In Case You Missed It - May 15, 2015 News


Become a Howler Bros Privateer and Start the Adventure

Are you looking for something to do this Summer that will take you coast to coast, let you fish, swim, surf, hang out with friends new and old, shoot photos and video and fly your Howler flag high? Well, you’re in luck, because Howler Bros are looking for two such souls to come on board for the Summer as the inaugural **Howler Privateers. **You’ll get to spend some time at Howler HQ in Austin, TX and then set sail in our deluxe Howler van visiting our retailers, running pop up shops, assisting at trade shows and heeding the call at various ports of call. You’ll get paid (a little) and learn (a lot). Half of it is work but you won’t notice because it will all be fun and an adventure. Find out the full details, here.

Limited Edition Guy Harvey Precious Metals Collector Series Announced

Gainesville Coins, one of the nation’s largest online distributors of precious metals, today announced The Guy Harvey Collection Series, an offering of limited edition silver rounds and bars featuring marine wildlife designs created by the celebrated artist. Harvey whose distinctive artwork for the last quarter century has won a legion of fans and customers in North America, The Caribbean and beyond, brings his iconic designs to those looking for a collectible, gift or an investment, according to Gainesville Coins, president Joe Yaffe. "When we began the process of reviewing options to create a series for collectors interested in fishing, there was one name that stood out above all the rest—Guy Harvey," said Yaffe. "We decided to go with Guy's majestic leaping Blue Marlin design with fleeing Dorados (Dolphinfish) for the rounds and his famous Santiago's Finest Hour depiction for our silver bar." The series, available online at, marks the first time ever Guy Harvey original art has been featured on silver rounds and bars. Available are silver and copper bullion rounds, silver proof and colorized rounds and 10 oz silver bars. “The silver bars, each .999 fine silver, are primarily valued for their fine metal content, but the incredible depth of their original Guy Harvey artwork makes them worth showing off or displaying for company,” said Yaffe. Yaffe said the 1 oz silver bullion rounds total 1 troy ounce of fine silver content and are 99.9% pure silver. The copper bullion rounds are .999 fine copper. Both are sold based on their underlying precious metal content plus a small premium. For a more limited edition round collectible purchase, Yaffe said a silver proof and a colorized version is also available. "We are extremely excited over the launch of this new limited edition precious metals program and to be partnering with Gainesville Coin," said Guy Harvey president & CEO Steve Stock. "They have done a great job of reproducing Guy's artwork in silver and copper and in the process, created a unique collectible series for Guy Harvey fans and investors".

