Week of May 9, 2011

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Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

Marlin X7 Series of Rifles offered as Dealer Exclusive

Madison, NC – The introduction of the Marlin X7 series of bolt-action rifles has been described as the "best rifle in its class". The Marlin X7 series is built for those who demand premium features at a fair price.  Marlin Firearms proudly announces the X7 series is now being offered exclusively to independent dealers.

 

While a thoroughly modern rifle, the best feature of the X7 series is that it's a Marlin. Built with over 140 years of rifle-making experience, the X7 continues Marlin's tradition of producing great hunting rifles at a great price. Accurate and dependable, the X7 is Marlin's next generation of hunting rifle for any generation of hunter.

 

The X7 bolt-action rifle was designed with modern yet practical features including  Marlin’s innovative, accuracy 

enhancing Pro–Fire Adjustable Trigger System; precision button rifled barrel with target-style recessed muzzle crown; a fluted bolt which provides one of the smoothest actions available; a pillar-bedded stock; and Soft–Tech™ Recoil Pad which dramatically lessens felt recoil for enhanced shooting comfort.  The X7 series is the high-performance bolt gun you've been waiting for. 

 

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National

Coast Guard advisory group approves life jacket resolution

ARLINGTON, Va. — Meeting in Arlington on April 1-2, the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, a Congressionally mandated advisory group to the Coast Guard on recreational boating safety, approved a new resolution for life jacket wear, according to a release from the Marine Retailers Association of America. NBSAC passed the resolution with 15 in favor to 5 opposed.

The resolution asks the Coast Guard to initiate efforts that target a future regulatory project to pursue requirements for life jacket wear for recreational boaters while underway and riding in or upon 1.) personal watercraft, regardless of length; 2.) human powered vessels (such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats, etc) regardless of length; 3.) any vessel less than 18-feet in length; and 4.) any person being towed while engaged in water sports.

 

The resolution further charges the Coast Guard to work with its partners to design a strategy to engage the boating public through in-person and electronic dialogue on this topic through pre-rulemaking consultation aimed at informing the public about the potential benefits of such regulation, gauging public opinion about life jacket wear based on boating type and activity, and making decisions on this topic based on a thorough understanding of both public sentiment and potential benefits.

In addition, the resolution asks the Coast Guard to streamline

the life jacket testing and approval process to reduce the overall cost of highly comfortable life jackets, support innovation and
creativity in life jacket design and technology, and allow improved life jacket models to reach the consumer more quickly and easily. By doing so, the Coast Guard should give proper consideration to the acceptance of alternative life jackets by completing and accepting a harmonized North American standard.

 

"The federal government has been pushing for mandatory adult life jacket wear for several years," the MRAA said in its release. "The action of NBSAC followed on a test project of the Corps of Engineers on three lakes in Mississippi, Ohio, and California and a recent announcement that the National Park Service was going to initiate a test case of mandatory adult life jacket wear on Lake Mead. The Coast Guard has verbally expressed its desire to declare all federal waters an adult life jacket zone."

According to a statistician at the meeting, approximately 82 million Americans go boating each year and there are about 400 drowning deaths on average. If the recommendations of the NBSAC resolution were enacted, it was predicted about 70-80 additional lives would be saved.

MRAA recently issued a position paper opposing mandatory adult life jacket wear, which was distributed to its members and posted on www.MRAA.com.

 


NMMA says new rule could open way for life jacket reform

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard last week published a direct final rule that removes exclusivity for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) as the only USCG approved lab to test inflatable life jackets. The National Marine Manufacturers Association called the move a "positive movement in support of more innovative life jackets and life jacket options for boaters."

"The rulemaking signals that the USCG is seriously considering

approving an inflatable life jacket standard that will remove the bar on inflatable life jackets for youth ages 16 and under," the NMMA reported in a statement. "Such a move, if taken by the USCG, will encourage youth life jacket wear as a result of the innovative design and comfort benefits of inflatable life jackets. The rulemaking comes as a result of much work by the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA), in conjunction with the NMMA."    The full rulemaking is available here.

 


EPA proposes rules to regulate Cooling Water discharges to Great Lakes

Would include Intake Structures at Existing Facilities and Phase I Facilities

This proposed EPA rule, published April 20 in the Federal Register, will affect (when finalized) many large cooling water dischargers to the Great Lakes, including large electric utility plants:

Federal Register document: 
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-8033.pdf

This proposed rule would establish requirements under 
section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for all existing 
power generating facilities and existing manufacturing and 
industrial facilities that withdraw more than 2 million gallons 
per day (MGD) of water from waters of the U.S. and use at 
least 25% of the water they withdraw exclusively for cooling 
purposes. The proposed national requirements, which 
would be implementedthrough National Pollutant  Discharge 
Elimination System (NPDES) permits, would establish 
national  requirements applicable to the location, design, 
construction, and  capacity of cooling water intake 
structures at these facilities by setting requirements that 
reflect the best technology available (BTA)  for minimizing 
adverse environmental impact. 
 
