Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 
CONSERVATION
As part of the USA's Work Boots on the Ground conservation program, members of the Ohio AFL-CIO partnered with the City of Dayton and CityWide, the City of Dayton's development partner, to restore and improve Lakeside Lake as one phase of a broad redevelopment plan for West Dayton.
Through science-based objectives and prioritized actions to implement them, the Salmon Partnership will advance recovery and maintenance of viable, self-sustaining spring-run and winter-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead populations, and also help restore and maintain robust and commercially and recreationally viable numbers of fall-run and late-fall Chinook salmon.

ENFORCEMENT
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent rescued two people from a sinking vessel in Lake Salvador on Oct. 14.

EVENTS
No fright, just fun and fishing, as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers a free Fish-or-Treat family event 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Everyday Pond on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph.
The 2017 Expo will take place on Dec. 1st and 2nd at the WNC Agricultural Center on Friday, December 1st from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm and Sat Dec. 2nd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The entire 2017 Robert James Sales Redbone Trilogy of fall fishing tournaments in the Keys has been canceled. In nearly three decades the tournament series has raised over $23 million for cystic fibrosis research.

FISHERIES
For the first time, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has stocked walleyes in Sheridan and Stockade reservoirs.
Results of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2017 young-of-year striped bass survey in the Chesapeake Bay shows the fish is reproducing in strong numbers.
The Native Fish Conservation Group, a section of the Fisheries division that focuses on conservation and restoration of native fish, has completed another successful season of surveying some of Maine's remote and difficult to access ponds.
Angler workshops are scheduled for Port Charlotte, Naples and Tallahassee this month by the FFWCC.
In July at ICAST, Russell Dunn, National Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries, announced plans for a 2018 National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit slated for the Washington, D.C. area on March 28-29, 2018.

FISHERIES SCIENCE
James Nifong, postdoctoral researcher with the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Kansas State University, and Russell Lowers, wildlife biologist with Integrated Mission Support Services at Kennedy Space Center, published a study in Southeastern Naturalist documenting that American alligators on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are eating small sharks and stingrays.

HONORS & AWARDS
The New York State Outdoor Writers Association presented the winners of its annual writing and photography recognition program with carved duck decoy first-place awards and second- and third-place cash awards at the annual banquet of the organization sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the Dunham's Bay Resort on Saturday, Oct. 14.

INDUSTRY
Bass Pro Shops and 5-hour ENERGY to serve as co-primary sponsors for Furniture Row Racing and Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 78 Toyota Camry in 2018
The American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) 2017 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, was held October 10-13, in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

NDUSTRY
Outdoor Sportsman Group Publishing's Game & Fish Magazine has named John Geiger its new Editor-in-Chief.

NEW GEAR
FLW Pro Bill McDonald dons the Angler's Elbow Performance Therapy System and now casts without the pain

RADIO
This week on Northwestern Outdoors Radio we will highlight two poaching cases out of Montana before talking to Michelle Peters, the Director of Visit Lewis Clark Valley about steelhead fishing along with hunting opportunities in Washington near Clarkston and Idaho near Lewiston.

SHOWS
Florida's biggest fishing show is just a month away, and show manager Jim Scilligo says space is all but sold out.

STATES
Scott Gangl, Department fisheries management section leader, said there is good news from the survey efforts.
This popular calendar features a full-color painting of a state animal or fish species each month and includes a brief description of each subject and interesting daily facts about best fishing days and tips for enjoying the outdoors.
Volunteers have through October to apply to join one of the citizen-agency work groups that discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish.
Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery staff will release 1,200 11-inch rainbow trout into Mickelson Pond on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Pierre.

WEBSITES
The website, which focuses on ease of use and enjoyment of what Regulator calls the Offshore Life, offers a boatbuilder tool, social integration tools and "The Ride" Blog.

NOAA Reviews Recovery Plan for Atlantic Salmon

The Atlantic salmon is one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight.

Background
Illustration of Atlantic salmon. Credit: NOAA Fisheries
Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), also known as the "King of Fish," were once found in north American waters from Long Island Sound in the United States to Ungava Bay in northeastern Canada. Atlantic salmon are anadromous fish, spending the first half of their life in freshwater rivers and streams along the East Coast of North America and the second half maturing in the seas between Northeastern Canada and Greenland.

Today, the last remnant populations of Atlantic salmon in U.S. waters exist in just a few rivers and streams in central and eastern Maine. These populations constitute the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Atlantic salmon, which is listed as endangered under the ESA.

To address the critical status of this imperiled species, we are marshalling resources and reaching out to vital partners to stabilize their populations and prevent extinction.

Threats
The final listing rule highlights the importance of dams and marine survival as causes of the current demographic plight of Atlantic salmon. A host of other threats also limit Atlantic salmon's survival including aquaculture practices (which pose ecological and genetic risks), changing land use patterns (e.g., development, agriculture, forestry), climate change, degradation of water quality (e.g., contaminants, nutrient enrichment, elevated water temperature), non-native fish species that compete with or prey on Atlantic salmon (e.g., smallmouth bass), loss of habitat complexity and connectivity, water extraction, among others.

Recovery
Through recovery planning we understand the threats and have identified a range of management actions that must be taken to address their decline. Some of the efforts that we are involved in include:

  • Work with dam owners as well as state and tribal partners to find solutions that allow Atlantic salmon access to freshwater habitats.
  • Conserve and restore other species (e.g., river herring) that salmon may depend upon.
  • Negotiate with international partners to minimize impacts to U.S. origin fish in distant-water fisheries.
  • Invest in science to ensure we implement conservation measures that will be most effective in restoring salmon populations at the lowest possible cost.


NOAA Fisheries is working with dam owners and local interests to develop solutions at dams that will allow for salmon recovery. NOAA Fisheries provided significant resources ($22.5 million) for the oversight, funding, and monitoring of two mainstem dam removals on the Penobscot River, which were part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project.

In addition, NOAA Fisheries staff continue to work with hydropower owners to craft plans for effective downstream and upstream fish passage at nearly all major hydropower dams within the designated critical habitat area for Atlantic salmon. The ultimate goal is to restore access to all necessary habitats for Atlantic salmon so that the fish are able to complete their life cycle moving from marine to freshwater and vice versa.

What Can You Do?
Landowners and the general public can contribute significantly in Atlantic salmon recovery by implementing best management and land stewardship practices that afford protections to Atlantic salmon, native fisheries and their habitats, including riparian land and water quality. They can:

  • Remove or provide passage around blockages, including round culverts and dams that prevent or impair the movement of Atlantic salmon and Maine's native fish community.
  • Maintain and protect forested riparian areas that provide shade, nutrients, and cover necessary to support Atlantic salmon and Maine's cold water and migratory fish community.
  • Avoid removing wood from Maine waterways and their banks because wood provides important habitat for Atlantic salmon and Maine's native fish community to feed and seek shelter.
  • Maintain native vegetation along waterways to minimize erosion of topsoil to maintain healthy forests while reducing inputs of sediment into streams. Sediments fill in spaces between rocks that are used by Atlantic salmon and native fish communities as sites for laying eggs and by juvenile fish as shelter from predators.Encourage or participate in programs to conserve land and water resources that promote abundant, suitable habitats for Atlantic salmon and also assure that water resources continue to provide recreational and fishery opportunities into the future.
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