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Great Article on Imperial Catfish Farm

On a tranquil summer morning in the Imperial Valley, quiet surrounds a series of large ponds off a county road. The only sound is the gentle movement of water and the occasional croak of a great white egret.

Then, the quiet is broken as a tractor rumbles to life and makes its way onto a dirt road overlooking one pond. As the tractor reaches its destination, a machine much like a snow blower begins hurling its contents over the pond.

What follows is a frenzied dance as some 50,000 young catfish launch themselves toward their feed.

For Craig Elliott, whose family owns and operates the Imperial Catfish farm, the dance at feeding time is critical. It is a sign of a healthy pond and healthy fish.

“California provides some the healthiest, cleanest fish in the world and we do it in a very environmentally friendly manner,” said Elliott, who oversees the farm with his brother Cory…

Read the full article at: http://www.californiacountry.org/features/article.aspx?arID=1016

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Tournament/Contest/Lake Rules Update

Santa Ana River Lakes . Corona Lake . Anaheim Lake
Tournament/Contest/Lake Rules Update: 4/15/12
1) Failure to abide by Tournament and Lake Rules will result in immediate disqualification from
the Tournament or Contest. Disqualified contestants will be ineligible for any prizes and/or
points awarded during that event(s). Disqualified contestant(s) may be asked to immediately
leave the Lake and NO refunds will be made for either the Lake and or the Tournament Entry
Fees. Disqualification may also justify and institute a ban on future tournaments and or Lake
Admissions for that individual(s).
2) If you witness anyone not following any of the Official Tournament or Lake Rules, please
IMMEDIATELY report the suspected violators to Tournament or Lake Officials. As it is
impossible for the Officials to oversee everything at all times, your diligence in making sure that
the rules are adhered to can ensure that these contests/tournaments remain fair and honest
which GREATLY benefits you as well as all of your fellow anglers.
3) Lake or Tournament Officials will immediately investigate any reported rules infraction and
make a decision of eligibility or disqualification following a thorough review of the facts and the
available witnesses surrounding the incident. A decision will be made at the sole and exclusive
discretion of the Officials, and that decision will be final.
4) Lake or Tournament Officials may at any time require as a condition of winning or receiving an
award, a signed statement from the participant attesting to the details and validity of the catch,
along with witness statements, if available.
The following acts are NOT permitted at any time.
Catching fish over Limit (your permission to fish ends when you catch a limit) ] Culling fish for a larger
individual limit ] Catch and release (other than fish that are required to be released) . Giving away
fish to avoid a limit and continue fishing ] Sight]fishing or line]running, with the intent of snagging
fish ] Netting fish that have not been legitimately caught by a hook in the mouth of the fish ] Fishing
with more than two (2) poles at any one time . Team fishing, and entering a fish into any
competition that was not personally caught by the individual entering that contest.

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DFG Reminds Dog Owners to Protect Pets From Salmon Poisoning Disease

DFG Reminds Dog Owners to Protect Pets From Salmon Poisoning Disease

Media Contacts:
William Cox, DFG Fisheries Branch, (916) 358-2827

Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

Dog owners in the Feather River drainage area are reminded to take precautions to protect their pets from Salmon Poisoning Disease. Salmon Poisoning Disease can be contracted by dogs that come into contact with fish from infested waters throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the southern Cascades and northern Sierras to the Feather River drainage.

The disease is caused by a bacteria-like organism, Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which is transmitted by the parasitic flatworm (or “fluke”) Nanophyetes salmincola. The fluke affects both trout and salmon in an area roughly north of a diagonal line from Sausalito to Chico, and west of the Sierra/Cascade mountain range. DFG raises fish at three hatcheries where the fluke is present either intermittently or continuously: Darrah Springs, Crystal Lake and Mount Shasta. However, DFG only stocks fish from these hatcheries into waters where the parasites have been present for decades.

Throughout the Pacific Northwest thousands of dogs are infected every year with Salmon Poisoning Disease after eating raw or cold-smoked fish infected with the parasitic fluke. All fish caught or originating from streams in northern California, Oregon and southern Washington could potentially be infected with disease-carrying flukes harmful to dogs.

If your dog has eaten or is suspected of eating raw fish, watch to see whether signs of the disease appear. If signs of the disease appear, promptly take your dog to a veterinarian. Although this disease is relatively easy to cure if diagnosed in time, it will almost certainly kill a dog if left untreated.

Symptoms are similar to distemper and may include some or all of the following: a rise in body temperature, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness and/or rapid weight loss.

Dog owners are advised to be cautious and to keep salmon, steelhead, trout and other freshwater fish carcasses away from their dogs. The parasite cannot survive in cooked fish, is not harmful to humans and does not affect pets other than canines.

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