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Coast Guard Warns Boaters Not to Turn off AIS
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Coast Guard Warns Boaters Not to Turn off AIS

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard is issuing a warning to mariners and commercial fisherman about the dangers and legal consequences of disabling a vessel’s Automated Identification System. The Coast Guard has seen an alarming increase of commercial fishing and crabbing vessels disabling their AIS, purportedly in an attempt to keep their fishing spots secret...

Raymarine “Big Splash” Sales Event
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Raymarine “Big Splash” Sales Event

While North American boaters are preparing their vessels for the upcoming season, Raymarine® and FLIR are making it easier than ever for them to upgrade to new marine electronics. The Big Splash Sales Event offers rebates up to $2,000 on qualifying new Raymarine and FLIR products purchased now through April 4, 2021. The more customers...

Toyota Series SW Division to Kick off at Sam Rayburn
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Toyota Series SW Division to Kick off at Sam Rayburn

BROOKELAND, Texas – The Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. Southwestern Division will kick off  the 2021 season with a tournament next week in Brookeland, Texas, Jan. 28-30, with the Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Chamber of Commerce, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best...

Huge Expansion of Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary
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Huge Expansion of Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary

NOAA is expanding Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from approximately 56 square miles to approximately 160 square miles to protect additional important Gulf of Mexico habitat. The move builds upon the sanctuary’s rich 30-year history of scientific studies and public review of the preservation of this special place. The expansion adds 14 additional reefs...

More Red Snapper–Shorter Seasons?
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More Red Snapper–Shorter Seasons?

On January 25-28, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet virtually, and once again, red snapper will be among the most contentious topics of discussion. Prior to Amendment 50 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico, the federal water red snapper season was set by federal...

New Law Expands National Estuary Program
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New Law Expands National Estuary Program

A new law expands an Environmental Protection Agency program to protect and restore estuaries of national significance. The Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act, which had bipartisan support and that President Trump signed recently, also nearly doubles the annual funding authorization for the National Estuary Program established in 1987 as a result of amendments to...

Ice Fishing–Inexpensive Family Fun
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Ice Fishing–Inexpensive Family Fun

RUTLAND, Vt. — As winter sets in, many Vermonters are preparing for one of the most popular cold weather pastimes in the state – ice fishing.  Anglers spend more than 400,000 days each winter ice fishing in Vermont, and the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department is encouraging more people to give it a try.  ...

Lew’s & Strike King Offer Freshman Scholarships
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Lew’s & Strike King Offer Freshman Scholarships

Lexington, S.C.  –Supporting youth and the future of our sport has been at the core of our brands since their inception. This effort has been supported in many fashions throughout our history. The most notable is the highly successful Mach High School Program, which has enabled Lew’s to support many high school bass clubs across...

Tennessee Delayed Harvest Trout Program Offers Big Catches
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Tennessee Delayed Harvest Trout Program Offers Big Catches

TWRA’s delayed harvest trout program (DH) goes great with this time of year. In the DH program, a section of a stream is stocked with trout in the fall and harvest is not allowed until the following spring around the time the regular trout stocking seasons begin. The locations are in the eastern half of...

Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Opens Feb. 13
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Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Opens Feb. 13

The 2021 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago system opens on Feb. 13 and will run for a maximum of 16 days or until any of the harvest caps are met. As anticipation for the season mounts, spearers need to be aware of important changes for the 2021 season: Registration stations will be relocated to...