In Case You Missed It - July 10, 2015 News

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Get Paid To Catch Big Fish at Bonefishing Spot: Deep Water Cay, Bahamas

See the entire details here. On the heels of the new bonefish record set at Deep Water Cay in June at 15.44 pounds, just shy of the world record, Deep Water Cay is offering all guests booked in July and August the chance to win an entire free day for any bonefish caught weighing in at 10 pounds or more. Guests who catch a 10-plus pounder each day will end up with a trip that is practically free. Plus, if any bonefish caught surpasses the world record at 16 pounds, the guest will be invited back for an all-expenses paid trip for two, including three night’s accommodations, two days of fishing and all meals. This “play and get paid” opportunity is on top of low season rates, and will not only include a free night’s stay, but the boat, guide and tackle fees, as well as all meals, will be taken care of by Deep Water Cay each day a guest catches a 10-plus-pound bonefish. For example, a couple who books the “Summer Savings” package for three nights, two days of activities and meals at $1995 per person will be awarded over $600. “July and August may not be typical months for bonefishing,” notes general manager Buzz Cox, “but the big fish have not gone anywhere. We see it as an untapped resource, as proven by the record-breaker caught a few weeks ago. In fact, with limited pressure on bonefish this time of year from fewer anglers being out there on the flats, they are primed for the taking.” The Fine Print This offer is valid for current and future bookings for a minimum of one night from July 1 through August 31, 2015, and is based on availability. Bonefish calculations will be determined by measuring at least 28” to the fork, and it must be documented and photographed by one of Deep Water Cay’s guides. The “free day” will be calculated based on the angler’s portion of the accommodations, meals and fishing, and does not include taxes, resort service fee, recommended guide gratuities or alcoholic beverages. One “free day” for a 10-plus-pound bonefish will be counted per day up to the length of the guest’s stay. Additional 10-plus-pound bonefish caught in the same day will not be credited towards another day. The “free day” will be compensated in the form of a rebate to be credited towards the guest’s invoice. Any guest who breaks the world record of a 16-pound bonefish will additionally be awarded a free trip—complimentary accommodations for themselves and a companion in an ocean view cottage for three nights, plus two days of fishing and all meals and beverages (excluding transportation, taxes, resort service fee, recommended guide gratuities or alcoholic beverages) for a future visit good for one year from the date of the catch. Specific rules and regulations determining the world record may apply and will be provided upon check-in. For more information and to book reservations, contact Deep Water Cay at (888) 420-6202 or email [Reservations@DeepWaterCay.com](mailto: Reservations@DeepWaterCay.com).

Dr. Guy Harvey Continues Efforts To Promote Catch and Release into the Structure of Shark Tournaments

With shark populations around the world continuing to spiral downward, the result of devastating commercial fishing techniques and an exotic taste for ‘shark-fin soup’, marine scientists such as Dr. Guy Harvey, are working around the clock to give these magnificent animals a fighting chance for survival. In his latest mission, Dr. Harvey—better known throughout the world as a celebrated and award-winning marine wildlife artist—has brought his cause into the epicenter of the nation’s oldest and largest fishing tournament-- Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) scheduled for July 17-19th on Dauphin Island, just off Mobile, Alabama. Thanks to Dr. Harvey’s efforts and a willingness to adapt by the Mobile Jaycees (tournament founders and organizers), there will be no dead sharks on display at the docks—in fact the shark division will only recognize sharks that are caught and released. Described by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Fishing Tournament, the 82nd edition of the ADSFR is expected to attract over 3,000 anglers and 75,000 spectators over three days. The tournament features 30 categories with prizes awarded in all categories—including sharks, which will be photographed by participating anglers for competition. Some sharks will also be tagged for continuing research. “We applaud the tournament founders and directors for their commitment to promote the catch and release of sharks in this summer’s tournament,” said Dr. Harvey. “Our goal is to minimize shark mortalities and maximize educational outreach about shark conservation.” While recreational fishing accounts for a fraction of shark mortality rates (commercial kills estimated at 60 to 100 million a year), kill-shark tournaments perpetuate the negative image of sharks and encourage fishermen to compete for prizes by landing the largest shark possible often for just a picture and bragging rights. Forgotten are the smaller sharks that are discarded as the larger sharks are reeled in. Shark tournaments and recreational fishing on average kill over 200,000 sharks along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic coasts annually. Dr. Harvey has lent his support and money to several other recreational shark tournaments to promote catch and release divisions as well as encourage the use of circle hooks, where the barb points inward and not outward. For the past three years, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has participated as a sponsor of the Shark’s Eye all-release satellite-tag shark tournament held off of Montauk, NY. The two-day catch and release only shark tournament is the first of its kind in Montauk, which many consider the place where recreational shark fishing was popularized starting in the 1950s and sensationalized worldwide with the book and film “Jaws” in the 1970s. The third edition of the tournament—The Carl Darenberg Memorial Shark’s Eye Tournament— is scheduled for July 18 & 19. In August, the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova Southeastern University will be off the coast of Rhode Island, catching, satellite tagging and releasing mako sharks. One of the world's top shark research facilities, GHRI began tracking mako sharks in 2009 to study their migratory patters. The school's marine biologists, which have tagged makos as far away as Mexico and New Zealand, have a special interest in this fast moving species, which is under heavy fishing pressure. GHRI, which publicly shares the results of its tracking program at www.ghritracking.org, also tags other shark species as well as billfish. Dr. Harvey joined individuals and organizations in a successful campaign that led to the ban of commercial fishing of all sharks in The Bahamas—a major source of tourism dollars through diving eco tours. A recent study confirmed the positive economic worth that live sharks have to the communities that rely on ocean-based tourism. The researchers found that in Palau, an island in the western pacific ocean, a dead shark is worth about $108 a year on average and a live shark is valued at about $179,000 a year and $1.9 million over 20 years. Many resorts rely on sharks to promote diving adventures and other tourist escapades for revenue. This is another important reason not to kill and vilify these important ocean animals.
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Help Fix Red Snapper Management, Urge the Gulf Council to Adopt “Alternative #9”

