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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019

BOATING
The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club West Palm Beach/Lake Park offer a choice of two fun on the water training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: “Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves,” Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, at the club’s location at 103 Lake Shore Drive #F88 in Lake Park, Florida.
COAST GUARD
The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an uncrewed, adrift kayak found approximately 100 yards off Bellows Beach near Lanikai, Oahu, Sunday in storm conditions.
CONSERVATION
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily paused its aquatic herbicide treatment program throughout the state as it seeks public input.

FISHERIES
The Hudson-Raritan River estuary is a place of contrasts — an important ecosystem, and a cultural and economic resource — on the doorstep of the biggest city in America.
The 2-day harvest total from Lake Winnebago was 153 fish, which is very similar to opening weekend during the 2016 and 2018 seasons where 147 and 139 fish were registered.
GRANTS
NOAA is seeking proposals from non-federal partners for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to help continue our work restoring Great Lakes coastal ecosystems.

NOAA is seeking proposals from non-federal partners for habitat restoration projects that will restore coastal ecosystems.
HIGH SCHOOL FISHING
Alex Ray and Dillon Burns of Dadeville High School took home the Go Build Alabama First Place Scholarship at the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association Lake Martin Event presented by Go Build Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 9.
ICE FISHING
Northern pike are popular with ice anglers and are regularly caught in places like Missisquoi Bay, Dillenbeck Bay, Carry Bay, and Keeler Bay on Lake Champlain in addition to Lake Hortonia, Lake Bomoseen, Glen Lake, Marshfield Reservoir and the South Bay of Lake Memphremagog.

INDUSTRY
Join the AFFTA at this year’s Dealer Summit in Austin, March 19 – 22, 2019, and gain valuable insights into consumer motivation and decision-making, brand-positioning strategies and more that will make your bottom-line bigger as well, no matter where you call home.
Lure Lock is pleased to announce that it has signed Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Patrick Walters to its stable of elite bass anglers.
Attending ABC and participating in Capitol Hill visits with others from your state is the best way to educate your representatives on issues that impact your business.

America's 49 million anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation's economy, creating employment for more 800,000 people.
MEDIA
BWI HQ has received a number of media meeting announcements. Included below are those from BWI member firms and organizations involved and links to events maintained by shows media managers.
NEW PRODUCTS
2019 brings new additions to the BaitBall Spinner Rig family: biomimetic color patterns that make a proven fish-catcher even more effective.

PEOPLE
Dahlberg and others are working with displaced shrimp peelers to start a lure-making venture that should replace some of the lost income from the new conservation rules.
PRO TEAMS
Shimano pro's cashed checks in the B.A.S.S. Elite and FLW circuits at several events around the Sunshine State this past weekend
RADIO
We have a great "Best of" edition of Northwestern Outdoors Radio this week, put together during a saltwater fishing trip to Port Hardy in British Columbia.
STATES
Everyone in Michigan is invited to fish for free Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, for the 2019 Winter Free Fishing Weekend.
Michigan state parks' centennial anniversary, northern Lake Huron trout regulations and migratory game bird hunting seasons are just a few topics on the agenda for the next meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday, Feb. 14, in Lansing.
Friday, March 1, marks the opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing in Missouri at the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James.
TELEVISION
Follow legendary angler Al Lindner as he pursues all kinds of fish from bass to northern pike in Lindner’s Angling Edge, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on World Fishing Network.
TOURNAMENTS
Rick Clunn, who turned 72 in July, broke his own record for agelessness, winning the Power-Pole Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River with a four-day total of 98 pounds, 14 ounces.

Washington, DC - In a letter submitted to President Donald Trump on Thursday, February 7, 2019, Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) Executive Director Jim Donofrio requested an immediate halt on all work on proposed industrial wind farms along the Atlantic Coast. The request was prompted in response to the issuance of 6 commercial offshore wind leases by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) since 2016 along the Atlantic Coast. BOEM is the federal agency under the Department of Interior that oversees offshore renewal energy development in federal waters. Donofrio called for work being conducted under this permits to be halted citing a failure of the agency to fully investigate and assess the impacts that offshore wind energy generation facilities will have on valuable commercial and recreational fisheries.

