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Join anglers and conservationists from Tampa Bay Estuary Program for a clean-up and planting at Clam Bayou Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Long Beach-area residents can purchase their 2019 licenses, validations and report cards, as well as 2019 Warden Stamps directly from California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) staff at the 73rd annual Long Beach Fred Hall Show scheduled this week at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.
The potential changes to be addressed are a fee-based reef fish endorsement for recreational, charter/for-hire and commercial anglers who possess reef fish.

Efforts to rear and stock more Atlantic salmon are being supported by an invaluable partnership between the Department of Natural Resources' Fisheries Division, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) and Cloverland Electric.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has agreed to allow the use of gillnets during the fall salmon fishery on the lower Columbia River while state fishery managers work with their Oregon counterparts to develop a joint long-term policy for shared waters.
Informed by its strategic plan, the program has shifted from its initial focus on developing, testing, and certifying new survey designs to developing a better understanding of regional needs and priorities, facilitating regional data collection efforts, and actively managing the regional implementation of new and improved survey methods.

The management measure will apply to both commercial and recreational fishing in in the Central Southern Management Area, which encompasses all internal waters from just south of Oregon Inlet to the South Carolina line.
Hawai‘i has three species of mullet: two of them, the ‘ama‘ama and the uouoa are native and the third one, known as kanda, is introduced.
During this bonefish spawning season in the Bahamas (late October – early April), a team of scientists from Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute completed two cruises to the Bahamas aboard the M/Y Albula.

Lots of walleyes and minimal pressure headline this lake, where fish from 17 to 28 inches are common in sampling efforts.
Alabama's early season crappie fishing begins when daffodil leaves push their way out of the soil, usually in February and continues well into spring.
Sixty-two outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

NMMA announced today that Callie Hoyt and Clay Crabtree have joined the association as its newest directors of federal government relations.
New infographics detailing the latest recreational boating sales and economic impact data are now available from NMMA.
Drawing on the company’s racing heritage, the new high-performance model will be capable of 70 mph (62kts) ‘out of the box’ with standard twin Mercury R400 outboards
Gordon Houser, called the boating industry’s first marketing guru, died at Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Center on March 1, after a long battle with the complications of dementia. He was 88.
The 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic begins on Friday, March 15th on the Tennessee River where anglers will fish each of the three days out of Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. After competing each day, anglers will weigh-in their bass at the Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee Campus, a 20,000-seat facility, making it the fifth largest in the country. B.A.S.S. Life and Nation members can enter the arena at 3:00 PM local time and the general public will be admitted at 3:15 PM.
The Fisheries Division staff at the Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) can’t keep a secret and they want nothing more than for you to catch fish, so they produce a couple of handy publications every angler should keep in their hip pocket: The 2019 Kansas Fishing Atlas and the 2019 Kansas Fishing Forecast.
The Fayette County Public Fishing Lake will reopen on Thursday, March 28, 2019, after the completion of a renovation and restocking project by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) that began in 2016.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free flying tying workshop on Saturday, March 9, at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, in Blue Springs.
Many folks don't know there are inland populations of cisco (also known as lake herring) in Michigan - particularly along the southern part of the Lower Peninsula.
In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced the locations of 69 trout stockings.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in ten lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.
STAR offers participants an opportunity to win their share of over $500,000 in prizes & scholarships--it's the largest family friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida.
As NMMA expands and enhances its conservation agenda and examines the effects of climate change on the recreational boating industry, the association will monitor the panel’s progress and identify opportunities to work with the committee.

Contributed by Michael Milstein, Northwest Fisheries Science Center 

An international team of biologists is setting out into some of the roughest waters in the North Pacific Ocean in the middle of winter to try to solve the fundamental mystery of Pacific salmon: What determines whether they live or die?

Pursuing Answers in the Remote Ocean

Perhaps the most critical, but least known, part of the salmon life cycle is the few years the fish spend on the high seas, gaining energy to return to their home rivers and spawn. This is where most of the salmon that stream out of Northwest and Alaska rivers each year disappear, most never to be seen again. Now the science team is headed into the remote Gulf of Alaska to try to find out which fish survive, and why.

“What we most need to know about salmon, we mostly don’t know,” said Richard “Dick” Beamish, a longtime salmon researcher in Canada who, with Russian colleagues, launched plans for the research expedition as a centerpiece of the International Year of the Salmon in 2019. He also raised about $1 million to fund the voyage. NOAA Fisheries contributed as well.

