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Montana Fish Technology Center to celebrate 125 years

Montana Fish Technology Center to celebrate 125 years

Montana’s Bozeman Fish Technology Center is set to celebrate 125 years of operation. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2sLeIi4 ) the center will celebrate the milestone Saturday with a day of special events held in conjunction with the center’s annual Watershed Festival. Established in 1892, the center was opened as the first national fish hatchery in the northern Rocky Mountains and was responsible for keeping lakes and rivers stocked with enough fish to sustain the ecosystem….
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Greek anti-austerity protesters pelt police with fish

Protesters outside Greece’s parliament threw boxes of fish at police on Friday ahead of a vote that approved new austerity measures. Members of a communist-backed labor union hurled the crates of sardines at police as lawmakers debated the cuts, which were added to draft legislation on fishing regulations in an attempt to speed up their passage through parliament. Greece’s left-wing government is trying to reach a deal on reforms with international bailout lenders that would unfreeze the flow o…
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Breast cancer survivors go fly-fishing for solace, healing

Breast cancer survivors go fly-fishing for solace, healing

Spaced out up and down a stretch of the Little River, more than a dozen women stand in the moving water in overall waders casting fly rods, some for the first time. The women — all breast cancer survivors in different stages of treatment and recovery — are taking part in a free weekend fly-fishing retreat that offers them more than fishing. The event, held each spring by the nonprofit Casting for Recovery, covers the basics of fly-fishing while offering the women support, counseling, medica…
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Indian fishermen try new nets for healthier oceans

The fishermen were dubious when ocean experts suggested they could save their dwindling marine stocks just by switching to new nets. It took years for the U.N. Development Program to convince the fishing communities along India’s tropical western coast that the diamond-mesh nets they were using were trapping baby fish, while a square-shaped mesh could allow small fish to escape to maintain a breeding population. But two years after the new nets were fully adopted, fishermen insist they’re making a difference. “This square net is a blessing for us,” said John Gabriel Naronha, who runs six trawlers in the area. “When the small fish grows up, the fishermen can really benefit … we can get good prices for big fish. And the small fish gets a chance to grow.” The project, launched in 2011, is one of many being showcased at a major conference on oceans beginning Monday, where the United Nations will plead with nations to help halt a global assault on marine life and ecosystems that is threatening jobs, economies and even human lives. “The oceans of the planet are in dire need of urgent action,” said Marina Walter, deputy director for UNDP in India. That action is even more urgent now that climate change is causing ocean temperatures to rise while waters also become more acidic, causing widespread destruction of coral reefs that sustain a quarter of all marine species. But conservation efforts work best when they’re linked with local livelihoods, Walter said. “You cannot work on biodiversity or life underwater in isolation, without looking at the livelihoods of people, the bread and butter.” No one in 80 or so fishing villages of Sindhudurg district expected to have problems fishing, after centuries of their families relying on the sea. Located in one of India’s 11 ecologically critical coastline habitats, the area is teeming with life from more than 350 marine species including Indian Ocean dolphins and Olive Ridley turtles. Colorful corals span the shallows, while tangles of mangrove forests protect the land from water erosion. But that bounty has suffered against the twin assaults of overfishing and pollution, which caused a steady decline local fish stocks and forced fishermen to push further out to sea. Since switching to new nets, fishermen say fish stocks are recovering, though there is no data collected yet to prove it. Surveys of fish population may be conducted at the end of this year, when the UNDP finishes its six-year project in the area. The struggles of India’s fishermen are hardly unique. About one out of every 10 people in the world relies directly on the ocean to survive. Most of those are among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, meaning they have few substitutes when marine life declines. And it is declining rapidly, thanks to increased fishing for an expanding global population and unchecked runoff of industrial chemicals, sewage and other pollutants. Already, about 90 percent of wild fisheries around the world are over-exploited or collapsed. Meanwhile, the UNDP has also helped set up a crab farming project in the Sindudurg area to encourage local preservation of the mangroves and resistance to land developers and those gathering firewood from chopping the saltwater-tolerant trees down. Now, nurseries for crab seedlings line up along a 2-acre (8,000-square-meter) stretch of backwater pools filled with the mud that crabs like to dig into. It takes up to nine months for the crabs to grow to full size, at which point they are harvested and sold for about $15 per kilogram ($6.80 a pound). Recently, the group of nine women and one man earned nearly $1,000 in profits from a single harvest. Local officials are delighted with the low-fuss process and positive results. “With very little manipulation of the environment, you can grow crabs wherever you have mangroves,” said N. Vasudevan, who heads a special unit dedicated to mangrove conservation for the government of India’s western state of Maharashtra.
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Discount deadline Apr. 15 for EcoAdventures Summer Camps

