In Case You Missed It - April 17, 2015 News

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AFTCO Presents SURFACE TENSION a 4-part web video series in collaboration with Shimano

AFTCO Presents SURFACE TENSION a 4-part web video series in collaboration with Shimano. Shot by Jason Arnold (also SF Contributor) and edited by Bradford Graham. Part 2: "COBALT WINTER" highlights offshore fishing for Dolphin & Sailfish with AFTCO Pro **Team Fish On **aboard their 71′ custom Jim Smith tournament boat out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Enjoy the fast paced action above and below the water as they fill the holds with Dolphin and release Atlantic Sails caught with AFTCO kites.
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Nova Southeastern University Names Its Newest Oceanographic Center Building for Guy Harvey

Since Guy Harvey, Ph.D. has supported, and continues to support NSU in scholarship, research and the conservation of marine life, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has named its newest research facility the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center. Opened in 2012, the five-story, 87,000 square foot research facility is located within John U. Lloyd State Park in Hollywood (8000 North Ocean Drive.) Ceremony attendees for the Friday, April 10th unveiling of the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center included Dr. Guy Harvey, NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury, Ph.D., NSU Trustees, students, faculty and staff. To view a brief video of the unveiling, go to “Nova Southeastern University has had a long-standing relationship with Dr. Harvey, and we’re thrilled that will continue for many more years to come,” said Hanbury. “His generosity is ensuring today’s leaders in marine sciences teach and pass on their expertise to tomorrow’s researchers. I am very pleased that Guy Harvey is putting his name – literally – on the growing legacy of our Oceanographic Center.” For many years, NSU has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Harvey through the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), where researchers and students work together as they study and learn about all aspects of our marine ecosystem. "I am honored to have my name on such a high profile building in South Florida that is doing cutting-edge marine science research," said Harvey. "It is the latest and most significant step in an incredible partnership with NSU that began 16 years ago. And it is my hope that the work that will be done in the future in this building will make a significant difference in the lives of many individuals and the conservation of our oceans’ resources.” Along with Harvey’s signature on the side of the facility, his name will also adorn the roof of the building. Given NSU’s Oceanographic Center is in the flight path for aircraft coming to and from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, the potential is for millions of people to recognize his name as well as the City of Hollywood, Florida and NSU. While most people recognize Harvey as a marine wildlife artist, not many are aware that he earned a Ph.D. in fisheries biology. This love of the marine world, his desire to learn more about our ocean-bound neighbors and his mission to provide direction and assistance in the protection and conservation of these creatures that led to the formation of the GHRI in 1999.

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Calls for Support of Two Proposed Bahamian National Parks

The fishery of the Bahamas is so popular for traveling anglers that the annual economic impact exceeds $141 million. Yet the fishery will remain healthy only if the habitats remain healthy. As part of the Bahamas Initiative, BTT has been working with the Fisheries Conservation Foundation and Cape Eleuthera Institute to provide data to support the efforts of the Bahamas National Trust to create National Parks to protect habitats that bonefish use for feeding and spawning. Proposals to create National Parks for habitat protection for Grand Bahama Island and Abaco are now on the desk of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. BTT is asking for support in the efforts of their Bahamas collaborators – Bahamas National Trust, Friends of the Environment, Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association, and the lodges and fishing guides on these islands – by making your voice heard. Below are links to the petitions, one to support the Grand Bahama parks, one to support the Abaco parks. Grand Bahama – Abaco –

Status of Stocks 2014 Report to Congress: Overfishing and Overfished Stocks Hit All-Time Lows

NOAA Fisheries announced the release of the __2014 Status of U.S. Fisheries __report to Congress and the regional fisheries management councils. The number of stocks on the overfishing and overfished lists dropped to an all-time low, and we continued to rebuild stocks. In 2014, six stocks came off the overfishing lists and two stocks are no longer listed as overfished. Additionally, stock assessments show three stocks have rebuildt--bringing the total number of stocks rebuilt since 2000 to 37. This progress demonstrates that our science-based approach to determining stock status and managing for sustainability is working. We continue to look for ways to strengthen the fishery management process and address the role of complex ecosystems and climate implacts on U.S. fisheries. We look forward to working with you to build on our efforts and identify opportunities to further strengthen the long-term biological and economic sustainability of our nation's fisheries. Visit the NOAA Fisheries website for more details and the report. Additional supporting data is available online through the Office of Sustainable Fisheries.

