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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018

CONSERVATION
After two years of development, the final Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration plan will be unveiled during a public symposium Dec. 3 in Englehard.
Last month despite tropical storm warnings and lingering red tide, 58 volunteers surveyed 45 crucial Tampa Bay and Gulf coastal bird nesting islands to check for fishing line and other debris that could pose an entanglement threat.
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes on December 6 & 7 and build an oyster shell bar on December 14 from 9am - noon on each day on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base.

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest marsh grasses at Port Manatee on Wednesday, November 28 from 9am - noon which will be used in our community planting event to restore the shoreline of Fort De Soto Park on the morning of November 30.
ENFORCEMENT
In January 2019, Lt. Kim Leverich will be retiring from the SCDNR with 30 years combined service, including 6 years in the military.
FISHERIES
The Department of Commerce and NOAA are seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee.

Learn about what local residents are doing to preserve clean water and habitat to maintain historic salmon populations in northern California.
Check out this helpful map on the outstanding trout fishery below Bull Shoals Dam in Arkansas.
Commercial fishermen and sport fishermen are split over the benefits of offshore wind facilities.

ICE FISHING
Northland Fishing Tackle builds on last year’s wildly successful introduction of the Glo-Shot® Spoon by expanding its popular Glo-Shot® palette with the Glow-Shot® Jig.
INVASIVE SPECIES
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on 2,700 acres of Little Lake Harris near Leesburg this week, weather permitting.
LEGISLATION
This election season, voters in several states considered ballot initiatives critical to those who fish, boat, and enjoy the outdoors. NMMA engaged in these issues and worked with various coalitions and stakeholders to help deliver a win for the industry.
ORGANIZATIONS
Tampa Bay Watch will be opening a second education center and exhibition hall at the new St. Pete Pier, where our citizen science programs will expand public involvement in scientific discovery.
STATES
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) plans to stock rainbow trout this week into the lower 3 mile walk-in section of Lees Ferry, Arizona’s premier blue-ribbon trout fishery below Glen Canyon Dam.
Rainbow trout season at Walker County Public Fishing Lake near Jasper, Alabama, begins Friday, November 23, 2018
Bloom concentrations of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persist on Florida’s Southwest and Northwest coasts. Lesser concentrations were observed in some East Coast counties.
Work is underway on the new community fishing pond at River’s Edge Park in Columbia Falls, with the project scheduled for completion by summer of 2019.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reopened the Indian Fort fishing access site at Reed Point to motor vehicles earlier this month.
TOURNAMENTS
The USA team dominated the international field in the weather shortened event to bring home the Gold medal--their two day total was 135# 6 oz, followed by Mexico 95# 10 oz and Italy 75# 12 oz.

Seaguar continues its support of Gray FishTrag Research roosterfish study

New York, NY ( – There has never been a more critical time to learn about the marine fisheries that we rely upon for sport and commerce. Such research faces significant headwinds, as many of the target pelagic species frequently migrate hundreds, if not thousands, of miles during the course of their lives, and public resources to support detailed population studies are limited. Nevertheless, anglers and scientists have forged a unique partnership – Gray FishTag Research – in an effort to gather high-quality data on marine fish population dynamics, migration patterns, growth rates, habitat preferences, and more.

Seaguar, the originators of fluorocarbon fishing line, is proud to support the efforts of Gray FishTag Research to study and protect sustainable marine fisheries around the world.

Gray FishTag Research is a non-profit organization, leading an international and fully interactive fish tagging program powered by the world’s largest network of fishing professionals, consisting of approximately 10,000 charter boat captains and mates. Tags are deployed on fish that are caught and subsequently released; data are collected when a tagged fish is recaptured, or from pop-off satellite tags that record data electronically and then “pop off” the tagged fish after a predetermined about of time. Fish tagging and recovery data is made available, free of charge, to any interested parties through the Gray FishTag Research website.

Seaguar sponsors a unique Roosterfish study off the coast of Costa Rica in memory of long-time Seaguar sales manager, John DeVries. Tagged roosterfish are fitted with pop-off satellite tags, and data collected from the tags after popping off the roosterfish yields detailed information about the tagged fish’s movements, both horizontal and vertical, during the time that the tag remained attached. Recently, Gray FishTag Research announced the recovery of not one, but two pop-off satellite tags that were deployed during a Seaguar-supported tagging expedition:

  • The first PSAT tag, on a fish named “Las Gatos”, was deployed on April 28, 2018 and popped-off 58 days later. Not only was data transmitted by the tag after pop-off, but the tag itself was actually recovered, found by a local angler who recognized the importance of his discovery and returned the tag to Gray FishTag Research for more detailed analysis.
  • The second PSAT tag, on a fish named “Nicaragua”, was deployed on June 9, 2018 and popped-off 17 days later, off of the southern coast of Nicaragua. This fish traveled an amazing and noteworthy distance of at least 228 miles during the 17 days that the PSAT tag remained attached to the fish.
  • Seaguar also supports the work of Gray FishTag Research to enhance our understanding of swordfish movements and population dynamics through a fish tagging and recovery study. Recently, a tagged swordfish that entered the study in late 2017 was recovered, nearly eight months and 500 miles later!
  • On December 16, 2017 a swordfish was tagged by angler Anthony DiMare while fishing with Captain Nick Stanczyk aboard the Broad Minded charter boat out of Islamorada, Florida. The swordfish was estimated to be 47 inches in length and had an approximate weight of 50 lbs. On August 11, 2018, a full 238 days later, that swordfish was recaptured by NOAA observer McKenzie O’Connor while aboard PLL Vessel Ellen Jean. The recapture location was approximately 475 miles away from the tagging location. The measured length of the recaptured fish was 55 inches, and it now weighed 96 lbs.

Gray FishTag Research is an essential tool for promoting the sustainability of marine game fish and increasing public resource awareness. All fish species in every ocean are being monitored, including billfish, sharks, general offshore and inshore fish species. The program collects information in real-time by providing a direct connection between anglers and the scientific community, in every part of the world.

Seaguar is proud to continue our support of Gray FishTag Research as it yields unique and invaluable data about our most important marine fisheries. The dedicated anglers who capture, tag, and release fish as part of the study, and the diligent scientists who process, analyze, and report tagged fish data, are the perfect embodiment of Seaguar’s motto; just like our lines and leaders, these professionals are Always the Best!

FISHING CALENDAR
November 16-19
International Roosterfish Tournament

November 22-23
Thanksgiving Holiday

No Fishing Wire Publication

November 28
Free Wadefishing Seminar with TV personality and expert flats fisher Glen Pla

St. Pete Fishing Outfitters, 3450 34 th Street N in St. Petersburg, Florida, 6:30 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/570613786709809

Flats fishing seminar with TV fishing personality Glen Pla

6:30 p.m. at St. Pete Fishing Outfitters, 3450 34 th Street North in St. Petersburg; 727 317 4949.

December 5-8
65th Annual Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament

Stuart, Florida; www.stuartsailfishclub.com

December 7-8
Fly Fishing and Rod building Fair
 
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