Friday, May 26, 2017

Start your own Life Jacket Loaner site with help from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.
Nebraska law requires any motorboat or personal watercraft operator born after Dec. 31, 1985 to complete one of the two types of boating safety courses and be in possession of a course certificate.

Thanks to NOAA Restoration Center, more than 15 new miles of habitat reopened this spring on New Jersey's Raritan River, expanding habitat for native fish.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring is recovering from widespread flooding that resulted from a storm on April 29.
The Pacific halibut all-depth sport fishery in the Columbia River Subarea closed effective Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Rockfish females may not spawn until age 25, and may live up to 200 years, researchers say
SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division researchers joined the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to release thousands of young hatchery-raised coho salmon into Scott Creek.
The Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife will host an informational meeting open to the public on May 30 to solicit input on potential 2017 recreational sturgeon fisheries in the lower Columbia River.
Anglers brought an estimated 8.5 million fish to the docks in 2016, a decrease of 18 percent from 2015, according to the Division of Marine Fisheries.
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday (May 25) that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) plans to conduct an innovative pilot program designed to help recreational anglers battling short seasons for red snapper in federal waters.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking anglers to avoid spawning lake sturgeon in New York's Great Lakes waters, Great Lakes connecting channels, and tributaries of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Finger Lakes, and Oneida Lake.
The Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee will meet from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 5, at the Garrison Town Hall, 27069 Central St. in Garrison.

When a person provides social media seminars to fortune 500 companies on a variety of topics, knows how to work a wacky rig, or can dust a flushed grouse with a single shot- you can bet that person is someone Bast Durbin wants to talk to.
Anglers Inn International, with popular 5-star fishing destinations in Mexico, Brazil and the United States, announces the beginning of a strategic partnership with Minn Kota® and Humminbird®, well known manufacturers of trolling motors and sonar fish finders.
ICAST reports fraudulent offers to sell the attendee list to the giant show, slated for Orlando in July.

California agencies combating the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Memorial Day weekend.

Candidates must have a valid Driver's License and must be willing to work long hours under strenuous conditions; work location elevations range from 5,000 to 12,000+ feet in elevation.

BOOYAH® and YUM® pro-anglers Jason Christie, Alton Jones, Alton Jones Jr. and Stetson Blaylock will appear at the Wal-Mart Super Center (2409 E. Main St., Russellville, Arkansas 72802).

Tune in to hear host Rob Keck and the Executive Director of Responsive Management, Mark Damian Duda discuss the Responsive Managements extensive survey research into the public and various stakeholders like hunters, anglers, boaters, and trappers on how they relate to the nations natural resources.

Little River Fly Shop is located in Townsend, TN, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed a new state-record for bigmouth buffalo, taken by Roy Beasley who had shot the previous record for the species in 2008.
The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1 and remain closed through August.
The Saturday before Memorial Day is especially significant to two groups of bass anglers – those who fish tournaments and those who like to eat bass.
Over 150 meandered lakes are open to provide fishing and access opportunity; most of them are on the eastern side of the state.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., June 1, at the Linkin Center in New London, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Geode State Park in Henry County.

Each week Scott is on the water with a new and exciting "reality-style" challenge against some of the nation's top professional anglers, as well as unique challenges with family and friends.

The first STAR entrant to catch a tagged redfish wins a new Chevy Silverado. The second STAR entrant to catch a tagged redfish will win a new Chevy Colorado. The next eight tagged redfish caught by registered entrants win a 21' Nautic Star, Mercury 4-stroke and McClain trailer package.
In 2016, a total of 2,096 tournaments were registered across the state on 271 water bodies, according to the DNR.

Snakes on a Plain

Here's an amusing take on Florida's python problem from the conservation website BullSugar, pointing out the probable futility of trying to put an end to what is now likely a permanent part of the South Florida ecosystem.

SFWMD has the cure for bad news fatigue. It's the python channel! All pythons, all the time.

Research linking cyanobacteria to liver failure ignited a recent wave of alarm as more evidence surfaced connecting toxic algae to health risks in coastal communities. But the South Florida Water Management District came through as usual with a welcome diversion on its electronic sidestage -- More Pythons!

Although Florida faces another round of deep budget cuts, and federal funding for natural resource management programs may end entirely this year, SFWMD somehow found the money to invest in a social media initiative dedicated largely to pythons.

The scorned pets, of unrestrained appetite and nasty attitude, have spread rapidly, grown to outrageous lengths, and wreaked havoc on South Florida. Almost daily, harrowing encounters are given enthusiastic coverage on SFWMD's Python Channel, feeding an unparalleled public interest and inspiring an important state initiative.

"The Elimination Will Be Televised"

$175,000 Florida tax dollars are being allocated through the district to rid us once and for all of the deadly nuisances. SFWMD has hand-picked 25 professional python hunters in an effort to get these %@+#$%&#*&!% snakes off this %@+#$%&#*&!% plain.

In a flood of social media updates, Facebook live recordings, and headlining news releases, the powerful state agency responsible for the water management of 8 million Floridians has dedicated immense resources to making The Python Channel as entertaining and distracting as it can possibly be.

Since the inception of the Pilot Python Elimination Program, 117 pythons have been successfully removed from the estimated population of 300,000.
More pythons have been hatched than hunted during the \
So at this rate, South Florida could be python-free in less than 100,000 years…assuming that no more snakes hatch during that time.

A recent SFWMD News release reports roughly $17,000 in bounties and $18,000 in hourly fees has been paid out so far for an average cost of less than $300 per snake.The two-month hunting spree ends June 1st, so if the elimination rate remains constant, the district will memorialize another 15 pythons before the game is up. Maybe more if the holiday weekend factors in.

In truth, it's brilliant. As criticism of SFWMD's corruption and horrific water management echoes from the Keys to Tallahassee, taxpayers are paying attention. The District has responded with a unique twist on a time-honored Web marketing tactic: Instead of distracting people with a barrage of cute animals, their social media team is distracting people with a barrage of things that eat cute animals. Well played, SFWMD.

Make sure you "Get the Facts" about SFWMD's Python Elimination Program:

  • A single adult python can distract thousands of taxpayers from asking why SFWMD lets the sugar industry flood nearly half-a-million acres of cane fields during a severe drought.

  • With the pilot program funded for only $175,000 all-in, the per-snake cost works out to less than $1,500. That means the district could fund the removal of all 300,000 pythons for less than half-a-billion dollars...again, unless more snakes hatch. Then it will cost more.

  • There are almost as many SFWMD-accredited python hunters as there are SFWMD employees publishing articles in Treasure Coast newspapers attacking the science behind sending water south.

  • St. Patrick (pictured below), the fifth century "Apostle of Ireland," famed for banishing all snakes from the Emerald Isle, was not among the applicants qualifying for cash prizes in the district's python elimination program.

  • BONUS Python Encounter Tip: Never ignore a Burmese python! Immediately photograph any python you see and alert SFWMD. The District's Facebook team will post an update on the snake's awesomeness right away to help taxpayers direct their attention away from fatal disease, economic disaster, and habitat destruction related to South Florida's water management policy.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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