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We reported last week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service might close some or even all of its mitigation fish hatcheries. These hatcheries are used to replace native fisheries that were lost to federal dams.
However, the Fishing Wire is reporting that these hatcheries are safe, at least for now.
This from the Fishing Wire: "The FWS has kept its official plans safely under wraps, but when its apparent intentions were revealed by inside sources and news agencies, several members of Congress intervened in an attempt to block its efforts." [ Read Full Post ]
Less than a decade after moving into a log cabin in Maine's North Woods, Massachusetts native and San Francisco art school graduate Roxanne Quimby co-founded Burt's Bees personal care products company starting with a roadside stand 50 miles west of Bangor in 1984.
Burt's Bees blossomed into a multi-million business. In 2007, Quimby sold her share of the company for $350 million and focused on a self-anointed mission to preserve central Maine's forests and purchased more than 120,000 acres in the Katahdin Region and closed it off to hunting, snowmobiling and timber harvesting.
Already regarded an "outsider," Quimby's disregard for Maine's longstanding tradition of large private landowners -- mostly lumber operations that own huge swaths of the state -- allowing public access to their tracts for hunting, fishing, camping, off-loading, and snowmobiling, made her very unpopular.
But when Quimby offered to donate more than 70,000 acres of her land -- managed as Elliotsville Plantation Inc. -- to a proposed Maine Woods National Park, many Mainers saw her as a threat to their livelihoods and lifestyles. “Ban Roxanne” bumper stickers became a common sight. [ Read Full Post ]
Last week we blogged about a handful of huge alligators taken in Mississippi, but Magnolia State hunters aren't the only ones landing monster reptiles.
Ben Williams and his wife Louann killed this 13-foot, 7-inch gator while hunting on Florida's Lake George last Wednesday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records show that the gator likely weighted somewhere between 700 and 870 pounds, according to Jacksonville.com.
Louann snagged the big gator with a fishing rod after they spotted it in about 9 feet of water. [ Read Full Post ]
Are some of America's premier river fisheries going from dam to doom? Looks like that's a live option, given recent chatter about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plans to close some, if not all of its mitigation hatcheries — the federally mandated facilities built to assuage the loss of native fisheries caused by federal dams.
The threat of hatchery closures is nothing new — the FWS has stated that budget constraints may require hatchery closures for several years. However, the Fishing Wire recently brought the issue front and center with reports that South Dakota's historic D.C. Booth Hatchery would go dark on Oct. 1. [ Read Full Post ]
Break out your Live Target Field Mouse Lures! If you ever wondered deep-down inside whether mice were truly a big part of a gamefish’s diet comes this photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Researchers studying trout migration on the Kanetok River, autopsied a 19-inch rainbow that had 20 partially digested shrews in its belly—which easily beats the old record held by a grayling that had apparently ingested 7 shrews. (Who knew that there were records for such things?) [ Read Full Post ]
Starkly contrasting its prestigious title of state fish, Virginia's brook trout has become a poster fish, of sorts, for the global warming issues outlined in a new report by the National Wildlife Federation. Through "Swimming Upstream – Freshwater Fishing in a Warming World," the NWF paints a distressing picture of freshwater fish – already struggling against pollution, invasive species and habitat loss – plagued by warming inland waters linked to heat-trapping gasses from the carbon pollution of fossil fuels.
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The FLW’s recent decision to ban castable umbrella rig (aka Alabama rig) for the 2014 Tour events no doubt generated plenty of spirited feedback on both sides of the fence. I'm on the side supporting that ban – but only at the Tour level.
Personally, I have nothing against the umbrella rig. For subsistence fishing, it's a pretty handy tool. Ditto for tournament anglers looking to fill out a five-fish limit and hoping for that kicker bite. [ Read Full Post ]