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Unauthorized sales of fishing licenses persist, CDFW warns

September 4th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Unauthorized sales of fishing licenses persist, CDFW warns”

SACRAMENTO–Staff with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a alerting on Aug. 20: there are “several unauthorized online websites” selling net and hunting licenses. Those unauthorized marketers are, according to CDFW staff, “improperly” charging anglers and hunters additional costs for permission purchases.

“[ The unauthorized dealers] may be collecting feelings personal information as part of their illegal events, ” CDFW staff said in a liberated statement.

CDFW staff contributed there are only four ways to purchase a fishing or hunting permission 😛 TAGEND

online, via the state’s Automated License Data System, or ALDS on the telephone, via an approved telephone auctions agent (8 00 -5 65 -1 458) at a physical permission sales office or, physically at an independent permission sales agent( regional sport goods narration, enticement and tackle supermarket, etc .).

“Because CDFW’s license sales offices and some independent license marketings agent bureaux have been temporarily closed to help slow the spread of Covid-1 9, there has been a surge in online sales over the summer months, ” CDFW staff said in a liberated proclamation. “Unscrupulous website hustlers and scammers can benefit of increased virtual traffic, and the public should make additional prudences to ensure they do not fall victim to a scam.”

CDFW staff has shut down six unauthorized websites since June 2019. Two more websites acquiring illegal permissions sales are on the verge of “being disabled, ” according to CDFW staff.

“Unofficial websites may attempt to represent CDFW and/ or contain information about hunting and fishing licenses, and internet search engines is no longer able ever roll the official CDFW website as the top result, ” Department of Fish and Wildlife staff stated. “While allowed obtains become through independent license auctions operators and ALDS are subject to an additional 5 percentage handle reward, the fraudulent marketings websites volunteer commodities for sale with’ ship and direct fees’ that are much higher than 5 percent of the base acquire price.”

Anyone who guess he or she might have acquired a trawl or hunting license from an illegal website should email CDFW staff at ReportFraud @wildlife. ca.gov. The email address could also be used to confirm whether or not a previous obtain was performed properly.

https://www.fishrapnews.com/features/unauthorized-sales-of-fishing-licenses-persist-cdfw-warns/

Eastern Sierra waters continue to receive fish plants

August 21st, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Eastern Sierra waters continue to receive fish plants”

EASTERN SIERRA MOUNTAINS–California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has informed its stocking plan for the Eastern Sierras, granting trout to be embed in those areas despite the closure of three hatcheries.

The closed hatcheries, which were located in the Eastern Sierras and Southern California, afforded trout to reservoirs in Mono and Inyo counties. Those hatcheries- Mojave River, Black Rock and Fish Springs- were forced to shut down after they were adulterated with a bacterial outbreak. CDFW staff tried to treat those hatcheries, but the struggles were unsuccessful.

The outbreak lead to 3.2 million fish being euthanized. Each of the three hatcheries “mustve been” decontaminated, as well. Euthanizing the fish and decontaminating the hatcheries were necessary to stop the spread of Lactococcus garvieae.

Staff with the CDFW Hatchery Program made a “Plan B, ” which, according to a statement issued by CDFW, would “ensure that plant could continue in some capacity.”

CDFW staff accepted anglers were “understandably concerned about reduced fishing opportunity for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. ”

“CDFW’s multiphase stocking program calls for the reallocation of fish from lower priority liquids in other parts of the state to the highest use oceans in areas normally planted by the depopulated hatcheries this time of year, ” CDFW staff said in a released account. “During’ phase one’( which began the last week of July and will run through mid-October ), 16 sea torsoes in the Inland Desert and South Coast fields is likely to be furnished with fish from the Moccasin Creek and San Joaquin hatcheries.”

The second phase begins in mid-October and will continue through early springtime. Southern California locales “wouldve been” stocked by the Fillmore Hatchery. Stocking will depend upon whether water temperatures cool down fairly for planting.

