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Ocean’s “dead zones” expanding; billfish more
exposed to capture says The Billfish Foundation
Image courtesy of the Journal of Fisheries Oceanography, 19(6), 448-462. 2010
(Caption): A recent research study by scientists and fishery experts working in the western north Atlantic and eastern tropical Atlantic revealed that billfish and other finfish are becoming more vulnerable to overfishing as “dead zones,” scientifically known as hypoxic zones, expand and shoal closer to the sea surface. This graphic using dissolved oxygen (DO) data from the WorldOcean Atlas shows the depleted levels of DO at 100 meters depths off Africa and the Americas. The black and red colors indicate depressed levels of DO at or below 3.5 milliliters per liter (see scale). The study was composed of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and The Billfish Foundation. Billfish and other marine species become more susceptible to overfishing because they are "compressed" into oxygen rich waters at the ocean’s surface where they are easier to catch, while avoiding waters low in oxygen below the thermocline.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.USA. – With the New Year comes new challenges to fish in our world’s oceans and one of the major concerns is the expansion of hypoxic zones. That’s the scientific name but more recreational anglers are becoming aware of them as “dead zones.”
They are areas in the oceans with low or non-existent oxygen levels which, according to a recently released research study by scientists and fish management experts, are increasing in size while decreasing the habitats of billfish and tuna. In scientific circles this phenomena is called "habitat compression."
Ellen Peel, President of The Billfish Foundation (TBF) said scientists outfitted 79 sailfish and blue marlin in two strategic areas of the Atlantic with pop-off archival satellite tags which monitored their horizontal and vertical movement patterns.
“Billfish favor abundant habitats of oxygen rich waters closer to the surface while avoiding waters low in oxygen,” Peel said. The study, composed of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and TBF, found a massive expanding low oxygen zone in the Atlantic Ocean is encroaching upon the fish forcing them into shallower waters where they are more likely to be caught. The research waters included areas off south Florida and the Caribbean (western North Atlantic); and off the coast of West Africa (the eastern tropical Atlantic).
Hypoxic zones occur naturally in areas of the world’s tropical and equatorial seas because of ongoing weather patterns, oceanographic and biological processes. In the current cycle of climate change and accelerated global warming, hypoxic areas are expanding and shoaling closer to the sea surface, and may continue to expand as sea temperatures rise.
“The zone off West Africa,”said Dr. Eric D. Prince, NOAA Fisheries Service research biologist, “encompasses virtually all the equatorial waters in the Atlantic Ocean, is roughly the size of the continental United States and is growing. With the current cycle of climate change and accelerated global warming we expect the size of this zone to increase, further reducing the available habitat for these fishes.”
Dr. Phillip Goodyear of TBF explained that fishery managers should start incorporating oxygen depleted zones into assessing population abundance and making management decisions. “As water temperatures increase, the amount of oxygen dissolved in water decreases, squeezing billfish into less available habitat and exposing them to even higher levels of overfishing.”
Peel added, “While most recreational anglers are practicing catch and release, sailfish and marlin will become more vulnerable to commercial netters, purse seiners, and longliners that fish the oxygen rich zones. Reduced habitats can lead to higher catch rates of fish not because there are more fish in an area, which is the usual indication, but because the billfish are more densely concentrated near the surface where fishing gear is more likely to catch them.
“These higher catch rates from compacted habitat can skew estimates of population abundance, producing a false signal of stock size. This important issue is whether the change in habitat will cause a change in CPUE (catch per unit of effort)with no corresponding change in species abundance. This issue will be important for future stock assessments.”
The findings were published in the Nov. edition of Fisheries Oceanography, where a full discussion of this challenging phenomenon in both the Pacific and AtlanticOceans is reviewed.
Established 25 years ago, The Billfish Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world. TBF's comprehensive network of members and supporters includes anglers, captains, mates, tournament directors, and clubs and sportfishing businesses. By coordinating efforts and speaking with one voice, TBF is able to work for solutions that are good for billfish and not punitive to recreational anglers. For more visit www.biillfish.org or phone Ms. Peel at 800-438-8247 ex 108.
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PANAMA CITY, Panama and FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., USA – After banning commercial purse seining from its waters in July, the Republic of Panama has taken further steps adding restrictions on longlining for the conservation of its marine life and its socio-economic growth.
