Monday, August 3, 2015

 
COAST GUARD
Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14 years old, reportedly left their Jupiter, Florida, home aboard a 19-foot white single engine center console boat eight days ago, and have not been seen since.

CONSERVATION
Thanks to an innovative new project by the Coastal Conservation Association, the Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation, Viking Yachts and the Town of Jupiter, a bold new project hopes to create new reef habitat that will soon form a complex of world-class reef corridors off the coast of Palm Beach County.

FISHERIES
Proper catch and release is especially important when temperatures are reaching the hottest they'll be all year.
The changes include a statewide two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis), which applies to all bluefin tuna possessed in California waters, regardless of where they were taken.
Anglers from several different countries met last week to discuss the state of billfish (marlin and sailfish) in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and how to better manage them.

FISHIERIES
Following confirmation of whirling disease in rainbow trout from the Watauga River in North Carolina, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are concerned about potential significant impacts the disease may have on other trout populations, in particular native brook trout populations.

FUND RAISERS
This annual inshore tournament is a fund-raiser for the U. of South Florida Breast Health Program.

INDUSTRY
Sea Pro Boats, a renowned brand in the boating industry, is returning to the market with 'The Next Wave' – an all new line of bay boats and center console offshore fishing boats.
Yamaha Marine Group announced today the introduction of a new series of videos – "Fishing with Helm Master" – that portrays the many real-world fishing applications and maneuvering capabilities of Helm Master, Yamaha's fully integrated boat control system.
Designed around Shimano's Hagane concept and the tackle manufacturer's cold-forging expertise, the new Stradic FK spinning reels took top honors as the 'Best Freshwater Reel' at the 2015 ICAST Show.
Continuing to showcase its fishing rod design and technology expertise, G. Loomis once again was recognized with 'Best Freshwater Rod' honors for its new E6X bass rods at the ICAST Show in Orlando.
Triton Boats, a leading manufacturer of premium fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, has named Angler's Choice Boat Superstore its 2015 Dealer of the Year.

NEW PRODUCTS
The McMurdo Smartfind S20 is a personal AIS MOB device worn on a lifejacket and activated by sliding off the safety tab and lifting an arming cap to deploy the antenna

NOAA
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin two months of dives using unmanned remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, to explore marine protected areas in the central Pacific Ocean August 1, and anyone with an internet connection can watch their progress.
Earlier this month, a young green sea turtle was found by local police in a residential back yard. The sea turtle was in a kiddie pool filled with city water, and was eventually transferred to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey.

PROMOTIONS
The Berkley Trailer is scheduled in Hanover, Md., at Bass Pro Shops August 7- 9. The trailer will be on hand to entertain and offer great deals to consumers.

RECORDS
Dave Ochs, who manages Lake Rosalie Bait and Tackle, was pre-fishing for a tournament on Thursday when he caught the giant largemouth, which went 19.20 on an uncertified scale.

STATES
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission has issued a salvage order on Hagerman Wildlife Management Area's, Anderson Pond #3, Anderson Pond #4, and Riley Pond.
Washingtonians are reeling in salmon off the coast, pulling up pots full of crab in Puget Sound, and casting for trout in alpine lakes on both sides of the Cascades.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications through Aug. 17 for its next class of conservation agent trainees.
The commission will receive briefings on a variety of management issues, including the implementation of the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan and a report that provides an overview of threats to steelhead populations and the management actions designed to address those threats.
Lake Corpus Christi State Park near Mathis, Texas, will host a grand opening celebration to mark the completion of its new fishing pier project.
Meetings today (Aug. 3) in North Bend and August 4 in Newport will review season dates and regulations.

TOURNAMENTS
With the 10th Anniversary BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's marked in the books, the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series looks to the week of May 23, 2016 to be back on Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama for the 11th Annual BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's on Thursday and Friday, May 26-27.

Prevention of Whirling Disease in Trout

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Whirling disease spores.
Whirling disease is a malady of trout and salmon caused by a microscopic parasite that produces a spore. The water-borne parasite (Myxobolus cerebralis) may not directly kill trout, but fish heavily infested can become deformed or exhibit the erratic tail-chasing behavior from which the disease gets its name. Eventually, heavily infected young fish may die. The parasitic disease probably originated in Europe, where native brown trout have developed a natural resistance to the parasite. But these fish can still carry and transmit the spore.

How it Affects Fish

The whirling disease parasite has a two-host lifecycle that involves trout and an alternate host, a common bottom-dwelling tubifex worm. When an infected trout dies, large numbers of hard spores are released. These hard spores are hardy, resist freezing and drought and can remain viable for decades. After release from the host fish, they can be ingested by the tubifex worm. The worms are then parasitized by the organism, the end result of this phase being a delicate, water-borne spore. When released from the worm, these water-borne spores can infect susceptible fish by attaching to their bodies, or when fish eat infected worms. Most native species have little or no natural resistance, having only recently been exposed to the parasite. Young fish are at greatest risk because the parasite attacks their soft cartilage, causing nerve damage, skeletal deformities and in some cases death. Once a fish reaches three to four inches in length, cartilage forms into bone and the fish is much less susceptible to effects from whirling disease. However, they remain carriers of the parasite.

Whirling Disease in Colorado

Whirling disease was first observed in the United States around 1958. The parasite was accidentally introduced in Colorado in the 1980s through imported trout from a private hatchery. It's now found in at least 20 states, including West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan and most western states.

