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BRUNSWICK — georgia DNR coastal resources division has released the results of the 2017 saltwater angler and guide survey. The recently completed telephone and online survey was conducted among licensed georgia resident saltwater anglers and guides to determine participation in various types of fishing, satisfaction levels and attitudes toward CRD management of red drum and spotted seatrout.

“we spend thousands of man-hours each year doing surveys of the saltwater fish populations that provide angling opportunities. Periodically, we need to take the pulse of the fishing community to determine if we are striking a good balance between conservation and angler satisfaction,” explained doug haymans, director of the coastal resources division, within the georgia department of natural resources.Saltwater fishing

During late 2017, CRD contracted with an independent research company, responsive management, to sample georgia residents possessing a saltwater information program (SIP) permit. Since january 2013, anyone who holds a georgia fishing license and fishes in saltwater needs this free annual permit. Having the SIP permit database allowed DNR to survey anglers and, through their participation, better manage georgia’s saltwater fisheries. All licensed resident saltwater fishing guides were also invited to participate in the survey.

According to survey results, the top reason anglers said they participate in saltwater fishing is ‘for relaxation’ (79%) or ‘to be with family and friends’ (76%).Center whale research A large majority of participating anglers (87%) and guides (81%) are satisfied with saltwater fishing in georgia inshore and nearshore waters.

SEATTLE — with the number of endangered puget sound orcas at a 30-year low, washington gov. Jay inslee is expected wednesday to issue an executive order calling for more state actions to protect the struggling whales.

The fish-eating orcas that spend time in puget sound have struggled for years because of lack of food, pollution, noise and disturbances from vessels. There are now just 76, down from 98 in 1995.

It will direct state agencies to take immediate steps while identifying long-term solutions to help the whales and setting up a task force with state agencies, tribal leaders and others to come up with recommendations.Anglers guides

The legislature passed a supplemental budget friday that includes money for increased marine patrols to see that boats keep their distance from the orcas and to boost hatchery production of fish that the orcas prefer to eat.

A baby orca has not been born in the past few years. Half of the calves born during a celebrated baby boom several years ago have died. Female orcas are also having pregnancy problems linked to nutritional stress brought on by a low supply of chinook salmon, the whales’ preferred food, a recent study found.

Last year, the endangered orcas spent the fewest number of days in the central salish sea in four decades, mostly because there wasn’t enough salmon to eat, according to the center for whale research, which keeps the whale census for the federal government.Center whale

"I applaud anything that helps (the orcas) through the short term, but the long term is what we really have to look at — and that’s the restoration of wild salmon stocks throughout washington state," ken balcomb, senior scientist with the center for whale research, said tuesday.

Balcomb and others say aggressive measures are needed and they have called for the removal of dams on the snake river to restore those salmon runs.