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WDFW Plans Steelhead “Gene Banks”
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) has announced plans to designate at least one wild steelhead management zone or “gene bank” in each of three Puget Sound regions. Under the proposal, the department would not release hatchery fish into rivers located in each “gene bank.” Gene banking in Puget Sound was originally suggested in a 2013 recommendation from the Puget Sound Hatchery Action Advisory Committee and was in response to the 2007 listing of steelhead as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The WDFW has scheduled three public hearings to provide more information, and solicit comment, on the proposals:
Team Carpe Cancer Wins Speed-Crabbing Derby, Other Summer Events Upcoming
The winner of the third annual Puget Sound Speed-Crabbing derby last weekend was Team Carpe Cancer which caught nearly 20 pounds of crab. Second and third place finishers were Team Pot-y Trained and Team White Family Crabslayers. In all, 28 groups of crabbers participated in the event which raises money for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Sponsors, including Bayside Marine, TalentWise, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Salmon University, and Ace of Baits, agreed to donate $3.25 to the SCCA for each pound of crab caught, while participating teams were encouraged to solicit pledges from friends and family for the day-long competition.
Meanwhile, the Fishin’ Club of Whidbey Island has just announced the date for their annual Pink Salmon Tournament, which is sponsored by the Freeland, Washington Ace Hardware. Scheduled for August 22 in Freeland, proceeds from the event will go to benefit the club’s scholarship fund. A complete list of Pacific Northwest fishing derbies is available from Salmon University.
Fishing and Boating Fee Increases to Hit Oregon
The Oregon legislature has approved a series of fee increases designed to bridge a $30 million gap in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s budget (ODFW), the Oregonian reports. The measure is awaiting the signature of Governor Kate Brown. The ODFW has published a breakdown of the planned increases:
Scheduled Dipnet Fishery in Alaska
Alaska’s annual dipnet sockeye fishery, participation in which is limited to Alaska residents, opened last weekend with a slow start according to the Peninsular Clarion. Last year saw 35,989 permit holders take more than 370,000 sockeye, though initial reports indicated a more modest 2015 catch. Kenai mayor Pat Porter has called the dipnet fishery “kind of a Woodstock that we never really asked for.”
Unscheduled Dipnet Fishery in Texas
Record rainfall helped deliver the “best fishing day in years” last weekend at Kirby Lake in Abilene, Texas, ABC affiliate KTXS-TV reported. In the flooded streets of Abilene, however, residents took advantage of the deluge to organize an impromptu sort-of dipnet fishery, according to videos posted on social media:
This year Abilene has received 24.51 inches of rain, about a third more than normal.
Salmon-Flavored Candy Gets Low Marks
A new salmon-flavored candy by Japanese confectioner UHA has scored predictably low marks. According to RocketNews24, which gave the candy a rating of one (on a scale of ten):
The candies themselves have a very fishy aroma when opened, and have actual salted salmon fish flakes inside. So they do have a minimal amount of nutritional value, which you can use to reassure yourself as you bite down on it.
A short advertisement from UHA makes an interesting case for the candy, which is not available in North America.