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Florida 2019 Lionfish Challenge Begins with Record Number of Lionfish Removed
Posted on: 05/30/19

A total of 19,167 of the spiny invasive predators were removed from Florida Gulf and Atlantic waters as part of the Emerald Coast Open, which coincided with the fifth annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin May 18 and 19. That’s a lot of lionfish.The removal incentive program that started May 18 on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day and runs through...

Idaho 2019 Chinook Fishing Remains Closed on the Clearwater River and Tributaries
Posted on: 05/30/19

Idaho spring chinook returns to the Clearwater River hatcheries are below forecast and no fish are available for sport harvest, so fishing on the Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater and South Fork Clearwater rivers will remain closed effective May 24, 2019 and will not reopen for the spring season. Chinook fishing season will continue on...

Georgia 2019 Shrimp Season Opens
Posted on: 05/28/19

Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia waters opened for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Commercial food shrimp trawlers can operate in Georgia's territorial waters open to power-drawn trawls. Commercial and recreational cast netters, as well as persons using a beach seine, can harvest food shrimp from...

Southern Oregon Coast Crabbing Restrictions Lifted
Posted on: 05/28/19

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and ODFW announce the re-opening of recreational crabbing from Cape Blanco to the California border. The lifting of restrictions means that crabbing is open along the entire Oregon coast. Razor clamming remains open from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco. However, recreational razor clamming is currently closed from...

Rhode Island 2019 Seasonal Shellfish Area Closed Till Fall
Posted on: 05/28/19

The Rhode (DEM) announces that seasonal shellfish area closed on Saturday, May 25, and will remain in place until Tuesday, October 15. Consistent with federal requirements, DEM closes some local waters to the harvesting of shellfish every year at this time due to potential water quality impacts associated with marinas and mooring fields. The areas are within...

Hawaii Boating Division to Auction Off 5 Impounded Boats June 28
Posted on: 05/24/19

The Hawaii DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) recently announced a public auction of five (5) impounded vessels from the Ala Wai and Keehi Small Boat Harbors on O‘ahu. Bidders must appear in person at the June 28th auction to be held at the DOBOR District Office at 4 Sand Island Access Road beginning at 9 a.m. The vessels to be auctioned are as follows...

Rains, Flooding Affect Some Kansas State Parks
Posted on: 05/24/19

The Kansas DWPT reported recently that frequent heavy rains are impacting some state parks in eastern Kansas. High water levels at many reservoirs have flooded campgrounds, overtopped roads, closed boat ramps and beaches and dampened visitors’ enthusiasm for any outdoor activities. Most state parks in western Kansas have been largely unaffected. In eastern Kansas...

Maryland 2019 Snakehead Fishing Derby June 8th
Posted on: 05/24/19

The Maryland DNR is teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host the first “Freedom and Fishing Snakehead Derby” on June 8 at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Dorchester County. Participation for Freedom and Fishing is free, but registration is required. Anglers of all ages are invited to participate in this free, all-day derby, which features...