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Subject: CRS Summary - Part 3/3
From: Aldo-Pier Solari <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 4 Jun 1997 10:32:18 GMT

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From: Kate Wing <[log in to unmask]>

Freshwater Fisheries

Chicago Waterways  and  Aquatic  Nuisance  Species.   On June 18,
1997, the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species  and  the
federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force have scheduled a tour
of  the  Chicago  Waterways  focusing on the round goby and other
nonindigenous species  dispersal  barrier  initiatives to control
the movement of aquatic nuisance species between the Great  Lakes
basin  and  the  Mississippi  River  drainage.   [U.S.   Fish and
Wildlife Service announcement]

Sikes  Act  Hearing.   On  May  22,  1997,  the  House  Resources
Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation,  Wildlife, and Oceans has
tentatively scheduled a joint hearing with the House Committee on
National Security on H.R.  374, proposing to amend the Sikes  Act
to  enhance  fish  and wildlife conservation and natural resource
management  programs   on   military   installations.   [personal

Westslope Cutthroat Trout ESA  Petition.   On  May  20,  1997,  a
coalition  of  MT, OR, and ID environmental groups announced that
they had filed a petition  to  list the westslope cutthroat trout
as a threatened species.  [Assoc Press]

Michigan Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan.   On  May  20,
1997,  U.S.   Fish  and Wildlife Service officials announced that
Michigan's   "Nonindigenous   Aquatic   Nuisance   Species  State
Management  Plan"  had  been  approved  by  the  federal  Aquatic
Nuisance Species Task Force.  MI is the second state  to  have  a
management plan approved, and permits MI to request federal funds
for  implementation.   [U.S.   Fish  and  Wildlife  Service press
release, Assoc Press]

Marine Mammals

Hawaiian Whale Sanctuary.  June 6, 1997, is the deadline by which
HI Governor Ben  Cayetano  must  decide  how  much,  if any, of a
proposed 1,680 square miles of state waters and  submerged  lands
should  be  included  within  the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale
National  Marine  Sanctuary   and   managed   under  its  federal
management plan.  [Assoc Press]

Norwegian  Whaling.   A  Dutch  court  hearing  on  the  possible
extradition of Paul Watson to Norway is tentatively scheduled for
May 26, 1997.  Lofoten Islands police have announced  that  legal
proceedings  in Lofoten County Court are scheduled against Watson
in Norway  on  Sept.   1,  1997,  relating  to  alleged negligent
navigation and collision with a Norwegian coast guard  vessel  in
the  summer  of  1994.  Compensation for damages of $120,000 with
possible interest  is  sought  by  the  Norwegian  Navy  for this
collision.  On May 2, 1997,  Norway  began  its  1997  commercial
minke whale hunt for a quota of 580 animals.  The season will end
on July 21, 1997.  Individual vessels are limited to six weeks of
whaling,  when  an  inspector  is  aboard.   On  May 20, 1997, 28
Norwegian whalers and 4  whalemeat processing companies argued in
an appeal of a lower court  denial  on  a  $8.5  million  lawsuit
against the Norwegian government in Oslo district court, claiming
they  sustained  considerable  loss when the Norwegian government
failed to support the whaling  industry between 1988 and 1993 and
did not permit commercial  whaling.   [Assoc  Press,  High  North
Alliance News, Dow Jones News]

Captive  Manatees  Outside  FL?   On May 20, 1997, U.S.  Fish and
Wildlife  Service  officials  reported  in  the  Fort  Myers, FL,
News-Press that more than 50 manatees are in captivity in FL, and
that display facilities are overcrowded.  Some manatees that  are
not  candidates  for  release  may  be  made  available to public
display facilities outside FL, if appropriate captive maintenance
standards can be met.  [Assoc Press]

