Week of July 15, 2013
|Misc New Fishing-Boating Products|
|Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues|
|2nd Amendment issues|
|Other Breaking News Items|
Stanford researchers are on track to start testing a new cancer fighting drug. Thousands are lining up to be human lining up to be the first to try the new drug. The progress on the new drug comes just months after the groundbreaking study done, "by Dr Irv Weissman, who developed an antibody that breaks down a cancer's defense mechanisms in the body."
The protein, called CD47, tells the body not to eat the cancer cells, but the new antibody developed by Weissman will block the CD47 and frees up immune cells called "macrophages" which will then destroy the cancer cells.
The new drug points the "miraculous macrophages" in the direction of the
cancer cells so that the cancer fighting "killer T cells" can do their work.
“It was completely unexpected that CD8+ T cells would be mobilized when macrophages engulfed the cancer cells in the presence of CD47-blocking antibodies,” said MD/PhD student Diane Tseng, the lead author of the study.
While the new drug has yet to reach the test phase on humans, which will happen in 2014. there is hope the new treatment will help the immune system wage a two prong attack against cancer, with macrophages and T cells.
To read the review from the Stanford School of Medicine: http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2013/may/cd47.html
Misc New Fishing-Boating Products
NV-- Kid’s tackle is the most
important tackle. It is the link between creating anglers for life or
sitting on the couch playing video games. There was a new Ugly Stik® Youth
combo introduced at the ICAST 2013 show in Las Vegas, Nev., and industry
leaders recognized it. The Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2™ Youth combo was
awarded the Best Kid’s Tackle Award at the 2013 ICAST show.
“We look to the youth anglers as the next
generation of anglers,” said Josh Silva, Shakespeare Marketing Manager. “The
GX2 youth combos were built with that in mind. We want to impact our sport
as much as possible and creating a combo that feeds the passion of youth
anglers is key. The entire Shakespeare team is excited to be recognized by
Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues
Galco Gunleather is introducing two new inside the waistband holster fits for the very popular Springfield XD-S! Part of Galco's Concealed Carry Lite line of holsters, the Stow-N-Go™ and the Tuck-N-Go™ both offer an exceptional combination of high performance, comfort and affordability.
The Stow-N-Go's open top allows a very fast draw, while the reinforced mouth allows a smooth and easy return to the holster. A sturdy injection-molded nylon clip secures the holster onto the belt. The Stow-N-Go carries the handgun in a vertical orientation, with no cant or angle. It can be used strong side, crossdraw, or in front of the hip (appendix carry). and fits belts up to 1 3/4". The Tuck-N-Go's open top allows a fast draw once the concealing garment is swept up and away, while the reinforced mouth allows a smooth and easy return to the holster.
For the utmost in concealability, the holster features Galco's patented Generation III tuckable J-Hook. The Gen III J-Hook's streamlined design hooks over the pants and behind the belt, hooking upward and only showing a small piece at the bottom. A tucked-in shirt will completely conceal the firearm. The Tuck-N-Go fits belts up to 1 1/2". These holsters carry the handgun in a vertical orientation, with no cant or angle, and are constructed of comfortable Premium Center Cut Steerhide.
Showers and thunderstorms accumulated a large amount of precipitation across the entire Great Lakes basin this previous week. For the weekend, above normal temperatures will drop back near average as a fair weather pattern slides over the Great Lakes Basin. The dry weather pattern is expected to remain to start the week and temperatures are likely to rise.
LAKE LEVEL CONDITIONS
The water levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 2 and 3 inches, respectively, above their levels from this time last year. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 6, 7, and 14 inches, respectively, above their levels of a year ago. Over the next month, Lake Superior is forecasted to rise 1 inch and Michigan-Huron is forecasted to remain near its current level. The water levels of Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are expected to fall 4, 4, and 5 inches, respectively, in the next thirty days.
FORECASTED MONTHLY OUTFLOWS/CHANNEL CONDITIONS
Lake Superior’s outflow through the St. Marys River is projected to be below average for the month of July. Lake Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River and the outflow from Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River are also expected to be below average throughout the month of July. Lake Erie’s outflow through the Niagara River is predicted to be near average
and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River is expected to be below average in July.