The proposed rule constitutes EPA's response to the remand 
of the Phase II existing facility rule and the remand of the 
existing facilities portion of the Phase III rule. In addition, 
EPA is also responding to the decision in Riverkeeper I and 
proposing to remove from the Phase I new facility rule the 
restoration-based compliance alternative and the associated 
monitoring and demonstration requirements. EPA expects 
this proposed regulation would minimize adverse
environmental impacts, including substantially reducing the 
harmful effects of impingement and entrainment. As a result, 
the Agency anticipates this proposed rule would help protect 
ecosystems affected by cooling water intake structures and 
preserveaquatic organisms and the ecosystems they inhabit 
in waters used by cooling water intake structures at existing 
facilities.
 
DATES: Comments must be received on or before 
July 19, 2011.
 
Submit your comments, identified by Docket No. 
EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0667 by one of the following methods:     
 ► www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
 ►E-mail: OW-Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ- OW-2008-0667.
 ►Mail: Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, Mail Code: 4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., 
NW., Washington, DC 20460. Attention Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0667. Please include a total of 3 copies. 
In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on 
information collection provisions to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB), Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St., NW, 
Washington, DC 20503.
 
For additional technical information, contact Paul Shriner 
at 202-566-1076; e-mail: shriner.paul@epa.gov. For 
additional economic information, contact Erik Helm at 
202-566-1049; e-mail: helm.erik@epa.gov. For additional 
biological information, contact Tom Born at 202-566-1001; 
e-mail: born.tom@epa.gov.
 

Regional

Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for

May 6, 2011 

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Temperatures throughout the Great Lakes basin were moderate last Saturday, and most of the basin experienced a spike in temperatures on Sunday.  However, temperatures fell on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  The upstate New York and northern Ohio portions of the basin experienced considerable precipitation earlier this week, but the rest of the region has been seen minimal precipitation so far this month.  This weekend, temperatures within the Great Lakes basin are expected to range from average to below average. Besides the basin's eastern portion, most parts of the basin should experience rain showers either Friday or Saturday.

LAKE LEVEL CONDITIONS

Presently, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 2 and 3 inches below their levels of a year ago.  Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 6, 9, and 17 inches higher than what they were a year ago. Over the next month, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are both expected to climb 4 inches.  Lake St. Clair is predicted to rise an inch, while Lakes Erie and Ontario are projected to remain steady, during the next thirty days.  See our Daily Levels web page for more water level information.

FORECASTED MONTHLY OUTFLOWS/CHANNEL CONDITIONS

The Lake Superior's outflow through the St. Mary's River is projected to be below average for the month of May.  The outflows from Lake Huron into the St. Clair River, and from

Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River, are expected to be

below average throughout the month of May. Lake Erie's outflow through the Niagara River and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River are predicted to be above average.

ALERTS

The water level of Lake Superior is below chart datum.  Lake Superior is forecasted to remain below chart datum until July.  Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels.  Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.

 

 

Superior

Mich-Huron

St. Clair

Erie

Ontario

Level for Aug 4

600.39

577.66

574.38

572.15

246.42

Datum, in ft

601.10

577.50

572.30

569.20

243.30

Diff in inches

-9

+2

+25

+35

+37

Diff last month

+5

+8

+9

+10

+13

Diff from last yr

-3

-2

+6

+9

+17


For Your Health

Plant Extract more effective than antihistamines in alleviating Allergy Symptoms

Individuals with allergies who struggle to find relief may soon be in luck, since German researchers have recently discovered that an extract (Ze 339) derived from the butterbur plant may help alleviate allergy symptoms like hay fever more effectively than antihistamines. 

 

Hay fever occurs when a person breathes in an allergen and subsequently experiences swelling, itching and excess mucus production, according to the National Institutes of Health.

 

Butterbur is a perennial herb native to northern temperate regions that exists in two chemo-varieties: those containing petasins and those with furano-petasins. In terms of safety and efficacy, the petasin chemo-variety appears to be superior to the furano-petasin chemo-variety. Therefore, leaves from one selected petasin chemo-variety (PETZEL) are cultivated and dried to produce the extract Ze 339 (Tesalin; Zeller Medical AG, Switzerland). This extract has anti-inflammatory properties and is composed primarily of petasins and fatty acids; aromatic compounds and phytosterols are also present.

