In Case You Missed It – May 22, 2015 News

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May 22, 2015
The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science unveiled today its one-of-a-kind flying scientific laboratory. The Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP) allows scientists to obtain vital information about our climate and human health. Learn more about it here. Courtesy of UM Rosenstiel School
Great video from the 2015 Fieldworkers Club in Belize for a tarpon tagging expedition that partners with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School. Learn more about the upcoming trip, August 15-22, 2015.
Fly Fishing Film Tour needs your help. You’ve seen him on the big screen, met him at our shows or maybe been lucky enough to fish with him in Isla Holbox. Their close friend Sandflea (Alejandro Vega Cruz) needs heart surgery to save his life. Sandflea is 44 years old and this will be his 3rd open-heart surgery. If he is to live out the long life he deserves, his valve needs to be replaced with the skill and technology available at an American hospital. The surgery is scheduled for June 3rd, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic. Click here to donate: GoFundMe – Save Sandflea.
Veteran Outdoors Writer Sue Cocking Joins the Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts Team: One of the country’s top outdoors writers, Sue Cocking, has agreed to chronicle the adventure travel experience associated with Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts and related locations through a series of first-person blogs. The blogs will be part of the fan interactive website that allows visitors to research and create their own travel adventure in Florida, the Bahamas and beyond. Cocking built a legion of fans in South Florida over the past 21 years as the Outdoors Writer for the Miami Herald. The highly respected journalist was also a news reporter and anchor for several South Florida radio stations, including WINZ and WIOD, both in Miami. She was also the co-host of “The Weekly Fisherman”, aired weekly on WQAM-560.
Marine Entertainment Leader adds Advanced Entertainment Control to TZtouch2: FUSION®, the worldwide leader in marine entertainment, announced today its FUSION-Link audio access system is now supported by the Furuno NavNet TZtouch2 series. Providing the ability to control all FUSION-Link enabled 700 and 750 Series marine entertainment systems capabilities and functions directly from the TZtouch2 multi-touch display, FUSION-Link makes it easy for Furuno owners to enjoy their onboard audio and video entertainment from their multi-function display (MFD). Read more about it here.
West Marine Kicks Off the BlueFuture® Fund: West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), one of the world’s largest waterlife outfitters, today announced the launch of the West Marine BlueFuture® Fund to benefit youth boating, marine conservation and healthy fish stocks. The intent for the BlueFuture Fund is to provide ongoing support to causes central to West Marine’s mission. This Donor Advised Fund is set up through Community Foundation Santa Cruz County and all donations are tax deductible. Read more about it here:
‘Designated Skipper’ Campaign Launches Nationwide: The Sea Tow Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting boater safety, is proud to announce the launch of its Designated Skipper campaign across the U.S. The goal of this important new program, which is supported by a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, is to help eliminate boating under the influence (BUI) and alcohol-related accidents on the water while keeping boating fun for everyone. Read more about it here.
IGFA partners on Carribbean Billfish Project: Billfish species including blue and white marlin, sailfish and spearfish, make significant contributions to the Caribbean economies, livelihoods and food security through two very distinct fisheries- commercial and recreational. Billfish are also important incidental by-catch species from large scale tuna long-line fisheries operating both within and beyond national jurisdictions. Declining trends due to overfishing have been recognized in most billfish species across the Atlantic. This represents a threat to the fisheries sector and to the overall sustainability of respective contributions to regional economies. Read more about it here.
A report released on Monday by the California Coastal Conservation Association and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) demonstrates that banning traditional fishing tackle will have a negative impact on fishing participation, which generates millions of dollars for fisheries conservation in the state. Read more about it here.

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