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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020

PUBLISHER'S NOTE
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, we will not be publishing any of the Outdoor Wire Digital Network’s services on Friday, July 3. We will resume our regular publishing schedule on Monday, July 6. Items for our Monday, July 6 edition should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, July 3. 
APPS
Fish Rules App simplifies saltwater, fishing regulations into an easy to understand format. Know if a fish is in season, how many you can keep, how big they have to be, and more.
CONTESTS
Hunters, anglers, campers and all other photography lovers are welcome to participate in the contest, through August 17.

EVENTS
As part of ICAST's virtual sportfishing trade show, TRCP leads important panel discussions on investing in habitat to boost economic recovery and rethinking forage fish management
FISHERIES
North Carolina has produced 10 out of the 16 current world record red drum--see details on the species here.
The biggest red salmon run in the world is building at Bristol Bay as the Corp of Engineers nears decision time on allowing a massive mine in the headwaters here.

California’s largest natural lake has never ranked below 10th in the country in Bassmaster surveys, and has been the top-ranked Western fishery for the past three years.
Earlier this week, after three years in the making, the Sean Gucken Memorial Reef deployed just five miles west of Anna Maria.
Working with local anglers and the community in March, the Department of Natural Resources determined a July closure would provide the best chance for walleye fishing this fall by reducing walleye mortality when water temperatures are the warmest.

The open seats include slots for charter fishing and for recreational fishing, with nominations accepted through July 17.
GEAR
Tigress' colorful new billfish release flags adorned with detailed line drawings that take the traditional tourney flag to the next level, adding a touch of class to your vessel.
New Gill FG100 Pro Tournament 3 Layer Bibs redefine waterproof technical fishing gear
Daiwa has also announced a brand new website built specifically to introduce a wealth of new fishing products—everything from reels, rods, tackle, line and fishing accessories.
In a class all its own, Daiwa’s new J-Fluoro Samurai high-end fluorocarbon mainline brings invisibility and high performance to anglers of all walks. The Made in Japan line is designed and manufactured to bring a new level of fishability to all, offering a multitude of sizes with varying levels of stretch and stiffness and super small diameter. Available in 2-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, 18-, 20-, 22-, and 25-pound, there’s a line weight to suit varying fishing applications. For panfish and trout anglers to bass and walleye, the line is sure to impress with its ultra-clear and strength characteristics. All are wound on ergonomic spools with convenient filler-enabled spool protectors with a D-VEC halfway sticker located at 110 yards to inform the user of available line. If you’re serious about masking your presentations whether it’s as mainline or a leader, J-Fluoro Samurai should be on your essentials list.
T-H Marine Supplies, Inc, of Huntsville, Alabama, has launched the TravelBoss™ Ultimate Fishing Backpack and Cooler.
Americans are learning what St. Croix anglers already know: “Made in USA” is more than just a marketing label.
INDUSTRY
With the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entering into force today, NMMA is reminding members to review changes that pertain to the recreational boating industry.
TUF-LINE introduces Fluorocarbon XS & XD, the new fluorocarbon lines that are virtually invisible underwater and that provide exceptional abrasion resistance.
INVASIVE SPECIES
This summer, hundreds of launches will be staffed as usual by these friendly folks in their blue CBCW T-shirts, but most will also have on a cloth CBCW mask and maintain physical distancing.
MARINE ELECTRONICS
Humminbird® announces the release of the all-new CoastMaster™ chart, providing highly accurate chart coverage for all U.S. coastal waters. With complete coverage for all East, West and Gulf coast waters on a single card, CoastMaster delivers all saltwater captains the information and features they need to fish and navigate with confidence.
PADDLE SPORTS
The many new paddlers getting out on the water for the first time this summer can stay safe with these simple tips.
RADIO
Tune in to this week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show as host Rob Keck has some exciting news on the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri.
On the 4th of July, historian and Theodore Roosevelt repriser Joe Weigand reminds us of President Roosevelts conservation work and heritage that is still in place more than a century later.
STATES
Several California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) fish hatchery facilities in the eastern Sierra and Southern California are battling a bacterial outbreak that has the potential to cause significant losses to both hatchery and wild fish populations.
As of July 1, 2020, all those who intend to fish for or harvest certain reef fish species from a private vessel in Florida are required to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host three Facebook Live events in July to talk with anglers and get feedback about fishing in Tennessee.
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Friday the appointment of Rob Finley of Mountain Home to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
With a busy Fourth of July weekend on tap, the Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters the best times on the water are those that end safely.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission has proposed rules to temporarily close river sections on the Gallatin River and Clark Fork River to ensure public safety during two bridge replacement projects.
Alcohol and boating don’t mix, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reminding everyone that operating a boat under the influence is not only illegal, it is extremely dangerous.
As of July 1, 2020, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has been renamed to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR).
TELEVISION
Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the premiere of the 2020 Bass Pro Tour on the Discovery Channel, debuting Saturday, July 4, 7 to 9 a.m. ET and PT.
TOURNAMENTS
Inshore anglers from across Texas and surrounding regions will converge at Port Lavaca, Texas, July 11-12, for the first of two regular-season events for the Texas Division of the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.

