DFW provides Island with spring trout bonus
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) delivered trout and good news yesterday. Jason Zimmer, Southeast District Director, said that after receiving many requests and letters of support from the Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club and the Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters Association the frequency of spring trout stocking would increase from two to three times per year.
Mr. Zimmer said the third stocking would be completed by the last week in April and provide additional trout fishing opportunities for Island residents and visitors, and benefit existing fishing programs designed to expose young people to the outdoors. Now in its 35th year, the annual Rod and Gun Club Kids Trout Derby scheduled for May 9 regularly attracts hundreds of participants to the shores of Duarte's Pond in West Tisbury.
Photo by Steve Myrick
Mr. Zimmer said the change would take effect this year and will continue into the future, dependent on weather, trout numbers, scheduling and other potential constraints. "Vineyard residents clearly have strong ties to our natural resources, as is demonstrated by their continued interest and involvement in wildlife-dependent outdoor recreational activities," said Mr. Zimmer. "In light of the many different things that seem to increasingly disconnect young people with nature, including TV, video and computer games, etc., it is refreshing to witness this level of interest in the outdoors, and the Division is pleased to help provide added fishing opportunities for both young and old."
The stocked ponds are Duarte's, Uncle Seth's, and Old Mill in West Tisbury, and Old Mill Pond at the head of Lagoon Pond in Oak Bluffs.
Fishermen are allowed a limit of three trout per day from ponds. Fishermen 15 years of age and older must have a Massachusetts freshwater fishing license. Licenses are available from town clerks and online at sport.state.ma.us.
SEED workshops provide business fundamentals
The South Eastern Economic Development Corporation (SEED) and Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank will hold two free basic business workshops aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs.
The first workshop, "Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing For, and Financing Your Business," is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one's own business. The workshop will present information on how to get started, where and how to get financing, and the loan application process. Attendees will also be provided with a free guide to writing a business plan and other materials.
The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 am.
The second workshop, "Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How They Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business," is intended to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his or her business more efficiently.
The workshop will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
The workshops are being held in cooperation with the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, Martha's Vineyard Commission, and SCORE (Service Corporation of Retired Executives).
The workshops will be held at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown on Wednesday, April 8. Registration begins at 8 am. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendees.
Please call Tamarah Barao at SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 by April 1 to register for either or both sessions. For more information on SEED and its programs, visit www.seedcorp.com.