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Puget Sound Crabbing Season Extended
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended the sport crabbing season in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) and a portion of Admiralty Inlet (Marine Area 9) until Feb. 28. All other Puget Sound marine areas will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, as scheduled.
The only portion of Admiralty Inlet that will remain open until Feb. 28 is the area north of the Hood Canal Bridge to the Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point line. The rest of Marine Area 9 will close Dec. 31, along with most other areas of Puget Sound. Those areas are scheduled to reopen next summer.
According to WDFW, crabbers will not be required to record crab on catch cards for the months of January and February 2016 for Hood Canal or the open section of Marine Area 9. However, crabbers must have in their possession a current shellfish license with a Puget Sound crab endorsement. WDFW staff will be conducting field-based surveys to estimate the recreational catch in Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet for January and February.
IDFG Seeks Comments on Teton River Boat Ramp
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is seeking written public comment regarding the proposed construction of a new boat launch on the South Fork of the Teton River.
According to IDFG, the proposed 15 foot-wide by 68 foot-long concrete boat ramp would create an access point on the Teton River below Rexburg, and allow boat traffic downstream to the confluence with the Henrys Fork, approximately 6 miles downstream. Proposed construction would also include the installation of ADA parking, connecting roads, signs, and fences and will be constructed on property donated by a local landowner.
The deadline for comment is January 25, 2016. Comments can be sent to Dan Garren, via email, at dan.garren /at/ idfg.idaho.gov.
AmpliVox Launches Waterproof Megaphone
AmpliVox Sound Systems has launcehd its Pro Marine Megaphone, model WP609R. According to the company, the waterproof megaphone has military-tough construction designed for boating, water sports, and outdoor recreation settings.
“The extreme durability of the Pro Marine makes it one of the most versatile megaphones available,” said Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO, in a written release. “It can go anywhere and be used under the most extreme conditions. We’re proud to produce this ultra-reliable megaphone here in the United States, and we’re confident that it will be an indispensable tool for first responders, athletic and aquatic facilities, and many other customers that require rugged, dependable sound equipment.”
Teton River image courtesy Ken Lund (CC BY-SA 2.0); crab pot image courtesy David Parker (CC BY-SA 2.0).