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Date posted September 20, 2012 1:43 PM
Posted by moe0822
Report location New York > Fire Island > Fire Island Inlet Warning
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This is not a fishing report, but something all the boaters in Fire Island area should know. Stay safe everyone....



Posted on Newsday.com today:



The Coast Guard Thursday notified mariners to avoid using Fire Island Inlet because accumulation of sand has made the waterway so shallow and dangerous that boaters should take alternate routes to and from the ocean.



"Severe shoaling has been reported to extend the entire width of Fire Island Inlet and in the vicinity of Buoys 4 and 5 with water depths as low as 4 feet at high tide and less than 1 foot at low water," the advisory stated.



It added that "we are attempting to relocate any buoys necessary to mark best safe water." But it said that "mariners are advised to seek alternate routes and avoid Fire Island Inlet. If Fire Island Inlet is transited, do so at high tide and proceed with extreme caution."



The build up of sand has serious implications for recreational and commercial boaters, including the fishing and dive boats based at Captree State Park just north of the inlet at the western tip of Fire Island.



If vessels can't get through the inlet, they would have to head west to Jones Inlet or east to Moriches or Shinnecock inlets. Moriches has an ongoing shoaling problem of its own so severe that it is not dredged, and the Coast Guard does not place channel markers there and advises only boaters with local knowledge of conditions to use it and only in good weather.



The only solution for the shoaling is dredging out the sand that builds up. The federal government dredges Fire Island Inlet on a schedule. The next scheduled dredging project isn't until 2014.



Boaters who use Fire Island Inlet have been advised to pay close attention to the Coast Guard's online Local Notice to Mariners and daily broadcasts made over marine band radio Channel 16 for the latest channel conditions.



The agency also asked mariners to advise the Coast Guard if they see any changes. The contact is the Sector Long Island Sound Waterways Management Division chief, Lt. Ben Duarte at (203) 468-4596 or Benjamin.j.Duarte @uscg.mil.



link to actual article

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/coast-guard-boaters-to-avoid-fire-island-inlet-1.4021360



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JohnnyKapalua

Joined: 09/14/2004
Posts: 598
 09/20/2012 02:49 PM  

Never noticed it in Newsday but wanted to thank you for the information. Much appreciated.upup
 
CaughtLooking


Joined: 04/23/2011
Posts: 75
Location: Great South Bay
 09/20/2012 03:56 PM  

Here's the link: Link




This post edited by canyonfvr 04:05 PM 09/20/2012
 
moe0822


Joined: 10/06/2011
Posts: 110
Location: Valley Stream, NY
 09/20/2012 04:28 PM  

Thank you for adding the link.... much appreciated. upSmile


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must51

Joined: 06/30/2005
Posts: 6
Location: Lindenhurst
 09/20/2012 04:43 PM  

Fire Island Inlet

Has anyone tried to exit or enter the inlet to report how bad it is? Can one of our Captree boat captains comment?
 
reelfun


Joined: 09/02/2001
Posts: 1715
Location: FI Inlet
 09/20/2012 04:55 PM  

The US gives billions to countries that hate us and the people carrying the weight can't even get their infrastructure maintained.

Does anybody know why the Democrat Point Jetty inlet was abandoned?

Does the dredging schedule go back to when there was a jetty to help stabilize the inlet?


CaptLarryH
 
Wahoo69


Joined: 05/13/2007
Posts: 313
Location: Long Island
 09/20/2012 05:21 PM  

It's shoaling up on the demo side of the inlet aka the south side. Stay closer to the thumb side and you have nothing to worry about. But as always keep ur eyes out and pay attention. Be safe guys


" Set that hook!!! We're not gunna have any bait left!!!! "
 
CaughtLooking


Joined: 04/23/2011
Posts: 75
Location: Great South Bay
 09/20/2012 05:34 PM  

Interesting Link on the Hypothetical relocation of Fire Island Inlet - http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA482234
 
CAPTROBERT

Joined: 02/15/2007
Posts: 176
 09/20/2012 07:22 PM  

fireisland inlet

transiting the inlet today,to me it seems deeper than last week.from 6buoy to just westof 5 then south to 3 then 1 is plenty deep.that was asof 9am this am.the real problem is location of buoys.
 
