FISH GUIDES FACE SECURITY CHECKS
IF YOU’RE a fishing guide, the US Department of Homeland Security will be checking you out closely when you go to renew your license.
Effective April 15, 2009, holders of US Coast Guard-issued licenses will be required to have a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), which means a security background check and additional fees. After the deadline, existing licenses become invalid unless the holder has a TWIC. It is unclear if freshwater fishing guides and tour operators will be affected.
The New York State Senate passed legislation that will provide an important incentive for private landowners who engage in habitat conservation activities on their property. The Habitat Conservation Tax Credit (S.2179) would give eligible landowners a credit on their income taxes of 25 percent of the property taxes paid on land enrolled in a habitat conservation program.
Grassland birds, such as short-eared owls, Eastern meadowlarks and other species that depend on habitat such as hayfields and pastures, are one such group of species in serious decline in NYS that rely on private landowners to manage their habitat for their survival. The American woodcock, which requires young and transitioning forests for its survival, is declining about four percent annually across its range.
If you are looking for a comprehensive site for party-boat fishing in the New York, New Jersey area that also includes fishing gear and tackle, manufacturers, dealers, private and governmental organizations, weather and tides, educational resources, fishing news and a great vintage party-boat picture collection, go to http://www.Mels-Place.com. It’s great stuff.
The 14th Annual Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament was a great success with more than 708 boats competing in the 12 ports throughout the state. In 2007, the 120 winning fish weighed a total of 587 pounds. This year’s total was 624.
The largest fish weighed in was 10.9 pounds at Shark River caught by Jeff Bognatz. The first-place prize winner in Sandy Hook was 10-year-old David Edwards from Marlboro, who weighed in a 8.44-pound summer flounder. This annual tournament provides funds to help the Jersey Coast Anglers Association to continue its fight to protect the marine resource, fund summer flounder research and fight for the rights of the recreational anglers.