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Florida’s Harris Chain Plan Ready for Public Review
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Florida’s Harris Chain Plan Ready for Public Review

Florida’s Harris Chain Draft Management plan is now available for  review and can be found at: https://myfwc.com/media/27870/hcol-full-draft.pdf   Also, FWC will also be holding a public meeting to present the plan, take public input, and provide next steps moving forward. Meeting detail are below:   When: Tuesday, November 9th Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Where: Tavares Civic...

BTT Seeks Bonefish Spawning Sites in Florida Keys
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BTT Seeks Bonefish Spawning Sites in Florida Keys

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust scientists are utilizing the latest technology and the historical knowledge of veteran guides to locate important bonefish spawning sites in the Florida Keys. Finding these nearshore areas where bonefish school by the thousands before migrating offshore to spawn in deep water is essential for their conservation. BTT has previously identified spawning...

BTT Leads the Way in Tarpon Habitat Conservation
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BTT Leads the Way in Tarpon Habitat Conservation

Florida’s coastal shorelines are changing daily with development, nutrient runoff and altered waterflows, impacting sensitive tarpon nursery habitats. Juvenile tarpon (12” and under) rely on tidal mangrove creeks and other backcountry habitats that are not sufficiently protected. To prevent the further decline of Florida’s tarpon fishery, a major driver of the state’s $9.2 billion recreational...

ASA and Wildlife Forever Partner on “Clean, Drain, Dry” Initiative
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ASA and Wildlife Forever Partner on “Clean, Drain, Dry” Initiative

Alexandria, VA – The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Wildlife Forever have entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding to address the spread of aquatic invasive species. Working through Wildlife Forever’s nationwide “Clean Drain Dry” initiative, the two organizations will partner to coordinate outreach and education efforts with leaders in the recreational fishing industry to help...

Hope and Resilience in the Garden State
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Hope and Resilience in the Garden State

Hope and resilience. Those were the two words that stuck with me as I walked the miles-long trail with Chris Henrickson, the chapter president of the East Jersey chapter of TU. Eventually, we made our way to a small deteriorating dam. Behind the dam, water collects into a small reservoir, where it warms up under...

Florida Sportsman Calls for Tighter Limits on Mahi
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Florida Sportsman Calls for Tighter Limits on Mahi

Stuart, Fla. – The lack of big dolphin isn’t news. Anyone who has fished for dolphin off the east coast of Florida in the last five years knows there are far fewer dolphin to catch today than in the past. Unfortunately, the very agency in charge of managing the dolphin fishery doesn’t share the same...

Anglers Could Benefit from Better Invasive Species Education
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Anglers Could Benefit from Better Invasive Species Education

Once aquatic invasive species establish, they typically refuse to budge. That’s why it’s critical to prevent invasive quagga mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, and other bad actors from getting established in the first place. Lakeside education campaigns discourage anglers from transporting aquatic hitchhikers between lakes, but new research from the University of Illinois and Cornell University shows...

Partnership to Combat Invasive Species
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Partnership to Combat Invasive Species

White Bear Lake, MN — Wildlife Forever and American Sportfishing Association (ASA) announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combat invasive species. Through the national Clean Drain Dry campaign, outreach efforts will focus on strategic implementation of campaign resources to support leaders in the fishing industry and member organizations. “I’m proud that ASA joined...

Billfish Anglers Team with Scientists for Research Project
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Billfish Anglers Team with Scientists for Research Project

The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies has developed a close working relationship with the annual Billfish Pachanga tournament held in nearby Port Aransas, Texas, since its inauguration in 2019. What makes this tournament so unique is that the billfish division is catch-and-release only....

TU and Partners Work to Ensure Water Security in the West
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TU and Partners Work to Ensure Water Security in the West

It’s not every day that you see municipal, agricultural, and conservation interests coming together around big, substantive issues. Last month, these diverse interests jointly urged Congress to include resources for water, forestry and ecosystem restoration programs in addition to the infrastructure bill using the budget reconciliation process. The joint letter makes specific recommendations to meet the challenges of water security and drought resilience in the...