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Panama Now Using Satellite Technology to Monitor Commerical Fishing Fleet

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - According to a press release from the Panamanian Aquatic Resources Authority (ARAP), the government will begin using satellite technology to more closely monitor the activities and behavior of Panama's commercial industrial fishing fleet. ARAP Director Dr. Reynaldo Pérez Guardia recently signed resolution #46 which informs the owners of industrial fishing boats weighing more than six gross tons that they had until 20 December 2008 to obtain and install the mandatory system in order to be granted fishing licenses. These systems are now required and will allow for governmental oversight of the activities of the commercial fishing fleet, specifically to prevent fishing in protected areas.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Second Period of Shrimp Fishing Prohibition Ends

Fishing Panama America - The Authority of Aquatic Resources of Panama (ARAP) today announced the end of the second period of prohibition against shrimp fishing in this year, in an official act celebrated in the Los Santos province in the center of the country. The Panamanian shrimp fishing industry exports more than $50 million dollars worth of shrimp every year, employs 40,000 people directly and another 120,000 people indirectly. The official act to announce the end of the restrictions on shrimp fishing was held in Rompío, in the central province of Los Santos, with the participation of artisan fishermen from the provinces of Coclé, Herrera and Veraguas, also into that sector of the country along the Pacific Ocean, informed a source from the ARAP. Previously the act to celebrate the conclusion shrimp fishing restrictions was held in the Port of Vacamonte, where industrial fishing predominates. The second period of prohibition against shrimp fishing in Panama in 2008 began on 1 September of this year, in order to allow for egg-laying and the growth of the shrimp, mainly in mangrove swamps and other sites where this species recovers in natural form. The first annual period of prohibition in Panama is from 1 February to 11 April of every year. The Observation Section of the ARAP realized various operations during this most recent period of prohibition against shrimping, actions directed toward educating fishermen on the need for the prohibitions, so that shrimp fishing is not abused and the species is not decimated. As of today authorities will initiate inspections to verify that all fishing boats have a Marine Turtle Exclusion Device (TED), which is a requirement to safeguard the lives of marine turtles during shrimp fishing, which therefore allows for the exportation of Panamanian shrimp to international markets.
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Whopping Fish Declared New Species

Fishing By Jeanna Bryner, Senior Writer, LiveScience.com - A man-sized grouper that trolls the tropical waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean for octopuses and crabs has been identified as a new fish species after genetic tests. Called the goliath grouper, the fish can grow to six feet (1.8 meters) in length and weigh a whopping 1,000 pounds (454 kg). Until now, scientists had grouped this species with an identical looking fish (also called the goliath grouper, or Epinephelus itajara) living in the Atlantic Ocean. "For more than a century, ichthyologists have thought that Pacific and Atlantic goliath grouper were the same species," said lead researcher Matthew Craig of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, "and the argument was settled before the widespread use of genetic techniques." (more)
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Panama-registered fishing boat catches fire, no Chinese crew injured

FishingPANAMA CITY, July 14 (Xinhua)-- A Panama-registered fishing boat caught fire near the waters of Panama's South Punta Chame, leaving six Vietnamese crew members injured, said Panama's maritime authorities on Monday. None of the 11 Chinese crew aboard was injured, Bao E'sheng, representative at the Chinese Office of Commercial Development in Panama, told Xinhua. Among the six injured, three were in serious condition. The boat, Chung Kuo No.96, which belongs to a company from Taiwan, China, had 19 crew members aboard, with eight of them from Vietnam. The boat is routinely operating in Panamanian waters, unloading, processing and transshipping its catches at Panama's Vaca Monte Bay. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
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Man Drowns While Fishing in Lake Alajuela

FishingLa Critica - An Asian man drowned today, Sunday 6 April 2008, in the waters of Lake Alajuela near a sector called Victorian Lorenzo. Preliminary information indicates the victim who has a last name of Wong was fishing in the lake with three Panamanian friends, and even though he didn't know how to swim he dove into the waters to try to recover a net they were using to fish. Once underwater he might have been caught on the seaweed in the area and drowned. Personnel from the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) started searching for Wong in the morning and this afternoon his body was recovered.
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Fish from the Bay of Panama - Straight to your Plate

