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  • Public Can Provide Input On Grand Canyon Bison Management

    AZGFD|May 15, 2014

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is making constituents aware of the opportunity to provide input regarding bison management at Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a public scoping process for a bison management plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Grand Canyon National Park pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. The NPS is working closely with the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department on this effort. View...

  • Arizona Game And Fish Earns 11 Communicator Awards

    AZBW

    The 20th Annual Communicator Awards honored the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Arizona Wildlife Views TV and Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine staff with 11 awards when winners were announced on April 29. The Gold Communicator Awards of Excellence went to Arizona Wildlife Views Magazine, earning the top honor in the magazine/government category, and to David Majure’s “Glen Canyon Dam High-Flow Release,” the top award in the online documentary category. Each of the following entries by Arizona... Full story

  • Veteran Fisheries Conservation and Industry Advocate to Retire in June 2014

    WOT, American Sportfishing Association|May 15, 2014

    Alexandria, VA – May 13, 2014 – After decades of dedicated service to the recreational fishing industry; fisheries resource conservation and management; and advocating on behalf of both, American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Vice President Gordon Robertson has announced his retirement as of June 30, 2014. Since joining ASA in 2002 as Vice President and lead for Government Affairs, Robertson has been a crucial advocate for fisheries conservation and management, representing the rec...

  • Jack Silver Joins Blue Pacific Boating

    AZBW|May 15, 2014

    As you can see from the logo above, i have joined Blue Pacific Boating. I made this move because I have always been a big believer in the "Fuller Brush" concept of marketing. For those of you who are too young to have been visited by a Fuller Brush man in your home, I will explain. I remember as a child the Fuller Brush man would come to our house. He would open his magical bag (heh, i was a kid, it was magical!) and in it there was always something that we needed/wanted and could use. Like... Full story

  • Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross

    AZBW

    May 26 Monday 7:30 am Take Your Walk to the Desert (moderate) Join park docent Coni for a moderate 3 to 5 mile hike (ability of hikers and weather will determine the length of hike). We might hike through riparian areas with seasonal water in Cave Creek or hike across the mesa tops in the upland Sonoran Desert vegetation. We may see wildlife, petroglyphs, and colorful wildflowers. You may learn about cochineal (wow, whats that?), agave, mesquite, prickly pear, and maybe even taste some... Full story

  • Wind And Temps Down Time To Fish

    John Campbell|May 15, 2014

    The attached Derby Leaderboard, Still only 5 fish recorded. Get your name and Fish on the board by going inshore or in the Bay for Halibut. The Largest fish caught this weekend will receive Prizes. You are responsible for sending in the Weigh Slip. Call me with any questions. . Still time to Enter! May 1st was the Pre-fish party and seminar at the Bali Hai – Biggest opening party yet. The Cousins Rod was won by a Lady Derby Angler, Miss Kaalin Haskett. May 4 at 10 am, Jennifer Nakatani, 2014 M... Full story

  • Next Week Is National Safe Boating Week: Boat Safe, Smart, Sober

    AZBW|May 15, 2014

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department joins boaters across the nation in celebrating the upcoming "National Safe Boating Week" and advises watercraft users to exercise safe practices on crowded waters during this summer's peak boating season. National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23 this year, is a reminder to all who will be enjoying our state's beautiful lakes and waterways to take the necessary preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing. Leading into the week is today's (May 16) "Wear... Full story

  • Cabo Marine Show V

    AZBW|May 15, 2014

    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (May 12, 2014) – The dates are here and Cabo Marine Show V is ready to receive buyers and visitors on May 15, 16 and 17, at IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas. In its fifth year anniversary, suppliers and brokers of recognized brands will be in attendance. Exhibitors on Floor at this year's Cabo Marine Show include: VanDutch Latin America, Pisces Group Cabo Yachts and Brokerage Division, Parker Racor, Village Marine Tec. and Donaldson, Brunswick and Mercury Marine, Marine Group B...

