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  • Volunteers Needed for Great Tampa Bay Scallop Search

    Volunteers Needed for Great Tampa Bay Scallop Search

    The 22nd Annual Great Bay Scallop Search is Saturday, August 22, 9am - 1pm The Great Bay Scallop Search is a resource monitoring event based out of Fort De Soto Park where Tampa Bay Watch recruits 200 community volunteer snorkelers to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bays. The goal of the event is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population.

  • Drought Prompts Sturgeon Moratorium on Columbia, Snake Rivers

    Drought Prompts Sturgeon Moratorium on Columbia, Snake Rivers

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will close sturgeon fishing on portions of the Columbia and Snake rivers under temporary rules to reduce stress on the fish caused by low, warm water conditions. - See more at: http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/351750#sthash.CeTMM4Fu.dpuf

  • NOAA Spotlight: Central California Coho Salmon

    NOAA Spotlight: Central California Coho Salmon

    Coho salmon are one of the 28 salmonids federally listed by NOAA on the U.S. west coast. They are known for their anadromous life style, in which breeding and hatching of young take place in rivers and as adults will migrate to the North Pacific, returning after 3 years to spawn and die. Once abundant, they supported native, recreational and commercial fishing.

  • Sportsmen's Coalition Defends Federal Fracking Rule

    Sportsmen's Coalition Defends Federal Fracking Rule

    As a new federal fracking rule continues to come under fire, a national sportsmen's coalition is defending it as a commonsense update of 30-year-old regulations aimed at safeguarding fish, wildlife, water and other valuable resources on our public lands

  • Graves-Miller Bill Will Better Conserve Gulf Red Snapper, Improve Access

    Graves-Miller Bill Will Better Conserve Gulf Red Snapper, Improve Access

    “States are simply better equipped to manage the fishery -- and more aware of its importance”

  • Five Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations

    Five Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana men for alleged red snapper violations on July 11. Agents cited Darren Bartlett, 50, of Kenner, Christopher Bartlett, 53, of Mandeville, Michael Moats, 39, of Metairie, Kevin Pichon, 52, of Metairie, and Robert O'Neil, 52, of Mandeville, for over the limit of red snapper. Agents on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol out of Venice stopped the men's vessel for an inspection.

  • Appeals Court Upholds Habitat Protections for Threatened Green Sturgeon in California, Oregon, Washington

    Appeals Court Upholds Habitat Protections for Threatened Green Sturgeon in California, Oregon, Washington

    Spawning Habitat in Sacramento River Preserved; Developers' Lawsuit Denied SAN FRANCISCO— The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld the designation of 8.6 million acres of critical habitat for the threatened green sturgeon in California, Oregon and Washington, including the sturgeon's only remaining spawning habitat in the Sacramento River.

  • U.S. Leads the Way in Shark Conservation

    U.S. Leads the Way in Shark Conservation

    Shark Conservation, Science, and Management—The U.S. Leads the Way

  • Washington DFW Releases Trout Early Due to Drought

    Washington DFW Releases Trout Early Due to Drought

    WDFW releases trout early into King County's Morton Lake OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have stocked King County's Morton Lake with trout months ahead of schedule due to drought conditions. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently released the 1,500 rainbow trout, averaging one pound each, into Morton Lake near Kent. Typically, WDFW stocks the lake in October.

  • Three Prosecutors Awarded 2014 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year

    Three Prosecutors Awarded 2014 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year

    The California Fish and Game Commission recently recognized three prosecutors for their exemplary dedication to the prosecution of wildlife crimes. District Attorney Patrick McGrath, Deputy District Attorney Brad Enos, both of Yuba County, and Deputy District Attorney Kevin Weichbrod of Santa Barbara Countywere selected from the ranks of California’s 58 counties to receive this notable

  • Ohio Unveils "Trash Unused Bait" Campaign

    Ohio Unveils "Trash Unused Bait" Campaign

    Wanted, dead not alive! Asian carp have been the scourge of America's lakes and rivers for nearly a century. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently partnered with Wildlife Forever reminding anglers to Trash Unused Bait to help stop the spread of these and other aquatic invasive species (AIS). Highway billboards, wanted posters and soon to be released ads in local papers distributed throughout the state advise anglers how they can help.

  • First Documented Lead-Poisoned Loon Collected on Lake Winnipesaukee

    First Documented Lead-Poisoned Loon Collected on Lake Winnipesaukee

    First Documented Lead-Poisoned Loon Collected on Lake Winnipesaukee

  • Arizona Conservationists to Be Honored at 2015 Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet

    Arizona Conservationists to Be Honored at 2015 Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet

    PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department, together with the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, will induct four individuals and one organization into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place during the 18th annual Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

  • Invasive Species Could Impact Alaska

    Invasive Species Could Impact Alaska

    Invasive Impact: What's the Status of Invasive Species in Alaska?

  • New Conservation Impoundment Planned for Southwest Florida

    New Conservation Impoundment Planned for Southwest Florida

    The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week issued a request for bids to start early construction of key features of the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir. The work is the precursor for achieving water storage benefits before the entire reservoir is complete.

  • Gray triggerfish size limit to increase in Atlantic state waters effective July 9

    Gray triggerfish size limit to increase in Atlantic state waters effective July 9

    An increase of the minimum size limit of gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters will take effect beginning July 9.

  • Maryland NRP Seizes Another Alligator, Charges Prince George's Owner

    Maryland NRP Seizes Another Alligator, Charges Prince George's Owner

    Maryland NRP Seizes Another Alligator, Charges Prince George's Owner

  • Five Years After The Spill, Settlement Provides for Meaningful Gulf of Mexico Restoration

    Five Years After The Spill, Settlement Provides for Meaningful Gulf of Mexico Restoration

    BATON ROUGE, LA – Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that claimed 11 lives and dumped nearly 3.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP.

  • MT Fish & Wildlife Commission To Meet July 8-9 In Great Falls

    MT Fish & Wildlife Commission To Meet July 8-9 In Great Falls

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public open house in Great Falls for the Fish & Wildlife Commission on July 8, which will be followed by the commission's regular monthly meeting on July 9.

  • Bass management is evolving

    Bass management is evolving

    Bass anglers may wonder why the Sunshine State supports some of the best bass fishing in the world. Florida’s abundant lakes and rivers provide habitat necessary to produce good fisheries and the Florida largemouth bass possesses unique genetics that favors rapid growth to trophy size. Harvest management through fishing rules and regulations also play a role, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is currently considering sweeping changes to streamline bass regulations and make them more effective.