New technique offers clues to measure the deoxygenation of the ocean
Date: August 9, 2017
Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Summary: The living, breathing ocean may be slowly starting to suffocate. More than two percent of the ocean's oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, according to reports, and marine 'dead zones' continue to expand throughout the global ocean. This deoxygenation, triggered mainly by more fertilizers and wastewater flowing into the ocean, pose a serious threat to marine life and ecosystems.
The living, breathing ocean may be slowly starting to suffocate. More than two percent of the ocean's oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, according to reports, and marine "dead zones" continue to expand throughout the global ocean. This deoxygenation, triggered mainly by more fertilizers and wastewater flowing into the ocean, pose a serious threat to marine life and ecosystems.
Yet despite the critical role of oxygen in the ocean, scientists haven't had a way to measure how fast deoxygenation occurs -- today, or in the past when so-called major "anoxic events" led to catastrophic extinction of marine life.
Now, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Arizona State University, and Florida State University have, for the first time, developed a way to quantify how fast deoxygenation occurred in ancient oceans. The research was published Aug. 9, 2017, in the journal Science Advances.
By Joe Reynolds
NY Harbor Nature
Have you checked any meadows lately? Surprise, you might find a small green triangle face with large eyes looking at you.
Praying mantises are active around New York Harbor during the summer and early fall. I found a few the other day perched atop some coneflowers in my yard.
This insect is easily recognized by the way it often sits motionless atop a plant stem waiting for a meal. They love to eat small insects, including butterflies and moths, but will also try to catch flies, crickets, grasshoppers, and even small birds, mice, and tree frogs. These little critters have no fear, and are tough, fearsome hunters. A Praying mantids has large front legs that are highly mobile and armed with rows of sharp spins for quickly impaling its next victim. A green body also helps to camouflage the little insect to make it easy for a mantis to hunt for prey during the day.
But these little critters don't live long. The typical lifespan of a praying mantis is six months, maybe a year if one is lucky. This means most of their lifespan is devoted to eating and reproducing as quickly as possible over the summer and fall.
Praying mantises have an interesting way to mate, which the male may or may not survive. Often the female mantis eats the head of the male. After mating she feeds on the rest of male’s body to have energy to create eggs. The female mantis usually dies after laying eggs.
But before she goes, up to 400 eggs will be laid by a single female mantis just before winter. Eggs are laid on a firm leaf or stem with a liquid that hardens to be a protective sac structure known as ootheca, which is able to survive winter weather. Come mid-spring as temperatures warm, nymphs will hatch from egg cases.
It's not an easy life being a young Praying mantis. Nymphs are vulnerable as prey to large predators including bats, birds and spiders. Not all nymphs survive this stage. Fortunately, they do get bigger quickly. The molting process ends at the beginning of summer, when the insect has grown to be a mature adult. Full-grown mantises are normally between 1 to 6 inches in length.
Praying mantises get their common name for their upright position, a stance that makes them seem to be praying. But these little green insects do more than quietly mediate. A single Praying mantis helps to organically keep harmful garden pests in check and to maintain ecological balance in nature around New York Harbor. Have you thanked a Praying mantis today!
President Trump's repeal on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 of Executive Order 13690 to remove critical safeguards intended to ensure that federally funded infrastructure projects are planned and constructed appropriately to take into account hazardous flood areas is a huge mistake. Executive Order 13960 required that a determination of areas at flood risk be based on the best available and actionable science, and on FEMA's Federal Flood Risk Management Standards (FFRMS). This action was intended to ensure that taxpayer dollars would not be wasted on infrastructure or residences located in areas that experience repeated flood inundation. Taking flood risk into account when allocating these federal dollars would have minimized the cycle of build-flood-rebuild, thereby protecting lives and reducing recurring post-flood cleanup and reconstruction costs.
If you lived through Hurricane Sandy's devastation, then you know this decision can be deadly and destructive.
Trump infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules
AUGUST 15, 2017 / 12:55 PM
Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.
Trump's latest executive order would speed approvals of permits for highways, bridges, pipelines and other major building efforts. It revokes an Obama-era executive order aimed at reducing exposure to flooding, sea level rise and other consequences of climate change.
"It's going to be quick. It's going to be a very streamlined process. And by the way, if it doesn't meet environmental safeguards, we're not going to approve it - very simple," Trump said at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York.
President Trump promised in his election campaign to press for widespread deregulation to spur business spending. The former New York real state developer has complained that it takes too long to get permits for big construction projects.