Official records are based on monthly average water levels and not daily water levels. 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.
2nd Amendment Issues
Alleges process used to pass gun regulations Violated Connecticut Statutes and Constitution
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today filed suit in federal court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Governor Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the so-called "emergency certification" exception to circumvent the safeguards of the normal legislative process and in violation of Connecticut statutory law in order to pass Senate Bill 1160, a package of strict gun control regulations.
The suit further alleges that enactment of the new law violates fundamental due process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States Constitutions. NSSF is asking the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.
"A 139-page bill was assembled behind closed doors, bypassing both the
public hearing and committee processes, and quickly sent to floor votes on the same day in both the House and Senate where legislators did not have adequate time to even read the bill. The governor then signed the package into law the next day. All of this is in violation of guarantees citizens are supposed to have under Connecticut State Statutes and protections in our State and U.S. Constitutions for which our forefathers fought," said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, NSSF. "Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen's organizations."
The filing can be accessed at www.nssf.org/share/PDF/NSSFComplaint-FILED_070813.pdf. The Connecticut Law Tribune recently editorialized on this topic. That editorial can be accessed at http://ctlawtribune.com/PubArticleCT.jsp?id=1202608974608
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation congratulated Illinois lawmakers for “courageously overriding Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto” of concealed carry legislation, complying with a federal appeals court mandate that resulted from SAF’s successful civil rights lawsuit against the state’s prohibition on bearing arms for personal protection.
The Illinois House voted 77-31 to reject Gov. Quinn’s veto, and the Senate followed suit by voting 41-17.
“This is a significant victory for all Illinois citizens,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “When the exercise of a civil right is denied to a segment of the population, everyone suffers because a right that appears only on paper is not a right at all.
“Gov. Quinn was ill-advised to try rewriting the state’s concealed carry law to suit his personal anti-gun civil rights agenda,” he continued. “While the new statute is not perfect, it is a huge step forward to comply with the Seventh Circuit Court’s ruling in Moore v. Madigan.”
The Moore case was brought by SAF “to force the State of Illinois to do the right thing” regarding the right to bear arms.
“The Second Amendment, affirmed as protective of an individual right by the U.S. Supreme Court, is not limited to the confines of one’s home or business,” Gottlieb observed. “There is not only a right to keep arms, but to bear them, and that most assuredly applies beyond someone’s doorstep.
“It is time for Illinois residents to join citizens in every other state,” he said. “If Gov. Quinn and other gun prohibitionists need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, where all civil rights – including the right to bear arms – are recognized, that’s their fault. They tried to transpose the Second Amendment from a fundamental civil right to a heavily-regulated privilege, and that is not what the court ruling allowed him to do. “We welcome Illinois to the United States of America,” Gottlieb concluded.
Experience an earthquake? See a landslide? Are your flowers blooming earlier? Tell us about it!
In an ever-changing environment, it would be ideal if the U.S Geological Survey had a presence in every corner of the nation. While we may not be able to cover every inch of the landscape, we can greatly enhance our scope with your help.
The USGS has a variety of citizen science efforts where you can report what’s happening in your own backyard. We want to know if you felt an earthquake, saw a landslide, have a new building going up nearby, or have flowers blooming earlier than normal. If you live in Alaska, we want you to tell us if you experience a volcanic ash fall and even collect a sample.
And the information you provide does not just sit on a shelf. Instead, it gets aggregated and disseminated through a variety of tools geared toward making this information easily accessible so it can be put to use. As an example, there are interactive online systems where people can report what it was like during an earthquake, and then see all the reports for that event mapped out for the affected area.
Through your contribution, not only will your observations build a much larger and more complete database, but you will also become a virtual member of the USGS scientific team!
Improving Earthquake Monitoring
Did You Feel It?
Did You Feel It? (DYFI?) is an online crowd-sourcing system developed by the USGS for the public to provide first-hand accounts of earthquakes they experience. As one of the longest standing and most successful examples of citizen-based science to date, it has garnered more than 2,790,000 total responses since its launch in 1997.
