22 November 2009

We're Killing the Oceans

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"That dire vision has been vehemently disputed. But there's little doubt that the seas have seen better days. What to do about it, however — especially in New England, the economy and culture of which have for centuries been inextricably tied to the water — is a complex and contentious issue.

"Different fisheries have different needs, prognoses, and environmental and economic prerogatives that must be balanced — a process made more difficult by extremists and pragmatists on both sides."

Lengthy article from WorldSentinel.com

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Latest issue: SaltWater Sportsman Magazine online

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Angry about License and Fee Increases

“The increases make Connecticut the most expensive state for hunting and fishing in the Northeast, said William Hyatt, acting bureau chief for the state DEP's bureau of natural resources….

“The money that used to go to a conservation fund now goes to the general fund, Wyatt said, but ‘it has to come back to us.’”

Article from MyRecordJournal.com

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Bacteria and Red Tide

“If we can find a way to inhibit the bacteria we should be able to help communities around the world deal with problematic and costly algal blooms.

“…also…a gas produced by the bloom-forming algae, plays a critical role in the process of cloud formation and the ability of clouds to reflect sunlight back into space. The degree to which light is reflected in turn influences solar heating of the Earth, affecting global climate.”

Read more from NOAANews.NOAA.gov

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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