ROFFS™ Fishy Times Newsletter – 61st Edition: Bahamas Season Fishing Forecast for 2015, Updated Videos, ROFFS™ at Wharf Marina Boat Show & Innovative Aquaculture


ROFFS™ Fishy Times Newsletter – 61st Edition – Bahamas Season Fishing Forecast for 2015, Updated Videos, ROFFS™ at Wharf Marina Boat Show & Innovative Aquaculture

NEWS Bahamas Season Fishing Forecast for 2015:  EXPECTING IMPROVEMENT Article courtesy: Dr. Mitchell A. Roffer | | originally published 3/11/2015

Since 2003 we have been developing an objective method for forecasting the overall fishing action during the April-June Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC) tournament season. The hypothesis for forecasting the seasonal marlin fishing action stems from the location and geographic extent of the bluer and often warmer water that occurs from the Cat Island – San Salvador Island area and south where it is presumed that the marlin concentrate before, during, and after spawning. We have been calling this water “blue marlin water.” From satellite data it is relatively easy to identify this water based on its signature optical and surface water temperature characteristics. Our working hypothesis is that the marlin are associated with this water and the more “blue marlin water” that exists in the Abaco Islands and Eleuthera Island areas, the greater the marlin relative apparent abundance will be in these areas. Also in recent years we have observed an association between this water and the yellowfin tuna action in the Bahamas, as well as, along the western side of the Gulf Stream between Jacksonville, Florida and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, as well as, over the canyon areas northeast to Massachusetts. But as this article is focused on the blue marlin and the Bahamas, the discussion related to yellowfin tuna, the overfishing off west Africa, and catch rates off the United States east coast will have to wait for another article as we have time over the next few weeks. But as a teaser one should know that there are yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, mako sharks and swordfish being caught between Cape Hatteras, NC and the Norfolk Canyon (east of Chesapeake Bay) now.

Based on our observations of the fishing action and ocean conditions in the Bahamas, particularly from Eleuthera to the Abacos over the last 20+ years it appears that excellent fishing action overall occurs within the BBC tournament area when there is a substantial volume of the “blue marlin water” pushing over the 100 fathom (600 feet, 200 meters) and shallower ledges along the eastern side of Eleuthera and the Abacos. Relatively good fishing seasons occur when this water only occurs over the 500-1000 fathom depths, but does not reach the 100 fathom and shallower depths of both areas. Mediocre years occur when there is a lack of this water over these areas. It is also important to understand that good fishing action on a daily basis is linked to the favorable direction of these currents and when the water mass boundaries of these currents are stable for three to five consecutive days over good bottom topography that normally concentrate the prey fish. For the BBC tournament areas, the dissolved oxygen concentration does not appear to be a major factor at the present time compared with the temperature and clarity of the water. In other areas south, the dissolved oxygen has a greater controlling factor on fish distribution.

Above: Bahamas/GOM ocean circulation using high resolution AVHRR SST satellite imagery taken from January/February 2015. Video courtesy:

Please click here to read the full 2015 Bahamas Fishing Forecast and to view the video of the Bahamas/Gulf of Mexico Ocean Circulation on our website now!

Updated Videos on ROFFS™.com – Be Sure to Check Out the “Hot News” Button on the ROFFS™ Homepage

Above:  If you have ever been lobstering before, then this video is going to give you goosebumps…(And make sure to stick around at least until the diver pops his head up out of the water at the 2:30 mark or so). This video might get a slow start, but packs one heck of a lobster punch.And if you aren’t an avid lobster hunter, then here is why this lobster video is so amazing. Usually when lobstering in the Florida Keys, you find lobster that are trying to protect themselves behind or under structure like rocks, coral, sunken ships, etc. And usually they aren’t in packs of 100 either… But as you will see in this video, the lobster are so thick in this area, that they ran out of places to hide. They are just sitting on the sandy bed waiting to get plucked! According to the video’s owner, this was in Islamorada, Florida during the 2014 Lobster Mini-Season – Lobster Honey Hole = Salt Strong. Video courtesy: Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

Above: This amazing footage from over the Pacific Ocean near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico shows a whale pop out of the water and give a wave to the camera as the sun sets in the background. Video courtesy: The Weather Channel | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

Above: White marlin gopro dredge cam Video courtesy: Waverunner II Sport Fishing Charters | Captain Pat Foster | Vimeo Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

ROFFS™ Will be at 2015 Wharf Marina Yacht & Boat Show 

ROFFS™ will be at the Wharf Yacht and Boat Show in Orange Beach, AL on March 19-22, 2015 (Thursday-Sunday).  Come by our booth # W-5 and chat with Greg Gawlikowski, our “go to” gulf analyst, for some great boat show specials, or just to talk fishing. Greg will be speaking on the main stage on Friday, March 20 from 2:30 to 3:20 about the effects of the ocean environment, including eddies, on the catchabiity of tuna, marlin, shark and mahi.  He will be available to answer any of your questions regarding analyses and offshore fishing

Please visit the link below for more information.   We hope to see you there!!

Please click here to view more information on the 2015 Wharf Marina Yacht and Boat Show on our website now!

Innovative Built Environment for Offshore Aquaculture Proposed Article Courtesy: | originally published February 28, 2015

Do you enjoy fresh seafood?  Have you ever wondered where the seafood your eating comes from? In a presentation to the Maritime Alliance,  Don Kent, President and CEO of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) stated that the United States imports 90% of its seafood.
How many miles are on your seafood before it reaches your plate?  Mr. Kent gave an example: European Seabass, imported from Greece, will have  6,900 miles on it before it reaches your grocery store or restaurant table if you live in San Diego.  Obviously the price per pound of that filet has air fare included.
If you recognize the value of local seafood and its economy like Mr. Kent, you might be interested in reading about the innovative built environment for sustainable offshore aquaculture he’s proposed via his Rose Canyon Fisheries venture.  The proposed built environment improvement project, to be financed by Cuna Del Mar, would be located 4.5 miles from San Diego’s shoreline and may employ a system like the Ocean Farm Technologies’ AquaPod as shown in the following video.

Above: Ocean Farm Technologies Inc. develops and markets innovative technology for aquaculture in exposed open ocean conditions. OFT has exclusive license rights to develop and market the Aquapod™ containment system, a proprietary design. Although the Aquapod is OFT’s premier product, the company is also developing technology for feeding, cultivating, transfer and harvesting fish in open ocean systems. The market for these systems is world wide. Video courtesy: BConsulting | YouTube

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view video and read article on the Innovative Built Environment for Offshore Aquaculture on our website now!

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