State agency seeks anglers to catch tarpon
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's tarpon genetic recapture program needs anglers who fish Florida's northern counties. The information gathered by fishermen helps scientists learn more about the fish's history.
Anglers supply the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute with DNA "fingerprint" data from tarpon then release them so they can be caught another day. Much work has been done in Southwest Florida, but researchers need DNA samples from fish larger than 30 inches hooked in northeast and northwest Florida.
Participants have until mid January 2015 to submit samples. To date, anglers have submitted about 19,600.
To participate, anglers must request a free, easy-to-use sampling kit. Call toll-free (800) 367-4461 or send an email to [email protected] For details, go to myfwc.com/research.
TV hunter pleads guilty to charges
A hunting guide who appears on the Animal Planet show Wild West Alaska pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors. Jim West was charged with guiding a client who illegally killed a moose in 2009, killing a black bear while guiding in 2011 and failing to remove bear-baiting stations in 2011 and 2012. He was fined $8,000 and must perform 80 hours of community service.
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