Whirling disease is thought to be a major factor in the declines of wild rainbow trout populations in certain Colorado waters. It's suspected that the outbreak of the disease may be linked to other environmental factors that aren't yet apparent. The parasite has been confirmed in 13 of Colorado's 15 major river drainages, including the Colorado, South Platte, Gunnison, Arkansas and Rio Grande rivers.

Prevention and Control of Whirling Disease

Hatcheries - Eight of Colorado's state hatcheries have tested positive for whirling disease. In some cases, this has amounted to only two spores. (More than 4 million spores can fit on the head of a pin). Routine fish health sampling indicates diminishing infections at some sites, a result of measures to reduce or eliminate whirling decease in hatcheries. Many hatchery trout will carry few, if any, spores. But as a precaution, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife will consider these trout "positive" until repeated hatchery tests find no spores. Additional steps, including the installation of an ultraviolet system at the Roaring Judy Hatchery to kill spores that cause whirling disease, are underway.

Stocking - A policy implemented in spring 1995 prevents the stocking of trout from hatcheries testing positive into waters where whirling disease has not been found. This includes wilderness areas and streams where native trout may be restored. Trout from positive hatcheries will be stocked into waters where the parasite has been found to minimize the risk of contaminating other watersheds. Only trout from negative testing hatcheries can be stocked into waters where the parasite has not been found.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife is developing a comprehensive policy to determine where and when stocking will occur. This policy is being developed by a group composed of anglers, federal land management agencies, business interests, tackle manufacturers, private trout growers and others. The goal is safeguard the aquatic resource while continuing to provide quality recreational fishing for trout and other fish in Colorado.

Research - An exhaustive Colorado Parks and Wildlife research project has greatly increased the knowledge about whirling disease. Colorado is coordinating its resources with other states to study the parasite. In February 1996, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (then Division of Wildlife) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hosted a national conference of fishery biologists to share information on the disease and develop a comprehensive strategy for future research. This cooperation will maximize all efforts, avoid duplication of research and hopefully result in a better understanding of how to control the spread of the whirling
disease parasite.

As a member of the Colorado Fish Health Board, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife is taking the lead on developing ways to insure that the state's aquatic habitat remains healthy. Through public awareness, research and continued fish health programs, the impact of the whirling disease parasite, and other pathogens, can be minimized or eliminated in many of the state's waters.

About Whirling Disease

Whirling disease is a parasitic condition affecting fish, primarily rainbow trout. Other species of trout and salmon are affected to lesser degrees. Warm-water fish such as bass, walleye and catfish are not affected.

Whirling disease does not infect humans. People cannot contract the disease from eating or handling infected fish.

Young fish are most susceptible because the parasite attacks their soft cartilage. Clinical signs of infection include skeletal deformities or whirling motions during swimming. Once trout reach three to four inches in length, cartilage forms into bone and fish are no longer susceptible.

Larger infected fish generally don't die but are carriers of the disease. In the vast majority of cases, infected adult fish show no signs of the disease, exhibit regular behavior and go on to live normal life spans.

As of yet, there is no practical cure to treat wild trout infected with the disease.

The disease is present in many Colorado rivers and in a number of state hatcheries. Once the disease parasite is established in the wild, it can persist indefinitely, depending on environmental conditions. Efforts to reduce the parasite in hatcheries are proving successful.

Current evidence suggests that stocking of hatchery trout exposed but not necessarily infected with the parasite into waters where whirling disease is known to exist does not increase the level of infectivity.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife has developed strict policies and regulations to help control and prevent the spread of the disease in Colorado.

How You Can Help

  • Remember that the tubifex worm can hold the whirling disease parasite. Thoroughly wash off any mud from vehicles, boats, trailers, anchors, axles, waders, boots, fishing equipment and anything that can hold the spores or mud-dwelling worms.
  • The parasite can persist in water. Drain boats, equipment, coolers, live bait wells and any holder of water. Make sure you don't inadvertently help spread whirling disease by cleaning all equipment after use in lakes or streams.
  • Don't transport any fish from one body of water to another, which can help spread whirling disease. It is unlawful in Colorado to move and stock live fish without a special license.
  • Don't dispose of fish entrails or other by-products into any body of water.
  • Never transport aquatic plants. Make sure boats, engine props, anchors, trailers and wheels are cleared of weeds after every use.
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Apr. 1 - Nov. 30: Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament.  From Raritan Bay to Delaware Bay. 8 inshore species.  Entry $20.  www.BeachNBoat.com.

Aug. 11 - Aug. 15: International Fly Fishing Fair, Bend OR, Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center; www.fedflyfishers.org.

Aug. 21 - Sept. 7: Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout
and Salmon Derby, Over $50,000 in cash prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon caught during this 18-day event Sign up in local tackle shops or call (888) REEL-2-IN; www.loc.org.

Aug. 22 - Aug. 30: 39th Annual Greater Niagara "Fall Classic" Derby – 2015: A Fish Odyssey: Last year over $10,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at the Town of Newfane Community Center. Categories included salmon, rainbow/brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and walleye: (877) FALLS US or visit www.fishodyssey.net .

Sept. 15 - Sept. 17: IBEX Marine Trade Show, Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, KY; www.ibexshow.com/attend.

Sept. 26 - Sept. 27: Oakley Big Bass Tour Event. Lake Murray, South Carolina. www.oakleybigbass.com www.oakleybigbass.com

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1: National Marine Electronics Association Conference and Expo, Baltimore, MD; www.NMEA.org.





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