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Subject: Part 2 - Info Summary for U.S. Congress and Staff
From: Aldo-Pier Solari <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 8 Dec 1996 05:38:56 GMT

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Date: Fri, 06 Dec 1996 10:56:18 -0500
From: Gene Buck <[log in to unmask]>

Info Summary for U.S. Congress and Staff - Part 2.

Canadian  Salmon  Fleet  Restructuring.   On  Nov.   6,  1996, an
interim  federal-provincial  report  was  released  calling   for
short-term aid to assist displaced BC salmon fishery workers hurt
by   the   federal  government's  1996  commercial  salmon  fleet
reduction  program.   Although  Fisheries  Minister  Fred Mifflin
suggested that as much as C$30 million  or  more  could  be  made
available,  officials  with  the Human Resources Dept.  indicated
that funding  between  C$4  million  and  C$25  million  was more
likely.   On  Nov.   25,  1996,  Canadian  government   officials
confirmed  that  the  assistance  announced on Nov.  6, 1996, was
from existing unemployment insurance funds and not any new funds.
[Assoc Press]

Dworshak Gas Bubble Research.   In  early November 1996, ID Dept.
of Fish and Game biologists reported that September 1996  studies
of  fish in the Clearwater River below Dworshak Dam indicated few
outward signs  of  gas  bubble  disease.   Of  nearly  6,000 fish
observed, only 0.6% (36 fish, of which 27 were kokanee)  had  any
signs of gas bubble disease.  [Assoc Press]

Harza  Northwest  Report.  In early November 1996, the Army Corps
of Engineers released  details  of  a  report  completed by Harza
Northwest Inc.  on how to operate Columbia River Basin dams.  The
report concluded that removing 4 lower Snake  River  dams,  while
being the costliest alternative in the short-run, may be the only
cost-effective  way  to  prevent ID salmon from becoming extinct.
Barging juvenile  salmon  would  become  the  most cost-effective
alternative if survival of barged juveniles  could  be  increased
88%.   Partial  dam  drawdown  was  concluded  to be ineffective.
[Assoc Press, Medford, OR Mail Tribune via Greenwire]

WA Timberlands Habitat Conservation Plan.   On Nov.  5, 1996, the
WA Board of Natural Resources signed an agreement for  a  habitat
conservation  plan  with  NMFS  and  the  U.S.  Fish and Wildlife
Service for management of 1.63 million acres of state timberlands
as a cohesive ecosystem of watersheds  for at least 70 years.  On
Nov.  26, 1996, a coalition of local governments  {and  a  school
district}  filed  suit  with the WA Supreme Court asking that the
state be  blocked  from  entering  into  the habitat conservation
plan, contending that the Board of Natural  Resources  failed  to
consider  important  information  concerning  the state's duty to
manage  state  timber   resources  appropriately  for  generating
revenues to finance public schools and  other  programs.   [Assoc
Press, Portland Oregonian via Greenwire]

CA  Water  Bond Passes.  On Nov.  5, 1996, 63% of CA voters voted
to approve a $995 million  water  bond, including $390 million to
fund habitat restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and
$193 million to improve the Bay-Delta estuary.  [Assoc Press]

OR Grazing and Water Quality.  On Nov.  5,  1996,  Oregon  voters
were   asked  to  decide  on  initiative  Measure  38,  requiring
landowners to  keep  cattle  and  other  livestock from waterways
damaged  by   overgrazing.    Landowners   who   participate   in
state-approved water-quality plans would be exempted from Measure
38  requirements.   Gov.  Kitzhaber's Healthy Streams Partnership
is seeking to  develop  water  quality  plans  for  more than 900
segments of OR steams and rivers  that  currently  fail  to  meet
federal water quality standards.  On Nov.  5, 1996, 64% of Oregon
voters  voted  to  defeat  Measure  38, which would have required
ranchers to build fences to  keep  cattle from streams damaged by
overgrazing.  On Nov.  18, 1996, Gov.  Kitzhaber,  ranchers,  and
environmental  groups  announced  agreement  on  a plan to better
protect OR streams from  livestock  damage and pollution.  The OR
state legislature could be  asked  to  provide  as  much  as  $40
million  to  fund  this plan.  The plan would provide between $20
million and $35  million  to  assist  farmers and ranchers better
protect water quality with fences and  other  measures.   Another
goal  of  the  plan  is  to complete the agricultural portions of
water quality plans for all  the  state's streams within 4 years.
[Assoc Press]

Oregon Salmon Plan.  On Nov.  5,  1996,  NMFS  Regional  Director
Will  Stelle  sent  Gov.   Kitzhaber  a  letter  detailing  major
shortcomings  of  the Governor's draft Coastal Salmon Restoration
Initiative, including insufficient habitat protection, poor state
agency coordination, and uncertain funding.  [Assoc Press]

WA Coho Salmon Marking.  On Nov.  1, 1996, Judge Rothstein issued
a stipulation that  halted  fin-clip  marking  of all Puget Sound
hatchery fish, but allowed marking to continue for hatchery  fish
along  the  Columbia  River.   Fishery  managers were directed to
settle differences  before  releasing  juvenile  salmon in spring
1997.  [Assoc Press, NW Fishletter]

Aquaculture and Aquaria

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Opening.  On  Nov.   19,  1996,
the  Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.  opened its $18 million Texas
Freshwater Fisheries Center east  of  Athens, TX.  This Center is
an aquarium and education center committed to research on aquatic
life  in  Texas'  freshwater  streams,  ponds,  and  lakes.   The
facility  includes  a  24,000  sq.   foot  hatchery   that   will
concentrate  on  producing Florida largemouth bass and an Anglers
Hall of Fame.  [Assoc Press]

Ocean Journey Aquarium.  In  mid-November 1996, proponents of the
non-profit Ocean Journey Aquarium in Denver, CO's Central  Platte
Valley announced that the $93 million funding for the project had
been  assembled,  with  bonds  scheduled  to be sold on Dec.  18,
1996.   Construction  will  start  early  in  1997,  with opening
scheduled for spring 1999.  [Assoc Press]

{Atlantic Salmon Egg Import Concerns.  On  Nov.   13,  1996,  the
Sierra  Club  Legal  Defense  Fund  wrote to Canadian federal and
provincial government  officials  on  behalf  of 8 environmental,
tribal, and sport fishing groups expressing growing concern  that
continued   importation  of  Atlantic  salmon  eggs  for  British
Columbia aquaculture operations  posed  a  serious threat to wild
salmon stocks.  These groups were primarily concerned  about  the
potential  threats  from imported disease and parasite epidemics,
and asked that such egg imports be permanently banned.} [personal
End of Part 2

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