badfish1355

Joined: 10/23/2001
Posts: 10
 09/20/2012 08:12 PM  

fire island inlet

Took a charter out on Monday and returned through the inlet on low tide,the red bouy was up on the beach on the Demo side, hugged the green can on the west side on the way in,,can't imagine low tide with a nasty inlet,,peace,,Capt. John
 
JMERT


Joined: 05/27/2009
Posts: 683
Location: JUST ENUFF
 09/20/2012 08:57 PM  

Wow. That is crazy. Thanks for the info. Any word of the conditions of the 4x4 beaches, demo & thumb?


JUST ENUFF
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moe0822


Joined: 10/06/2011
Posts: 110
Location: Valley Stream, NY
 09/20/2012 11:14 PM  

They just ran an update, but no real new information except a quote from one of the Captree captains....

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/coast-guard-warns-boaters-to-avoid-fire-island-inlet-1.4021360

sorry that I don't know how to paste links correctly.


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droptop400


Joined: 05/02/2008
Posts: 12
Location: Oakdale
 09/21/2012 05:01 AM  

The GSB needs a new Fire Island inlet about 6 -8 miles east of the current one. Not being a jerk, but the GSB needs to be flushed out. The current inlet has moved steadily west for a few hundred years. All you have to do is look at how far away the lighthouse is to understand. If a new inlet was to open up the current one would close. This might seem bad but I don't think so. Shellfish, etc would thrive again.
 
aerostern


Joined: 10/11/2004
Posts: 272
Location: West Islip
 09/21/2012 08:49 AM  

droptop400 wrote:

The GSB needs a new Fire Island inlet about 6 -8 miles east of the current one. Not being a jerk, but the GSB needs to be flushed out. The current inlet has moved steadily west for a few hundred years. All you have to do is look at how far away the lighthouse is to understand. If a new inlet was to open up the current one would close. This might seem bad but I don't think so. Shellfish, etc would thrive again.


This sounds great but if they cant even afford to dredge what we already have in place no way they going to find the money to do something like this. With all the taxes we pay you would think they would have the money to do things like this but obviously our tax dollars wind up in the wrong place.
 
fishingerman

Joined: 10/02/2002
Posts: 93
 09/21/2012 10:01 AM  

One of the hurricanes way back breached an inlet a few miles East of water Island . If that had stayed open the oysters would still be here.
 
sandybeach

Joined: 01/22/2005
Posts: 707
 09/21/2012 11:10 AM  

Is this the future of FI inlet?

"Moriches has an ongoing shoaling problem of its own so severe that it is not dredged, and the Coast Guard does not place channel markers there and advises only boaters with local knowledge of conditions to use it and only in good weather."






 
moe0822


Joined: 10/06/2011
Posts: 110
Location: Valley Stream, NY
 09/21/2012 04:03 PM  

I am going to jump on one of the Captree Charters tomorrow so I will let everyone know if we make it out of the inlet or stay inside...


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JMERT


Joined: 05/27/2009
Posts: 683
Location: JUST ENUFF
 09/21/2012 04:33 PM  

moe0822 wrote:

I am going to jump on one of the Captree Charters tomorrow so I will let everyone know if we make it out of the inlet or stay inside...




I would call to even see if they have a Game plan first


JUST ENUFF
LIBBA # 2096
Montauk Surfcasters #1225
 
moe0822


Joined: 10/06/2011
Posts: 110
Location: Valley Stream, NY
 09/21/2012 05:27 PM  

- good point..... lol


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captainjmp


Joined: 08/25/2006
Posts: 586
Location: Port Jefferson
 09/21/2012 05:51 PM  

I was on a boat today with a transducer 4' feet below the water and we never saw less than 9' going through the inlet, true we weren't always in the marked channel but that just means they need to move the buoys


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surfinusa

Joined: 10/13/2006
Posts: 252
Location: Great South Bay
 09/21/2012 06:38 PM  


I saw 6-7 feet last Friday. This was about 1/2 or 3/4 way through the outgoing. Definitely can see the sand piling up. I may think twice before running the inlet at or near low tide. Keeps getting worse every year. Moving the markers should help though...

 
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