In letters to Panamanian officials, Ellen Peel, President of The Billfish Foundation and Chris Fischer founder of OCEARCH, applauded the government for becoming the first of the seven Central America nations to restrict pelagic longline gear within its waters. The practice of commercial longlining in the region uses hundreds of baited hooks attached to short lengths of line spaced at intervals to main lines. The longliners target swordfish and tuna, but also hook bycatch species including sharks, turtles and recreational billfish like marlin and sailfish.
Panama’s Executive Decree 486 signed by President Ricardo Martinelli on Dec. 28, 2010, prohibits longline vessels of over six tons from operating within the nation’s waters.
“This action,” said Ms. Peel, “is the latest in a growing trend that makes Panama one of the most proactive, innovative and committed fishery managers in the world and results from the increasing influence of the collective sportfishing community.
“After prohibiting tuna purse seining in July the signing of these two agreements acts directly on two of the greatest sources of overfishing of marlin and tuna species while creating appropriate sustainable management plans for billfish and other popular game fish vital to growing sportfishing and tourism in the Central America region.”
OCEARCH’s Fischer who is also on the board of TBF said, “Through this decree the Republic of Panama becomes a global leader in the responsible management of ocean resources and a more established force in the international sportfishing tourism marketplace.”
In Panama, Dr. Ruben Berrocal, National Secretary of SENACYT (Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación) added, "The President's decision underscores his commitment to preserving our natural resources for future generations; and the economic and scientific benefits these measures produce are well-established. Through sustainable marine management efforts and the careful consideration of important advocacy programs to maintain our game fish--such as those supported by The Billfish Foundation--we are committed to ensure that Panama remains a world-renowned destination where commerce, science and economic productivity can live in harmony.”
TBF, through a 2009 agreement with the Organization of Fisheries and Aquaculture for the Isthmus of Central America (OSPESCA), developed a management plan for sportfishing in the seven nation region assisting each nation in developing appropriate national conservation goals to enhance sportfishing tourism. It includes recreational fishing monitoring and data collecting programs using TBF tags and catch reports to gather vital statistics for decision makers to better understand the dynamics of sportfishing as an important economic tool.
TBF has been working with the governments of Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru – some for over a decade – to protect billfish, mainly from overfishing coastal fisheries by commercial interests, while implementing tag and release programs for sportsmen.
Established 25 years ago, The Billfish Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world. TBF's comprehensive network of members and supporters includes anglers, captains, mates, tournament directors, clubs and sportfishing businesses. By coordinating efforts and speaking with one voice, TBF is able to work for solutions that are good for billfish and not punitive to recreational anglers. Visit www.billfish.org or to reach Ms. Peel, ph. 800-438-8247, ex.108.
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Commercial longlining ships like this Panamanian vessel photographed off Panama will now be banned in the waters of the Central American nation, from setting hundreds of baited hooks to its lines which attract bycatch species like billfish, turtles and sharks. The recent presidential decree is a huge triumph for conservation, recreational catch-and-release sportfishing efforts and for the socio-economy of the region. (Photo courtesy of Elliott Stark, The Billfish Foundation)
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(Columbus, OH) -With a new year getting ready to start, it's important that sportsmen's voices are heard loud and clear. One way to do this is to respond each and every time the mainstream media seeks our opinions on subjects that impact our traditions.
The Second Amendment is one of these subjects. It's vitally importance to millions of America’s sportsmen. This is especially the case today as all firearm owners constantly face legislation in Washington and state capitals seeking to constrain our constitutional rights.
This online poll from USA Today, one of the leading news providers in the country, has surfaced a number of times online. Despite being around for three plus years, the poll asks a tremendously important question, “Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to bear arms?”
Thus far over 7 million people have responded with the overwhelming majority voting yes. As legislators in Congress and the states come back into session, this is a good time to express your opinion about our right to keep and bear arms.
As such, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance hopes that you will join those that have already voted and make your opinion heard.
In the meantime, let’s all take a deep breathe and get ready for to continue standing up for our outdoor heritage in 2011!
Take Action! Click here to vote and add your voice to the USA Today poll.
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Dear RMEF Member,

