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  • Halibut Fishing To Close In Most of Marine Area 2

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

    Action: Close the recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores), except that halibut fishing is allowed in the northern nearshore area from the Queets River (47º31.70'N. latitude) south to 46º58.00'N. latitude and east of a line approximating the 30 fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates until further notice. 47 º 31.70 N. lat, 124 º 37.03 W. long 47 º 25.67 N. lat, 124 º 34.79 W. long 47 º 12.82 N. lat, 124 º 29.12 W. long 46 º 58.00 N. lat, 124...

  • Lake Sylvia To Close For Kids-Only Fishing Event

    WOT, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Action: Close Lake Sylvia to fishing by the public 12 hours prior to the kids-only fishing event. Effective dates: 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 6, through 5:59 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014. Location: Lake Sylvia (Grays Harbor Co.). Reason for action: This closure is necessary to ensure a safe and successful kids fish-in event. The fish will be planted the evening prior to the event to better acclimate them to the lake. Other Information: Organizers of this event donate time, effort, and money to raise...

  • Recreational Spot Shrimp Fishing Reopening In Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2

    May 15, 2014

    Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day (Wednesday, May 21) in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2. Effective date: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp. Location: Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2. Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing. Other information: The Hood Canal and Discovery Bay Shrimp Districts will be open on May 21 as well. Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 24...

  • Restrictions Added To Wind River Spring Chinook Fishery Above Shipherd Falls

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

    Action: Barbless hooks required, night closure and anti-snagging rule added beginning Monday May 19th. Species affected: Chinook and steelhead Location and effective dates: Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed waters from 400 feet below to 100 feet above coffer dam): May 19 through June 30. Other information: When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Daily limit is...

  • Central Arizona Friends of NRA To Hold Fundraiser


    Scottsdale, AZ - The Central Arizona Friends of NRA will host a fundraising banquet on June 28th at Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse, located at 10426 E. Jomax Road, in Scottsdale, AZ 85262. Early bird dinner tickets are $40, but specially priced packages are also available that include raffle tickets. Ticket prices will be $50 after June 21st. Doors open at 4 PM, and this fundraiser Banquet features cowboy steak dinners with all the trimmings, live and silent auctions, games, raffles, and a... Full story

  • Spring Is Really Here

    William Schwarz, Assistant Editor and VP Marketing at ODU Magazine|May 15, 2014

    Happy Spring to all my friends and fellow outdoorsmen. Spring is really here, I heard today that there is still ice on a few Ontario Canada ponds. WOW. My company recently released two magazines and here are their links. Please enjoy and feel free to share...they are free. Early Spring Fishing edition: http://www.odumagazine.com/Magazines/ODUEarlySpring2014/ and Spring Fishing and Boat Guide edition: http://www.odumagazine.com/Magazines/ODUSpringFishingAndBoatGuide2014/ Have a great Spring and... Full story

  • Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup

    AZGFD, Douglas Burt, Hunting and Shooting Sports Program Manager

    The annual grant program for Local Sportsmen’s Groups is now open. Deadline: Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. (MST) on Monday, July 7, 2014; postmarks do not count. As we discussed, we have opened the application process earlier to help get the funding in your hands sooner for those August and September events, either beforehand or as a reimbursement. Also, from last year, you do NOT need to be a federal 501c3 designation, just a not-for-profit entity. For application and infor... Full story

  • Canadian Taxation Office Suspected Fishing Boat Owner

    AZBW|May 15, 2014

    The Canadian Taxation Office suspected a fishing boat owner wasn't paying proper wages to his deckhand and sent an agent to investigate him. CTO AUDITOR: "I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them". Boat Owner: "Well, there's Clarence, my deckhand, he's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $1,000 a week plus free room and board. Then there's the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays... Full story

  • Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Underwhelmed By House Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Bill

