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Holiday Issue 2011
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Felt Bans in the News

   The first US felt ban was proposed for Alaska in 2009 and, after several modifications, a statewide ban on the use of felt for recreational fishing will take effect on the 1st of January. This regulation, implemented administratively by the Alaska Board of Fisheries, has been planned for a couple of years so there should be no surprise for anglers or retailers. Meanwhile, most of the press stories about the ban are very supportive.   Read More

   Alaska joins Vermont and Maryland as states with bans already in place. As we reported last month, Missouri will have a ban on selected cold water fisheries before their season opening. With legislative sessions scheduled to begin across the country in January, it is likely that we will see additional bans debated and perhaps adopted. 

   With bans spreading it would seem logical that consumers would be looking to purchase non-felt boots. However, the opposite seems to be the case as reports indicate high demand for felt soled boots. 

  Felt bans are one of the hottest topics among anglers and we continue to provide a comprehensive accounting of all felt ban proposals in the US at US Felt Bans

Native Salmon Returning to Famed River

   Native Atlantic salmon are once again reproducing in the wild in central New York’s renowned Salmon River, where anglers travel from across North America and overseas every autumn to reel in hatchery-bred Atlantics as well as non-native chinooks, cohos, brown trout and feisty steelheads that swim upstream from Lake Ontario.

     After more than a century without a wild-breeding population, this is the third year in a row that researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have found young Atlantic salmon in the river, said USGS scientist Jim Johnson. When the young mature, eggs will be taken from some to propagate at the USGS research lab in Cortland, he said.  Read More

A Bit of Whimsy

   Here's an assortment of items that are fun and different

     Check out this neat new video game from the Field Museum of Chicago with support from the MacArthur Foundation. This simulation game explores the goal of preventing Asian Carp from invading the waters of Lake Michigan.  Play The Game

    A new Iphone App - IveGot1 - Identify and Report Invasive Animals and Plants in Florida

    Melodies to stop the spread of invaders 

     Invasive Species Desktop Wallpaper Download

    A Christmas tree made of invasive species   

Whirling Disease Discovered in Utah's Strawberry Reservoir

   Most anglers and biologists feared it was inevitable that whirling disease would find its way into Strawberry Reservoir, one of Utah’s most important flat-water trout fisheries. That inevitability recently occurred when fish pathologists from the Division of Wildlife Resources tested 60 kokanee salmon collected at Strawberry and found spores from the parasite in two of them.

     The good news for anglers is that, while whirling disease is still a major concern, much has been learned about how to counteract its effects on a fishery. The disease was first discovered in Utah in 1991 in a private fish hatchery in Wayne County.  
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The Fly Fishing Show Promotes Clean Angling

   A key partnership between the Fly Fishing Show and the Clean Angling Coalition will bring the Inspect, Clean and Dry message to the winter show season. 

   The Fly Fishing Show will educate anglers at its seven show locations across the U.S. on properly cleaning boots, boats and other equipment that comes in contact with water by using the Clean Angling brand and message.

   “Thoroughly cleaning gear is one of the best methods we have in preventing the spread of harmful hitch-hiking invaders,” says Ben Furimsky, co-director of the show.

   “It's important that our industry stands together in educating anglers on the importance of cleaning their gear,” said Furimsky.   Read More

Managing for Native Salmon or Introduced Striped Bass? 

  The California Delta ecosystem is in trouble. Native fish populations have declined significantly in recent years and if the status quo is maintained, further declines are sure to follow. The Department of Fish and Game has  unveiled a proposal that would address predation by striped bass. Biologists from the state and nation’s leading fishery management agencies have proposed a plan to reduce the legal size (from 18 to 12 inches) and increase the catch limit (from two to six) on striped bass in most areas of the Delta.

     Some Bay-Delta sport-fishing groups are up in arms about this proposal. They have launched a no-holds-barred misinformation campaign to attack a simple, common-sense and overdue solution to the impacts of predation by non-native striped bass on endangered native salmon and smelt.  Read More

Michigan plans cut in Lake Huron salmon stocking

Michigan officials announced recently that they will reduce stocking of Chinook salmon in Lake Huron by more than 50 percent next year, acknowledging the lake no longer can support large numbers of the popular sport fish because of food web changes linked to invasive foreign mussels. 

