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MassWildlife

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has launched a campaign to promote fishing as an inexpensive family activity.

Susan Hand Shetterly has written about wildlife and wetlands for more than thirty years, in both articles and books, including "Settled in the Wild," a collection of essays.

In "Seaweed Chronicles," Shetterly takes readers deep into the world of this essential organism by providing an immersive, often poetic look at life on the rugged shores of her beloved Gulf of Maine, where the growth and harvesting of seaweed is becoming a major industry.

While examining the life cycle of seaweed and its place in the environment, she tells the stories of the men and women who farm and harvest it and who are fighting to protect this critical species against forces both natural and man-made.

Christopher White has written numerous books, including "Skipjack: The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen" and "The Melting World: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers." His articles have appeared in Audubon, The Baltimore Sun, The New Mexican, National Geographic, and Exploration.

In his new book, "The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine's Greatest Fishery?" he follows three lobster captains: Frank, Jason, and Julie (one the few female skippers in Maine), as they haul and set thousands of traps.

For the past five years, the lobster population along the coast of Maine has boomed, resulting in a lobster harvest six times the size of the record catch from the 1980s an event unheard of in fisheries. In a detective story, scientists and fishermen explore various theories for the glut. Leading contenders are a sudden lack of predators and a recent wedge of warming waters, which may disrupt the reproductive cycle, a consequence of climate change. Unexpectedly, boom may turn to bust, as the captains must fight a warming ocean, volatile prices, and rough weather to keep their livelihood afloat.

Courtesy of NYS DEC

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an emergency regulation concerning fishing in the upper Esopus Creek.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is catching criticism from conservationists for reeling in a 154.5-pound thresher shark off Long Island. The Democrat tweeted pictures of his catch Sunday.

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New York ranks as the nation's number 2 state when it comes to money spent on hunting and fishing. That  figure comes from a new analysis released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Teaching Trout To Talk

Apr 13, 2015

  There is some great fly-fishing in Washington County, NY. So, it makes sense that Stu Bartow - a writer who lives near the famed Battenkill - has combined his love of writing and fly fishing in a new book in Teaching Trout to Talk — the zen of small stream fly fishing.

In the book, Stuart Bartow answers questions such as, what's the difference between a trout bum and a zen fly fisher? Do fish have souls, and when is the best time to fish?

Stu Bartow teaches writing and literature at SUNY Adirondack. He is also chair of the Battenkill Conservancy. He will be speaking and signing his new book at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, April 25th.