While antihistamines have been the go-to treatment for many doctors, this new finding may provide hope for a natural alternative therapy, since the extract Ze 339, also known as petasol butenoate complex, was shown to be both fast and effective.  Additionally, antihistamines only treat acute symptoms, but Ze 339 could reach even further.

 

"Our data indicate that the extract also has a preventive effect, which must be investigated further," said co-author Dr. Carsten Schmidt-Weber, head of the Center of Allergy and Environment in Munich. Dr. Schmidt-Weber demonstrated that the plant extract Ze 339 (Petasol butenoate complex) combats nasal mucosa swelling faster and more efficiently.

 

The extract has already been approved as a treatment in Switzerland, but the authors noted that further research must be done before it can be considered a safe drug in the U.S.   Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2011 Apr 11

www.laboratory-journal.com/news/scientific-news/hay-fever-plant-extract-ze-339-new-therapy

 


Indiana

New bass fishing rule is topic of public meeting, May 10

COLUMBIA CITY – Anglers will have an opportunity at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 10, to learn about a new bass fishing regulation scheduled to go into effect next month at Big and Crane lakes in Noble County.

 

The rule changes the size of largemouth bass that can be kept when fishing at the two lakes. Beginning June 3, the only largemouth bass that anglers at the two lakes will be allowed to keep will be largemouth bass that are 10 to 14 inches long. All bass less than 10 inches long and 14 inches or larger will have to be released. The daily catch limit will remain at five bass.

 

The purpose of the new rule is to enlist anglers in an experimental project designed to reduce the number of small, slow-growing bass in both lakes and increase the

number of large bass. DNR officials will provide a summary of survey data used to form the new rule and explain how the rule will be evaluated. Once sufficient numbers of 10- to 14-inch bass are removed, the standard 14-inch minimum size limit will go back into effect.

 

The rule presentation by DNR officials will be part of a program that starts at 6 p.m. at the Big Lake Church of God, located seven miles north of Columbia City on State Road 109. The program is sponsored by the Upper Tippecanoe River Lakes Association (UTRLA) and the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation (TWF).

 

The presentation on the new bass regulation will follow a discussion focusing on lake health. A third segment on finding ways to introduce youngsters to fishing will take place to close the program.

 


Michigan

Elk and Bear Applications on Sale Now Through June 1

Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses are now available through June 1.  Apply online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings or at any retail license agent.

 

There will be 155 elk licenses for the 2011 hunting season, of which 90 licenses will be distributed for the August/September hunt and 65 licenses for the December hunt. The October hunt period will not be utilized during the 2011 season. The August/September hunt is designed to target elk outside the primary elk range before these elk move for the breeding season. The December hunt will occur in the core elk range and also allows additional harvest outside the core area.

 

Only Michigan residents are eligible to apply for an elk license. This includes qualified military personnel and full-time students attending a Michigan college or university who reside in the state during the school year.

 

There will be 11,742 bear hunting licenses available for the 2011 hunting season, with license quotas remaining the

same as 2010.  If any licenses remain after the drawing,

one leftover license may be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis in July until the quota is met in each hunt period. There is no guarantee that leftover licenses will be available for any hunt unit or hunt period.

 

All commercial hunting guides utilizing state-owned lands in 2011 must receive written authorization. Conditions of the written authorization include, but are not limited to, carrying general liability insurance and paying an authorization fee. If you are a guide who utilizes state-owned lands, please visit www.michigan.gov/statelandpermission or call the nearest DNR Operations Service Center for more detailed information.

 

Hunters are reminded to apply for the Pure Michigan Hunt. Increase your odds of getting a bear and elk license by applying for the 2012 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing.  Three lucky winners will receive a hunt package that includes a bear and any-elk license. By applying, you will not impact your preference points or weighted chances. Only $4 for each application; apply as many times as you would like at www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt.


New York

DEC advises anglers to be on the lookout for lake sturgeon 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding anglers to be aware of spawning lake sturgeon in tributaries of the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes and Oneida Lake. Last season DEC staff received numerous reports of lake sturgeon caught by anglers in Buffalo Harbor. Lake sturgeon are listed as a threatened species in New York, therefore, there is no open season for the fish and possession is prohibited.

 

Anglers are more likely to encounter sturgeon in May and June when the fish gather to spawn on clean gravel or cobble shoals and in stream rapids. Those who unintentionally hook a sturgeon should follow the below practices to ensure that the fish are returned to the water unharmed:

►Avoid bringing the fish into the boat if possible

►Use pliers to remove the hook; sturgeon are almost always hooked in the mouth.

