Fisheries management is where regulations and bass fishing meet. Biologists and fishery experts work with water managers and municipal interests to make sure the resource is protected for citizens as well as anglers and the bass they pursue.
Another part of fisheries management is tournament fish care, ensuring the bass anglers catch during competition are safely released so they can be caught again.
The following fisheries management projects are those reported to us as part of the 2011 Annual Achievements in B.A.S.S. Conservation. The breakdown is as follows:
600 bass tagged
5,000 pounds of grass carp removed
345 bass creel surveys
Other projects include the following:
The Anglers Bass Club of Del Rio in Texas has taken a lead role in protecting Lake Amistad and teaching classes to clubs and anglers about proper tournament fish care, including proper fish handling, livewell management and weigh-in procedure.
The Florida B.A.S.S. Federation Nation helped the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) by making anglers aware of the multiple tagging studies being performed in the state and educated them on what to do with tagged fish when caught.
Bill Frazier of the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Federation Nation tracked the dissolved oxygen problem in the Roanoke River following Hurricane Irene. After noticing a problem with the December numbers, Frazier found other issues with temperature and salinity. He followed up with the water quality office to report the issues.
Jim Howard, conservation director for the Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, spent 40 hours reading a document related to new intake/discharge regulations for water-using industries published by the Environmental Protection Agency. The member reported back to B.A.S.S. National Conservation Director Noreen Clough on any implications that would require B.A.S.S.'s involvement.
Peter Perovich, president of the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, and the chapter's board of directors met with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's senior policy advisor to discuss issues with the 2011 Game and Fish bill. Gov. Dayton later vetoed the bill.
The Central Oregon Bass Club sent seven volunteers to present arguments to the Inland Freshwater Sportfish Advisory Committee relating to a regulation change proposed for Wickiup Reservoir.
Jim Howard, conservation director for the Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, attended the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources meeting to gather input for proposed strategies in response to recent reduced funding. Also in attendance were representatives from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and Quail Unlimited.
Eamon Bolten, conservation director for the Florida B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, in partnership with Noreen Clough, B.A.S.S. national conservation director, attended workshops and meetings and otherwise worked closely with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to review and comment on the Black Bass Management Plan and raise awareness of the plan among Florida BFN members.