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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 24 - September 30, 1999 - 91 Wildlife officials to mull fate of snow goose population National Hunting and Fishing Day set for Sept. 25 National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday, Sept, 25 in Delaware and across the nation. There's a more detailed story in this edition which provides infor- mation about activities. OUTDOORS But it is worth reprinting this recent proclamation from the of- Michael Short rices of Governor Tom Carper and Lieutenant Governor Ruth Ann - Minner: Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and "Whereas, hunting and angling Wildlife Service will hold a pub- are important outdoor experiences lic meeting on Sept. 30 to discuss to many Delawareans because of potential remedies to address the their interest in the state's diverse destructive effect of the rapidly natural heritage; and whereas, increasing snow goose population ea camme me photo hunters and anglers are leaders in on migratory bird habitat and Wildlife officials in the United States and Canada are in the processing of discussing just providing support in the conser- agriculture in Canada and the what to do about the burgeoning snow goose population along the Atlantie Flyway. Thegreat vation of the state's wildlife and United States. numbers of snow goose are damaging farm fields and other wildlife habitat in Delaware and fisheries resources; and whereas, This is one of nine meetings at other states. Delaware hunters and anglers sites across the country that the along with sportsmen from across USFWS is holding to get public conservation order and the legal- the actual spring breeding popula- losses. Farmers with snow goose the United States who share their comments on management op, ization of additional hunting tion may be at least 4.5 million damage are urged to attend this passion and interest in conserva- tions it proposes to evaluate in an methods such as electronic calls, birds. The spring population of meeting." tion, have historically contributed Environmental Impact Statement unplugged shotguns and expand- greater snow geese, the species The fragile Canadian Arctic, over $21 billion toward national, [EIS]. The meeting will take edsbootinghours. The Service al- found in Delaware and the rest of with its short growing season, regional and state programs that place at 7 p:m. re,fire DNT, EC An- so:wilt consider the effects oftak- the Atlantic Flymiy, hasexpanded cannot supportpopulations of this benefit wildlife and fish popula- . ditorium, 89 Kings :Highways. ing aefion, from less than 5ffiO00.birds in the size. For example, large areas Of tions; and whereas, the ongoing D,,oer .... . . :r,.: " 15'" ":" "': -..EISaJ, SO Will evalu,atepo W 4ate 196Os to :. appoxi.mately the breeding grounds around theme 'A Natural Invitation to ' These qMfermeml. (: .n.contro!,*li'ategieson w!rv- 700,00Qswitl. a  aTate of .Hudson. Bay .have been denuded Step-Omaiit' encourages all ages " of,:putd!melilmee to   :, tgroundi; ,&nd.mzgrlttion  ,jl pvrmt:a2year, tim pop:. 71 ofai! vegv/atiolt:hy  throng b 0fDelawaeans-to enjoy the. rich. deetjoh .q-tr,f,: and.m i  ha the ,UR.,-ineludimgdl., i:ldati..i,, tO rote. "g, {t.simation that , conservation heritage wh!Ch , prope th."(va::StflutimtS aswe iRgand trapping..Whilebei:$., ." milt $y)2002 and tgo million ?. ogists oelieve may alsobe :e!Im-" Ddaware:.provides; and whereas,= attcmpt:m.h. .:e.sprmng. de.-- V.,d_s.tlaatheauth0dtyto ... by. i .:, .. ..' '. ..... :lrilmtingto the dechhae of breed- Delawareans continue to rake (.structi.oa..of.Arctic breddmg habi- impment popul.atim corot'61: ".ro.d. 