Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. publish a monthly newsletter, ('The Bucket") that is mailed
to its members. It contains articles and information that is of interest
to our readers.
February 2020 Bucket
Next Meeting Monday, February 24th at the Polish Falcons Club 431 East 3rd St. at 7:30 PM
Program:. Captain John Nekoloff (or his designee) will talk about shipbuilding activity at Don Jon Shipbuilding
Fishing Report: Some cold weather is in the forecast. Maybe some ice will form to offer some ice fishing opportunities. There has been some perch fishing by boaters at the head of the Bay. Steelhead fishing is still possible at the open streams.
PFBC CHANGES LICENSE DISPLAY RULES
HARRISBURG, Pa. (January 29) – During its formal quarterly business meeting on January 28, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Board of Commissioners approved the removal of a long-standing regulation that requires anglers to display their fishing license on an outer garment while fishing.
Under the amendment to Section 63.2 (PA Title 58), the outer garment display requirement will be replaced with a general possession requirement, which would require only that an angler carry the license on their person while fishing and present the license to a PFBC law enforcement officer upon request.
"With this change, we're making things more convenient for our anglers," said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. "By allowing people to simply carry their license in a pocket or in their wallet, rather than pinning it to an outer garment, we hope to hear about fewer licenses being lost and the cost associated with replacing them. It also provides greater consistency with the Pennsylvania Game Commission's hunting license display requirement, so it should prevent any further confusion among hunters and anglers."
Schaeffer noted that under the amended regulation, anglers who still wish to display their fishing license on an outer garment may continue to do so. Additionally, customers are reminded that when they purchase a fishing license online through The Outdoor Shop Opens In A New Window (pa.wildlifelicense.com), an electronic version of their fishing license is issued and may be saved and reprinted at no cost in the event of loss. Anglers should note that the regulation change is not immediate and will take effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin which is expected to be posted before the beginning of trout season.
WALLEYE SEASON OPENING CHANGED
The PA Fish and Boat Commissioners amended the Fish and Boat regulations Commissioners adopting changes to the seasons, sizes and creel limits within Lake Erie, its tributaries and Presque Isle Bay including peninsula waters, Erie County. To maintain regulatory consistency and simplicity, Lake Erie, Lake tributaries, Presque Isle Bay, and peninsular water Walleye seasonal opening days were scheduled to coincide with Commonwealth Inland Waters (January 1 – March 14, 2020; and 12:01 a.m. on the first Saturday in May to midnight, December 31, 2020). The amendment will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
WINNERS OF OUR MEMBERSHIP KICK-OFF DRAWING
The following SONS members were winners of our annual Membership Drive Kick-Off drawing that was held at our January 27th general membership meeting. The proceeds from the raffle are used to cover the cost of the printing and mailing of our annual membership packet. The ten winners each won $100.00
1. Bill Campbell Erie, PA #12466
2. Dick Bish DuBois, PA #16522
3. Susan Chase Erie, PA #05258
4. Jerry Olson Erie, PA #01353
5. Chuck Jennings Waterford, PA #13226
6. Robert Beckman Erie, PA #02334
7. Sherry Reichert Lake City, PA #14163
8. Dick CramerTionesta, PA #00614
9. William Seiersen Erie, PA #12094
10. James R Best Erie, PA #10711
COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN PARTICIPATE IN PAFBC RESEARCH
On November21, 2019 the PAFBC with the help of the Ohio DNR implanted telemetry tags in 22 Burbot from Lake Erie. The fish were provided by Jim Shaffer, our local commercial fisherman, from his trap nets. The fish were captured on November 18, 2019 in trap nets off of the Lighthouse in 50 foot of water. These fish were then held in the wet lab at Presque Isle marina that was provided for us by the Regional Science Consortium. We monitored them daily as they recovered from the barotrauma they experienced from being brought up from depth. The fish that were healthy enough for surgery were selected and the others were autopsied for internal damage from the lift. After 24 hours they were hauled by truck to the North pier and released. This study will help us understand some of their movement as well as inform us as to when and if they return to this area to spawn. A special thanks to Matt Faust with the ODNR, Jim Shaffer for the fish, and the Regional Science Consortium for the use of their wet lab.
Left photo PAFBC Biologists are inserting a telemetry transmitter into a burbot. Right photo fish ready for tagging.
FIN & FUR RAFFLE LAUNCHED & ICE OUT PARTY SET FOR APRIL 5th
The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie’s family friendly event, the “ICE OUT PARTY” will be held on Sunday, April 5th, 2020 at the Erie Shrine Club, 2525 West 38th St. Erie, PA from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M
The price of admission to the party is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids under 16, payable at the door (toddlers 3 and under are free). Free hot dogs and refreshments will be furnished throughout the afternoon. There will be numerous door prizes and games for your enjoyment.
