Friday, March 23, 2018

Each year the influx of college students and tourists arriving to Waikiki Bay during Spring Break generates numerous on-water safety concerns. In previous years, large flotillas have emerged encouraging the consumption of alcohol while on the water and pose a significant risk to public safety. 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the free "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 21at eight different locations across the state. 


"Limiting a comment period to just 30 days is not enough time for public input and participation, especially with inadequate application materials on the table. The Pebble Partnership is attempting to fool Alaskans by submitting an application that covers just the first phase of mine development," said Nelli Williams, Alaska director of Trout Unlimited. 


The American Fly Fishing Trade Association and Cheeky Fishing are partnering to award a donation of up to $3,000 to Stripers Forever in coordination with the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament being held this May. 

The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with free admission every Friday this year. 


Anglers reported fewer stripers and smaller fish in this survey, indicating a need for management changes, says this conservation group. 

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at  DEC Division of Marine Resources Headquarters, located at 205 N Belle Mead Rd, Suite 1, East Setauket, NY. 

NOAA Fisheries announces intent to conduct a 5-year review for the threatened Gulf of Maine distinct population segment (DPS) of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus), the endangered New York Bight DPS of Atlantic sturgeon, the endangered Chesapeake Bay DPS of Atlantic sturgeon, the endangered Carolina DPS of Atlantic sturgeon and the endangered South Atlantic DPS of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). 

Originally intended to establish a new recreational fishery in Virginia, these fish have been so successful that, in recent surveys of the tidal James and Rappahannock rivers, they made up 75 percent of the total fish biomass


The Kings for Kids Fishing Tournament will be held out of the new Waterline Marina on Anna Maria Island, just west of Bradenton, Florida.


This year’s anglers will be fishing out of Lighthouse Marina and the Hilton Recreation Area, with launch starting at 5 a.m., weigh-ins beginning at 4 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds.  


NMMA says $1.7 billion in marine exports could be adversely impacted and damage the global competitiveness of the U.S. marine manufacturing industry. 

The Progressive® Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo ended its three-day run on Sunday, March 18 at its new location – the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, NJ – with a total of 13,095 attendees, up 15 percent from 2017. 


After a season of adventure, avoid fines, quarantines, and even impoundments while traveling across state lines by contacting the Arizona Game and Fish Department or authorized contractor Woods to Water Wildlife Solutions LLC for inspections and decontaminations of boats traveling away from waters designated as having aquatic invasive species (AIS). 


In this position, you will be responsible for understanding a wide range of natural resources policy issues and showing leadership on government relations initiatives related to all of TRCP’s areas of focus. 


Regan Nelson has been named Marine Resource Program Director, and Matt Smythe is the new Communications Director.  


This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Milwaukee Riverkeeper Cheryl Nenn, charter captain “Dumper” Dan Welsch, and fishing guides Israel Dunn and Ron Barefield. 


Expanding the qualifications to include both graduating high school seniors and those already enrolled in undergrad and graduate programs, Shimano North American Fishing, Inc. will now award up to $30,000 in scholarships as part of its ‘Shimano Varsity’ program. 


Paddling, striper fishing, turkey hunting and more are on the agenda for these seminars in Concord.


The Northwest Sportshow continues through Sunday, March 25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN, with admission $14 for adults.


In addition to extensive promotion of Yamaha Marine products, the 2018 sponsorship includes the annual Yamaha Angler Appreciation Night taking place during the 2018 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's this May. 


The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has published a guide designed to assist communities in creating, upgrading, promoting, funding, permitting and maintaining successful water trails.   

The lakes in Indiana’s muskie program cover 2,700 surface acres, and many have been stocked each year for more than 20 years. 

Vance Creek Pond #1 will open to fishing by juveniles (under 15 years of age), seniors (70 years old and over) and anglers with WDFW disability status and have a designated harvester card only from March 31 to April 8. 

Endangered Salmon Set to Expand Their Range in California’s Central Valley

From NOAA Fisheries

Biologists are capitalizing on a unique opportunity this year to “jump start” the recovery of Sacramento winter-run Chinook salmon, one of the nation’s most critically endangered species.

These fish were once a thriving population running in the thousands every year from the Pacific Ocean, up the Sacramento River for hundreds of miles to cool, snow-fed streams like the Little Sacramento, McCloud and Pit Rivers, and Battle Creek.

Since the building of dams and other river impediments, the abundance of winter-run has plummeted and now the single remaining population spawns only in the Lower Sacramento River below Keswick Dam. That spawning location is far below their historic habitat in a section of river exposed to summer heat, where their survival depends on temperatures artificially controlled by cold-water releases from Shasta Dam.

Winter-run juvenile Chinook salmon being prepared for release at Coleman National Fish Hatchery on March 2. Approximately 29,000 endangered winter-run were released that morning into the North Fork of Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River where they once thrived. The fish are from the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery captive broodstock program. Photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS

Today, Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon are listed as an endangered species under both federal and state law and were named one of NOAA Fisheries’ eight “Species in the Spotlight,” meaning they are among the nation’s most at-risk species of facing extinction and are in need of focused attention.

Fortunately, the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery below Shasta Dam has kept the salmon from going extinct by augmenting the wild population with offspring from the hatchery’s conservation supplementation program.

Winter-run juvenile Chinook salmon being prepared for release at Coleman National Fish Hatchery. Photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS

This year, not all of the Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon from this program were required to supplement the natural spawning population below Keswick Dam. So they will instead be reintroduced into the North Fork of Battle Creek, where they once thrived. Recovery managers hope the 200,000 juvenile fish will expand the current range of the fish and help in its recovery.

“This is our attempt to ‘jump start’ the recovery of Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon by expanding their range into a watershed that has undergone substantial habitat restoration over the past several years,” said Maria Rea, Assistant Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Central Valley Office. “We have been preparing a comprehensive plan for reintroduction of these fish, and we are excited that this opportunity to use the 2014 cohort of captive brood stock allows us to begin implementation this year.”

Preparing the tanker truck at Coleman National Fish Hatchery. Photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS

North Fork Battle Creek is historic habitat for Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other partners have improved habitat in the creek as part of a long-term restoration project for salmon and steelhead.  Since 1999, the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project has spent over $100 million to restore approximately 48 miles of prime salmon and steelhead habitat. Crews will release the Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon into North Fork Battle Creek in groups throughout March and April.

USFWS' Brad Carter begins releasing approximately 29,000 endangered winter-run juvenile Chinook salmon into the North Fork of Battle Creek. Photo: Laura Mahoney, USFWS

In August, after the fish hatched at the Livingston Stone Hatchery, they were immediately trucked to the Coleman National Fish Hatchery on Battle Creek so the juveniles could imprint on the smell of the waterway in preparation for their return migration in 2020.

All of the juvenile salmon will be tagged and fin clipped prior to release, allowing fish biologists to track their survival, growth and ocean distribution, as well as to detect them when they return to Battle Creek.

The successful release of these fish is the culmination of many years of planning, cooperation, and tremendous efforts in rearing the fish and in restoring their habitat. It’s also an incredible milestone toward the recovery of endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon.

“Maintaining these critically endangered fish outside of their historic range and below Shasta dam is not a sustainable strategy, especially considering the likelihood of more drought years,” said Rea. “We must work together to reintroduce these salmon to their historic habitat in Battle Creek and the McCloud River, if we are to recover them for future generations.”

READ MORE about recovering California's salmon

Home Page photo: Laura Mahoney, USFWS

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