A pair of young Blue fish or snappers recently caught at Hudson River Park during a Big City Fishing event.
Fishing in New York City? You bet! Each summer, Hudson River Park offers Big City Fishing, a free program, to those as young as five who are eager to learn both how to fish and about the Hudson River environment.
Sundays, 11-3pm on 6.4 – 10.15 on Pier 25 at N. Moore St.
Sundays, 11-3pm on 7.2 – 8.27 on Pier 84 at W44th St.
Mondays, 5-7:30pm on 7.3 – 8.21 on Pier 25 at N. Moore St. & Pier 63 at W23rd St.
Japanese Knotweed is not only invading Staten Island, but many areas of New York and New Jersey. The plant is highly invasive and reduces species diversity, alters natural ecosystems, and negatively impacts wildlife habitat. Once established, populations of Japanese knotweed are extremely persistent and hard to eradicate. But while difficult, it is possible.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.-- A pretty Asian plant is a growing problem all over New York City and has invaded Staten Island green spaces and private properties.
Japanese Knotweed, an Eastern Asian plant that was popular until the 1950s because it's attractive and grows rapidly, is invasive enough to break through concrete and disrupt foundations, said NYC Parks worker Joe Cutler.
"It's all over New York City," said Cutler. "You have to keep digging up the roots for two years until you can finally contain it."
By Joe Reynolds
NY Harbor Nature Blog
Sanderlings (Calidris alba) are small sandpipers, about seven inches tall and weighing in at just two to three ounces. These plump little shorebirds are often seen around New York Harbor from late summer through late spring skittering up and down a beach like a quick moving wind-up toy being chased by endless waves. Along the way the birds will stick their beaks into the sand to probe for food within the wet sand, mostly sand crabs, young razor clams, marine worms, and other small invertebrates.
Sanderlings are one of the most common shorebirds in both New York and New Jersey. Yet, seeing one with a tag or a band on its leg is a sporadic and interesting sight, especially during the summer.
As first reported in my blog, New York Harbor Nature, I spotted a single sandpiper foraging for food near the tip of the Sandy Hook peninsula, close to the entrance of New York Harbor. It was an adult Sanderling in breeding plumage with two noticeable bands on its pure black legs – a lime green tag on one leg and a small silver band on another. Where did those unique leg bands come from?
To find out I immediately reported my sight at www.reportband.gov, a website run by the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Scientists here provide numbered leg bands to bird banders and help manage vast databases of bandings and recoveries in both the United States and in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Service of many different species of birds.
It took several weeks, but the other day I received an email from the USGS with information about where the shorebird was banded. Similar to what the Birding Dude reported in his blog about the sight of a banded Sanderling at Breezy Point, NY in 2016, my Sandy Hook, NJ bird was banded as well around Bowers Beach, Delaware Bay.
To be specific, the Sanderling was banded last year, on May 23, 2016 near South Bowers Beach, in Kent County, Delaware, located right along Delaware Bay, and south of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The bird hatched in 2014 or earlier. Unfortunately, it’s sex or where it hatched is unknown.
Like many other shorebirds of New York Harbor, Sanderlings do not nest or breed here. They make long winged journeys to breed in the High Arctic, far above the Arctic Circle on remote rocky, treeless islands, often near lakes or ponds. Sanderlings will make pit stops around New York Harbor to feed and rest as they migrate in-between breeding sites and over-wintering areas.
A picture of an adult Sand Tiger Shark taken by the blog author at the Norwalk Aquarium
Why a New York Bay Is Crucial to Baby Sand Tiger Sharks
By Merry Camhi, Wildlife Conservation Society
July 28, 2017 04:01pm ET
Dr. Merry Camhi is director of the WCS New York Aquarium's New York Seascape Program, an initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She has a doctorate in ecology from Rutgers University. Camhi contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
Yes, it's that special time again — Shark Week, the Discovery Network's celebration of all things chondrichthyan, when sharks are on the air … andin our waters.
In urban New York City, mention "shark" any other time of year, people might think of lawyers, cards and loans. Most folks are surprised to learn that at least 26 species of sharks and 14 species of skates and rays (sharks' close cousins) ply the coastal and offshore waters of New York, especially from spring to fall.
