In Case You Missed It - September 4, 2015 News

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

Final Management Plan Released for Everglades National Park

The National Park Service recently released the final General Management Plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park, which includes several changes that will affect recreational boating and fishing access and habitat conservation in the park. The recreational fishing and boating community expressed its collective appreciation to Everglades National Park officials for meaningfully addressing concerns that were raised during the GMP development process. Read more here.

Ten Years After Katrina: Are We Still Waiting to Safeguard Our Coastline?

Read a personal story, via Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, surrounding Hurricane Katrina, ten years after the storm blew through Louisiana.Courtesy of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

53.7-Pound Chinook Salmon Wins 27th Annual King of Kings Tournament

Huntington Beach, CA resident Ken Bridges has been crowned the winner of Waterfall Resort's 27th annual King of Kings Salmon Tournament by reeling in an incredible 53.7-pound king salmon. This giant prize-winning Chinook caught during the peak of king salmon fishing season in Southeast Alaska. Five additional guests caught salmon weighing in over 50 pounds, including a 60.1-pound Chinook caught by guest Bill Tillet who did not enter the tournament. Following daily fishing excursions, qualifying resort guests weighed-in their wild Alaska king salmon to determine who won “King of the Day.” The biggest King of the Day wins the “King of Kings” title, and first prize. Tournament prizes included free trips to return to the Resort, merchandise from Cabela’s Outdoor Retailer, international excursions with Princess Cruises, a Ford Truck and more. Waterfall Resort Alaska guests participated in the 2015 King of Kings Salmon Tournament as part of their stay for an additional entry fee. The next King of Kings Tournament begins June 11, 2016.Courtesy of Waterfall Resort

Commonwealth of Dominica Needs Support, Post Tropical Storm Erika

Letter from Hubert Winston, President of Dominica Marine Association: I wanted to share an urgent plea for help from Hubert Winston, President of the Dominica Marine Association. You can contact Hubert directly at On August 27th, 2015, the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island of only 289 square miles in the Caribbean, was hit by Tropical Storm Erika, resulting in widespread catastrophic damage and death. Twenty people are confirmed dead and others are still missing. Damage to homes and local businesses has left hundreds homeless and many without a means of income. Many major bridges were destroyed and the roadways have been rendered impassible. Access to essential services including communications, electricity and clean water has been severely disrupted. To compound matters, the main airport on the island was severely damaged, keeping much needed relief supplies from getting to those who so desperately need relief. Dominica Marine Association is appealing to the international marine and yachting communities to assist us in any way possible. For yachts interested in bringing in supplies such as diapers, baby formula, baby bottles, bottled water, nonperishable food, dry food, school supplies, battery operated lamps, batteries, personal hygiene goods, and more, please notify the Dominica Marine Association before entering port (Roseau or Portsmouth) so all Custom duties would be waived once you arrive. Those of you that rather send in monetary donations, could do so from the Crowdfund link below: All proceeds from this fund-raiser will go directly to the Dominica Red Cross, the Dominica Marine Association water taxi efforts, and to the office of Disaster Management. We would be grateful if you can find it in your heart to assist us in this great time of need. Yours respectfully, Hubert Winston President, Dominica Marine Association

2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition: Three Tarpon Satellite-Tagged

The Fieldworkers Club 2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition has concluded with unparalleled success. Led by Adam Marton and Andy Mill, 17 anglers from all over the United States, working in partnership with scientists from the Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center at the University of Miami, went to northern Belize with the goal of deploying satellite tags on adult migratory tarpon. This year’s expedition occurred out of El Pescador Lodge and Villas from August 15 – 22, ending with three satellite tags successfully deployed on adult tarpon in Northern Belize. Read more here.

Seastar Solutions Acquires BluSkies Marine Portable Fuel Tanks and Fuel Systems

SeaStar Solutions (SeaStar), a leading manufacturer and supplier of marine steering and control systems, engine parts, fuel tanks and related products, today announced that it has acquired BluSkies International LLC, the St. Charles, IL USA based manufacturer of marine diurnal systems as well as portable fuel tanks. Read more here.