Through this program, users are able to document the shaking level they experienced and find out what was felt elsewhere. Specifically, USGS scientists aggregate results by zip code (domestically) and by city (globally) to show reported shaking intensity. Those reports also augment shaking data from sensors and are incorporated in ShakeMaps used for emergency response. To document your seismic encounter, visit the DYFI? home page and fill out a brief questionnaire.
Tweeting and Shaking
Many regions around the world have only a scant number of seismometers, complicating the rapid detection and characterization of earthquakes. To enhance earthquake monitoring, Twitter has proven to be an advantageous source for USGS scientists to receive rapid firsthand accounts of potential events.
The USGS Tweet Earthquake Dispatch (TED) program rapidly detects possible earthquakes when a large number of public tweets mention "earthquake" or its equivalent in several languages. These tweet-based detections often come prior to sensor alerts in sparsely instrumented regions. USGS analysts at the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) receive these indicators and then turn to more accurate earthquake sensors and instrumental data for confirmation and quantitative assessment. For earthquakes with a magnitude 5.5 or greater, the USGS sends out notifications via the Twitter account @USGSted to people around the world.
The valuable role of crowd-sourcing data is outlined in a recent report by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, authored in collaboration with the USGS.
The report also highlights success stories from TED, DYFI? and related USGS activities. For example, although there was an exceedingly swift international aid response to the massive 2008 earthquake in Wenchuan, China, the first reports of the event outside of the impacted area came from citizens, and information spread through the use of social networking tools such as Twitter. Similarly, approximately 148,000 individuals used DYFI? to describe their experience of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that
occurred in Virginia on Aug. 23, 2011. Because large-magnitude
earthquakes are fairly rare along the East Coast, there were only a handful of seismometers installed nearby to record the event. Thus, much of the preliminary data regarding this earthquake came from the DYFI? system.
Did You See It? Watch Out for Landslides
In an average year, landslides can cost the United States up to 2 billion dollars in damage. Now, scientists at the USGS are asking the public to help track landslides to better understand how to protect lives and property. This is being done through the system, Did You See It? (DYSI?). This program allows respondents to report detailed accounts of observed landslides, including photographs. To make your contribution, visit the DYSI? webpage and click on the Report a Landslide tab.
Is Ash Falling? Helping Monitor Volcanic Eruptions
Alaska has an abundance of active volcanoes, averaging two eruptions a year. Citizens in Alaskan communities can now go online and report their observations of volcanic ash through the Is Ash Falling? system, which was developed by the Alaskan Volcano Observatory (AVO). Ash fall reports are shared with the National Weather Service (NWS) to track where an ash plume is headed and to guide them in making official statements and advisories about ash fallout onto the landscape. AVO is jointly operated by the USGS, the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
This tool will help AVO scientists build a more complete record of the amount, duration, and extent of ash fall. Getting first-hand accounts of ash fall will also help refine computer models of ash cloud movement and interpretation of satellite imagery. Citizens are also encouraged to collect ash samples and send them to AVO. With your help, volcano scientists can greatly expand their sampling of ash deposits.
The National Map Corps: Earn Your Badge
Citizen volunteers are also making significant additions to The National Map (TNM), a web-based geospatial visualization platform. The public is encouraged to collect data on manmade structures such as schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, and other buildings. The project started last year in Colorado and has expanded to 35 states. A recognition program has also been created where badges can be earned based on the number of data points a volunteer contributes.
This effort is through The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) Volunteered Geographic Information project, which partners with organizations such as 4-H and GISCorps. To start your own badge collection, go to the TNMCorps project site to learn more and sign up as a volunteer!
Observing Nature’s Calendar
As the seasons come and go, temperatures fluctuate, leaves emerge and change colors, and animals migrate. What better way to learn about our changing world than to examine it for yourself? The USA National Phenology Network gives you this opportunity through its widely successful program, Nature’s Notebook.
Volunteers are collecting observations of these seasonal changes—referred to as phenology—to help scientists better understand subjects including climate change, invasive species, agricultural production, impacts of frosts and freezes, and the timing of pests and diseases. In a few simple steps, you can become a citizen scientist and join this expedition to examine nature’s calendar.