Phase three will take place in the spring and time of 2021; CDFW staff said the department would “address stocking for the trout openers and summertime angling opportunities” during phase three.

The list of seas- and how many fish would be seeded at each waterway- during the second and third phases is also being finalized by CDFW staff.

“The loss of 3.2 million fish is careening, but we absolutely recognize the importance of these fisheries, and we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact of this loss to anglers and local communities that depend on them, while balancing the needs of the rest of the state, ” Jay Rowan, CDFW’s statewide hatchery program manager, explained.

Hot Creek Hatchery near Mammoth, which was not affected by the bacterial eruption, will continue to plant trout at its Eastern Sierra spots as scheduled.

The three hatcheries affected by the outbreak are still being cleaned. CDFW staff said they hope to have all three hatcheries back online by the fall or winter of 2021.

Anyone who has questions or concerns about the outbreak should contact CDFW staff via email at hatcherybacteriainfo @wildlife. ca.gov.

https://www.fishrapnews.com/features/eastern-sierra-waters-continue-to-receive-fish-plants/

Fisheries affected by Covid-19 to receive relief funding

August 8th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Fisheries affected by Covid-19 to receive relief funding”

SACRAMENTO–An forecasted $18 million in federal easing funding will be made available for aquaculture transactions, contract boat proprietors, fish customers and licensed commercial-grade fishermen who lost income due to the effects of the Covid-1 9 pandemic. The fund will be made available to eligible recipients through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife( CDFW ).

The state is receiving its $18 million of succor monies through the$ 2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security( CARES) Act stimulus package.

“CDFW estimates that there are more than 11,500 potentially eligible applicants for this funding, including individuals who work in the offshore, shoreside, aquaculture, commercial-grade fare fishing barrel and guide areas, ” CDFW staff said in a secreted statement.

An applicant for succor funding must demonstrate at least a 35 percent loss of fishing-related income, between Jan. 1 and June 30, due to Covid-1 9. The applicant must also demonstrate, through documentation, they are actively involved in one of the qualifying sectors.

Applicants must also provide the most up-to-date address information by Aug. 17.

“The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission( PSMFC) is serving as fiscal agent for these funds. PSMFC will forward claim forms to all potentially eligible applicants to the address on file with CDFW, ” according to CDFW staff. “Forms and documentation must be returned within 30 periods to be eligible for disbursement. Following the closing of the 30 -day response period, final disbursement totals will be calculated and easing checks will be issued to qualified applicants.”

CDFW staff can be reached via email at CARESfisheriesinfo @wildlife. ca.gov.

https://www.fishrapnews.com/features/fisheries-affected-by-covid-19-to-receive-relief-funding/

Bacterial outbreak forces state to euthanize hatchery fish

July 25th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Bacterial outbreak forces state to euthanize hatchery fish”

SACRAMENTO–A tiny reces of the fish world was on the verge of experiencing a localized pandemic of its own- as if the worldwide spread of Coronavirus amongst humen( and the associated political discourse) hasn’t dominated headlines for the purposes of this report( and others ).

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife( CDFW) announced that the committee euthanized trout at three fish hatcheries in Southern California and the Eastern Sierras. State officials decided to euthanize the trout after a bacterial eruption changed 3.2 million fish, it was announced on July 20.

Mojave River Hatchery, Black Rock Hatchery and Fish Springs Hatchery were the three hatcheries where fish were euthanized. The hatcheries equip fish to CDFW’s South Coast and Inland Desert regions.

CDFW staff said here today action would “have a profound effect on CDFW’s ability to stock fish for anglers in[ Southern California and Inland Desert] spheres in the near future.”

“Euthanizing our hatchery stocks was not policy decisions we comes down to thinly, but it had to be done, ” Jay Rowan, an environmental program manager for CDFW hatcheries, said in a released evidence. “This bacterium is resistant to all the treatment alternatives we have available for fish. The fish losings were getting worse despite our therapies. The best alternative we have available that will get us back to embed fish from these hatcheries in the shortest timeline is to clear the raceways, thoroughly disinfect the facilities, and start over.”

The three hatcheries were placed under quarantine for more than one month, granting pathologists and hatchery staff to conduct tests and research potential therapy options.

“The outbreak of Lactococcus garvieae, which is similar to streptococcus, has been reported in cattle and poultry farms as well as fresh and saltwater fish and shellfish hatcheries all regions of the world, but had never before been detected in fish in California, ” CDFW staff said. “Research of treatment options employed under trout farms in Europe and other parts of the world show there is almost no chance for successfully eliminating the bacteria from a equipment without depopulation and disinfection.”

Common manifestations are associated with L. garvieae include projection hearts, lethargic/ inconsistent float and increased mortality. Fish can also be asymptomatic and register no signed of infection, depending upon water temperature and stress, are consistent with CDFW staff.

“Fish-to-human transmission of this bacteria is rare and unlikely but there are several documented instances associated with immunocompromised parties ingesting polluted raw fish and unpasteurized milk makes, ” CDFW staff stated.

Eastern Sierra’s Hot Creek Hatchery has tested negative for L. garvieae and is still providing plants for eight waterways in Inyo and Mono provinces, according to CDFW staff.

“CDFW is in the process of developing a modified stocking plan to reallocate fish from central and northern California hatcheries to a small number of high-pitched angler apply, easily accessible sprays in geographically different parts of the eastern Sierra and Southern California, ” CDFW staff stated.

Anyone who has questions about L. garvieae can reach out to CDFW staff via email at hatcherybackteriainfo @wildlife. ca.gov.

https://www.fishrapnews.com/features/bacterial-outbreak-forces-state-to-euthanize-hatchery-fish/

Inyo County trout season is officially open

May 30th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Inyo County trout season is officially open”

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Fish and Wildlife( CDFW) approved Inyo County’s formal request to start its trout season. The season officially opened on May 28.

Inyo County’s 2020 trout opener was delayed because of the Covid-1 9 pandemic. CDFW initially mandated the season be delayed until at least May 31, but local officials requested the lag come to an end a few days earlier.

Mono County, which is just north of Inyo County, opened its trout season on May 23.

Anglers planned to head into the Eastern Sierras on April 25 to celebrate “Fishmas; ” April 25 was the originally scheduled date for this year’s trout season opener.

The April 25 date was pushed back to May 31 or last-minute because of the Covid-1 9 pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom, nonetheless, called for phase two of his re-opening plan to go into effect as the final days of May began to play out. Inyo County officials, accordingly, began the talks with the position to move forward with its 2020 trout opener.

The county received approval from the state’s Department of Public Health to open neighbourhood pools and waterways to fishing; the sanction was needed for CDFW to authorize a May 28 opener.

CDFW’s most pressing decision only applies to Inyo County.

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State allows Mono County trout opener to go forward

May 29th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “State allows Mono County trout opener to go forward”

SACRAMENTO–Charlton H. Bonham, superintendent of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife( CDFW ), lifted the state’s restrictions on the Eastern Sierra fishing opener for Mono County, giving the trout opener to go forward.

The 2020 trout opener for Mono County was originally scheduled to take place on April 25, but the annual net happen known as “Fishmas” was delayed until May 31 because of the Covid-1 9 pandemic.

Anglers were allowed to begin fishing in Mono County as of May 23.

Bridgeport, June Lake and Lake Crowley are among the favourite angling ends within Mono County.

Fishing was not yet allowed in Inyo County, however. Inyo County is the other portion of the Eastern Sierras where “Fishmas” makes arrange yearly, during the last Saturday of April.

“In April, CDFW had discussions with county leadership viewing trout fishing, which typically chooses a high tourism influx to the area. Local officials were concerned about the transmission of Covid-1 9 and its full potential to place a strain on their healthcare systems, ” CDFW staff said in a liberated affirmation. “Further, all non-essential business including lodging, dining and tenting options were closed in compliance with state and local public health officers’ says. Thus, CDFW, in consultation with Fish and Game Commission President Eric Sklar, retarded the opener through May 31. ”

Mono County officials, however, supposedly wrote a letter to CDFW, urging the department to end the trout opener interruption and allow fishing to resume before May 31. The symbol was reportedly to be presented to CDFW the staff members of May 21.

“Mono County officials …[ revealed] that the county was approved from California Department of Public Health to move into the governor’s Phase Two, Stage Two Resilience Roadmap and would begin discussions of re-opening, ” CDFW staff said in a secreted account. “Though county officials solicited the opening on May 22, CDFW required one additional date for consultation and processing this seek, thus the delay in Mono County will expire at midnight on May 22, and fishing can resume on May 23. ”

Please contact CDFW at 916 -4 45 -7 600 for questions about the emergency declaration.

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Trout opener on hold after CDFW authorizes suspension/delay of recreational fishing

May 2nd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Trout opener on hold after CDFW authorizes suspension/delay of recreational fishing”

SACRAMENTO–The Fish and Game Commission granted the director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife( CDFW) authority to delay, suspend or restrict recreational fishing operations at certain regions of the state, if the action is necessary to “protect against the threat from COVID-1 9 based on state, federal, local and tribal public health the guidelines and public safety needs.”

Commissioners unanimously approved the temporary government during a teleconference join held on April 15. Commission staff stated the temporary award of authority to the CDFW director was necessary, “in order to prevent and mitigate public health risks that may arise when people travel or gather for trawl event.”

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said the Fish and Game Commission’s action was never about a permanent statewide closure of sportfishing, but instead a temporary have responded to a public health emergency.

“I understand Californians desperately need the outdoors for solace, reinvigoration and spirituality, especially so right now, ” Bonham said. “The proposal was never about a statewide permanent shutdown. It is about being accept to regional needs in this public health emergency, where we must do all we can as Californians to help each other make it through this together. We intend to use this authority surgically and based on regional needs and knowledge.”

Fish and Game President Eric Sklar lent the threat of COVID-1 9 is expected to be significant until at least mid-May.

“Governor Newsom recently said we are looking forward a mid-May peak of COVID-1 9 and we must prepare for that spate, ” Sklar territory. “Today’s decision is a smart and responsible approach to be ready. It does not retard or curb specific fisheries or waters, but preferably plans us to expeditiously do so if needed to mitigate the spread of COVID-1 9. ”

Participating on the teleconference call were Sklar, Fish and Game Commission Vice President Samantha Murray and Commissioners Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, Russell Burns and Peter Silva.

The commission’s decision eventually leaves it up to California’s 52 counties to determine whether emergency measures should be implemented in response to the COVID-1 9 pandemic.

The authority to limit sportfishing activity would be in effect through May 31.

A region expected to be hard-hit by the commission’s decision: Eastern Sierra, which includes Alpine, Inyo and Mono provinces. This year’s Eastern Sierra fish opener was originally scheduled to start on April 25. Bonham said his department coordinated with officials in Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties to delay the Eastern Sierra angling opener until at least May 31.

“After talking with the province representatives, we agreed this was a necessary step toward being responsive to local needs in this public health emergency, ” Bonham said in a exhausted testimony. “These counties asked for our help, and we responded.”

The Eastern Sierras opens its annual net season on the final Saturday of April. The trout opener is generally applauded as “Fishmas.”

Trout season in other provinces was not affected by the department’s decision, are consistent with CDFW staff.

Some books of The Log weren’t happy with the commission’s decision.

Gail Wisniewski, in response to The Log’s April 19 affixing of this news story on Facebook, said the state’s decision was unacceptable.

“California is in the twilight zone. Glad we don’t have a boat there anymore, ” she wrote. “How is this acceptable? ”

Paul Ferber, in his April 11 have responded to a Twitter share of The Log’s report about the impending committee elect, said the state should expect a massive request for fish license refunds.

“Over 1 million fishermen is likely to be demanding a pay on their 2020 fishing permission if it’s shut down, ” Ferber said in his reply. “That’s a lot of money.”

