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Tuesday
Dec042012

RF's Fish-A-Thon Funds Local Conservation Projects

Recycled Fish (RF) is providing more than $7,000 for local conservation projects as a result of September 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon Presented by Berkley.

For example, funds will go to help restore urban waterways in the Philadelphia area and in Alaska they will go to stop a dam. In Iowa, they will benefit the state’s Resource Enhancement and Protection program.

Money also will go toward restoration of the Mississippi Delta through Vanishing Paradise and for local distribution of RF’s Stewardship Kits through the One Million Stewards program.

Learn more here.

And go here to see how funds were distributed.

And if you don't know about Recycled Fish, you should. It's not just about catch-and-release. It's about being a good steward in all aspects of your life because we all live downstream.

Monday
Dec032012

Can Software Help Stop Invasion of Our Waters by Exotic Species?

 

Can software help protect our waters from more invasions by exotic species?

That’s what the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) wants to find out as part of a two-year project entitled “Protecting the Great Lakes from Internet Trade of Aquatic Invasive Species.” With assistance from a variety of sources, it hopes to develop web-crawling software that will identify online sellers of invasive species.

“The purpose of this project is to find out what the availability of the species we are concerned about is online, and then provide sellers information on invasive species and let them know either the species is regulated or that there might be a potential risk with the species they are selling,” said Erika Jensen, senior program specialist at GLC. “Also, to provide that information to state and federal agencies so they have a better idea of what the situation is.”

Although this strategy reminds me of “Big Brother” oversight, it is a good idea, I think.  In fact, I wish that something like this had been developed sooner. In a civilized society, some degree of regulation and oversight is required to protect citizens and their public resources. And we’re long over-due for some innovative and effective ways of combating the invasion of our lands and waters by exotic species.

See the full story here. 

Friday
Nov302012

Help Prevent Spread of Asian Carp

Here are a couple of good sources for more information about Asian carp:

Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA) and Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.

Most importantly, check out the fliers at the MICRA website and be an Activist Angler in preventing the spread of these invaders that are outcompeting native species for food and habitat in many of the major riiver systems in the eastern half of the country.

Thursday
Nov292012

Your Help Needed Now to Save Sportsmen's Act of 2012

The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 isn’t dead yet. But your help is needed if it is to be enacted. Right now, go to this link at Keep America Fishing (KAF) and voice your support for the legislation.

As I reported yesterday, the Senate failed to move the bill because of the dysfunctional government that we now have in Washington, D.C.  But KAF says there’s still a chance that we can save this legislation:

“The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 may yet again come up for vote in the U.S. Senate as members are working hard to craft a solution to the procedural problem that stopped the bill from passing the Senate. A diverse coalition of angling, hunting and conservation organizations is working hard to support this effort and eventual passage, but time is running out.

“On Nov. 26, in a surprise upset, the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525). The bill failed to pass over a party-line vote on a procedural motion, following months of discussion with Senate members by a large and diverse coalition of angling, hunting and conservation organizations who worked to create a historic bill containing 17 key provisions for anglers, hunters and fish and wildlife conservation.

“You can still make an impact and Keep America Fishing provides an easy way to send an effective message to Senate members. We need everyone’s support to help pass this essential piece of legislation.

“This link takes you to a Take Action Now page.

“Please help us convince the Senate to bring this bill back to the floor and vote YES for fish and wildlife conservation!”

Wednesday
Nov282012

Anglers, Conservation Suffer Because of Dysfunctional D.C.

Score another victory for political gridlock in Washington, D.C., and this time anglers and hunters are the losers.

In an argument over procedure, the U.S. Senate failed to move The Sportsman’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525) forward. Vote was almost strictly on party lines, with Republicans responsible for this one.

Republicans support most of what the bill would do, but blocked the legislation because of objections about spending on conservation programs, which would violate budget rules. Democrats pointed out that the bill also would raise money.

“The shocking aspect of this bill’s defeat – one that would have such a positive impact on anglers, hunters and fish and wildlife conservation - is that it occurred over a budget argument giving the Secretary of the Interior the ability to increase the duck stamp price $10, thus pumping more dollars into wetland conservation for both fisheries and wildlife benefits” said Gordon Robertson, vice president of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA).

“Adding salt to the wound is that the increase is strongly supported by waterfowl hunters who champion the user pay-user benefit concept for fish and wildlife conservation along with all sportsmen and women as well as the fishing and hunting industries,” said Robertson. “The Congressional Budget Office has stated that overall, S. 3525 would reduce the nation’s deficit by $5 million.”

“It’s a cruel twist that the Senate failed to move S. 3525 over a budget procedural question when in the end the bill adds to conservation and would most certainly have a positive impact on the nation’s economy,” he continued. “It would truly be a tragedy if this historic piece of legislation went down in flames due to partisanship and simmering disputes over Senate rules and procedures that have nothing to do with the merits of the bill.”

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership added this:

“With their backs up against the so-called fiscal cliff, elected officials from both sides of the aisle locked antlers again. American sportsmen are paying the price.

“Hunters and anglers are experiencing the fallout from congressional inaction as access dwindles, development diminishes opportunities for sportsmen and funding for conservation disappears.”

Read more from TRCP here.

Keep America Fishing shows you how your senators voted.

Here’s a news story about the vote.