“Nothing like this has ever been done before to my knowledge, and I’ve been doing this for 50 years,” Beamish said. “I believe that we will make discoveries that will change the way we think of salmon and do salmon research.”

International Scientists Join Voyage

NOAA Fisheries has three scientists on board the survey, which includes top salmon researchers from Russia, Korea, Japan, and Canada. Scientists believe that Pacific Rim salmon, whether from Alaska, the west coast of the United States, or the east coast of Asia, all spend time in the Gulf of Alaska during their years at sea.

Fisheries biologist Laurie Weitkamp, who is based at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center’s Newport (Ore.) Research Station, will be the chief U.S. scientist for the trip. Weitkamp’s previous research has mainly focused on estuaries and coastal areas, she said, while the open ocean has largely remained a “black box” to scientists searching for better tools to predict salmon returns to west coast and Alaska rivers.

“This is not a place that is very easy to go and do science, especially in winter,” said Weitkamp, who recognizes she will likely get seasick in waves known to tower 50 feet or higher, but is O.K. with that. “To understand what is affecting these fish, you have to go where the fish are, and now we are finally about to do that.”

Fisheries biologists Charlie Waters and Gerard Foley from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center will be collecting samples for several studies to learn more about salmon condition and diet. In particular, they want to learn more about what pink salmon are eating and whether they are in competition with sockeye, Chinook, and coho for prey resources. All of these salmon species support important commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries in Alaska.

“We have a vested interest in knowing what’s going on during the winter months,” said Foley. “It is a critical, critical time in the life history of these fish.”

The science team will set out in mid-February 2019 from Vancouver, B.C., on a Russian research ship named Professor Kaganovskiy, backed by funding from the Canadian government, the Pacific Salmon Commission, the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association, and others. The ship will spend a month crisscrossing the Gulf of Alaska with trawl nets and examining the salmon they catch with tools that range from microscopes to DNA fingerprinting.

Salmon’s Race for Survival

Scientists have long suspected that the fate of salmon migrating into the ocean is sealed during their first year at sea. The fish that grow large enough, fast enough to elude predators and make it through the first winter are the fish that will return to rivers to spawn--and to be caught in fishing nets. For the first time, the scientists aboard Professor Kaganovskiy will be able to test that theory, using clues like the tiny bones in the ears of fish, known as otoliths, that reflect each fish’s growth.

Roughly 99 of every 100 salmon that leave rivers for the ocean never return. The team wants to know what distinguishes those fish from the rare salmon that make it back alive.

“This is the time of year when we think most of the mortality is occurring, so this is when we want to be there to understand the fundamental mechanisms that regulate the production of salmon,” Beamish said. The better they understand the most influential factor affecting fish, he said, the closer they will be to providing more accurate forecasts of salmon returns to west coast rivers.

That, in turn, will help fisheries managers, fishermen, and others effectively manage salmon in a changing ecosystem, Beamish said.

Researchers also believe that different salmon stocks, such as those from rivers including the Snake and Columbia, migrate through certain parts of the Gulf of Alaska, capitalizing on the food available in different areas. The carrying capacity of those areas will also help determine how many fish return to the rivers.

“We’ve never been able to test that before,” Beamish said. “Now we have a chance to be there and see it happening in real time.”


Gulf of Alaska expedition
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International Year of the Salmon
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Ocean ecosystem indicators of salmon survival

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

3 East Vine St., Lancaster, Penn.;

Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley

March 12
Free Inshore Seminar

Famed snook guide Scott Moore joins Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals TV” for free inshore seminar, 7 to 9 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, free food and drink;

Scott Moore and Captain Mike Anderson Free Inshore Seminar

Famed snook captain Scott Moore joins Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals” radio and TV for a free inshore seminar at 7 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa. Free food and drink are included.

March 16
Longest Trout All-Release Tournament

Tampa Bay, $25 entry, PowerPole Shallow Water Anchor as first prize, proceeds to Angling for Relief pediatric cancer relief, Salty Shamrock in Apollo Beach;

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.;

May 16-19
Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

Destin, Florida, cash prizes for most lionfish brought in;

May 23-24
2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops

June 3-9
Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel, Biloxi, MS;

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