As a native New Yorker, I may be a bit biased, but I think New York is a great place for kids to grow up, having raised two wonderful ones of my own here. Apparently, a number of these shark species think New York is a great place for their kids to grow up, too. [See Photos of Baby Sand Tiger Sharks]
Everything Worth Knowing About ... Sea Level Rise
How many cities will our oceans swallow?
By April Reese
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
New York: Officials are considering a $6.5 billion harbor wall to keep the water out. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed buying out residents in vulnerable areas and replacing their homes with wetlands and dunes to move people out of harm’s way and buffer the city against storm surges.
Imagine the Statue of Liberty, water lapping at her skirts. Or the Sydney Opera House, seawater filling its seats.
Coastal areas around the globe are losing ground to the sea — and faster than ever. In the past quarter-century alone, the ocean has risen an average of almost 3 inches.
With nearly half the world’s population living within 93 miles of a coast, and much of the globe’s commerce concentrated there, sea level rise looms as one of the greatest of all climate change threats.
Given the vastness of the oceans, it may be hard to imagine that warming seas and melting glaciers could raise sea levels enough to inundate thousands of miles of coastline. But adding an inch of water to a full bathtub can still soak the floor — it won’t take much to flood the world’s cities and ecosystems.
Sea Level Science
Unlike other climate issues, the science of sea level rise is fairly simple. Ocean levels are increasing mostly because of what heat does to water, in all its various states. As global temperature rises, most of the extra heat in the atmosphere — about 90 percent — sinks into the ocean. As the water warms, it expands, “just like mercury in a thermometer,” explains R. Steven Nerem, a professor of aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. This thermal expansion accounts for one-third of sea level rise. The other two-thirds comes from melting mountain glaciers and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.
Rush Hour Pollution May Be More Dangerous Than You Think
July 21, 2017
In-car air study of commuting cars finds dangers to human health
By Ken Kingery
DURHAM, N.C. -- The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. The levels of some forms of harmful particulate matter inside car cabins was found to be twice as high as previously believed.
Most traffic pollution sensors are placed on the ground alongside the road and take continuous samples for a 24-hour period. Exhaust composition, however, changes rapidly enough for drivers to experience different conditions inside their vehicles than these roadside sensors. Long-term sampling also misses nuanced variabilities caused by road congestion and environmental conditions.
To explore what drivers are actually exposed to during rush hour, researchers from Duke University, Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology strapped specially designed sampling devices into the passenger seats of cars during morning rush hour commutes in downtown Atlanta.
The devices detected up to twice as much particulate matter as the roadside sensors. The team also found that the pollution contained twice the amount of chemicals that cause oxidative stress, which is thought to be involved in the development of many diseases including respiratory and heart disease, cancer, and some types of neurodegenerative diseases.
The results were published on June 27 in the journal Atmospheric Environment.
A young Piping plover observed recently at Sandy Hook, NJ
By Joe Reynolds
NY Harbor Nature
Usually by the second week of August around New York Harbor Piping plover chicks have all fledged, which is the ability of a young bird to fly with muscles strong enough and feathers large enough for flight.
The young birds will need to learn to fly fast and firm. By early September many adults and young will all have departed for a long winged migration to wintering areas on tidal flats and sandy beaches down south, from North Carolina to Texas and along the coast of eastern Mexico and on Caribbean islands from Barbados to Cuba and the Bahamas. Many Piping plovers travel from breeding areas to wintering grounds in one long nonstop flight.
It’s not easy either growing up around New York Harbor. Piping plovers have many natural enemies including raccoons, foxes, crows, gulls and other birds and mammals who have a never-ending desire to feed on eggs, chicks and on an occasional adult bird. Storms, spring high tides and other tidal flooding events often wash away nests or drown young flightless chicks. People too can cause stress by getting exceedingly close to nesting sites during the breeding season or by leaving trash on a beach, which will attract raccoons, foxes and other hungry predators.
A Piping plover nest at Sandy Hook, NJ surrounded by sand bags to protect it from tidal flooding and within a wired cage to help protect the nest from predator attacks.
Typically, an adult female plover will lay and care for between 3 to 4 pale bluff eggs. But not all eggs will survive, and not all Piping plover chicks will survive to fledge. Usually only one chick will survive per pair every year, at best maybe two.
So it was with some excitement that I observed quite a few young Piping Plovers chicks doing alright. It was around mid to late July near the tip of Sandy Hook, located at the entrance to New York Harbor.
I saw about a half-a-dozen healthy looking chicks, all with flight feathers coming in, meaning flight was not far off. A really good sign.