    WOT, The American Sportfishing Association|May 15, 2014

    Washington, D.C. – May 29, 2014 – As Congress continues exploring reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the primary law governing U.S. marine fisheries management, the recreational fishing and boating community continues to seek substantive legislative changes that will improve saltwater recreational fisheries management. The House Natural Resources Committee today approved a Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill, H.R. 474... Full story

  • Fire restrictions throughout Arizona begin Memorial Day weekend

    AZGFD|May 15, 2014

    PHOENIX – To reduce the looming threat of summer wildfires following one of Arizona’s driest winters on record, officials have announced fire restrictions for many locations throughout Arizona. The restrictions take effect just as the busy Memorial Day weekend begins on Friday, May 23. Fire danger conditions, local closures and restrictions are subject to change. Many of the state’s most popular destinations will be affected by the fire restrictions that take effect this Friday. Stage II and e... Full story

  • State Forester Issues Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    AZBW, Arizona State Forestry Division|May 15, 2014

    PHOENIX, AZ (May 28, 2014) – Due to the continued elevated risk of wildfire in the State of Arizona, State Forester Scott Hunt announced today that the Arizona State Forestry Division will be implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions on State-owned and State-managed lands. The restrictions are effective May 30, 2014 at 0800 hrs and will continue until further notice. These elevated fire restrictions are necessary due to existing very high to extreme fire danger to prevent human-caused wildfires a... Full story

  • Slide Rock State Park is Temporarily Closed Due to Slide Fire

    ASP|May 15, 2014

    (Phoenix, AZ - May 21, 2014) - The State Parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for Memorial Day 2014 campers. If you have not already reserved your campsite, some campsites are already full. Some State Parks such as Lyman Lake near Springerville and Alamo Lake near Wenden will have campgrounds that may not fill to capacity. Day use and historic parks have plenty of room for daytrippers and Kartchner Caverns State Park always has 100 walk-up tickets each day and good camping opportunities... Full story

  • Homolovi State Park Re-Opens Memorial Day Weekend

    ASP|May 15, 2014

    (Phoenix, Arizona - May 23, 2014) - Homolovi State Park will re-open on Friday, May 23, 2014 after road construction and improvement work forced the park closure last week. Homolovi State Park, just 5 miles northeast of Winslow in northern Arizona, provides a good alternative for camping for those that were planning to camp in the Sedona area for Memorial Day weekend but are unable due to the Slide Fire. Arizona State Parks will re-open the Park five days earlier than originally planned for the... Full story

  • Oracle State Park Going for International Dark Sky Park Designation

    ASP|May 15, 2014

    (Phoenix, AZ - May 29, 2014) - Arizona State Parks, in collaboration with the Friends of Oracle State Park and the recently formed Oracle Dark Skies Committee, announces that it is pursuing an "International Dark Sky Park" (IDSP) designation at Oracle State Park in Oracle, Arizona. The designation, when awarded by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, will make Oracle State Park the first Arizona State Park to be so honored. The IDA defines IDSP sites... Full story

  • Multiple Fire Starts on North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

    WOT, Grand Canyon National Park|May 15, 2014

    Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Friday, May 23, four fire starts were reported on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim of the park is currently at High fire danger and the South Rim is at Very High. A storm this afternoon produced rain and hail on the North Rim moderating fire behavior. Two fires are actively being suppressed; the first is located on Uncle Jim Point (east of the developed area) and is approximately 1/3 of an acre. The second fire is located on the Tail of the D... Full story

  • Galahad Fire to be Managed for Multiple Objectives on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    WOT, Grand Canyon National Park|May 15, 2014

    Grand Canyon, Ariz. – National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon have decided to manage the Galahad Fire for multiple objectives. The lightning-caused Galahad Fire was discovered in Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, May 23, 2014 and is approximately 223 acres in size. Current fire behavior is moderate with isolated and group torching in Ponderosa Pine. The fire is located approximately 1 mile south west of the historic Kanabownits Cabin on the Walla Valley P... Full story

  • Grand Canyon National Park Hosting 24th Annual Star Party

    WOT, Grand Canyon National Park|May 15, 2014

    Grand Canyon, AZ - The twenty-fourth annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 21 through Saturday, June 28, 2014 on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park. This event is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (South Rim), and the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix (North Rim), with funding from Grand Canyon Association. Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise. Free slide programs...

