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By dbalon on 11/24/2012 11:07 AM

Norton Point- CLOSED Trails eroded and continue to have severe wash-over.

Chappy- ALL Ocean facing trails closed due to severe erosion. Most pond and inside trails are open for shellfishing access.

By dbalon on 11/4/2012 9:08 PM
Here is the latest photo of Wasque point and the Schifter house as of November 4th, 2012. It is a race against time to try to protect this incredible house and property. The transformation of Wasque Point over this last year is unthinkable.

Click on the hot link below to view this incredible photo taken by Bill Brine Jr.

Wasque-After Sandy.pdf



By dbalon on 11/4/2012 10:22 AM
The TTOR has provided the latest updates on the OSV trails and current beach conditions after hurricane Sandy went through the region. If you are headed out to Chappy or Norton Point please check the latest conditions and be extremely careful.

The folowing is the latest report as of November 4th:
  • East beach is OPEN all the way to Wasque.
  • Cape Poge is OPEN except to the Gut which is impassable due to mountains of seaweed.
  • Norton Point is not in good shape due to severe erosion, new 2012 trails wiped out.
  • Conditions and beach openings are changing daily.
  • TTOR advises OSV drivers to proceed with diligence and caution and be prepared for unexpected hazards.
  • New nor'easter due Wednesday, 11/7 this week.

Also, See attached "STORMSANDY" document photos from the Chappy Ferry Facebook page.

 

By dbalon on 10/31/2012 8:57 AM
Hurricane Sandy certainly left its mark on the island and Chappy. Although there was damage, flooding and power loss overall the island did fairly well when you look at what has happened in New York and New Jersey. Hopefully everyone in the affected areas recovers and moves forward from any loss or damage.

Chappy, South Beach and Norton Point took the brunt of Sandy's blow head on as these are all East and Southeast facing beaches. Ron Domurat provided a few pictures that are now posted on the PHOTOS tab of the website (thanks Ron).

Click here to view the photos.
By dbalon on 10/23/2012 7:49 PM

Biologists attribute the drop to weather conditions

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the 2012 striped bass juvenile index – a measure of striped bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay – is below the long-term average this year.

“While we expect large variation in striped bass reproduction from year to year and do not view this low value as an imminent problem, we will be carefully monitoring the results of future surveys,” said DNR Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell. “Three consecutive years of poor reproduction would be necessary to trigger mandatory conservation measures.”

This year’s striped bass juvenile index came in at 0.9, the lowest on record. Last year’s survey showed the fourth highest result in the 59-year history of the survey.  The long-term average is 12.

Click here to view the entire article.

By dbalon on 10/4/2012 9:28 PM
The following was reported by Dave Nash:

State of Massachusetts Office of Fishing and Boating Access has announced that they will commence construction of the Oak Bluffs fishing pier in 2013.   They will be going out to bid for construction services by the end of December and the bid award will call for completion by June 30, 2013.  We will have a kids’ fishing pier for next summer! 

There is also a great article in the MV Times by Nelson Sigelman, called "Pierfect" (October 3, 2012). You can link to that articel here and it is about half way down the web page.

Click here to go to the MV Times "Pierfect" article.

Thanks to all the MVSA members and anyone else that supported this project .
Special thanks need to be given to Dave Nash who was a leader in getting this project back in the mainstream. Without his determination and relentless perserverance this may not have happened. Great job Dave!!!!
By dbalon on 9/17/2012 7:42 PM
Top three places to catch that key fish!

  • In the mouth
  • In the ocean
  • On the end of a hook

Did you really think we were going to give away all the secret places? Now go out and fish, be safe and enjoy everything the island and the derby have to offer.

Fish On!

By dbalon on 9/17/2012 7:36 PM
BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday declared a national fishery disaster in New England, opening the door for tens of millions of dollars in relief funds for struggling fishermen and their ports.

Click here for the full article.
By dbalon on 8/31/2012 9:03 PM
Wasque point is still undergoing serious erosion. If you haven't been out there recently or since last year's MV Derby you really need to get informed and see this are during the day. Check out these recent photos, at the link below, taken by Ron Domurat (Thanks Ron)

Wasque photos as of August 29, 2012


There is serious erosion from Wasque point all the way West to the breach. There are huge piles of debris, swan pond is gone, Wasque beach West to the breach is gone and the cliffs from Wasque lookout are a 20-30 foot drop directly into the Atlantic! Everyone loves to fish these areas but we are asking our members and all fishermen to please be careful out there. You need to see these areas during the day to really understand how dangerous these areas can be to fish. Please also inform any other fishermen or visiting derby participants of the dangerous conditions.

The breach area on the Chappy side and Norton side are just as dangerous. There is a serious drop off from shore with very swift moving currents and deep water. You can find yourself standing in ankle deep water and then your next step is into 10 feet of swift moving water!

We want every fishermen to enjoy the derby and the island but please be careful and educate yourself about these areas. No fish is worth somebody being injured or losing their life over.

Enjoy the 67th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby but please be careful out there.


Fish On!
By dbalon on 8/20/2012 3:32 PM
The 67th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby website is now updated for 2012 and ready to go. Please check out their website for all the latest information and details.


The main MV Derby website can be viewed at http://www.mvderby.com/

You can also view the MV Derby Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mvderby


Good luck out there and be safe!
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