Get Involved and Start with Science
The interconnectedness of contemporary society is staggering. Currently, there are more than 2 billion internet users worldwide. As USGS citizen science proves, social media is no longer limited to just “liking” a picture. Through innovation and taking advantage of the opportunities available, the USGS has been able to work with millions of citizen scientists across the globe to discover more about our world than ever before.
Starting with science, which includes having robust databases, allows for the most informed decisions. USGS research wouldn’t be as detailed without the public’s help. We encourage each of you to see how you can provide public service to your community by helping study our earth.
BELLEVUE, WA - Chicago's "weak link" in public safety is not gun control but Mayor Rahm Emanuel's adherence to the stale and ineffective strategies of the gun prohibition lobby, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said. Emanuel told reporters his answer to the city's current bloodbath is to ban so-called "assault weapons," which do not appear to be involved in many, if any of the recent shootings and homicides. He also asserts that "comprehensive background checks" would prevent violence, a notion so demonstrably untrue that CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb called it a "perpetuation of an urban myth."
"If the city could round up every one of these shooters," Gottlieb said, "they would find that none of them acquired their guns through legal channels, and thus were never subject to a background check, and Emanuel knows it. For him to suggest, much less believe, that his city's crime problem would disappear by banning guns and expanding checks on law-abiding citizens is at best delusional. "Mayor Emanuel knows that Chicago's problems are with gangs, not guns, and a criminal element that will ignore any new law or regulation Chicago enacts," he added.
The only idea Emanuel suggested that makes even partial sense, Gottlieb noted, is one that can be traced to a program his organization and other gun rights groups championed called "Hard Time for Armed Crime."
"Mayor Emanuel wants to lock up people for a minimum of three years when they commit crimes with firearms and make them serve at least 85 percent of their time," he said. "That's a strategy that was developed by the firearms community. If he's going to steal our idea, he ought to at least give us credit."
"We're pretty sure Mayor Emanuel is trying to lay political groundwork to blame the new concealed carry law, brought about by a successful gun rights lawsuit in federal court, if Chicago's bloodbath continues," Gottlieb concluded. "He seems more interested in perpetuating the crime problem than eliminating it. Banning guns and blocking citizens from exercising their self-defense rights doesn't work, it hasn't worked and it's a loser in court. Rahm should think out of the box or get out of town."
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org.
Large catfish are still swimming in Indiana’s urban ponds, just waiting to be caught as part of DNR’s new Go FishIN in the City program. Go FishIN in the City is an effort to improve fishing opportunities in Indiana’s urban areas by stocking catfish and rainbow trout in family friendly parks.
Fisheries biologists sampled four ponds in Indianapolis, Carmel, and Avon to see how catfish stocked this spring are doing. Those findings and an ongoing angler survey show that few fish have been harvested from Meadowlark Pond in Carmel and Washington Township Park Pond in Avon, which means easier fishing at those locations.
In Indianapolis, Krannert Lake and Riverside Park Pond have become
popular fishing destinations, with anglers having harvested a fair amount of
channel catfish at those spots. During summer, anglers should target shallower areas, where more oxygen is available for fish. All four lakes will be stocked this fall with 10-inch channel catfish.
Next spring the ponds will be stocked again with channel catfish from the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex, where inmates help rear the fish to stocking size as part of a work training program. Biologists will continue to evaluate these lakes and conduct angler interviews.
For more info: www.Wildlife.IN.gov/7508.htm
The Michigan DNR released the final results of a long-term regional study to assess how well sediment traps work to improve fish populations in rivers throughout the state.
A sediment trap is an artificially excavated pool that allows excess sand to settle out, helping re-expose downstream gravel deposits that were previously covered. Traps have been added to many streams where fish spawning habitat was negatively affected by excessive inputs and transport of sand. Use of traps to re-expose spawning gravels has been very popular in Michigan, with hundreds of traps becoming operational in the 1990s.
