In Case You Missed It - December 19, 2014 News

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

Roast of Stu Apte Miami Boat Show
Roast of Stu Apte
Join the fun for a humorous new feature at the NMMA Miami International Boat Show on Feb. 12-16, 2015, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, free audience seating for 150 is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the one-hour "Roast of Stu Apte." Styled like the Fryar's Club and Dean Martin roasts, six well-known personalities will hurl playful zingers and one-liners at legendary IGFA Hall-of-Famer Stu Apte before Apte gets his turn at the mic. Emceed by veteran journalist Doug Kelly, the roasters are Blair Wiggins, Addictive Fishing TV host; Susan Cocking, Miami Herald Outdoors Writer; Ray Van Horn, Gypsy Angler TV host; Chris Peterson, President of Hell's Bay Boatworks; Capt. Rick Murphy, Sportsman's Adventures TV host; and Pat Ford, renowned marine photographer.
Sportfishing Industry Lists 2014 Top Recreational Fishing Advocacy Accomplishments
Sportfishing Industry Lists 2014 Top Recreational Fishing Advocacy Accomplishments
Each year, there are any number of federal and state policy discussions and decisions that impact the sportfishing industry with 2014 being no exception. With many challenges and opportunities still facing the industry, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) noted six key initiatives or issues that will continue to resonate in 2015 and beyond. “One of ASA’s most important functions is advocating for our members, and for the broader recreational fishing community, when issues arise that have the potential to enhance or undermine the sportfishing industry’s prospects in the years ahead,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “Recreational fishing’s issues can almost always be grouped under three fundamental topics - clean waters, abundant fish and access to both. We saw significant progress in each of these areas in 2014, although our work is far from over.” "By providing anglers with a voice when important issues arise that impact recreational fishing, KeepAmericaFishing, ASA's angler advocacy arm, played an active role in these significant achievements, as well as many others," said KeepAmericaFishing Director Liz Ogilvie. "KeepAmericaFishing is one of the most powerful tools the sportfishing industry has to ensure a vibrant future." ****A Landmark Vision for Saltwater Recreational Fishing****
Congress is currently revising the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the law that governs our nation's marine resources. In early 2014, the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, co-chaired by Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO John Morris and Maverick Boats President Scott Deal, released "A Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries." This landmark report identifies six key policies that would conserve marine fishing resources while producing the full range of saltwater recreational fishing's economic, social and conservation benefits. The commission’s priorities are supported by members of Congress and are included in draft Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bills. In addition, NOAA Fisheries committed to achieving the Commission’s first recommendation, to develop a national recreational fishing policy, which is expected to be released in early 2015. ****Our Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery**** In a move overwhelmingly supported by the recreational fishing industry, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved implementing a 25 percent striped bass harvest reduction for coastal states for both the commercial and recreational fishing sectors within one year. The Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions' reduction percentage is set at 20.5 percent. ASA and KeepAmericaFishing strongly advocated for this harvest reduction. The reduction will help to safeguard this very popular and economically important fishery from overfishing which could trigger drastic restrictions on recreational fishing. ****Congress Steps Up to Protect Traditional Fishing Tackle****
A provision to prohibit federal funds from being used to regulate lead fishing tackle and ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act was included in the end-of-year omnibus federal spending bill. On multiple occasions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been petitioned by anti-fishing organizations to federally ban fishing tackle containing lead based on its impact on wildlife, a position that is not based on sound science. While the EPA has consistently rejected these petitions, ASA has advocated for a permanent fix to prevent an unnecessary ban from being approved. The temporary legislative fix provided in the federal spending bill supports and reinforces the EPA’s previous decisions and will aid ASA in its efforts toward a permanent solution, possibly through inclusion in a Sportsmen’s Package bill in the 114th Congress. ****A Renewed Effort to Reestablish Access at Cape Hatteras****
Legislation to restore reasonable public access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area in North Carolina, one of the premier surf fishing locations in the United States, has passed the Senate and is expected to be signed into law. Off-road vehicle (ORV) access to the seashore is essential for surf fishing from the beaches, as well as for many other recreational activities. In December 2010, the National Park Service approved an ORV management plan that closed extensive areas of the seashore to the public and severely limited ORV access to provide protections for shorebirds and other wildlife. The legislation requires the Secretary of the Interior to review and modify the final ORV rule, taking into account several important factors to better accommodate public access. Nussman concluded, “None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the collective efforts of our members and the numerous partner organizations with whom we work. As we look ahead to 2015 and beyond, our industry must continue to strengthen existing partnerships and build new ones to be able to address the increasing number of legislative and policy issues that will impact American’s ability to get our on the water and enjoy a day’s fishing.”