Fishing La Estrella - And there they go, straight to the restaurants, homes, and plates of thousands of citizens. Small boats fish in the Bay of Panama and their catch is off loaded in a rudimentary way at the city pier. Later, these fish will be offered for sale to consumers and restaurant owners. And what about health and food safety measures? (Photo Credit: Guillermo Yángüez)
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Convict and Jack Dempsey placed in new genera

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The Jack Dempsey is now called Rocio octofasciata. Picture by Zhyla, Creative Commons
The Jack Dempsey is now called Rocio octofasciata. Picture by Zhyla, Creative Commons
Practical Fishkeeping - The Convict has been split into four and placed in a new genus. New cichlid genera have been erected for both the Convict cichlid and the Jack Dempsey. This was done as part of a recent revision of the central American cichlid genus Archocentrus, with two new, closely-related genera (Amatitlania and Rocio) and six new species (three of Amatitlania, two of Rocio and one of Cryptoheros) described as a result. The study by Juan Schmitter-Soto is published in a recent issue of the journal Zootaxa, and examines all the nominal species ever assigned to Archocentrus, and species considered closely related to the type species, Archocentrus centrarchus, in phylogenetic analyses. (more)
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Panama Fishing, Abernathy Pedasi Launches National Light Tackle Fishing Contest

Fishing (PRWEB) July 5, 2007 -- The inaugural Abernathy Pedasi, Panama fishing competition is to take place over three days, on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July, 2007. The aim is to attract the cream of light tackle fishermen from all over the country of Panama to compete for record breaking catches in Pedasi, Panama. The prized species will be Wahoo, Dorado, Amberjack, Red Snapper, Roosterfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and Spanish Mackerel. Pedasi is synonymously called the “Tuna coast” for the infamous schools of Yellowfin Tuna that are swept inshore by the Humboldt Current. Pedasi is small fishing village is a small coastal fishing village nestled on green rolling hills that resemble the Tuscan region of Italy. Pedasi is famed for its virgin fishing grounds that have now brought a select crowd of investors to this small fishing village, among them an extensive Hollywood crowd that have purchased land and houses in Pedasi. The fishing competition in Pedasi allows foreigners an opportunity to interact with the local Pedasi fishermen and experience the true essence of Pedasi folklore. (more) (Photo Credit)
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FAQ: Fishing for Sargentos on Gatun Lake

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Question: I am interested in Peacock Bass (Sargento) fishing in Lake Gatun. I have a few questions: Can you successfully fish from shore without being eaten by cocodrilos or caimanes? How much can you expect to pay for a half-day trip with a local in a panga? I gather anything works as they are voracious feeders. Should I bring plugs etc., or simply use minnows? How about lodging? Is there anything available that doesn't call for a bank loan?

Answer: You can fish from shore but if you do you're only going to see the smaller fish, like up to 1.5 pounds. The bigger fish are nesting and territorial so you have to go to them. The cost for a boat and guide is about $50 from dawn to about noon which includes gas. You supply all your tackle, bait, food and drinks. You can mess around with plugs if you want but most of the time people switch back to minnows when everyone else is catching fish and they are not. As for lodging, best bet is to stay in Panama City and rent a car. You can stay at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort but that's expensive. Most people get a boat and guide at either Arenosa or Gamboa.

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Two Arrested for Making Homemade Bombs to Fish in Chiriqui

Fishing By José Somarriba Hernández for La Prensa - Police arrested 77 year-old Pablo González and his 68 year-old nephew Pablo Tapia yesterday in David, Chiriquí, for possession of explosives and materials used for the manufacture of homemade bombs. Both men were aprehended in their homes in La Loma after residents in the area complained there were people using explosives to fish and causing damage to the ecosystem. Employees of Panama's National Environmental Authority (ANAM) participated in the searches, where they found nine packages of dynamite (Lodex), four homemade bombs with detonators, sulfur, detonators to attach to bombs, fuses, and to make detonators. According to a police spokesmen both suspects were placed under the orders of the public prosecutor in the Chiriqui province.
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