This novel use of drones is a promising way to remotely monitor these hard-to-see fish.

From NOAA Fisheries

Drone image of Atlantic bluefin tuna in 'soldier' school formation off Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Researchers have used an unmanned aerial system (or drone) to gather data on schooling juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine. 

This pilot study tested whether a drone could keep up with the tuna while also taking photographs that captured physical details of this fast-moving fish. The drone was equipped with a high-resolution digital still image camera. Results show that drones can capture images of both individual fish and schools. They may be a useful tool for remotely monitoring behavior and body conditions of the elusive fish.

Individual fish lengths and widths, and the distance between fish near the sea surface, were measured to less than a centimeter of precision. We used an APH-22, a battery-powered, six-rotor drone. The pilot study was conducted in the Atlantic bluefin tuna’s foraging grounds northeast of Cape Cod in the southern Gulf of Maine.

Mike Jech about to launch the APH-22 from the bow of the F/V Lily. Photo @2015 Eric Schwartz.

“Multi-rotor unmanned aerial systems won’t replace shipboard surveys or the reliance on manned aircraft to cover a large area,” said Mike Jech, an acoustics researcher at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and lead author of the study. “They have a limited flight range due to battery power and can only collect data in bursts. Despite some limitations, they will be invaluable for collecting remote high-resolution images that can provide data at the accuracy and precision needed by managers for growth and ecosystem models of Atlantic bluefin tuna.”

Results from the APH-22 study were published in March 2020 in the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

. Researchers conducted their work in 2015. They then compared their study results to values in published data collected in the same general area. They also compared it to recreational landings data collected through NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program.

Taking up the Bluefin Tuna Sampling Challenge

Atlantic bluefin tuna is a commercially and ecologically important fish. The population size in the western Atlantic Ocean is unknown. Fishery managers need biological data about this population, but it is hard to get. Highly migratory species like Atlantic bluefin tuna often move faster than the vessels trying to sample them. The tuna are distributed across large areas, and can be found from the sea surface to hundreds of feet deep. 

Sampling with traditional gear — nets and trawls — is ineffective. Acoustical methods are useful but limited to sampling directly below a seagoing vessel with echosounders or within range of horizontal sonar.

It is also difficult to estimate the number of tuna in a school from an airplane. Both fish availability and perception biases introduced by observers can affect results. Estimates of abundance and size of individuals within a school are hard to independently verify.  

Taking precision measurements of animals that are in constant motion near the surface proved easier with a drone that is lightweight, portable, and agile in flight. It can carry a high-quality digital still camera, and be deployed quickly from a small fishing boat.

Short flight times limit a drone’s ability to survey large areas. However, they can provide two-dimensional images of the shape of a fish school and data to count specific individuals just below the ocean surface.

New Capacity for Bluefin Tuna Monitoring 

The APH-22 system has been tested and evaluated for measuring other marine animals. It’s been used in a number of environments — from Antarctica to the Pacific Ocean — prior to its use in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Previous studies estimated the abundance and size of penguins and leopard seals, and the size and identity of individual killer whales. 

Hexacopter image of a school of Atlantic bluefin tuna taken northeast of Provincetown, Massachusetts in the southern Gulf of Maine.

 “The platform is ideal for accurately measuring fish length, width, and the distance between individuals in a school when you apply calibration settings and performance measures,” Jech said. “We were able to locate the hexacopter in three-dimensional space and monitor its orientation to obtain images with a resolution that allowed us to make measurements of individual fish.”

As new unmanned aerial systems are developed, their use to remotely survey Atlantic bluefin tuna and other animals at the sea surface will evolve. It may minimize the reliance on manned aircraft or supplement shipboard surveys.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas governs tuna fishing. It is entrusted to monitor and manage tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. NOAA Fisheries manages the Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery in the United States. We set regulations for the U.S. fishery based on conservation and management recommendations from the international commission.

For more information, contact Shelley Dawicki

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