The siting, installation and maintenance of a sediment trap is a complicated, costly process, and one that may extend for many years, but little evidence had been collected to prove their value. DNR fisheries biologists and managers were concerned these actions were not improving habitat as intended and could perhaps even disrupt normal stream channel-shaping processes and increase streambank erosion.
The DNR's Fisheries Division recently completed a regional survey of channel conditions upstream and downstream of 65 currently or recently operating traps.
The results of the regional survey, led by fisheries research biologists
Troy Zorn and Todd Wills, were recently published in the North American
Journal of Fisheries Management and showed that typical sediment trap operations in Michigan did not expose gravel, decrease sand or increase stream depth as they were intended to.
"There are a number of factors that might explain why most traps didn't work, including local geology, trap placement in the stream or trap dimensions," said Zorn. "In many cases, the number of traps installed and frequency of trap clean-outs may simply be too low to noticeably change stream habitat conditions."
"On the bright side, we generally found no adverse effects of sediment traps on channel stability, but did note a couple situations where installation of traps might have contributed to channel changes," Zorn continued.
Zorn's and Wills' results didn't support the use of sediment traps as a stand-alone habitat rehabilitation tool, but they mentioned specific situations where traps may be useful. For example, sediment traps have been effective in capturing and preventing downstream transport of large, localized inputs of sand, such as those associated with dam removal. Their findings and previous assessments of sediment traps suggest resource managers should carefully consider watershed-level inputs, the river and all potential management options to determine which provide the best return on investment.
The Michigan Boating Industries Association is partnering with Angler’s Dream, a professional fishing tournament series that is hosting its year-end Tournament of Champions during the MBIA fall boat show Sept. 19-22 at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township.
“Fishing and boating go hand in hand, and we’re excited to pair our festival with such a great fishing tournament coming to Lake St. Clair,” MBIA executive director and boat show manager Nicki Polan said in a statement.
More than 200 fishermen and their families will be attending the Sept. 20-
21 tournament, and more than 10,000 are expected to attend the Boating & Outdoor Festival, which the MBIA produces. Prizes for the winning haul will range as high as $10,000, and the weigh-in will be televised.
Onlookers can watch the weigh-in activities, participate in the celebrations and listen to live music. The public can mingle with contestants and learn more about the tactics the nation’s top fishermen use.
The festival hours are: Sept. 19 and 20, noon to 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Further information, discount tickets, current promotions and contest information are available by visiting www.BoatingandOutdoorFest.com.
The Michigan DNR announced its annual walleye pond harvest and stocking of walleye fingerlings in east-central and northeast Michigan has been completed. The DNR Fisheries Division’s Southern Lake Huron Management Unit stocked nearly 1.7 million walleye fingers in 30 inland lakes located in 20 counties.
Walleye ponds are a critical component of the DNR’s fisheries management and have been used for several decades. There are dozens of walleye ponds located throughout Michigan, and all rely heavily on the support of sportsmen's organizations. Walleye fingerlings are reared in small ponds for 50 to 60 days, where they eat tiny aquatic animals called zooplankton. They are harvested and stocked into public waters when
they are 1.5 to 2 inches long. These fish will grow to legal size in four to five years.
“These ponds are an excellent collaborative effort involving the DNR and local angling groups” said Jim Baker, Southern Lake Huron Management Unit supervisor. “These organizations help out financially and supply volunteers to help with fertilization, pond maintenance and fish harvest.”
Sportsmen's organizations that collaborate with DNR on the walleye-rearing program for east-central and northeast Michigan include the Saginaw Bay Walleye Club, the Arenac County Walleye Club and Walleyes for Iosco County.
See a complete summary of this walleye stocking including specific counties and lakes.
Shines light on hatchery versus natural reproduction
The Michigan DNR announced the results of a long-term study to determine the contributions of hatchery-reared walleyes in the Upper Peninsula’s bays de Noc and what those results mean for fisheries management activities.