  • Galahad Fire Continues to Meet Objectives

    WOT, Grand Canyon National Park|May 15, 2014

    Grand Canyon, Ariz. – National Park Service fire managers on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are managing the Galahad Fire for both resource and protection objectives. Resource objectives for the fire include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem in order to maintain forest health. Protection objectives for the fire include protection of sensitive cultural resources and wildlife habitat. The fire grew to approximately 711 acres today. Today firefighters initiated structure protection a... Full story

  • Joint U.S. Coast Guard And BSEE Safety Alertt

    AZBW|May 15, 2014

    This Joint Safety Alert addresses a dynamic positioning (DP) incident on a vessel resulting in a loss of position while conducting a critical Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity. An equipment failure, an operational error and multiple failure modes not identified in the vessel's Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) combined to produce the loss of position. The OCS activity - well operations that introduced hydrocarbon flow from a well to the vessel - was critical because of the... Full story

  • NMMA Canada Receives Funding for Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

    NMMA|May 15, 2014

    Bolton, ON (May 15, 2014) – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada announced today it has received $87,225 in funding from Transport Canada to support the Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training program for three years, a national program designed to educate Canadians to become confident and safe boaters. The funding stems from Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP), which aims to increase the number of boaters who follow safe boating practices. The...

  • WDFW Streamlines Application Process

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

    OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has launched a streamlined application system for state hydraulic approval permits, which have played a key role in protecting fish populations for the past 70 years. Program managers say the new online system makes it easier to apply for - and monitor - Hydraulic Project Approvals (HPA), a state permit required for construction projects and certain other activities in or near state waters. For a start, the new Aquatic Protection...

  • WDFW Schedules Public Meetings

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

    OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host meetings in June to discuss plans to survey public and private beaches around south Puget Sound for forage fish habitat. The surveys are designed to determine where and when forage fish, such as surf smelt and Pacific sand lance, spawn in southern Puget Sound, said Phillip Dionne, WDFW research scientist. "Forage fish play a critical role in the food web, providing nutrients for marine mammals, seabirds, salmon and even...

  • WDFW's 2014 'Citizen Awards' Honor

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

    OLYMPIA - One volunteer helped capture more than a hundred ground squirrels for translocation, while another played a key role in monitoring the health of bighorn sheep during a pneumonia epidemic last year. A third secured a barge to ensure that a wintering area for waterfowl would remain productive. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recognized the contributions of these and other top volunteers during its 2014 citizen awards ceremony May 20 in Olympia. Ground squirrels are...

  • WDFW Cautions Boaters

    May 15, 2014

    OLYMPIA – With summer approaching, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding recreational boaters to give killer whales and other marine mammals a wide berth. State and federal law requires boaters to stay at least 200 yards away from southern resident orcas and to avoid positioning their vessels in the path of oncoming whales. Boaters who inadvertently find themselves in violation of the 200 yard proximity are required to stop immediately and allow the whale to pass. These regulations apply to a variety of small w... Full story

  • Heart Lake Fishing Closure For Kids Fishing Event

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

    Action: Closes Heart Lake to fishing by the public. Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. June 4 through 11:59 p.m. June 7, 2014. The lake is open for anglers participating in the Kids Fishing event June 7 from 6 a.m. through 12 p.m. Species affected: All game fish. Location: Heart Lake, located within the city limits of Anacortes in Skagit Co. Reasons for action: This rule change is necessary to assure a successful Kids Fishing event. The fish will be planted in the lake two days prior to the event to be...

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