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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020

BOATING
Now the U.S. Coast Guard is asking East Coast boaters, in a short, 5-minute online survey, to weigh in about the Aids to Navigation (ATON) system on shallow draft waterways — those East Coast waters less than 12-feet in depth. Time is running out though:
CONSERVATION
Tampa Bay Watch partners with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in their statewide initiative to recycle old fishing line, through a network of monofilament collection bins called "monotubes”.
The study on Virginia's Eastern Shore is a blueprint for capitalizing on this habitat’s capacity to store carbon

FISHERIES
As the first step in the development of the next red drum benchmark stock assessment, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a Data Workshop for November 9-10 & 12-13, 2020 to review and evaluate available data sets for use in the stock assessment.
INDUSTRY
New data from the NMMA show August was another strong month for new powerboat retail sales, which were up 8% year to date on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to a year ago.
INVASIVE SPECIES
National Wildlife Federation’s “Against the Current” shows the threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes and their current impacts in Southern and Midwestern waters.

MARINE ELECTRONICS
New features in the GPS 24xd marine antenna provide heading and positioning accuracy to within 1 meter.
PADDLE SPORTS
A kayak can give floaters great access to many fishing and nature viewing activities and fall is a great time to do some paddling.
PODCASTS
San Antonio, TX – On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we will be talking to Cole Breeden & Cameron Smith from Drury University. Cole & Cameron won the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open this past weekend with a two day total of 26.52 pounds. After weighing in a five-bass limit of 19.90 pounds of Lake Dardanelle bass on the first day of competition, they managed 6.62 pounds on day two to edge out second place by roughly two pounds. For their first-place finish, Cole & Cameron earned $5,000 in prizes and contingencies, as well as 1,000 points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Tune in to hear them talk about the victory and exactly how they caught their fish!

PRO ANGLERS
The right gear and the lots of know how brought a hard-won victory to Brandon Palaniuk, who relies on Minn Kota trolling motor power and Humminbird electronics.
STATES

The Murphy Administration is making $11.2 million in financial assistance available to commercial and recreational fishing businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) to implement additional improvements to its fall trout stocking method.
Special programs for a unique strain of brown trout promises bigger fish in the future.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to help boost fish populations through stocking and is fulfilling all remaining 2020 stocking quotas for Lake Michigan.
White-water boating enthusiasts once again are likely to converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, when DCNR releases water from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek.
Coho salmon juveniles from Rock Creek Hatchery will be raised at Eastwood Elementary School’s fish rearing facility and released this spring as smolts in Cow Creek below Galesville Reservoir.
Approved sport fishing amendments include orders for two reservoirs under construction in Sarpy County – Big Elk Lake and WP-6, which will be stocked with smallmouths and yellow perch.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, along with several local, state and federal conservation partners, will be celebrating World Fish Migration Day on Saturday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 28 with in-person and online activities.
The recreational daily bag limit will be three fish per person along the Atlantic coast from Nassau through Miami-Dade counties
This year's second Free Fishing Day is this Saturday, October 17 - the perfect chance to introduce a relative or friend to fishing since no license or trout stamp is required
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously voted at today’s regularly scheduled meeting to approve new changes to Arkansas’s regulations on recreational fishing, commercial fishing and aquaculture.
STREAMING VIDEO
This week on a new episode of Fish Addictions TV it is the third stop of the 2019 National Walleye Tour season at Sault Ste.
TELEVISION
The Major League Fishing (MLF) 2020 General Tire World Championship is set to continue with Episode Two, which premieres this Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 a.m. EDT on Discovery.

The findings will help NOAA Fisheries strengthen its engagement strategies.

From NOAA Fisheries

An angler fishes off the coast of Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

A new survey of saltwater recreational anglers looked at their sources of information when it comes to fishery management and data collection. It found that their most used and trusted sources were friends, family, bait and tackle shops, and state and federal agency information such as websites and regulation guides. NOAA Fisheries conducted the mail survey of 10,000 randomly sampled licensed saltwater recreational anglers on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Maine to Mississippi. Results will help us better understand how information flows through recreational fishing communities and inform our strategies for engaging with anglers.

Other key findings include:

  • The important role of friends, bait shop employees, and family members suggests that fishery information likely flows through social channels more frequently than it does through other forms of communication. This is critical to understanding how information is shared within the recreational fishing community.
  • Information sources that likely involve direct interactions (e.g., family, bait and tackle shops, and for-hire captains) were more trusted than online or broadcast sources (e.g., blogs and message boards).
  • Social networks are important for information sharing and, potentially, opinions about fishery management.
  • While avid anglers tend to consult friends and bait and tackle stores most frequently for fishing information, they also consult a wider variety of sources, and consult them more frequently than less avid anglers.
  • More avid anglers have larger angler networks and could serve as information pathways.
  • Anglers involved with fisheries management and who describe themselves as familiar with fisheries regulations also have larger angler networks. They could potentially serve as information pathways themselves.
  • Anglers who say they understand the fisheries management process, and believe fisheries managers share their values and respond to their concerns, are more likely to trust management.
  • Opinions on the effectiveness of current fisheries management are tied to trust in management, shared values, and perceptions of management responsiveness.

This mail survey was conducted from June–September 2020. It was the first phase of a social network analysis designed to help identify relationships, networks, channels, and information flow within the recreational fishing community. The study (PDF, 111 pages) examined how recreational anglers gather, share, and evaluate information on topics related to fisheries data collection.

Survey Objectives

The survey collected data on:

  • Where saltwater recreational anglers go to gather information on saltwater recreational fishing issues including fishing regulations and data collection
  • Angler trust levels associated with different sources of information on saltwater fishing regulations and data collection issues
  • Angler understanding of and confidence in saltwater recreational fisheries management, data collection, and data analysis
  • Angler opinions and beliefs on the current state of saltwater recreational fisheries management and data collection

These findings helped develop and plan for the second phase of the study: an in-person survey of 180 anglers among three coastal communities. We are currently assessing the timeline for conducting this phase in light of COVID-19. The mail survey helped identify sources and pathways used in information gathering and focused on discovering broad trends. The in-person interviews will collect more detailed information about specific angler social networks and interactions. In particular, it will provide an opportunity to more fully detail how anglers:

  • Communicate about fishery data collection and management issues
  • Identify trusted information sources
  • Understand the drivers of their attitudes toward different sources of information

The social network analysis was informed by the 2017 National Academies of Sciences review of the Marine Recreational Information Program and MRIP’s five-year strategic plan (2017-2022) to expand two-way dialogue with the recreational fishing community. The project was developed by NOAA Fisheries staff and ECS contractors, in consultation with researchers from the University of Florida and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program.

Watch a NOAA Central Library Seminar on the project.

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