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Europe Hunting : European Commission v Republic of Malta

  on 2017/8/12 12:53:39 (17 reads)
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Fishing News : Fishing with Drones

on 2017/7/10 10:55:47 (33 reads)

Click to see original Image in a new windowJason Arnold / jasonarnoldphoto.com

A drone’s built-in camera provides spectacular fishing photography. But even beyond that, the overhead view and territory-covering ability are perfect for scouting for fish, scrutinizing topography, and illuminating nuances of fish behavior. Those applications make it somewhat surprising that, thus far, few top anglers are actually using drones to bend rods and bring more fish boat-side.
For a clear view of the benefits and limitations of drones for fishing, I persuaded seven pro fishermen and photographers to share their tips for finding more fish, enticing more bites, and capturing better images using the drone’s-eye view.

A fishier use for drones — which Weinhofer says is both practical and productive enough that he’s banned the use of drones in the six-figure-stakes Florida Keys Dolphin Championship and Final Sail tournaments he directs — is in spotting predators near the surface. In the Florida Keys, when seas stir up shallow sand near the reef line, sailfish often patrol where green water meets blue Gulf Stream water. “Here in Key West, sailfish swim east to west on the surface, so put the drone up to the east of you, about 200 feet above the water, and fly along the color-change line,” Weinhofer says. “It’s surprising how easily you can see the black shadows [of fish]. Particularly in the green water, they stand out like neon signs.”
But, he says, flying a drone while keeping kites up and baits out often isn’t worth the effort: “It really takes a dedicated pilot just to fly the drone and watch that camera. Do it when the bite slows down. Maybe you’re fishing on the blue side, but you’ll find the fish on the green side.” He also suggests aerial scanning to find the sharpest water-color contrast, which condenses fish into a tighter area.

Given the limited field of vision of drones’ cameras, scouting works best along defined features, rather than by randomly searching the open sea. Scanning just off the beach on Florida’s east coast, for example, a drone can spot shallow-water bait schools that draw snook, tarpon, sharks and even sailfish, as well as the large rays that cobia often follow. Without a defined feature to reconnoiter, Weinhofer might fly a drone over water a little shallower or a little deeper than he’s fishing, since sailfish often favor one specific depth contour on any given day. “You could be 200 yards off a hot bite and miss it entirely,” he says.
Inshore fishing also benefits from aerial views. “I’m old-school. I like to hunt. I like to use my skills to figure it out,” says Capt. Rob Fordyce, an Islamorada guide, and host of the Outdoor Channel’s The Seahunter. “But if I fly the drone over a half-mile of flat that I just fished, there are often a lot more fish there that I saw with the drone, but not while I was fishing. They’re either deeper or shallower than I thought they should have been for the conditions that day.”

Fordyce points out that using this drone perspective before poling a flat or working down a shoreline could give anglers a real advantage: “Run a drone down and back in 20 minutes, and you’d see what’s there.”
Although Fordyce’s TV show heavily utilizes drone footage, he eschews drone use to aid fishing. “I have use of half a dozen drones at any given time, but I’ve yet to use one to find fish or make my day easier, because I enjoy the hunt,” he says. Fordyce feels drones can diminish the inshore-fishing experience. “It’s like the days before GPS. I learned the Everglades, hundreds of bays and shorelines, by going slow. I learned more about the fish. I learned where the little-bit-deeper spots were with a push pole. With the drone, you might see where the fish are on one particular day, but you’re not learning about that topography, the intricacies of the flat [that] you learn if you pole it or go slow with a trolling motor.”
On the other hand, Fordyce says: “Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced fisherman in an area you’ve never fished, a drone could definitely quicken the learning phase. Pole part of that flat, but then take the last 20 minutes and run the same area with the drone. Keep records of the wind direction, the barometer, the tide, and remember where you saw fish on those particular conditions.” But, he cautions, “I just don’t think it’s wise to use a drone as your sole demeanor of learning.”

