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The Sea Tow Foundation has announced it will be launching a selfie giveaway contest at the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show that will help educate boat lovers of all ages on the importance of wearing life jackets.
The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Sunline will continue its partnership and support of the 2020 Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, and collegiate anglers nationwide. In addition to extensive promotion of the complete lineup of Sunline products, the 2020 sponsorship includes special discounted Sunline pricing offered solely to anglers competing in any of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events during 2020
A captivating and unique watercraft race, and other exciting new attractions, join all the fan favorites at the ALL-FREE Bradenton Area River Regatta, presented by LECOM, when the sixth annual event returns to the shorelines of the Manatee River Saturday, Feb. 8.

According to a WDFW report to the Legislature in 2019, the drop in hatchery-produced fish, along with fewer wild fish, has contributed to a scarcity of prey available for endangered southern resident killer whales.
Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Captain D’s Castin’ ‘N Catchin’ presented by Harbin Automotive. This fishing tournament benefits the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama and will be held Saturday, April 25, at Goose Pond Colony Resort near Scottsboro, Alabama on Lake Guntersville.
HOC has moved its offices from Fair Oaks Ranch to Boerne, Texas, effective immediately.

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater asset coatings, announced today it has hired Matt Forbes to fill the role of Sales Director – EMEA and Marcus Hamilton as Vice President of Sales & Operations – Americas.
If you'll be at the Portland Expo Center anytime from Wednesday through Sunday this week, we invite you to stop by the Shimano - G. Loomis - PowerPro booths to see some key reels, rods and braid that will be sure to interest Pacific Northwest anglers
Mammoth Coolers is proud to announce that they now have nationwide sales representation coverage.

Here's the release from China Fish giving some indication of just how serious China is taking the rapidly spreading illness.
The Maine Warden Service is looking for new team members who are dedicated to conserving Maine’s fish, wildlife, and other natural resources and protecting the people who enjoy them.
The IWLA National Conservation Scholarships helps support undergraduates who are focused on a conservation or environment-related degree, such as forestry, ecology, and natural resource management.
Join Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) staff at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery (WJHSFH) on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a “Saltwater Fishing Opportunities in PWS” seminar.
Garmin, a pioneer in GPS navigation and wireless devices, has signed a three-year deal to become a sponsor of the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, B.A.S.S. announced today.
Out of the 37 anglers that completed a Slam last year, the 2019 winner is Eric Runge of Winder, Ga., according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Trout Unlimited encourage anglers to test their fishing skills and pursue a “Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam” from Missouri’s nine blue-ribbon trout streams.
The annual Illinois River Fly Fishing School session will be Feb. 21-22 at Tenkiller State Park and on the banks of the Illinois River.
Sea lampreys are gamefish predators, but N.Y. DEC programs are helping to control their numbers.
James B. Brindle has joined the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as the agency’s communications director, after serving as a public affairs officer in various locations for the United States Army for 12 years.
A family-friendly trout fishing event will be held at Ada Hayden Heritage Park this Saturday, Feb. 8 at noon.
Each year the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries holds public forums to improve communication with the angling public and to solicit public input in shaping freshwater fisheries programs in the future.
Anglers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), The Bait Shack, and the Alaska Sport Fishing Association from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Jewel Lake on Saturday, February 8, 2020, for the Jewel Lake Jamboree and Community Fishing Day.
Travel the globe and explore unique saltwater fishing destinations on World Fishing Network with a newly curated saltwater fishing programming block running Monday–Friday at 12–2:30 p.m. ET.
Catch the purest form of competitive bass fishing LIVE on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) with Bass Pro Shops Presents Bass Pro Tour – MLF Redcrest.
Captain Rick Murphy and the crew head to a Duke Energy redfish hatchery to learn all about restocking efforts in Florida. After the tour, they hit the water to teach the future generation of anglers about fishing and conservation.

A citizen science program more than 50 years old has shed new light on the movements and distribution patterns of dozens of species of sharks.

From NOAA Fisheries

Aerial view of a blue shark circling a young dogfish. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

A 52-year database of the distribution and movements of 35 Atlantic shark species revealed new information on some of the least known species. It also uncovered a few surprises about where sharks go and how long they live.

The bull shark is found in coastal tropical and subtropical seas ranging from the western North Atlantic to southern Brazil. Photo: NOAA Fisheries. 

Scientists collected data for sharks tagged and/or recaptured between 1962 and 2013. The sharks were found in the Atlantic Ocean and associated areas, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. Participants tagged a total of 229,810 sharks of 35 species and recaptured 13,419 sharks of 31 species in that time span. The scientific journal Marine Fisheries Review recently published the data.

This new atlas updates an earlier version covering 1962 to 1993 and adds information on 22 species. Detailed profiles are provided for 14 shark species, including bull and tiger sharks and smooth dogfish. The updated data significantly extended their known ranges and movements.

