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With Capt. John King Swell Ending In the last month or so, many folks on our charters and tours are asking; "What makes the water so aqua, is it shallow there?" The simple answer is no, it is not shallow. In fact, it is very deep. We have been engaged in a series of storms far to our south, off the coast of mainland Mexico. These tropi- cal storms gather steam when they run across hot ocean waters and turn into John King hurricanes. Columnist Those hurricanes usually spin their way west northwest toward Hawaii. But when they turn northward toward Cabo San Lucas they become more likely to have a major impact on our waters and can reach directly into Avalon Harbor. The surge and swell from these storms causes breaking surf along our normally serene south facing beaches, lifting silt from the shore and mixing that sediment into the top water col- umn before it settles to the bot- tom. The result of all this action is that we get some incredibly light blue water in front of Avalon, much like the waters you might find around Caribbean islands. This action is not regular, but it is not rare either. It seems every year we get some of this storm surge coming our way. It is part of the natural rejuvenation that makes the oceans work as filters for the planet. These storms impact our waters in a number of ways, some good and some not-so-good. The not-so-good effects were seen in September 2014 when a coupleof hurricanes came roaring up the Baja, taking out Cabo's utilities and their airport. Hurricane Marie came sweep- ing in to our waters pulling out the kelp forests, destroying piers at White's Landing and Camp Fox and causing havoc in our local boat yard. Soon after, Hurricane Odile followed in with some large swells mashing up our sea walls and providing some scary moments for boaters. The com- bined damage of these storms reached into the millions on Catalina Island alone. There are also some major positive effects from these storms. On a global level they 'turn-over' the waters much like a farmer will till his fields between crops or seasons. This turbulent, plowing of the ocean restores balance to the water by mixing varies levels of the water column. The resultant effect helps to create the nutrient-laden water that nearly all life for.ms (includ- ing us) rely upon. We can also thank the hur- ricanes for our weather. This seems an odd concept at first since these hurricanes can cause extensive damage to property. But property is not life, and life would not exist long without hur- ricanes. It is a trade-off at the most basic level. Do you want that pier to stand forever or would you prefer tO breathe? Hurricanes redistribute hot water from the equator into the cooler waters to the north. A process known as 'thermohaline circulation'. Without this effect we would be left with a very nar- row zone of temperate weather. One effect of global-warming, whether your political beliefs suggest this to be an alternative fact or not, is that we get more hurricanes. Oddly though, it is also true that hurricanes help to lessen the effects of global warming by continuously stir- ring the earthen pot. On the local level the hits just keep on coming as the southern Although storms may stir waters in other areas - and other nations - their effects may be felt locally. Courtesy photo push brings warm water pelagics such as Bluefin Tuna, Marlin, Dorado and Yellowtail into our local off-shore waters. This is a boon to the boating and fishing businesses as anglers will pay nearly anything to catch that elu- sive trophy fish. In shore, the effects can also be seen on a day-to-day basis. When the island is being pum- meled by a south swell, the surf- ers are in heaven, but the fisher- men are on hold. As the swells subside, the board gets put away and the rods brought out. Some of the best fishing around Catalina Island happens in late summer and early fall as a result of this hurricane action to our south. The later the action, the longer our season. As for me, I am hopeful that the season runs late so that I might have a chance to get Afishinado out of the yard and into the action. No doubt, we have had an interesting weather year to date, however, as a boater and an angler I think it is going to end swell. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours - 888- 613- 7770 - john@afishina- dos.com. Founded in 1913 by Ernest Wmdle Publisher Jon Remy publisher@thecatalinalslander.com Editor Dixie Redfearn editor@thecatalinalslander.com Assistant Editor Charles Kelly editor2@sunnews.org Office Manager Kristy Throndson office@thecatalinalslander.com Legals Regina Martinez legals@localnewspaper.org Multimedia Director Franco Te Group Publisher Steven Remery publisher@localnewspaper.org 635 CRESCENT AVE, SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2082 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 m Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p,m, Monday Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/Pub!ic Notices: 5 p.m. Monday Send to manager@cinews.us One Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year A Publication of CommunltyMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, ER. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon. CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name or Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue. #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright @ 2017 and ~ Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc,. All Rights Reserved. FOR THE ISLANDER The Catalina Country Club was the venue for the 68th Annual meeting of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. A report on the past year's achievements and future year's goals by President and CEO Jim Luttjohann was delivered high- lighting areas of growth, Completion of both a Strategic Marketing Plan and a Visitor Profile Study and an award by the American Advertising Federation for the Chamber/ Bureau's newly launched web- site. Some flattening of visita- tion and increased a~endance of Chamber/Bureau events were also reported. Most importantly, visitor spending in the City of Avalon equates to $4,997 a year per household in tax savings. Four board members were retired and honored for their service. Bill Paige (Leo's Catalina Drug Store) and Gregg Miller (Hotel Metropole & Metropole Marketplace) each completed two terms, serving a total of six consecutive years, with Bill also serving two additional one year terms as past president. Tony Budrovich vacated the seat representing the Catalina (3110) 5|02550 301 ond 11125 CreJcent iivenue mm Island Conservancy, and John Eric Hernandez (Catalina By Design/Custom Catalina) vacat- ed his seat after serving a partial term. New board members installed were Ivan Leyva (El Terado Terrace Hotel/Virgies Snack Bar), Tim. Kielpinski (Catalina Island Conservancy) and Michael Ponce (Seacrest Inn). In addition, Yoli Montano (Hotel Metropole & Metropole Marketplace) was also wel- comed to her position filling the remainder of Hernandez's term.. Julie Bovay (Tech Shack), Thomas Salinas (Catalina Island Vacation Rentals) and Buddy Wilson (Catalina Business Services) were welcomed to their second terms. Officers for the 2017-18 fis- Cal year were also installed with Bovay as chair, Gall Fornasiere (Catalina Island Museum) as chair elect, Dave Howell (Catalina Island Adventure Tours) as chief financial officer and Dave Stevenson (Catalina Island Company) as marketing chair. Only on Catalina From page 1 brush, but we never expect- ed to encounter three BULL BISON! As v~e were inno- cently picking apricots, these enormous wild animals decid- ed that we shouldn't be there and CHARGED US! This had never happened to us before, but luckily we instinctively decided to climb the tree! Fortuntely, the rogues ran right under our branch and came within inches of reaching us! When the excitement was over (Dad, of course, never saw this happening from the road, luckily for us, or this close call would probably have ended our pursuit), we cautiously climbed down and continued to pick our treasure. As we started back to the car, we decided that we deserved a "treat" for all we had sacrified, so the two "little game hunt- ers" decided to eat ALL THE APRICOTS to calm our nerves! There must have been around a dozen. When we got back to Dad, we avoided sharing the excitement of our exploits with the Bison, but simply acknowledged their presence, and added that we weren't able to find any ripe apricots. As parents are generally able to cut through, the stories, he wasn't convinced, "Then WHAT is all of that apricot stuff around your mouth!?!" Of course there wasn't any, but when we franti- cally tried to wipe away the evi- dence, our guilt was revealed! (WHY is youth wasted on the young, and wisdom wasted on the old?). He did believe the story about the bison and they, along with the potential rattlesnake encoun- ters, caused this to be our last endeavor into the "wonderland" of the best apricots EVER! We then had to settle for apples, pears, and figs. I start- ed appreciating pears and figs, but am still NOT a big fan of apples. "GIVE ME APRICOTS OR GIVE ME DEATH!" Would LOVE to hear directly from any of you, chuckliddell. eatalina@gmail, com. 4 ! Friday, July 28, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER