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Subject: CRS Summary - Part 6/6
From: Aldo-Pier Solari <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 1 May 1997 19:26:39 GMT
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Norwegian Salmon Anti-Dumping.  On  Apr.   14, 1997, the European
Union's  Anti-Dumping  Committee  met  in  Brussels  to  continue
consideration of  a  13.7%  anti-dumping  duty  proposed  by  the
European   Commission   for   farmed   Norwegian  salmon.   After
investigation, the Commission concluded that Norwegian salmon had
been  sold  below  production  costs  and  had  received unlawful
subsidies, causing injury to EU producers.   [Agence  Europe  via
Reuters]

AK  Shellfish  Case.   On  Apr.   11,  1997, the AK Supreme Court
unanimously held that the  AK  Dept.   of Natural Resources (DNR)
had failed to identify discrete  zones  where  shellfish  farming
could  occur  in Southcentral and Southeast AK, and acted only on
the basis of administrative efficiency.  A group of fishermen and
other marine users filed suit after the DNR designated all waters
of Southcentral and  Southeast  AK  as  districts where shellfish
farms could be started, contending that  certain  regions  should
not  be open for shellfish farms.  The Court rejected claims that
the state's permitting regulations were flawed.  [Assoc Press]

BC  Salmon  Farmers'  Report.   On  Apr.   9,  1997,  the British
Columbia   Salmon   Farmers   Association   released   a    draft
comprehensive  review  of  salmon  farming  and  called on the BC
government to lift the moratorium  on new salmon farms, since the
draft was reported to have  concluded  that  salmon  farms  don't
endanger  wild  salmon  stocks.   The final report is due in June
1997.  [Assoc Press]

Freshwater Fisheries

{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
communication]

Red  Lakes  Commercial  Fishery.  On Apr.  19, 1997, the Red Lake
Band of Chippewa Fisheries  Association  voted to cancel its 1997
commercial fishing season on  Upper  and  Lower  Red  Lakes,  MN,
because  of  declining  walleye,  perch, and crappie populations.
The Red Lakes fishery is reported  to be the only commercial U.S.
walleye fishery and largest Tribal fishery on the continent; this
is the first closure since 1929 when the  Band  began  exercising
Treaty fishing rights.  [Assoc Press]

Lake  Superior Commercial Fishing Buyout.  On Apr.  17, 1997, the
WI Legislature's Joint Committee  on  Administrative Rules held a
hearing to receive testimony  on  funding  for  a  10-year,  $1.5
million   plan  to  compensate  11  fishermen  for  discontinuing
commercial fishing in  Lake  Superior.   The state has contracted
with the fishermen for retirement,  but  these  agreements  would
terminate  if  funds  for compensation are not available.  [Assoc
Press]

CITES Proposal - Freshwater Mussels.  On Apr.  16, 1997, the U.S.
Fish and  Wildlife  Service  announced  that  it  had submitted a
proposal to remove three species of freshwater mussels from CITES
(Convention on  International  Trade  in  Endangered  Species  of
Wildlife Fauna and Flora) Appendix II.  [Federal Register]

CITES  Proposal  -  Sturgeons.  On Apr.  16, 1997, the U.S.  Fish
and Wildlife Service announced that  it would co-sponsor a German
proposal  to  list  all  sturgeons  on   CITES   (Convention   on
International  Trade  in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and
Flora) Appendix II.  [Federal Register]

Constitutional Right to  Fish.   On  Apr.   9, 1997, the Colorado
state Senate's Committee on Agriculture, Natural  Resources,  and
Energy  Committee  approved  SCR001 for consideration by the full
Senate.  If approved by the legislature, this measure would place
a voter referendum on the  Nov.   1998 statewide ballot asking if
hunting and fishing should be constitutionally protected  rights.
[Assoc Press]

Alabama  Sturgeon.   On Apr.  8, 1997, the first Alabama sturgeon
was caught in the Alabama River for use in a $400,000 cooperative
state-federal captive breeding  program  to  recover the species.
[Assoc Press]

Bull Trout.  On Apr.   7,  1997,  the  U.S.   Fish  and  Wildlife
Service  filed a brief informing Judge Jones that it will propose
listing Klamath River and  Columbia  River bull trout populations
as endangered or threatened species {BY JUNE  10,  1997.}  [Assoc
Press, NW Fishletter No.  30]

Chippewa  Treaty  Fishing.   On  Apr.   7, 1997, MN Governor Arne
Carlson gave a  statewide  televised  address during evening news
broadcasts to stress  the  importance  of  avoiding  tension  and
preventing  violence in implementing treaty fishing rights.  Both
the MN House and  Senate  have  approved spending $6.5 million to
help with Treaty enforcement, but differ  on  from  what  account
these  funds  are  to  be  taken.  On Apr.  9, 1997, the 8th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a stay on the exercise of Treaty
fishing rights by 8 Chippewa  bands  in east-central MN until the
Court had the opportunity to rule on the state  of  MN's  appeal.
Arguments  on  the  appeal  are  scheduled for June 1997.  [Assoc
Press]