Yamaha Marine Group Supports CCA Florida STAR Tournament

Yamaha Marine Group announced today its official sponsorship of the Coastal Conservation Association’s (CCA) Florida State-wide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo (STAR), Florida’s largest fishing tournament. Yamaha is the presenting sponsor of the CCA Florida STAR . “We are very pleased to have Yamaha join STAR as our exclusive motor sponsor,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida Executive Director. “For some time now, Yamaha has been leading the way with advocacy initiatives that will help to address the challenges facing coastal fisheries. Thanks to Yamaha’s support, we can leverage the tournament to help all STAR participants develop a heightened appreciation for these challenges in Florida’s coastal waters.” Florida STAR is a Catch & Photo tournament designed to educate the general public about the importance of conservation of Florida’s marine resources. The format encourages sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fishery resources for future viability and availability for all recreational anglers. It is one of the most angler inclusive tournaments in the state of Florida and provides all anglers an opportunity to participate. By promoting participation in STAR, CCA Florida will aid in the collection of significant scientific data while providing anglers of all skill levels with the opportunity to participate in a family-friendly angling competition. “Yamaha’s sponsorship of Florida STAR further underscores our commitment to the conservation of U.S. coastal waterways and also expands our saltwater tournament support efforts,” said Dale Barnes, Yamaha Marine Group Marketing Division Manager. “This tournament is unique as it really opens the field to all saltwater anglers while simultaneously working to collect scientific data that can help to rewrite the legislation currently governing our coastal waters.” The CCA Florida STAR tournament kicks off Saturday, May 23, 2015, Memorial Day weekend, and ends at 5 p.m.,September 7, 2015, Labor Day offering participants a total of 108 fishing days. With nearly $500,000 in prizes and scholarships, STAR anticipates recruiting over 4,500 participants, who will each have an opportunity to win, making it Florida’s largest saltwater fishing tournament. Eighty specially tagged redfish are the main attraction in the inaugural CCA Florida STAR tournament. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and CCA Florida officials will release 80 STAR tagged redfish along the west coast of Florida several days prior to the start of the tournament. These specially tagged redfish will be released throughout hundreds of miles of Florida’s gulf coast and bays, from Pensacola to the Everglades National Park. For participants, catching one of these redfish could result in winning a boat/motor/trailer package or a new truck. For more information about the CCA Florida STAR tournament series, Yamaha Marine Group or to register, please

CSL Announces the Introduction of the Sportfishing Stimulus Act of 2015

If anglers have to fork over roughly $120 a year for an annual license with permits, shouldn't the license be valid for a full 12 months and not expire on December 31 of every year? CSL thinks so. ****CSL announced the introduction of the Sportfishing Stimulus Act of 2015 (#SB345), authored by State Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte). **** The bill seeks to reform the state's costly and antiquated fishing license program that has contributed to a 55% decline in annual license sales since 1980. If enacted, the Sportfishing Stimulus Act would: But, we cannot pass this important piece of legislation alone. CSL encourages those interested to sign ****"Support #SB345!" ****Petition . One can also click here to help by making a generous donation to the California Sportfishing League. Click here to read #SB345's fact sheet.

Gulf of Maine Charter and Recreational Fishing Association

The Gulf of Maine Charter and Recreational Fishing Association is a newly formed, non-profit corporation based in Seabrook, NH. As you may know, National Marine Fisheries has implemented 'emergency measures' in the Gulf of Maine based on flawed scientific data of low Cod stocks. These changes not only include unreasonable area closures and a ban on taking Cod, but also no Haddock may be taken. Whether you own your own boat or a Charter/Head boat, this affects us. This greatly impacts the states of Maine & northern Massachusetts, as well as New Hampshire. Recreational fishermen with rod and reel are not the cause of the problems NMF believe to be true, but rather this is best way to fish. Hook & line, with shorts released immediately meaning a better chance of survival. We are in favor of conservation; but we are against the unrealistic restrictions placed on the wrong people. Our main goal, at this time, is to get into the political arena to gain the attention & support of our elected officials for the recreational fishermen. The GOMCRFA has retained the help of Devine Strategies to help lobby for our “Right to Fish”. We hope you will spread the word to everyone you know and join us in this fight. The more members we have, the stronger our voice will be to continue our "Right to Fish".