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Hunting/Fishing Groups Back 30 x 30 Initiative

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – As of today, 42 hunting, fishing and conservation organizations have taken a significant step forward for conservation by officially joining as signatories to the “Hunting and Fishing Community Statement on the 30 by 30 Initiative.” The coalition gained 29 new signatories since the coalition’s establishment in October. The “Thirty by Thirty Initiative”...

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St. Johns River Recreational Meeting Feb. 23

PALM BAY, Fla.,  — The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public teleconference Feb. 23 to discuss management of lands within the south region of the District, as well as projects and recreational management within Upper St. Johns River Basin. The southern recreational area includes District properties in Brevard and Indian River...

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Delaware Estuaries Getting Help from Congress

Congress recently moved to invest in the nation’s estuaries, including two in the First State, Delaware. The Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act was signed into law last month – doubling funding for the National Estuary Program. It can now receive up to $50 million for use across 28 estuary programs nationwide. “This is great...

Wyoming GFD Seeks Input on Invasives at Flaming Gorge Reservoir
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Wyoming GFD Seeks Input on Invasives at Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Cheyenne – Flaming Gorge boaters and recreationalists; the Wyoming Game and Fish Department needs your input. Game and Fish is finalizing a plan that will guide actions in the event that aquatic invasive species — like zebra and quagga mussels — are discovered at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. If mussels are ever discovered at the Gorge,...

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Climate Change among Threats to Recreational Fishing

Bozeman, MT – The American Fly Fishing Trade Association and the AFFTA Fisheries Fund (jointly AFFTA) have released a report, “Recommendations to Improve the Health and Sustainability of America’s Marine Fisheries.” The report, developed by a blue-ribbon panel comprised of fishery scientists and managers, provides a focused set of recommendations and lays out the steps needed...

Leave it to Beavers: Chesapeake Bay Restoration by Nature
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Leave it to Beavers: Chesapeake Bay Restoration by Nature

The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) was once ubiquitous throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Mostly trapped out by the close of the 19th century, beavers have been making somewhat of a comeback, and that is great news for the Chesapeake Bay. For the past 25 years, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been working...

Fish and Aquatic Conservation, Celebrating 150 years!
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Fish and Aquatic Conservation, Celebrating 150 years!

  In 1871, people recognized that America’s fisheries were in trouble and called on congress to act. The United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries was formed on February 9, 1871. It was the first federal agency created to study and protect a natural resource. Over the years, we have gone by many names, but...

Asian Carp Barriers to be Erected on Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers
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Asian Carp Barriers to be Erected on Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As the state continues its battle against invasive Asian carp, environmentalists say plans to erect new barriers to stop the carp from entering the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are a step in the right direction. Michael Butler, CEO of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, said Asian carp continue to be a massive problem...

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Salmon Recovery Program Supported by ASA

Alexandria, VA  – On February 6, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) released an ambitious proposal to overhaul the hydrology of the Lower Snake River and provide support for the numerous industries reliant on the river system. According to the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the congressman’s proposal shows his continued commitment to tackling the region’s problematic...

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Plan to Restore Snake River Salmon/Steelhead Runs Unveiled

BOISE, Idaho.—U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) announced a sweeping infrastructure proposal today to recover the Northwest’s most prolific salmon and steelhead fishery. Simpson’s proposal calls for removing the lower four Snake River dams and making significant investments to address related energy, transportation, and agricultural needs in the region. “There are those who talk and those...