Delisting of wolves continues to be considered by the U.S. Congress.

Please make TWO quick phone calls—and pass this on to every hunter and sportsmen you know around the country who wants to hunt big game in the West and the Great Lakes area.

Simply call and ask Sen. Tester and Sen. Baucus (both from Montana) to support Sen. Hatch, Sen. Crapo, Sen. Risch, Sen. Enzi, Sen. Barrasso, Sen. McCain and Sen. Kyl, and vote to pass S. 3919 which would delist wolves across the West and the Great Lakes area.

Both Montana senators currently support delisting that is controlled by the federal government, not the states. Tell Montana’s senators to end federal oversight and grant wolf-management authority to the states. If these two Senators will support S. 3919, most of the Senate will support the same.

Tell them this is a critical issue to all sportsmen and ranchers in Western and Great Lakes states.

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Title: To remove the Northern Rocky Mountain distinct population segment of the gray wolf from the list of threatened species or the list of endangered species published under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf Recovery and Sustainability Act of 2010”.
SEC. 2. STATUS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENT OF THE GRAY WOLF AS ENDANGERED OR THREATENED SPECIES.
(a) Definitions.—In this section:
(1) Final rule.—The term “final rule” means the final rule entitled “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Rule To Identify the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and To Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife” (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 (April 2, 2009)).
(2) Northern rocky mountain distinct population segment of the gray wolf.—The term “Northern Rocky Mountain distinct population segment of the gray wolf” means the distinct population segment of the gray wolf described in the final rule.
(3) Secretary.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior.
(b) Status of Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment of the Gray Wolf.—
(1) In general.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, effective on the date of enactment of this Act, the final rule shall have the full force and effect of law.
(2) State management plan for state of wyoming.—
(A) In general.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), until the date on which the Secretary approves a State plan for the management of gray wolves in the State of Wyoming, gray wolves located in the State of Wyoming shall remain subject to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).
(B) Authority of secretary.—The Secretary may permit the lethal and nonlethal taking of gray wolves if the Secretary determines that a taking would be appropriate for any reason relating to gray wolves, including—
(i) to defend private property, including livestock and pets; and
(ii) to address unacceptable impacts to wild, ungulate populations.
(3) Entire distinct population segment delisted.—On the date described in paragraph (2)(A), if the Secretary has not carried out any action under subsection (c), the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a notice to remove the Northern Rocky Mountain distinct population segment of the gray wolf from the list of endangered or threatened species published under section 4(c)(1) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533(c)(1)).
(c) Monitoring and Subsequent Status of Species.—
(1) Duty of secretary.—Consistent with section 4(g) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533(g)), the Secretary shall cooperate with each State to monitor the status of the Northern Rocky Mountain distinct population segment of the gray wolf.
(2) Inclusion of the gray wolf with respect to states of montana and idaho.—
(A) Determination of secretary.—
(i) State of montana.—During the 5-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, if the Secretary determines that the population of gray wolves located in the State of Montana does not meet the minimum threshold described in subparagraph (B)(i), the Secretary shall include the population of gray wolves on the list of endangered or threatened species published under section 4(c)(1) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533(c)(1)).
(ii) State of idaho.—During the 5-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, if the Secretary determines that the population of gray wolves located in the State of Idaho does not meet the minimum threshold described in subparagraph (B)(ii), the Secretary shall include the population of gray wolves on the list of endangered or threatened species published under section 4(c)(1) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533(c)(1)).
(B) Minimum thresholds.—
(i) State of montana.—With respect to the State of Montana, the minimum threshold shall be considered to be a population of gray wolves that is within or above the population range established in the Montana 2003 management plan for gray wolves described in the final rule.
(ii) State of idaho.—With respect to the State of Idaho, the minimum threshold shall be considered to be a population of gray wolves that is within or above the population range established in the Idaho March 2008 management plan for gray wolves described in the final rule.
(d) Termination; Effect.—
(1) Termination.—Effective on the date that is 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533) shall apply, without limitation, to any determination of the listing status of any gray wolf located within the Northern Rocky Mountain distinct population segment of the gray wolf.
(2) Effect.—Nothing in this section—
(A) applies to any species, or distinct population segment of any species, other than the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf; or
(B) may be considered to be—
(i) any precedent for the management of any species, or distinct population segment of any species, other than the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf; or
(ii) the intent of Congress with respect to any interpretation of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).
(e) Authorization of Appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out subsection (c) $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015.
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Photo caption: The annual negotiations during ICCAT’s annual fisheries meetings attracted growing global media coverage especially to the U.S. delegation led by Dr. Jane Lubchenco, (center) Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Lubchenco delivered the U.S. conservation message as one, supporting science-based management for sustainable stocks and long term fishing opportunities and jobs for both the recreational and commercial fisheries. Among the U.S. delegation to ICCAT wasEllen Peel, (left) President of The Billfish Foundation, who served as the U.S. Recreational Fishing Commissioner and (right) Russell Smith, NOAA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries and lead U.S. Commissioner. (photo courtesy of Justin Kenney/ NOAA)

