In Case You Missed It - October 2, 2015 News

Our weekly coverage of the latest industry news, conservation notices and more.

Simms Commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Exclusive Product Collection Profits from Collection Benefit Casting For Recovery

This October, Simms is urging anglers to purchase its fishing gear not only in pursuit of great fall fishing, but also to help breast cancer patients. For a limited time only, Simms is offering a special collection of gear with all of the profits benefit Casting for Recovery, an organization that enhances the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. "Simms is in a unique position to develop products specific to important causes, none more important than the fight against breast cancer," says Diane Bristol, Sr. Director, Employee & Community Engagement. "Many of us have been touched personally by this dreadful disease and we jumped at the chance to work with Casting for Recovery again this year." The collection consists of four products, all custom designed for this collection. The pink Casting for Recovery Nipper ($29.95) is the same model as the popular Simms Nipper made in Bozeman, Montana; the Casting for Recovery FlexFit Trucker Cap ($29.95) features pink Simms branding; the Casting for Recovery SS T ($24.95) comes in men's sizes S-XXL; and the Casting for Recovery 16 Ounce Cup ($14.95) is the perfect on- or off-water accessory. All products will ship directly from Bozeman for a limited time and are available only at http://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/casting-for-recovery.html. All profits from the sale will go to the Manchester, VT, based non-profit Casting for RecoveryR which since 1996 has conducted over 500 retreats for over 7,000 women with breast cancer. For more information, visit castingforrecovery.org.

Harte Research Institute, OCEARCH Team Up for Unprecedented Gulf Shark-Tagging Expedition

The Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit OCEARCH to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region. This October, OCEARCH is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V OCEARCH, to the Gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including Hammerhead, Tiger and Mako sharks. “OCEARCH brings amazing capacity that allows us to greatly increase the numbers of sharks tagged in our region,” said Dr. Greg Stunz, HRI Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health and Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC). “We will have access to a world-class vessel and fishermen to locate and capture the sharks. “Additionally, the OCEARCH vessel is equipped with a lift system that safely lifts the shark from the water giving us unprecedented access to the animal. This method is key for efficiently attaching tags, drawing blood, assessing reproductive status using ultrasound technology, along with a host of other scientific data collection methods that would otherwise be impossible on such a large, powerful, and dangerous animal.” Divided among three nations — the U.S., Mexico and Cuba — each with different regulations, the Gulf is a large marine ecosystem where policy development and enforcement requires multinational cooperation. Sharks are a highly mobile species that can travel hundreds of miles a day, heedless of international boundaries, and little is currently known about their movements in the Gulf. Research on shark migration will provide scientists with data necessary to understand their movements within this tri-national water body to better affect policy and conserve these key marine predators. “Sharks, especially the large pelagic species, are difficult to access and this expedition will provide HRI an unprecedented opportunity to better understand where and how they live,” said Dr. Larry McKinney, HRI Executive Director. “We are always looking for how the Gulf of Mexico is connected to the world’s oceans and these sharks are the perfect model to study.” Additionally, data is needed to understand the interaction between large predators and the oil and gas platforms currently present in the Gulf, and how this relationship compares to natural reefs and other ocean features. CSSC runs a number of tagging programs to monitor shark populations in the Gulf of Mexico, including passive, acoustic and satellite tagging, and has tagged thousands of sharks to help fill information gaps about their lives in the Gulf. Meanwhile, through its online Global Shark Tracker, OCEARCH has helped millions of adults and children to gain a much closer and comprehensive look at one of the Gulf’s more important indicator species, the challenges sharks face worldwide, and the important information they provide about the Gulf’s biodiversity. The pairing of these teams makes an ideal collaboration. The expedition, largely supported by Caterpillar Inc. as part of a socially-innovative, multi-year partnership to impact ocean sustainability, is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 10, through Friday, Oct. 30, beginning in Galveston, Texas, and ending in New Orleans, La. The expedition is also generously supported by HRI's Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, Texas State Aquarium, Cheniere Energy, Coastal Conservation Association-Texas, Shell Oil and Gas and Orion Drilling. Anyone and everyone can follow the OCEARCH expedition by accessing the near-real time, free online Global Shark Tracker or by downloading the Global Shark Tracker App available for Apple and Android platforms. “Creating a global ocean movement that connects the dots between sharks and the health of the ocean, through research expeditions, the Global Shark Tracker and our education program is essential to ensuring an ocean for our kids,” said Chris Fischer, OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader. “Bringing that movement home to the Gulf for the first time is a true inspiration for our organization and team, and our socially innovative partners like Caterpillar, Costa and Harte Research Institute. It's an honor to bring OCEARCH's unique capacity for progress to this amazing body of water and region, and to serve the scientific community that's dedicated to its future.”

Boston Whaler Debuts the Confident New 330 Outrage

This fall, the legendary Boston Whaler lineup welcomes its newest offshore performer: the bold, confident 330 Outrage. This cutting-edge craft delivers a remarkably soft, safe, dry ride and a comfortable, intuitive user experience. The boat made its first appearance at September’s Newport & Norwalk Boat Shows, and will appear at other major Northeast shows— Atlantic City, Oct. 1-4; and Annapolis, Oct. 12-15—leading up to its World Premiere in November at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Read the entire release here.