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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020

COLLEGIATE FISHING
The Association of Collegiate Anglers proudly runs no entry fee events that feature prize payouts, contingencies, product, meals, and valuable points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia for all anglers competing in a given event.
EVENTS
Marking the first major marine event to take place since April 2020, the 61ST Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is making its way to the “Yachting Capital of the World,” with changes for a better and safer event experience, Oct. 28 to Nov. 1.
FISHERIES HABITAT
New monitoring technology is helping scientists better estimate dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Recognizing the risk of the deteriorating structure, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are removing the dam and restoring this contaminated space to a place benefitting the community.
FISHING TIPS
This week anglers can choose among salmon, trout and even a little sturgeon, or maybe all three with some careful planning.
GEAR
Tigress' Portable Cleats let you make use of an empty rod holder to hold a fender while you raft up at the sandbar, like a hose holder while washing your boat, or to tie up back at the dock more securely.

The ingenious minds at Plano and Smart Design resulted in a line of tackle boxes with the future of fishing reimagined.
The B-301 features a Palma Horse design that allows all-day comfort whether you sit saddle style, with your legs on the same side, or stand and lean against it.
The CHARD Pro-Former Electric Jerky Gun quickly and efficiently forms large amounts of wild game or lean ground beef into jerky with one pull of the trigger.

Check out these new, multi-seasonal short- and long-sleeve, graphic and striped cotton mélange tees just released from the NC-based coastal lifestyle brand
INDUSTRY
Northland Fishing Tackle and the Bagley Bait Company are proud to announce the expansion of their established rep group Sokol Associates’ territory, effective October 1, 2020.
The innovative device will remove micro-plastics and debris from the engine cooling water before returning it to the ocean.
Boating Industry has announced the 10th annual Mover & Shaker of the Year Award goes to David Foulkes, CEO of Brunswick Corporation.
MARINE ELECTRONICS
Humminbird is introducing the fourth generation (G4N) HELIX models, delivering more technology than ever, with a wide range of features and screen sizes suitable for any fishing application.
Humminbird announces the introduction of the SOLIX® Series third generation (G3) units, building on the brand’s commitment to deliver technology advancements that give anglers a more complete picture of the water and structure around them, to find and catch more fish.
ORGANIZATIONS
Plano Synergy, an industry-leading producer of must-have gear for serious hunters and anglers, has joined the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) mission to unite the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is excited to announce that next week the organization will host the inaugural IGFA Permit Invitational and an online auction featuring world-class fly fishing tackle, trips, artwork and more.
The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) is proud to announce our first-ever POMA's Friends and Family Auction, a fundraiser that will run online this year.
PADDLE SPORTS
Whether you enjoy fishing area streams or simply like to relax by spending a day floating, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to remind area paddlers that kayaks and conservation areas go together in the fall.
PODCASTS
Team Tactacam members Jacob Autry, Bailey Bleser, and Conner DiMauro, along with Ben Stern from Tactacam, join us for an enlightening discussion.
STATES
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is proposing to simplify fishing regulations to make them easier to understand and would like your input at virtual public meetings on October 13 and 14.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program indicates that 777,564 pounds or 99 percent of Louisiana’s 2020 annual private recreational allocation of 784,332 pounds have been harvested during the 2020 red snapper season.
Oregon and Washington fishery managers are liberalizing the bag limit for adult salmon on the Columbia River; beginning Oct. 1, the daily adult bag limit of two salmon may include up to two Chinook.
Most of the rules pertain to shellfish lease user conflicts, reclassification of Special Secondary Nursery Areas, oyster sanctuaries, classification of shellfish growing waters, and sanitation standards for commercial crustacea processing procedures.
TOURNAMENTS
On super-busy bass lakes, kayak anglers continue to prove the value of stealthy vessels and select Z-Man baits that simply get the job done.

The bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use while fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico federal waters.

Photo Credit South Carolina DNR

Alexandria, VA.– Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection H.R. 5126, the Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use while fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supports the DESCEND Act, led by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.), to combat wanton waste of Gulf of Mexico reef fish.

Red snapper and other reef fish are often returned to the water for a variety of reasons (e.g., being caught out of season, under the size limit, or over the bag limit). Due to the rapid change in pressure from being brought to the surface from depth many of these fish experience barotrauma – a condition where a buildup of gas pressure in their bodies makes it difficult or impossible to swim back down. Consequently, countless fish die at the surface or fall victim to opportunistic predators. This is an economic and conservation travesty. Unfortunately, a bureaucratic roadblock related to an important oil spill recovery-funded project has prevented regulation from moving forward at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council that would address this problem.

“Giving reef fish a better chance at survival by properly using a descending device or venting tool to return them to the deep is a simple, inexpensive step for fishermen to take that will pay dividends for conservation and our economy,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. “It is beyond time for Congress to step in, as hundreds of thousands of Gulf red snapper die each year due to barotrauma. We hope the Senate will act quickly to send the DESCEND Act to President Trump’s desk for signature.”

There are 2.6 million saltwater anglers who fish the Gulf of Mexico every year and contribute $13.5 billion to the economy while supporting 138,817 jobs. These anglers and the businesses they support understand the value of healthy marine resources and are committed to doing their part in conservation.

“Not only is the DESCEND Act good conservation policy and responsible use of our natural resources, but it will help expand access for anglers in the future,” said Kellie Ralston, southeastern fisheries policy director for the American Sportfishing Association. “Thank you to Reps. Garret Graves, Jared Huffman, and Steve Palazzo for championing this effort in the House.”

“Descending devices are an important catch-and-release tool that recreational anglers, as the original conservationists, widely embrace,” said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. “We applaud this important legislative action and the potential it has to more efficiently conserve recreational fisheries going forward.”

“Support for the DESCEND Act is a no-brainer, because the tools it would require provide one of the best ways to ensure the survival of reef fish that are caught and released, helping keep stocks healthy and improving fish conservation,” said Chris Macaluso, director of marine fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “We applaud Congressmen Garrett Graves, Steven Palazzo, Jared Huffman and their colleagues in the House for moving this bill forward to improve fisheries management, resource conservation, and the outdoor recreation economy.”

“Healthy and sustainable fisheries are essential to the recreational boating and fishing community and expanding the use of descending devices will have an immediate impact in service of this goal,” said Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president of government and legal affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “On behalf of the thousands of businesses and jobs our industry supports, I thank Congressmen Jared Huffman and Garret Graves for pushing this critical conservation measure across the finish line in the House and look forward to swift action by the Senate.”

“By decreasing the number of fish that die after release, we can increase population abundance and provide additional access to our reef fish fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Chris Horton, fisheries policy director for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “A descending device requirement is the right thing to do at the right time as we see more and more people taking up recreational fishing and enjoying their abundant reef fish fisheries that belong to us all. We want to make sure we take care of this resource today and for future generations.”

A coalition of leading recreational fishing and boating and marine conservation organizations sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader of the House Kevin McCarthy urging passage of the DESCEND Act on September 29. The coalition includes American Sportfishing Association, Angler Action Foundation, BoatU.S., Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, International Game Fish Association, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Wild Oceans.

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