The bays de Noc, consisting of Little Bay de Noc (LBDN) and Big Bay de Noc (BBDN), supported historically important walleye fisheries that declined in the 1960s. Since that time, walleyes have been rehabilitated through protective regulations, improved habitat, and stocking efforts. Although natural reproduction has been detected in LBDN since as early as 1988, stocking efforts have continued in these waters to help increase walleye numbers. In 2004 the DNR began a study to estimate the contribution by both hatchery-reared and naturally reproduced walleyes in the bays de Noc.
During the course of the study, oxytetracycline (OTC) marked-spring fingerling walleyes were stocked into the bays de Noc. The use of OTC creates a mark on the fish’s bones for future identification of fish origin by Fisheries Division staff. Approximately 832,000 walleyes were stocked in LBDN during 2004, 2006 and 2008 and about 1,017,000 walleyes were stocked in BBDN in 2005 and 2009. No walleyes were stocked in 2007 due to VHSv (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus) concerns. Juvenile walleyes were then collected during the fall and examined for the OTC mark which would indicate whether they came from hatchery ponds or natural reproduction.
Of the juvenile walleyes produced between 2004 and 2009, 76% in LBDN and 62% in BBDN were from natural reproduction.
“These results indicate that natural reproduction is the main driver of
walleye stocks in the bays, but that hatchery fish are likely contributing too,” said DNR fisheries research biologist Troy Zorn.
“The success of natural reproduction is highly variable from year to year, and the relatively long lifespan of walleyes (more than 20 years) gives them the capacity to spawn many times, hopefully producing several strong crops of offspring,” he said. “Because natural reproduction is the main contributor to these populations and reproductive success varies considerably among years, we saw no significant difference between stocked and unstocked years in the catch rates of juvenile walleyes.”
During the study, the strongest year class in LBDN occurred in 2007, when no walleyes were stocked due to VHSv. In BBDN, the stocked 2005 year class produced the highest assessment catches of juvenile walleyes. Preliminary evaluations show no relationship between walleye stocking and subsequent angler harvest in BBDN, but a positive (although weak) relationship in LBDN.
The OTC study is giving Fisheries Division managers valuable insight on the contribution of stocked fish to the walleye populations in each bay.
“The information obtained from this study contributes to the walleye management plan for LBDN. We’ll use this information to discuss future management strategies with the public, and ultimately to make informed stocking decisions for hatchery-reared walleyes in northern Lake Michigan,” said Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit supervisor, Jessica Mistak.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is actively recruiting citizen scientists to collect biological samples from streams and rivers in the Genesee, Delaware, Hudson, and Mohawk River watersheds as part of the Wadeable Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project to assess water quality.
WAVE data are used to augment the work of the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit, which samples streams and rivers across the state to create an inventory of stream water quality. Citizen Monitors will provide valuable information to assist in identifying healthy stream sites and flagging sites that potentially have water quality concerns. These data are included in federal and state water quality reports and help to target professional assessments and local restoration efforts where they are most needed.
Trained citizen monitors will visit streams between July and September to
collect and identify insects and other small organisms (macroinvertebrates) from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom, and preserve one example of each organism for identification by the WAVE Coordinator. If six or more of the “Most Wanted” organisms are found, the stream segment is assessed as having no known impacts and fully supporting aquatic life. If mostly “Least Wanted” organisms are found, then the stream segment will be flagged for possible investigation by professionals.
Training sessions are scheduled for July and August at locations in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County (Aug 7 & 21), Bainbridge, Chenango County (Aug 20), Port Jervis, Orange County (Aug 6), Angelica, Allegany County(July 29, Aug 13), Castile, Wyoming County (July 30, Sept 5), and Scottsville, Monroe County (Aug 12, Sept 4). For more info: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/92229.html.
Anglers Are Encouraged to Review and Comment on Potential Changes
Proposed changes to the current freshwater fishing regulations were announced today by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Based on the status of existing fish populations and discussions with anglers, fisheries biologists, and fisheries managers over the past year, DEC had identified potential changes to fishing regulations and is seeking additional angler feedback.
Changes being considered would adjust angling regulations to enhance angling experiences and enjoyment, consistent with the status of fish populations. Many changes under consideration are focused on eliminating special regulations that did not achieve their intended purpose.