Much farther north, another professional skipper offers a slightly different take. “It can take many fishing trips to know the lay of the land,” says Capt. Chris Valaskatgis, a Massachusetts fishing guide. “But throw a drone up, and you see the whole thing laid out.” When first launching his boat in the spring, Valaskatgis surveys local inlets by drone to learn how they’ve changed through a winter of storms. “I’m looking for new cuts that are deep enough to troll through, and also points and curves within those cuts that congregate fish. They might be subtle, maybe 3 or 4 feet underwater. We don’t have strong current, so you’d never see that from the boat, but they’re obvious from the drone.”
He checks again as the season develops. In one instance, Valaskatgis was having success with smallish striped bass by working the current edge formed by an estuary sandbar. “From the drone, we noticed the current was curving past the bar, not flowing the way you’d think,” he says. Knowing bigger fish stake out the best spots, Valaskatgis made an adjustment. “It was subtle, maybe 50 yards, but all of a sudden we were catching much bigger fish.”

Drones also help anglers better understand their quarry. “For a long time, our best glimpse into fundamental fish behavior was from underwater and aerial footage on nature shows,” says Capt. Jay Shields, a Massachusetts guide and fishing-media producer. “Now, with that eye-in-the-sky perspective from drones, we can see patterns and interpret fish behavior. When I find a large biomass, before I fish, sometimes I’ll put the drone high overhead and watch how predators and prey are interacting.” Shields noticed, for instance, a particular feeding pattern of false albacore (little tunny): “The fish you see breaking the surface are maybe 15 percent of the school. The other 85 percent are patrolling the edges, keeping that baitball tight.” Fish actively feasting often didn’t respond to his bait, but by studying the drone view, he learned to target those fish on the perimeter. “Your bait stands out to those herders,” he says. “They’re looking for baits coming off the ball.”
From the air, Chris Valaskatgis says, a similar pattern is obvious with most bait schools. “You might see bait flipping in a 10-foot-by-10-foot area, but throw the drone up,” he says, “and you see the bait school is actually 50-by-50.” By approaching those baits breaking the surface to start fishing, he says, you’re often driving right over the top of the predators lurking along edges of the larger bait school.

Tips from Drone-Flying Skippers
“As far as spooking fish, whether it’s bonefish or redfish tarpon, they don’t seem to care about the noise and vibration of the drone hovering over them. That surprised me,” Rob Fordyce says. “Even big tarpon in clear water will allow the drone to get 10 feet above them before even hinting that they’re bothered. But if the shadow of the drone goes near the fish, it will spook them. Keep in mind where the sun is in reference to the drone and the fish.”
Don’t get too close to birds, either, as Jay Shields has seen them become aggressive toward drones, and he lost one drone to a frigate attack. “It sank like a brick,” he says. “The last thing I saw was fire coming from the lithium battery [reacting to salt water].”

In 2012, Congress passed a law allowing drone operation for “strictly hobby or recreational use … operated in accordance with a community-bases set of safety guidelines,” which for practical purposes means the Academy of Model Aeronautics guidelines. This past summer, separate Federal Aviation Administration regulations published under U.S. Code Title 14, Part 107, cover other drone use (find more info at faa.gov). “[For] anything that doesn’t meet the requirements of hobby aircraft, then 107 applies,” says Les Dorr, an FAA spokesperson on drones. “Either you operate under model aircraft guidance, or you operate under 107. There is no gray area.” The chief difference, as of August 2016, is the requirement for a drone pilot license for all nonhobbyists.
Anglers using drones to take photos or scout locations would be hobbyists; professional guides doing so to help their business would fall in the 107 area.
Other differences include a Part 107 requirement to obtain written FAA permission before flying in controlled airspace (typically within 4 miles of an airport), versus the hobbyist requirement to notify airports directly before operating within 5 miles. Part 107 drones also require individual registration numbers, while hobbyists register once to cover all owned aircraft. (Instruction is readily available through drone “flight schools.”)

