[acn-l] FISHLINK SUBLEGALS 2/25/00 (fwd)

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Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 14:18:18 EST
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A WEEKLY QUOTA OF FISHERY SHORTS CAUGHT AND
LANDED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESOURCES
AND THE PACIFIC COAST FEDERATION OF FISHERMEN'S
ASSOCIATIONS

VOL 1, NO. 8 25
February 2000
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WTO ACCUSED OF ENDANGERING AUSTRALIA'S
ENVIRONMENT: Last week the Geneva-based World Trade
Organization (WTO) ruled against the Tasmanian quarantine protection
measures the Australian state imposes on salmon imports. According to a
report in the Australian publication, The Age, the ruling was in response
to a Canadian petition on behalf of that nation's salmon farmers. The
WTO alleged the Tasmanian quarantine "was not based on sound
scientific evidence." "This decision means Australia now has to either
weaken our quarantine measures or face trade sanctions from Canada and
possibly other salmon producing nations," said Natasha Stott Despoja, the
trade spokeswoman for Australia's Democrats. "The reality is, under
WTO rules now, we cannot prevent fish coming into Australia that we
know to be diseased." For more information, go to:
http://www.theage.com.au/breaking/0002/19/A27905-2000Feb19.shtml.
In the February issue of Nor'westing, Canadian scientist Alexandra
Morton wrote an extensive letter detailing the diseases infecting wild
salmon populations along northern Vancouver Island as a result of
intensive salmon farming taking place there. Her e-mail address is:
wildorca at capescott.net.

KITZHABER, LOCKE AT ODDS OVER BREACHING OF LOWER
SNAKE RIVER DAMS: Appearing at the Oregon Chapter of the
American Fisheries Society conference in Eugene on 19 February (just
one day after the AFS voted 103-0 adopting a resolution supporting
breaching of the four lower Snake River dams), Oregon's Governor John
Kitzhaber formally endorsed lower Snake River dam decommissioning as
the cheapest, least risky and least intrusive of all the options now being
considered to save Snake River salmon and steelhead. Oregon's lower
river ports such as Astoria have paid a very high economic price to
subsidize river transportation from Lewiston, Idaho to Pasco, Washington,
and Kitzhaber joins many scientists and economists who say that
breaching the lower four Snake River dams (Ice Harbor, Lower
Monumental, Lower Granite, Little Goose) and re-opening 140 miles to
salmon is the best of all available options. Kitzhaber's
speech is available at:
http://www.governor.state.or.us/governor/speeches/s000218.html

On 22 February, however, Washington Governor Gary Locke said he
opposed taking out the structures, saying, "Breaching the dams is not
guaranteed to bring back the salmon." Kitzhaber said he would try to
convince his colleague to the north to rethink his position. "What
additional scientific experiment is necessary to demonstrate that it is
easier for salmon to migrate in a free-flowing river than to navigate a
several-hundred foot-high concrete barrier?" asked the Oregon Governor.
Twelve populations of salmon in the Columbia Basin are listed as
threatened or endangered, including four in the Snake River.

FISHING AND CONSERVATION GROUPS SUE GOVERNMENT
OVER MINIMUM FLOWS FOR THE COLUMBIA: On 22 February,
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, representing a coalition of fishing and
conservation organizations, including PCFFA, sued the National Marine
Fisheries Service, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers over inadequate flows in the Snake and Columbia Rivers and
their tributaries. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court under the
Endangered Species Act seeking a court order that the government
agencies immediately increase the amount of water devoted to augmenting
flows in the river. In 1995, NMFS set the minimum flow targets in the
Snake and Columbia Rivers necessary for salmon and steelhead survival,
and ordered the Bureau and the Corps to increase water flows to meet
those targets. But the federal agencies failed to act and flows in the Snake
and Columbia continue to fall well below the minimum necessary to avoid
serious harm to listed salmon and steelhead.

