In Case You Missed It - April 24, 2015 News


Sportfishing Industry Leaders Elevate Legislative Priorities for Congress

(L to R) Mike Leonard, Ocean Resource Policy director, ASA; Dave Bulthuis, vice president, Sales, Costa and ASA Board of Directors Chairman; Carl Liederman, president, Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply (Fla.); Scott Salyers, Sport Fishing Magazine publisher, Bonnier Corporation; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); Phil Lillo, owner, Don Coffey Company (Fla.); Ken Haddad, Marine Fisheries advisor, ASA Last week, with spring fishing season in full swing, recreational fishing industry leaders met with Members of Congress to advocate not just for the industry’s business interests, but for the entire recreational fishing community. They were also in Washington, D.C., for the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) annual spring Government Affairs Committee meeting. Over the course of the day, committee members met with more than two dozen Members of Congress or their staff, including leadership of key Congressional committees that oversee fisheries and natural resource management.On April 15, the Government Affairs committee held a special session in the U.S. Capitol Building to meet with invited Members of Congress. In the afternoon, the committee branched off into smaller groups and collectively met with Congressional office staff from states across the country. The top federal legislative issues the committee discussed with Congressional offices included passage of the Sportsmen's Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act reauthorization and reauthorization of theSport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Other key regional issues discussed with relevant offices included the proposed marine reserve in Biscayne National Park (Florida), impacts of the drought on California salmon and federal mismanagement of Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper which impacts the entire Gulf area. “This was a great opportunity for our members and legislators to meet face-to-face and talk about issues of critical importance to the sportfishing industry,” said ASA Government Affairs Vice President Scott Gudes. “Our elected officials need to hear first-hand from industry leaders from across the country about the importance of salt and freshwater recreational fishing to the economy, to jobs and to conservation to help ensure that our sport is enjoyed by future generations.” The ASA Government Affairs Committee is comprised of 30 individuals, representing a wide array of industry members from across the country. The committee meets twice a year to discuss key legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry and to guide ASA’s positions and activities regarding these issues. During its meeting, the Government Affairs committee passed a motion to develop a comprehensive education campaign on the important role anglers and boaters play in fisheries conservation funding. Working with partners in the recreational fishing community, the campaign will target fisheries managers, legislators and the general public to raise awareness of the more than $1 billion that anglers and boaters contribute annually to fisheries conservation and public access projects through fishing license fees and excise taxes."In my opinion, this was the most productive Government Affairs Committee meeting to date," said Bill Shedd, president of AFTCO Manufacturing Company, Inc. and ASA Government Affairs Committee Chairman. "The organization, content, access to legislators and ideas from this meeting were awesome. Given the increasing amount of federal issues affecting recreational fishing, from public access to tax issues to marine fisheries management, it's extremely important for the industry to meet with lawmakers and raise awareness for the social, economic and conservation benefits of recreational fishing."

Andy Mill Joins Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition

We were there to cover last year's, see the full feature and video. Andy Mill and his son Nicky have signed on to help lead the 2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition. This coming August 15th-22, El Pescador Lodge will play host to the 3rd Annual Expedition. An effort of the Fieldworkers Club and supporting research of the University of Miami’s Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center. The expedition provides anglers with an opportunity to actually help advance tarpon research while learning from the sport’s finest, all while enjoying world class fishing in Belize. Not just a fishing trip, an expedition. Led by Adam Marton and famed tarpon angler (the man who wrote the book on tarpon fishing with a fly rod), Andy Mill. The expedition will provide a few lucky anglers an exciting opportunity for learning. This is a chance to drill down and focus on learning the tactics behind becoming a highly skilled tarpon fly angler. Intended to pole vault your knowledge and build the foundation for a lifetime of making the fish eat. This will be an on the water opportunity to learn how to read the fish, present the fly, feed the fish, set the hook and fight the beast and all from Andy Mill. Andy Mill's success is profound, awarded Olympic downhill ski racer, network TV broadcaster and tournament fly angler. Winning more invitational fly tournaments than anyone. Author of the award winning book A Passion for Tarpon. He has become one of our sports leading authorities. He has joined to share what he knows with this group of passionate tarpon anglers. The success of the 2015 expedition depends on several engaged anglers who want to do everything they can to advance tarpon research while fishing, learning and having a ton of fun in Belize. It’s not an easy task to hook, land and tag a 100-pound plus tarpon and we could sure use some good help. If you’d like to join the 2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition now is your chance. For more information please contact; Adam Marton, 312-440-1200,, Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition video available at:

