In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the governor’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has determined that charter and fishing guide operations that involve boats, canoes and other marine vessels are not currently permitted.
These operations do not meet any of the variances or exemptions outlined in the governor’s order as activities necessary “to sustain or protect life,” and they may also congregate anglers in violation of the order and state health recommendations.
These activities should cease immediately and not resume until at least April 13.
In addition to the DNR’ Law Enforcement Division, Michigan State Police and local law enforcement agencies have full authority to enforce the provisions of this order.
The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.
For current and up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
Dyneema expects to have its environmentally-friendly fishing line available next month.
DSM has announced new partnerships that will help reduce the environmental impact of its Dyneema fibres, used in some of the world’s top fishing lines.
The Dutch company will collaborate on the project with SABIC, a global leader in the chemicals industry, and UPM Biofuels, a producer of sustainable raw materials.
The move will see Dyneema transition to bio-based feedstock produced by UBM Biofuels, which is then processed by SABIC to make renewable ethylene under their umbrella of solutions for renewable products. Bio-based Dyneema will be available from April this year.
Fishing brands licenced to use Dyneema in their lines includes Berkley, Momoi, Daiwa, Spiderwire and Sufix.
“Bio-based Dyneema will not have any impact on the fibres’ unique properties and performance characteristics,” explained Claire Theunissen, Global Manager Communications & External Affairs Materials DSM.
“It is the source of the raw material that will change. The molecular structure of the fibre itself will remain the same. These fibres can be used for fishing lines and could be an option for fishing line manufacturers to use for superlines and braids.”
DSM announced ambitious sustainability targets for Dyneeme fibres in December 2019, with the goal of sourcing at least 60% of its feedstock from bio-based raw materials by 2030.
Wilfrid Gambade, President DSM Protective Materials, said: “By partnering with SABIC and UPM Biofuels, we are taking the next important step in our sustainability journey, and driving our industry’s transition from conventional to renewable resources.”
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This year’s Bassmaster Classic – staged for the 13th time in Alabama – smashed the venue record attendance set in 2014.
Last weekend’s Bassmaster Classic – staged in Alabama for the 13th time – shattered the previous record attendance at the venue.
B.A.S.S., the organiser of the event, has revealed that the total Classic Week attendance was 122,814, spread across events that included the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo in Birmingham, the daily take-offs on Lake Guntersville and the inaugural B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series.
The attendance was 35% higher than the previous state record set in 2014 and the fourth highest attended event in its 50-year history.
“This record-breaking attendance would not have been possible without the loyalty of our incredible Bassmaster fans and the partnership between B.A.S.S. and its sponsors, exhibitors, the media and our host communities in Birmingham and Marshall County,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Aiken.
“We are thankful for the hard work of the entire B.A.S.S. family and our great volunteers who made this Classic such a success.”
Fans from across the globe also tuned in to watch the action on Bassmaster LIVE – which established a new record 23% increase in minutes watched – and followed the event on Bassmaster.com. The website was visited more than 1.8 million times by fans from 168 countries.
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The organisers of the ICAST, EFTTEX and AFTA trade shows have said that the 2020 events are currently going ahead as planned.
Three of the world’s top fishing tackle trade shows have pledged that this year’s events will go ahead as planned, despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
The organisers of the EFTTEX (Europe), ICAST (USA) and AFTA Show (Australia) have all reiterated that it will be business as usual for each show in 2020.
EFTTEX is due to take place from June 11th to 13th in Prague. Janet Doyle, General Manager of EFTTA, said: “We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the Czech Republic and are in close contact with our partners at the venue. As it stands, the Czech government has temporarily suspended trade fairs and other events at the venue, with a view to resuming them in the spring.”
Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) – owner of ICAST – said the decision to press ahead with the Orlando show from July 14th to 17th, was taken following a meeting of the Board and Show Committee.
He said: “We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and staying in close contact with the Orange County Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines and taking additional precautions from the Florida Department of Health.
“Come July we are confident ICAST will live up to its reputation as the world’s largest and best sportfishing show.”
