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  • Underwater Vegetation Expansion in 2016

    Underwater Vegetation Expansion in 2016

    Record Acreage Surpasses Restoration Goal The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that underwater grass abundance – a key indicator of improving water clarity and quality – increased for the fourth straight year in the state's portion of the Chesapeake Bay, reaching a record of 59,277 acres.

  • 2017 Abalone Survey Participation Deadline Extended in California

    2017 Abalone Survey Participation Deadline Extended in California

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has extended the deadline to participate in an online public survey about recreational fishing for red abalone. To allow for greater participation, the survey will be open through April 30.

  • CAlifornia General Trout Season Opens April 29

    CAlifornia General Trout Season Opens April 29

    The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise.

  • Homes for fish: habitat improvement project underway at Roosevelt Lake

    Homes for fish: habitat improvement project underway at Roosevelt Lake

    In first phase of long-term project on Tonto National Forest lakes, AZGFD biologists sink fish habitat structures

  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry

    U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry

    Senior Administration Officials and Recreation Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion and Improvements

  • How Fish Swim

    How Fish Swim

    "He swims like a fish!" It's an expression you might have heard during last year's Summer Olympics. But how, exactly, do fish swim? Water is a much denser substance than air, and therefore much more difficult to move through. Fish have to be hydrodynamically streamlined (think aerodynamically, only underwater) in order to travel efficiently. For some species speed is most important, while for others maneuverability and turning ability are critical. In fact, you can tell a lot about how a fish moves—and how it makes a living—simply by the shape of its body.

  • Aquatic ‘passenger pigeon’ shiner found swimming in the Rio Grande

    Aquatic ‘passenger pigeon’ shiner found swimming in the Rio Grande

    Dr. Kevin Conway is ecstatic. Conway, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wildlife and fisheries scientist at College Station, is part of a joint team of researchers from Texas A&M University and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who after years of searching, recently collected a rare fish from the Rio Grande.

  • Feinstein on Delta Tunnels at Los Angeles Town Hall “I do not support the Twin Tunnels. I have not taken a position”

    Feinstein on Delta Tunnels at Los Angeles Town Hall “I do not support the Twin Tunnels. I have not taken a position”

    At a Town Hall meeting with constituents at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Los Angeles on April 20, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told the audience she had not taken a position on the DeltaTunnels and wanted to be very clear on that.

  • Earth Day Reminder: Everything We Do Affects Wildlife

    Earth Day Reminder: Everything We Do Affects Wildlife

    Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, a good time to remember what John Muir said so eloquently: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” That fact influences nearly everything the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) does to manage and protect the state’s native plants, invertebrates, fish, wildlife and habitats.

  • Delta Flows Science Geek Edition: Independent Science Panel Finds More Problems

    Delta Flows Science Geek Edition: Independent Science Panel Finds More Problems

    Delta Flows Science Geek Edition: Independent Science Panel Finds More Problems An analysis by an Independent Review Panel has been made public by theDelta Stewardship Council (DSC).

  • Delta and Environmental Justice Coalition: Delta Plan Amendments Miss the Boat

    Delta and Environmental Justice Coalition: Delta Plan Amendments Miss the Boat

    On April 18, Restore the Delta and The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water sent a joint letter in opposition to the DeltaStewardship Council’s proposed amendments for surface storage, conveyance, and performance measures to the Delta Plan.

  • High Water and Unsafe Conditions Prompt Lassen County Fishing Derby Postponement

    High Water and Unsafe Conditions Prompt Lassen County Fishing Derby Postponement

    Due to safety concerns over high water and unsafe conditions, the annual Susan River Youth Fishing Derby will be postponed. Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the 28th annual derby was scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 22 on the Susan River in Susanville, Lassen County.

  • Modern Fish Act Will Improve Public Access, Boost Business and Improve Science, says CSP

    Modern Fish Act Will Improve Public Access, Boost Business and Improve Science, says CSP

    Last week's bi-partisan introduction of the "Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017" (Modern Fish Act) marked the best opportunity in years for Congress to address serious challenges that have faced the nation's saltwater recreational fishing community for far too long. If passed, the Modern Fish Act will reform key aspects of current federal fisheries management policy, allowing for greater public access to America's waters, enhanced science and a much-needed boost for thousands of businesses.

  • Low Salmon Projections Lead to Fisheries Restrictions, Some Closures in 2017

    Low Salmon Projections Lead to Fisheries Restrictions, Some Closures in 2017

    Historically low numbers of fall-run and winter-run Chinook salmon have prompted the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) to drastically limit the state’s salmon fishery for the remainder of 2017.

  • President Trump Asked to Support Great Outdoors Month®

    President Trump Asked to Support Great Outdoors Month®

    The weather is warming up and that means Great Outdoors Month® is right around the corner! Eighteen recreation organizations from across the country have come together to ask the President and all 50 governors to recognize the social, economic and health benefits of active fun outdoors on America's public lands and waters by proclaiming June as Great Outdoors Month®. To read the letter to the President, click here.

  • Arizona GFD Reminds Boaters Waters Are Still Dangerously Cold

    Arizona GFD Reminds Boaters Waters Are Still Dangerously Cold

    Arizona's rising temperatures are signaling that the summer heat isn't far off and some residents are already eyeing area lakes, looking to hit the water.

  • Valley Economy: WaterFix Economics Flop, Again

    Valley Economy: WaterFix Economics Flop, Again

    In Friday, on his blog “Valley Economy” Dr. Jeffrey Michael, Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, took a look at two recent lists of infrastructure projects being considered by the Trump administration.

  • Opening Day of California Trout Season

    Opening Day of California Trout Season

    Opening day of the California trout fishing season is known by some as Fishmas — the most exciting day of the year for trout anglers. This is the day lakes and rivers, closed to fishing for the past several months, come alive with eager trout and ambitious anglers. Make sure you have your fishing license in hand before hitting the water.2017-2018 Freshwater Sport Fishing RegulationsThe general trout opener will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise. Given California's significant snowpack and associated run off, many rivers will be experiencing swift and cold water conditions which can be dangerous. CDFW reminds anglers to be cautious when fishing streams or rivers for the opener. Given the potential high water conditions, focusing on lakes and reservoirs may be the best bet for anglers. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions.

  • Adopt a Mono-Tube to Keep Fishing Line Out of Fishery

    Adopt a Mono-Tube to Keep Fishing Line Out of Fishery

    Help us keep discarded monofilament (fishing line) out of inshore waters. Discarded fishing line can be very dangerous to birds, marine life, and even boats - it is estimated fishing line will last 400-600 years in the environment before it begins to break down. You can help by adopting a monofilament recycling tube, AKA monotube, at one of these popular fishing locations listed below. Adoption involves monitoring your tube twice a month depending on the location. Once collected, the fishing line is sent to Berkley Fishing, where it is recycled into tackle boxes or other fishing equipment, as well as fish habitats!

  • Invasive Species An Odd Hero for Native Lakes

    Invasive Species An Odd Hero for Native Lakes

    by Steven Maier A native fish may be poised for a comeback in the Great Lakes with the help of an invasive species.