Some highlights for trout anglers include: increasing year-round trout fishing opportunities at specifically chosen streams, adjusting daily creel limits and minimum size limits on select waters to help distribute larger size trout among anglers, and establishing catch and release fishing at a few additional streams.
Warmwater angling highlights include: increasing the statewide minimum
size limit for muskellunge and eliminating certain daily creel and minimum
size limits for walleye that were temporarily established as part of DEC’s multi-year effort to establish walleye populations in candidate waters. Among a number of other changes being considered are adjustments to gear and equipment allowed to be used for angling.
Based on public feedback and after further evaluation this summer, DEC will advance proposals that will likely result in enhanced fisheries and fishing opportunity and have angler acceptance. They will be made available for formal public comment in accordance with State Administrative Procedures Act. At this time, DEC is soliciting initial feedback on what may be proposed later this year. Input will be accepted through August 16.
DEC welcomes and encourages feedback on the regulation changes currently under consideration. To view these potential changes and to provide input, visit the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/91959.html . Hard copies of the list of changes being considered, as well as instructions on how to submit feedback by regular mail, can be obtained by contacting Shaun Keeler, at New York State DEC, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753.
PORT CLINTON, OH – Governor John R. Kasich joined anglers for a day of fishing on Lake Erie on Wednesday for the Governor’s Fish Ohio Day. Twenty charter boats participated in the event this year, and a total of 207 walleye were caught by the anglers, according to the Ohio DNR.
“For more than 30 years, Ohio’s governors have promoted Lake Erie’s sport fishery and tourism industries through Fish Ohio Day,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "Anglers from all over the world come to fish in Lake Erie and enjoy the hospitality of the people that live, work and depend on this great lake. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that Ohio’s fish populations remain healthy and support
sustainable fisheries into the future."
Ohio has an $800 million sport fishery industry, and the eight counties bordering Lake Erie provide $11.5 billion in tourism dollars annually to Ohio. This total makes up more than 25 percent of Ohio’s tourism dollars ($40 billion). Lake Erie fisheries support 7,000 jobs, 639,000 anglers and the largest charter boat industry in the Great Lakes, including more than 750 licensed charters.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife was a sponsor of Fish Ohio Day as well as Lake Erie Shores and Islands-West and the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association.
During the Fish Ohio event, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 29, known as the Boater Freedom Act, sponsored by Rep. Rex Damschroder (Fremont), which establishes conditions for watercraft safety inspections.
This new law will minimize the opportunity for multiple stops by state and local entities and allow Ohioans and visitors to enjoy their time on the water.
Mercury Marine held groundbreaking ceremonies for two expansion projects at the engine builder’s facility in Fond du Lac, Wis., that will provide increased capacity and capabilities. The $20 million in expansion projects will add about 38,000 square feet to Mercury’s 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing space in Fond du Lac. Mercury spokesman Steve Fleming told Trade Only Today in early May that the expansion should help the company gain share in saltwater markets.
“We’re augmenting our ability to create more and larger products with the addition of a new engineering segment,” Fleming said. “We will have larger testing facilities. That’s really going to enable us in product development, particularly in the saltwater market product lineup.” Work at both sites has begun and is scheduled to be completed by December. New equipment for both projects will be installed by the end of the year, and additional equipment is planned for installation in 2014 and 2015 that will
maximize the newly constructed building space.
Mercury’s increased market share and expanded product offerings helped create the need for additional manufacturing space. The projects consist of a 20,000-square-foot addition to Mercury’s Plant 15 machining center to house next-generation horizontal machining equipment and 18,000 additional square feet in Mercury’s Plant 17 casting facility to house high-pressure die-cast machines.
About 90 percent of the project work is being performed by companies in the Fond du Lac area or elsewhere in Wisconsin. Mercury has partnered with Excel Engineering for architectural design and C.D. Smith for construction management.
Mercury employs about 2,900 people in Fond du Lac, up from 1,600 in 2009.
Would include operation as Sauk Prairie Recreation Area
FITCHBURG, Wis. – The public is invited to share their comments on the preliminary vision and goal statements and three draft conceptual alternatives prepared by Wisconsin DNR planners for future development and operation of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, formerly known as the Badger Army Ammunition Plant located between Baraboo and Sauk City.
