In Case You Missed It - May 1, 2015 News

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


Bluefin Pledges 25% of Each Purchase to Support Nepal Tragedy

With every product you buy, Bluefin will donate Unicef the 25% of the entire purchase to support its effort in the wake of the Nepal Earthquake. For any order visit our website, call Bluefin at 1.888.750.2583 or send an e-mail to
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Panga Patrol Collection from Howler Bros Announced with Killer Video

Ubiquitous in so many tropical destinations, the Panga has become the symbol for saltwater fishing adventures. Tough, accessible, and full of character, the Panga harkens thoughts of drifting endless turquoise flats, exotic beers, and plenty of good times. Howler Bros took Howler Ambassadors Patrick Duke and Kameron Brown down to Mexico to stir up some trouble in Pangas and chase some fish. Watch the video here.

California Fishing License Legislation Passes First Committee

The California State Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water passed Senate Bill 345, the California Sportfishing Stimulus Act of 2015, by a vote of 8-0. “Today, a bipartisan panel of California legislators recognized that reforming California’s fishing license program is necessary to increase fishing participation and grow the economy,” said Marko Mlikotin, executive director for the California Sportfishing League. “As consumers, it makes no sense for anglers to pay full price for annual fishing license that is not valid for a full 12-months. It’s time to reform a costly and antiquated program that is discouraging participation and harming the jobs dependent on the future of recreational fishing.” An unprecedented number of prominent business and tourism associations appeared at the hearing in defense of a form of outdoor recreation that generates over $4.9 billion in economic activity each year, supporting communities dependent on fishing for tourism, jobs and tax revenue. “California’s great outdoors and vast coastline, and thousands of lakes and streams attract anglers from all over the world, generating tax revenue and jobs for communities dependent on recreational anglers,” said Ken DeVore, Legislative Director, National Federation of Independent Business/CA. “Unless California’s extraordinary decline in fishing participation is addressed quickly, jobs and tourism dollars will be at risk.” Senate Bill 345, sponsored the California Sportfishing League and introduced by Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) and Assembly Member Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), must be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee before the legislation goes to the full California Senate. Members of the Committee who voted in support of SB 345 were: Chair Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), Vice Char Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County), Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica). Partial List of Supporters (support letters hyperlinked): California Sportfishing League, California Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, American Sportfishing Association, California Hotel and Lodging Association, California Travel Association, California Aquaculture Association, CA Association for Recreational Fishing, California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns,Pure Fishing (Berkley, Penn, Abu Garcia, Shakespeare), National Marine Manufacturers Association, California Parks Hospitality Association, California Parks Company, Turner's Outdoorsman, California Yacht Brokers, Marina Recreation Association, Worldwide Boater Safety Association, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Lip RipperZ, Inc., Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club, Visit Huntington Beach, Coastal Conservation Association of California, Tackle Warehouse,California Waterfowl Association For more information about the bill or to become a supporter, visit CSL's website or click here. The California Sportfishing League (CSL) is a nonprofit coalition of fresh and saltwater anglers, and small business owners devoted to protecting access to recreational fishing. To learn more visit or @CASportfishing

New Bill Proclaims Striped Bass the United States as the National Fish

Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) has introduced the Striped Bass American Heritage Act, which would designate this iconic species as the United States' "National Fish." Just as the majestic bald eagle is the avian symbol of our nation for its strength, power, and dominance, the striped bass is a uniquely American fish that has been intertwined with the people, history and heritage of the United States for centuries. It played a pivotal role in providing the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sustenance as early as 1620, and by 1639 conservation laws were enacted to prevent overharvesting. Over the years, however, stripers suffered from pollution that ultimately brought about the Clean Water Act, and after the passage of the historic Striped Bass Conservation Act of 1984 the stocks began a road to recovery. Now, Congressman MacArthur, who sits on the House Natural Resources Committee, and the Recreational Fishing Alliance believe the time has come to award the striper the same recognition held by the bald eagle. "New Jersey has always appreciated the importance of the striped bass, as it is our distinguished state saltwater fish," MacArthur said. "I am honored to introduce this bill to finally recognize the striped bass as our national fish and enshrine its place in our nation's cultural heritage." Congressman MacArthur's seat on the Committee places him in a key position to shepherd this legislation through the process. The initiative, if successful, will formally designate the striped bass as an official symbol of the United States. It will provide a species that fishermen and naturalists recognize as "all-American" with a status that could ensure greater respect and protection than is currently available under limited fishery management plans designed to merely maintain the stocks. Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association says, "NMMA is proud to support the American Striped Bass Heritage Act. Fishing and boating are inextricably linked, a fact that unifies boaters and anglers and focuses attention on our collective contributions to conservation. Some of America's most treasured natural resources are its waterways and fisheries resources, and the American Striped Bass is worthy of this special designation as its recovery embodies the American resilience and the conservation ethic of America's boaters and fishermen. What makes the striped bass special? It's an anadromous species that lives primarily in salt water but spawns in fresh water, and is found from Maine to Florida and as far west as Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Live stripers were shipped to the Pacific by train in 1897, and established themselves in California where they continue to be found today. In addition, striped bass have been stocked in rivers, lakes and reservoirs in 20 states where they are prized as game fish. "The importance of the striped bass in American history is well established and deserving of the highest recognition," said Jim Donofrio, RFA's Executive Director. "That's why we intend to work closely with Congressman MacArthur and other members of the House and Senate to ensure that this truly exceptional species becomes formally designated as America's National Fish." To learn more about how you can support this effort click here. The RFA will soon be offering t-shirts and posters with original "Striped Bass National Fish" artwork by renowned artist Savio Mizzi.

The Odyssey of Dolphin “GHOF-01″

On June 3, 2014, Capt. Michael Mattson invited DRP staff to ride along on a fun fishing trip off Charleston, South Carolina, aboard My Three Sons. The idea was that if they got into some big dolphin, we would deploy two satellite tags. These archival tags were programmed to monitor the fish’s movement for six months, instead of the 30 days that our previous satellite tags had been programmed. The effort was made possible by a generous grant from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. During this trip two fish were able to be deployed, with “GHOF-01″ tracked for over 6 months. Read the entire story here.

Costa Teams Up with OCEARCH's Great White Shark Researchers

Costa has supported OCEARCH’s great white shark research and conservation efforts since the beginning. Costa is a proud partner of OCEARCH, a group of explorers and scientists dedicated to generating previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of sharks. All while protecting their future and educating the public. No one has ever attempted a program like this before. The information being collected is not only staggering, it's helping protect these predators at the top of the marine food chain. As go the sharks, so go our oceans. Support the cause and find out more here.