By Capt. Vincent Daniello
http://www.sportfishingmag.com/fishing-with-drones

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Europe Hunting : Hunting can help European ecosystems

on 2017/7/5 18:53:42 (55 reads)

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Male wild boar.
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Hunting as an outdoor activity is underrated in how it helps nature and society to regulate problem animal overpopulations. Such is the case for Europe's wild boar Sus scrofa, according to Spanish researchers from the IREC institute (UCLM and CSIC), and Principado de Asturias, published in Springer's European Journal of Wildlife Research.

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Africa Hunting : Read: ‘Expired gun licences are now still valid’, court makes big ruling on Firearms Act

on 2017/7/5 18:36:10 (41 reads)

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Tuesday saw the Gauteng North High Court declare two section of the Firearms Control Act unconstitutional. Both sections deal with procedures and regulations that should be in place when surrendering a firearm for which the license has already expired.

IOL has called Judge Ronel Tolmay’s judgement “groundbreaking”. In short, all firearms issued in terms of the Act, which are due or were due to be renewed, shall be deemed to be valid. This will remain until the Constitutional Court has had the final say on the matter.

Judge Tolmay also gave parliament 18 months to amend the Act in order to make it compliant with the constitution. Tolmay explained that the way things are now, there is a confusion among gun owners as to the proper procedure to follow in terms of renewing their firearms licences.

The ruling comes after an application by the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association. The group expressed concern at the “chaotic and dysfunctional” system of licensing and administration of firearms. IOL describes the core problem of the Act as such:

“Where a person wanted to renew a gun licence after it had lapsed, that person is deemed to be in illegal possession of the firearm.

It had to be handed into the nearest police station. The owner will not be prosecuted if it is a voluntary surrender.

But the problem arose that if the gun owner for some reason delayed in renewing the firearm, there was no proper procedure in place to bring him or her back under the scheme of legality.”

Many “pro-gun” South Africans are celebrating the judgement. Do you worry about any potential safety risks with unlicensed guns now being “re-legalised”? Or maybe you’re a gun owner who was facing a tough battle dealing with the complicated process.

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/read-a ... g-ruling-on-firearms-act/

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USA Hunting : Senate Passes WILD Act

on 2017/7/4 19:46:21 (41 reads)

“Conservation is not a partisan issue,” as the Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen John Barrasso (R-WY) and ranking Member Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) describe the motivation behind the WILD Act.

This bipartisan act would not only fund conservation efforts for endangered species, but it would also drive innovation for new methods to overcome current issues such as poaching, trafficking and the management of invasive species.

On his webpage, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK) gives details of the bill:

Reauthorize and fund the Department of the Interior’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program until fiscal year 2022;
Require federal agencies to implement strategic programs to control invasive species;
Reauthorize legislation to protect endangered species such as elephants, great apes, tigers, and others;
Establish the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize competitions, which will award monetary prizes for technological innovation in the following categories:
the prevention of wildlife poaching and trafficking,
the promotion of wildlife conservation,
the management of invasive species,
the protection of endangered species, and
the use of nonlethal methods to control wildlife.
The Environment and Public Works Committee discovered that invasive species threaten the recovery of around 40 percent of endangered species. The Act will involve the protection of species such as Asian and African elephants, rhinoceros, marine turtles, great apes, tigers and marine turtles.

The Act was sent to the House on June 12.

Sources: U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, The Hill

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Africa Hunting : Is it legal to use a silencer when hunting in South Africa?

on 2017/6/22 9:23:13 (61 reads)

June 2014, PHASA enquired from provinces regarding the legal use of silencers for hunting. Summary below:


GAUTENG:
Gauteng Ordinance 12 of 1983 does not prohibit the use of a silencer for hunting. It is therefore not illegal.

KZN:
Legislation does not refer to silencers or sound suppressors. They are therefore not prohibited methods.

Northern Cape:
In the NCNCA 9/2009 a silencer is listed as a prohibited Hunting Method or Instrument BUT with the standard provision that it can be used if permitted by the landowner. IN SHORT - it will be illegal to use on a public road but legal to use during a legal hunt the moment the landowners signs the written permission document

Free State:
There is no legislation in place regarding the use of silencers in the Free State. In short, it is not prohibited to make use of a silencer during a hunt.