A public open house is set for July 31, 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the River Arts Center, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac.
The open house agenda is as follows:
5 to 6 p.m.: Open house where the public can ask questions and leave their comments
6 - 6:15 p.m.: A short presentation
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.: Resume open house
Written comments can also be submitted to Diane Brusoe, 101 S Webster St., Madison, WI 53707 or email@example.com. The deadline for submitting comments is 4:30 p.m., Aug. 30, 2013.
Information that will be presented at the public meeting is available on the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area master planning webpage (dnr.wi.gov, search Sauk Prairie Recreation Area).
This early, extra, step in the master planning process blends together public comments, findings from a 2012 regional and property analysis, and key values from the 2001 Badger Reuse Plan. Ultimately, the state Natural Resources Board will be asked to adopt a master plan that will guide operation of the property over the next 15 years.
“The opportunity to transform Badger into a new 3,800-acre state recreation area adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park and the Wisconsin River is unique and has garnered widespread public interest in the possibilities,” said Mark Aquino, DNR south central region director. “Putting out this range of conceptual alternatives for public comment is an extra step in the master planning process, a step we’re taking to be sure everyone has multiple opportunities to share in the plan’s development.”
The draft conceptual alternatives have been organized into three groupings, one with an emphasis on ecological restoration, one with an emphasis on outdoor recreation and a third “no action” alternative required by state law.
Officials stress that the ecological and recreational groupings are not all or nothing choices and that the comments received will be factored into the next step in the process, writing of a draft master plan.
“Given the range of possibilities this property offers, the draft master plan will likely have a mix of elements taken from each of the conceptual alternatives,” said Diane Brusoe, the DNR planner who is coordinating drafting of the master plan.
“We will put the draft master plan out for public comment again before we present anything to the Natural Resources Board,” says Aquino, “and the board will hear comment directly before acting.”
Alternative 1: No action
The property will have limited public access for the nature based outdoor activities of hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking and cross country skiing. Public access to cemeteries on the property will be maintained. No additional funding will be spent on restoration or property development. Any structures or debris left on the property at the time of the land transfer will remain. The department will restrict access if there are any public safety concerns.
Alternative 2: Ecological restoration emphasis
Under this management alternative, the primary emphasis is on restoration work of the grassland ecosystem. A variety of management tools will be used to maintain grassland and savanna. No development is proposed, and access will be limited to pedestrian use. Most remaining infrastructure, buildings and debris would be removed. Visitors would enjoy a perceived remoteness and quiet. Recreation opportunities will be limited to the nature based outdoor activities of hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and cross country skiing. There would be limited vehicle access and no permanent DNR staff stationed at the location, interaction with DNR staff would be limited. Volunteers would promote community participation in educational activities.
Alternative 3: Outdoor recreation emphasis
Under this management alternative, the primary purpose is getting users onto the property. Visitors would be offered a variety of outdoor recreational experiences while providing interpretive and educational opportunities related to the property’s history and restoration efforts. The visitor experience will include a higher level of development and accessibility. Opportunities for the nature based outdoor activities of hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and cross country skiing will be provided as well as opportunities for biking, horseback riding, motorized use and a shooting range, picnic areas, viewing areas and a fishing pier. This alternative also projects selectively siting and constructing (through community partnerships) a new visitor center with interpretation and education opportunities; the center could also serve as a trailhead facility near the railroad corridor, which will serve as a designated recreation corridor in the future. Areas of grassland and shrub land compatible with low-impact recreation trails would be restored.
“As you can see, there is huge potential for this property as the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area and the property is capable of supporting multiple uses,” said Ryder Will. Will is the maintenance and satellite properties supervisor for Devil’s Lake State Park. He will take a more active role as the SPRA property manager when the gates open. “Finding the right blend of development and opportunity is important to us and we want to be sure everyone has a chance to weigh-in as we move forward. I hope to see folks at the open house or that they can find time to send us their comments if they can’t make it.”
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