Friday, August 26, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard advises mariners, recreational boaters, swimmers, surfers and the general public in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday to remain vigilant, exercise good judgment and make any preparations in anticipation to an incoming tropical wave.

174 volunteers and staff of Tampa Bay Watch including a record 39 boats and 14 canoes and/or kayaks snorkeled Lower Tampa Bay to find a total of 54 scallops.
Bass Pro Shops today announced that Bob Ziehmer has been named Senior Director of Conservation and Lead Director of the Johnny Morris Foundation
The 23rd Annual Monofilament Cleanup, sponsored by Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon of Florida supported by Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Restore America's Estuaries, will take place throughout the week of Saturday, September 24 - Sunday, October 2.

60 injured and disabled veterans are participating in the third annual Pay It Forward event that brings veterans together for a 3 night, 2 day fishing trip on The Walleye Capital of the World.

Anglers fish Devils Lake, North Dakota 12 months of the year, but in summer and fall, pike really cooperate.
The fourth Annual Kenai Classic Roundtable on National Recreational Fishing brought together leaders from all segments of the recreational fishing community. The panelists gathered on Wednesday, August 17, at Kenai Peninsula College to examine alternative solutions for current fishery management issues.

Grant will engage Hispanic families in fishing and boating through the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund

Eastward Boat's all-new 2200 redefines the 22-foot bay/center console markets by bridging the gap between a Bay Boat and an Offshore Center Console.

Navico – the world's largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad®, B&G® and GoFree® brands – announced today that on August 18, 2016 the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled yet again that Garmin DownVü™ scanning sonar products may not be imported into the United States, because they violate Navico's patents for DownScan Imaging™ technology.

Wheel-a-Weigh™ from Davis Instruments enables one person to easily and safely roll small craft to the water and back.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers commended an administration decision to conserve lands in Maine's North Woods via designation of a national monument, stressing the importance of the collaborative process that resulted in the designation and the need for engagement by public lands sportsmen to ensure that hunting and fishing feature prominently in the monument's management, an outcome that the Interior Department has committed to achieving.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that Amelia Whalen of Witherbee caught a record breaking freshwater drum from Lake Champlain in Essex County on June 4, 2016. The fish measured 36.5 inches and weighed 29 pounds 14 ounces, breaking the previous state record set in 2014 by more than 3 pounds.

The show launches on September 9-11, at the Port City Marina, Pier 33, Wilmington Convention Center and Battleship Park.

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from the Georgia-Florida line through Volusia County starting today, Aug. 25.
For the first time in five years, Georgia Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) are scheduled to be open every Monday and Tuesday, beginning Labor Day Mon. Sept. 5, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division: This means that they will be open 7 days a week.
The body of a boater who has been missing since Sunday afternoon was recovered in the Missouri River downstream from Hamburg on Wednesday.
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission has fast-tracked the review schedule for two state fishery management plans.
Well-meaning efforts to rescue a sea turtle hatchling by helping it leave a nest or picking it up and placing it in the ocean are not good ideas, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists.
Richfield artist Timothy Turenne has won the 2017 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has temporarily suspended the sale of fishing and hunting licenses while it works with the state Office of Cyber Security (OCS) to investigate a vulnerability in an outside vendor's license sale system that was recently exploited in several states, including Washington.

Ranger Boats Pro Cory Johnston won the final Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Oneida Lake with a three-day total of 50 pounds, 4 ounces. The angler won $77,778, including a Ranger Z518C with a 200 horsepower outboard.
The 2016 season for the Cabela's National Walleye Tour (NWT) came to a close earlier this month on Lake Oahe in South Dakota with pro-angler Ed Stachowski and co-angler Josh Bruce rising to the top and winning the Lucas Oil Angler of the Year (AOY) titles. Along with custom Lucas Oil AOY rings, both anglers earned paid entry fees for the 2017 NWT season.

