Roger Williams University will kick off the 40th anniversary of its marine biology program on Wednesday, September 25 with a presentation from Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, as part of their President’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Earle has dedicated her work to raising awareness of the challenges facing the planet’s oceans and ocean life to enable meaningful conservation programs.
Earle is founder of the Mission Blue Foundation and served as the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the early 1990’s. She has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 100 expeditions totaling more than 7,000 hours underwater. She won the TED prize for her work in 2009 and is a thought leader on marine conservation and protection issues.
The September 25, 7:30 p.m. presentation will take place at Campus Recreation Center at the University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. A book signing with the author will immediately follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Call 401/254–3201 for information.
Where’s the bite
Summer flounder (fluke) fishing has been strong in some places and in others it seems to be winding down. Mike Cardinal of Cardinal Bait & Tackle, Westerly said, “Water inland and off our beaches is warmer than normal for this time of year so I think once things cool off the fishing will improve.” Frances Fleet vessels report a good fluke bite with larger fish being taken this week compared to earlier this month. Roger Simpson of the Frances Fleet said, “Poll winners were generally eight to nine pounds and the best fish of the season was a twelve pound fish caught this past Saturday.”
Black sea bass catch limit change effective September 1 to December 31 from three fish/person/day to seven fish/person/day. The enhanced limit is just in time for anglers because fluke or summer flounder fishing is expected to slow soon as fish head out of our waters for the water off the continental shelf.
Striped bass fishing remains strong at Block Island, where umbrella rings are still working. Anglers have started to use eels more often now but the bass bite is spotty most everywhere else.
Scup fishing is still very strong. Recreational angler regulations include a 10” and thirty fish per angler per day. However, the regulation for charter and party boats will be enhanced to 45 fish/angler/day from September 1 to October 31.
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing on Narragansett Bay for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Visit Captain Dave’s No Fluke website at www.noflukefishing.com; his blog at www.noflukefishing.blogspot.com or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org .