Fishing of Invasive Crabs

There has been a recent invasion of green crab in the fisheries of Prince Edward Island, Canada. However still, this invasion has led to the recent opening of the first-ever green crab fisheries in the area. There are currently fourteen individuals who hold fishing licenses to catch these crabs. In the last two years, the harsh weather has made catching this invasive species more difficult than before. Scientists are doing everything they can to inform citizens and keep them safe. They’ve even put up a “Watch for Fish” digital sign that was generously donated by

One of the green crab fisherman, Luke Poirier, is a man who is currently working on his PhD at the University of Prince Edward Island. Some of the green crab that he catches are given to cooks at Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, where chefs are actively working to create dishes that feature these crabs. This would help create a demand for this (7)

Some believe that there will soon be widespread fishing of green crab on Prince Edward Island, since the crabs are now located at nearly every spot of the island. This would open the way for the traditional fisherman to make a little extra cash and help the environment, since this species of crab is invasive.

In the Mediterranean area, green crab are considered a delicacy. It is possible that Prince Edward Island will export green crabs to this area at some point in the future. Poirier recently traveled to the area to learn about green crab fishing. He discovered that if they are harvested right after they molt, they are the easiest to cook. Right now, Poirier is waiting for another molting season in order to harvest another round of crabs.

Fishermen Killing Pelicans With Debris

Fishermen in Lockport are killing dozens of pelicans year after year. Fishing lines, leftover hooks, and other debris left by the fishermen tangle the pelicans. The local conversation officer McKay states, “The birds panic once entangled and often die. Rescuing them is difficult”

The location is along a water chute that is designed so that fish can get around the local dam, making it a narrow point where many fish swim through. The fish in the chute are plentiful and easy to catch.

Fishing at the chute is not only dangerous for the pelicans, but is also illegal along a seventy-five foot stretch. The problem is the lack of enforcement. Every day fishermen line up at the chute to fish, within sight of prominently placed ‘No Fishing’ signs. On Wednesday CBC crews spotted six people fishing within a few feet of a sign. Yet only five people have been given tickets this summer.

McKay and others are calling out for a better enforcement of the (7)

The conservation officer for Lockport is Rob Belanger who states that the fishermen are allowed to be there. The issue, he says, is determining where the seventy-five foot no fishing zone begins and ends. This not only makes it difficult for the fishermen to determine where they can fish, but also for law enforcement to determine who is afoul of the law. The province plans to resolve the issue with placing clearly marked buoys to outline the protected zone.

Environmentalists say that the fisherman at the chute are not the only problem, but fishing line left at the water’s edge up the river may also be to blame.

“We need to educate people not to leave their fishing line. We need the help of every angler” to resolve this issue, Belanger says.

Sport fishing ban expands to Middle Shuswap River

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The province just announced it is suspending sport fishing in Middle Shuswap River due to warm temperatures and low water levels.

The ban is effective immediately and will run through September 30th for all angling downstream from Shuswap Falls to Mable Lake.

The fishing ban is meant to protect fish stocks that have become vulnerable due to the ongoing high water temperatures and low water levels affecting the province.

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This latest ban follows the province’s suspension of sport fishing in streams and rivers throughout most of B.C’s South Coast as well as similar bans on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

These fishing restrictions followed calls from conservationists, First Nations and angling associations that had previously asked for fishing bans as a preemptive measure to protect trout, steelhead and salmon in the waters.

Angling bans are enabled through British Columbia’s Sport Fishing Regulations of the federal Fisheries Act.

As of now, fisheries biologists are continuing to monitor approximately 40 other key angling streams throughout the province and additional closures are possible in the coming weeks.

The Dark Snow Phenomenon, its Causes and Effects on the Arctic

If you’ve been thinkin about taking a car rental to the arctic for a fun fishing trip then you better read this first. The “Dark Snow Phenomenon” refers to the effect a surface’s lightness has on its albedo, or reflective power. Jason Box, a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and head of the Dark Snow Project, asserts that smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Alaska is contributing to this phenomenon currently affecting the Arctic. This smoke and its soot can be seen as far away as Greenland on NASA satellite images. According to Box, it also appears in the form of hazy, orange skies at (5)

Box’s Dark Snow Project, based in Greenland, studies the multiple factors contributing to Arctic melting. The program has crowd-funded three separate research trips for that purpose. As a result of those trips, Box has discovered that “even small increases in concentrations of black carbon soot from wildfires [have] a significant heating effect.” This is because they bring “the melt onset earlier,” which causes more dark particles to “concentrate on the surface” and make the surface darker. Although he says the summer snowfall can cover that and slow down the process, recent extended periods of clear weather have sped the melting process and made the carbon particles more noticeable.

The long-term impact of the dark snow effect is difficult to determine. However, over the last fifteen years Greenland’s reflectivity has been reduced by more than five percent, which means that its land is absorbing more and more sunlight during the summer months. Box reminds us that it’s not just Greenland that is affected by this effect, but “Canadian ice caps, Arctic sea ice, and even snow patches” elsewhere are also highly susceptible to “increasing black carbon deposition from wildfires.” He said that this would lead to ever increasing amounts of sun being absorbed by the Earth’s surface, which would eventually lead to global climate changes.

GoFish Cam is an action camera for your fishing pole

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You can post a picture of your big catch online, but showing the catch as it took place — that is, from the moment the fish started eyeing your hook — isn’t as simple. Enter GoFish Cam, an action camera of sorts that attaches to your fishing pole and records stabilized footage as you reel in fish. The camera is pill shaped and attached to the fishing line in such a way that the lens points toward the fishing hook, ensuring every moment is recorded.

The GoFish Cam is shaped like a large pill, and is designed to be attached on the fishing line below the weight. This is not the first fishing camera on the market (it is, in fact, still being funded), but it does try to distinguish itself via an integrated microphone, infrared lights, a 170-degree wide angle lens, buoyancy, and a stabilizing fin.

The camera records 1080p footage, and because of the buoyancy it rises upward so that it is tense against the weight and therefore further stabilized. A micro SD card up to 32GB is used to store the recording, and video transfers are done over WiFi to mobile devices via the related app.

The device’s makers are seeking $55,000 USD in funding on Kickstarter, where it has so far raised $13,000 USD with 38 days remaining. A pledge of $115 USD will get a single GoFish Cam, which is estimated to start shipping to backers in February of next year.

British Columbia Restricts Fishing Due to Heat and Drought

In British Columbia, Canada, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operation is restricting fishing due to the recent drought and heat that the province has been experiencing. According to Minister Steve Thomson, this procedure of restricting fishing has been studied and proven effective by biologists. Right now, fishing is not restricted in the entire province, but only in most of the southern portion of the province and in the Nicola region. The ministry hopes that this ban will protect the fish population when it is most vulnerable.

Aside from banning fishing in parts of the province, the ministry is also encouraging people to conserve their water use. Not only does the water shortage affect the fish, but the ministry says that at its current level it could begin to affect people and industries that rely on a water supply, such as agriculture.

Avid fishers will be glad to know that the ban does not include lakes and reservoirs. Some parts of the province, such as Southern Vancouver Islands and the Gulf Islands, already had restricted fishing before the ban came into effect. If the drought and heat conditions worsen, the ministry expects that it will have to widen the ban to include more of the province. They are working with biologists to determine if this extended ban will be necessary.

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