Collaborative, Long-Running Program

The Cooperative Shark Tagging Program is the largest and longest-running in the world. The program is a collaborative effort among recreational anglers, the commercial fishing industry, biologists, and NOAA Fisheries. Its goal is to study the life history of sharks in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Initiated in 1962 by biologist and shark researcher John “Jack” Casey at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the original group of 74 volunteer anglers began participating in the project in 1963. Since then the program has expanded to include thousands of participants along the entire North American and European Atlantic coasts, including the Gulf of Mexico. 

“The program’s long-term data has shown the importance of tagging large numbers of each species and recording information in a database to determine shark movements,” said Lisa Natanson, a shark researcher in the Apex Predators Program at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Narragansett Laboratory in Rhode Island. For example, until the tagging program was 34 years old, no one knew that tiger sharks cross the Atlantic. 

An International Effort

Tiger sharks have a wide range and are found close to shore and in the open ocean. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Anglers from 32 countries tagged sharks and persons representing 59 countries participated in returns. There are two principal types of tags: the dart or M tag, in use since 1965, and the fin or rototag, used primarily by participating biologists.

Recreational fishermen, most using rod and reel, accomplished the majority of the tagging, followed by biologists using longline and net gear. Commercial fishermen using long line and net gear returned the most tags, followed closely by anglers using rod and reel. 

Blue sharks accounted for 51 percent of the tags at nearly 118,000, with sandbar sharks a distant second at just under 36,000. Just over 8,200 blue sharks and 1,471 sandbar sharks were recaptured. Of 20 tagged crocodile sharks, none were recaptured. Most species had more than 100 sharks tagged.

A blue shark also set the record for traveling the greatest distance: 3,997 nautical miles. That shark was tagged off Long Island, New York and recaptured in the South Atlantic off Africa after more than 8 years. A sandbar shark holds the record for the longest time before recapture at 27.8 years. 

Thousands of Volunteer Citizen Scientists

Basking shark. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Atlas authors Nancy Kohler and Patricia Turner worked in the center's Apex Predators Program at the Narragansett Laboratory and are now both retired from NOAA Fisheries. They noted that the data collected through this program of citizen scientists would not have been possible for any individual, single institution or agency to accomplish.

“A collective of thousands of knowledgeable volunteer recreational and commercial fishermen accomplished this for little more than the cost of the tags, making the cost/benefit ratio for this program extremely low,” according to the update authors. “The Cooperative Shark Tagging program creates an enormous body of scientific data for understanding distributions and migration patterns for shark species.”

The geographic distributions and movements for most shark species—­particularly over large space and time scales—remain largely unknown, but these data are filling in those gaps. This information is vital for developing appropriate management strategies and determining the usefulness of conservation measures.

White shark. Photo: Greg Skomal

“Sustainable management is a dynamic process that requires the best available science," said Karyl Brewster-Geisz, a fishery management specialist with NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Sustainable Fisheries. "Data from the Cooperative Shark Tagging Program, one of the oldest shark data sets, plays an important role in establishing management measures that provide recreational and commercial fishing opportunities while preventing overfishing.”

According to the authors, “Given the fact that shark species are slow growing, long-lived, and highly mobile, with relatively low return rates for tagged sharks, continued tagging efforts are essential to provide this critical life history and population dynamics information.”

For more information, contact Shelley Dawicki.

February 1-9
Great American Outdoors Show

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA;

February 5-9
Pacific Sportsmen’s Show

Portland, OR;

February 6
Big Trout Seminar at South Shore

Big Trout Seminar at South Shore Anglers meeting at T.A. Mahoney’s Marine Supply in Tampa, features Captains Lori Deaton and Jeremy Heims, 7 p.m., free food and drink;

February 15-16
Fly Fishing Show

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

February 21-23
Fly Fishing Show

Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, Calif.;

February 22
Texas Team Trail

Lake Sam Rayburn,

February 23
Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak

February 27 - March 1
World Fishing & Outdoor Expo

Suffern, NY

March 4-8
Fred Hall Show

Long Beach, CA;

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

Wisconsin State Fair Park & Expo Center, West Allis, WI

March 6-8
50th Annual Bassmaster Classic

Lake Guntersville, AL, with weigh-ins at BJCC in Birmingham;

March 7-8
Fly Fishing Show

Lancaster County Convention Center, 3 East Vine St., Lancaster, Penn.;

March 10
Inshore seminar with Captain Scott Moore

Inshore seminar with Captain Scott Moore, the Dean of Florida’s West Coast guides, and Captain Mike Anderson of Reel Animals TV and radio, 7 p.m. at T.A. Mahoney’s Marine Supply in Tampa, free food and drink;

March 12-14
Casa de Campo Open

La Romana, D.R.;

March 13-15
Saltwater Fishing Expo

Edison, NJ

March 14-15
Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley

March 21
Texas Team Trail

Lake Toledo Bend,

March 26-29
Fred Hall Show

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA;

March 27-29
New England Saltwater Fishing Show

Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, R.I.;

April 2-4
Chub Cay Invitational

Chub Cay Resort, Bahamas;

April 4
Western Walleye Expo

Adams County Regional Park, Brighton, Colorado;, 970-699-5264.

April 18
Texas Team Trail

Lake Amistad,

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