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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Red Tide Predicted for New England in 2010

Researchers Issue Outlook for a Significant New England 'Red Tide' in 2010
Seed Population on Seafloor Points to a large ‘Red Tide’; Impacts will Depend on Ocean Conditions and Weather

February 24, 2010

Today, scientists from the NOAA-funded Gulf of Maine Toxicity project issued an outlook for a significant regional bloom of a toxic alga that causes ‘red tides’ in the spring and summer of this year, potentially threatening the New England shellfish industry.

The outlook is based on a seafloor survey of the seed-like cysts of Alexandrium fundyense, an organism that causes harmful algal blooms, sometimes referred to as ‘red tides’. Cysts deposited in the fall hatch the following spring; last fall the abundance of cysts in the sediment was 60 percent higher than observed prior to the historic bloom of 2005, indicating that a large bloom is likely in the spring of 2010.

The rest of this story can be read at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100224_redtide.html

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Recommended Improvements to the Flexible Flow Management Program of the Delaware River

The "white paper" has been released defining a new and improved release schedule from NYC owned reservoirs.   This cooperative effort of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is a definite step in the right direction to improving the flows of the cold water fisheries of the Upper Delaware River.

The paper can be read in its entirety at:  http://fishandboat.com/water/rivers/delaware/dela_flex_flow.pdf

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Fly Shop Thefts

It looks like police may have caught the fly shop thief that hit several western fly shops