Off the wire

Georgia angler catches, eats uncertified 18 1/2-pound bass
On May 14, a Douglas angler caught a largemouth bass from a 50-acre Jeff Davis County farm pond that pulled a set of hand-held digital scales to 18-lbs., 8-ozs. If certified scales had taken that weight, there would be a new No. 2 bass for the Georgia record books. Sadly, we'll never know.
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New England saltwater fishermen balk at national registry
BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — People have tossed hooks and lines into the New England tides since long before there was a Cape Cod Canal for Eddie Pachucki to fish in. So Pachucki, casting into the canal's current for striped bass, couldn't fathom why he'd soon owe the state for the privilege.
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Study finds potential profits in Indonesia conservation
BANGKOK (AP) — Selling credits for the billions of tons of carbon that are locked in Indonesia's tropical rain forests could be as profitable as converting these areas into palm oil plantations, a study released Friday found.
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Bluefin tuna dominates BillFish Classic in Miss.
The 13th annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, which ended Sunday with the awards banquet at the Isle Casino, belonged to tuna.
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Cameron Davis appointed as Great Lakes czar
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Cameron Davis, leader of a Chicago-based environmentalist group, has been appointed to oversee President Barack Obama's initiative to clean up the Great Lakes.
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Feds release Calif. plan to protect chinook salmon
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal regulators on Thursday released a court-ordered plan to help struggling chinook salmon that includes opening California dams and restricting pumping, prompting howls of protest from state officials because it will further reduce the amount of water available to farms and urban areas.
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