Thursday, December 14, 2017

 
BOATING
A part of the popular Joe's Bayou soon could be designated as an idle-speed/no-wake boating safety zone.

CONSERVATION
In Water Year 2017, the District's network of constructed treatment wetlands, known as Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs), treated water to an average of 15 parts per billion (ppb) of phosphorus, the best performance on record.
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana, Chevron, Building Conservation Trust (CCA's National Habitat Program) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), began construction on a new artificial reef, located in Terrebonne Bay, south of Cocodrie.

ENFORCEMENT
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office announced felony charges against three individuals connected to a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed.
These officers are responsible for investigating boat accidents for their respective agencies, and the course provides the unique opportunity to investigate a staged boating collision with the goal of determining the cause of the accident.

FISHING SPOTS
Action on trout, largemouths, smallmouths and steelhead can be very good throughout the winter in many parts of the state for hardy outdoorsmen.
There are large schools of shad roaming the flats and the stripers are cruising within the shad, according to Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters.

FISHING TIPS
Christy Graham, trout program coordinator, says anglers should be aware of spawning activities and the damage caused when redds or spawning trout are disturbed.

GEAR
Shake up your wardrobe this year with the new, stylish utilitarian plaid shirts from JAGDHUND

ICE FISHING
NH Fish and Game is hosting a free ice fishing seminar on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m.

INDUSTRY
The two-day event brings together the marine industry and boating community at the State Capital to advocate for issues affecting this important part of the state's economy and culture, and chart the future of boating policy in California.
Every LIVETARGET bait is not only inspired by nature, but endeavors to replicate the action, three-dimensional anatomical features and intricate color patterns of natural prey that cause predatory fish to make aggressive, immutable feeding decisions.
In light of "unprecedented demand," Yamaha Motor Corp. is asking its counterparts in Japan to focus on reallocating products to the United States so the company can fill orders.

LEGISLATION
A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation's primary law governing federal fisheries management.

NEW PRODUCTS
The Stainless-Steel Tumbler, Realtree Xtra Green Knockout is a brand new offering from Tervis and ideal for the outdoor enthusiast who appreciates a personal touch. Personalize this tumbler with exclusive Tervis designs or with your own personal photos or artwork.
Buff, Inc. the U.S.subsidiary of BUFF®, creators of The Original Multifunctional Performance Headwear for all-season outdoor enthusiasts and athletes, have created the [AS ONE] Collection to support and celebrate communities that have experienced devastation from natural disasters in 2017.

RADIO
Bill Heavey, well known columnist for Field & Stream, has a new book out and he'll share some hilarious stories with us this week on the show

STATES
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce the selection of a contractor to conduct the first phase of the Lake Carmi In-Lake Phosphorus Management Project.
The license currently costs up to $1,000 but from now through Dec. 31st, the price will be reduced by 25 percent for Florida residents who are 17-years-old and younger.
LDWF will deploy a new freshwater artificial reef composed of PVC pipe into Vernon Lake on Thursday, December 14.
The AGFC has drop-off locations across the state to let your old Christmas tree have a second life as underwater cover.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's January meeting, scheduled for Thursday Jan. 4 at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters in Baton Rouge, will begin at 1 p.m. instead of the normal start time of 9:30 a.m.
A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed along Lee and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida over the past week.
In addition to annual hunting and fishing permits, hunt/fish combos are available, as well as lifetime permits, which are perfect for kids, grandkids and graduates.

WASHINGTON
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (AK) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen.

WORKSHOPS
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced registration is open for the winter "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" program, which is set for Feb. 23-25, 2018 in Marquette County.
Join us February 23-25, 2018 at the UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Bryant Pond for a weekend of outdoor fun and adventure.

Bonefish Conservation in The Bahamas and Beyond– Protecting Spawning Locations

Today's feature comes to us from our friends at the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Visit their site (and consider a supporting donation) at www.bonefishtarpontrust.org.

As I crept along a mangrove-fringed shoreline in shin-deep water, I could barely make out the tips of a bonefish tail and dorsal fin in the pre-dawn light. The fish slowly searched the shallows for food, occasionally tipping on a found morsel, its entire tail exposed. I cast the fly to land on the exposed sand, and slowly crept the fly into the water. The bonefish turned and slurped in the barely-wet fly. The fight was on.

These are the scenarios we think about when we think about fishing for bonefish – shallow flats, mangroves, and tailing fish moving in and out with the tides. And the flats habitats are priority one for conservation actions like habitat protections, but making sure bonefish populations are healthy enough to support strong fisheries requires more than just the flats. We must also protect the locations where they spawn, and the routes they use to migrate to spawning sites.

Working with BTT science partners, fishing guides, and The Bahamas National Trust, information from bonefish research was used to establish six new national parks in 2016 that protect bonefish habitats. Three of these parks protect bonefish spawning sites that were identified by this research.

BTT continues to work with science partners, guides, Bahamas National Trust, and The Nature Conservancy to identify spawning sites throughout the Bahamas so these sites can be protected as part of BNT's and TNC's efforts to protect 20% of Bahamas waters for conservation. To do this work, we use interviews with fishing guides to help us identify potential spawning sites, behavioral observations of pre-spawning fish to confirm these new sites, the examination of eggs to determine whether females in these aggregations are indeed ready to spawn, and tagging to determine from how far away bonefish are migrating to form these spawning aggregations.

We are now working our way through the Bahamas to identify more of these important sites, and continue to share this information with BNT and TNC so they can use it in their conservation planning. Based on these efforts, we anticipate that new protected areas will be proposed in 2018 or 2019.

Thanks to an international panel and other discussions at the BTT Science Symposium earlier this year, we are also beginning to use these methods to help identify bonefish spawning sites in places such as Florida, Belize, Cuba, and Mexico. Given that bonefish larvae spend considerable time drifting in ocean currents, identifying and protecting bonefish spawning aggregations throughout the region could be vitally important to the health of local bonefish populations.

Please consider donating to support the Bahamas Initiative, regional spawning research, and by reporting possible spawning locations.

The Fishing Wire welcomes your comments and actively solicits letters and guest editorials from readers as well as fishery managers, scientists and industry experts in boating, fishing and related equipment. Please send your comments and suggestions to frank@thefishingwire.com.
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