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  1. From Ron Reagan removing Jimmy Carter's solar panels from the White House the Bushes cosines with big Trump pulling out of Paris accord and rolling back emissions standards...the result? China and a Spanish company are the global leaders in solar and wind technology. Republicans ceded the lead...and as the world moves to clean energy...we're playing catch-up. Cover of NYT biz today... "With a voracious appetite for acquiring utilities and making big investments in renewable energy, Iberdrola is now the world leader in combined wind and solar power outside China."
  2. Last year I signed up for the New York Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Survey, and I'll definitely be doing it again this year. I've been a user of the online elog book for the last couple of years, but collecting scales was a first for me (there is definitely a knack!). The coolest bit about collecting scales is the DEC will send you back the information on your catch, so you get to see the ages of all the fish that you caught. For example I had 2 year old fish ranging from 12 - 20 inches, and 5 year old fish ranging from 21 - 30. Fascinating! It would be great to see more anglers involved, and the DEC are keen to increase participation. Not only are you doing your bit for conservation and research, but you get to see the age information too, as well receiving the newsletter highlighting the results of the survey. The bad news is that the recruitment for NY in 2016 wasn't very good, following slightly above average years in 2014, 2015. Most surprising was that only 24 people in the whole of new york sent in scale samples. Come on guys, we can do better than that! I also got to meet a couple of the DEC guys when they collected the head of the one striper I kept last year, a 7 year old, 32 incher. They were unbelievably nice, and so passionate about our shared resource. It really gave me hope. This website gives you details on the NY program if you're interested in signing up: Tight lines for 2017!
  4. From the Asbury Park Press: The group met on a Friday evening in late September to talk about sex and summer flounder. The topics are closely intertwined. Interested parties from the commercial and recreational fishing industries, outdoor groups and party boat captains had gathered for an update on a project designed to get a more accurate picture of the summer flounder stock. Dr. Patrick Sullivan of Cornell University and scientists from Rutgers University would be giving the presentation. Dr. Sullivan, a highly respected researcher in the dynamics of fish populations, has been working with the Save The Summer Flounder Fishery Fund to create a stock assessment model that includes a very important element that has been left out of prior models – sex. He was also going to talk about another vital element that’s been missing from the process – cooperation. In an unprecedented effort, members of the recreational and commercial fishing communities are working together with university scientists and the National Marine Fisheries Service to develop a better way to count summer flounder. “We’re all in this together,” Greg Hueth, chairman of the SSFFF said. “Without this, I don’t think we’re going to survive in the long term. Dr. Sullivan said there’s been a need for a sex-specific model for a long time, but the government has been too busy to develop one. One problem, said Sullivan, was that a Catch-22 situation existed when it came to incorporating sex data into population models. Sullivan explained they couldn’t build the model without the data, but there was no reason to collect the data if there was no model to plug it into. Now he’s building it, believing that if you create the model, the data will come. To ignore sex in summer flounder, is to omit a key part of the equation, he said. Sex came to the rescue of the summer flounder fishery once before when Dr. Mark Maunder demonstrated how sex-specific mortality rates affected the stock. Thanks to that information, a fishery closure was averted several years ago. While that research focused on the rates at which fluke die, Dr. Sullivan is considering how they live, specifically how they grow, especially females. Female summer flounder are bigger than males at the same age, a characteristic known as sexual dimorphism. Female fluke also live longer than males, with an average life span of 20 years. A male can expect to live half as long. In a memo he prepared for a meeting with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Dr. Sullivan pointed out that many fisheries regulations are size-based and those same fisheries often target larger fish. If the size limit forces anglers to keep larger fish, it stands to reason a lot of female fish are being taken out of the population. “Catch limits that are size based is a reasonable way to manage fish, and it worked well for fluke for a long time.” Until, he added, we started seeing the numbers we’re seeing now. “There’s a greater harvest for females and we have to figure out a way to deal with that,” he said. To do that, Dr. Sullivan is building a sex-integrated model that incorporates age, sex, and length. The current model only takes age into consideration. He said the model will require some assumptions to make it run until all the data is available, but some of that has already been received. The National Marine Fisheries Service has provided Dr. Sullivan with survey data on the sex of summer flounder it has collected. This was information that had not been made available before. Dr. Sullivan told those assembled at the September meeting that Dr. Mark Terceiro at NMFS has already provided him with sex-specific data for both males and females. “I’m greatly relieved to have NMFS help,” said Sullivan. All the pieces, he said, will be coming together to inform one another to do the assessment. “This is one of the first times we’re working with the government,” Hueth said. When it comes to fishery science, there has been little agreement between the government, which sets regulations, and the fishing industry about what is really happening in the water. Criticism of fishery science by those seeking access to the resource have been repeatedly told by managers that it is still the best science available. “As long as we continue to have this stalemate where we criticize their science, we lose,” said Nick Cicero, a member of SSFFF and a tackle industry representative. “The only time we’ve been able to get them to change their minds is when we’ve been able to present documented facts that shed some new light on the situation,” he said. Cicero said that all of those involved in this enterprise are solely interested in helping create the best science available and they will live with the repercussions, no matter what they are. But, he added, we need to be assured that every possible avenue is explo One avenue that’s never been explored before is that of recreational discards. While there is plenty of data on fish that are landed, none exists for those that go back over the side Dr. Daphne Munroe and Jason Morsen from Rutgers University’s Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and their team will be providing that piece of the puzzle. Their teams will be working at six ports from Cape May north to Rhode Island with special permits to collect sex information on recreational discards during the 2016 fluke season. “We know there are regional differences (in fluke catches) so we’ll be covering the area as broadly as possible,” said Munroe. “It’s a unique and very positive situation, she said. “ I don’t know of many other cases where there has been such a collaboration between commercial and recreational interests.” The addition of the government and academia, she said, makes it even more special. Dr. Eleanor A. Bochenek, director of the Fisheries Cooperative Center at Rutgers said it’s not very often that you have NMFS at the table with scientists, managers and fishermen, both commercial and recreational. Bochenek was instrumental in bringing commercial interests to the project. “The point of this whole thing is to improve the science, which should improve the stock assessment,” Bohchenek said. “I don’t know how it will affect quotas, but without better science, we’ll continue with the status quo.” Those at the September meeting were obviously interested in what impact the model will have on the fishery, especially in light of announced cuts in the summer flounder catch for 2016. “There are no guarantees,” said Hueth. He was careful to explain that the new model, if accepted for peer review at the 2016 stock assessment, will not immediately result in more fish to catch. The primary objective is better science. “We’re on the right track, but it’s going to take time,” Hueth said. It will also take money. Hueth said there have been grants, such as funds from the Marine Fishery Science Center for Marine Fisheries, and the SSFFF has been working hard to solicit donations. So far, Hueth estimates that the SSFFF has spent more than $170,000 in donations and grants to fund the research. Just last week, Dr. Sullivan made a preliminary presentation to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council which was very well received. In addition to creating the model, Dr. Sullivan said a big part of his job is communicating. Those involved in the project have learned that keeping fishery managers involved and apprised of what they’re doing, especially when it comes to science, is instrumental in advancing the process. Dr. Sullivan said he plans on putting the model through its paces prior to the 2016 stock assessment meeting so when it time for management use, it’s solid. He’s hoping some funding will be available to ensure that happens. For those interested in donating to the project, visit the SSFFF website at or mail a donation to the SSFFF, P.O. Box 86, Brielle, NJ 08730. red.