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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

BOATING
Here are five signs that may welcome a thief as well as simple things you can do to thwart them, from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).
CONSERVATION
The Recast and Recycle Contest seeks out new ideas and improvements to the line/soft lure recycling process, new recycled product ideas, or a technology breakthrough for the current process that will increase the volume of line and soft baits that are recycled.
ENFORCEMENT
Two men caught setting stolen crab traps in Cape Falcon Marine Reserve of the North Oregon coast await trial following a joint effort of citizen reporting and solid detective work.

Vermont State Game Wardens are asking Vermonters with information about fish and wildlife crimes to submit them through the Operation Game Thief program.
FISHERIES
The Marine Recreational Information Program has developed two new print and digital fact sheets that answer anglers' most common questions about our in-person survey of shore, private boat, and for-hire catch, and our mail survey of shore and private boat trips.
Coho salmon runs are slowly improving thanks to efforts of the Idaho DFG and the Nez Perce Tribe.

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will join the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission to host a virtual Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission hearing on Draft Addendum I to Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia.on Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m.
FISHING ACCESS
For those interested in making their land available for public access, the VPA-HIP program provides opportunities to increase public access for quality hunting, fishing and wildlife observation on private lands.
FISHING DESTINATIONS
Lots of trout and not much competition, plus beautiful scenery, make these spots a great fall attraction.

GEAR
There is a new beast in the glove market and that beast is Gorilla Grip Gloves which has now joined forces with two giants of retail Walmart and Academy Sports
It's a fishing rig perfected in Japan, and now the Gamakatsu Gika Rig proves a remarkable technique for catching largemouth and smallmouth bass across North America.
Millennium Marine B-100 Boat Seats feature the company's legendary ComfortMax breathable seat fabric, which has been designed for years of use and abuse.
LEGISLATION
Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act – legislation supported by the recreational boating and fishing community that will reauthorize or establish several important wildlife conservation programs.
MEDIA
Careco Multimedia Entertainment LLC and CarecoTV LLC (jointly “Careco”), one of the country’s leading media and marketing companies, announces a new partnership with Pursuit Media TV, LLC (dba Pursuit Media).
ONLINE
When it comes to striper fishing, Shimano’s surf expert Roy Leyva and key Pro-staffer Captain Jack Sprengel have a wealth of knowledge between them, and a slew of 50-pound-plus fish caught to their credit--see them online this Wednesday and Thursday for lots of tips.
ORGANIZATIONS
The group’s Communications Contests were still held and the resulting awards will be presented on Facebook Wednesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. eastern time.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA), together with the Ocean City Light Tackle Club (OCLTC), announced today the creation of the “Barry M. Fitzpatrick Conservation Award.”
STATES
All eligible northern pikeminnow are worth $10 per fish through the end of the season, and tagged fish can earn a $1,000 bonus.
Trout will be stocked at city park ponds and state park lakes across the state, providing a trout fishing bonanza.
CCA SC donated 20 acoustic transmitters and four receivers to SCDNR, allowing biologists to increase the number of fish tagged and expand their receiver coverage
The summer season may be winding to a close, but some great trout fishing opportunities are about to open on dozens of Pennsylvania waterways this fall and winter.
The policy is intended to advance the conservation and recovery of wild salmon and steelhead by promoting and guiding the implementation of hatchery reform.
DNR grants totaling $1,090,800 will be used to improve three lakes and 19 rivers and streams across Indiana.
TOURNAMENTS
The regular season finale should see explosive topwater action while awarding final points for Angler of the Year and setting the table for November’s Hobie Tournament of Champions.
Scott Canterbury, of Odenville, Ala., is one of eight Alabama anglers who will be competing at the NOCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville when the event kicks off in Scottsboro next week.
WORKSHOPS
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free cane pole fishing workshop at 4 p.m. on Sept. 24, at Spencer Lake in Lancaster.

By Holly Binns, Pew Charitable Trusts

Michelle Shaffer holds a red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) after a day of fishing in the Indian River Lagoon. Shaffer is studying the effects of seagrass loss on fish species in the lagoon. Courtesy of Michelle Shaffer

The Indian River Lagoon in east Central Florida is one of the most biodiverse estuaries in North America—home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including manatees, dolphins, roseate spoonbills, tarpon, and red drum.

The 156-mile-long lagoon covers 40% of the state’s east coast and draws tourists from around the world, many of whom come to fish. But in recent years, harmful algal blooms fueled by nitrogen pollution have taken a toll on this ecosystem and its resident wildlife. One of the worst blooms, in 2011, wiped out 32,000 acres of seagrass.

That catastrophic event captured the attention of Michelle Shaffer, a University of Central Florida Ph.D. student in integrative biology who is analyzing the effects of seagrass loss in the Indian River Lagoon on predator fish and their forage fish prey.

She’s found that in some places, populations of predator and prey fish have decreased since the decline of seagrass habitat in 2011. Seagrass hosts varieties of small prey fish, such as pinfish and mullet, also called forage fish. Larger fish such as snook and spotted seatrout visit the grasses to shelter, breed, and eat forage fish.

Shaffer, 29, is also documenting the dietary needs of some of the larger predator fish and which of their prey depend upon seagrass. This research will help identify important foraging linkages between seagrass habitat and large predator fish, many of which are highly sought by recreational anglers.

Michelle Shaffer measures changes in vegetation along the shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon. Courtesy of Michelle Shaffer

The Florida native is creating an interactive mapping tool that will help the public and fishery managers track the abundance of predator and prey and how that correlates with seagrass coverage over time. Such data will help inform management decisions and allow the public to better understand how science can illuminate the workings of the lagoon, which contributes $7.6 billion to the state’s economy through jobs and activities such as fishing, boating, and other water-related activities.

“My eyes are open to how much we can do with these computer tools now,” says Shaffer, the daughter of a computer scientist and computer-aided design technician. “We can see how this all fits together.”

Her work is part of the Forage Fish Research Program, which awards annual fellowships to students to improve knowledge of the roles of forage fish in Florida’s marine ecosystems. The program is a partnership among leading academics, scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and the Florida Forage Fish Coalition, which is led by the International Game Fish Association and includes The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Florida Wildlife Federation, the Angler Action Foundation, Wild Oceans, and the American Sportfishing Association.

Shaffer believes that her project will help put the public and scientists on the same page by providing information about the lagoon in a format that appeals to both audiences. That could improve communication between these groups, giving them a better chance at finding long-term solutions for the lagoon’s continuing pollution and algae bloom problems.

“There are conflicting values and perspectives within the Indian River Lagoon that often drive a wedge between scientists and the public,” says Shaffer, who hopes to pursue a career in government research and science communications. “We need to bridge gaps in information between scientists and the public and break down the barriers we’ve built. You have to communicate differently to find solutions.”

Holly Binns directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ conserving marine life in the United States program in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Caribbean.Read more at www.pewtrusts.org.

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