ICCAT wrapup: U.S. negotiating team holds the line for marlin and swordfish
Emphasis on the value of recreational fishing slowly advancing at the annual meetings

PARIS, France -- A negotiating team from the United States, which included The Billfish Foundation (TBF), successfully defended existing conservation measures for white and blue marlin and swordfish during 12 days of annual negotiations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which concluded in Paris, November 27.
ICCAT is an inter-governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and migratory species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea. The 40-year old commission includes nearly 50 member nations.
As the negotiations opened, intense media attention was directed at the U.S. and Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Lubchenco’s presence was a clear indication that the U.S. was increasing its visibility at ICCAT. She delivered the U.S. conservation message as one, supporting science-based management for sustainable stocks and long term fishing opportunities and jobs for both the recreational and commercial fisheries.
“This was the first time we have heard a clear statement emphasizing the economic and cultural value of recreational fishing being delivered by the U.S. at ICCAT,” said Ellen Peel, TBF
President, who served as the U.S. Recreational Fishing Commissioner.
Randi Parks Thomas served as the U.S. Commercial Fishing Commissioner and Russell Smith, NOAA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, was the lead U.S. Commissionerand negotiator. Dr. Russell Nelson, TBF’s Chief Scientist, represented the organization as an official observer lobbying for conservation and keeping anglers globally informed via TBF’s blog site thebillfishfoundation.********.com .
Some positive results included a continuing of Atlantic marlin conservation measures requiring release of live marlin from longline vessels and quotas on commercial landings.
“These conservation measures have resulted in the first positive increase in white marlin stocks in over three decades,” noted Peel. “Negotiating before ICCAT for the conservation of species important for U.S. recreational fisheries is extremely challenging,” she said “but in recent years Brazil has arisen as a very important partner in billfish conservation.”
“The U.S. successfully managed to extend the North Atlantic swordfish measures for one year, which will likely create more pressure next year to retain quota share,” observed Nelson, “and any reduction in U.S. quota share would trickle down to re-distribution of catch allocations through all user groups in the U.S.
In other major news ICCAT, which recently began addressing shark conservation, removed oceanic whitetip and hammerhead sharks from the international market and any take, possession or sale will be prohibited (with some exceptions for small scale artisanal coastal fisheries). On the down side for sharks measures to protect thresher and porbeagle sharks and to require that all sharks be landed with fins intact (to make it harder to fin sharks and discard their bodies) were defeated. Like marlin, sharks are killed as bycatch in pelagic longline gear.
“A significant step was achieved with the adoption of the agreement to prohibit retention of oceanic whitetip sharks,” said Sonja Fordham, a veteran international shark expert, U.S. delegation member and President of the non-profit organization Shark Advocates International.
Much needed conservation measures for bigeye tuna and Mediterranean swordfish did not move forward.

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November 29, 2010


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In the wake of San Francisco’s serious look at banning the purchasing of pets, I could not resist sharing this video that I discovered the other day. It’s a promotional video highlighting an annual Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sponsored activist conference. I was struck at how well it highlights what HSUS is all about- ANIMAL RIGHTS and changing society.