Mpumalanga:
Current conservation legislation in Mpumalanga does not allow for the use of a suppressor/silencer without a permit, however we believe it is outdated and we will amend our Act and Regulations accordingly when the opportunity presents itself.

Mpumalanga Nature Conservation Act, Act 10 of 1998. Art. 11(f)

Eastern Cape:
Not illegal to use a silencer on a rifle.

Limpopo:
LEMA do not prohibit the use of a silencer on a gun when hunting. Please read Art 38 in LEMA to get clarity.

It is advised that the hunter obtain permission/find out from the farm owner if he allows silencers on his property or not.

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Articles : Namibia

on 2017/6/20 10:56:29 (41 reads)

Windhoek — The newly signed Nature Conservation Amendment Act will empower the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to ban entry into Namibia of foreign nationals involved in wildlife crimes related to the possession and dealing in elephant and rhino products, after they serve their prison terms.

This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tommy Nambahu, last Friday during the wildlife trafficking workshop organized by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Windhoek. Nambahu said the Act empowers the home affairs ministry to ban such individuals because the majority of culprits found guilty of illegal wildlife trading are foreigners, in particular Chinese nationals.

He said the current penalties for wildlife crimes are not sufficient deterrents, especially taking into account that trade and possession often involve foreign kingpins who are able to easily pay their way out of these fines.

It was the second wildlife trafficking workshop organized by the Chinese embassy to create awareness among local Chinese nationals in order to reduce trafficking of ivory and other threatened wildlife involving its nationals.

Nambahu's announcement coincided with President Hage Geingob signing the Nature Conservation Amendment Act into law at State House on Friday.

The Act seeks to increase fines for rhino and elephant poachers from the current maximum of N$200,000 to N$25 million.

The Act is aimed at urgently curbing rhino and elephant poaching, which have drastically increased in Namibia.

According to the Act, if found illegally with specially protected species a person will be fined N$10 million from the current N$20,000 and imprisonment of five to ten years.

During the signing ceremony at State House, Geingob said the increased incidents of illegal poaching are a serious matter and must be dealt with accordingly.

"I therefore welcome the stiff sentences this Act provides," he said.

According to statistics, 135 elephant tusks and pieces and 36 rhino horns were seized by the authorities in 2016.

A further 21 elephant tusks and four rhino horns were confiscated by the state this year alone.

Moreover, Namibia has been involved in two seizures of rhino horns, effected in South Africa and Hong Kong.

The Act also seeks to increase general penalties from the current maximum of N$250 to N$6,000 and imprisonment of three to six months for first time offenders.

Subsequent same offenders will be fined N$12,000 from the current maximum of N$500 and imprisonment of six to 12 months.

Fines for the illegal hunting of all protected species will increase from the current maximum of N$4,000 to N$500,000 and imprisonment of four to five years, while for that of all other species will increase from the current maximum of N$2,000 to N$500,000, and imprisonment of two to five years. Nambahu said the current levels of illegal trade and wildlife trafficking promote corruption, threaten peace and stability, strengthen illicit trade routes and destabilise economies.

He added that wildlife trafficking not only threaten the existence of iconic species but the very stability of the countries involved.

In addition, he said, wildlife trafficking has devastating impacts as it pushes species to the brink of extinction and threatens security, while undermining the rule of law and restricting economic development.

"It robs local communities of their natural resource base, including the economic benefits they derive from the legal sale of wildlife and hunting revenues. Combatting wildlife trafficking is not a short-term project; it is a long-term process with the guaranteed commitment from the government, private sectors, and of the communities that live with wildlife," he noted.

In addition, the amendment Act also increases fines for people who don't comply with the law regulating the possession and selling of wildlife, from N$8,000 to N$100,000, while jail time will be increased from two to 10 years.

