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2008-06-16 18:00:00

By Anonymous The federal government is planning to require some (but not all) saltwater sport fishermen to get a license as an "information- gathering" mechanism. Considering this type of angling is one of the last refuges of unregulated sport fishing in Maine and seven other states, it would be better to leave its practitioners alone and use other valid ways to get the data. The licensing program, to begin in 2009, would apply to anglers who fish in federal waters, which begin 3 miles...

2008-06-16 15:00:20

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF DENNYSVILLE - Upon first glance, the dark patches in the small river that bisects this small Washington County town appear to be shadows cast by trees or pools too deep for even the midday sun to penetrate. But then the shadow moves and, if the sun hits just right, the dark mass begins to glitter. Suddenly it becomes clear that the sandy river bottom is actually hidden beneath several thousand fish swimming in synchronicity. Untold hundreds of...

2008-06-16 09:00:00

DENNYSVILLE, Maine -- Upon first glance, the dark patches in the small river that bisects this small Washington County town appear to be shadows cast by trees or pools too deep for even the midday sun to penetrate. But then the shadow moves and, if the sun hits just right, the dark mass begins to glitter. Suddenly it becomes clear that the sandy river bottom is actually hidden beneath several thousand fish swimming in synchronicity. Untold hundreds of thousands of alewives leave their...

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2008-05-29 03:35:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Throughout the overlooked depths of Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes, a small but important animal is rapidly disappearing. Until recently, the animal - a shrimplike, energy-dense creature called Diporeia - was a major food source for commercially important species like lake whitefish and many prey fish upon which salmon, trout and walleye rely. Scientists are employing new research methods in a quest to explain their population freefall, which threatens to...

2007-12-08 06:00:00

By Daly, Pete GRAND HAVEN - Business was good this year for some of the charter fishing operators on Lake Michigan - in spite of expensive gasoline, a weak Michigan economy, smaller salmon, and threats from invasive species and fish diseases. Key to their success is how many chinook salmon customers catch. "As far as tourism and charter fishing, the big hype is on (chinook) salmon," said Dick Stafford, who runs a charter business out of Gladstone near Escanaba, and who is president of the...

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2005-06-25 20:07:27

NOBLEBORO, Maine -- Chuck Reinhardt stood in awe as he gazed down at the multitudes of silver-sided fish crowded into a waterway no more than 5 feet wide. After three to four years at sea, thousands of alewives were following their instincts on a journey back to the freshwater where they were born. The fish crammed themselves into a manmade brook on the final leg of their trip to Damariscotta Lake, reminding Reinhardt of a familiar scene before he moved to Maine. "It looks like the Long...


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2007-04-03 00:37:02

The Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) is a species of small shad, of which there are anadromous and landlocked forms. The landlocked form is also called a Sawbelly or a Mooneye. The use of the name "mooneye", however, should be discouraged as that name is more properly applied to the mooneye, Hiodon tergisus. The front of the body is deep and larger than many other species, prompting the comparison with a corpulent alewife, a female tavernkeeper. Alewives are an ocean species but can survive...

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2007-04-03 00:27:56

The Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) is a silvery, highly compressed fish in the herring family, Clupeidae. A filter feeder, it lives on plankton caught in midwater. An adult fish can filter up to four gallons of water a minute and they play an important role in clarifying ocean water. They are also a natural check to the deadly red tide. Menhaden occur in large numbers in the North Atlantic, ranging from Nova Scotia, Canada to central Florida, USA. They swim in large schools, some...

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