15 July 2010

Dolphins...Dolphins...Makos?



• Protecting Wild Dolphins During the Gulf Oil Spill



“NOAA has received calls from concerned citizens to help coastal populations of bottlenose dolphins. NOAA is working closely with its state and local partners to assess and respond to distressed dolphins or dolphins found in areas affected by oil from the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill event.

“While this event presents an enormous challenge to many aquatic animals across the region, there are steps the public can do to help.

“NOAA and its partners ask concerned citizens to follow these rules….”
NOAA



• Killing Dolphins…for Bait?



“’The population of the river dolphins will collapse if these fishermen are not stopped from killing them,’ said Vera da Silva, the top aquatic mammals expert at the government's Institute of Amazonian Research. ‘We've been studying an area of 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) for 17 years, and of late the population is dropping 7% each year.’"
Associated Press



• Makos: Top Prize in Salt Water Fly Fishing



“The waters off San Diego are one of the primary breeding grounds for shortfin mako sharks, which challenge fly fishermen with their leaping ability….

“Not 12 feet from the boat, the mako engulfed the fly. I stripped the fly line hard to set the hook in the shark’s tough jaw. It shook its head once, twice, as if in disbelief at what was happening, then began screaming line off the reel. Fifty yards away, the shark leapt into the air, its nose eight feet above the water. For a moment, its blue-black body was suspended parallel above the gray Pacific.”
New York Times


Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. Also, if you intend to fish above the Merritt Parkway bridge on the Housatonic River, you also need a Connecticut freshwater license. You can purchase these from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.


Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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