The Central Virginia Chapter NWTF will host a Fall WITO event in Scottsville September 10th.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with its partners the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation and The Bass Federation's Student Angler Federation, have made $500 Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation grants available to saltwater teams and clubs in Florida.

Restoring Florida's Indian River Lagoon

Today's editorial, on the shocking deterioration of water quality and inshore fisheries along Florida's southeast coast in recent years, comes to us from CCA-Florida.

Florida's coastal estuaries are impacted in varying degrees from human population growth and coastal development impacts that compromise estuarine water quality and fisheries sustainability. CCA has previously addressed the impacts of fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee and its impacts to coastal estuaries in southern Florida, including the southern Indian River Lagoon (IRL). Therefore, this report will focus on other problems affecting the central and northern lagoon system.

For the greater Indian River Lagoon, the 2011-2013 "superbloom" and secondary brown tide bloom destroyed massive seagrass habitat. The more recent 2016 brown tide bloom and fish mortality event in the Banana River gained national attention, further highlighting the need for a new approach to estuary conservation and stewardship in Florida.

The decline of Florida's estuarine water quality has persisted for far too long. The current crisis in the IRL provides a historic opportunity for visionary, innovative, and effective leadership. From the mid 1980's to 2007, seagrass coverage in the IRL expanded with general scientific consensus that ecosystem health was in stasis. This occurred despite the fact that researchers who were studying water quality issues were discovering troubling nutrient levels, muck deposits, and even human pharmaceuticals in the water column.

In 2011, the Indian River Lagoon experienced a series of unprecedented phytoplankton blooms. The major bloom of green and blue-green algae was first observed in the Banana River in March 2011 (now referred to as the 2011 "superbloom"). This algal bloom expanded to cover large areas of the Mosquito Lagoon, Banana and Indian Rivers. It caused the loss of an estimated 47,000 acres (73 square miles) of seagrass habitat essential to healthy recreational fisheries.

In the summer of 2012, a dense bloom of the Texas brown tide organism (Aureoumbra) occurred in the southern Mosquito Lagoon and IRL. This was the first time this organism was recorded in the IRL, although extremely low concentrations of Aureoumbra were suspected to be already present in the system. The bloom lasted through December 2012. As it declined, low dissolved oxygen conditions and more than 30 fish kills were reported.

Photo by Malcolm Denemark USA Today
Water quality conditions appeared to improve slightly between 2013-2015, and modest seagrass recovery was observed in some locations. In mid-2015, the scientific community noticed an algal bloom in the Mosquito Lagoon which migrated into the northern Indian River Lagoon. It also affected the Banana River Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon south to Sebastian Inlet by January 2016. The algae in this recent bloom included those in the 2011-2012 bloom plus an intense brown tide bloom. As the bloom declined in March, low dissolved oxygen conditions prevailed and an extreme fish mortality event occurred in Banana River. Thousands of fish representing over 30 species were lost, including countless numbers of trophy redfish.

IRL scientists continue to voice concerns the system may have reached a "tipping point" where algal blooms may be a new normal seasonal occurrence unless aggressive water quality restoration strategies are implemented. Understanding all of the complex biological, chemical, and physical factors which initiate and sustain algal blooms will take many years, but the human sources of nutrients that fuel these blooms are well known.

Unfortunately, there is no single cause or one easy fix to these problems. All possible solutions are strategic, and will likely take several years to implement. Still, immediate action must be taken to protect the Indian River Lagoon and our other estuaries where human stressors are well known.

Potential solutions:
* Expanded and accelerated local, state and federal authorization, funding, and completion of water quality and habitat restoration improvements like Brevard County's Save Our Lagoon Project Plan throughout the IRL, including continued efforts to provide relief from Lake Okeechobee discharges through the St. Lucie River into the southern IRL.

