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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020

COAST GUARD
The Coast Guard advises everyone to label your gear, including SUP's, kayaks and canoes, with your name and phone number so the Coast Guard can contact you to determine whether or not someone needs help as quickly as possible.
COLLEGIATE FISHING
The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), along with the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, are proud to announce their renewed partnership with Yamaha Outboards. As in years past, the 2020 sponsorship includes the annual Yamaha Angler Appreciation Night at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in May 2020, Yamaha Power Pay Contingency Program, as well as extensive promotion of Yamaha Marine products.
CONSERVATION
Each February for 18 years, countless volunteers spend 10 days on the water along the Texas coastline searching the bays for abandoned crab traps left to foul shrimpers’ nets, snag anglers’ lines, “ghost fish,” and create unsightly views.

ENFORCEMENT
Texas Game Wardens are filing several Class B misdemeanor charges on 10 restaurants and markets in the Houston and Dallas area for selling shark fins and shark fin products.
ENVIRONMENT
For the second year in a row, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, presented by West Marine, and Costa Sunglasses are partnering in an effort to expand their commitment to conservation, and encourage attendees to join the movement to #KICKPLASTIC at the 2020 show
FISHERIES
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are developing the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment to review and possibly revise the allocation of Atlantic bluefish between the commercial and recreational fisheries and the commercial allocations to the states.

GEAR
St. Croix's Avid Surf and Legend Surf lineup cover all of the needs of surf anglers where ever they fish.
ICE FISHING
Extending through February 16, St. Croix is offering anglers the best pricing of the year on select rods from each of its popular ice series: Mojo IceAvid Ice JiggingAvid Glass IceLegend Black Ice and Croix Custom Ice (CCI).
INDUSTRY
Blackbird Products Group LLC (parent company of Mammoth Coolers) announced that Bob George, current Director of Sales, will now take on the added responsibility of marketing for the cooler company.  

Accepting a 3.5-inch drop-point blade, a 5-inch boning/fillet blade and a new gutting blade, the new RazorBone offers the ultimate solution to processing big game from start to finish, allowing you to field dress, skin, debone and prepare perfect cuts of meat with a single knife that never needs sharpening.
INVASIVE SPECIES
A $25 million appropriation to fight Asian carp was passed in Congress and signed by the president as part of the federal budget for fiscal year 2020 with Tennessee Wildlife Federation playing a leadership role in securing this appropriation.
LEGISLATION
In a letter sent recently to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges the governor to reconsider regulations recently put in place restricting overnight anchoring within 1,000 feet of any structure, such as public and private docks, wharves, bridges, piers and pilings, except in areas near marinas.
MEDIA
Registered members of the press can get a first look at the latest DockSense Alert technology
ORGANIZATIONS
Today, the recreational fishing and boating community praised final action taken by NOAA Fisheries to implement state management for private anglers fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.
PRO TEAMS
Benton, a champion on the 2013 FLW Tour and the 2018 Bassmaster Elite series, is a 3-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and will fish the 2020 Bassmaster Classic.
RECORD FISH
Tyler Halley of Maryville caught a 1-pound, 14-ounce yellow perch on a private pond in Nodaway County.
STATES
DEC is hosting public hearings on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 6 p.m. at DEC’s Marine Resources Headquarters, 205 North Belle Mead Road, East Setauket.
In the third habitat restoration film Restoring Rivers, Restoring Fish, we show how biologists study fish to understand whether habitat projects are working, and how to improve restoration in the future.   
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was present at very low concentrations in one Northwest Florida sample only. K. brevis was not observed in other samples collected statewide over the past week.
TELEVISION
By utilizing the newest fishing products and strategies, as well as bringing in some of the most talented and knowledgeable people in the industry, Jarret helps viewers experience the excitement of hooking monster fish while also learning the technique behind the catch.
TOURNAMENTS
The partnership includes guaranteed Ascend product prizes, plus cash, for each regular-season events and the championship event.
Called simply The Invitational, slated for August 6-8, 2020, with weigh-ins at Orange Beach, Alabama, the event will feature a field limited to just 30 teams, and a first-place prize of a cool one million dollars.