►Always support the fish horizontally; do not hold sturgeon in a vertical position by their head, gills, or tails, even for taking pictures

►Never touch their eyes or gills

►Minimize their time out of the water

 

Lake sturgeon populations are recovering as a result of

protection and stocking efforts by DEC and partners. Since 1994, sturgeon have been periodically stocked by DEC

into Black Lake, Cayuga Lake, Genesee River, Oneida Lake, Oswegatchie River, Raquette River, St. Lawrence River, and St. Regis River. They are often tagged as part of ongoing research efforts by state and federal agencies. If you find a tagged sturgeon, please follow the reporting instructions on the tag or contact your regional DEC office for assistance.

 

Lake sturgeon are one of three species of sturgeon native to New York. They are native to the Mississippi River Basin, Great Lakes Basin, and Hudson Bay region of North America and are the largest fish native to the Great Lakes, growing up to seven or more feet in length and achieving weights of up to 300 pounds. Male sturgeon live as long as 55 years and females live as long as 80 to 150 years.

 

Sturgeon were once abundant in New York, but commercial fishing, dam building and habitat loss decimated populations. Today they can still be found in Lake Erie, Niagara River, Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Genesee River, Grasse River, Oswegatchie River, Black Lake, Lake Champlain, Cayuga Lake, Oneida Lake, Oneida River, Seneca River, Oswego River and Cayuga Canal.


Freshwater Fishing kicks into high gear on

May 7

Catch and Release Bass Season Already Underway

The first Saturday in May marks the beginning of the fishing season for many popular warmwater sportfish species, including walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge. With the warmwater opener, most of the New York sportfish seasons will be open. This includes catch and release fishing for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in many waters across the state. Muskellunge fishing season and the regular (harvest) season for black bass open on the 3rd Saturday in June (June 18).

 

“New Yorkers are fortunate to have such a large variety of popular sportfish to chose from,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “We hope that all anglers find the time to enjoy these fishing opportunities in 2011 and encourage them to share their enjoyment by introducing someone new to the sport.”

 

Walleye are very popular springtime targets and fishing opportunities now exist in over 100 waters throughout the state. As part of ongoing management and research programs, DEC has stocked 60 waters with walleye fry or fingerlings over the last 5 years in almost all regions of the state. Anglers are also encouraged to take advantage of the black bass catch and release season for many state waters as well as the early season for black bass in Lake Erie, which also opens on May 7. Spring also provides outstanding fishing opportunities for yellow perch, sunfish and crappie, valued for their tasty flesh. These species are common throughout the state and provide easy fishing for even novice anglers. A popular sportfish in southern and Midwestern states, channel catfish also flourish in many of our larger lakes and rivers, provide a very tasty meal, and are underutilized by New York anglers. A complete listing of 2011 warmwater fishing hotspots recommended by DEC biologists can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/64710.html.  

 

DEC will be initiating a number of bass studies in 2011. These studies include an effort to assess black bass populations statewide, the investigation of black bass movements following bass tournaments on Lake Champlain and a tournament monitoring program on Oneida Lake. Participation from bass anglers will be requested for both tournament studies.

 

Warmwater anglers on Lake Champlain are requested to

 

report any catches of sauger to Emily Zollweg at the DEC

Region 5 office in Warrensburg at (518) 623-1264. The status of sauger, a close relative of the walleye, has been unknown in the lake for a quite some time, until a single sauger was caught in a DEC survey last spring. Sauger can be distinguished from walleye by the three to four saddle-shaped dark brown blotches on their sides, the distinct black spots on the first dorsal (back) fin and the lack of a white tip on the lower lobe of the tail fin.

 

Use Baitfish Wisely

Anglers using fish for bait are reminded to be careful with how these fish are used and disposed of. Careless use of baitfish is one of the primary means by which non-native species and fish diseases are spread from water to water. Unused baitfish should be discarded in an appropriate location on dry land. A "Green List" of commercially available baitfish species that are approved for use in New York State has now been established in regulation. In most cases, these fish must also be certified as disease free. For a complete discussion of these regulations and how to identify approved baitfish species, download the brochure “Baitfish of New York State” at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/74079.html. Personal collection and use of baitfish other than those on the "Green List" is permitted, but only on the water from which they were collected and they may not be transported overland by motorized vehicle. Anglers are reminded that new regulations for transportation of baitfish are currently under consideration, and these proposed regulations can be viewed at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/73305.html.  

www.dec.ny.gov/permits/329.html.