Discount deadline Apr. 15 for EcoAdventures Summer Camps

For outdoor-minded adventure-loving kids, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is bringing back four exciting Miami EcoAdventures nature camps this summer that get them up-close to the wild side of county parks. A 10 percent Early Bird Enrollment discount is being offered through Apr. 15. Parents are encouraged to register their child/children early, as registration slots fill up quickly for these popular camps. To register, visit or call one of these area Miami EcoAdvent…
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Holiday Brush Fire Chars Nearly 5000+ Acres

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Low humidity and gusty winds are contributing to a meandering brush fire burning in Everglades Holiday Park. As of Friday afternoon, the Florida Forestry Service said the fire has chewed through nearly 5,500 acres but is 45 percent contained. It was a monumental effort as firefighters battled to save the nearly two dozen structures at Mack’s Fish Camp off Krome Avenue, which has been there since the 1930s. The owners of …
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Shifting message? After depicting coal, agency shows fishing

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is back to picturing the great outdoors on its internet home page after raising eyebrows with a prominent photo of a huge coal deposit in Wyoming. Some interpreted the image of the coal at Peabody’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine as a sign of the Trump administration’s support for coal. On Friday, the BLM changed its lead website photo to a fly fisherman on the North Platte River in Wyoming. The river flows 50 miles south of the coal in the previous photo. BLM o…
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Outdoors: Southwest Ohio offers fine fishing

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Closure of Seattle tackle shop sign of changing times

Closure of Seattle tackle shop sign of changing times

There was a time when small, locally owned tackle shops dotted the downtown Seattle landscape, a sight that would make Starbucks jitter with envy. Before and through most of the 20th century, places such as Linc’s Tackle Shop, a mom-and-pop operation on the corner of Rainier Avenue and King Street, were gathering places, like an old barber shop where people would exchange fish tales. Now closure is looming for this nostalgic tackle shop — one of a handful remaining in greater Puget Sound regi…
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Truckloads of baby fish hauled to river in restoration plan

These speckled, rose-tinted fish haven’t been spotted in this bubbling river in remote northeastern Oregon for more than 30 years — until now. But this week, the waters of the Lostine River suddenly came alive as hundreds of the 4- and 5-inch-long juvenile coho salmon shot from a long white hose attached to a water tanker truck and into the frigid current. The fish jumped and splashed and some, momentarily shell-shocked, hid along the bank as onlookers crowded in for photos. “All of us a…
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Inclusivity measure stirs debate in Alaska fishing town

Inclusivity measure stirs debate in Alaska fishing town

The small Alaska fishing community of Homer is no stranger to political activism. In the 1970s, a landmark legal case involving one of its residents found the constitutional right to privacy in Alaska extends to the at-home use of marijuana. In 1989, Homer became a “nuclear-free” zone. And just last month, hundreds turned out for a women’s march in the city. Now, Homer is wading deeper into the national political debate, becoming the latest U.S. city to consider affirming its commitme…
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Miami Boat Show NMMA Innovation Award Winners Announced for 2017

Miami Boat Show NMMA Innovation Award Winners Announced for 2017

The Miami Boat Show’s 2017 NMMA Innovation Award winners spanned 23 categories of competition. Twenty-one new products from boat-maintenance tools to engine innovations and boats claimed top awards for innovation from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International during the 2017 Miami International Boat Show that ended Feb. 20. This year’s judges — a committee of eight BWI members — reviewed 63 products across 23 categories in the days leading up to the s…
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Scallop fishing areas closing to curb over-exploitation

Maine fishing regulators are temporarily closing several scallop fishing areas beginning this weekend to prevent the valuable shellfish from over-harvest. WCSH-TV reports (http://on.wcsh6.com/2lMNZjV ) the state Department of Marine Resources closures take effect on Sunday for the Damariscotta River in Lincoln County, North Haven and mid-Penobscot Bay. The closures will also take place in the Lower Blue Hill Bay and Jericho Bay area, and the Chandler Bay and Head Harbor area. The closures are t…
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MIAMI 2017: Size and presence of center consoles grow

MIAMI 2017: Size and presence of center consoles grow

Boston Whaler president Nick Stickler (right) introduces the new 380 Outrage center console Friday at the Miami International Boat Show. Also shown are vice president of sales, marketing and customer service Jeff Vaughn (center) and design manager Charlie Foss. MIAMI — After a couple days of pounding the docks at the Miami International Boat Show, it’s easy to see that center consoles will continue to get bigger during the next two to three years, with more builders joining the 50-foot club…
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Lawmaker: Protect trapping, hunting, fishing in constitution

A Republican lawmaker wants voters to add protections for trapping, hunting and fishing to the Montana constitution. The Helena Independent-Record reports (bit.ly/2l3kSrO) state Sen. Jennifer Fielder of Thompson Falls says her proposal would fend off any attempts by opponents of hunting or trapping to ban the practices. The Senate Fish and Game Committee discussed the measure Thursday. It calls for a statewide referendum on the proposed amendment. An amendment approved by voters in 2004 is gene…
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Liberians accuse 2 boats of illegal fishing, seek $1 million

