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bad news, silver carp in North Dakota

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Silver Carp Caught in James River

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has verified a recent catch of a silver carp by an angler fishing the James River near LaMoure. Silver carp, an exotic species, are well established in the lower Missouri River and in the James River in South Dakota. This is the first report of this aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota waters.

Lynn Schlueter, Game and Fish aquatic nuisance species coordinator, said department personnel are disappointed but not surprised that silver carp have entered the state.

“Record high flows in the James River this year have facilitated their movements upstream, causing them to move up the James River in South Dakota in recent years,” Schlueter said.

Game and Fish staff will conduct additional sampling in the specific location where the unwanted carp was caught, in addition to surrounding areas of the James River.

“Control measures for these species are largely ineffective,” Schlueter said. “Once established in a large river system they are virtually impossible to eliminate.”

Silver carp out-compete native and other game fish in large river systems. They eat phytoplankton, a food item used by zooplankton, which in turn are eaten by small game fish. They concentrate below dams and can drive out desirable fish. When frightened, they can jump several feet out of the water, thereby posing a danger to boaters and skiers.

solid duck numbers going into the opener for North Dakota

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s May and July waterfowl surveys indicate hunters can expect a large fall flight similar to recent years. Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 24 for ducks, coots, mergansers and geese. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 1.

Mike Johnson, game management section leader, said North Dakota’s fall flight – breeding ducks and the young they produce in the state – is based on data from the May breeding duck survey and the July brood survey. “This year’s production was down from last year, however, there are strong indications of an exceptional late hatch of ducks this year,” Johnson said. “Since our surveys have been completed, observers have been seeing large numbers of newly hatched ducks throughout the state.”

The brood index from the Game and Fish Department’s annual mid-July survey was down 26 percent from 2010, but was 19 percent above the long-term average. Average brood size was 7.7 ducklings, up 1.0 from last year. The long‑term average is 7.1 ducklings per brood. The water index observed during the survey was up 52 percent from last year and 105 percent above long-term.

Results from the May breeding duck survey indicated the duck index was down 9 percent from 2010, but exceeded the long-term average by 85 percent. Water conditions in May were up 31 percent from 2010 and 128 percent from the long-term average.

Resident hunters must possess a general game and habitat license and a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. In addition, hunters age 16 and older must have a small game license and federal duck stamp.

Nonresidents must purchase a nonresident waterfowl license, including the general game and habitat license, and certificate. Hunters age 16 and older must possess a federal duck stamp. Nonresident youth hunters from states that provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents, qualify for North Dakota resident licenses. See the 2011 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide for details.

All migratory bird hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting. Hunters who purchase a license through the state Game and Fish Department website (gf.nd.gov) or instant licensing telephone number (800-406-6409) can easily get HIP certified.

Otherwise, hunters must call (888) 634-4798, or access the department’s website, and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. Those who registered to hunt the spring light goose season or the early Canada goose season in North Dakota do not have to register with HIP again, as it is required only once per year in each state hunted.

Hunters should refer to the waterfowl hunting guide for season regulations including licensing requirements, dates, bag limits, season zones and nonresident hunting zones.

North Dakota movie premiere, Aldo Leopold & A Land Ethic For Our Time

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Aldo Leopold & A Land Ethic For Our Time


Tuesday, September 20th, 7pm

Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University Campus

Please join us at the Festival Concert Hall on the NDSU Campus for the North Dakota premiere screening ofGreen Fire!  See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopold’s land ethic in action in a multitude of ways.


Please plan to join us!  And feel free to share this invitation with a friend.  All are welcome!

When:             7: 00 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Venue:            Festival Concert Hall, NDSU Campus (Corner of Bolley Drive & 12th Ave North, Fargo ND)

Tickets:           Free

Website:         www.GreenFireMovie.com


Major sponsors: NDSU Environmental & Conservation Sciences Graduate Program, NDSU Biological Sciences Department, Audubon Dakota, Red River Zoo, and River Keepers


For more information, please contact our office.  We look forward to seeing you on September 20th!