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IL IIIIL! 100 PRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette .S first big rockfish of the fall season were caught Tuesday by an- glers trolling plugs at Overfalls Shoal. These were 30-pound class fish, and they were eating bunker and flounder. With the fall run officially underway, all we need is some reasonably decent weather and the fleet will be on the grounds. Tog fishing picked up a bit Wednesday with both private and charter boats finding fish at the Outer Wall and Ice Break- ers. This action will improve if the wind ever gives the water a chance to clear. Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body holds forum in Lewes The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body held a public fo- rum Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the University of Delaware Virden Center. The objective of the forum is to gather input from a wide range of people with an interest in how the ocean is managed. Comments were sup- posed to be directed toward the interim plan as outlined by the staff and in literature available at the meeting. Unfortunately, several of those who spoke had their own agenda and had nothing to add to the discussion of the interim plan or in some cases nothing to do with ocean planning at all. This plan is the direct result of an executive order given by President Obama in an effort to rnake ocean management easier and more productive. Once the plan is completed, it should be easier for people to look at cur- rent uses of the ocean and then know where and how to best Rlan new projects, such as wind farms and oil or gas exploration. One of the first problems I noticed was that fishing was a single category in the draft document. I suggested that fish- ing should be two categories, recreational and commercial. While both groups share some common interests, there are many differences in how we use the ocean. Morgan Gopnik, an envi- ronmental policy consultant from Washington, D.C., said the effect on local communities should be considered in any decision-making process. These communities live or die by what happens out in the ocean, including lack of fishing access, oil exploration or an oil spill from a tanker. Bob Thornton, representing a home building association, was concerned that decisions made on ocean uses could af- fect the availability of oceanside home building lots. This might include a large buffer along the oceanfront where homes could not be built. Suzanne Thurman from the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute was concerned about the safety of marine mammals and turtles. She claimed there were data gaps on turtles that should be filled. She felt that marine ani- mals were stakeholders as well as people. Regan Nelson, a paid consul- tant with the Natural Resources Defense Council, was con- cerned about ecosystem protec- tion associated with any use of the ocean. Ecosystems must be considered when plans are being developed for such things as oil and natural gas drilling or dredging. Greg Rosner, a member of MERR and the Surfrider Foundation, said changes in the beach due to replenish- ment have left only one place in Delaware to surf. He is con- cerned that recreational uses of the ocean are not considered when plans are made for large projects. Now he and his friends have to leave the state if they want to surf. This has removed many dollars from the Delaware economy. He is also concerned that threatened species and habitat do not get the attention they deserve when projects are proposed, and these factors must be considered when any ocean-use plans are developed. He noted the absence of the Army Corps of Engineers from the discussion. ]eft Deem, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Manage- ment Council from Virginia, spoke to the critical importance of both recreational and com- mercial fishing to the Mid-At- lantic region. He said the ocean is going to change, and conflicts will arise as wind farms, oil and gas rigs, and LNG facilities are built. He is fighting to make sure fishing will be allowed close to any structure built in the ocean and that any pro- posed project will not destroy valuable marine habitat. Bill Baker from Bill's Sport Shop said any inclusion of Marine Protected Areas would be a death knell for recreational fishing. MPAs in California have devastated the fishing there, and they have no place in the Mid-Atlantic region. Bill was also concerned that the Inland Bays had not been considered in the planning process. He was assured that efforts had been made to gather input from groups concerned with these areas. I realize that this is a very complex situation and we only haveuntil Nov. 20 to send in comments on the draft. You can find out more about the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Interim Plan at www. Comments should be sent to Eric Burnley is a Delaware native who has fished and hunted the state from an early age. Since 1978 he has written countless articles about hunting and fishing in Delaware and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast. Eric can be reached at Trainer C ntinued from page 104 gained an extra three pounds of muscle and lost over 18 percent 0fhis starting body fat. Sherri lost over 25 pounds, gained two-and-a-half pounds of lean muscle and lost 24 percent of her starting body fat. Needless to say, these are outstanding re- sults, and both Steve and Sherri are now in great shape. "Sherri has about eight trash bags of clothes that don't fit anymore, and I have been reluctant to buy new clothes because I'm still losing, and my c othes are falling off me," said Steve. Both Steve and Sherri lost weight again this week after completing the transformation. "The metabolism is firing on hll cylinders, and it was great to lose even more the week after finishing the transformation," Steve added. However, they have learned that weight is not the only way to judge success. "These days we don't focus so much on the weight but rather the body fat percentage that is optimum for our ages and good health. The weight is going to be what it is, but it's still nice to see the scale drop every once in a while." I'd like to congratulate Steve and Sherri on an incredible job, and they will be training with )Visit us online at: www,capegazette om us over the holidays with the goal of maintaining and then restarting the transformation in the new year for round two. As I have always said, your train- ing program is only as good as the support you get from friends and family, and that's why couples have an advantage when it comes to getting in shape if they do it together. So if you are looking for a new train- ing partner, you might iust want to consider your spouse and increase your chances for suc- cess. It worker great for Steve and Sherri, and I believe it can work the same for you. STRIPERS HAVE ARRIVED! Mason rockfish while trolling a Bomber plug his dad, Capt. Mike Newsham. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEWES HARBOUR MARINA Newsham nailed this 3S.6-pound trophy at Overfalls Shoal aboard Local Girl, with NEW & USED GUNS HOLSTERS , AMMO GIFT CERTIFICATES o .30/30 I O ? LEVER-ACTION o F OCTAGON BARREL S WALNUT & BRASS Phone (302) 684-5198 ~ FAX (3021 827-2313 / "~1 Weekdays: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday: Noon- 4 p.m. E Emafl: - S EXTRA BARRELS EAST GERMAN ITEMS. 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