Costa, The Billfish Foundation Kick Off Release Report Challenge at Quest for the Crest Series
Costa, The Billfish Foundation Kick Off Release Report Challenge at Quest for the Crest Series
"Anglers are the ones who can truly make a difference for the future of our billfish species. They're the ones out there, every day, in all kinds of conditions and climates, catching and releasing fish, watching their patterns, noting their movements. Imagine how much data about highly migratory fish species we could study if we could gather every tournament anglers' catch reports during the Quest for the Crest tournament series?" asked Amanda Perryman, marketing manager with Costa Sunglasses. The Billfish Foundation (TBF) and Costa wanted to find out the answer to that question together. So they created the Release Report Challenge, asking teams competing in each Quest for the Crest tournament to return their completed Release Report cards with information about each catch to TBF for a chance to win a Costa/TBF prize pack. The prize pack includes: Costa sunglasses and gear, a Costa-branded YETI cooler, a TBF complete tagging kit and more. Each release reported counts as one entry, with the prize pack winner announced after each tournament leg. One grand prize winner will be selected at the awards ceremony of the Final Sail Tournament in April to win an all-expense paid trip to Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala. Teams will receive their Release Report Challenge cards when they pick up their tournament packs prior to each event. Costa and TBF representatives will be on hand at each event to hand out more cards, as needed. Qualifying fish species include sailfish, white marlin, spearfish and blue marlin. Teams only have to report information about the catch on the card – they don't actually have to place a tag into the released fish. “There are typically more than 50 teams competing across the Quest for the Crest series, with thousands of billfish caught during that time,” said Peter Chaibongsai, director of science and policy for TBF. “Working together with the anglers, captains and crews, we’d like to capture the data they’re finding from each catch – including weather conditions, bait used, fish size, and overall health. The information we gather together will uncover critical understanding about billfish stocks and their habitats in and around South Florida, so we can inform sound policy to protect them for generations to come.” All fish releases reported throughout the Quest for the Crest series also qualify anglers for TBF's SoFlo Sailfish Regional competition, as well as its annual international Tag and Release competition. For more information, visit www.billfish.org. The Quest for the Crest tournament series includes:
Operation Sailfish, December 10 – 14, 2014
www.bluewatermovements.com/operation_sailfish Sailfish 400, January 14 – 18, 2015
www.bluewatermovements.com/sailfish_400 Sailfish Challenge, February 5 – 8, 2015
www.bluewatermovements.com/sailfish_challenge Final Sail, April 15 – 19, 2015
www.bluewatermovements.com/final_sail Photo Courtesy of David Collier Jr.
Fischer Panda Generators Announces the New 4200K AC Marine Generator
Fischer Panda Generators Announces the New 4200K AC Marine Generator
Smaller, lighter, quieter and introducing a new engine, the Fischer Panda 4200K AC marine generator has been introduced. “When space is tight, weight is critical and noise is an issue, Fischer Panda continues to fine tune its diesel generator series to provide professional sailors and powerboaters with a great fit,” said Chad Godwin, Fischer Panda’s US Sales and Marketing Director. “We fine tuned our popular 4200 series with the introduction of the 4200K, powered by the reliable freshwater-cooled Kubota twin-cylinder diesel engine and our superior asynchronous water-cooled alternator.” Godwin said with an MSRP of $10,795, the 4200K will be a reliable and cost effective choice for sailboats 36 to 42 feet and small powerboats in the 30 to 36-foot range, encompassing both pleasure and sportfishing boats. According to Godwin, testing conducted by the company has shown the Panda 4200K to be on average 30-40% more fuel efficient than a comparative sized gas marine generator. Features Include: For more information, specifications and optional accessories go to www.fischerpanda.com or call 800-508-6494. About Fischer Panda In 1978 in Germany, Fischer Generators developed the quietest diesel generator in the world. That trend towards small, quiet and super efficiency was to continue, and in 1988, Fischer Generators added "Panda" to its brand and introduced its proprietary and water-cooled, asynchronous electric plant. Fischer Panda U.S., which began operations in 1995, is located at 4345 NE 12 Terrace in Oakland Park, Florida. For more information, please call 954-462-2800 or access the company's web site at www.fischerpanda.com.
Gamefish Tagging Milestone
60,000th Gamefish Caught
Early this summer (July) a striped bass measuring 25” (FL) and weighing nearly 6 lbs. was hurriedly tagged and readied for release. This fish bore a “lock-on” style American Littoral Society tag, suffered only a few seconds for photos, and then went back into the waters of Block Island Sound. This striper marked Capt. Al Anderson’s fifth (5) decade (50 years) of “marking game-fish for science”, reaching his goal of 60,000th gamefish, including school and giant bluefin tuna, a variety of sharks, white and blue marlin, along with other inshore-favored species like striped bass and bluefish. Anderson, who recently retired from charter fishing with the sale of his 42 ft. PROWLER, credits his long-term clients with offering some of their catch_ _up for tagging, but now he's "marking gamefish for science" from his 17ft. Boston Whaler. He is the first New England charter fishing skipper to be inducted (2012) into the International Game Fish Association's (IGFA) Hall of Fame for his ethic of fisheries conservation through tagging.