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    We Are Stewards.

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    This winter, Recycled Fish On Ice presented by Ice Team has partnered with Clam, Vexilar and Grabber Warmers to spread the Stewardship Ethic through ice fishing once again.

    Visit Recycled Fish on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to find challenges – ranging from posting photos of released fish, to pics taking kids fishing or cleaning up trash – for your chance to win prize packs from our partners. One winner will earn a Vexilar FLX-28 as the grand prize!

    All of the challenges center around using #StewardsOnIce this winter, so post those photos, share those stories, and use that hashtag for your chances to win – and to make a difference.

    You can also get our free ice fishing lessons from the Clam pros by visiting RecycledFish.org/IceTeam.

    So what does being a “Steward On Ice” really mean?

    It means that you care about our waters, and you want to defend and protect them. You take ownership of them, treat them right.

    Sure, you’re practicing Selective Harvest. But you’re also never dumping bait down your hole at the end of the day. You don’t have a leaky gas auger or snowmobile. You’re never leaving trash on the ice, and you’re cleaning up any that you find. You’re taking kids, or vets, or single moms, or heck – anyone who needs to get out of the house a bit – out for a few hours on the ice.

    It also means that you’re living in a way day-to-day that is good for our waters, since our lifestyle runs downstream. It’s recycling, and buying recycled when you can. It’s fixing something rather than replacing it. It’s turning off the lights when you leave a room. It’s a reusable coffee cup instead of a daily styrofoam one. These are the things that stewards do – we honor our waters and wild places by being responsible with how we’re living.

    This winter, let’s tell a great story through social media.

    Let’s show the world that we’re not just ice fishermen, We Are Stewards … we are #StewardsOnIce.

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    BP to Pay $18.7 Billion for Gulf Oil Spill

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    From Activist Angler:

    BP will pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages for its role in the largest oil spill in U.S. history, which polluted the Gulf of Mexico five years ago.

    “Today‘s settlement moves the wildlife and habitat of the Gulf Coast forward on the road to recovery. It’s time to look ahead to the future and work toward getting real, on-the-ground restoration projects done,” said Steve Bender, director of Vanishing Paradise, a coalition of more than 800 sportsman and outdoors groups, organizations and businesses working on Gulf Coast and Mississippi river Delta restoration.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Stewardship Tips: Nematodes

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    The raccoons are at it again. As the weather cools, they begin to forage for food outside of their normal range. Since grubs are feeding near the surface, the raccoons are digging up lawns in search of them.
    Quite honestly, the raccoons are doing us a favor. You may have thought you had the grubs under control. The meticulously and methodically overturned sod in your yard tells you otherwise. If the raccoons are digging up your lawn, more than likely, you have grubs.

     

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    Stewardship Tips: Menhaden

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    Commercial boats still prowl Virginia’s side of the Chesapeake. They are large boats and are supported by a fleet of aircraft. Acting as spotters, the planes direct the boats to the pods of menhaden.
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    Stewardship Tips: Going Car Free

    It is Car Free Day today in the D.C. Metro.  According to carfreemetrodc.org, the goal of Car Free Day is to reduce traffic congestion.  This helps to create a greener environment and reduce gasoline demand. Worldcarfree.net expands upon the goals of Car Free Day by stating, “We do not want just one day of celebration…it is up to us…to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.”
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    Stewardship Tips: Wait to Fertilize

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    It is not ideal to fertilize your lawn during the heat of the summer.  If fertilizer is applied when the temperature is excessively hot, it can burn your lawn.  Moreover, if the soil is dry, fertilizer granules can be easily washed into the street and down the sewer.
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    Stewardship Tips: Bait Buckets and White Perch

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    According to Dr. Kevin Pope, sedimentation and erosion have significantly altered the habitat of Branched Oak Lake, a large, flood control reservoir in Eastern Nebraska.  As a result, the lake has lost critical near-shore habitat; turbid, open-water areas have started to dominate the lake.  In addition, the introduction of the white perch has changed the population dynamics of the fish community.  White perch numbers have increased precipitously over the last decade resulting in a stunted white perch population.  Biologists suspect that this unchecked white perch population is severely limiting the recruitment of sport fishes such as walleye.
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    Stewardship Tips: IUU

    Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing can have a significant impact on a fishery.

    In order to evade limits, seasons, and regulations, boats will register with, and fly the flag of, a state that is not a party to international agreements.  Fishing under these flags of convenience, IUU fishers have been know to enter waters illegally, fill their holds with excessive numbers of fish, and fish with tackle that damages local ecosystems.  The ultimate problem with IUU fishing is undocumented over-exploitation of a resource.
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    Stewardship Tips: Buy Firewood Locally

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    Burn it where you buy it.

    Small insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Long Horned beetle can devastate a forest.  Both species have been, and can be, transported in firewood.
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    Stewardship Tip: Zebra Mussels

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    Unfortunately, zebra mussels, at least locally, are back in the news:

    “The presence of invasive zebra mussels has been confirmed at Offutt Base Lake near Bellevue (NE).”
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