Newslines - Short Strikes

· The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced plans to build three ladder-type fish passages around dams on the Ten Mile River, above Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, to help restore breeding populations of blueback herring, alewives and shad   www.nae.usace.army.mil.

· The striped bass is topsamong salt water gamefish in North Carolina. Estimates compiled by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries show that anglers caught 5.6 million pounds of striped bass last winter. Overall, an estimated 2.07 million anglers caught and kept 24.9 million pounds of fish in North Carolina in 2004   www.ncfisheries.net.

· The Fort Lauder-dale Dusk to Dawn Swordfish Tournament and Take a Celebrity Fishing Charity Auction are scheduled for August 23-25. The entry fee is $500 per boat and proceeds will benefit A Child Is Missing   www.achildismissing.org.

· The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has set new flounder regulations for 2005. Anglers fishing in the ocean or coastal bays will be able keep four flounder greater than 151/2 inches, while Chesapeake Bay anglers will be allowed two fish longer than 15 inches   www.dnr.maryland.gov.