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Conservation

BTT Journal Fall 2019

From flats conservation and restoring Florida’s bonefish population, to profiles of Stu Apte and Billy Pate, find great reads in the new issue of The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Journal. Read online here.

Ethics of Fishing the Spawn

Fall is the prime spawning season for some trout species, and in this article, Domenick Swentosky tackles the subject of whether or not to fish when trout are spawning. “Many anglers advise staying off the water entirely during the spawn, and I see the point — leave the fish alone and allow them the free space to produce the next generation of trout,...

Video Hatch: “Artifishal”

Patagonia has released their film, Artifishal, freely available to stream. Artifishal “is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.”

Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing and Spawning Trout”

In this latest video from Huge Fly Fisherman, Ben Sittig addresses the ethics of fishing for spawning trout. In a word: Don’t.

Smoke on the Water

In this article, Patrick Burke writes about marijuana cultivation in California, and the effects it has on watersheds and steelhead. Since legalization in the state, “evidence shows that the environmental impact of cannabis cultivation has only worsened in the first few years of this kinder, danker world. It may fall on us—the end consumer—to hold...

Bristol or Bust

A recent multimedia piece from The Flyfish Journal, looks at Bristol Bay and what’s at stake with the proposed Pebble Mine. “Fishing helps us forget,” writes JasonRolfe,”just as it reminds us why to care.” Read and watch “Bristol or Bust” with words by Jason Rolfe and photos by Copi Vojta here.

Lahontan Cutthroats Stocked in Lake Tahoe

For the first time, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex will stock several thousand large (12-14”) Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into their home waters of Lake Tahoe. “The Lahontan cutthroat trout is the only trout native to the Lake Tahoe Basin. What was once a top predator in the area was thought to...

Harmful Effects of Hatchery Programs

New research suggests hatchery salmon may be causing more harm than good to wild salmon populations. By introducing weaker genetics to the wild gene pool, the long-term genetic fitness of the population is affected, impacting its ability to survive and reproduce. “Fisheries managers are coming around to the idea that hatcheries, while providing fish to...

Trout Unlimited Sues EPA Over Removal of Bristol Bay Protections 

Trout Unlimited has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its recent decision to withdraw protections for the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The lawsuit “alleges the EPA ignored science and the potential impacts of developing the mine when it withdrew the Bristol Bay Proposed Determination, and in doing so violated the...

Protections for Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

A judge has asked U.S. biologists to explain part of a 2014 determination that said the Rio Grande cutthroat doesn’t merit endangered species listing. “In a ruling issued Thursday, Krieger vacated part of the 2014 decision. She ordered the agency to explain why it considers isolated trout populations of less than 2,500 to be stable.” Via CPR.