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Thursday
Jun032010

Sanyo Xacti DMX-CA100

The Sanyo Xacti DMX-CA100 is a fully waterproof HD camcorder that also shoots 14 MP stills.

Scheduled for release this June in Japan, expect stateside release to follow and a retail price of $440.

LINK (Via: Gizmodo)

Wednesday
Jun022010

Norway attempts to kill off remaining wild salmon stocks

They still hunt whales too.

From the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.

Today, Norwegian authorities issued the 2010 salmon sea netting regulations.  As expected the slaughter of vulnerable wild salmon stocks will continue, with Finnmark in the far north the hardest hit area of all especially in the mighty Tana river. In the regulations, Norway tries to conceal the extirpation of the big female spawners in June in exchange for few small male salmon later in the season. Not just Norwegian salmon stocks will suffer but also salmon stocks native to the rivers in Finland and Russia.  Last year Norway’s salmon catches were at an all time low despite endless warnings to the Norwegian authorities issued by scientists, angling, tourist and conservation organisations.

The situation has become a serious contradiction of Norway’s claims to be an environmental role model.   Excessive commercial fishing and the havoc caused, in the form of disease, sea lice plagues and mass escapees from crowded pens, by Norway’s largely unregulated salmon farming industry is greatly undermining Norway’s reputation. 

Recently, the Russian Government issued its third diplomatic warning that Norway was violating the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty by intercepting Russian and Finnish salmon along the Finnmark coast.  The Russians called on Norway to stop the commercial netting in the Varanger fjord and remove all the bend nets (Krogarn) along the Finnmark coast.

In continuing to allow its commercial fishermen to exploit mixed stocks of wild salmon of Norwegian, Russian and Finnish origin, Norway is in danger of provoking further international actions.  Already, Greenland and the Faroe Islands have reduced their salmon netting and long-lining down to zero levels in desperate attempts to revitalize stocks in their neighbor countries.  The Norwegian decision announced today now makes a mockery of these international initiatives.

“Among Norwegian parliamentarians, there is a complete absence of a strategic debate about wild salmon”, said Orri Vigfússon, chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.  “If Norway wants to become a global salmon power to rival Russia and Iceland then it needs to stop acting like an environmental vandal and start treating its dwindling salmon resource with the care and protection it deserves. Now!”

The North Atlantic Salmon Fund, NASF,  is an international coalition of voluntary conservation groups who have come together to restore stocks of wild Atlantic salmon to their historic abundance. – nasf@vortex.iswww.nasfworldwide.com

Wednesday
Jun022010

Winners of the 2010 State Fish Art Contest

Another year, another impressive array of fish art from youngsters around the country.

The State Fish Art Contest Open to children living in the U.S. in grades 4-12. Organized by state, you can scroll through the list or use the pull down menu to be directed right to the state you want to see.

LINK

Wednesday
Jun022010

The Singing Fly Fishing Guide

Master fly fishing guide Keith Cornier sings a traditional Newfie song, and does his best Capt Morgan imitation, along the the bank of the famous Humber river in Newfoundland.

Tuesday
Jun012010

The Art of Kelly Dangerfield

Bozeman based artist Kelly Dangerfield paints some exquisite trout portraits.

LINK

Tuesday
Jun012010

Mishfish casts an Orvios Helios from her Hobie SUP