By admin ~ December 12th, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized.
Observational buoys and unique reefside burials make a splash in the Mid-Atlantic
Another Yellow Buoy
A new observational buoy allows cruisers and anglers to track weather conditions on the Susquehanna River while on the water or at home in front of a computer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay office has placed the buoy at the mouth of the Susquehanna River near Havre de Grace, Maryland (N 39º 54’ 37” W 76º 07’ 48”).
The buoy’s sensors track air and water temperature, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, wave heights, wave periods, salinity, chlorine, and oxygen levels. These state-of-the-art buoys, accessible via buoybay.org and 877-BUOY-BAY, provide cultural, geographic and historical information as well as meteorological and water-quality data.
“The fishermen use it to track water temperature, especially for those wanting to catch rockfish,” said NOAA Spokeswoman Kim Couranz. “Sailors have used it to determine wind speed and wave height.”
Congratulations to James Briggs and his five-year-old son Brandon, of Cape St. Claire, Maryland. James was the grand prize winner of the World Fishing Network’s “Adopt an Angler” contest, winning a Stratos 176XT, 17-foot fishing boat worth $15,000 and a $500 gift card to an outdoor supply store. World Fishing Network and Verizon sponsored the contest, inviting fishermen across the country to send in videos or essays describing why they suffered from “deprived angler disorder,” and why they should be given the boat.
“Mostly, I’m just glad I can take my son out there,” said James. “It’s really hard to catch fish at the docks.”
You can view all contest submissions at wfn.tv/adopt.
Rest in Reef
Eternal Reefs Inc., has recently placed eight cremated remains at the Memorial Stadium artificial reef in the Chesapeake Bay. The Decatur, Georgia-based company mixes cremated remains into concrete used to make reef balls that it places at man-made reef sites along the East Coast. The igloo-shaped hemispheres feature holes that keep tides from shifting them and provide a habitat for fish and other benthic life.
The idea grew from reef-building efforts by the Reef Ball Foundation, which has placed more than a half-million of the balls worldwide. A memorial reef ball costs between $2,495 and $6,495, plus the cost of cremation.
The Chesapeake Bay site where the memorials were placed join about 600 more reef balls put there by groups and organizations above an artificial reef, Memorial Stadium, the former home of the Baltimore Orioles.
Winter Boat Shows
Now is a great time to escape the cold at boat shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Large convention centers display hundreds of new boats and products to lure boat enthusiasts.
The Mid-Atlantic show scene opens with the 25th Annual Fishing Expo & Boat Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on January 8-11. If you like to fish, this is one show not to miss. You’ll see an incredible display of freshwater, saltwater and offshore fishing tackle, boats, motors, trailers, marine accessories, and fishing businesses and organizations. More than 20 boat dealers featuring over 300 fishing boats by nearly 50 different manufacturers are expected to attend. You can also take in a seminar presented by a lineup of 20 local and regional fishing guides and experts. Find out more at fishingexpo.com.
If you’re looking for a bigger boat, you don’t want to miss the 55th Baltimore Boat Show slated for January 21-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Complete information is available at baltimoreboatshow.com.
For its 54th year, the Virginia Boat Show takes over the Greater Richmond Convention Center January 23-25 (visit macevents.com), and NCBoatshows.com hosts the Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo in Raleigh, North Carolina, January 9-11.