      "There's simply no forage out there for the fish, no alewives. You have to face the fact that if there's no food, the fish won't make it." said Ken Merckel, vice president of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen's Association.   Read More

State by State

   Alaska - The ongoing fight against a northern pike invasion continues on Cheney Lake as biologists engage in control under the winter ice.  Read More

   Kansas - Hoping to prevent the spread of invasive species to new waters, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission passed new regulations.  Read More

  Illinois - Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana is seeking public comment on a proposal to allow commercial fishing to help control Asian carp and other non-game fish in refuge waters.  Read More

  Vermont - Fear that an invasive algae species known as "rock snot" might have contaminated a Vermont fish hatchery has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to donate thousands of Atlantic salmon to native American tribes in the Northeast to prevent any possible spread.  Read More

  Minnesota - Tests have found signs of Asian carp in the Mississippi River north of a key physical barrier keeping the invasive species of fish from spreading into many of the state's most popular lakes.   Read More

  Louisiana -  Louisiana sightings of a new invasive species, the Tiger prawn, have increased dramatically during the fall shrimp season, according to state Wildlife and Fisheries officials. Read More

 Montana - Glacier National Park personnel performed almost 1,300 boat inspections in 2011, the first year of the inspection program.  Read More

  Wyoming - Wyoming Game and Fish wants to expand its AIS program that is designed to keep disruptive non-native species out the state's waterways.  Read More

Natural toxin threatens plans to encourage lionfish consumption

  Conservationists in St. Maarten are warning islanders not to eat lionfish after tests found a naturally occurring toxin in the flesh of the candy-striped invasive species. The findings have dealt a blow to efforts to contain the spread of the venomous predator.

   Following the lead of other Caribbean islands, St. Maarten had hoped to promote the species as batter-fried or grilled delectables to slow their spread. Unfortunately, officials report nearly half of the football-sized lionfish captured in local waters were found to have a biotoxin that can lead to ciguatera poisoning, a rarely fatal but growing menace that has long been known in the Caribbean, South Pacific, and warmer areas of the Indian Ocean.  Read More

Are our elected leaders committed to fighting the fight?

   A couple of recent articles seriously question the commitment to protecting against invasives and how costly that is.

     In an editorial titled  Congress listens to money, not good sense the TimesHerald.com draws a connection between the devastating algae blooms in Lake Erie and recent congressional action to block strict ballast water laws  Read More

     An AP story from Boise, Idaho takes a close look at how environmental program budgets are being slashed, including invasive species prevention efforts.  
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USA Today features invasives stories

   USA Today has a huge audience and they recently featured several articles about how invasive species impact all of us.

     In an article titled  Invasive species nibble away at your wallet the paper offers a broad scale look at how invasives are eating away at all of us.

   The  next day they followed with  Invasive species are a blight on U.S. landscape with a further look at the different invaders that having big impacts.


  A selection of stories not directly related to aquatic invasives.

   Students in Louisana have organized the first ever "Nutria Rodeo" in an effort to fight this destructive invader. The idea for a nutria rodeo was born in the nonprofit group Sassafras Louisiana, which was founded by two classmates at South Lafourche High School. After more than a year in the idea phase, the group received official nonprofit status in October, with the stated mission to "bring youth together in the restoration and preservation of Louisiana." Read More

    A herd of hungry goats is being used to tame invading plants on a greenbelt in central Iowa. Loren Lown, a natural resources specialist with the Polk County Conservation Board, says the goats made a remarkable difference, as native trees, wildflowers, birds and other creatures are again flourishing. Read More

    Wild horses are a magnificent sight, whose appeal can scarcely be overstated. They are, however, a non-native and invasive species in North America. Native horses became extinct 12,000 years ago; present-day feral horses are escapes from eur-arbian horses of the past few centuries. Read More

Holiday Issue 2011

    Happy Holidays! its been nearly two months since our last issue as we combine November and December into a single issue. However, the news didn't stop and we have an extra full issue for you.

   Join me in congratulating ISAN Program Director Leah Elwell for receiving a  "Conservation Steward" award from Recycled Fish. For a great profile of Leah be sure to Read More

   For the Holiday Issue I try to provide a few stories from the lighter side and this year I want to particularly highlight the new video game that has been released. Be sure to check it out.

   Finally, I ask that you read the special opening section about our partnership with Igive.com. Please register as a great way to support us.

   As always, email us at newsletter@stopans.org and let us know what you would like to see in future issues of the News.

Bob Wiltshire
Executive Director ISAN

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