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  • Three People Plead Guilty to Paddlefish Trafficking

    Three People Plead Guilty to Paddlefish Trafficking

    Arkadiy Lvovskiy, 54, of Aurora, Colorado., and Dmitri Elitchev, 49, of Centennial, Colorado., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to participating in a conspiracy to illegally traffic in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. Artour Magdessian, 48, of Lone Tree, Colorado., pleaded guilty to trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act.

  • Over 570 Baby Sea Turtles to be Released Today (July 27) off Fort Lauderdale

    Over 570 Baby Sea Turtles to be Released Today (July 27) off Fort Lauderdale

    Coast Guard Cutter Block Island releases turtlesMIAMI — More than 570 baby sea turtles are scheduled to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean Monday in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center. In support of the Coast Guard's commitment to protecting endangered species and the marine environment, crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will transport marine scientists and volunteers from the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center offshore to assist in the release of the hatchlings.

  • Some Seed Shrimp Survive Being Eaten By Great Lakes Gobies

    Some Seed Shrimp Survive Being Eaten By Great Lakes Gobies

    The round goby was accidentally introduced by ballast water in the early- to mid-1990s, as were zebra and quagga mussels, said Seth Herbst, a fisheries biologist for the Department of Natural Resources.

  • Virginia Trout Stocking Plans Open for Comment

    Virginia Trout Stocking Plans Open for Comment

    The Draft Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan is open for public comment till September 15.The Draft Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan is open for public comment till September 15.

  • Volunteer Scallop Divers/Boaters Needed for Scallop Search

    Volunteer Scallop Divers/Boaters Needed for Scallop Search

    The event is a resource monitoring program where community volunteers snorkel to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bays. The event has been conducted annually since 1993 with the goal to monitor and document the health and status of the local bay scallop population. Tampa Bay Watch will coordinate 45 volunteer boaters with more than 180 participants to search selected sites for the elusive bay scallops.

  • More Than 20 Million Fish Stocked Mean Abundant Angler Opportunities in Michigan

    More Than 20 Million Fish Stocked Mean Abundant Angler Opportunities in Michigan

    DNR stocking salmon on Huron RiverThe Department of Natural Resources today announced the final totals from its spring fish-stocking efforts. DNR fisheries staff stocked a total of 20,099,988 fish that weighed more than 325 tons and consisted of nine different species and one hybrid.

  • Summer Full Moons Trigger "Sex" on Florida Keys Coral Reefs

    Summer Full Moons Trigger "Sex" on Florida Keys Coral Reefs

    Expectant divers are to take to the Florida Keys reefs hoping to witness a delicate reproductive phenomenon that occurs in the middle of the night when coral polyps release millions of gametes (eggs and sperm) in synchronized mass-spawning rituals. The unique natural event takes place around the late July, August and September full moon cycles.

  • DNR Secures $6 Million to Improve Boating Access at Sites Statewide

    DNR Secures $6 Million to Improve Boating Access at Sites Statewide

    From a new boat ramp in Somerset County to citywide harbor upgrades in Annapolis, 59 public water access projects in 19 Maryland counties will receive a total of $6 million in state Waterway Improvement Fund grants for fiscal year 2016.

  • Massive Catch Reduction Possible on N.J. Summer Flounder

    Massive Catch Reduction Possible on N.J. Summer Flounder

    Massive Catch Reduction Possible on N.J. Summer Flounder

  • 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.