In his letter, Donofrio articulated the fishing community's concerns with the pace at which the leases have been issued and the lack of a comprehensive ecological evaluation on the potential impacts that offshore wind development may have on fish stocks. While the idea that adding new structure in the form of wind turbines to the ocean, particularly in areas where the bottom is comprised of fine sand, will attract fish and create new fishing opportunities for anglers, one cannot over-look the literature coming out of countries that have aggressively developed their coast lines with wind turbines. Studies from Denmark and other European countries find that fish stocks display measurable behavioral and migratory responses in presences of noise (vibrations created by the massive blades) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) produced by the turbines and the miles of underwater cables required to transmit the electricity generated to shore.

Applying these findings to the lease areas proposed for development off of Atlantic coast the US, there is the very real threat that once installed, offshore wind farms may disrupt north/south and inshore/offshore migrations of important fish stocks such as striped bass, bluefish and pelagics. It is also unknown how the inshore/offshore movements of demersal species such as summer flounder will be impacted. It would be extremely unfortunate to build these facilities in hast only to find out that EMF from the transmission cables disrupts the seasonal movements of summer flounder into Mid-Atlantic bays and estuaries. RFA finds that associated risks far outweigh the benefits of offshore wind and demands that development be halted so that all potential impacts can be fully vetted.

"The companies that are pursuing these projects have no legal obligation or regard for American commercial or recreational fishermen who have been on these grounds earning a living for decades," explained Jim Donofrio. "Our jobs and our fisheries must come first."

In a recent article included in Making Waves, RFA's newsletter, RFA outlined the numerous concerns associated with offshore wind facilities. Specifically, the article outlined the economic cost of offshore wind which falls on the backs of rate payers. In many of these projects, the vast majority of the capital comes from rate payer subsidies, federal and state assistance and tax credits, not from private sources. Offshore wind has proven to be one of the most expensive forms of electric generation but companies, many of which are foreign, are scrambling to secure leases because US tax payers will foot the bill for the planning, construction and operation of their facilities and then in turn, the companies can sell the electricity back to rate payers at an above market rate.

Also cited in the February 7th letter to President Trump are the navigational and safety at sea issues associated with the proposed offshore wind facilities. The United States Coast Guard and the United States Marine Corp have both expressed concerns that wind turbines would interfere with their missions along the East Coast.

BOEM has conducted 7 competitive lease sales and now has 12 active wind development areas with at least one in each state from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Total lease areas off the Atlantic Coast are expected to exceed 1.4 million acres excluding the submerged lands developed and used for transmission lines. Make no mistake, once fully built, off-shore wind stands to have a significant and permanent impact on our fisheries.

"There is absolutely no reason we should be rushing to develop offshore wind with the US producing more clean, domestic natural gas than ever," stated Donofrio. "BOEM needs to slow down and carefully review all the impacts associated with offshore wind before jeopardizing our marine resources and straddling US tax payers with higher electric bills."

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For more on the Recreational Fishing Alliance, visit www.joinrfa.org

FISHING CALENDAR
February 12
Captain Mike Anderson of REEL ANIMALS radio and TV hosts the free monthly Fishing Clinic

Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, featured speaker is Dave Blanchard of Pumpkin Jigs, free food and drink

February 15-17
Mid-South Sports, RV and Boat Show

Agricenter, East Memphis, TN www.memphisboatshow.com.

February 16-17
Fly Fishing Show

Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196 th St. S.W., Lynnwood, Wash.; www.flyfishingshow.com.

February 22-24
Fly Fishing Show, Alameda County Fairgrounds

4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, Calif.; www.flyfishingshow.com.

March 9-10
Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center

3 East Vine St., Lancaster, Penn.; www.flyfishingshow.com

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.; www.psc@dnr.sc.gov

 
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