He thanked the Chinese Government for their positive efforts and commitment to support Namibia to deal with wildlife crime, especially poaching and trafficking of wildlife products derived from species such as rhino and elephant.

He is hopeful that the awareness raising campaign and other measures by the Chinese government will bear fruit.

The Chinese enterprises living in Namibia created the Wildlife Trafficking Fund aimed to assist the Namibian government in fighting wildlife crime. The Chinese corporates living in Namibia donated N$100,000 towards the fund.


Source: https://www.newera.com.na/2017/06/13/n ... ish-wildlife-traffickers/

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Africa Hunting :  Phasa Applauds SAA Decision To Lift Cargo Embargo On Certain Hunting Trophies

on 2015/9/2 21:20:00 (1577 reads)

The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) has welcomed the decision by South African Airways (SAA) to reverse the embargo it had effected on 21 April this year on the transportation of rhino, elephant, lion and tiger trophies on the carrier’s services worldwide.
Adri Kitshoff, chief executive, said that the reversal brought SAA’s directives regarding the transport of legally hunted trophies in line with the South African Government’s policy of “sustainable utilisation” of its natural resources.
Kitshoff expressed PHASA’s appreciation to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for their intervention in the matter as well as to SAA for the opportunity to meet with the carrier’s executives and to explain to them the importance of hunting to Africa’s economy and conservation programmes. She said that PHASA’s efforts to overturn the embargo through the direct negotiation with SAA, the DEA and Minister Edna Molewa since April had finally paid off.
Kitshoff said she is hopeful that other airlines and shipping lines that have refused to transport hunting trophies will follow SAA’s lead. “SAA has elected to fight the illicit trade in wildlife products through more stringent control methods instead of placing restrictions on the transport of legally hunted sport trophies. The same remedy is available to the other carriers,” she said.
“There is a clear distinction between illegal wildlife products, such as poached rhino horn or ivory, and legitimate hunting trophies. The export of trophies is strictly regulated by both the country of origin, the country of import and, where applicable, CITES.”
Published in PHASA Press Release

For more information, read the original article at:
http://www.pot-shot.co.za/index.cfm?y ... n=52&langu=1#.Veb6LPmqqko

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USA Hunting : US lifts ban on hunting trophies from Zimbabwe

on 2017/7/12 9:30:00 (39 reads)

The United States of America has lifted its ban on hunting trophies from Zimbabwe, allowing the country to resume exports later this year, the environment minister said today.

On April 4, 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced an interim suspension of imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies hunted in Zimbabwe, which it later extended to 2015 and “indefinitely into the future,” because the government’s measures to protect the animals did not enhance the survival of the species.

The decision was challenged by the US Safari Club and the powerful National Rifle Association but a US District Court upheld the ban.

Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri- Kashiri said that according to the provisions of the waiver, Zimbabwe would start exporting the outstanding trophies in the second quarter of 2017.

“All the trophies which were being held in the country will be exported this year but under strict conditions. We have been given an opportunity to export again into the US,” she said.

The US ban preceded the controversial killing of the hugely popular Cecil, a 13-year-old male lion which lived in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, by Walter Palmer, a US trophy hunter in July, 2015.

The killing led to calls for tighter controls on hunting trophy imports by mainly western countries.

Zimbabwe hosts hunters from various countries including Russia, the United States, Hungary, Spain and Germany who pay to shoot animals such as lions, elephants and leopards, earning the country millions in revenue.

United States provide the bulk of the hunters and the existence of the ban has had negative effects on hunting revenue.

Bookings for the 2017 hunting season, which runs between April and November each year, are up 20 percent from the previous year’s $70 million, despite the embargo by the US.

The 2016 hunting season was depressed as most hunters stayed away due to uncertainty over proposals by some Western countries to impose stricter hunting controls on elephants and lions by mostly African countries.

https://www.insiderzim.com/us-lifts-ba ... g-trophies-from-zimbabwe/

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Fishing News : New IGFA Rule for Multi-Lure Rigs

  on 2017/7/10 10:40:00 (31 reads)

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Until 1940, there was no universal code of sporting ethics to guide anglers in their pursuits. The first steps in this direction were taken in the late 1930’s by members of the British Tunny Club, who hoped to formulate rules for ethical angling. However, the looming threat of war interrupted their plans. Shortly after IGFA was founded in 1939, its officers immediately set to the task of establishing angling guidelines and requirements for world record catches.

