Atlantic City charter boat Capt. Adam Nowalsky has been reappointed for his second, three-year term on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.
Nowalsky has more than 20 years of saltwater fishing experience and is captain of the Karen Ann II, a 35-foot charter fishing vessel.
The Mid-Atlantic council is one of eight regional councils that work with the National Ocean Atmospheric Administration to manage ocean fish stocks, determining both fishing limits, and how allowable harvests are split between recreational and commercial fishermen and between states. Appointments are made by the U.S. Commerce Department.
The Mid-Atlantic council includes members from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Pinelands Orientation for elected and appointed municipal officials: The Pinelands Commission will hold its annual Pinelands Orientation for newly elected and appointed officials, and an update for other local officials, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 24, said Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky, the chairman of the Pinelands Municipal Council.
The free seminar allows local officials to meet the Pinelands Commission staff and discuss Pinelands issues from a local perspective.
It will be held at the commission headquarters, 15 Springfield Road, Pemberton Township, Burlington County. Register by July 20 by calling Paul Leakan at 609-894-7300.
New research vessel for Monmouth University’s Urban Coastal Institute: Monmouth University unveiled the newest and largest of its research vessel fleet, the 49-foot Nauvoo, last week.
The vessel and its state of the art technology will enable the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, or UCI, to conduct research, educational and contract work at a larger scale. It will also enhance research within the School of Science’s Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy Program, according to university officials.
Full classes and large groups can now work on the open ocean up to 20 nautical miles offshore, and the vessel has seven berths for overnight stays.
Built as a U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender, the Nauvoo was later transferred to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which gave it to the University in 2017.
The Nauvoo joins two smaller UCI-maintained vessels — the 18-foot Little Hawk and 27-foot Seahawk.
Current university projects that will use the vessel include a probe of sediment contamination in New York Harbor; research on endangered Atlantic sturgeon and sharks off New Jersey and New York; and collaboration with Rockefeller University on water testing for environmental DNA fragments to confirm the presence of fish and other marine organisms.
Tree cutting by Atlantic Electric: Atlantic City Electric is in the midst of a $26-million tree trimming and vegetation removal along about 1,800 miles of aerial electric lines in South Jersey.
It’s an effort to minimize power outages, especially during the summer storm season. Each year, trees cause about 40 percent of customer power outages, the company said.
Atlantic City Electric recommends any tree planted within 20 feet on either side of pole-to-pole power lines have a mature height of less than 25 feet.
Free shred days from OceanFirst Bank: OceanFirst Bank is hosting Shred Days from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for anyone to get up to five boxes of papers shredded at no cost.
They will be:
July 7 in Linwood, 1777 New Road
July 14 in Little Egg Harbor, 425 Route 9 South; and in Sewell, 141 Egg Harbor Road
July 21 in Manahawkin, 205 Route 72 West; and in Millville, 1107 North High St.
Aug. 18 in Toms River, 975 Hooper Ave.
Aug. 25 in Vineland, 1184 East Landis Ave.
Sept. 1 in Vineland, 2745 South Delsea Dr.
Sept. 8 at the Lacey Branch, 900 Lacey Road, Forked River.
Sierra Club survey finds strong support for clean transport, more public options: A Sierra Club survey of voters from 11 states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, including New Jersey and the District of Columbia, found strong support for clean transportation solutions, the nonprofit said this week.
The Transportation Modernization Survey, carried out for the Sierra Club by the Public Policy Polling, found that 74 percent of voters surveyed in New Jersey (compared to 71 percent region-wide) support relying more on electric cars and trucks, mass transit, and other public transportation options to minimize transportation pollution.
About 73 percent of voters across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, including 78 percent in New Jersey, consider air pollution to be a serious problem, according to the survey, and 49 percent of those surveyed in the region said clean transportation initiative would have a positive effect on jobs, with just 13 percent saying the effect would be negative.
— Michelle Brunetti Post