'y,-De..Ware overwmtiers .. ing populations of other migrator. steps to ensure that our fishand .. tilt;caused j! i ttr4eas'mg, while. . on .the breeding -. .m snowgee,:dmn any:...ry bd. spec4.'es that share the wildlife resources and the recre- g6oe..lfftimas," said acting ada, it to:evaluai othAilemt! Fblwa.y, state, abom . bre" g,: ,. ' , - t, measures..with Canad4a.. -:0_,O00 iast yem'o said State / The rU--NVS wleffmes public ational opportunities available to- - ,S, erviee Dj r lohn Rogers. day will be conserved for futu.... ,v..; generations of our state's citizens- i: sn: 'f  imp r:. in order that they may enjoy the. " ' "'"  lant-lsstte,...e : .. _ " ' same quality of life associated"-" ..USES laas.ified-a series with the enjoyment of these re-- /6f.Pat"mial:xes. to pbpula-: sources:" .: " . " . tion.. oflwhitegeese.tlat .' " : : -. will be eyattatl in'the EIS, Snow geese meeting " Among .d'e altr.atives, being' Delaware's Division ofFish and considered area:tim creation of:a  officials... I. .. .. :. : ... i Wi:fe bdministratorH. oyd  on thescope 9ftl' EIS: .iaua.l " Whater \\;ltil.ati.;--..l ,/ b/...y#t "a. ql'aecept.oral and writtch. :- cdan. fimate that the bined !at  eapaeify,.on their nest-, ms,= the meeting: Written po,latiou oflesser snowaQ d i. ing gmunds,:but e pecteit  eon,,enis.may alsg, be submitted SS'S geese in the U.S. hasmore i'ia surpass it in  xt tWO, b Nov- 22 to the Chief, OfficeOf" :tripled in thepast  years, o"_ la,_rs. They cause signif- ,TMigrlat0ry Bird Managemem( ,just over BO0;O00 birds in .--t damage tO -IU,S, Fish and Widdtife Serve,. 1969o approximately 2.8 million Delaware ;each winter, but we 440| N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 6334, birds today. BiolOgists believe  helpyd.better document Crop Arlington, VA 22203. Delaware Mobil e By Michael Short When the wind doesn't blow, the fishing can be quite good. It's just a matter of getting out when the weather is decent and no hur- ricanes are lurking about. Moving on to local fishing news, surf fishing is beginning to improve. Trout, kingfish and bluefish are being caught on an incoming tide at 3R's Road, ac- cording to Old Inlet Bait and Tackle. The news that surf fishing is improving comes just in time for one of the biggest tournaments of the year, the 13th Annual Delaware Open Surf Fishing Tournament. The tournament will be held at Cape Henlopen State S trf-Fisiae linen gear up for tournament this weekend There are expected to be changes in flounder and weakfish, but those options are not yet avail- able. Lesser said, however, that changes in striped bass regulation could mean increasing the mini- mum size to 30 inches or reducing the limit to one per day. While no decisions were made (the next workshop meeting is on Oct. 19), Lesser said there were plenty of comments from fisher men who said they do not want another flounder season like this one. The fishermen objected-to the idea of a closure for part of the summer season and that message came across loud and clear at Wednesday's session. Hoss's Pier One reports that fishing is picking up with lots of small bluefish and some trout be- ing caught on fresh mullet at the top of the incoming tide. There are still some flounder being caught on minnows. R&R Sports said that croaker, trout and snapper blues, mixed with flounder were being taken. Larger trout were taken on structure on plugs and jigheads along with afew stripers and keeper trout on the beachfront on top and bottom rigs. Bill's Sport Shop reports that large flounder and croaker are be- ing caught at the Anchorage on squid and minnows. Clayton Smith and Julia Blair caught croaker and seabass while Blair Park on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 with headquar- ters at the park's officers club and always draws big numbers offish- ermen. It is sponsored by the Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen and registration is still accepted on tournament day. Also onthe fishing front, Charles Lesser with the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's (DNREC) Division of Fisheries reports that nothing was decided at a meeting of the Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Fishery op- tions for next season were not yet available from the federal govern- ment, Lesser said. also caught a bonita on a bucktail. Big trout are being caught at the Outer Wall off Lewes Beach on live eels. R&R reported that Indian River inlet anglers had a good shot of action with schoolie bass, blues and trout just after the storms passing due to a large influx of finger mullet in the inlet. Bill's Sport Shop reported that Nolan Fraser, age 7, nailed a 19 inch long flounder on minnxws at Indi- an River Inlet.