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Thursday, July 9, 2020

The nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), says an April 22 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to give mobile satellite services operator Ligado Networks, a private equity company, the green light to build and operate a

tags: Law & Politics, Navigation, Safety

Friday, July 3, 2020

Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) applauds the recent unanimous action of the Ohio Power Siting Board to include 33 critical conditions in a permit to build wind turbines in Lake Erie off the shores of Cleveland. The Board’s action acknowledges the many concerns about the industrialization of Ohio’s most precious natural

tags: Environmental Impact, Lake Erie, Law & Politics

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Celebrating America’s birthday, thousands of boaters are expected to hit the water this Fourth of July holiday weekend, recreational boating’s traditional busiest time of the year. With COVID-19 it certainly won’t be the same. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a few boating safety reminders

tags: Law & Politics, Safety

Friday, June 26, 2020

Wildlife officials in Ohio and Tennessee combined in early June to apprehend a suspected poacher who reportedly took an over limit of walleye on Lake Erie, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The investigation is ongoing with multiple state agencies involved in the case; charges have yet

tags: Law & Politics, Environmental Impact, Fishing, Lake Erie

Saturday, June 20, 2020

With waters warming up, smallmouth bass season will open beginning today for the northern management zone. While smallmouth bass season is currently open in southern Wisconsin, anglers will now have the opportunity to harvest them from these additional waters: Wisconsin-Michigan Boundary Waters; Northern management zone; Tributaries

tags: Environmental Impact, Fishing, Lake Superior, Law & Politics, Dept of Natural Resources

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a virtual public hearing on July 1 relating to Enbridge Energy’s application for a waterway and wetland permit for the proposed reroute of the Line 5 pipeline in Ashland, Bayfield, and Iron Counties. The hearing will also cover the proposed scope of the Environmental Impact

tags: Lake Superior, Law & Politics, Environmental Impact

Sunday, May 24, 2020

As anglers look forward to the Memorial Day weekend, world-class fishing continues to exceed expectations on Lake Erie in 2020, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Walleye harvest rates set records for the second straight year in 2019, and numerous large hatches point to an increasingly

tags: COVID-19, Fishing, Lake Erie, Law & Politics

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In the northern Lake Huron lake trout management unit MH-1, the daily possession limit is now three fish (up from a two-fish limit in 2019). This regulation now applies to all Lake Huron waters. In the Lake Michigan lake trout management unit MM-4, the daily possession limit is two fish (up from a one-fish limit last year). Anglers

tags: Law & Politics, Dept of Natural Resources, Fishing, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan

Friday, May 1, 2020

Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home order recognizes outdoor activity as essential. As such, the 2020-2021 Game Fish season will proceed as planned opening on May 2. All regulations and license requirements apply. The DNR reminds anglers to fish close to home and practice social distancing whether fishing from a boat, dock, or shoreline.

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Fishing, Law & Politics

Thursday, April 30, 2020

In a move that could simplify and potentially reduce misunderstanding of urgent weather messages used by recreational boaters to make critical boating safety decisions, the National Weather Service (NWS) has proposed renaming “Small Craft Advisory” to “Small Craft Warning” and is asking for boaters’

tags: Law & Politics, Navigation, Safety

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