Shimano to Expand Fishing Operations at its Ladson, S.C. Facility

Making a commitment to increase its connection to markets across the country, Shimano American Corp. will bolster its fishing operations at its Ladson, South Carolina facility over the coming two years, announces David Pfeiffer, company president. In his announcement about the expansion plans, Pfeiffer stated a stronger presence on the east coast is necessary for key segments of Shimano’s fishing division. “The Charleston area is close to a number of influential fresh and saltwater markets, enabling us to create a more local connection to those markets by growing the operations at our existing facility in Ladson.” The expansion will take place over the next 18-24 months, notes tackle division vice president Steve Ferrara. “We’ll start planning the office space needs immediately, along with plans for implementing the necessary positions,” Ferrara said. “Our team is very excited to enter this next phase of our business plan by increasing our presence and connection to the east coast markets while maintaining operations on the west coast.” In October 2013, Shimano opened a 99,000 square-foot expansion to the Ladson distribution center, giving it more than 202,000 total square-feet of warehouse and office space at the Palmetto Commerce Park location. The company has had a presence in South Carolina since 2003.

Five Years After Oil Spill, Sportsmen Must Remain Engaged In Gulf Restoration Efforts

Monday, April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, and half a decade later, the recreational fishing community remains committed to ensuring oil spill recovery dollars are used to improve the management of the Gulf of Mexico’s fisheries and guarantee continued access to world-class fishing opportunities. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and its partners—the Center for Coastal Conservation, the Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana, and the American Sportfishing Association—are renewing their commitment to this important opportunity in the Gulf region. In 2013, this coalition convened workshops in all five Gulf States to determine the recreational fishing community's priorities for restoring and sustaining fisheries in the wake of the nation's worst ecological disaster. Their broad recommendations were released in a detailed report and, in 2014, the coalition helped select 25 specific priority projects , five in each Gulf State, that would fulfill hopes of getting the most mileage from restoration funding, including barrier-island and marsh restoration, shoreline protection, fish tagging programs, oyster reef construction, and water quality improvements. "Anglers have long been a driving force behind the conservation and restoration of fish species and habitat throughout the Gulf, because we understand that our sport cannot exist without healthy populations in these waters," said Chris Macaluso, TRCP Center for Marine Fisheries director and lifelong Gulf angler, whose recent blog post is a very personal look back at the days and months following the spill. "Recreational fishermen came to us in 2013 with a host of critical habitat restoration projects, improvements to science and data collection, and ways to ensure that the access they lost to the spill is fully repaired. Fortunately, the entire conservation community shares these goals, and five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the recreational fishing community's commitment to better habitat and sustainable fisheries has never been stronger." Communities across the Gulf depend upon angling activity to drive local economies, so an investment in quality fishing habitat and long-term fisheries sustainability is an investment in economic recovery. “Angling is a vital economic driver in the Gulf of Mexico region, with an impact of more than $10.3 billion annually and supporting nearly 100,000 jobs,” adds Mike Leonard, Ocean Resource Policy director for the American Sportfishing Association. “The unprecedented funds becoming available can help the Gulf’s ecosystems and communities recover.” As we reach this milestone, restoration efforts and funding decisions are still in the very early stages, and complacency on the part of sportsmen could result in the misdirection of funding. “Fines from the oil spill give Gulf States the opportunity to make wise investments in our fisheries habitat, management, and science—all of which are critical for fishermen across the Gulf to continue to have great experiences on the water,” says Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana Executive Director David Cresson. “CCA Louisiana is committed to working with our state leaders and fisheries managers to ensure we make those wise investments.” "Sportsmen played a leading role in ensuring that oil spill recovery dollars would be directed back to the areas most affected over the last five years, and that commitment continues today,” says Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “As we look back at the Deepwater Horizon disaster five years later, the recreational fishing community knows it must remain actively engaged in the process until all the recovery funds are committed to ensuring the best possible future for the Gulf.”
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Researchers at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Publish Findings on Impacts on the Gulf Coast