The young plovers were foraging and feeding on their own, seeking small worms and other small marine invertebrates. Learning how to care for themselves and gaining strentgh.
One parent was still around to watch over the young birds, at least until they are fully-grown and able to fly on their own. Commonly the mother withdraws from a nest a few days after hatching and will leave the male to care for the young alone. The young are capable of sustained flight and considered to be fully grown or fledged at about 25-35 days of age after hatching.
Let’s hope this generation of Piping plovers raised around New York Harbor will help to rebound the population and contribute to increasing populations elsewhere.
But this will not be easy. While population numbers for last year are slightly up, there's still work to be done to get the birds off the endangered species list. The Piping plover is a protected species under the Endangered Species Act. Along the Atlantic Coast and around New York Harbor it’s designated as a federally threatened species and state endangered in New York and New Jersey, which means the population would most likely decline if not protected.
Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Piping plover
By Joe Reynolds
New York Harbor Nature
Southbound migration for shorebirds starts early. The breeding season is short for birds that nest along the edge of the North Pole.
Many migratory shorebirds nest in the tundra, sometimes even above the Arctic Circle, where weather is unpredictable and often extreme. Here, there are primarly only two main seasons: a long, icy and dark winter lasting nine months and a very short, very cool summer lasting only three months. On the Autumn Equinox, approximately September 21, the sun sinks below the horizon, and the North Pole is in twilight until early October, after which it is in full darkness for the winter.
Birds respond to the quick arrival of winter and darkness up north by nesting early and completing the breeding season as soon as possible, before temperatures get too cold for food to be found. The first to migrate south are usually failed breeders, those with no chicks to support either from predation, severe weather or some other circumstance. Successful adult breeders may begin flying south by mid to late July.
The first to arrive around New York Harbor after nesting in the far north are usually the smallest member of the sandpiper family, Least Sandpipers, (Calidris minutilla). Sure enough I spotted a small number of birds last week on beaches around Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook and in the Navesink River.
Least Sandpipers breed in northern bogs on the tundra where they raise three to four young birds. The young are usually cared for by both parents at first, but the female usually leaves the nest early to migrate southward before the male, sometimes departing even before the eggs hatch to beat the cold weather. The male normally remains with young sandpipers at least until the juveniles can fly, usually 14 to 16 days after hatching.
Least Sandpipers, who generally stopover in New York Harbor during fall migration, frequently nest in eastern Canada and migrate to the southern United States or northern South America for the winter. But fall migration is not a mad rush. Without the need to breed, the migratory pace to wintering grounds is relatively leisurely by comparison to spring migration.
So the birds can stay a bit longer at pit stops along their migration path to rest and refuel. Southbound migration time for shorebirds is the perfect time for people to enjoy the sight of shorebirds as they fly through New York Harbor from now until perhaps as late as the beginning of December.
"New York and New Jersey’s big bays contain deep channels that act as superhighways for breeding and feeding sharks."
Shark fishing from shore is back in the limelight and improved tackle paired with daring tactics have allowed surfcasters to land monster sharks from the beach.
It was 1998. I had just moved to Normandy Beach, New Jersey, steps from the surf, and was putting in innumerable hours tangling with stripers and blues. One evening when bringing over fresh striper fillets to my neighbor, Jackie, her 85-year-old father, Buddy, opened a book of his old fishing pictures from the 1940s. As the pages turned, black-and-white photos of huge dusky and brown sharks weighing 100 pounds and more got my adrenaline flowing. Buddy spoke about beaching large and in-charge sharks. He hadn’t fished for more than 40 years, nobody seemed to think sharks swam in the Jersey surf anymore, and the idea of targeting them from the beach was lost to the sands of time. That is, until I saw those pictures.
By Joe Reynolds
NY Harbor Nature
A unique mystery waited for me as I took a late afternoon walk near the tip of the Sandy Hook peninsula, in sight of the entrance to New York Harbor. On a warm mid-July Saturday with a light south wind and clear skies, I spotted a small thin sandpiper foraging for food among the surf and wet sand just above the low tide line.
But this was no common sandpiper. In fact, it was an adult Sanderling (Calidris alba) in breeding plumage with two noticeable bands on its pure black legs – a lime green tag on one leg and a small silver band on another. Immediately two questions rushed into my mind – where did this solitary and seemingly friendless sanderling come from and who banded the bird?
