Owners of Frigate Travel, Kate Taylor and Justin Crump, bring saving Bristol Bay home in a new way as they examine the outdoor economy of the area. “Our time in Bristol Bay provides us with a chance to start new businesses, buy homes, purchase new boats, and give back to the economy where we live. That is what working ecosystems are supposed to do.” Read the rest of a great piece via TRCP.
Trout Unlimited president and CEO Chris Wood responded to the EPA’s decision Friday to more closely examine the potential negative effects of the Pebble Mine. “By putting the process outlined in the Clean Water Act into play,” explains Wood, “the EPA is setting a very high—but reasonable and appropriate—bar for Pebble Mine to get over and prove there won’t be impacts to water quality and the region’s irreplaceable fishery.”
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- The polar vortex that has made winter miserable in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region might actually be good for spring bass fishing. Dave Wolak explains on Field & Stream.
- Invasive zebra mussels can wreak havoc on an ecosystem by devouring phytoplankton, the foundation of the aquatic food web. Now scientists are pioneering environmentally safe control agents to help eliminate populations and stop the spread of this invasive species. Via The New York Times.
Scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas have designed artificial muscles using fishing line, by twisting and coiling monofilament. The imitation muscles have proved to be able to lift more than 100 times the weight of a human muscle of the same size. This research may lead to an inexpensive new material for prosthetics and robotic exoskeletons, say scientists. Read more via Discover Magazine.
- Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing edited by Robert DeMott is a delightful collection of stories from some of the finest fly fishing writers today, including Guy de la Valdène, Jim Harrison, Michael Keaton, Sydney Lea, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Thomas McGuane, Joseph Monninger, Le Anne Schreiber, and many others. Ranging from freshwater to the salt and everything in between, this compilation has something for everyone. Foreword by Howell Raines. Skyhorse Publishing; Reprint edition (February 18, 2014).
- The Practical Fly Fisher: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Fly Fishing by Doug Stewart is a hoard of information and feast for the eyes. With tying instructions, stories, and illustrations by the author, it covers all aspects of the sport with a unique style. Westwinds Press; The Pruett Series (February 18, 2014).
- Shin Deep: A Fly Fisher’s Love for Living Water by Chris Hunt is a compilation of essays by that focuses on the author’s passion for wild trout and wild country. Hunt, an award-winning journalist and acclaimed outdoor writer, masterfully weaves honesty and truth into his prose. This collection is one not to miss. Amazon Digital Services, Inc.; Kindle Edition (February 17, 2014).
- Fly Fishing North Carolina by Anthony Vinson Smith is a guidebook of essential information for the area, presented in a clear and concise manner. No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks (February 15, 2014).
Conservation and fishing groups are applauding an announcement today that the EPA will consider blocking the construction of the Pebble Mine in Alaska. “Extensive scientific study has given us ample reason to believe that the Pebble Mine would likely have significant and irreversible negative impacts on the Bristol Bay watershed and its abundant salmon fisheries,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
According to the Washington Post, the EPA has “invoked its 404(c) authority under the Clean Water Act only 13 times in its history. In starting the months-long process, the agency is sending a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, the state of Alaska and the mine’s sponsor to ask why they believe the operation would not damage the pristine watershed.”
“While the Environmental Protection Agency said it hadn’t yet decided whether to block the mine, officials said the fishery was an ‘extraordinary resource’ that needed special protection,”reported the Anchorage Daily News.