Dolphin Feeding Enforcement.   On  May  19,  1997, NMFS issued an
announcement reminding the public that it is illegal to  feed  or
swim  with dolphins in the wild.  NMFS personnel are holding news
conferences at various locations in  FL where dolphin feeding has
become popular.  NMFS has contracted with the FL Marine Patrol to
provide additional enforcement relating to dolphins  during  1997
and,  in  1998,  NMFS expects to fund an additional 6 enforcement
officers for  protected  species  enforcement,  including dolphin
feeding and harassment.  [Assoc Press, NMFS press release]


Whalemeat Smuggling Report.  On May 15, 1997, the British TRAFFIC
Network released a  report  entitled  "Whale  Meat  Trade in East
Asia," which reported that whalemeat is smuggled  illegally  from
Japan  and available on the menus of numerous restaurants in Hong
Kong.  [Dow Jones News]

CA Sea Lion  Deaths.   On  May  14-15,  1997, Mexican authorities
reported finding the carcasses of 14 CA  seal  lions  on  beaches
just  south of the U.S.-Mexican border.  The animals were clubbed
or shot and could have  drifted south from U.S.  waters.  Earlier
this month, 5 sea lion carcasses washed  ashore  in  the  Tijuana
Slough  National  Wildlife Refuge, just north of the U.S.-Mexican
border.  [Assoc Press]

Tuna-Dolphin Legislation.  On May  14,  1997, the Senate Commerce
Subcommittee on Oceans and Fisheries held a  hearing  on  S.  39,
amendments  to  the  Marine Mammal Protection Act relating to the
International  Dolphin  Conservation   Program.   H.R.   408  was
approved by the full House on May 21, 1997, by a vote of 262-166.
[Federal Register, personal communication]

CITES Downlisting of Certain Whales.   In  early  May  1997,  the
Convention  on  International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES)  Secretariat recommended that 5 proposals
to downlist various whale stocks (minke whales in  the  northeast
and  central  north  Atlantic,  Southern  Hemisphere, and Okhotsk
Sea-West Pacific; eastern Pacific  grey whales; northwest Pacific
Bryde's whales) from Appendix I to Appendix II be accepted, based
on these populations not meeting the criteria  for  inclusion  on
Appendix  I.  Downlisting  to Appendix II could permit controlled
international trade in  these  species'  products  only if a 1979
CITES resolution recommending  no  permits  for  trade  in  whale
products  protected  by the International Whaling Commission were
repealed.   Japan  has   proposed   to   appeal  the  1979  CITES
resolution.  [High North Alliance News, Dow Jones News]

Keiko's  Recovery.   On  May  6,  1997,  the  Free  Willy   Keiko
Foundation  announced  that,  by spring 1997, Keiko could be in a
fenced-off pen in  the  North  Atlantic  as  the next step toward
release to the wild.  Details of cost  and  potential  sites  are
under research and negotiation.  [Assoc Press]

Japanese  Scientific  Whaling.   On  May  1,  1997,  a fleet of 4
Japanese ships departed  for  the  northwestern  Pacific with the
objective of killing as many as 100  minke  whales  for  research
purposes.   Research  is  scheduled to be completed by the end of
July  1997.   On  May  12-16,  1997,  the  International  Whaling
Commission's Scientific Committee is  meeting behind closed doors
in Tokyo, Japan, to review Japan's  scientific  whaling  program.
Results  of  this  review  will  be presented at the IWC's annual
meeting in Monaco in October 1997.  [Dow Jones News, Reuters]

Atlantic Large Whale  Protection.   Four  public hearings will be
held from Apr.  30-May 3 on fishing gear modification regulations
to protect Atlantic large whales; additional public comment  will
be  received  until  May  15, 1997.  On May 7, 1997, MA Dept.  of
Environmental  Affairs  officials  lifted  an  emergency  ban  on
fishing gear  aimed  at  protecting  northern  right whales since
these whales appear to have left MA waters several weeks  earlier
than normal this year.  [Assoc Press, Federal Register]
End of Part 3/3

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