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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:Fri, 6 Jun 1997 13:37:47 GMT

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

Aquaculture and Aquaria

Norwegian Salmon.   On  May  29,  1997,  the  European Commission
discussed but failed  to  agree  on  whether  or  not  to  impose
anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties amounting to 13.7% on farmed
Norwegian  Atlantic  salmon.   {On  June  1,  1997,  the European
Commission  approved  a  compromise  on  Norwegian  farmed salmon
imports.  Instead of imposing  antidumping  duties,  a  five-year
agreement  was  negotiated  to  include  a  minimum price for the
salmon, an increase in the  Norwegian export duty on this product
from 0.75% to 3%, and a limitation on the growth  of  exports  to
the  EU  of  about  10%  per  year.}  [Reuters, Agence Europe via

AK Roe Stripping Lawsuit.   On  May  21,  1997, AK Superior Court
Judge Dan Hensley heard arguments on whether AK salmon hatcheries
should be allowed to strip roe from  returning  salmon  and  dump
their  carcasses.   A  1996  lawsuit seeks to halt this practice.
[Assoc Press]

BC Salmon Virus.  On  May  12,  1997,  the  farm  manager at a BC
Atlantic salmon  farm  in  Johnstone  Strait,  between  Vancouver
Island and the BC mainland, admitted that fish were infected with
IHNV  (infectious  hematopoietic  necrosis  virus).   About 5,000
possibly virus-infected fish subsequently were sold to consumers,
rather  than  being  killed  and   disposed  of  as  required  by
disease-control procedures.  IHNV can attack wild Pacific sockeye
salmon, and fishery interests fear for the health of Fraser River
sockeye that migrate through this area.  [Assoc Press]

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]

{National Fishing Week.   June  2-8,  1997  is  being  celebrated
across  the  United States as National Fishing Week.  AT LEAST 44
PURCHASED  A  LICENSE.}  [U.S.   Fish  and Wildlife Service press

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]

{Atlantic  Large  Whale  Protection.   In  late  May  1997,  U.S.
District Court Judge  Douglas  P.  Woodlock  ruled  that  federal
agencies   were   making  sufficient  progress  through  proposed
regulations to  address  citizen  concerns  for better protecting
north Atlantic right whales.} [Assoc Press]

Norwegian Whaling.  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.   {On  May  26, 1997, a Dutch court rejected
Paul Watson's petition for release  on  bail  at a hearing on his
possible extradition to Norway.   The  court  is  to  submit  its
recommendation  concerning the Norwegian petition for extradition
within two weeks.}  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  28,  1997,  the  Norwegian Directorate for
Nature Management wrote a letter to the CITES Secretariat stating
that Norway will establish  a  DNA  register for whales to better
identify whalemeat from whales taken under  proclaimed  Norwegian
quotas,  as  an addendum to Norway's proposal to downlist 2 minke
whale stocks.} [Assoc Press, High  North Alliance News, Dow Jones

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]

Mediterranean Monk Seal Deaths.   In  mid-May  1997, more than 60
endangered  Mediterranean  monk  seals  died  after  eating  fish
tainted  by  toxic  algae  along  Mauritania's  Atlantic   coast.

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]

Japanese  Scientific   Whaling.    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]
End of Part 3/3

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