Liberians accuse 2 boats of illegal fishing, seek $1 million

Liberian authorities say they’ve impounded two foreign fishing vessels and are seeking $1 million in compensation. Defense Minister Brownie Samukai said Friday that one of the boats was a Chinese vessel that paid just $700 for a permit to import 40 tons of fish. However, he told state radio that officials found that the permit was being used for multiple vessels, carrying a total of 130 tons of fish. The other vessel is Spanish-owned but Senegalese-flagged. Liberian authorities are citing 25 vi…
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Mitigation priorities in the hands of fish and game

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will spent time this spring planning and implementing mitigation measures for the Black Canyon Reservoir and Lower Payette River. In November 2016, the IDFG received funds from the 2013 mitigation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Mitigation priorities in the hands of fish and game By DIANA BAIRD newsroom@messenger-index.com The Miami County Republic | 0 comments The mitigation was the result of a problem that occurred in 2013 when the BOR drew wate…
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Bill would prohibit fish farming in US Great Lakes waters

A member of Congress is sponsoring a bill to prohibit fish farming in waters of the Great Lakes within the United States. Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan says poorly operated aquaculture facilities can increase pollution, destroy fish habitat, spread disease and introduce non-native species. Michigan has received proposals for net-like commercial fishing enclosures in the Great Lakes. There are none in U.S. Great Lakes waters at present, although Canada has allowed them. Kildee’s bill al…
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Miami Boat Show 2017 New Boats and Product Preview

Miami’s famed boat show — in its 76th year — opens Thursday, Feb. 15 at Miami Marine Stadium. This is the show’s second year at the on-water Virginia Key location. Miami Boat Show organizers predict that more than 100,000 boating enthusiasts from around the world will descend on the iconic Miami Marine Stadium on Rickenbacker Causeway for the event’s 76th appearance — Thursday, Feb. 15 through Monday, February 20 (President’s Day). The boat show is just in its second year at that locatio…
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Miami Fishing

Miami Fishing

If you are tired of taking the usual trip down to the docks just to catch a few fish, you may want to consider fishing in a style that will add some adventure and excitement. Miami Fishing Charters are becoming very popular. They allow anyone to have an adventure in a group type setting that provides way more social interaction and fun than if you were fishing by yourself. Now if you are not too familiar with the term fishing charters, it is time that you became more acquainted with them. Visit…
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Fish and Game proposes fee increases, price lock

Fish and Game proposes fee increases, price lock

BOISE — Idaho Fish and Game officials plan to ask the Idaho Legislature to approve a price increase on resident licenses, tags and fees for 2018. Fish and Game proposes fee increases, price lock By IDAHO PRESS-TRIBUNE STAFF outdoors@idahopress.com The Miami County Republic | 0 comments The increases would range from $1 to $6, but the agency is also giving residents a chance to avoid paying increased fees by purchasing a license each year starting in 2017. An online service is needed to v…
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Famous fisherman hauls in kilo of cocaine off Miami coastline

MIAMI – A sport fisherman hauled in a big one, and it had nothing to do with ocean creatures. Mark Quartiano, AKA “Mark the Shark,” was about 2 miles off the coast of Miami Wednesday when he came upon a bundle bobbing in the water. Upon closer inspection, the bundle turned out to be a kilo of cocaine. (WARNING: The following video contains language that some may feel is inappropriate) Using a net, a member of Quartiano’s crew retrieves the drugs. Quartiano contacted the…
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Mark the Shark Finds Floating Brick of Cocaine While Fishing Off Miami

“Nothing to see here! ” famed charter captain Mark “the Shark” Quartiano hollered this morning as his crew scooped what appears to be a bale of cocaine out of the waters off Miami. The love-him-or-hate him shark fisherman, profiled earlier this year by New Times, was taking clients fishing around 8 a.m. when he noticed something bobbing in the water and turned back. His first mate used a net to bring the green, barnacle-studded package aboard the Striker-1. It was about a foot-and-half by …
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Underwater Maryland canyon could see new protections

Less than 60 miles off the coast of Maryland, the ocean is peppered with bubblegum corals and mahi mahi in the Baltimore Canyon — one of 70 similar formations in the Atlantic created by ancient rivers. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is working to preserve this unique marine environment that reaches more than 11,600 feet deep — about 8.5 times the height of New York’s One World Trade Center — and is pushing to designate the area as the nation’s first urban national marine sanctuary. Th…
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Fisherman Finds Kilo of Cocaine in Waters Off Miami

Fisherman Finds Kilo of Cocaine in Waters Off Miami Charter boat captain Mark “The Shark” Quartiano says he was about a mile off Government Cut when he snagged a kilo of cocaine Wednesday. Quartiano posed for a photo with the kilo but said he turned it in to the U.S. Coast Guard….
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