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Keys Guides Opposes Cruise Ship Legislation
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Keys Guides Opposes Cruise Ship Legislation

Captain Will Benson, a Keys fishing guide who has won national recognition, is available for media interviews this week regarding his upcoming role in the Captains for Clean Water Florida Skiff Challenge. Captain Benson will showcase the environmental threat posed to the coral reef in Key West by Florida Senator Jim Boyd’s mega cruise ship...

Tampa Bay Discharge Slowed says Florida DEP
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Tampa Bay Discharge Slowed says Florida DEP

There have been news reports of a second area of seepage from the east wall of the NGS-South compartment at Piney Point. These reports are unsubstantiated. A technical working group, including engineers and dam safety specialists from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Army Corps of Engineers and additional...

Connecticut Fisheries Catch and Release Tips
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Connecticut Fisheries Catch and Release Tips

Poor technique often leads to delayed mortality even if the fish seems fine when it swims away. What you do in those first few moments after landing the fish makes a huge difference. Fishing in our rivers and streams is near ideal right now, plenty of stocked fish, good flows and slowly warming water temperatures....

Montana FWC Seeks Members for Madison River Work Group
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Montana FWC Seeks Members for Madison River Work Group

HELENA – The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is accepting applications for the Madison River Work Group, which will work to develop recommendations to the commission on how to implement aspects of the Madison River recreation administrative rule. In accordance with the Madison River recreation administrative rule, which was adopted last year by the Fish and Wildlife...

AFWA Seeks Proposals for Conservation Grants
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AFWA Seeks Proposals for Conservation Grants

Washington D.C.  The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is soliciting Initial Proposals for the 2022 Multistate Conservation Grant Program which funds projects that address regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. The deadline for submitting the Initial Proposals for 2022 cycle is May 17, 2021.   “The Multistate Conservation Grant...

Florida Calls for Protection of Nesting Turtles
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Florida Calls for Protection of Nesting Turtles

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding beachgoers they can help protect nesting sea turtles by practicing some simple tips. Each year, thousands of sea turtles nest on Florida’s beaches. Because our state is so important to these special animals, beachgoers can help keep our beaches clean and dark so sea turtles...

Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Focuses on Conservation
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Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Focuses on Conservation

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri  – The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will once again provide financial support to clubs, high school and college fishing teams affiliated with The Bass Federation and B.A.S.S Nation for conservation-related projects in 2021. Applications for the BFHOF grants are now available at https://aftco.com/pages/bass-fishing-hall-of-fame. This is all part of the Hall’s ongoing and...

Streams Losing Water to Ground
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Streams Losing Water to Ground

Most anglers recognize that the rivers they fish are connected to the surrounding groundwater. As stream flows decrease and water temperatures rise, groundwater continues to flow into the stream helping to maintain stream flows and cool the surface waters. But as Harrison Tasoff reports in PHYS.ORG recent research reveals the extent to which rivers across...

Restoration on Arizona’s Upper East Verde River
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Restoration on Arizona’s Upper East Verde River

State and federal agency staff and volunteers completed a habitat restoration project on the Upper East Verde River on Feb. 26-27. The project took place in a popular section of stream that supports wild rainbow trout and is managed under a catch-and-release, artificial fly and lure only regulation. Recent fire and subsequent flooding has incised...

Fish-Handling Tips from Florida FWC
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Fish-Handling Tips from Florida FWC

Handling Fish Properly Handle fish as little as possible and only with wet hands. This reduces the removal of fish slime, which protects the fish from infection and aids in swimming. Match tackle to the targeted fish to land it quickly and minimize stress on the fish. Large species such as sharks, billfish and tarpon should be...