No cost online fuel spill training available at marina fuel docks

Posted June 25, 2015 at 9:37 am

As the summer boating season is underway, marinas, boat yards and clubs are staffing up. These seasonal employees, sometimes high school, college students or part-timers, are responsible for refueling hundreds of boats – but do they have the training to prevent a fuel spill? With a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the BoatUS Foundation now offers these seasonal employees a critical learning tool, “Spill Prevention and Response for Marina Staff,” at BoatUS.org/spill-prevention. “It’s all about minimizing risk,” said BoatUS Foundation Vice President Susan Shingledecker, “And giving seasonal fuel dock staff the ability to protect your marina and the environment.”

The free online course, which covers spill prevention, planning and response, offers videos, interactive exercises and interviews with spill responders, marina owners and managers, and can be taken at anytime. “It usually takes about an hour or so for a typical

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    Fishing report

    ElDo Report

    by Ruth Foreman\

    R&R Sporting & Tackle

    Fishing is pretty good. They are catching flatheads up at Taberville in the river on rod and reel.

    They put their boat in and go up or down. They find logs and fish with perch.

    My brother got an 80 lb. test line broken. He didn’t tell me the size of the ones he got out but they were pretty big I guess.

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    Conservation Corner

    Toads and frogs defend themselves in several ways.

    Most of their predators are fish, turtles, snakes, birds and carnivorous mammals-shrews, mink, skunks and raccoons. Missouri’s larger species of frogs also will eat other frogs.

    Toads cannot jump as fast as frogs. To escape a predator, toads defend themselves by producing toxic or unpleasant-tasting skin secretions that are released when the animal is seized. Due to their toxic skin, toads are not a popular food among most predators. Even their eggs and tadpoles are said to be toxic.

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    An Old Gobbler at Dusk

    There was a break in the rain a week or so ago, ten minutes after eight in the evening just before dark. And there he was, just like you would see him on some April morning, all puffed up, strutting before a hen. The old wild gobbler and his passion were no fluke. There have been many continuing to mate in mid-June, and some will be mating in July as well. Mating goes on all summer as does the gobbling. You can hear wild turkeys gobbling any time of the year, any time of

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    No cost online fuel spill training available at marina fuel docks

    As the summer boating season is underway, marinas, boat yards and clubs are staffing up. These seasonal employees, sometimes high school, college students or part-timers, are responsible for refueling hundreds of boats – but do they have the training to prevent a fuel spill? With a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the BoatUS Foundation now offers these seasonal employees a critical learning tool, “Spill Prevention and Response for Marina Staff,” at BoatUS.org/spill-prevention. “It’s all about minimizing risk,” said BoatUS Foundation Vice President Susan Shingledecker, “And giving seasonal fuel dock staff the ability to protect

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    Conservation Corner

    by Lana Wilson

    From Missouri’s Toads and Frogs by Jeffrey T. Briggler and Tom R. Johnson, Herpetologists

    Missouri’s toads and frogs are colorful, harmless, vocal and valuable. Our forests, prairies, rivers, swamps and marshes are home to a multitude of toads and frogs, but few people know how many varieties we have, how to tell them apart, or much about their natural history. Studying these animals and sharing their stories with fellow Missourians is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding aspects of our work.

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    Cox wins on Stockton Lake

     

    Carl Cox, of Aldrich, is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with his 1st place win and earnings of $579 in the American Fishing Tournament held on the Stockton Lake, June 13, 2015. Cox brought in a five-bass limit that weighed 12.5 lbs. Second place went to Springfield angler, Jay Carter who also had a five-bass limit, his weighing 10.58 lbs. Third place and Big Bass honors went to Bruce Gandy with four fish weighing 10.52 including the 5.5 lb big bass. Byron Maze was 4th with 9.89 lbs and 5th place went to

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    MDC changes deer hunting regs to help slow CWD

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking deer hunters in 19 central and northeastern Missouri counties to help limit the spread of a deadly deer disease through increased harvest opportunities this fall and winter. The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved several changes to regulations for the upcoming 2015-16 fall deer hunting season that focus on slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

    Chronic Wasting Disease infects only deer and other members of the deer family by causing degeneration of

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    Missouri resident charged with transporting live deer illegally

    Charles “Sam” James, 54, of Columbia, was charged in a one-count federal indictment for violations of the Lacey Act for engaging in conduct that involved the sale of white-tailed deer transported in violation of Missouri and Florida law.

    According to the indictment, in October 2013, Charles “Sam” James, co-owner of Timber Hollow Whitetails, transported 11 live white-tailed deer in interstate commerce in violation of state and federal laws from Missouri to a white-tailed deer farm in Florida. The transportation of these animals took place after a Florida state law took effect banning

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    Common Sense Conservation…Be a part of it

    Years ago, I came up with and advanced the idea of creating in Ozark communities a group of outdoorsmen and women who could stand up for conservation in their area. It was to be a voice against the new logging and farming practices of the Missouri Conservation Department which are detrimental to wildlife on public lands, lands paid for and owned by the citizens of this state.

    If nothing else it has provided a small voice against the MDC, which is no longer a “conservation” interest, but

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