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In Busy Season on Water, Trustee Pump-Out Boats Maxed Out

At their meeting on Monday, the East Hampton Town Trustees discussed a surge in boating activity this year, which they agreed is a consequence of the pandemic. That, they said, means that the two pump-out boats the trustees own and operate are in particularly heavy use this year, especially the one based at the Star Island municipal marina in Lake Montauk. The other boat serves Three Mile Harbor.

Aug 27, 2020
On the Water: Bunker Gain the Respect They Deserve

Like blue-claw crabs, for several years now Menhaden's inshore presence has been abundant. It's been a welcome sight. While their population has exploded on a local level, efforts have been ongoing for several decades to help protect their stocks on a regional level. The menhaden board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to finally adopt "ecological reference points" for their management.

Aug 20, 2020
On the Water: Lobsters on the Shed

Tropical Storm Isaias's winds brought about some anxiety as to how my lobster traps were surviving. Being that they were positioned on open bottomland, they were also not protected by any lee of the land.

Aug 13, 2020
Yes, You Would Need a Bigger Boat

In today's social media-charged environment where news, fake or not, makes instantaneous headlines, the word that various species of sharks have been seen offshore here should hardly come as a surprise.

Aug 6, 2020
Heavy Rain and Wind Expected as Isaias Reaches the Northeast

The East End of Long Island will be spared the worst of Tropical Storm Isaias. According to the National Hurricane Center, its path is expected to remain well to the west of New York City on Tuesday, passing over Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J.

Aug 3, 2020
On the Water: Scallops? So far, So Good

A lot of people are keeping an eye out, but from all that I've seen and heard so far this summer, the water clarity in the creeks, estuaries, harbors, and bays has been rather good.

Jul 30, 2020
Humpback Deaths on Increase off Northeast Coastline

A series of recent humpback whale strandings on the East End are evidence of another year of high mortality rates for the species along the Atlantic Coast and particularly in New York, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries.

Jul 29, 2020
On the Water: The Summertime Blues

As we enter the apex of the dog days of summer, the fishing scene has shifted into a lower and slower gear. "While some weakfish, porgy, and a few kingfish are around locally, the better fishing now is off to the east where the waters are cooler," said Ken Morse, the proprietor of Tight Lines Tackle in Sag Harbor.

Jul 23, 2020
Dead Humpback Whale Found Off Montauk

This is the sixth large whale stranding in New York this year and the fourth dead humpback reported in 2020, according to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society.

Jul 18, 2020
On the Water: The Striper's the Star

Because striped bass are so popular and so heavily pursued, the stocks of the linesider have gone through some rather severe ups and downs over the past few decades. Most seem to agree that the current fishery is in a rather precarious position, but efforts to help conserve stripers are extensive.

Jul 15, 2020
A Lucky (Osprey) Chick Survives a Great Fall

A North Haven osprey nest was the scene of a dramatic rescue last week after part of it collapsed, dashing two chicks to the ground.

Jul 9, 2020
On the Water: Big Guy, Small Kayak

I’m a very tall guy with Sasquatch-like size-16 feet. It does not take a mathematician or physicist to conclude that this does not equate to safely entering, exiting, or just remaining stable when paddling around my nearby back bays, estuaries, and coves. Science has proved that it’s impossible to stuff 10 pounds of potatoes into a five-pound bag.

Jul 9, 2020