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WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020

BOATING
As extreme weather events become more common, few are more affected than recreational boaters who store their vessels on the water at a marina, boat club or backyard dock.
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced today it is preparing for the Atlantic hurricane season, predicted by NOAA to be an especially active one.
CONSERVATION
In late spring, a single-celled organism called Prorocentrum minimum begins to form into dense algae blooms within the Chesapeake Bay’s rivers and tributaries.

This stream conservation and land use webinar will provide an introduction to the diversity of streams in the Hudson River estuary watershed.
ENFORCEMENT
In support of Operation Dry Water, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division arrested six boaters statewide for alleged driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5.
EVENTS
As a result of growing concerns over COVID-19, Wisconsin Outdoor Life / Field & Stream Expo, Bonnier Events has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Expo presented by Suzuki KingQuad, scheduled for August 7-9 in Madison, WI.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the ADSFR will concentrate strictly on the great fishing along the Alabama Gulf Coast, which harkens back to the early days of the rodeo when a group of dedicated tarpon anglers assembled on Dauphin Island for the initial events.
FISHERIES
Here's a program that could be good for commercial fishers and the food supply, but it will have to be monitored closely by recreational anglers and conservation interests.
Keep Florida Fishing thanks Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for recommending the reappointments of Phil Dyskow to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) and Chester Brewer to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC).

GEAR
The new Millennium Marine R500 Rod Holder makes it easy and simple to add rod holders to pontoon boats or boats that have existing rails.
For the first time, both pregame and game-time management is addressed in one tackle storage solution: Daiwa’s new Tackle Barn.
The Plano EDGE™ family offers an entire line of storage solutions for any angler in the industry standards 3600 and 3700 Stowaway footprints.
The new 3600 size box features ten lift-out retainers for accessible organization and adequate storage.
Topwater chaos is what makes the all new Mischief Minnow from Freedom Tackle one of the hottest and most innovative baits to land in 2020 – and puts it in a class all its own.
ICAST
FLW is partnering with Keep America Fishing (KAF) to host a first-of-its-kind virtual ICAST Cup Bass Fishing Tournament during ICAST 2020 Online.
INDUSTRY
Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award and will be accepted through this July 15.
Witness the evolution of inshore fishing-rod technology and design at ICAST 2020 Online, where St. Croix unveils its completely reimagined Mojo Inshore Series for the benefit of coastal anglers around the world.
The collaboration between the two American Baitworks Co. brands will expand the NetBait product selection with 3 new series of products; Finesse Series Drifter, Finesse Series Crush Worms and Finesse Series Tubes.
INVASIVE SPECIES
Inspectors have intercepted 19 mussel fouled vessels at the Anaconda, Dillon, Flowing Wells, Hardin and Nashua watercraft inspection stations.
JOBS
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it is taking applications during July for up to 16 participants for its 2021 conservation agent training academy, which will begin April 1, 2021.
ONLINE
The presentation will go through salmon identification, ethical dipnetting practices, dipnetting permit requirements, regulations and common violations, and where to dipnet for salmon in Alaska.
ORGANIZATIONS
Visit CSP’s Modern Fish Act Progress Report page to learn where the government is on track and where it is not, per this conservation group's interests.
Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten announces that Droptine Outdoor Adventures has renewed as a WTU national sponsor.
STATES
Kokanee were stocked into Blackfoot Reservoir for the first time this spring in an effort to enhance the diversity and fishing opportunities available to southeast Idaho anglers.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for the Larto/Saline Complex in Avoyelles, Catahoula, LaSalle, and Rapides parishes as part of its integrated management plan for aquatic vegetation control.
Anyone who finds several or more dead fish in a lake or stream can help by reporting these fish die-offs, which happen occasionally and usually result from natural causes.
WILDLIFE
A roving Missouri bear that got into a tough spot was sedated the hauled off to remote woods to safety by MDC staff.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced this week at a roundtable with community members in Omak, Washington that the Department of the Interior (Department) will not move forward with a new Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan for the North Cascades Ecosystem and the associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

By SCDNR biologist Wally Bubley (originally published on North Carolina Sea Grant's blog, Hook, Line & Science)

Using pop-up satellite tags, scientists can get a much better understanding of billfish movement and migration.

Research Need

Typically, researchers measure the movement of large, offshore pelagic fish using traditional streamer tags, but to get information, the fish must be caught again. This method only provides information on the tagging and recapture locations, but no information about what the fish did in between, including movements up and down the water column.

Ideally, to get the best understanding of how, where, and why a species interacts with its environment — and ultimately where to fish for it — a 3D map would incorporate depth with high-resolution horizontal movement.

What did we study?

We used pop-up satellite tags to track the movement of billfish caught in South Carolina Governor’s Cup tournaments. These tags capture the 3D location while attached, using sunlight and pressure sensors. The tags pop off at pre-programmed times and, once at the surface, transmit information to satellites and ultimately to the researcher.

We then used this information to provide a 3D model of movement.

What did we find?

One species of billfish (sailfish) off the coast of South Carolina moves seasonally and tends to stay closer to shore. But sailfish will venture offshore, too, including as far north as New Jersey and as far south as the northern coast of South America.

The depths through which fish travel change throughout the day and potentially during different types of movements, such as whether the fish are migrating or staying in an area to feed.

Overall, by tracking depth, we can capture a more complete picture of what these fish are doing and how they interact with their environment and with other species, which we might miss otherwise.

Anything else?

The advantage of satellite tags over streamer tags was apparent in one sailfish especially. This fish, tagged off the South Carolina coast, traveled to Turks and Caicos before returning to within 150 miles of where it originally was tagged, before its tag finally surfaced.

If this study had used a typical streamer tag on this fish, the only information we would have gathered is that this fish covered the same amount of area that a garden snail could cover over the same time period. Obviously, we would have assumed that likely something more happened with our fish, but without data to know what. Using the satellite tag, however, revealed the fish was much more active.

So what?

Depth plays an important role in limiting competition for food between sailfish and other species. Knowing these differences is especially important in some commercial fisheries, which can be a major source of mortality.

Understanding sailfish and other billfish movement patterns can allow for management and fishing practices that target only the species of interest, while minimizing interactions with billfish species, in turn making them more available to recreational fishermen.

Reading

Walter J. Bubley, Benjamin Galuardi, Amy W. Dukes, and Wallace E. Jenkins’s “Incorporating depth into habitat use descriptions for sailfish Istiophorus platypterus and habitat overlap with other billfishes in the western North Atlantic,” in Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol. 638: 137–148 2020, https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13239.

Summary compiled by Walter Bubley
Lead photo by SCDNR

NOAA Fisheries, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and the SC Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series provided support for this research.

The text from Hook, Line & Science is available to reprint and republish, but only in its entirety and with this attribution: Hook, Line & Science, courtesy of Scott Baker and Sara Mirabilio, North Carolina Sea Grant. HookLineScience.com

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