Friday, May 27, 2016

 
EDITOR'S NOTE
No Wires on Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day we will not publish any wires on Monday, May 30 We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

BOATING
As the Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer boating season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) urge boaters to be mindful when selecting fuel for their boats, especially as the federal government's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is increasing the risk of consumer misfueling.
Michigan is a boater's paradise, home to an estimated four million boating enthusiasts, including one million registered boats and 300,000 non-registered canoes and kayaks
As National Safe Boating Week continues, the Coast Guard is reminding boaters to get a free vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary before going out onto the water this Memorial Day weekend.
The Army Corps of Engineers issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River due to recent heavy rains in Arkansas and Oklahoma causing flows to rise.

CONSERVATION
For a second year in a row, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for volunteers to help with an aquatic enhancement project on Lake Gaston this summer.

DIVING
Presented by the Florida Skin Diver's Association (FSDA), the Salt Life Super-Series combines multiple established tournaments throughout Florida, giving scuba divers, free divers and teams a chance to compete for prizes, sponsorships and national recognition in the world of spearfishing.

EVENTS
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar campaigns have joined forces with Walmart, South Bend and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week(NFBW) with kickoff events hosted at Walmart stores across the United States June 3-5.

FISHERIES
Join Jeff Dement, Fish Tagging Director for the American Littoral Society, on a day of fishing and tagging in New Jersey waters August 20.
For fish passage restoration sites where removal of dams and other barriers is not feasible, or dam removals are expected to change the upriver channel bed, nature-like fishways may be the best option for restoring migratory fish runs while protecting bridges, utility lines, and other upriver infrastructure.
Musky size is on the rise in Wisconsin and that means the potential for a big bite is better than ever as the northern season gets underway on Saturday, May 28.
A three-year $1.1 million grant from NASA is helping several organizations fine-tune current red tide forecasts with the goal of offering public health managers, coastal residents and visitors a forecast that better reflects coastal conditions on more localized scales.

FISHING TOURNAMENTS
Several areas on the Arkansas River are likely to produce bass during the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open June 2-4, but the best spots could be wherever the competitors find spawning shad.

INDUSTRY
As overall numbers of hunters and anglers have remained relatively steady in recent years, one thing is certain; within that group of adventure-seeking outdoor enthusiasts, the number of women participants continues to climb.

INVASIVE SPECIES
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to monitor their live bait purchases this holiday weekend – and during the entirety of the fishing season – to look for juvenile invasive (Asian) carp.
Boaters can expect to encounter inspection stations at New Mexico lakes this summer as we continue to keep aquatic invasive species out of the state's waters.
After quickly aiming his compound bow with a slight adjustment to account for the refracted shadow cast by rail-mounted search lights, Emory Baldwin III released the arrow and was immediately engaged in a tug of war with an 18.42-pound Maryland record.
Releasing aquatic animals and plants is illegal, as they pose a threat to native species and ecosystems.

JOBS
MarineMax, the World's Largest Recreational Boat Dealer, is seeking a General Manager for our premier location in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

PASSINGS
Nicholas Andrew Huntley of Madison, Ala., who was the son of T-H Marine Supplies president and CEO Jeff Huntley, died May 20. He was 23.

STATES
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will celebrate Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5, when no license is required to fish Kentucky waters.
Today the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) determined, based on professional engineering assessments, that dam safety improvements completed over the past eight months –nearly one year ahead of schedule– allow for water levels to be increased two feet above winter pool at the more than 3,100-acre Buckeye Lake.
Landowners may cancel public access agreements if littering becomes a problem. Anglers should always carry out their containers and spend a few minutes picking up after those who are careless.

TELEVISION
Chasing pike, walleyes, trout, redfish, and lots more with Babe Winkelman, Jimmy Houston, Scott Martin and other top TV anglers.

TOURNAMENTS
John Cox, the FLW Tour standout from Florida, has moved into the top position, dropping previous kingpin Aaron Martens to 2nd.

WASHINGTON
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a top trade issue for the recreational boating industry, and one that was covered in detail during this month's American Boating Congress.

WORKSHOPS
The Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy in Cadillac, Michigan, will offer two opportunities for Michigan anglers – or those who want to be – to improve their fishing skills, with bass and steelhead clinics in June.

CCA NC and Building Conservation Trust Partner to Fund Oyster Research

The Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina (CCA NC) and the Building Conservation Trust, CCA's national habitat program, have partnered to fund $100,000 for innovative oyster research conducted by Dr. Joel Fodrie at the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science in Morehead City, N.C.

The grant allows Fodrie and his team of doctoral candidates to continue ongoing research into oyster reef restoration. Matthew Kenworth, Manager of the Institute's Fish Ecology Lab, said, "If we have more good quality habitat, we'll have better and more fish."
It's not all as easy as dumping oyster shell into the water, he explained. The different habitats of sea grass, mud flats and oyster reefs along with varying water depths create a puzzle that takes research to solve.