The tournament, which continues through July 31, is aimed at maintaining adequate kokanee fry survival by limiting predation from lake trout.
 

After high-wind advisories forced the cancellation of the first two days of the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River, B.A.S.S. officials have adjusted plans and announced the Top 20 will fish a shortened competition day on Monday, Feb. 10.
WORKSHOPS
Two fisheries specialists at North Carolina Sea Grant with over 40 years of combined experience are offering a new round of their popular course that explores fisheries science with a focus on topics related to management. Registration is now open for Scott Baker and Sara Mirabilio’s “Introductory Fisheries Science for Fishermen.”

The Alabama Marine Resources Division (AMRD) maintains the Claude Peteet Mariculture Center (CPMC) located in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  CPMC was created in 1970 when 40 acres of land were donated to the State by Ms. Mildred Casey.  An additional 5 acres was purchased by the State which provided access to the Intracoastal Waterway and a brackish water source needed to fill ponds.  By 1973, thirty-five (35) 0.2-acre ponds and a small pump station located on the intracoastal waterway were installed on the property.  A small hatchery building used for broodstock holding and egg fertilization and hatching was completed in 1975.   From 1970 through the early 1980s the infrastructure and operational costs of CPMC were primarily funded with federal grants related to the culture and stocking of Gulf of Mexico strain striped bass (Morone saxatilis) in Alabama waters.

During the mid-1980s through the mid-2000s, a variety of species were cultured at CPMC including spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus).  During this period the ponds were lined with high density polyethylene to prevent seepage and greenhouse structures with tanks and recirculating water systems were completed.  Beginning in the mid-2000s, shrimp and Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) were the primary species cultured at CPMC.  A saltwater supply line which begins at the Gulf State Park Pier was installed in 2004 but the intake was destroyed by hurricane Ivan.  The intake was not replaced until 2009. 

Red Snapper Strip Spawning circa Late 1990s

In July 2013, a new 23,000 square foot hatchery building was completed replacing the old hatchery building.  The new building provides a significant upgrade in fish production capacity.  It contains areas for broodfish spawning, algae production, live food production, egg incubation, larval rearing, and juvenile holding.  The hatchery also includes a greenhouse complex containing several re-circulating tank systems.

Currently, three species of fish popular among Alabama saltwater anglers are cultured at CPMC including red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus), and southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma).  Southern flounder broodstock were collected in 2018; however, due to a protracted acclimation period documented by other southern flounder researchers spawning is not anticipated by CPMC staff until early 2020.  Although most fish reared at CPMC are primarily for stock enhancement purposes, some fish may be tagged prior to release to assist with determining growth rates and movement patterns.  AMRD is also planning to modify the infrastructure to allow for the culture of the Eastern oyster by Spring 2020.  Oyster spat produced in the hatchery will be used to repopulate natural oyster reef areas in Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound which have degraded in the last decade due to various natural and man-made causes.

Fish Culture Method:

Juvenile Florida Pompano Raised at CPMC

Broodstock (parent fish) are collected from local waters and relocated to maturation tanks within the hatchery.  Collected fish undergo temperature and photoperiod manipulation within the maturation tanks to mimic natural conditions and stimulate spawning activity.  Broodstock will spawn on their own within the maturation tanks or be removed from the tanks and strip spawned, the technique of manually removing eggs and milt (sperm) which are combined to initiate fertilization.  Fertilized eggs collected from egg collectors built into each broodstock tank or from mixing containers used during strip spawning are counted using a volumetric method and distributed among hatching jars/tanks.   Eggs hatch within a 36-48-hour period and larval fish are counted by sampling a portion of the water column.  From this point, larvae will either be stocked into ponds or remain in within the hatchery. 