 

Preventing Invasive Species and Fish Diseases

Anglers are also reminded to be sure to dry or disinfect their fishing and boating equipment, including waders and boots, before entering a new body of water. This is the only way to prevent the spread of potentially damaging invasive plant and animal species (didymo and zebra mussels) and fish diseases (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) and whirling disease). Methods to clean and disinfect fishing gear can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/50121.html.

 

Commissioner Martens also encouraged all outdoor enthusiasts to consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp, an optional stamp that helps support the DEC's efforts to conserve habitat and increase public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation. For more information on the Habitat/Access Stamp Program visit

 


Changes to recreational fishing regulations for Flounder (Fluke)

Amendment adopted to comply with management plan requirements

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the new 2011 recreational fishing regulations for summer flounder (fluke). The new regulations, which are effective immediately, specify a 3-fish possession limit, 20.5" minimum size and an open season of May 1 through September 30.  These new limits replace the 2010 regulations which included a 2-fish possession limit, a 21-inch minimum size and an open season from May 15 through September 6.

 

New York State participates in the cooperative management of migratory marine fisheries as a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). ASMFC adopts Interstate Fisheries Management Plans (FMP's) for the prudent management and conservation of quota managed species along the Atlantic Coast. Each member state of ASMFC must implement the provisions of the FMPs for the quota managed species within its state waters.

 

As required by the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act (ACFCMA), ASMFC determines if states

have implemented provisions of FMP's in a timely manner.

If ASMFC determines a state to be in non-compliance with an FMP for a specific species, the Commission notifies the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. If the Secretary concurs in the non-compliance determination, the Secretary promulgates and enforces a complete prohibition on all fishing for the species in the waters of the non-compliant state until the state complies with the FMP.

 

The current stock assessment for summer flounder (fluke) shows that the population is nearly rebuilt, not overfished and not subject to overfishing. Recent changes to the fluke FMP allow states to liberalize their harvest of fluke in order to achieve optimum use of the fishery resource. New York State has chosen to adopt new regulations that meet the requirements of the FMP while providing greater fishing opportunities for fluke this year.

 

The text of the new regulation will be published in the State Register on May 18, 2011 and is available online at www.dec.ny.gov.  DEC will be accepting public comments on the new fluke regulation through July 5, 2011. Recreational marine fishing regulations can be viewed on the DEC website at: /www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html.  For additional information, contact DEC Marine Resources Division at 631-444-0435.


Ohio

Ohio Anglers Encouraged to Participate in Survey

COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife invites anglers to visit www.ohiodnr.com/creel to take a new online angler survey.

 

The online survey asks anglers to provide feedback on a variety of topics including fishing preferences, fish consumption, fishing regulations for American Electric Power ReCreation lands, and potential threats to the quality of fishing in Ohio. Anglers will also be given the opportunity to provide general comments about fishing in

Ohio.

 

The online survey will be available beginning May 4, 2011 and will run through September 30, 2011.  Responses to the survey are confidential. Information provided by anglers through the surveys is vital to the successful management of Ohio's fisheries. The division encourages all anglers to participate.

 

Fisheries biologists use angler survey data in combination with biological data from fish populations to identify ways of improving fishing on Ohio's inland reservoirs, lakes, rivers, and Lake Erie.


Other Breaking News Items

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EDITORIAL: More bad news on Asian carp front
The Sheboygan Press (5/5)
The latest report on the potential problem of Asian Carp finding a new home in Lake Michigan couldn't have been much worse.

 

Aircraft chemical found in Great Lakes fish
The Environment Report (5/5)
New research finds that fish in the Great Lakes are contaminated with a chemical used in aircraft hydraulic fluids.

 

How close are Asian carp getting to the Great Lakes? We track them
Today, a Free Press team embarks on a 13-day, seven-state quest for Asian carp.

Minnesota anglers want waterfall altered; DNR says no
Members of the Lake Superior Steelhead Association say not enough fish are clearing a drop on the Knife River. The LSSA has asked the Minnesota DNR to modify the falls by reshaping the riverbed, which they say would allow fish to pass more easily.

 

Recreational boating industry sees more signs of recovery
The Great Lakes region remained one of the strongest for new boat, engine, trailer, accessory and services sales in 2010 with six out of the eight Great Lakes states seeing growth and the remaining two seeing just single digit declines.

 

 

 

The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the GLSFC, its officers or staff. 

Reproduction of any material by paid-up members of the GLSFC is encouraged but appropriate credit must be given. 

Reproduction by others without written permission is prohibited.

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