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El Pescador, one of my favorite tarpon lodges since it opened – over 40 some years ago. Image of the lodge dock.

Doing the next right thing in Belize. Gillnets Prohibited

Belize Press Office / Belmopan / November 6, 2020

In a demonstration of commitment to maintain a vibrant and sustainable fishery sector, Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, has signed into law Statutory Instrument No. 158 of 2020 titled Fisheries Resources (Gill net prohibition) Regulations, 2020, banning the use and possession of gill nets in the marine waters of Belize.  The area covered by the ban includes all the sea under the jurisdiction of Belize.”

Check out the full press release Banning Gill Nets from Marine Waters in Belize here.

Colorado River cutthroat trout like this one didn’t take long to use a fishway on Poose creek in Colorado. Brian Hodge/Trout Unlimited. Brian Hodge is the Northwest Colorado Director for Trout Unlimited’s Western Water and Habitat program.

Habitat connectivity helps trout take care of themselves

In our work at Trout Unlimited, we often rely on scientific theory to plan and implement conservation projects. In some instances, we also test hypotheses by monitoring projects and comparing predictions with outcomes, and in doing so contribute towards the broader body of scientific theory.

For TU and our local agency partners, the Poose Creek Project in Colorado served as an opportunity to test, validate and perhaps even contribute toward a framework of knowledge around fish passage and habitat connectivity.

Read more here. . . .

2021 Official Show Schedule Update – Fly Fishing Show

Atlanta, Pleasanton, Lancaster Still on Track

The ongoing medical battle with COVID-19 mixed with local and state show attendance regulations, including numbers of attendees allowed, has severely impacted the fly fishing industry with dramatic changes for the 2021 Fly Fishing Show, announced President and CEO Ben Furimsky.

“After seemingly endless negotiations with show sites, hotels, and government health agencies, the Fly Fishing Show reluctantly makes the following changes to the 2021 slate:

Denver – Originally scheduled for Jan. 8, 9 and 10 will now be held April 30-May 2 in its usual location at the Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. “The April 30-May 2 Denver dates were the best options we could coordinate between exhibitors, facilities and government entities. We are hopeful for a safe and successful spring event in Denver.”

Read more here . . .

Despite soaring outdoor recreation use levels, discussion of impacts has often been downplayed, denied or deflected by almost everyone, including users, commercial tourism operators, conservation organizations and government agencies that are supposed to be managing for resource protection. After a year like this when public lands and waterways were overwhelmed and all government agencies could do was engage in triage and try to minimize the damage, will discussions of limiting use to protect resources and maintain quality experiences finally start to happen? The answer clearly is not to simply build larger parking lots at boat put-ins and take-outs. Photo courtesy Kirk Deeter/Angling Trade magazine

An Influential Voice In US Fly Fishing Decries ‘Rivergeddon 2020’

Kirk Deeter is the editor of TROUT magazine published by Trout Unlimited. He is also an editor-at-large for Field & Stream, and the editor-in-chief of Angling Trade. A lifelong angler and writer, he has produced award-winning stories from the tip of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, to north of the Arctic Circle in Russia. He lives in Colorado and has been a regular visitor to Greater Yellowstone.

By Kirk Deeter / Mountain Journal / October 20, 2020

It’s a good news-bad news-good news-bad news deal.
Good news: As we clearly projected at the onset of the pandemic, people—especially families—have gravitated to water these past several months, and they continue to do so, in greater numbers than any of us have seen in our lifetimes. More people are fishing… license sales prove it, but the eye test on any lake or river will tell you that also. More people are buying “stuff” from dealers (when dealers can get the stuff from manufacturers). In theory, there’s a vast, newly-formed army of newbie river lovers who can potentially be consumers and stewards of the resources. All wonderful, right?
Like Yogi Berra used to say, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
Bad news: The rivers are getting the living snot pounded out of them, everywhere, every day. One guide friend (who asked to remain anonymous) told me he was shoving off to fish with clients at 5:30 am, just to stake out a spot. In rural Colorado. On a weekday. In October. That’s bogus.
J.P. Perizzolo, who guides the Upper Colorado said he’s seen more people raking redds recently than ever before. My friend Ray Schmidt ran a photo from the Tippy boat launch on the Manistee (Michigan) on Facebook two days ago that illustrated the “googan apocalypse” to a tee.
And it’s not just fishing pressure. It’s bottles, cans, and other litter… trampled banks… abused facilities, and so on.

Air pollution

And he’s not quite done with us.

Trump has rolled back more than 125 environmental safeguards. Here’s how:

The administration has allowed more pollution, drilling and logging while weakening protections for animals such as bees, bears, birds, salmon, and more

By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and John Muyskens / The Washington Post / October 30, 2020

President Trump has spent the run-up to next week’s election touting himself as the finest steward of the nation’s air and water in generations. “Who would have thought,” he boasted during one stop in Florida, “Trump is the great environmentalist?”

But over the course of nearly four years, his administration has steadily loosened oversight of polluting industries, eroded protections for endangered wildlife and stymied Obama-era efforts to address the globe’s most daunting environmental threat: climate change.

A Washington Post analysis has found that as Trump’s first term winds to a close, he has weakened or wiped out more than 125 rules and policies aimed at protecting the nation’s air, water and land, with 40 more rollbacks underway.

The administration has accelerated its push to deregulate in the weeks before the election, to ease requirements on power plants that leak waste into waterways, weaken efficiency standards for dishwashers, scale back oversight of mine safety and approve seismic drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Read more here . . .


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