Basically, the video is a compilation of highlights from the conference HSUS held last year in the Washington D.C. area (and similar to another one they plan for this year). Notice all of the “Herbivore” and “Go Vegetarian” signs strewn about the various exhibits. Also, check out the sign and DVDs at the 43 second mark. It reads: “NO Hunting: All animals on this property protected” complete with the HSUS logo on it.

Does this sound like a group that is only against the “worst abuses?”

Also, you should check out HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle’s comments at the end where he states point blank, “We’re going to change the way society deals with them.” Kind of sounds like a pretty hard core agenda, doesn’t it?

I’ve written before about how the powers that be at HSUS see themselves as part of a social movement that is a natural progression, at least in their minds, of the civil and women’s rights movements.

If this is what you believe, ok, I guess HSUS might be your kind of thing. If you think comparing animal rights in the same breath as the struggles women and African-Americans have faced is crazy talk, you should spread the word about what animal rightists really represent.

By the way, according to the New York City blog, the Gothamist, Patrick Kwan, HSUS’ New York State Director was quoted as saying, “The Humane Society of the United States does not support the buying and selling of dogs, cats, and wild animals, such as large constrictor snakes and primates, through pet stores.” So is HSUS planning to put a San Francisco push on in the Big Apple?

For those listening, HSUS is telling you what they really stand for. It’s time to get more people to listen.
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Western States Gear Up for Possible Wolf Seasons

Seasons Depend on Outcome of Court Case
7/14/10


Wildlife officials in Idaho and Montana are preparing for the upcoming wolf hunting seasons in both states. However, the work being done could become a moot point depending on the outcome of a court case concerning the possible renewal of Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population.

During a July 7-8 meeting of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, a staff briefing indicated that the Commission will be considering several changes to the state’s wolf season during its August meeting. These changes would include the use of trapping and electronic calling in certain areas. The actual quotas for the season will be decided at the August meeting as well.

Meanwhile on July 8, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission issued a unanimous decision that it will increase the number of wolf tags from 75 last year to 186 for the upcoming season.

Despite the decisions being made by wildlife professionals in Idaho and Montana, it remains uncertain if there will be a season at all. As the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance previously reported, federal Judge Donald W. Molloy heard arguments on June 15 from both sides of the debate over the removal of gray wolves in the Northern Rocky area from the Endangered Species List.

Idaho and Montana each had wolf seasons in 2009 after the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population was removed from the Endangered Species List in those states.

In September, 2009 Judge Molloy refused to block the then scheduled hunts in Montana and Idaho as requested by a coalition of anti-hunting groups that had filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for delisting the wolves. However, the decision left open the larger issue of relisting the population.

The key issue that will determine whether the wolves are placed back under ESA protection revolves around whether the FWS could “split protection” between states. The antis argued that this is what FWS did by maintaining protections for wolves in Wyoming, which is also within the Northern Rocky Mountain region, while removing them in Idaho and Montana. They argued that if any of the population is threatened, the entire population must be listed. Attorneys representing the FWS argued that both the Bush and the Obama administrations approved of the delisting and that Congress intended to have flexibility in protecting species under the ESA.


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A Blog a Day to Keep the Antis Away? Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:49:33 PM

Editor’s Note: According to a recent online survey conducted by AnglerSurvey.com and HunterSurvey.com, 64 percent of hunters and anglers report they are not using social networking sites, like blogs, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to obtain outdoor information. While these numbers may be slightly different depending on the polls and surveys taken, there is one clear thing to take away from this, the outdoor sports community should have a more active role in the new media environment in order to share experiences and fight back against the loud voices of the anti-hunting/animal rights community.

This week’s Bullseye Blog is a guest blog, written by blogging expert and executive business coach Barbara C., and will help explain how through blogging, you can get more involved in sharing your passion for the outdoors with friends, family and those that may not know much about our outdoor heritage”.

Did you know there’s an easy and fun way to protect your sportsmen’s rights without ever leaving the comfort of home or taking too much time away from the field?

I’m talking about blogging.

For anyone unfamiliar, the term “blog” is short for the term “weblog”. But blogs aren’t just “kidstuff” anymore and have exploded in a big way with almost everyone using them. Blogs are simply a short story mirroring an editorial about a subject that can be sent out quickly to the masses. There are personal blogs, business blogs, celebrity blogs, and even outdoor blogs.

