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Monday
Jan172011

Help Save Bass Fishing in the Everglades

By going bass fishing in the Everglades out of Everglades Holiday Park on April 17, you can help protect the rights of anglers to continue to fishing that unique ecosystem.  That's the date of the 10th annual fund-raising tournament sponsored by the South Florida Anglers for Everglades Restoration (SAFER).

As the Everglades is restored, the feds are likely to "throw the baby out with the bath water," without citizen oversight and input, and that's where SAFER comes in. The coalition of bass clubs is pushing for common-sense restoration that acknowledges and, when possible, protects the valuable recreational fishing that has become established in some of the manmade canals that now crisscross the Everglades.

In other words, "restoration with recreation."

Monday
Jan172011

Hot Rods & Reels on the Horizon

The Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament is set for Feb. 18, during Daytona 500 Weekend in Daytona, Fla. It's your chance to fish with a NASCAR driver for a great cause or simply donate to help find a cure for paralysis.

Along with Spectracide and others, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation sponors the event. Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, created the foundation in 2002, with the intent to "provide awareness, prevention, support and ultimately a cure for paralysis."

Saturday
Jan152011

Feds Keep Alaska's Halibut Fishermen Off the Water

 

The feds have denied permits for 270 of Alaska's 800 charter operations for halibut fishing, according to GoFISHn.

Possibly the move is justified. But in light of the heavy-handedness evident from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service these days, this curtailment of recreational fishing and opportunity for these captains to make a living is a cause for concern.

"If I don't fish, it will bankrupt me," Jack Roskind told The Wall Street Journal. Roskind  has run his boat out of the Prince William Sound village of Whittier since 2006.

Saturday
Jan152011

Send Me Your Links!

If you are a member of a group that represents the interests of recreational fishermen, while promoting responsible stewardship of our resources, please send me a link to your organization's website.

I want The Activist Angler to become a connector for uniting fishermen in defense of their rights to fish and in helping them deal with the many additional issues that confront sportfishing in the 21st century.

Saturday
Jan152011

AA Term of the Week: Spatial Planning

Spatial planning is a strategy devised by the Obama Administration to determine where you can and cannot fish. Here is party line about need for spatial planning.

 Common tactic by big-government proponents is to identify a problem where none exists so that they can implement their “solution.” You see that right now with internet regulation and proposed resurrection of the Fairness Doctrine, which is anything but fair.

 Using spatial planning, the National Ocean Council will “zone” uses of our waters to avoid user conflicts --- the problem that doesn’t really exist, at least not on a scale that requires big-government micro-management. It will decide where we can do what on public waters.

 Of course, we won’t lose the right to fish all at once. We’ll lose a little bit here, a little bit there, as specific waters are “zoned” against recreational angling to better protect against us against those nasty user conflicts.  It will be death by a thousand cuts instead of by one fatal blow.

 Yes, user conflicts occasionally do occur. Possibly you’ve been involved in one. Do you think spatial planning would have solved it? If so, please tell me about it.