• Our region’s multimillion-dollar sport fishing industry is likely to be affected by changes afoot in our local hatcheries and dams. People who fish spend millions of dollars in Lane County each year on guided fishing trips, boats and gear of all kinds, travel and accommodations. But Oregon is seeing a steady decline in fishing license sales while most other states are seeing growing license sales. Local guides tell us there are fewer wild and hatchery fish being caught, and they are concerned not only for the health of our local rivers, but also for their livelihoods.
• As long as we are talking about fishing: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is 7 pm Thursday, March 15, at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. The event, which sold out last year, is a fundraiser to aid Fly Fishing Collaborative in fighting human trafficking around the world. Tickets can be purchased for $15 online at flyfilmfest.com or at the Caddis Fly and Home Waters fly shops in Eugene.
• Team Recycle is a relatively new Eugene business that provides low-cost or no-cost sorting of recycling materials for businesses and apartment complexes. Team Recycle helps businesses that have dumpster enclosures keep the sites clean and tidy, and removes the non-recyclable materials that contaminate the recycling stream, according to Kristen Bartels of the company. “We prevent contamination and increase recycling by 50 percent,” she says. Find the company at team-recycle.com.
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