Posted on August 10, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Stream temps reaching levels lethal to salmon
FRISCO — With water temperatures approaching lethal levels for salmon, the National Park Service is enacted an emergency closure of recreational fishing on most rivers and streams in Olympic National Park.
The closure is aimed at protecting fish during the severe drought in the region. Current conditions have made Pacific salmon, steelhead and bulltrout exceptionally vulnerable because of low stream flows and high water temperatures, park service officials said. Continue reading
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Posted on May 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Public asked to help develop guidelines to identify species at risk from pirate fishing and mislabeling
FRISCO — Federal officials say the next step in reducing seafood fraud and pirate fishing is letting consumers weigh in to help determine what guidelines should be used to identify at-risk species — not a small matter considering that a recent study found that some sushi restaurants mislabel up to three-quarter of the food they sell.
The public input session is part of the Obama administration’s larger effort to thwart illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud. The comments will be used to develop a list of species eligible for a risk-based seafood traceability program. Continue reading
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Posted on January 12, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A couple of young Slovenians wet a line in the Adriatic.
Some protected species ‘caught for fun’
FRISCO — Scientists taking a close look at fishing in the Mediterranean Sea say recreational anglers may, in some cases, have just as much of an impact on resources as commercial fisheries.
More regulation is needed to ensure the sustainability of some species, the researchers concluded in their study published in Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture.
“Both types of fishing can have similar biological and ecological effects on fish populations and on marine ecosystems,” said Toni Font, a researcher with the department of Environmental Sciences at Girona University (Spain). Continue reading
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Posted on January 5, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Study presents new evidence of unsustainable fishing.
Catch rates down by 90 percent in 100 years
FRISCO — Australian ocean scientists say they’ve quantified a decline in Queensland’s pink snapper fishery that resulted in a drop almost 90 percent in catch rates since the 19th century.
To trace the decline, researchers with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the University of Queensland and the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry scoured thousands of newspaper articles dating back to1870 to reveal the historic catch rates for the iconic Queensland fishery. Continue reading
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Posted on December 17, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Kokanee salmon caught at Green Mountain Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado. bberwyn photo.
New tool helps fisheries managers gather more eggs from other reservoirs
FRISCO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists say they’ve wrapped up their annual kokanee salmon egg collection activities for the year, with good results at Wolford Mountain Reservoir, where they were able to gather 1.78 million eggs.
But predatory lake trout and other factors combined to suppress egg production in Lake Granby, historically the biggest source of eggs for the desirable sport fish. Continue reading
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Posted on May 14, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
State biologists try to balance recreation with restoration of native fish
More tiger muskies, more native fish? Photo courtesy Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife/ Tim Knepp.
FRISCO —Colorado fishery experts say planting more tiger muskie in western Colorado reservoirs could help provide the sport fishing that anglers want, while helping to meet goals of the Colorado River native fish recovery program. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will release more the tiger muskies in Harvey Gap Reservoir this week, adding to the 140 that were stocked last year.
“We are continuing the evaluation phase of this project,” said aquatic biologist Lori Martin. “This introduction of the non-native species last year was well received. There is still potential for tiger muskie to become a viable alternative to northern pike,” Martin said. Continue reading
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Posted on June 1, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Fishing for brookies at Officers Gulch Pond, in Summit County, Colorado. Bob Berwyn photo.
No license needed June 1-2
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — There’s no better way to start the summer than by wetting a line in one of Colorado’s sparkling streams or lakes, and to celebrate the start of the angling season, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is once again offering free fishing this weekend (June 1-2).
Each year, the agency designates the first weekend in June as the only two-day period that anglers all around the state are not required to have a fishing license. For the rest of the year a fishing license is required for anyone 16 years and older. Check all the Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing online here and check out this guide for popular Summit County fishing spots here. Continue reading
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