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Off the wire

8/4/2009

New state-record catfish caught at Aurora Reservoir
AURORA, COLO. — When it comes to angling, records are meant to be broken. No one appreciates this more than Aurora resident Mike Stone, who caught a 35-pound channel catfish while fishing at Aurora Reservoir on July 26, setting a new Colorado state record.
Read complete story from the Colorado Connection


Joppa Man Catches State Record Fish Off Ocean City
Ocean City, MD — A Maryland angler, Chris Toner of Joppa, MD, has set a new Atlantic Division state record with a 72 pound cobia. The catch eclipsed the previous record of 67 pounds, 12 ounces set in 2007 by Mike Horsey.
Read complete story from the Dagger Press


Student catches fish, scholarship
FARMINGTON — Jacob Hastings of Farmington caught a whopper of a fish that earned him a year's tuition at Unity College this fall.
Read complete story from theSun Journal


Fewer king salmon returning to Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Yukon River smokehouses should be filled this summer with oil-rich strips of king salmon — long used by Alaska Natives as a high-energy food to get through the long Alaska winters. But they're mostly empty.
Read complete story from MSNBC


World-record-tying bass caught in Japan may be disqualified
Shiga Prefecture, Japan — That potential world-record-tying largemouth bass caught in Japan may have some problems getting certified by the International Game Fish Association.
Read complete story from the SignOnSanDiego.com


NRA threats on Sotomayor met with shrugs
WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association's threat to punish senators who vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been met with a shrug by Democrats from conservative-leaning states and some Republicans who are breaking with their party to support her.
Read complete story from the AZCentral.com


King salmon vanishing in Alaska, smokehouses empty
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Yukon River smokehouses should be filled this summer with oil-rich strips of king salmon - long used by Alaska Natives as a high-energy food to get through the long Alaska winters. But they're mostly empty.
Read complete story from the Associated Press


Scientists who debated on fisheries team up for comprehensive study
When a study two years ago warned that commercial fisheries could be wiped out in 40 years, University of Washington biologist Ray Hilborn got out his flamethrower and blasted what he called a "mind-boggling stupid" conclusion.
Read complete story from the Seattle Times


Hawaii protecting coral reefs with big fines
HONOLULU — Wrecking coral will cost you in Hawaii. A Maui tour company is paying the state nearly $400,000 for damaging more than 1,200 coral colonies when one of its boats sank at Molokini, a pristine reef and popular diving spot. Another tour operator faces penalties for wrecking coral when it illegally dropped an anchor on a Maui reef.
Read complete story from the Associated Press


World's Largest Billfish Tournament' draws hundreds of vessels

The 2008 White Marlin Open will be difficult to top in the records department, but as tournament director Jim Motsko knows, anything can happen in bluewater sportsfishing.
Read complete story from the Ocean City Today


Editorial: Lead ban not really helping condors
The preliminary data is in, and it doesn't appear the lead ammunition ban is helping reduce the lead in blood levels of endangered California condors, but the half-baked data collected and provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes any kind of accurate assessment almost impossible.
Read complete story from the SBSun.com


Pingree Woman Nabs 20-pound Trout; Sets State Record

All a Pingree woman wanted for her 50th birthday was to go fishing and she got herself a big present.
Read complete story from the KPVI News 6


Fish for dinner: Overfishing easing in some areas
WASHINGTON — Crabcakes and fish sticks won't be disappearing after all. Two years after a study warned that overfishing could cause a collapse in the world's seafood stocks by 2048, an update says the tide is turning, at least in some areas.
Read complete story from the Mail Tribune


Biggest python yet is bagged — a 17-footer
The staff at the Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital routinely handles large animals. Along with household pets, they treat hogs, horses, cows and ornery bulls.
Read complete story from the Miami Herald


Quarterly Firearm and Ammunition Excise Taxes Up 43%
NEWTOWN, Conn., — During a time period of great economic uncertainty, firearm and ammunition sales have continued to increase throughout the country.
Read complete story from the PR News Wire


Vt.: Moose nursed by man doesn't belong at farm
IRASBURG, Vt. — For the last year, David Lawrence has cared for a young moose named Pete that he nursed back to health after it was attacked by dogs and separated from its mother.
Read complete story from the Associated Press