  • Overheating Of Parasail Vessel Hydraulic Oil System Leaves Parasailors Aloft Over Three Hours

    WOT, United States Coast Guard|May 15, 2014

    The information in this safety alert is derived from a recent parasail casualty investigation. Two passengers were successfully launched from a parasail vessel for a ride aloft. As they were being winched in the winds picked up. The parasail towline winch became inoperable and 800 feet of towline payed out stranding the passengers aloft. Additionally, the vessel was unable to make way through the water while battling rough seas and the strong winds. The cause of the winch malfunction was due to... Full story

  • Northeast Zone - New Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon Endorsement

    ODFW|May 15, 2014

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information. JOHN DAY RIVER: spring Chinook Open for spring Chinook from Saturday, May 17 through Sunday, June 1 from the Longview Ranch’s Johnson Creek Division bridge (located approximately 200 feet upstream from the mouth of the North Fork John Day River) upstream 19.5 miles to the mo...

  • California's Recreational Boaters Encouraged to Wear Life Jackets & Save Water

    CDBW|May 15, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) encourages recreational boaters this year to wear life jackets and save water. Recreational boating activity and boating accidents increase during the boating season, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It is critical for boaters to plan ahead, exercise precaution and encourage everyone in a boat to wear a life jacket in order to minimize the risk of being involved in a boating accident or reduce t... Full story

  • DBW Holds Life Jacket Trade-In Program Statewide this Saturday

    CDBW|May 15, 2014

    What: Life Jacket Trade-In Program provides recreational boaters the opportunity for life jackets to be inspected by professionals. If a life jacket is found to be outgrown or unserviceable, a new, properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket will be given in exchange (one life jacket per family, while supplies last). Who: California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways When: Saturday, May 17 from Noon to 2 p.m. Where: 46 statewide locations DBW encourages recreational boaters to... Full story

  • Free Oil Spill Response Technique Seminars for Southern California Marinas and Yacht Clubs

    CDBW|May 15, 2014

    Sacramento, Calif. – Southern California marina and yacht club operators are invited to attend one of two free seminars on proper oil spill response techniques. The seminars will take place June 6 at the San Diego Yacht Club and July 17 at the Port Royal Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. Space is limited and registration is required. As waterfront stakeholders, marina and yacht club operators possess extensive local waterway and boating knowledge. Seminars will cover information on: California’s oil...

  • RISING TEMPERATURES AND SPRING SNOWMELT PROMPTS WATER SAFETY WARNING

    CDBW|May 15, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Water enthusiasts should take serious precautions against cold temperatures and swift currents when in or near water this spring. Despite this year’s below-normal snowfall, the spring snowmelt can still result in swift and cold river flows that can create treacherous conditions for all recreationists – waders, swimmers, paddlers, boaters, anglers, and even hikers cooling off at the water’s edge. Lower water levels can also expose hazards or make them closer to the surface... Full story

  • The Maritime Museum of San Diego invites you to a Father's Day celebration aboard the Californian

    AZBW, San Diego Maritime Museum|May 15, 2014

    Your sailing adventure begins with a souvenir group photo of all in your party, Brats and Beer for the Adults, and the kids get hot dogs, chips and soda. Your four hour sailing trip returns at 4:00pm. The Californian is a replica of a gold rush era revenue cutter and the Official Tall Ship of the State of California. The museum's experienced crew will make your Father's Day celebration unforgettable while sailing aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship. Passengers will be invited to haul a... Full story

  • WDFW Sets Comment Period, Meetings On Draft Willapa Hills Elk Herd Plan

    WOT, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting public comments through June 2 on a draft Willapa Hills Elk Herd Plan, designed to guide future management of elk in the southwest corner of the state. State wildlife managers will also hold two public meetings to discuss the draft plan, which is posted on WDFW's website at www.wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01592/ . The meetings are scheduled at the following locations and times: Montesano - May 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. at...

