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St. Lawrence Ready for World Carp Event

Communities along the St. Lawrence River are preparing to host what organizers call "the Olympics of carp fishing". More than 120 teams from all over the world will compete. The top prize is a million dollars. As David Sommerstein reports, the World Carp Championship could be an economic boost for a part of the river that struggles to attract tourists.  Go to full article

Anglers' Repose on the St. Lawrence

Hundreds of anglers are converging on the St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and Massena for the 2005 World Carp Championship. Competitors will represent more than 20 countries from 5 continents. The tournament starts on Sunday. Tomorrow we'll have a story on the basics of carp fishing. But today we focus on the more traditional North Country catches. Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.  Go to full article
Sean Manning with a 30 lb carp. (source: American Carp Society)  <i>To volunteer at the tournament in Waddington, call : 315-764-5654, or 310-488-8205.</i>
Sean Manning with a 30 lb carp. (source: American Carp Society) To volunteer at the tournament in Waddington, call : 315-764-5654, or 310-488-8205.

World Carp Championship Coming to Waddington

The 2005 World Carp Championship, the largest and most prestigious carp sporting event in the world will be held on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, June 4th through the 10th. Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties, including weighing the fish. Todd Moe spoke with Sean Manning, one of the directors of the American Carp Society, about the upcoming carp tournament.  Go to full article

Alcoa Tries to Clean Grasse River, Again

The EPA is testing new ways to clean up toxic waste in the Grasse River this summer. Alcoa dumped PCBs downstream from Massena before the cancer-causing chemicals were banned in 1979. As David Sommerstein reports, an earlier attempt to cover up the contaminated river bottom failed.  Go to full article
Dennis Aprill is Outdoors Columnist for the <i>Plattsburgh Press Republican</i>.
Dennis Aprill is Outdoors Columnist for the Plattsburgh Press Republican.

Trout Season Opens

It's an annual rite of spring - the opening of trout season in New York. State wildlife experts say abundant rain the past two seasons, as well as cool, wet summers, have created ideal conditions for the growth and survival of both stocked and wild trout. Todd Moe talks with outdoors writer Dennis Aprill about the upcoming season.  Go to full article

Congress Approves Asian Carp Barrier Funding

The U.S. House and Senate recently passed a bill that will help keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Celeste Headlee reports, the federal government will contribute nearly $2.5 million to help repel the fish.  Go to full article

EPA Report: Mercury Contamination Widespread

More and more Americans are being warned that the local fish they eat could be contaminated with mercury and other toxins, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports.  Go to full article

New Fish Advisories in Adirondacks

The state health department yesterday issued new fish advisories for 10 Adirondack lakes and ponds due to mercury contamination. 20 other lakes and ponds in the park already have health advisories for eating fish. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Cormorant Control Spreads West

Cormorants are large, fish-eating birds. They were nearly wiped out by the now-banned pesticide DDT. They began to colonize Little Galloo Island on the eastern end of Lake Onratio in the early 1970s. Their populations have flourished - too much so for commercial and recreational fishermen. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has been studying cormorants' diets and habits since the 80s. They began shooting cormorants to control the growing population in the mid-90s. Now, eggs are oiled and nests destroyed every spring, and some birds are shot by DEC personnel. New York began working on cormorant control with other states along the Great Lakes in the mid-90s, as the birds continued to expand their reach. The Great lakes radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill explores one lake Superior community's experiment in cormorant control.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Fran Betters, Fly-Tyer

Anyone with an eye for beauty can appreciate the sight of a well-tied fishing fly. A little piece of feather here, a bit of fur there all to lure in the hungry trout. Where did these designs come from? Do they work? Fran Betters of Wilmington has spent years studying the insects he's imitating when he constructs an Ausable Wulff fly, one of the many successful flys he's designed. Lamar Bliss reports  Go to full article

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