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Proposed Federal Ban on Lead Fishing Tackle

A proposal to ban all lead in fishing tackle is under consideration by the federal government, and your comments of opposition are needed to counter the threat.

This ban proposed in a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups would include not only sinkers and jigs, but components that contain lead, including brass and ballast in spinnerbaits and lures of all kinds.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments until Sept. 15. Hunters and shooters already have been successful in getting ammunition excluded from the ban, and now it’s time for anglers and the fishing industry to be heard.

Intent of the ban is to reduce death of birds by ingesting lead. But a study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service determined that less than 1 percent of waterfowl and other birds, including eagles, are killed by ingesting lead.

Additionally, a ban on lead could raise the cost of affected fishing tackle from six to 15 times, depending on metals used and cost of raw materials.

To learn more and voice your opposition, go to the American Sportfishing Association’s online Legislative Action Center.

Till next time good fishing….
From President Todd Kersey – toddkersey@flffc.org

Technical Assistance Group (TAG) meeting for the development of the Black Bass Management Plan

Hello Stakeholders

Letting you know the first Technical Assistance Group (TAG) meeting for the development of the Florida’s Black Bass Management Plan will be on June 15th at the Bass Conservation Center near Brooksville, Fl.

We have assembled a great group of stakeholders, with lots of diversity consisting of several Professional Anglers, Marina Owners, Outdoor Writers, Bass Club Representatives , Conservationist and Tourist specialist.

This particular meeting is closed to additional (TAG) members, but is open to the public. This is why we have provided notice giving you ample time to send in your suggestions to the Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition on what you would like or not like to see in the new black bass management plan. The plan is ours to design, let’s build it together for the future!

Please send all comment regarding the Black Bass Management Plan to bassplan@flffc.org

Thanks once again to all of our  conservation and recreation advocate partners!

“We are standing together to protect our fisheries”

Lake Trafford stocked with 150,000 bass from FWC

April 21, 2010
Contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will stock 150,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings in Lake Trafford, the largest lake south of Lake Okeechobee.  The 1,500-acre freshwater lake is an important resource for boating, fishing and wildlife-viewing.

Over the past few years, the lake has been the focus of a multimillion-dollar, multi-agency restoration project.  So far, participants have dredged the lake of 8 million cubic yards of muck that, in the past, triggered algal blooms and fish kills.  To date, the FWC has contributed over $3 million for dredging and re-vegetation of Lake Trafford.  Dredging could be complete by 2011.

As part of the restoration, the FWC will restock the lake with native largemouth bass on Thursday, April 22.  The agency will stock an additional 50,000 advanced fingerlings about four weeks from now. These fingerlings are from the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Richloam.

“We are working to re-establish a self-sustaining, healthy fish population in the lake,” said FWC freshwater fisheries administrator Barron Moody. “We anticipate that this stocking, and a similar effort planned for next year, will bring about the return of largemouth bass fishing to the lake.”

An 18-inch-minimum-length regulation for largemouth bass specific to Lake Trafford is in effect in anticipation of these stockings and to protect the fish from premature harvest.  For complete freshwater fishing regulations, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing.

Fishing license sales help pay for stocking and other bass conservation efforts. Currently, the FWC is offering freshwater anglers a special value-added bonus package when they upgrade to a five-year or lifetime freshwater fishing license.  For details, visit MyFWC.com/License.

In addition, the FWC is seeking angler input on the proposed draft Black Bass Management Plan. To learn more and complete a survey, go to MyFWC.com/BassPlan_Survey.

Newly Formed: Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition

March 10th marked the start of a historic change in Florida’s Freshwater Industry – the initiation of an organizational coalition platform upon which partnerships across the broad specturm of state fishery interests are united and empowered.

The Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition held their inaugural meeting at the Bass Pro Shops store in Orlando, Florida.

The Tuesday 9am-5pm meeting featured guest speaker Darrell Scovel, the Director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management within the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC).  

The Issues-Topic Presentation:  “Florida’s Fisheries Funding Sources and Spending

Also scheduled:  The FLFFC founders discussed, partnerships & issues management, the organizational structure, and the formation of the 2009-2010 agenda.

The immediate progress – organization business plan, coalition-engine mechanism, marketing strategies, and incorporation development schedule.

The established purpose – to provide a coalition-vehicle through which representation of freshwaterbody-users rights are voiced before the various levels of the Florida government.

All are invited to partner with us in this most important, essential, coalition organization.