Tank Culture:

Conditions affecting growth and survival are maintained much more easily in a tank system; however, labor and operational costs needed to maintain fish in an indoor culture system are greater than a pond system.  Larval fish are maintained in a temperature-controlled re-circulating system using full strength seawater (salinity greater than 30 ppt).  Twenty-four hour care is provided for larval fish in a tank culture system soon after the eggs hatch.  Once eggs hatch, the hatchlings are considered yolk-sac larvae.  At this point, they have no mouths or eyes, but will develop them over the next 36-48 hours.  Once fish develop their eyes, they need to eat immediately.  From here, the fish need to be moved from hatching containers to the larval rearing systems for further grow out.

Larval fish cultured at CPMC require live foods for the first 14-16 days after hatching.  The fish require a certain size of food particle that can be captured and ingested.  Two types of zooplankton are used to feed the young larval fish.  Rotifers are used as a first food for the first 8-10 days after hatching.  Brine shrimp (Artemia spp.) is used as a second live food.  As fish continue to grow, they require larger sized prey items, thus the need to change food sources.  Larvae are weened onto brine shrimp Artemia spp. starting around 8 days after hatching.  At the same time, larval fish are also introduced to a formulated feed.  Fish will be completely weened to an artificial diet by approximately day 16 after hatching.

CPMC Tank Culture Facilities

For red drum and Florida pompano, the culture period is approximately 35-45 days to grow to a 1-2-inch fingerling.  Southern flounder require approximately 60-75 days to grow to a 1-2-inch fingerling.  At 1-2-inches the fish are of ideal size for harvesting and transporting to the release site.  Once fish reach the appropriate size and after a sample of each group of fish pass inspection for common diseases, they are released in coastal Alabama waters.

Pond Culture:

For extensive systems, ponds are utilized, and less care is required.  Prior to a spawning event, ponds are filled with brackish water, then fertilized with both organic and inorganic fertilizers to establish a phytoplankton bloom.  This phytoplankton bloom is the food source for the zooplankton in the water.  As the phytoplankton blooms, the zooplankton populations will increase and “bloom” as well.  These zooplankton are the food source for newly hatched fish. 

Once fish develop and eye, they are transferred to the ponds for further grow out.  During the transfer process, fish are acclimated to pond temperature and salinity.   Fish will grow on the natural foods in the ponds for approximately 20 days.  After that time, a crumbled, pelleted feed will be provided for the rest of the culture period.  The culture period lasts approximately 45-60 days after which fish will be 1-2 inches in length.  Once fish are of size and after a sample of each group of fish pass inspection for common diseases, they are harvested from the ponds and released in Alabama waters.

In recent years, the operations and maintenance of CPMC has been funded through the Fish and Wildlife’s Sport Fish Restoration Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and your fishing license purchases. 

 

FISHING CALENDAR
February 15-16
Fly Fishing Show

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

February 21-23
Fly Fishing Show

Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, Calif.; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 22
Texas Team Trail

Lake Sam Rayburn, www.texasteamtrail.com

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; www.fredhall.com

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

Wisconsin State Fair Park & Expo Center, West Allis, WI https://jssportsshow.com/

March 6-8
50th Annual Bassmaster Classic

Lake Guntersville, AL, with weigh-ins at BJCC in Birmingham; www.bassmaster.com.

March 7-8
Fly Fishing Show

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

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; www.southshoreanglers.com.

March 12-14
Casa de Campo Open

La Romana, D.R.; flyzonefishing.com

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, www.texasteamtrail.com

March 26-29
Fred Hall Show

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA; https://www.fredhall.com/san-diego

March 27-29
New England Saltwater Fishing Show

Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, R.I.; http://www.nesaltwatershow.com

April 2-4
Chub Cay Invitational

Chub Cay Resort, Bahamas; chubcayfishingtournament.com

April 4
Western Walleye Expo

Adams County Regional Park, Brighton, Colorado; cowalleye@gmail.com, 970-699-5264.

April 18
Texas Team Trail

Lake Amistad,  www.texasteamtrail.com

May 9
Texas Team Trail
 
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