The following angling rules have been formulated by the International Game Fish Association to promote ethical and sporting angling practices, to establish uniform regulations for the compilation of world game fish records, and to provide basic angling guidelines for use in fishing tournaments and any other group angling activities. The word "angling" is defined as catching or attempting to catch fish with a rod, reel, line, and hook as outlined in the international angling rules. There are some aspects of angling that cannot be controlled through rule making, however.

Angling regulations cannot insure an outstanding performance from each fish, and world records cannot indicate the amount of difficulty in catching the fish. Captures in which the fish has not fought or has not had a chance to fight do not reflect credit on the fisherman, and only the angler can properly evaluate the degree of achievement in establishing the record. Only fish caught in accordance with IGFA international angling rules, and within the intent of these rules, will be considered for world records.

Following are the rules for freshwater and saltwater fishing and a separate set of rules for fly fishing.

https://www.igfa.org/News/main.aspx

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Articles : Extinction fears are raised as poachers kill their 139th rhino of 2017 in KwaZulu-Natal

on 2017/7/5 18:40:41 (32 reads)

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The brutal assault took place on Sunday night, at KwaZulu-Natal’s flagship Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve. A total of 11 gunshots were heard before the discovery of the rhinos was made.

All six had their horns crudely hacked off by the poachers whilst they slept. Really f****** brave move, guys. When you do eventually get gored by one of these animals, you’ll have no sympathy from us.

A hundred years ago, less than 100 Southern White Rhinos were in existence. A conservation plan which spread them across African reserves restored that number to 20,000.

However, thanks to a barbaric spree of poaching, a century of hard work could be destroyed – Around 6,000 rhinos have been mercilessly slaughtered in the last decade. That’s 30% of the total population and it’s disgusting.

The shocking statistics of poaching:

. In KZN alone, 139 rhinos have been killed in 2017. We are only just halfway through the calendar year.

. The final death toll is predicted to reach 260 by 2018

. For the last four years, the national killing rate of rhinos has exceeded 1,000 a year. This equates to roughly three rhinos a day being slaughtered for their horn.

KwaZulu-Natal is currently the poaching hotspot of SA, after Kruger National Park ramped up their security to protect the animals. The reserves in the North East are under constant attack and are struggling to cope with the situation.

Read: Fury as SA’s most notorious poaching gang are released on bail

Earlier in the year, an Eastern Cape judge freed the notorious Ndlovu gang on bail after being caught with R1.2 million worth of rhino horn and hunting gear. This was a move that enraged the Chair of the Private Rhino Owners Association, Pelham Jones:

“To learn that a hardened criminal group of this calibre has been allowed bail and released from custody is unacceptable. We have in the past called similar situations to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA), and we find it bizarre and extremely alarming that, with the risk profile these individuals have, and the ability to perpetrate further crimes, are given bail.”

Stronger deterrents and punishments are needed for poachers. If the actions of a criminal minority can endanger a species, it becomes just as poor a reflection of our lawmakers as it does the poachers themselves.

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/extinc ... of-2017-in-kwazulu-natal/

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African Fishing : Unofficial world record black marlin

on 2017/7/5 10:30:00 (40 reads)

Peet Botha with a Unofficial world record black marlin off 275kg weighed gutted as it needed to be weighed in 2 pieces.Click to see original Image in a new window

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Hunting News : ON INFLATED MEDIA REPORTS RE BURGER’S RESIGNATION

on 2017/6/22 9:27:17 (39 reads)

PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS SA
ON INFLATED MEDIA REPORTS RE BURGER’S RESIGNATION
The misleading, opportunistic, and inflated media reports that Stan Burger resigned as president of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) earlier this week because he “reeled under the pressure of some captive-bred lion hunting supporters” are unfounded.
“PHASA acknowledges that our members have different and strong opinions on how the association’s resolution on the hunting of captive-bred lions (CBL) should be implemented, and that this has caused conflict within the association. This is, however, not the only reason that led to Stan’s resignation on 23 May,” says newly elected PHASA president, Dries van Coller.
The conflict [referred to above] may have caused some of the challenges that both PHASA and Stan had to endure, address, overcome and resolve during the past six months, “but these challenges are not putting PHASA’s CBL resolution in jeopardy in any away. This resolution still stands,” adds van Coller.
Stan’s reasons and motivations for resigning are not meant for public scrutiny and debate as it has to do with the manner in which the association and its members were governed in the past few months, and ought to be governed in the future.
Both Stan and PHASA have agreed not to discuss these details in the press because these matters are internal and personal, and have nothing to do with the future of well-regulated, responsible and legal hunting in South Africa.
“With that said, I need to clearly state that contrary to the inflated media reports that we have witnessed this week, PHASA is not going to dissolve nor are we about to heed to any “demands” that are not in the best interest of our members or in violation of PHASA’s constitution,” notes van Coller.
“Stan is a valued member of PHASA and the executive committee wishes him all of the best,” says van Coller.
He adds that PHASA will continue to safeguard, facilitate and promote the future of legal and sustainable trophy hunting as part of responsible conservation. “It is every hunter’s duty to ensure that whatever we do benefits Africa’s wildlife and contributes to the social-economic wellbeing of our communities,” concludes van Coller.
Other changes in PHASA leadership include the reinstatement of Barry York as vice-president.
ISSUED BY THE PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS’ ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: media@phasa.co.za or +27 83 353 6811

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Hunting News :  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

on 2017/6/20 11:01:32 (53 reads)

Safari Club International (SCI) today praised the appointment of Gregory Sheehan as Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Director Sheehan has served as the Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources since 2012. He is a member of SCI and has been a key participant for several years at SCI's annual Western Directors' Forum at the SCI Convention.

He is an avid hunter and has hunted in the U.S. and in Africa. Director Sheehan is very familiar with many of the issues that affect SCI members and their abilities to hunt and participate in sustainable use conservation in the U.S. and abroad. He has served as Chair of the Threatened and Endangered Policy Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and has been a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal/State Joint ESA Task Force. He also serves on the Board of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports.

Director Sheehan has worked for 25 years in the natural resources and wildlife management community. In Utah, he championed a proactive approach to growing and sustaining wildlife populations. During his five years as Utah's Director, the state's mule deer population increased by more than 100,000 animals, leading to increased hunting and viewing opportunities for the public.

He is also a long-term advocate for shooting sports. Under his leadership the National Archery in the Schools program in Utah tripled its number of participants.

Director Sheehan earned his degree at Utah State University and later received a Masters in Business Administration. He and his wife have been married for 30 years and have two sons.

SCI welcomes Director Sheehan to Washington, D.C. and we look forward to working with him to address the domestic and international wildlife management and conservation concerns of SCI and the broader hunting community.


Source: https://www.safariclub.org/what-we-... ... fish-and-wildlife-service

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Africa Hunting : European Union

on 2017/6/20 10:49:58 (48 reads)

Information received from SCI and IUCN.

NAPHA has been in contact with our Ministry of Environment & Tourism, who is following up on this at the highest level.

This week, 21 and 22 of June, the EU Member States will discuss a proposal by Germany to introduce severe restrictions on the importation of hunting trophies of non-threatened CITES species into the European Union (Annex B species). If adopted, the proposal will require EU hunters to obtain import permits for the importation of Annex B species into EU countries. This means that EU countries would have the ability to ban importation of these species simply by refusing to issue permits.

The discussions will take place in Brussels at the meeting of the EU Scientific Review Group on June 21st and the meeting of the Group of Experts of the Competent CITES Management Authorities on June 22nd.


Source: Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA)

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