(Left to right): Susan Laramore, Ph.D., a marine and molecular biologist at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, and Amber Garr, Ph.D., examine the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on shrimp in FAU’s Harbor Branch Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory. On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig caused a release of 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped on July 15, 2010. Close to 100,000 kilometers, including more than 1,000 total linear miles of coastlines in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida were affected. A number of methods were used to prevent the oil from reaching the shoreline, including an estimated 1.9 million gallons of dispersant. Dispersants are one of the most controversial of these methods and are typically used when other methods are not adequate. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute conducted several studies to determine the impacts of the DWH on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs. Findings from their oyster and phytoplankton studies were published in 2014 in the Journal of Shellfish Research and the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Chemical dispersants do not remove oil from water, but merely accelerate its natural dispersion. Although the use of dispersants decreased the impact of oil to shorelines and surface-dwelling organisms, such as birds, dispersants allowed the oil to be more easily taken up by organisms that live in the water column. Rather than disappearing, the dispersed oil ended up in bottom sediments, where it remains, posing future threats to pelagic and benthic organisms. “Oil releases may affect marine organisms in a number of ways including physically, through toxic effects known to produce carcinogenic and mutagenic effects by modifying behavior, or through modifications in their natural habitats,” said Susan Laramore, Ph.D., an author in both of the publications, assistant research professor, and a marine and molecular biologist who studies aquatic animal health issues at FAU’s Harbor Branch Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory. “The Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened to coincide with the spring spawning season for a number of aquatic organisms, including shrimp and the eastern oyster.” In the study published in the Journal of Shellfish Research, Laramore and her collaborators conducted studies to assess fertilization success, development, survival, and swimming behavior as well as sub-lethal exposure laboratory experiments to assess the impacts of brief exposures on the growth and survival of oysters (average lifespan of two years in the Gulf of Mexico). Findings from this study show that the DWH oil and dispersed oil impacted all of the factors listed above, although the extent of the impact varied depending on oyster life stage, amount of exposure and oil concentration. Fishermen report that the population of oysters have not come back to pre-spill levels. Diminished populations of oysters also affect marine coastal food webs and associated ecosystems. In the second published study, Laramore and her collaborators examined two species of algae, used to feed molluscs, crustaceans and fish. These two species served as “models” for phytoplankton species in the Gulf of Mexico that were exposed to crude oil and weathered oil, dispersant and dispersed oil during the DWH oil spill. Results from this study revealed that the dispersant and dispersed oil affected the growth and motility of the algae, which may have had negative impacts on the food chain. “Although the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may not have long-term consequences especially for short-lived species, the effects of oil and dispersant on lower trophic food sources impacted fisheries recruitment in the short-term, and longer term impacts are likely to be seen in some species and ecosystems,” said Laramore. _
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16th Annual Hospice Horizons KDW Fishing Tournament

West Palm Beach, Florida The 16th Annual Hospice Horizons Fishing Tournament takes place June 20, 2015, at Riviera Beach Marina. Themed Catch One for the Kids, this year's tournament highlights several firsts. Chief among them, the Horizons Child Ambassadors are a boy and a girl who will share their personal Hospice stories. The ambassadors bring critically-needed awareness to children's bereavement and the services Hospice provides children and their caregivers. The Richard Black Memorial Award recognizes Mr. Black for a lifetime of giving to the fishing community and local charities. Children’s grief is different. Often at a loss for what to do, mistakenly caregivers sometimes do nothing. Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation, comments, “Children are rightly called ‘forgotten grievers.’ Hospice doesn’t forget them. Our community won’t either.” “Fortunately for us, competitive and casual anglers alike love this tournament and we are leveraging the tournament’s popularity to focus awareness on the Hospice mission in children’s bereavement.” Hospice bereavement centers in Palm Beach and Broward County empower and equip surviving family members, educators and caregivers with effective tools to shepherd children through their grief walk. Purpose-designed programming presents a variety of innovative strategies to support grieving children. Offering over $25,000 in cash and prizes, including a $5,000 cash prize for the heaviest kingfish, dolphin or wahoo, the Horizons Fishing Tournament is seen locally as a_ fisherman’s_ tourney. The Richard Black Memorial Award spotlights a fisherman’s fisherman, Richard Black, a preeminent figure in the local fishing community who founded the GrandSlam KDW. This year, anglers who fish both the GrandSlam KDW and Horizons Fishing Tournament are eligible to win an additional prize of $1,000. The 16th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament is presented by United Healthcare. Joining Co-Chairs Jim and Caroline Fallon are committee members Amanda Bellerose, Aubrey Fleming, Chase Fleming, Donna Goldfarb, Grant Gyland, Steve Gyland, George Lott, Hub Spooner, Amy Ulmer and Jessica Zabel. About The Horizons Fishing Tournament **Tournament Date: **Saturday, June 20, 2015 Location: Riviera Beach Marina Online Registration: **Angler Registration: **$150 per boat until April 30th $200 per boat May 1 – June 17th Special $250 boat registration until June 17th includes 5 signature shirts $300 after June 17th Tournament participation and information: 561-494-6884
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Boathouse Marine Center Welcomes New Sportfishing Lines With Special Customer Event