Sanderlings are common spring and fall migrants and winter residents around New York Harbor from Jones Beach and Jamaica Bay to Sandy Hook and Sea Bright. They form flocks of a dozen or more. Seeing several plump birds running up and down a beach is a familiar sight to beach goers and is usually no big deal.
Yet, seeing just one thin sanderling in mid-July with a tag is sort of enigmatic. What story could this small shorebird tell?
After taking several pictures and with tag numbers written down, I immediately went home to do some investigative work. First thing I did was to report my finding to www.reportband.gov, a website run by the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Scientists here provide numbered leg bands to bird banders and help manage huge databases of bandings and recoveries in both the United States and in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Service of many different species of birds.
Portuguese Man O' War reportedly washed up on a Jersey beach
Updated on July 12, 2017 at 11:32 AM Posted on July 11, 2017 at 8:31 AM
By Chris Franklin
HARVEY CEDARS -- A venomous fish washed up on a beach in Long Beach Island Friday.
According to Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol Captain Randy Townsend, a Portuguese Man O'War was found around 10 a.m. Friday. It appears as if it had washed up on the shore.
The Portuguese Man O' War is known for its dangerous tentacles that if stung, it can be extremely painful.
It is not the first time the jellyfish has been found on the beach at the Harvey Cedar Beach. One Man O' War was found towards the end of the summer last year and more were found in 2015.
Meet Hilton: Another great white shark swimming along N.J.'s coast
Updated on July 23, 2017 at 2:35 PM Posted on July 21, 2017 at 5:17 PM
By Spencer Kent
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
While Mary Lee, the famed great white shark with a massive twitter following, continues her more than monthlong break from the limelight, another great white is heading toward New Jersey's coastal waters.
Hilton, a 12-1/2-foot long, 1,326-pound male great white shark, surfaced at 8:07 p.m. Thursday off the southern Maryland-Delaware border, according to a real-time GPS tracker monitored by OCEARCH, a nonprofit group which researches great whites.
Hilton -- which was tagged by the group in March -- has traveled more than 151 miles in the last 72 hours, and was off the Cape May shoreline Friday afternoon. Since leaving the coastal waters of South Carolina last week, the shark has been heading north at a steady pace, according to the group's tracker.
Sharks were spotted at a Coney Island beach today
By Rebecca Fontana
Posted: Saturday July 8 2017, 4:57pm
TimeOut New York
It’s the cutest shark we’ve ever seen, but still. This morning, a shark was spotted at the Coney Island beach near West 19th Street. The four-foot creature was seen swimming near the coast at around 11am, and lifeguards cleared all swimmers from the area. Shortly afterward, a different, smaller shark washed up on shore, drawing a crowd as it flailed in the sand. (You have to feel a little bad for him now, right?) It eventually washed back out to sea, and swimming resumed for those brave enough to enter the water.
It’s not the first time a shark’s been spotted at Coney Island, and there have also been great white sharks near the Jersey Shore this summer. Still, it’s completely possible for the aquatic animals to coexist with humans on the best beaches near NYC—just keep your distance, stay calm and respect the ocean.
New Mascot for the Hamptons: Mary Lee, the Great White Shark
By VALERIYA SAFRONOVA
JULY 11, 2017
The New York Times
She is somewhere in her 40s or 50s, has more than 119,000 followers on Twitter (where she can sometimes be quite flirtatious) and enjoys summering along the Jersey Shore and the Hamptons.
She weighs about 4,000 pounds and is around 17 feet long. If you’re a seal or a squid, you had better be careful when she comes around.
Meet Mary Lee, a great white shark identified in fall 2012 by Ocearch, an organization that researches and tracks marine species. In the five years since the team first pulled Mary Lee out of the waters near Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, to tag her and collect blood and tissue samples, she has traveled nearly 40,000 miles.
Ocearch traces the path by plotting the pings that occur every time Mary Lee’s dorsal fin surfaces; it is tagged with a device linked to a satellite. During the past three summers, Mary Lee has been a regular on the Northeastern Seaboard, cruising along the Jersey Shore and the Hamptons, Fire Island and Montauk, in New York, attracting the attention of residents and tourists with each visit.
“She has become sort of a mascot,” said Andy Brosnan, the chairman of the Eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. “Even before she showed up last time, people were like, ‘Has anybody seen anything about Mary Lee?’”
