Thursday, July 24, 2014

 
BOATING
Alabama's Lewis Smith Lake is the eighth inland waterway to get 24-hour a day TowBoatUS coverage this year.

CONSERVATION
The fifth International Bonefish & Tarpon Symposium will take place Nov. 7-8 at IGFA headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida.
The green footprint left in the Palmetto State courtesy of celebrated marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey continues to grow
NOAA Fisheries will conduct voluntary outreach workshops to review required sea turtle release gear for federal commercial and for-hire permit holders for Snapper-Grouper, Reef Fish, and Highly Migratory Species

ENVIRONMENT
Previous necropsies performed by the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine on dead adult common loons in New Hampshire revealed that 49% had the remains of lead sinkers and jigs in their gizzards and had died from lead poisoning.

INDUSTRY
Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, a brand steeped in craftsmanship, innovation and tradition, is pleased to announce that its new Predator XL fishing kayak took home not one, but two New Product Showcase awards at the recently concluded ICAST sport fishing tradeshow.
In 2014, voters have once again selected Humminbird® as "Best of Electronics" recipient for the recently-introduced ONIX® Series.
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance cooler panels is proud to partner with New Maui Fishing Supply at 1824 Wells Street in Wailuku to bring their innovative product offerings to the island of Maui, HI.
Following up the company's successful product launch at the recent International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD), Simms announces the immediate availability of their Fall 2014 collection of fishing gear.

MEDIA
More than 250 million page views of IMO/Sportsman digital content lead to 40-percent year-over-year increase.

NEW PRODUCTS
Keep water and wind out while trapping warm air between your body and STORMR© products with the neoprene core features of watertight thermal taped seams, water-repellent finish and micro-fleece lining.

PUBLISHING
Bruce Ingram from Troutville, Va., has completed two new fishing books: The South Branch and Upper Potomac Rivers Guide, and the second edition of The Shenandoah and Rappahannock Rivers Guide.

STATES
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Clay County.
Beginning Friday, fishermen who set large-mesh gill nets in the Albemarle and Currituck sounds and tributaries will be limited to overnight soaks.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed freshwater fishing rules for 2015 on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.
The proposal would raise the limit to 30 daily statewide, an increase from the limit of 20 now enforced in the north and west half of the state.
The Fish Creek Personal Use Dip Net Fishery will open at 6:00 a.m., Friday, July 25, and close at 11:00 p.m., Thursday, July 31; dipnetting for salmon will be allowed only between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. each day.

TELEVISION
Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for American sportsmen and women, announced the network has consummated a new carriage relationship with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).

TOURNAMENTS
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin Inc., are proud to bring the National Championship Musky Open to the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River on August 15-17, 2014.
Inshore anglers from across Louisiana and surrounding regions will meet at Lafitte, Louisiana, on Aug. 2-3 for the final 2014 Louisiana Division events of the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteer boats to participate in the Great Bay Scallop Search on Saturday, August 23th.

WASHINGTON
Earlier this month, Secretary Jewell embarked on a series of events across the country to highlight the Land and Water Conservation Fund's successes on its 50th anniversary.

WILDLIFE
Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and possibly attack someone.

Another View on Gulf Red Snapper Management

Here's an alternate take on the current haggling over red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico. We may not necessarily agree with it, but Bill Teehan has been around fishery management a long time and has a lot of useful knowledge on the topic-here are his thoughts:


By William Teehan

As a retired Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission marine fisheries manager who represented the agency at Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meetings, a July 15, 2014, Congressional Sportsman s Caucus press release published in The Fishing Wire entitled re e Congressional Sportsman Commission marine fisheries manager who represented the agency at Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meetings, I've built up a lot of information about this issue, how it came about and why the Council is considering it. Frankly, I found the press release and its additional signatories the American Sportfishing Association, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Center for Coastal Conservation, the International Game Fish Association, the Coastal Conservation Association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation misleading. I would like to take this opportunity to debunk a few of the statements made in the press release.

Currently, there are two very distinct components to the recreational fishing sector, but the Caucus and its press release signatories do not want to recognize the differences. The recreational sector is comprised of anglers that hire federally permitted vessels to access the fishery and anglers that own private vessels and do not rely upon the for-hire fleet to go fishing. Under current management, these two distinct recreational angler groups share one red snapper quota.

The Caucus issue is with the Councils proposed Reef Fish Amendment 40, which will separate these two distinct fishing groups into their own sectors within the recreational red snapper fishery. Short story: Amendment 40 proposes looking at the catch histories of these two distinct components and making them their own sectors on equal footing with each other based upon their historical catches.

The Caucus states that Amendment 40 will divide the recreational quota e two distinct components and making them their own sfor-hire sectors. The Caucus is misleading this as the Council preferred alternative. In reality, the Council is considering establishing the private angler share as 54.1% and the for-hire share as 45.9% of the recreational quota. These allotments are based on average landings histories between 1996 through 2013. The Council has also requested new alternatives based upon different landings. All catch history alternatives exclude 2010 landings because of the broad closures resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. To see the full suite of allocation alternatives please see Council's Sector Separation video.