Questions about the commission’s April 15 vote can be directed to Fisheries Branch Acting Chief, Roger Bloom; his email is Roger.Bloom @wildlife. ca.gov.

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CDFW authorized to delay or suspend recreational fishing

April 30th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “CDFW authorized to delay or suspend recreational fishing”

SACRAMENTO–The Fish and Game Commission granted the director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife( CDFW) authority to delay, suspend or limit recreational fishing operations at certain regions of the state, if the action is necessary to “protect against the threat from COVID-1 9 based on state, federal, local and tribal public health guidance and public security needs.”

Commissioners unanimously approved the temporary official during a teleconference session held on April 15. Commission staff stated the temporary award of authority to the CDFW director was necessary, “in order to prevent and mitigate public health risks that may arise when people travel or congregate for trawl event.”

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said the Fish and Game Commission’s action was never about a permanent statewide closure of sportfishing, but instead a temporary response to a public health emergency.

“I understand Californians desperately need the outdoors for solace, reinvigoration and spirituality, especially so right now, ” Bonham said. “The proposal was never about a statewide permanent close. It is about being responsive to local needs in this public health emergency, where we must do all we can as Californians to help each other make it through this together. We intend to use this authority surgically and based on neighbourhood needs and knowledge.”

Fish and Game President Eric Sklar included the threat of COVID-1 9 is expected to be significant until at least mid-May.

“Governor Newsom recently said we are looking forward a mid-May peak of COVID-1 9 and we must prepare for that surge, ” Sklar stated. “Today’s decision is a smart and responsible approach to be ready. It does not delay or limit specific fisheries or irrigates, but instead readies us to expeditiously do so if needed to mitigate the spread of COVID-1 9. ”

Participating on the teleconference call were Sklar, Fish and Game Commission Vice Preident Samantha Murray and Commissioners Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, Russell Burns and Peter Silva.

Questions about the commission’s April 15 referendum can be directed to Fisheries Branch Acting Chief, Roger Bloom; his email is Roger.Bloom @wildlife. ca.gov.

In-depth reporting of the commission’s April 15 rally shall be issued in the May 1 issue of The Log.

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Fish & Game Commission reschedules emergency meeting

April 10th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Fish & Game Commission reschedules emergency meeting”

SACRAMENTO–An April 9 disaster see to discuss the potential closure of sportfishing in certain areas of the state had to be rescheduled due to ponderous announcement capacity. The California Fish and Game Commission planned to hold a teleconference converge on April 9 to address the ongoing COVID-1 9 pandemic

The commission was specifically set to discuss whether the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife should be granted the authority to delay, curtail or suspend boast or recreational fishing, in response to the COVID-1 9 pandemic.

The question was whether delaying, inhibiting or suspending boast or recreational net would help “prevent and mitigate public health risks that may arise when people travel for fishing trips or assemble while participating in available net opportunities.”

“[ The California Department of Fish and Wildlife] and the commission have received solicits from county representatives and neighbourhood health authorities requesting delays to sport or recreational fish openers such as the Eastern Sierra trout opener planned for april 25, ” CDFW personnel stated in an email to the press.

The exact date of the rescheduled fill was not yet announced- but CDFW staff and commission leadership did nation the teleconference would take place at some time during the week of April 13. Updates of the assemble- as well as its outcomes- will immediately be reported on our website, fishrapnews.com.

CDFW staff and commission leadership, in a joint proclamation, accepted the April 9 teleconference “mustve been” rescheduled because of high-pitched label magnitude and a lack of technological preparedness.

“We are very supportive of the passion we heard from those that were able to join this morning’s scold. It is clear that the call volume was overwhelming, and the technology wasn’t ready, ” the joint statement by Fish and Game President Eric Sklar and CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “We acknowledge that this is a challenge as we attempt to navigate new technology for assembles. We are frustrated by what happened today and are looking for a remedy now. We understand that many members of the public and media were unable to join the call and because we likewise understand the significance to many of you, we need to ensure that you have an opportunity to provide input.”