A picture of an adult Sand Tiger Shark taken at the Coney Island Aquarium
At Smith Point Bait and Tackle, stripers and sharks have been holding center stage the week of July 20, 2017. A good number of sand tiger sharks have been around as two friends of the shop landed nice ones off the beach. Bass have also been surprisingly good as a 39 pounder was brought in to weigh just days ago. This wasn’t the only one to draw attention at the shop however it was the biggest so far.
Evidence may point to great white shark nursery off NJ
Dan Radel, @DanielRadelAPP
Published 7:52 p.m. ET July 17, 2015 | Updated 1:18 p.m. ET July 20, 2015
Asbury Park Press
SANDY HOOK – A small party of friends and family were leisurely fishing for fluke Saturday when they hooked into something unexpected — a 4 1/2-foot juvenile great white shark.
They were nine miles northeast of the Sandy Hook tip, an area that is part of the New York Bight. After a short fight on rod and reel the shark was brought along side the boat and let go.
“It was released very quickly. We didn’t want to harm it,” said Robert Latore of Middletown, on whose boat the catch occurred.
In 25 years of fishing, this was Latore’s first encounter with a great white shark. But these brushes with juveniles may prove that the sharks are birthing their pups off the coast here.
“The New York Bight has long been known to be a nursery area — based on historic incidental catches of young-of-the-year,” said Michael L. Domeier, president of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, located in Hawaii.
The New York Bight is an area of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape May to Montauk Point on Long Island.
Domeier said research on the New York Bight is lacking, but what he knows from white shark pups on the West Coast is they often remain in a fairly localized area for the summer and then migrate to warmer water in the winter.
Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters from shark-filled water near Sandy Hook
Updated on July 22, 2017 at 11:41 Posted on July 22, 2017 at 10:51 AM
By Marisa Iati
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
"A helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City arrived but could not send down a rescue swimmer because there were visible sharks in the water."
SANDY HOOK -- U.S. Coast Guard crews and a fishing boat saved two people from shark-filled waters Friday after their boat sank near Sandy Hook, the Coast Guard reported.
The First Coast Guard District command center in Boston got a distress alert at about 9:40 a.m. from a console boat 40 miles off the New Jersey shore.
An aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod went to the area of the distress signal and found two people in a life raft near an overturned boat and its debris.
A helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City arrived but could not send down a rescue swimmer because there were visible sharks in the water.
Did a fishing crew catch the biggest shark in state history?
Updated on July 23, 2017 at 1:06 PM Posted on July 22, 2017 at 12:20 PM
By Chris Franklin
BRIELLE -- A fishing boat named the Jenny Lee caught a 926-pound Mako shark Saturday morning and it could be the largest shark catch in New Jersey history.
The crew was fishing 100 miles off of the coast of New Jersey in an area known as Hudson Canyon. It took the crew a little over an hour to reel in the shark and hour and a half to get him into the boat, Kevin Gerrity, captain of the Jenny Lee, said.
"It's a pretty awesome feeling," Gerrity said. "We saw him swimming up to the boat. We didn't think we were going to get him but we got him."
"We were able to get him with a skipjack fillet with a squid combo as his last meal," Gerrity added jokingly.
A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment
The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.
By Michael Greshko
Brian Clark Howard
PUBLISHED JUNE 14, 2017
The Trump administration’s tumultuous first months have brought a flurry of changes—both realized and anticipated—to U.S. environmental policy. Many of the actions roll back Obama-era policies that aimed to curb climate change and limit environmental pollution, while others threaten to limit federal funding for science and the environment.
The stakes are enormous. The Trump administration takes power amid the first days of meaningful international action against climate change, an issue on which political polarization still runs deep. And for the first time in years, Republicans have control of the White House and both houses of Congress—giving them an opportunity to remake the nation’s environmental laws in their image.
It’s a lot to keep track of, so National Geographic will be maintaining an abbreviated timeline of the Trump administration’s environmental actions and policy changes, as well as reactions to them. We will update this article periodically as news develops.
It's amazing what the power of turning something ugly into something beautiful and useable for all can do to change the social and physical environment. A magnificent park that belongs to the people is still one of America's greatest gifts to the world.
How the High Line Changed NYC
STOP THE WILLIAMS FRACKED GAS PIPELINE THROUGH NY HARBOR!
MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT NY HARBOR
1. Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day
2.Heartbeats in the Muck by John Waldman
3. The Fisheries of Raritan Bay by Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr.
4. Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate
5. The Bottom of the Harbor by Joseph Mitchell