Marine Mammals

{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.} [DOW JONES NEWS]

{STELLER SEA LION LISTED AS ENDANGERED.  ON APR.  30, 1997,  NMFS
ANNOUNCED  THAT  IT  WILL  LIST THE GULF OF ALASKA AND BERING SEA
POPULATION OF STELLER SEA LION AS "ENDANGERED," AS THE POPULATION
CONTINUES TO  DECLINE  BETWEEN  5%  AND  7%  ANNUALLY.   A SECOND
DISTINCT, BUT STABLE,  POPULATION  OF  STELLER  SEA  LIONS,  FROM
SOUTHEAST  AK  THROUGH CA REMAINS LISTED AS "THREATENED." NMFS IS
PLANNING A WORKSHOP TO DESIGN  AN EXPERIMENT ON ASSESSING WHETHER
FISHING AREA CLOSURES MIGHT BENEFIT  STELLER  SEA  LIONS  WITHOUT
UNNECESSARILY  RESTRICTING  COMMERCIAL  FISHING.} [REUTERS, ASSOC
PRESS, NOAA PRESS RELEASE]

Polar Bear  Trophies.   The  House  Resources  Committee  {held a
hearing on Apr.  30, 1997,} on H.J.Res.  59, a  joint  resolution
to  disapprove a rule affecting applications to import polar bear
trophies from  Canada  issued  by  the  U.S.   Fish  and Wildlife
Service (FWS).  {On Apr.  25, 1997, FWS  announced  that  it  had
approved  24  permits  to import polar bear trophies from Canada.
Five Canadian  polar  bear  populations  have  been approved from
which trophy bears can be imported.} [personal communication, FWS
press release]

CITES Proposal - Walrus.  On Apr.  16, 1997, the U.S.   Fish  and
Wildlife Service announced that it would not submit a proposal to
list  walrus  on  CITES  (Convention  on  International  Trade in
Endangered Species  of  Wildlife  Fauna  and  Flora) Appendix II.
[Federal Register]

Illegal Polar Bear Hide.  On Apr.  14, 1997, an OR man was  fined
$2,000,  ordered  to  perform 200 hours of community service, and
placed on probation for 3  years after pleading guilty in federal
District Court to  illegally  buying  a  polar  bear  hide.   The
individual  stated that he intended to use the hair to make flies
for fishing.  [Assoc Press]

Dolphin Interaction.  On  Apr.   10,  1997,  Sea World of Florida
began a Dolphin Interaction Program, wherein  eight  participants
pay  for  a day of education about and interaction with dolphins.
[Sea World of Florida press release]

Tuna-Dolphin Legislation.  On Apr.   9, 1997, the House Resources
Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans held
a  hearing  on  H.R.   408,  amendments  to  the  Marine   Mammal
Protection  Act to support the International Dolphin Conservation
Program.  On Apr.  10, 1997,  the House Resources Subcommittee on
Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans marked-up H.R.   408
and   approved   this  measure  for  consideration  by  the  full
Committee.  On  Apr.   16  1997,  the  House  Resources Committee
marked-up H.R.  408 and ordered the bill  reported.   The  Senate
Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans and Fisheries postponed a hearing
on S. 39, amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act relating
to  the International Dolphin Conservation Program, scheduled for
Apr.  17, 1997.  [personal communication, Congressional Record]

Mexican Whale and Dolphin  Emergency.   On Apr.  7, 1997, Mexican
environmental authorities reported that 162 dolphins  found  dead
on Gulf of California beaches earlier this year probably had been
killed  by  red  tide  toxins, discounting earlier reports that a
toxic spill or  cyanide  chemicals  used  by drug traffickers had
caused these deaths.  [Assoc Press]

Atlantic  Large  Whale  Protection.   On  Apr.   7,  1997,   NMFS
published   a  proposed  take  reduction  plan  and  implementing
regulations  for  northern  right  whales,  humpback  whales, fin
whales, and minke whales  in  the  Federal  Register  that  would
restrict  fishing  times in whale habitat off New England and the
mid-Atlantic in  Cape  Cod  Bay,  the  Great  South  Channel, and
several other areas.   In  addition,  fishing  gear  modification
would  be  required to allow whales to break free of gear in case
of  incidental  entanglement,  and  response  and  assistance for
entangled whales would be improved.  Maine officials contend  the
required gear modification will cost the lobster industry between
$40  million  and  $70  million.   {On Apr.  26, 1997, the Senate
Commerce  Subcommittee  on  Oceans  and  Fisheries  held  a field
hearing in Portland,  ME,  on  the  proposed  regulations.   Four
public  hearings will be held from Apr.  30-May 3 on fishing gear
modification  regulations;  additional  public  comment}  will be
received until May 15, 1997.  [Assoc Press, Federal Register]

Whaling  Protester.   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.  [Assoc Press, High North Alliance News]
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