Friday, April 28, 2017

 
BOATING
With sea turtle and manatee sightings on the rise along Georgia's coast, boaters should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals.

COAST GUARD
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis discovered a buoy sunk in the water with bullet holes, Monday, near Block Island, Rhode Island.

COLLEGIATE FISHING
The Association of Collegiate Anglers and the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are proud to announce that we will be returning to Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama for the 2018 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's.

ENVIRONMENT
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that underwater grass abundance – a key indicator of improving water clarity and quality – increased for the fourth straight year in the state's portion of the Chesapeake Bay, reaching a record of 59,277 acres.

EVENTS
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing Program welcomes all anglers 65 years and older to come to Lake Valencia in Maumelle for the largest senior citizen community fishing event in Arkansas, 9 a.m. until noon, Friday, May 5.
Get in on the fun at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.
The workshop/tournament is June 16-17 in the Florida Keys, prime time for dolphin.

FISHERIES
Great Lakes steelhead enter their spawning streams from late October to early May – but they don't usually spawn until spring.
Spednic Lake is one of the largest lakes in Maine and is largely undeveloped.

FISHING TIPS
New methods for catching lunkers during the alewive spawn.

GRANTS
NOAA Fisheries announces a federal funding opportunity to promote recovery actions and support engagement activities for critically endangered Atlantic salmon and their ecosystems.

INDUSTRY
Seaguar®, the inventor of fluorocarbon fishing line, is linking with public relations specialist Traditions Media to extol the infinite importance of selecting the right line.

ORGANIZATIONS
National fishing and hunting groups yesterday expressed concern about an administration decision to review recent use of the Antiquities Act to conserve public lands and waters, warning that efforts to reduce in size or otherwise diminish U.S. national monuments could harm fish and wildlife, reduce hunting and angling opportunities and negatively impact cherished American landscapes.

RADIO
We'll start off talking to Ken Maggiore from the Windy City of Chicago who caught not one, but two Illinois different state record fish in a single day.

SHOWS
The Newport In-Water Boat Show, the West Coast's largest in-water boat show, started Thursday and runs through Sunday at the newly renovated Lido Marina Village in California.

STATES
The Jeffrey Lake Wildlife Management Area boat ramp will close temporarily as the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID) begins dredging operations on or about May 1.
Being a CWF volunteer, besides being a lot of fun, allows you to be exposed to many fascinating educational experiences you just can't find anywhere else.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will start releasing Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into Truckee area waters to give Sierra Nevada anglers the opportunity to catch some trophy sized trout in a year or two.
Confiscated fishing gear, hunting gear, trapping equipment and more will be sold at auction in Zimmerman.
The program has funded over 2,400 projects including terrestrial and riparian habitat improvements; water and shelter projects for wildlife; wildlife population and habitat surveys; wildlife translocations and aquatic habitat, fishing area and watershed improvements.
Adopted regulations reflect the continuing poor forecasts for numerous ocean salmon populations.

TELEVISION
This Saturday the crew makes a 60-mile trek to the Bahamas in rough water.

TOURNAMENTS
The Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo is an all catch-and-release tournament on Tampa Bay to benefit the restoration projects and education programs of Tampa Bay Watch.

WASHINGTON
The order directs Zinke to consult local governments and tribes in order to review national monuments created by the Antiquities Act since January 1, 1996, that are greater than 100,000 acres in footprint and report back to the President on suggested legislative or executive action, if applicable, within 120 days.

WORKSHOPS
Workshops are designed primarily for women; however, it is an excellent opportunity for anyone 18 years of age or older to learn the outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, and a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Can't Please Everyone: Thoughts on the Antiquities Act Review

By Jim Shepherd, Publisher

Later today, President Donald Trump will further-infuriate Atlanta motorists as he makes his way to the Leadership Forum of the NRA's Annual Meeting & Exhibits at the Georgia World Congress Center.

While he's likely to receive an enthusiastic welcome from virtually everyone inside the hall, Mr. Trump's finding out that it's nigh on to impossible to win when it comes to public lands. We're hearing there will be "spontaneous" demonstrations regarding them outside.

He's been praised for his cabinet nominations by both the conservative and more liberal-leaning outdoor groups. But he's getting hammered for his executive order calling for the Interior Department to study dozens of national monuments -that include tens of millions of acres of now "protected" land- that have been designated since 1996.

His order directs Interior to gauge whether the size, boundaries and scope conform to guidelines in the Antiquities Act. That act, created by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, has served as the guideline for subsequent administrations since. He's having it checked for what seems to have been an inevitable "creep" upward over subsequent years, most notably the past ten.

The response from some groups, like Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the National Wildlife Foundation, Trout Unlimited, the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) and the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has been to declare Mr. Trump's act as "a step backward for endangered birds" (ABC) or issuance of a joint release saying they're preparing "to Defend Hunting and Fishing Opportunities from Sweeping National Monuments Review."

Personally, the whole thing seems a little overwrought. It's a "review" not a "repeal" of anything. And the outdoor industry -especially recreational boats and anglers- complained plenty when the former administration used national monument designations to set aside huge areas that had previously been enjoyed by both groups.

In fact, many western lawmakers complained that President Obama overused the law and "over-protected" lands. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says the decision shows Trump's commitment "to rolling back the egregious abuse of the Antiquities Act to serve far-left special interests." Those are, especially among the "far-left special interests" are fighting words.

It seems the heart of the battle is the Bears Ears National Monument, a 1.3 million acre parcel of lands that include world-class climbing, age-old cliff dwellings, and sacred Pueblo Indian lands. But the action says nothing about changing the designation of Bears Ears, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says it's consistent with Mr. Trumps promise "to give Americans a voice and make sure their voices are heard." That, he says, is part of "restoring the trust between local communities and Washington" and lets states know they will have a voice in land designations.

It's interesting to note that while outdoor manufacturer Patagonia says it's going to do everything in its power to prevent any rollbacks at Bears Ears (including "filing lawsuits") Utah Governor Gary Herbert has been asking President Trump to rescind the national monument status in its entirety, saying the designation is an infringement on a very serious subject: state's rights.

If you recall, it was Herbert's request regarding Bears Ears that caused Patagonia to pull out of Outdoor Retailer's shows and lobby other attendees to follow suit. After Herbert refused to reverse his position (and that relentless Patagonia campaigning), OR announced it would find a new home -outside Utah.

Maine Governor Paul LePage has asked that the designation for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument also be rescinded. It includes a large portion of the Penobscot River watershed-and was declared a national monument by President Obama in 2016. He, too, cited a state's right precedent.

That change, however, wouldn't even be possible under the executive order. It only allows reviews of monuments impacting 100,000 acres or more. Katahdin doesn't qualify.

Both Zinke and Trump say that it would be an error to jump to the conclusion that either of them support returning public lands to the states. In fact, Zinke went on record during his confirmation hearings as opposing giving public lands back to states. "I am absolutely against transfer and sale of public lands," he said in those hearings, "I can't be more clear."

Meanwhile, opponents of the review continue to characterize the executive order as an "unbelievable attack by those who would like to take those public lands away from us and turn them back over to the states."

Having reviewed the executive order, I don't see anything so nefarious. But I'm not living in the hyper-political world- fortunately.

President Trump had a pretty succinct response to those opposing his action: "people may not like it, but I'm doing the right thing."

As always, we'll keep you posted.

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