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Reduce Road Salt to Improve Fisheries
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Reduce Road Salt to Improve Fisheries

Reduce salt usage this winter and help improve Wisconsin’s freshwater ecosystems. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Wisconsin Salt Wise remind Wisconsin residents of the negative impacts of chlorides and best practices for responsible salt use during Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week, Jan. 11-15, 2021. Throughout the week, Wisconsin Salt Wise will host daily livestreams...

Idaho Steelhead Study Update
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Idaho Steelhead Study Update

As we near the end of the year, it is a good time for another update on the University of Idaho and Idaho Fish and Game steelhead study. Lately, we have been comparing tag reports from the two years of the study to look for differences in where, when, and how many steelhead are being...

Florida FWC Virtual Meetings Set on Western Dry Rocks
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Florida FWC Virtual Meetings Set on Western Dry Rocks

After lengthy consideration of a temporary four-month fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently agreed to test a two-month closure instead. Less than half of what the ecosystem requires. The four-month closure, guided by science and supported by a broad coalition of major fishing and conservation organizations, already...

DESCEND Act Heads to President’s Desk
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DESCEND Act Heads to President’s Desk

Saltwater anglers applaud lawmakers for promoting better catch-and-release of red snapper. Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 5126, Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bipartisan bill requires recreational and commercial fishing boats to have on board a venting tool or descending...

TU: More Battles Ahead for Bristol Bay Fishery
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TU: More Battles Ahead for Bristol Bay Fishery

It’s an understatement to say 2020 was one for the books in Bristol Bay. We took on Pebble and prevailed — the proposed mine’s most important federal permit was denied. Thanks to strong science and advocates across the country putting the fraudulent and risky mine plan in the spotlight, Pebble has been stopped for now. Thank you for...

Ghost Trap Rodeo at Apalachicola, Florida Jan. 9
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Ghost Trap Rodeo at Apalachicola, Florida Jan. 9

This Saturday: Ghost Trap Rodeo Join us Saturday, January 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ten Foot Hole Boat Ramp in Apalachicola for the first Ghost Trap Rodeo of 2021! Ocean Aid 360 presents The Ghost Trap Rodeo! It’s just like your favorite inshore fishing tournaments, but instead of reds and trout we’re weighing in...

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CCA-California Reacts to Trump Veto of Driftnet Modernization Act

In a move that’s sure to disappoint conservation-minded anglers, President Trump rang in the New Year by vetoing Senate Bill 906, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which will have banned destructive drift gillnets from the last region of the country that still allows it—the federal ocean waters off California. “I am returning, without...

Crab Pot Recovery on N.C. Coast
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Crab Pot Recovery on N.C. Coast

This week, 31 commercial watermen and women are set to begin collecting lost crab pots and fishing gear along the northern and central coast as part of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. The North Carolina Coastal Federation has been leading since 2014 the recovery project to remove lost crab pots from the state’s internal...

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Recycling Resources: Disposing of Your Fishing Line

With fishing line taking more than 600 years to break down in the environment, it is vital that we increase the uptake of recycling of used line and commit to disposing of it correctly. And for all those years the line poses a threat to birds, seals, turtles and and other marine life creating serious...

Landowners: Apply Now for H2Ohio Water Quality Program
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Landowners: Apply Now for H2Ohio Water Quality Program

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There is less than one month left to apply for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Water Quality Incentive Program (WQIP).  The new program, under Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, is designed to encourage farmers to aid in conservation and improve water quality. ODNR is accepting applications through Jan. 29, 2021....