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UNITED STATES: Michigan's Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division proposes new trout stream category in Upper Peninsula

UNITED STATES: Michigan's Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division proposes new trout stream category in Upper Peninsula | Environment | Scoop.it

Michigan's Department of Natural Resources(DNR) Fisheries Division has proposed to establish a new trout stream category. Currently, there are four categories of trout streams; this proposed additional category is referred to as a Type 5 trout stream. This effort is in response to requests from anglers to increase the daily possession limit on brook trout across the Upper Peninsula.
On Type 5 stream segments, the daily possession limit for brook trout would be 10 fish and the minimum size limit would be 7 inches. All or portions of 10 Upper Peninsula (UP) rivers and tributary streams are being proposed for the Type 5 category and have been selected from existing Type 1 streams (which have a daily possession limit of five fish and 7-inch minimum size limit).

 

The eastern brook trout (salvelinus fontinalis) is the predominant char species in nearly all UP streams and rivers. Most brook trout populations are dominated by pan-sized fish (6-12") and the occasional, broad-shouldered bruiser. If this proposed category becomes reality, continued study of both population and average fish size will be necessary to determine whether the increased take of brook trout causes selected recruitment size issues, or benefits the population as a whole by reducing stunting and allowing remaining fish more food and habitat.

 

Streams with waters included in the proposal are: Bryan Creek (Marquette and Dickinson counties), Dead River (Marquette County), Driggs River (Schoolcraft County), East Branch Ontonagon River (Houghton and Iron counties), East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County), Ford River (Dickinson and Iron counties), North Branch Otter River (Houghton County), Rock River (Alger County), Upper Tahquamenon River (Luce County) and West Branch Huron River (Baraga County).

 

Proposed Type 5 streams would constitute 6 percent of the current Type 1 stream mileage. If approved in November by the DNR director, then the proposed regulation would go into effect on April 1, 2013. During the next several years, Fisheries Division will work with a variety of partners to assess the biological effects of the possession limit increase on the brook trout populations in Type 5 streams.

 

It's important to point out that NO streams proposed for the Type 5 category are accessible to "coaster" brook trout from the Great Lakes. In recent years, rehabilitation of lake-run brook trout populations has attracted considerable interest among resource agencies, conservation groups and anglers, and a variety of measures have been taken to protect these populations. These “coasters” are a life history variant that lives in coastal areas of the northern Great Lakes, and are not a genetically distinct strain or sub-species. The DNR will be proposing future work in this area of brook trout management.

 

More information, in the form of maps and written descriptions of upstream (where applicable) and downstream boundaries for the proposed Type 5 regulation are available at: www.michigan.gov/fishing.

 

 

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20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters

20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters | Environment | Scoop.it
One thing's for sure: nature is anything but tame. While we've learned to deal with thunderstorms and snow flurries, the threat of natural disaster always seems to be looming over us.

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Anthony M Turner's comment, October 2, 2013 6:03 PM
thanks everyone for the re-scoops and comments - I had the privilege of working for 4 years in disaster recovery and have seen both the best and worst nature can throw at us, the resilience of people and these hidden impacts on wildlife - I can only urge each and everyone of you to be aware of the potential of such disasters and make preparations should such an event strike. If you're a business or know people in business who might be at risk please let them know about http://www.areuready.com.au where they can download a how to for preparation for under 12 bucks.
Sharla Shults's comment, October 2, 2013 6:17 PM
Anthony, awesome to 'meet' someone with such experience in disaster recovery. Only witnessed multiple hurricane disasters while living in FL but those were certainly enough!
Anthony M Turner's comment, October 3, 2013 7:21 AM
great to meet you to Sharla - all extreme weather events have a bitter sweet and are very scary - I think they help us understand how small we really are.
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Just Found Water in Martian Soil - Gizmodo

NASA's Curiosity Rover Just Found Water in Martian Soil - Gizmodo | Environment | Scoop.it
Just when you thought ol' Curiosity was digging in for the winter, the little discovery machine came up with a doozy: It discovered water in Martian soil. NASA scientists just published five papers in Science detailing the ...
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Natural resources and economic development

Natural resources and economic development | Environment | Scoop.it
When will Sierra Leoneans be able to benefit from their own natural resources, instead of being cursed by them?

 

Sierra Leone is a country that has been 'blessed' with excellent natural resources, and remains in political chaos with one of the lowest HDI scores.  For a national economy, having abundant natural resources does not guarantee economic prosperity.  This is baffling to many that don't see the political and geographic context that shapes various economic sectors.  This is good a way to demonstrate that context.       


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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:01 PM

Even though thousands are fleeing the country in search of something better big buisness see the country as a land of opportunity, but to those that live there Sierra Leone’s natural resources have been a curse. A decade ago diamonds put the country into an 11 year civil war and it is about to happen again over a unique wood found deep in the forests. We tend to forget that the wars that tear countires apart arent always started by political issues but also by natural rescources.  

Marissa Roy's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:52 PM

Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are fleeing the country in search of a better life. Corporations see the country as a land of opportunity, because of the rich resources. Diamonds put the country into a civil war. Now, wood is threatening to do the same thing. Natural resources can be more precious than anything else to some people. They are seen as worth fighting for.

Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, January 12, 2015 10:18 AM

This article it gives good insight on how much natural resources come into play when deciding a countries Human Development Index (HDI). Sierra Leone has a surplus amount of natural resources yet they still have one of the lowest HDI scores. The economy in Sierra Leone is definitely in bad shape. Because of the treacherous economy, the amount of natural resources is not very beneficial to their HDI.  

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A Humanitarian Catastrophe | How Natural Disasters Changed the World in 2012 | TIME.com

A Humanitarian Catastrophe | How Natural Disasters Changed the World in 2012 | TIME.com | Environment | Scoop.it
Last year, an estimated 32.4 million people worldwide were forced from their homes due to natural disasters.

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Top 10 cities most at risk of natural disaster : TreeHugger

Top 10 cities most at risk of natural disaster : TreeHugger | Environment | Scoop.it
All the natural disasters in the news lately made us wonder what parts of the world were most threatened by things like floods & earthquakes.
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This may help determine where you want to live :)

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