New iSnapper App Reports Catch

Recreational fishermen can help secure the long-term sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico’s highly-prized Red Snapper fishery by using iSnapper, a new mobile application launching today (Monday, May 11). Created by the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies, iSnapper allows anglers to easily and securely report their catch, providing researchers with access to accurate data about how private fishermen are impacting the numbers of the coveted sportfish. “We’ve created a simple app that takes only minutes to complete,” said Tara Topping, project leader for iSnapper and a research scientist with CSSC. “This is a simple way for anglers to actively participate in data collection — to say, ‘I want to be accountable and provide accurate data. This is what I caught today.’” The mobile app is available in app stores now for iOS and Android, and will soon be available on Windows. This year’s Red Snapper season begins June 1 and will last just 10 days. The data gathered by iSnapper will ultimately provide anglers with a longer season – something desperately needed in this fishery. “This app is a private recreational angler’s chance to let their voice finally be heard in the Red Snapper management process,” said Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health at HRI and CSSC Director. “With iSnapper, fishermen can make an impact every time they go fishing by providing data.” Red Snapper is one of the most highly-targeted and controversial species in the northern Gulf. The species has been considered overfished since the 1980s, and anglers have seen a dramatic reduction in both the fishing season and bag limits in recent decades. But while the stock has been classified as overfished, fishermen are seeing more Red Snapper than ever, creating mistrust in the data that fishery managers are providing. The ability to collect timely and accurate catch data from recreational fishermen is a major challenge to fisheries management, which is designed to keep fish populations stable and prevent overfishing that can diminish a species population. Because of these problems, the Red Snapper quota for the recreational sector includes a 20 percent buffer in order to ensure that quota is not exceeded, which would violate federal laws. With more accurate data sourced directly from fishermen in near-real time, this buffer could be reduced or even eliminated, allowing a greater amount of fish to be harvested. The CSSC previously launched iSnapper as a pilot project with charter for-hire captains in 2011 to see if app technology could provide a faster and more accurate means of reporting catch than traditional logbooks. That app was an overwhelming success, and this new version of iSnapper opens the door to a much wider audience of recreational fishermen who want to aid in better fisheries management. The app was designed with fishermen in mind, and is simple and easy to use on the go. After downloading and registering with iSnapper, anglers simply open a new trip and answer a few questions each time they head out on the water. They can then put their phone away for the rest of their day. After returning to the dock, they reopen iSnapper, record the number of fish harvested and released and give a general fishing location. Moments later the data is sent securely to researchers to generate catch counts. In addition to capturing fisheries data, iSnapper allows you to save fishing photos, access local weather reports, view fishing trip statistics and share updates on social media. “Our goal was to streamline everything to encourage as many people as possible to participate,” Topping said. “It’s a very quick process, but the data they’re giving us is very important to the long-term sustainability of this fishery.” For more information visit or follow iSnapper on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fusion® and Furuno Announce Latest Compatibility with Fusion-link

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). “We are excited to extend FUSION-Link capabilities to Furuno’s latest and most advanced TZtouch2 displays,” said Chris Baird, managing director, FUSION. “Furuno owners with the latest hardware and networking capabilities can now enjoy the convenience of our award-winning marine audio at their fingertips.” The only ‘True Marine’ entertainment solutions on the market, FUSION stereos give Furuno owners unparalleled reliability and performance, and multi-zone audio configuration specific to their vessels. FUSION’s innovative FUSION-Link allows boaters to navigate all stereo sources from their MFD and provides full control of iPod/iPhone/Android or CD/DVD music libraries via track, artist, album or playlist with the same ease-of-use and familiar control as on the stereos themselves. Boaters can control the individual audio zones of a vessel separately or together for a true Multi-Zone experience. FUSION-Link uses a boat’s Ethernet network to connect the Furuno NavNet TZtouch2 to the FUSION-Link interface. “As a second generation NavNet TZtouch, TZtouch2 boasts a number of refinements in design, hardware and user interface,“ said Ryo Yamasaki, NavNet TZtouch2 product manager, Furuno Marine Electronics Products Division. “In addition to its quick and easy audio control with the touch screen, TZtouch2 features a new Fusion Auto Volume option which automatically adjusts sound volume based on the speed of the boat. With TZtouch2, FUSION audio control is simpler and more convenient than ever before.” For more information on FUSION-Link and compatible Furuno displays, FUSION or its entire line of marine audio products, contact 623-580-9000 or visit For compatible devices see

NOAA Demystifies Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

Ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) became a major initiative of resource managers around the world beginning in the 1990s. Unlike traditional management approaches that focused solely on the biology of a particular stock, EBFM provides a more holistic approach to fisheries management – one that takes into account the complex suite of biological, physical, economic, and social factors associated with managing living marine resources. EBFM has continued to evolve over the past 20 years and is now a cornerstone of NOAA Fisheries' efforts to sustainably manage the nation's marine resources. But despite substantial progress in the science behind and application of EBFM, a perception remains that the science and governance structures to implement EBFM are lacking, when in fact they have already been resolved in the United States and other developed countries. An April 2015 article in Fisheries took on the important challenge of identifying some of the most common myths that can impede the implementation of EBFM. Here's a look at some of them. Get the full myths, here.