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HARRISBURG, Pa. (Aug. 19) – Summer may be winding down, but fishing opportunities for families and kids are increasing, thanks to today’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) that it will be stocking trout in four waters for a special mentored youth event on Labor Day.
The four waters are in addition to 17 Panfish Enhancement lakes which will be used to offer kids and their mentors a special fishing experience on the holiday, which falls on Monday, Sept. 7. To encourage participants to share their experiences, the PFBC will hold a special photo contest through its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PaFishandBoat) beginning on Labor Day.
“For many people, Labor Day offers the last long weekend to be on the water before getting back to the routine of school,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “But we want to remind anglers that fishing is a year-round sport and doesn’t end after the traditional trout or bass seasons or when kids return to the classroom. We introduced the panfish opportunity last fall, and decided to expand the idea this year by giving trout anglers something to look forward to.”
In addition, the PFBC is offering a 1-day adult resident or non-resident Labor Day license for just $1, providing an easy and affordable way for individuals to take young anglers fishing, to introduce friends to fishing for the first time, or to just enjoy a relaxing day on the water by themselves. This is the second year the PFBC has offered a 1-day Labor Day license.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has made its selections for the 2015-16 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits.
Annual waterfowl seasons are selected by states from a framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, waterfowl survey data, and input gathered from waterfowl hunters and the public. Final approval from the USFWS is expected by late September.
“Our 2015-16 waterfowl season dates are very similar to those for 2014-15,” said Game Commission waterfowl biologist Kevin Jacobs. “However, hunters should be aware that daily bag limits have changed from last year for two species. The daily limit for canvasbacks has increased from one to two, while the daily limit for Atlantic brant has decreased from two to one. These changes in the federal frameworks reflect population status of each species in relation to established harvest strategies.”
Avian influenza (AI), commonly known as “bird flu,” is a respiratory disease of birds caused by an influenza type A virus. These viruses can infect poultry (chickens, ducks, quail, pheasants, guinea fowl, and turkeys) and some wild bird species (such as ducks, swans, and geese). Yet, they impact poultry and wild birds in different ways. Wild birds can carry the AI viruses but usually do not get sick from them. However, AI in poultry is typically contagious and can make some domesticated birds very sick or even cause death.
There are many different subtypes of influenza A viruses. These subtypes differ and are classified based on a combination of two groups of proteins on the surface of the influenza A virus: hemagglutinin or “H” proteins, of which there are 16 (H1–H16), and neuraminidase or “N” proteins, of which there are 9 (N1–N9). Many different combinations of “H” and “N” proteins are possible. Each combination is considered a different subtype and can also be broken down into different strains. AI viruses are further classified by their pathogenicity – the ability of a particular virus strain to produce disease in domestic chickens.