New Head for Oregon Fisheries
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Melcher Tapped to Lead Oregon Fish and Wildlife
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has chosen Curt Melcher as the next director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Melcher has served as ODFW Interim Director since the resignation of former director Roy Elicker, who left to take a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last autumn. He was among three finalists considered for the position, including Edward Bowles, Fish Division Administrator, ODFW, and Krystyna Wolniakowski, the former Director of the Western Partnership Office of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
According to the ODFW, Curt Melcher is a native Oregonian who graduated from the University of Oregon in Biology. Prior to his appointment as interim director, Melcher had served as the department’s deputy director.
“We are very pleased at the prospect of having Curt as the new director and are confident he is the right person to lead this premier fish and wildlife agency,” commission chair Mike Finley said in a written statement.
Garmin to Launch BlueChart Mobile 2.0
Garmin has announced the launch of BlueChart Mobile 2.0, an enhanced version of its popular marine app for iPad and iPhone. In addition to planning and creating routes, BlueChart Mobile 2.0 also adds streaming worldwide weather through a cellular-based iPad or iPhone.
According to the company, BlueChart Mobile 2.0 provides temperatures, dew points, wind direction and speed, radar and cloud cover – all overlaid on the chart data. In addition, version 2.0 can provide weather observations and buoy reports, marine zone forecasts (US/Canada/Europe), land zone forecasts (US/Canada), surface wind forecast grids, sea surface temperatures, surface pressure forecast and sea state forecast. In-app weather upgrades, including infrared clouds imagery, radar imagery, lighting, and StormWatch watches, warnings and advisories, are available at an additional fee.
The app is expected to be available in the iTunes store in the summer of 2015.
Mobile Tackle Stores to Expand in UK
British-based mobile fishing tackle and bait franchise, Tackle Trailer, has announced the launch of its first franchisee-operated mobile store. Bury St. Edmunds angler Mark Buckle will begin operating the new franchise in mid-March. According to the company, its mobile stores set-up at fishing hot spots to deliver a small selection of “angling essentials” directly to fishermen. The company says start-up costs for new franchisees are about US$38,000.
Image of Oregon state capitol courtesy Doug Kerr. (CC BY-SA 2.0)