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Clean Angling News
January 2014
Make Money by Going Fishing
The Burbot Bash is an ice fishing derby on Flaming Gorge Reservoir that offers significant cash prizes to anglers who catch burbot. The contest has two prime weekend events and offers a total of up to $100,000 in cash prizes. The closing weekend of the derby saw 400 anglers remove more than 2,000 burbot and biologists believe that this intensive harvest may be having a positive impact.

Reducing the population of the invasive burbot is a major goal of Flaming Gorge's managers and anglers are also invited to participate in the annual Burbot Classic which is held in early February. The Classic offers an additional $25,000 in cash prizes.


South Dakota Bans Felt
Effective December 15, 2013, the use of felt soles has been banned in South Dakota. The ban was implemented administratively as part of agency rule making. The rule reads in part "No external felt sole footwear including boots and waders may be used in the waters of the state, except that a state or federal employee or emergency personnel, including fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical technician personnel, may use external felt sole footwear in the discharge of official duties."

We get more questions about felt bans than just about anything else and our Status of US Felt Restrictions page is where we track every felt ban or proposal that we know of. This page is updated every time we get new information.


Previously Posted on Facebook
We review news stories on a daily basis and post stories of interest on Facebook as we find them. However, we know that many of you are not using Facebook so here are the links we posted during October on our Facebook pages.

******* A reminder to those who follow us on Facebook: Facebook has begun to limit the number of people who receive our posts. Even if you have liked our Facebook page you may not be getting our posts in your news feed.The only way to make sure you are seeing our posts is to visit our page to see all of the content we publish.

Our Clean Angling Facebook page is where we post links that deal with fish, fishing, cleaning, boat inspections, and other issues of interest to anglers.

Boat inspections at Lake Tahoe in 2013 resulted in the interception of 36 contaminated boats and more than 4,000 boat decontaminations

In 1910 the US seriously considered introducing hippos into Louisiana to control water hyacinths and to provide a food source. Imagine casting around a hippo!

Boaters in New York are being asked to comment on new proposed invasive species regulations

Following the release of an Army Corps report on options for keeping Asian carp from the Great Lakes, a major recreational boating group believes that any solution must not restrict their use of the waters

With little public notice, the Canadian government is soliciting applications for new net-based fish farms in the Pacific ocean - despite the fact they are suspected to harm wild salmon

Nevada has joined the list of states that require all boaters to annually purchase an invasive species sticker
Can genetic engineering be used to develop new methods of killing invasive species? If so, should it?

Invasive species are chomping their way through Florida. Read about six of the most voracious invaders

Managers in Utah have pioneered the use of an unmanned submarine to set nets under the ice as an effective means of capturing invasive carp

Officials in Minnesota are imposing a quarantine on moving wood products to try to prevent the spread of Gypsy moths

A new paper in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" demonstrates that dispersal strategies are key to invasiveness

A new scholarly book examines the economics of invasions. Good economic information is often hard to find and this book may prove to be very helpful

The New York Department of Environment Conservation has released a new plan to kill or capture all wild mute swans by 2025

Two national bird advocacy groups have released a series of videos urging cat owners to keep their pets indoors. Wild cats are a major threat to our native birds.

The Oregon Invasive Species Council gives the state a B- rating for 2013. This is down a full letter grade from 2012

There is a growing global concern that Antarctica must be protected from the growing number of invasive species being introduced.

Marine invaders are causing lots of ecological damage and many people are totally unaware of the problem. We really need to expand our marine invasives programs

As much of the country has been slammed by frigid temperatures, some experts are hoping there will be a big reduction in invasive pest insects

The army Corps of Engineers is integrally involved in determining how to keep Asian carp from the Great Lakes. The Corps has released a report suggesting 8 possible options

In 1910 the US seriously considered introducing hippos into Louisiana to control water hyacinths and to provide a food source. Read about this fascinating story

The invasive West Nile Virus is killing bald eagles in Utah

As various media outlets do their "best of 2013" stories I found one about an invasive species story I missed. Is Canada promoting an invasive species on their paper currency?

Read about one man's quest to restore his Hawaiian forest to its original native state. Can he ever succeed in removing all invaders?

January 2014

With the end of January at hand I'm already sensing an up-tick in urgency as we all prepare for another outdoor season. Although summer seems far off, most western states are busy planning for their boat inspection programs and some states are already soliciting applicants for their summer seasonal jobs.  If you know a young person who might be interested, employment as a summer boat inspector can be a very rewarding experience.

    As you probably know, most of the links we publish in the Clean Angling News are items that we have previously posted on one of our Facebook pages. Unfortunately, in an effort to increase profits, Facebook has begun to limit the number of people who receive our posts. Even if you have liked our Facebook page you may not be getting our posts in your news feed. If it seems that you are not regularly seeing posts from us it is probably because Facebook is not sending them to you. The only way to make sure you are seeing our posts is to visit our page to see all of the content we publish.

   I hope you will get in touch with me if you have questions or invasive species stories to share.



Bob Wiltshire
Executive Director ISAN

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