For Idaho, the choice is straight forward, breach the four lower Snake
River dams or risk losing much of its irrigation water. "If we don't breach
the dams, a million acre-feet of water could be taken from southern Idaho
to help the salmon," said State Representative Ken Robison of Boise.
"Thousands of jobs would be lost and hundreds of thousands of acres of
agricultural land idled because of a lack of water." For more information
on the suit, contact Todd True, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, at (206)
343-7340.

REMINDER, FISHING GEAR SWAP MEET: Saturday, 4 March, is
the date set for the annual Pacific Coast's Largest Fishing Gear Swap Meet
sponsored by the Small Boat Commercial Salmon Fishermen's
Association. This year, the meet will again be held at 99 Hegenberger
Road (across the street from the Teamster's Union Hall) in Oakland. In
addition to fishing gear, there will be booths and presentations by the
Coast Guard, California Fish & Game and other agencies, as well as
fishing organizations, including PCFFA and IFR. For more information,
contact Larry Grace at: themaryc at pacbell.net.

NMFS SEEKS COMMENTS ON S-K FUNDING: In today's (25
February) Federal Register (pp.10053-10054) is a solicitation from the
National Marine Fisheries Service requesting comments on its proposed
scope and funding priorities for the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act (S-K) Grant
Program for FY2001. S-K Grants are derived from an excise tax on fish
product imports and the program was initially established to assist
fisheries development. Comments are due by 13 March. For more
information, call Alicia L. Jarboe, S-K Program Manager at (301)
713-2358. To view the document go to the Federal Register Online via
GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov][DOCID:fr25fe00-43].

PFMC TO MEET ON SALMON, GROUNDFISH, COASTAL
PELAGICS, HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES: The Pacific Fishery
Management Council will meet 6-10 March in Sacramento. On its agenda
is: 1) the development of options for the 2000 ocean salmon season; 2)
adjusting harvest guidelines for sardine; 3) recommending a control date
for limited entry in highly migratory species fisheries; and 4) review
groundfish regulations for 2000, including trip limits on pink shrimp
vessels and rockfish bycatch proposals. Late last year, the PFMC
established a 5 November control date for possibly limiting entry into the
open access portion of the groundfish fishery; that fishery was declared a
disaster by the Commerce Secretary on 19 January. For more information
on the meeting, visit the PFMC website at: http://www.pcouncil.org .

TWO ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS DEVELOP PLAN
FOR NETWORK OF MPAs: Following a recent set of workshops in
Washington D.C., the Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) and
the Cousteau Society have released a paper outlining a plan for
establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in U.S. waters.
The plan sets forth recommendations for the creation of MPAs, and
suggests criteria for the design and management of the system. To view
this document, go to: http://www.mcbi.org.

Earlier this month, the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission voted
to create two new marine preserves in Puget Sound to protect declining
groundfish stocks as part of the 2000-2001 sportfishing rules package.
The preserves are on Colvos Passage north of Gig Harbor and at
Wiaketickeh, north of the Hamma Hamma River on the west side of Hood
Canal. The Commission is also expanding an existing preserve at Orchard
Rocks and a third marine preserve was created at Saltar's Point Beach.
These are not complete no-take zones, however; salmon trolling will be
allowed in Colvos Passage. For more information, contact the
Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission at (360) 902-2267.

"POISONING OUR WATER" REPORT RELEASED: The Public
Interest Research Group (PIRG) has recently released it annual report,
"Poisoning Our Water - How The Government Permits Pollution." This
year's report found that nearly 30% of the nation's largest industrial,
municipal, and federal facilities were in serious violation of the Clean
Water Act at least once during a recent 15-month period. The report and
maps are available at: http://www.pirg.org/reports/enviro/poison/

GOT NEWS?: Submit news items to Molly Thomas, editor at:
ifrfish at aol.com or call the IFR office with the news and a source at
either: (415) 561-FISH (Southwest Office) or (541) 689-2000 (Northwest
Office).

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