* A comprehensive and integrated approach to IRL restoration and stewardship based on the best-available scientific knowledge as proposed by the Indian River Nation Estuary Program and the Indian River Lagoon Regional Compact.

* REMOVE - REDUCE - RESTORE - RESEARCH as proposed by the Indian River National Estuary Program and the Indian River Lagoon Regional Compact. (1) REMOVE the nutrient-rich muck on the bottom which has accumulated over many years. (2) REDUCE the flow of nutrients, sediments, and other pollutants into the IRL. These pollutants come from three main sources: groundwater from septic systems and aging wastewater systems, storm water runoff that washes water and waste from our yards and streets into the IRL, and air pollution. (3) RESTORE habitats and natural ecosystem functions through increased oyster and clam beds, mangroves, wetlands, and seagrass beds. (4) RESEARCH problems and solutions so that we can attain the knowledge to be more effective and efficient with our restoration efforts. Continued annual support for monitoring, mapping, and modeling is essential to determine what interventions work best.

* Support for the IRL Council (a special district of the State of Florida) and the restructured Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRL NEP). The IRL NEP is implementing a non-regulatory, collaborative and consensus-building approach to IRL restoration, monitoring, and stewardship decision-making.

Although it is virtually impossible to fully restore Florida's east coast lagoon system to its overall environmental state as of the mid-20th century, CCAFL believes certain actions can be taken over time by local, state and federal authorities in concert with the residents of Florida which should help the Indian River Lagoon recover from its current condition. On behalf of our members and all recreational anglers, we pledge to continue to work diligently in studying and supporting viable solutions which CCA hopes will benefit Florida's marine ecosystems.

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Apr. 1 - Nov. 30: Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament. Fish from Raritan Bay to Delaware Bay for 8 inshore species. Unlimited weigh-ins. Over 80 chances to win cash and prizes. Entry $20.

Sept. 1: C.A. Richardson, "The Flats Professor" presents a free inshore seminar at 7 p.m. at the South Shore Anglers meeting, at the Sunset Grill in Ruskin, Fla.,

Sept. 8 - Sept. 10: Texas Fly Fishing Expo, Grapevine, Texas;

Sept. 11 - Oct. 15: Nantucket Inshore Classic, Nantucket, Mass.,

Sept. 13: CCA CAL Orange County Chapter Meeting, Mimi's Café, Lake Forest, doors open 6pm, meeting 7-9pm.  Food and drink available for purchase.  Raffle prizes.

Sept. 14: CCA CAL Los Angeles Chapter Meeting, Mimi's Café, Torrance, doors open 6pm, meeting 7-9pm.  Food and drink available for purchase.  Raffle prizes.  Benny Florentino guest speaker

Sept. 15: Pinellas CCA Banquet and Auction, Gulfport Casino Ballroom 5500 Shore Blvd S, Gulfport, FL, tickets $85 or $165 per couple;

Sept. 24: National Hunting and Fishing Day. .

Sept. 24: Longest Redfish Tournament on Tampa Bay, hosted by South Shore Anglers of Ruskin, top prize is a $7500 golf cart, 2nd a $1,000 gift certificate to T.A. Mahoney's Marine Store in Tampa;

Sept. 24 - Sept. 25: Big Bass Tour at Lake Murray, hourly payouts;

Oct. 1: CCA CAL San Diego Fundraiser, Portuguese Hall San Diego, 5:30-9:30pm.  Craft Beers and Food Fest. 
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Oct. 1 - Oct. 2: Big Bass Tour at Lake Douglas, hourly payouts;

Oct. 8: Eastern Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Federation Council Regional Expo, Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs,

Oct. 14 - Oct. 16: Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Modified release format for billfish and weight divisions for tuna and dorado. $750,000 in prizes.

Oct. 18 - Oct. 22: Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Black and blue marlin weight and release divisions. $2.5 million-plus in prizes.

Oct. 22 - Oct. 23: California B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Qualifier, Clear Lake, Lakeport, CA,

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