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    by Published on 08-17-2007 06:10 PM

    Do you know about the law that requires boaters in the proximity of a flashing blue light to slow to a no-wake speed?

    Many boaters do, but for those who might not, a campaign to heighten awareness of North Carolina’s “Blue Light = No Wake” law is being extended. 

    Effective Jan. 1, 2007, state law NCGS 75A-17(f) requires all watercraft operators approaching within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel displaying a flashing blue light to slow to no wake speed and use caution in passing. In narrow channels, the distance becomes within 50 feet of a law enforcement vessel displaying a flashing blue light. Violators are subject to fines up to $250.

    The awareness campaign by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission includes:

    by Published on 08-17-2007 05:04 PM

    ASMFC American Shad Stock Assessment Passes Peer Review
    Findings Indicate that Most Shad Stocks Are Not Recovering

                                                                                       
    An independent panel of fisheries science experts has endorsed the 2007 benchmark stock assessment and provided recommendations for the improvement of future assessments. These findings were reported to the ASMFC Shad and River Herring Management Board for consideration in future management decisions.

    Once one of the most important exploited fish species in North America, American shad stocks are currently at all-time lows and ...
    by Published on 08-17-2007 11:02 AM

    The Commission's Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board approved proposals from Rhode Island and Maryland for alternative management. The Rhode Island proposal alters the minimum size limit and quota for the state’s commercial floating fish trap sector. The Maryland proposal opens a two-week recreational fishery in the Susquehanna Flats, a small area in the upper Chesapeake Bay.

    Unable to attain their allocation of the state’s coastal commercial quota, Rhode Island's commercial floating fish trap fishermen asked the Rhode Island Division of Environmental ...
    by Published on 08-15-2007 06:24 PM

    It was a hot weekend for kokanee salmon fishing — literally and figuratively — as two state records for the small salmon were broken within a day of each other.

    Mark Swann of Black Mountain reeled in his 2.48-pound record breaker on Aug. 3 while fishing Nantahala Lake. The next day, Levi Towery of Forest City brought in a salmon from Nantahala that topped Swann’s by a mere two-tenths of a pound.

    Levi, 9, caught his 2.68-pounder, which measured 18.4 inches in length, using a Browning rod, with a 6500C Ambassador reel and a Doctor Spoon lure.

    Levi, who was fishing with his grandfather Roy Toms, also of Forest City, says he expected to catch a record breaker. He has been fishing for salmon with his grandfather for the last three years and everything he knows about catching the silvery fish, he learned from him.

    Toms says he’s been catching kokanee salmon from Nantahala since the early-1980s, many of them much bigger than the one Levi reeled in on Saturday. When he saw last year that the newly established kokanee salmon ...


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