratford Point, but most anglers just call it 'The Gun Club.' Traditionally, its boulder-strewn shoreline is one of the top fishing spots on the Connecticut coast, holding large populations of striped bass, bluefish, fluke and even blackfish.

"Shore anglers set up on the boulders to cast bait chunks into the submerged rocks, while boat-borne fishers cruise close to either troll with tube and worm rigs or drift to cast lures toward the boulders….”

Read the whole article at: CTPost.com

• Snakeheads Have Taken Over the Potomac River

“Since then, they’ve colonized just about every freshwater creek along the Potomac. Now snakeheads have been spotted in the Patuxent. Snakeheads also have been found in the Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers on the Eastern Shore, the Rhode River in south county and Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

”While it is illegal to have a live snakehead, the DNR encourages to anglers to catch — and kill — as many snakeheads as their hearts desire. The state has lobbied chefs to put snakehead on their menus, and there are regular snakehead fishing tournaments on the Potomac.

”The goal is to at least suppress the snakehead population. It would be impossible to eradicate them now that they are in open-water areas such as the Potomac and the Patuxent, officials said.”

Source: CapitalGazette.com