  • WDFW Director Phil Anderson On The Passing Of Billy Frank Jr.

    AZBW, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    "Billy Frank Jr. was one of the greatest men I have ever known. He was a no-nonsense and straightforward communicator while at the same time warm and caring of other human beings. I looked forward to the embrace I got every time we met and was honored to have known him for so many years. "I will never forget the twinkle in his eye when he saw and spoke with the young people who gathered with him at the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision, held just a few months ago. It was clear that family...

  • Wanapum Reservoir Will Remain Closed During Memorial Day Weekend

    AZBW, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    EPHRATA, Wash. – With Memorial Day weekend drawing near, Grant PUD and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) remind those planning to recreate on the Columbia River that the Wanapum reservoir shoreline remains closed to the public. The utility, working in conjunction with WDFW, has closed the shoreline, beaches, boat launches and all shoreline access points to the reservoir, which runs about 37 river miles between Wanapum Dam and Rock Island Dam on the Columbia River in c...

  • Anglers Get 2 More Days To Catch Spring Chinook On Lower Columbia

    AZBW, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    OLYMPIA – The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River will reopen for two days this week under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. Under that agreement, anglers can catch and keep one marked, hatchery chinook salmon Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, as part of their daily catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Rooster Rock. Bank anglers, but not boat anglers, can also fish farther upriver to the de...

  • Wildlife Babies Can Be A Nuisance In The Wrong Place

    AZBW, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    It's wildlife reproduction time, and depending on the species, that can mean too much of a good thing for even the most wildlife-friendly homeowner. Skunks and raccoons are the most common "nuisances" reported to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offices every spring. As these animals find crawl spaces, outbuildings, and other nooks and crannies to set up housekeeping for their babies to come, homeowners fear potentially nasty encounters with pets or children. Squirrels,... Full story

  • Razor Clam Digs May 13 Through June 1

    AZBW, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    OLYMPIA - Clam diggers hoping for a few late-season razor clam digs on Washington beaches will have plenty of options to consider. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today approved eight days of digging, beginning May 13. WDFW gave the OK for the series of digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon. The agency also announced a list of proposed digs, which would run May 27 through June 1. Final approval of... Full story

  • Upper Section Of Yakima River To Open For Hatchery Spring Chinook Fishing May 17

    AZBW, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    OLYMPIA - With the spring chinook fishery in the lower Yakima River just getting under way, a section of the river farther upstream will open to fishing May 17 from the Interstate 82 Bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge below Roza Dam. Spring chinook are now moving into the lower river in increasing numbers, and should provide fishing opportunities in the upper river when that area opens for fishing, said John Easterbrooks, regional fish program manager for the Washington Department of... Full story

  • June 7 Events Will Begin The 75th Anniversary Celebration Of Washington's First Wildlife Area

    WOT, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    OLYMPIA - The 75th anniversary of the state's first wildlife area will be celebrated Saturday, June 7, kicking off a summer-long series of public events sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) at the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in Okanogan County. WDFW Director Phil Anderson will be joined at the celebration by local, state, tribal and federal officials, including Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the wild... Full story

  • Anglers Get Another Month To Catch Spring Chinook On The Lower Columbia

    WOT, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    OLYMPIA - Starting Thursday, May 15, anglers will have another full month to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon and steelhead on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. Under that agreement, anglers can catch and keep one marked, hatchery chinook salmon daily through June 15 as part of their catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Bonneville Dam. In all, they may retain up to two adult salmon or...

  • Chinook Fisheries On Lower Snake River To Close

    WOT, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|May 15, 2014

    OLYMPIA – Effective immediately, Snake River spring chinook fishing will close for the season below Ice Harbor Dam and Little Goose Dam, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today. The closure does not include spring chinook fisheries in the four miles below Lower Granite Dam, or in the Clarkston area. Both areas will remain open on a weekly schedule until further notice. John Whalen, WDFW’s eastern region fish program manager, said the department is closing the fis...

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