Blogs are popular for many reasons: they’re fun, easy to create and can be easily personalized. They give anyone with the right background the chance to be an authority on the web.

They can also help you protect your rights and traditions by giving you a chance to make an impact on how the public, the press – and even politicians view sportsmen’s issues.

The secret is that blogs run on a technology called RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication. Simply put, whenever you post content on your blog, it can be indexed in Google or other online search engines almost INSTANTLY.

That means that you have the power to instantly publish content directly onto the web, which can be seen by millions of people – including members of the public, the press and politicians.

And on any given day, when those people perform a Google search for “hunting”, fishing” or “antis” – your blog makes your opinion visible – which means your voice can make the difference on any given day.

Can a simple blog translate into political power? YES!

Politicians and pundits check the “blog-o-sphere” daily for the pulse of the people – meaning you.

Blogs are easily the most powerful tool in the fight to protect your rights and those of your fellow sportsmen and women - and it’s as easy as typing.

Which brings us to our next question – are you blogging yet?

As a member of the USSA, you can help simply by blogging! Help us help you! Take our Sportsmen’s Blog Survey & tell us what you think! Click here!

And stay tuned to USSA for more helpful and exciting blog ideas and information. Also stay tuned for future stories that will connect you to all the info you need to get started with your own blog.
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New Report Indicates Access a Problem for Anglers


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A new report sheds light on the declining number of recreational anglers by finding that a lack of access, in particular boating access, is identified as a problem for many who fish. The report also outlines the need for better communication between policymakers and anglers in order to improve programs that enhance access to prime fishing areas.

The study, released in early June, was conducted by the well known natural resources and outdoor sports research firm, Responsive Management, in cooperation with the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). The work was paid for through a Multi-State Conservation Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, administered by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The goal of the report was to gain an understanding of how access impacts anglers and landowners throughout the country.

Many anglers surveyed said they had a limited amount of time to go fishing due to work and family obligations. However, a significant number also described a lack of access to good fishing areas as a significant factor in their declining participation in recreational fishing.

Key findings included that two-thirds of the anglers surveyed in the study use public land as opposed to private land. It also found that boating access played a major role as half of freshwater and a majority of saltwater anglers surveyed stated that they used private boats to fish. Only nine percent of anglers surveyed said they were aware of programs available to facilitate access.

“The results of this study point to numerous specific research-based strategies that can be implemented to make access to the water easier for our nation's anglers,” said Mark Damian Duda, executive director of Responsive Management. “The report clearly highlights that, as with hunting, access is a major issue impacting the number of anglers outside as well as the quality of their experiences.”

“Policymakers need to consider how to help guarantee points of access for anglers,” said Doug Jeanneret, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president of government affairs. “A failure to tackle this today will mean even fewer anglers tomorrow.”
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U.S. Coast Guard to burn thickest oil from massive Gulf spill

Racing against a threat to environmentally sensitive marshlands, authorities planned to begin Wednesday burning some of the thickest oil from a rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana.
A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said the burn was expected to begin in the morning.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner says fire-resistant containment booms will be used to corral some of the thickest oil on the water's surface, which will then be ignited. It was unclear how large an area would be set on fire or how far from shore the first fire would be set.
The slick is the result of oil leaking from the site of last week's huge explosion of the rig Deepwater Horizon that left 11 people missing and presumed dead.
Oil continues to spill undersea at an estimated rate of 160, 000 litres a day.
Robot submarines have been unable to cap the well. Operator BP Plc. says work will begin as early as Thursday to drill a relief well to take pressure off the flow from the blowout site. That could take months.
Winds and currents in the Gulf have helped crews in recent days as they try to contain the leak, but it has moved steadily toward the mouth of the Mississippi River, an area home to hundreds of species of wildlife and near some of the Gulf's richest oyster grounds.
Meanwhile, the cost of the disaster continues to rise.
The Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20. The rig was owned by Transocean Ltd. and operated by BP.
Industry officials say replacing the Deepwater Horizon would cost up to $700-million (U.S.) BP has said its costs associated with containing the spill are running at $6 million a day. The company said it will spend $100 million to drill the relief well, which it does not expect to be operating for up to three months. The coast guard has not yet reported its expenses.
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