In its February/March newsletter to members, the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) said: “The Board of Directors have been in discussions and the message it wants everyone to hear is that the trade show will go on as planned.
“We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and staying in close contact with the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines from the government and is taking additional precautions.
“As this situation evolves, we will continue to rely on guidance from government agencies while considering the needs of our contractors, members, exhibitors and attendees to determine our best course of action. To that end, should the situation change, we will alert you immediately.
“However, come July 9th to 11th, we are confident that the AFTA trade show will live up to its reputation as the ‘must-go’ fishing event in Australia.”
The news that the three trade events will take place as normal comes at a time when shows and fishing-related events across the globe are being cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus.
In Europe, Sportfiskemassan, Sweden’s largest fishing and hunting event, and the Austrian Fishing Show, which were both due to take place this weekend, were cancelled last week. In the UK it has been announced that the second instalment of The Big One, also due to take place this weekend, has been postponed to a later date.
Many events in the US have also fallen victim to the global health scare including Major League Fishing and FLW tournaments which have been postponed until April 12th. Another casualty is the Bass Pro Big Bass Bash which will be rescheduled for later in the year.
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is conducting an immediate response to the capture of 51 invasive carp on the Mississippi River. The invasive carp were caught by two commercial fishing operators near La Crosse and Trempealeau, Wisconsin, during routine spring netting last weekend.
In response to this discovery, the DNR is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Wisconsin DNR and commercial fishing operators to conduct large-scale netting, studies of the captured carp and increased monitoring.
“This robust response will provide additional information about the population while removing any other invasive carp they happen to catch,” said DNR invasive species unit supervisor Heidi Wolf.
When the commercial fishing operator operating near La Crosse saw what he thought were invasive carp, he contacted the DNR. The DNR invasive carp field crew assisted in removing and identifying the fish. The DNR identified 39 silver carp and 11 grass carp caught in Pool 8 of the Mississippi, just south of La Crosse, and one silver carp caught in Pool 6, about 20 miles farther upstream. All invasive carp recovered have been given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine their age, size and gender.
“The location where these fish were caught is commonly netted because of concentrations of commercially valuable fish,” said DNR invasive carp field lead Ben Larson. “This is the largest congregation of invasive carp we’ve seen this far upstream.”
Invasive carp have been progressing upstream since escaping into the Mississippi River in Arkansas in the 1970s. These large fish compete with native species and pose a threat to rivers and lakes. No breeding populations have been detected in Minnesota waters to date. Individual invasive carp have been caught as far upstream as Pool 2 of the Mississippi, near the Twin Cities (bighead, grass, and silver), the King Power Plant on the St. Croix River by Oak Park Heights (bighead), and just downstream of Granite Falls in the Minnesota River (bighead).
Previous captures of invasive carp in Minnesota have been individuals or small numbers of fish. This capture indicates an increase in the abundance of invasive carp in the Pool 8 portion of the river between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is very likely related to the prolonged high water conditions on the Mississippi River during the summer of 2019. During high water, gates at the locks and dams on the river are kept open to pass flood waters. These “open river” conditions allow easier upstream movement of fish from downstream portions of the river, where invasive carp densities are higher.
The DNR has built partnerships with state and federal agencies, conservation groups, university researchers and commercial businesses to prevent the spread of invasive carp. The 2015 closure of the Mississippi River lock at Upper St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis was a major accomplishment of these efforts.
The DNR is actively engaged with several prevention efforts:
The DNR is an active partner in the Upper Mississippi River Invasive Carp Workgroup. The group includes representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and several federal agencies.
In partnership with the DNR, the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota is testing and evaluating carp deterrents in Mississippi River locks and dams. Previously, MAISRC installed and evaluated a speaker system at Lock 8. Development of this technology will continue this year with the installation of an updated speaker system at this location.
The DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Division leads a program to monitor fish population changes and impacts of management actions. This includes maintaining important relationships with commercial fishing operators, as demonstrated in this instance.
State funding sources, including the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund and Outdoor Heritage Fund, have provided key funding for deterrent actions and the DNR invasive carp detection and response program.
Invasive carp captures must be reported to the DNR immediately. Call 651-587-2781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.