From The Hook: Jeff Angers, Center for Coastal Conservation: It breaks my heart that families all along the Gulf Coast have been limited to just one weekend of Red Snapper fishing in federal waters in each of the last two years -- all because of an allocation system that relies on outdated information that was gathered 30 years ago, in the early 1980s. It’s hard to explain why recreational anglers, who pay the costs for conservation efforts with license purchases and excise taxes on fishing gear and fuel, are taking a backseat to a handful of corporate commercial fishing operators who have year-round access. Next month, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council can do something about it. With the Red Snapper fishery healthier than ever, the Gulf Council in August will consider a series of options to help remedy more than three decades of mistakes. I hope you will take a moment to urge the Gulf Council -- in your own words -- to adopt “Alternative #9.” If adopted by the Council, Alternative #9 will modernize the current allocation (51% commercial to 49% recreational) to a more reasonable 57.5% recreational to 42.5% commercial. The recreational Annual Catch Limit would also be increased -- from 6.84 million lbs. to 8.049 million lbs. We’ve been told that form letters won’t be given much weight, so please use your own words; just be sure and urge the Council to adopt “Alternative #9.” Please, take a moment to make your thoughts known. You can file your comments at http://www.regulations.govDoug Olander

Charleston Waterkeeper: 2015 Scout 191 Bay Boat Raffle

Your raffle ticket purchase enters you for a chance to win a 2015 Scout Boats 191 Bay Scout and helps provide Charleston Waterkeeper with the means to continue working to protect your right to clean water. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the raffle will go to support Charleston Waterkeeper’s work to protect and restore your favorite local waterways. Go here to enter now! Raffle Details: Prize: 2015 Scout Boats Inc. 191 Bay Scout (19ft center console bay boat) with a 2015 90hp Yamaha 4 stroke engine and Magic Tilt trailer Ticket Price: $100 Online Sale Period: June 1 through September 16, 2015 Drawing: Thursday, September 17 at Charleston Waterkeeper’s 6th Annual Water Ball. Drawing and Water Ball will be at the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win Incentive: Purchase 3 tickets get 1 free (Put 4 tickets in your cart and use the promo code: Buy3get1) Tax: Ticket purchase price is not deductible as a charitable donation Scout Boats Description of the 191 Bay Scout: With a skinny 10” draft, the 191 Bay Scout is all about fishability. Due to its 100% hand-laid fiberglass construction and fuel efficient hull design, this boat performs remarkably with a Yamaha F90 hp engine, reducing your operating expenses annually. The bow contains a large storage area/fish box, complete with anchor locker and 4 rod racks mounted in the gunwale. The 191 also comes standard with four aft stainless steel flush-mounted rod holders and an aerated bait well leaning post.

Costa Presents Bluefin on the Line

In the heyday of Hemingway and Sinatra, the islands of Bimini and Cat Cay were teeming with giant Bluefin tuna – establishing the area as the birthplace of big game sport fishing. Today, commercial overharvesting and other factors have all but wiped out the Bluefin population from these waters that were once home to the famous Cat Cay Tuna Tournament. Now Costa, along with the legendary Merritt family, are out to prove that sport fishing has a future in Tuna Alley. Follow the quest to revive an island, a sport and a legacy. Check the video trailer here.

New Online Course for Boaters: All About Marine Radio

If you put 10 boaters in a room with a working marine VHF radio, how many could call for help, call a friend, or share a navigational hazard with nearby boaters? Chances are the most important piece of safety gear aboard a boat is the least understood. A partnership with the US Power Squadrons and BoatUS Foundation aims to improve boaters' knowledge with the new online course, All About Marine Radio, offered at BoatUS.org/courses. The course shows how to use standard VHF radios as well as newer Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radios and is great for novices and experienced boaters. Taken from the comfort of home, the course is $24.95. “From calling a mayday to requesting a marina slip, it’s the boater’s VHF radio that is the most reliable way to communicate and it is the only piece of equipment that can get those closest to a boat in distress to respond quickly,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez. All About Marine Radio teaches how to choose the best radio for your boating lifestyle and how to get the most use out of it. The online course will show some simple rules to follow when you’re using a marine VHF radio plus how to: Determine which features you want in a marine radio for your type of boating Make and receive radio calls, including what channels to use Obtain and use an Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number for your boat Call for help in all kinds of emergencies Ensure that your transmissions are understandable Simple rules to follow when using your radio Joining BoatUS for $24 annually lowers the course’s price to $19.96 – the same price offered to US Power Squadrons, Canadian Power Squadrons, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Great Lakes Cruising Club members. More information on BoatUS membership benefits can be found at BoatUS.com/membership.Courtesy of Lowrance