Costa, The Billfish Foundation Kick Off Release Report Challenge at Quest for the Crest Series

From Costa:

“Anglers are the ones who can truly make a difference for the future of our billfish species. They’re the ones out there, every day, in all kinds of conditions and climates, catching and releasing fish, watching their patterns, noting their movements. Imagine how much data about highly migratory fish species we could study if we could gather every tournament anglers’ catch reports during the Quest for the Crest tournament series?” asked Amanda Perryman, marketing manager with Costa Sunglasses.

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) and Costa wanted to find out the answer to that question together. So they created the Release Report Challenge, asking teams competing in each Quest for the Crest tournament to return their completed Release Report cards with information about each catch to TBF for a chance to win a Costa/TBF prize pack.

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Top 10 Underreported Conservation Stories of 2014 Named by Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

From TRCP:

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership today released a comprehensive list of its Top 10 Underreported Conservation Stories of 2014. This is the first year that the TRCP, a Washington-based nonprofit organization, has produced this list.
“These stories comprise a choice cross-section of important conservation-related topics that failed to register with the public over the past 12 months,” said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh. “Right now, these issues couldn’t be more relevant to American citizens. We’d like to refocus attention on the policy debates that have the greatest potential to alter Americans’ abilities to access and enjoy our fish and wildlife, lands and waters.

“Conservation of our invaluable natural resources and upholding public opportunities to access and enjoy these resources is in everyone’s interest,” continued Fosburgh, “whether you fish for bass, trout or snook or hunt deer, pheasants or ducks – or simply appreciate open spaces and clean water.”

Millions of acres of public lands off limits to the American people, a world-renowned – and critically threatened – Alaskan salmon fishery, unprecedented opportunities for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico and the threat to our nation’s public lands heritage – these are among the underreported conservation stories that made the 2014 TRCP list.

Here are the TRCP’s top 10 underreported stories of 2014, listed in order of importance: Continue reading

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Angling Trade: The Winter 2014-2015 Issue

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  • Why Wild Fish Matter Most
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Senate passes public lands measures as part of defense spending authorization

From TU:

The Senate today voted to approve a number of important public lands measures that were attached to the federal defense reauthorization bill, including measures that will protect vital fish and game habitat in four western states and ensure fishing and hunting opportunities remain intact for generations to come. The package of bills is on the way to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

The approved legislation includes measures to designate new locally supported wilderness areas in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, as well as legislation that would protect lands in the North Fork of the Flathead River drainage in Montana from hard-rock mining and future oil and gas drilling and fracking.

“This package of bills represents the culmination of years of hard work by our staff and our volunteers on the ground and our partners all across the West,” said Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood last week when the package passed the House. “It’s proof that, even with the political fractures that plague Washington these days, anglers and hunters can get important work done through local efforts to apply common sense to common problems for the common good. This is proof that conservation is a bipartisan value shared by hunters and anglers regardless of their political views.”

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Sportsmen praise passage of Hermosa Creek bill

From TU:

Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the National Wildlife Federation and other sportsmen’s groups today praised Senate passage of a historic public lands bill that gives permanent protection to the Hermosa Creek watershed, a wild backcountry area just north of Durango prized for its outstanding fish and wildlife habitat and diverse recreation uses. The bill, which was passed last week in the House, now goes to President Obama for his signature.

The Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2013 is a locally crafted, pragmatic land-protection bill that enjoyed strong bipartisan support in Colorado. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Scott Tipton, will protect the Hermosa Creek watershed through designation of a 70,000-acre Special Management Area and a 37,000-acre wilderness area in Continue reading

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