Fodrie's research will include building 32 new oyster reefs using different materials and locations to determine the best practices for successful oyster cultivation. The researchers will also tag up to 60 fish of different species with acoustic tags to discover how they use the new and restored oyster reefs.

Fodrie, Kenworthy and their UNC research group will build 16 reefs using traditional cultch shell, and 16 others using burlap and cement that presents a more three dimentional structure. Also, of the 32 reefs, 16 will be isolated from seagrass beds while the rest will be immediately adjacent to seagrass. In total, there will be eight reefs of each unique combination of material and seagrass proximity to determine which combination promotes the best oyster growth.

To learn how various species react to the different reef types, locations and depths, Fodrie's team will acoustically tag fish such as juvenile gag grouper, flounder and red drum then track which combinations prove the most attractive to fish. Earlier tracking on existing oyster reefs in the Middle Marsh area behind Shackleford Banks showed how red fish came onto the reefs on a daily basis to feed on small crabs. The transmitters are $330 each and last for about nine months, Kenworthy said.

The research team is already scouting sites and hopes to have all the reef materials deployed by June. CCA NC has also partnered with PenderWatch in Pender County to supply the project with 1000 bushels of recycled oyster shells to be used in the construction of the oyster reefs.

CCA NC Chairman Bud Abbott said, "We are deeply concerned about the quality of our waters, the conservation of our public trust resources and their habitat. The vast majority of our state fisheries are in serious trouble. Dr. Fodrie's project will provide critical information to our fishery management leaders necessary to better restore our public trust resources for all citizens of North Carolina."

"Partnering with CCA North Carolina, PenderWatch and the Building Conservation Trust presents a fantastic opportunity for us to do some creative science that can positively impact our state's fisheries and marine ecosystems," said Fodrie. "We're proud to be a part of an effort that brings together anglers, researchers and the private sector to increase our knowledge of how to be better stewards of the marine environment."

"This project is a blend of science and habitat restoration, and it is a perfect example of the kind of work BCT was created to do," said Sean Stone, executive director of BCT. "We're excited to see the results of this research and how that new information can be applied to future projects."

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Outdoors Calendar

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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. www.BeachNBoat.com

May 28: Absecon Bay Opening Day Flounder Tournament, Absecon, NJ. $1000 Awarded to Heaviest Summer Flounder. http://www.abseconbay.com/ssffftournament.html

June 4: RFA Bass River Classic Flounder Tournament, New Gretna, NJ   $1000 Awarded for the Heaviest Summer Flounder

June 4: RFA Bass River Classic Flounder Tournament, New Gretna, NJ. $1000 Awarded for the Heaviest Summer Flounder. http://joinrfa.org/rfa-bass-river-tournament/

June 6 - June 13: North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets at Kodiak, AK
http://www.npfmc.org/upcoming-council-meetings/.

June 14: Noted flats guide Captain Geoff Page joins radio/tv personality Captain Mike Anderson at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, Fla., for a free fishing seminar, 7 p.m., free food and drink.

June 15: Jolly Mon VIP King Mackerel Tournament, Ocean Isle, NC. $1,000 Awarded for the Heaviest King Mackerel. http://www.oifc.com/tournaments

June 15 - June 16: North Atlantic Shark Tournament, New Bedford, MA. $1000 Awarded to the Boat with the most overall points. http://www.sharksfundfishing.com/home.html

June 15 - June 16: North Atlantic Shark Tournament, New Bedford, MA  $1000 Awarded to the Boat with the most overall points

June 17 - June 18: Spike-It One Pole Ultimate Challenge on Truman Lake, Clinton, MO  www.crappiemasters.net

June 17 - June 19: Blazing Mako Tournament and Festival, Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, Islamorada, for Nova Southeastern University's Oceanography program blazingmako.com

June 23 - June 25: Hyannis Tuna Fest, Hyannis, MA. $1,000 Awarded to the Heaviest Tuna. http://www.hyannistunafest.com/

June 23 - June 25: Hyannis Tuna Fest, Hyannis, MA  $1,000 Awarded to the Heaviest Tuna

June 29 - June 30: Mexico Beach Offshore Classic, 2016, Mexico Beach, FL. $1,000 Awarded to the Grand Prize Winner (most overall points). http://www.mexicobeachoffshoreclassic.com/

June 29 - June 30: Mexico Beach Offshore Classic, 2016, Mexico Beach, FL  $1,000 Awarded to the Grand Prize Winner (most overall points)

July 16 - July 18: Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) Annual Conference. Billings, Montana. 406-728-7434, info@owaa.org; www.owaa.org





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