The Broward County debut of two new sportfishing boat brands—Southport and Bluewater— will be hosted at Boathouse Marine Center with live music, food and refreshments and special offers on both brands for people attending the event. The full-service marina and boat storage facility, located at 599 South Federal Highway, will hold the welcome party for Southport and Bluewater on Saturday, April 25th from 5 to 8 p.m. Performing will be local musician Walt Rooney. Recently announced as the exclusive dealer for the two manufacturers' full lines, Boathouse Marine Center represents Broward County for Southport and is the Southernmost U.S. dealer for Bluewater. Southport Boats, owned by Kenway Corporation based in Augusta, Maine, distributes through dealerships in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Australia and Europe. Southport features three center console deep-vee hull offshore models designed by legendary C. Raymond Hunt Associates. Bluewater, headquartered in Ft. Pierce, Florida, specializes in 21, 23, 25, 28 and 35-foot center console, deep-vee hull, offshore sport fishing boats. Bluewater also features an inshore line. Owner and President Paul Skilowitz, through innovative design techniques and weight distribution, has created the best-balanced designs in this class of boats. In addition to new, used and brokerage sales, Boathouse Marine Center is also an Authorized Dealer and Service Center for boats powered by Yamaha®, Mercury®, Volvo Penta® and MerCruiser® and also serves as an authorized dealer for Interlux® yacht paints.

Kenny Chesney and Costa Continue Partnership with 2015 Limited Edition to Benefit Coastal Conservation Association

Country icon Kenny Chesney, who recently topped the charts with "Til It's Gone" and the Grammy-nominated multiple week #1 "American Kids" from his brand new Big Revival album, again team_s_ with Costa for another series of limited edition sunglasses to benefit the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). This year's five styles arrive just in time for Chesney's Big Revival 2015 Summer Tour, hitting the road and 23 stadiums before the end of August. The five popular sunglass styles in this year's limited edition line include Cut, Caballito and KC, as well as two new styles for 2015, La Mar and Loreto. Cut, Caballito and La Mar feature Costa's nearly indestructible co-injected molded nylon frame construction, with hypoallergenic no-slip nose pads and sturdy integral hinge technology. In keeping with the bold, bright vibe from this year's tour, these limited edition Kenny Chesney Costa sunglass frames are available in mellow yellow, cherry berry and a tri-color fusion technology that creates a tortoise/white/aqua option. Two metal sunglass styles are also available: the KC named for Chesney's initials, and Loreto. Both feature optically adjustable no-slip silicone nose pads and integral hinges. Frame colors include choices such as palladium, rose gold and gunmetal with crystal temples. All of Kenny Chesney's limited edition Costa sunglasses are meant for people who savor the outdoors, especially being on the water. Available in the full array of Costa's 580P™ lens technology, these options selectively filter out harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light. By filtering yellow light, they enhance reds, blues and greens and produce better contrast and definition, while reducing glare and eye fatigue. Absorbing high-energy blue light also cuts haze, producing greater visual clarity and sharpness. Each of the 8-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year’s Costa sunglasses come with a free gift pack that includes a custom hat, cleaning cloth and sunglass case. All the kit’s components feature a unique design with bold colors inspired by the painted school bus featured in Chesney’s “American Kids” video. A portion of the proceeds generated from the Kenny Chesney Costa sunglasses will directly benefit theCCA in their reef restoration and coastal rebuilding efforts. So far, the program has raised more than $119,000 for the CCA. Click here to see a video about the project: “Our programs focus on rebuilding vital oyster reefs and marshes to improve water quality and provide critical habitat for finfish and other aquatic creatures,” said Pat Murray, president of the Coastal Conservation Association. “ It is inspiring to see how much we have been able to expand and enhance our coastal restoration efforts, especially along the Gulf Coast, as a result of the partnership between Kenny Chesney and Costa.” “Our brand was born on the water and lives for the water,” said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa. “We work to partner with like minded people, like Kenny, who share our goal to make the oceans a cleaner, more sustainable place for us all to enjoy.” The limited edition Kenny Chesney Costa sunglasses start in retail at $149, and are available online at