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  • Vanishing Paradise : Stories-gulf : Gulf Restoration And The 2015 Sportsmen’s Act
    to 50 million National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Reauthorization Reauthorizes NFWF though 2019 directing conservation dollars to pressing environmental needs with matching private funds NFWF supports conservation projects across the country and administers the Gulf Environmental Fund established to remedy harm from the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill NAWCA has helped protect or restore 25 6 million acres of wetlands during the last two decades while NFWF has leveraged nearly 576 million in federal funds into 2 billion worth of conservation projects Vanishing Paradise and the National Wildlife Federation NWF welcome the passage of a bipartisan legislative package in the Senate that would expand and enhance hunting angling and other outdoor recreation on our public lands and help secure conservation funding for years to come Sportsmen and women spend about 90 billion a year on hunting and fishing The total for all outdoor recreation is about 646 billion A significant portion is committed by law to wildlife restoration and habitat enhancement activities Photo courtesy of Lew Carpenter How critical is the restoration of Gulf wetlands A new report by the National Wildlife Federation Five Years and Counting Gulf Wildlife in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster exposes the risks to wildlife in the Gulf including many species sportsmen hold dear Exposure to oil has been shown to cause abnormal development in many species of fish including mahi mahi Gulf killifish and bluefin and yellowfin tuna Spotted seatrout also known as speckled trout spawned less frequently in 2011 in both Louisiana and Mississippi than in previous years 2010 and 2011 had the lowest numbers of juvenile red snapper seen in the eastern Gulf fishery since 1994 A federal judge will soon decide the case against BP and the other companies for violations of the Clean Water Act A law passed

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Louisiana's Specks Five Years Later
    illegal to keep for clients on a charter A seemingly backward thought for captains who wish to have their clients pose with wheelbarrows full of their speckled quarry in order to help promote business As a lifelong resident and a part time guide out of Port Sulphur I can attest to the decline And it turns out so can fisheries scientists In a report released recently by the National Wildlife Federation I came across two extremely interesting facts that coincide with the decline of the speckled trout fishery that many anglers observed Photo courtesy of Chris Bush Trout are prolific spawners and do so by batch spawning meaning they shed eggs more than once during a spawning season In most cases this typically ranges from April to September and predominantly takes place on beaches with passes nearby The speckled trout spawn therefore coincided with the oil spill and its clean up efforts which may have had a significant negative impact to the 2010 year class The second point that I find interesting is that female speckled trout showed a delay in reproductive organs pre vs post spill According to NWF s report while female trout in Mississippi exhibited development delays at the beginning of their reproductive season one year after the spill as compared to pre spill data this did not appear to be true for Louisiana However dramatic reductions in trout spawning frequency were also noted after the spill in both LA and MS suggesting the potential for population impacts such as reduced recruitment into estuaries In short we didn t just lose the 2010 year class but subsequent year classes fail to meet pre spill spawning classes recruitment In other words the supply of the fishery can t meet the demand of the fisherman So what can you

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates
    Congrats to the winner of Top Brass Giveaway Congratulations to Chris Holmes of Chalmette LA for winning the Top Brass giveaway The prize included a Sturm Mil Tec Tactical Backpack 9 Packs Top Brass Tungsten 12 Packs Top Brass Super Spike Jigs 20 Packs Assorted Top Brass Brass Weights and Glass Beads Outdoor Youth Adventures coloring books picture frame and more We re completely jealous read more Jul 30 The Wax Lake Delta Rebuilding Coastal Wetlands and Natural Habitats For a few weeks I have been organizing a trip out to the Wax Lake Delta I ve been busy sending out invitations collecting RSVP s securing boats speakers and guides and educating myself on the area s history geology and ecology Finally yesterday was the culmination of all that work I will admit something to you before read more Jul 29 Join Us in Mississippi for Wildlife Extravaganza UPDATED Vanishing Paradise team is headed this weekend to the Mississippi Wildlife Federation s Wildlife Extravaganza held in Jackson MS In partnership with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation VP is hosting an education booth to discuss coastal restoration and RESTORE Act implementation with the 20 000 attendees at the annual sportsman s trade show The Ganza will kick off read more Jul 25 Vanishing Paradise Spreads Message of Coastal Restoration to World s Largest Sportfishing Trade Show From every corner of the globe 11 000 exhibitors buyers and media converged on the Orange County Convention Center OCCC July 15 18 for the world s largest recreational fishing trade show The 57th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades better known as ICAST produced by the American Sportfishing Association ASA is the global showcase for the latest read more Jun 26 Hunting and Fishing Industry Mourns the Passing of a Great Artist Chris Armstrong and a big bull redfish while fishing out of Venice LA during the annual Marsh Madness event This past spring the hunting a fishing industry lost a talented and intuitive artist named Chris Armstrong I worked closely with Armstrong during my tenure as editor of Western Outdoors magazine and a strong friendship evolved read more Jun 04 Water It Connects Us All I recently attended National Wildlife Federation s Annual Meeting of affiliates Sitting in the closing session of the meeting I was inspired to see people from all different cultural political geographic and economic backgrounds coming together to better our nation s conservation future Over the course of three days forty nine NWF affiliate conservation organizations met in Baltimore read more May 29 Invasives Take a Bite Out of Wetlands Most anglers know that Asian carp are harming this nation s fisheries from the Upper Midwest down to the Gulf Coast and eastward through the Ohio River watershed What many do not realize however is that other exotics also are doing severe damage They don t receive as much publicity because their range is more limited But read more May 21 Coastal Restoration and the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session Louisiana

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  • Vanishing Paradise : We Support Restoring The Mississippi River Delta
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  • Vanishing Paradise : Advisory Council : Brad Downey
    in the Outdoor Industry when attending college at Texas A M University He put himself through school as a full time Duck Goose Hunting Guide for Larry Gore s Eagle Lake Katy Prairie Outfitters the largest Waterfowl Outfitter in North America It was here he met his Partner Dennis Clark and formed Frontier Sales in 1998 Brad is an active Outdoor Enthusiast and has worked with countless organizations to promote the sports of Hunting and Fishing He has donated resources to conservation efforts as well as cultivating new participants into this arena His belief is that all Outdoorsman are by default Environmentalists whose responsibilities are to preserve natural habitats and teach stewardship to the generations that follow Brad has been married to his wife Vanessa for 20 years and together they have a 9 yr old daughter named Ryann newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register for Conservation on Tap April 20th 04 06 16 Florida Bay A Vision of Paradise in Decline Vanishing Paradise was launched in 2009 by Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation to advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Advisory Council : David Dellucci
    Philadelphia Phillies Dellucci a Louisiana native is a lifelong outdoorsman and a passionate conservationist newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register for Conservation on Tap April 20th 04 06 16 Florida Bay A Vision of Paradise in Decline Vanishing Paradise was launched in 2009 by Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation to advocate for

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Advisory Council : Eric Cosby
    River Delta Eric is the Vice President of CEMCO Inc Top Brass Tackle a fishing tackle manufacturer specializing in terminal tackle for the bass market Eric received his BS in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 1990 newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register for Conservation on Tap April 20th 04 06 16

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Advisory Council : Gabe Galster
    thick in his blood With a background in biology and passion for the Gulf Gabe continues to learn more ways to contribute to its protection and repair Gabe is a Coast Guard Licensed Captain a master diver and an airplane pilot He shares his enthusiasm for life and the outdoors with his two sons and wife newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré

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