Sklar and Bonham contributed the public can also submit explains for the record via email( fgc @fgc. ca.gov) if they do not want to be on the teleconference.

The commission president and bureau chairman also made clear the fill was to discuss a possible close- not a ban.

“We also want to make it crystal clear that today’s proposed decision was not about restricting fishing statewide or locally. We are not contemplating statewide ending. The decision is to help prepare us to work with counties and tribes to see those decisions based on their requests, ” Sklar and Bonham said. “We are working on a tailor-make and surgical approach based on regional needs and knowledge. We have already received some of these requests. Today’s proposed action was an effort to become more nimble and ready to react when asked by a neighbourhood entity to act.”

CDFW staff, in a report to commissioners, stated disaster action is needed to benefit the public interest.

“Given the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s … knowledge to a better understanding of play( including recreational) fishing throughout the state, and the behaviours of boast fishers as it relates to those fisheries, CDFW and the California Fish and Game Commission … have determined that a temporary, adaptive approaching is needed to give CDFW the ability to suspend or limit certain or all inland and naval water to sport trawl or curtail the make of any fish species, ” CDFW faculty stated in a report to commissioners.

Some of the fishing seasons to be launched( or were supposed to be underway by now) involving the groundfish fishery between Santa Barbara and Mendocino districts( April 1 opener) and the Eastern Sierra Trout Opener( April 24 ). The groundfish fishery north of Mendocino County was set to open May 11.

“Travel and possible accumulation of fishers at’ strangle points’ where it may not be possible to maintain six paws of dissociation( e.g ., propel ramps, parking lots, etc .) have its full potential to increase the spread of COVID-1 9, ” CDFW staff said in a report to commissioners. “In addition, when traveling for a fishing trip, a fisher has the potential to travel to remote, small towns, often stopping at gas stations or amenity marts, tackle patronizes, fast food and other restaurants, marinas or boat starts, and/ or inns/ motels. The advance can lead to inadvertent transmission of the virus to the regional business helpers or works, even if the fisher is asymptomatic.”

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Aquarium of the Pacific will release hundreds of endangered giant sea bass

March 22nd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Aquarium of the Pacific will release hundreds of endangered giant sea bass”

LONG BEACH—A partnership of three institutions/organizations announced they have successfully raised hundreds of juvenile giant sea bass for release into the ocean. The release was part of an effort to slowly increase the population of giant sea bass, a species that has been in decline and was listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

Researchers at California State University, Northridge shared giant sea bass eggs with Aquarium of the Pacific and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium last summer, as part of an attempt to produce offspring for the species.

Staff with Aquarium of the Pacific and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium reared the baby giant sea bass babies, setting the tone for eventual release.

“The young fish will all be released into the wild with approval from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife,” Aquarium of the Pacific staff said in a released statement. “Divers from both aquariums will release several hundred fish into the ocean at a time on two trips, the first of which has already been completed. The release location will be kept confidential among the project partners, allowing the young fish to acclimate to their new home.”

Aquarium of the Pacific staff added giant sea bass are “notoriously difficult to breed in an aquarium setting.”

“The Aquarium of the Pacific was the first public aquarium to successfully hatch and raise a baby giant sea bass in 2016. That fish, named Yutaka, is now on view in the Aquarium’s Amber Forest exhibit near its parents, which have lived in the Aquarium’s Honda Blue Cavern exhibit since its opening in 1998,” aquarium staff stated. “After this initial success, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s husbandry staff planned a regional meeting to gather aquarium professionals and local researchers who had been working with giant sea bass, and multiple partnerships were formed between universities, aquariums, and government agencies.”

Anyone spotting giant sea bass in the ocean is encouraged to take a photo and submit it to researchers at UC Santa Barbara. The university instituted a citizen science website – spottinggiantseabass.msi.ucsb.edu – as part of its work to track individual giant sea bass.

Read more: fishrapnews.com.