The Caucus lays the blame for the red snapper situation squarely at the feet of the Council, going so far as to say that the Council is not working "to develop real solutions to the challenges facing the recreational red snapper management.a In reality, the Council has been working on red snapper management alternatives for decades by implementing various management tools such as bag and size limits, seasons, and quotas. The concept of separating the recreational sector components first arose in late 2008 when federal fishery managers, of which I was one, were required by the 2007 Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization to get serious about ending overfishing in marine waters.

Before the 2007 Magnuson-Stevens Acterfisauthorization, the red snapper fishery was severely overfished and substantial cuts were made to both commercial and recreational sector quotas to begin rebuilding the depleted stock. The commercial sector even adopted an individual fishing quota management tool to keep their fishermen on the water while protecting the red snapper resource. Since 2007, the commercial sector has not exceeded their quota once, while the recreational sector has gone over theirs every year, excepting 2010.

The Caucus attempts to compare sector separation to the individual fishing quota program presently used in the commercial sector. In reality, there is no comparison between the two sectors. The commercial quota program allots individual fishermen a share of the fishery based upon landings history; whereas, sector separation would split the overall recreational quota between private anglers and the for-hire sectors based upon landings histories of the sectors, not individual anglers. Each new recreational sector would be responsible for their quota, which will allow managers the flexibility the Caucus and its signatories ask for and allow the new sectors to use their quota as their fishery dictates.

The Caucus press release also suggests that sector separation will expand to other fisheries. But sector separation is only one type of management tool. In the case of Amendment 40, it is being discussed for the Gulf recreational red snapper fishery only. There are no plans to apply this tool to other fisheries at this time; however, it is available to use on as a species or a complex basis.

Finally, the Caucus press release would make you believe that sector separation is a done deal. It points the reader to the next two full Council meetings in August and October as the ock. hallenges frn the tide.r The reality is that the Council will be conducting public hearings in all of the Gulf States during early August to gather public testimony on a draft document, including suggestions for management alternatives. The Council will also be taking written comments on Amendment 40. Dates, times and locations for those hearings can be found here.

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.
Outdoors Calendar

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Apr. 1 - Nov. 30: New Jersey inshore saltwater fishing tournament. Eight species, over 50 weigh stations, $100,000 in cash & prizes for the largest catches. Proceeds to the Fisheries Conservation Trust. $FREE entry using The Fishing Wire Code: 3720; www.BeachNBoat.com or 609.423.4002.

Apr. 12 - Mar. 31: 2nd Annual Lund Boats LCI Champlain Basin Derby,
50 weeks, 15 species, $25,000! www.lciderby.com

July 24: Free Gulf grouper seminar with Captain Randy Rochelle, Minnows & Monsters Tackle, 3625 S Manhattan Ave. in Tampa, FL, free food and drink, 7 p.m.; 813-835-1512.

July 25 - July 27: Lucas Oil IFA Pro-Am Redfish Challenge at Jacksonville, Fla.; www.ifatours.com.

Aug. 2 - Aug. 3: IFA Redfish and Kayak Tours at Lafitte, La.; www.ifatours.com.

Aug. 4 - Aug. 8: White Marlin Open, Ocean City, Maryland; 410-289-9229.

Aug. 5 - Aug. 9: Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament, Baja California Sur, Mexico. $750,000 in cash prizes; www.bisbees.com

Aug. 9: N.E. Florida Lionfish Rodeo out of Jacksonville; The North Florida Lionfish Rodeo charity spearfishing tournament that targets Lionfish, proceeds to the DSAJ (Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville) and REEF. Awards (per team): $1000 for the most Lionfish, $500 for the largest Lionfish, $100 for the smallest Lionfish. Mandatory Captain's meeting 6pm - Nippers Beach Grille Tournament - Start: Sunrise, Weigh-in: 6:00pm Beach Marine

Aug. 16 - Aug. 17: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Savannah, Ga., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Aug. 16 - Aug. 17: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Savannah, Ga., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Aug. 16 - Aug. 17: IFA Redfish and Kayak Tours at Georgetown, S.C.; www.ifatours.com.

Aug. 29 - Aug. 30: National Walleye Tour at Bays de Noc - Escanaba, Mich., www.nationalwalleyetour.com.

Sept. 6 - Sept. 7: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Orlando, Fla., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Sept. 12 - Sept. 14: 44th Annual Newport (RI) International Boat Show. Newport waterfront along America's Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. Media: Andrew Golden Rushton Gregory Communications 617-413-6521 agolden@rushtongregory.com www.newportboatshow.com.

Sept. 16: Casting for the Cure tournament at Alabama's Logan Martin Lake, $50 entry, $1000 top prize; https://castingforthecure.wufoo.com/forms/casting-for-the-cure-rules-and-entry-form/

Sept. 20 - Sept. 21: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Mobile, Ala., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.





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