The highlight of the day will be the: “FANTASTIC FIN AND FUR DRAWING”. You should have already received your Fin and Fur packets by now, if not, call 814-453-2270. The drawing features a total of 12 prizes.
We have changed the grand prize option on the raffle by adding a choice of $5000.00 cash or a Polaris 570 Sportsman camo 4X4 with trailer or the 14 ft Lund deepV boat with trailer and 15 hp. motor. This is our largest fund raiser and the proceeds fund all of our annual activities and business. Other Prizes include:
Prize: Eight-hour Lake Erie Fish Charter for up to 5 people on “Heartbeat”,
courtesy of Capt. Bob Ferraro (814) 881-1790
ERIE SPORT AND TRAVEL EXPO – A CURE FOR CABIN FEVER
Do you want a cure for a
case of cabin fever? Join us at Erie Promotions Sport and Travel Expo at
Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center. The three day Erie Sport & Travel Expo
will be held at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center from Friday February 28th
and closing on Sunday March 1st. The show will attract thousands
of visitors who will be able to see boats, fishing and hunting gear, outdoor
equipment and more.
SOCIAL CLUBS SUPPORT THE SONS
Since Pennsylvania enacted the Small Games of Chance law in 2012 that gives social clubs the ability to engage in small games of chance to generate revenue for their organizations non-profits like the SONS have been enjoying a spin-off benefit. Under the law, the clubs must contribute 70% of the proceeds made by the gaming to nonprofit organizations. The clubs usually distribute these donations once a year and throughout the community. During this round of distributions we have been the recipient of generous donations to date totaling over $12,000.00 from the following social clubs- American Legion Post #105, American Legion Ross Post # 368, American Legion Carl Neff Post #571, Gertrude Barber Center, The National Club.Moniuszko Singing Society, Loyal Order of the Moose NE, Pulaski Club, Society of the Holy Trinity, South Erie Turners, Sunflower Club, Polish Falcons Nest #610, VFW Post #200 Meadville, VFW Bruce Shorts Post, VFW North East, VFW Thompson Post, St. Francis Ushers Club and the Nuova Aurora Club
We are truly grateful for their generosity. Allof the donations from the veterans club will be used to fund fishing trips for our veterans.
WEED IN THE WATER: How does cannabis use affect our freshwater ecosystems?
By Sharon Oosthoek January 22, 2020
Canada’s recent legalization of recreational cannabis is the impetus behind a unique research project launched last fall to understand its potential impact on freshwater plants and animals.
The findings could also help inform policy makers in the United States – 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.
Two of the Great Lake states – Michigan and Illinois – have legalized it for recreational use, and four others have legalized medical usage.
When we use cannabis, our bodies metabolize it into new compounds that we excrete in urine and feces. Wastewater treatment plants do not completely remove these compounds – called metabolites – and they can end up in our waterways, including the Great Lakes.
There are currently no regulations regarding the discharge from wastewater of cannabis metabolites. We don’t know the hazards these chemicals pose to the environment.
Canada legalized cannabis in October 2018, and while use has so far stayed steady at about 4.9 million people – that’s 16 percent of the population — the drug’s metabolites were detected in wastewater even before the law changed.
In 2018, Statistics Canada researchers estimated cannabis usage patterns by analyzing concentrations of its metabolites in wastewater from major Canadian cities. They found appreciable concentrations in the waste water, suggesting that cannabis metabolites could be reaching freshwater systems on both sides of the border.
Cannabis metabolites may have an impact on aquatic life. For example, zebra mussels exposed to high concentrations for two weeks experienced DNA damage.
Other chemicals in our water supplies such as estrogen and anti-depressants have been the concern for several years now. Estrogens in the water are suspected to be the cause of male fish taking on female characteristics. Anti-depressants are suspected in causing fish lethargy and loss of appetite. Editor’s note: Maybe the marijuana in the water will give the fish the munchies solving that problem.
L.E.A.F. WINTERFEST HAD SNOW THIS YEAR
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS A FISHING ROD AND REEL LET US KNOW BY CALLING 814-453-2270. We have received some donations of rods and reels lately and would like to pass them on to whoever may want one but can’t afford it.
OUR MEMBER DRIVE IS FALLING BELOW OUR GOAL WHICH IS 3000 MEMBERS, PLEASE JOIN A FRIEND OR RELATIVE WE NEED THE NUMBERS.
Reminder: Yellow Perch caught in Presque Isle Bay or the inland waters of Presque Isle must be at least 7 inches long. The regulation is in effect from Dec 1 to April 30
Volunteer signup sheets will be distributed at our meetings prior to the shows
UPCOMING GUN RAFFLES FOR 2019
Consider attending the above gun raffles not only for something to do this winter but to support those organizations that support us. If you would like to help out contact Director Rich Brine at 81-833-5007
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