Friday, January 19, 2018

 
COAST GUARD

Watchstanders at Station Hobucken received a call at approximately 1:20 a.m. reporting a 21-foot TowBoatUS vessel had capsized while towing a 47-foot recreational boat near the Pungo River entrance.


CONSERVATION

NOAA is announcing the availability of up to $3 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant funding for restoration projects in 2018.


ENVIRONMENT

Marinas, docks and other marine facilities in Miami-Dade County should note that the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners is considering an ordinance that would require marine facilities to repair or replace un-encapsulated polystyrene if it shows evidence of degradation, shredding or other damage.


FISHERIES

NOAA Fisheries, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement foran amendment to consider a state management program for recreational red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf).

The recreational sturgeon season in The Dalles Pool – extending from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam – will close effective Saturday, Jan. 20 at 12:01 a.m., under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

 

This rule updates mutton snapper catch limits and fishing regulations based on the most recent population assessment.

The recovery plan – which is now open for review and public comment – identifies a number of research, monitoring, and outreach actions aimed at restoring fish passage and habitat, reducing sources of mortality, and addressing known threats including climate change, predation, and contaminants.


INDUSTRY

Like the other sausage and meats in Uncle John's Pride Realtree line, the mild smoked sausage was developed with outdoorsmen and women in mind, to give them a product of quality and value they will be proud to serve their family.

Suntex Marina Investors LLC (Suntex), the premier owner and operator of best-in-class marina properties, announced today that it has acquired an equity interest from RCI Group’s Miami Beach Marina.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has launched the first ever ‘Grow Boating Guide’ – a collection of strategies and tactics to increase participation in recreational boating globally, which is free to NMMA members.

On Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners officially signed the contract with Bass Pro to develop the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area.


INVASIVE SPECIES

The Michigan departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development today announced that 23 projects will share $3.6 million in state grants through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, an initiative launched in 2014 to help prevent and control invasive species within the state.


NEW PRODUCTS

– Phantom Lures, widely known for its design and manufacture of high quality, proven baits will now be usingThru-Wire Technology in its lineup of baits. 


ONLINE

 If you missed an episode of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s television series, Arkansas Wildlife, you still can tune in to catch it online.


ORGANIZATIONS

At a January 10 meeting held at the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Council members approved a new Executive Committee dedicated to making 2018 the biggest and best Great Outdoors Month® yet.

 The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Diane Bristol, Ken Hammond and Glenn Hughes will work closely with RBFF leadership to meet its mission, including its goal to increase participation from the current level of 47 million anglers to 60 million in 60 months.


RADIO

Host Rob Keck will be visiting with three star studded guests recorded earlier this month from the Dallas Safari ClubConvention and Expo.

Hear all about the upcoming Fly Fishing Show, a giant tuna bite off Baja and lots more.


SHOWS

The Progressive® Insurance Nashville Boat Show®, Tennessee’s premier boating event, is bringing a taste of summer to Nashville’s Music City Center Jan. 18–21, 2018.

More than 500 vendors and 15,000 patrons are expected to converge on the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on July 20-22 as Outdoor Sportsman Group’s Sportsman Channel plays host to the first-ever Sportsman Channel Outdoor Fest.


SPONSORSHIPS

Prym1 camo  announces the addition of BASS Elite Pro Randy Howell to its Elite Pro fishing team. 


STATES

Cold weather means cold water, and that means the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is busy stocking Family and Community Fishing Program ponds with rainbow trout for anglers to enjoy.

The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has scheduled Physical Agility Tests (PAT) for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions open statewide.

A state-of-the-art weigh-in facility in Northwest Arkansas, new access for paddlers on Crooked Creek and additional bank fishing opportunity on one of the AGFC’s oldest lakes round out some of the improvements for 2017 for anglers.


TELEVISION

Discovery Channel showcases some of the best outdoor fishing & hunting programming on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


TOURNAMENTS

The first two spots in the 52-boat field were predetermined with 2017 Elite Series Angler of the Year Brandon Palaniuk occupying the number one position followed by 2017 Classic champion Jordan Lee.


WORKSHOPS

MREP Greater Atlantic was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It provides an inside look at the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science.


Outdoors Calendar

» Got an event you'd like to see posted here? Send it to frank@thefishingwire.com.

Jan. 31 - Feb. 2: International Marina & Boatyard (IMBC) Conference, New Orleans; www.imbc@marinaassociation.com.

Feb. 3 - Feb. 11: 2018 Great American Outdoor Show. Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org

Feb. 19: President's Day Holiday No Wires. .





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