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Industry Shouts & Murmurs: June 15 – June 21, 2018

Toronto Airport with Air Canada aircraft and the tower. A commons image.

Save big on baggage fees on your next fishing trip

Hiding in plain sight is a policy that can save you hundreds of dollars the next time you fly

These days, when I travel to fish, I’ve become accustomed to eating huge airline baggage fees. In fact, I’ve simply been trained into factoring $150-$300 extra in baggage fees into my travel budgeting. For anglers like myself and most others with whom I’ve slogged my way through airports, the usual setup goes something like this: a rod + reel case, a gear bag (boots, waders, flies, lines and other misc gear) and a duffel or suitcase with your clothes and toiletries. Sadly, 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 and 3 is the magic number. The magic number, that is, where virtually every major airline hits you with a $150 excess baggage fee (in addition to any other baggage fees you’ve already paid) and ruins your day—especially once you realize you’re going to have to pay it all again on the way home.

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Dynamite fishing in the Phlippines. Image by Scubaverse.

In the Philippines, Dynamite Fishing Decimates Entire Ocean Food Chains

BOHOL, Philippines — Nothing beats dynamite fishing for sheer efficiency.

A fisherman in this scattering of islands in the central Philippines balanced on a narrow outrigger boat and launched a bottle bomb into the sea with the ease of a quarterback. It exploded in a violent burst, rocking the bottom of our boat and filling the air with an acrid smell. Fish bobbed onto the surface, dead or gasping their last breaths.

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Fly Water Travel on the water in Cuba. Photo credit Dylan Rose – Fly Water Travel.

Far Bank Enterprises Acquires Fly Water Travel

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – June 21, 2018 – Far Bank Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Sage Fly Fishing, Redington, and RIO Products, today announced the acquisition of Ashland, Ore.-based Fly Water Travel, a premier travel company dedicated to arranging trips to the world’s finest fishing destinations.

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Protesters. Bull Sugar image.

Why Don’t Federal Water Policies Put People First?

Gil Smart was right: the pictures from Saturday’s rally on the Roosevelt Bridge could have been from any number of toxic algae summers on the St. Lucie. Same frustrations. Same fears. With giant toxic algae blooms on Lake Okeechobee two of the last three years, and so much scientific evidence that these blooms are linked to deadly diseases like ALS, Alzheimer’s and cancer, how much longer can we ignore this looming health crisis?

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Alaska and Beyond with Kate Taylor Crump

Podcast

Alaska expert Kate Taylor Crump, co-owner of Frigate Adventure Travel, discusses the Alaska float plane fishery and what makes it so special.

Season Twelve, Episode Two: Alaska and Beyond with Kate Taylor Crump

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Black tip Reef Sharks cruise Kingman Reef, part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Photo by Kydd Pollock, USFWS.

5 ways that climate change affects the ocean

For an ecosystem that covers 70 percent of the planet, oceans get no respect.

All they’ve done is feed us, provide most of the oxygen we breathe, and protect us from ourselves: Were it not for the oceans, climate change would have already made Earth uninhabitable.

How?

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Solar panel array in Manchester, Vermont, USA. Photo by Mark Buckawicki, a commons image.

Solar energy deserves a place on public lands

Prioritizing oil and gas over renewables ignores market forces and climate concerns.

When the Trump administration initiated an “energy dominance” agenda one year ago, it did so under the premise that removing barriers to oil and gas development on public lands would “bring true prosperity and wealth to our people.” It was an empty promise.

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