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Sportfishing Industry Applauds EPA’s Decision to Reject Lead Ban Petition
Written by Greg Houtteman   
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 13:55

The sportfishing community commends the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for its decision to reject a sweeping petition to ban lead in all fishing tackle. The petition, which was submitted on August 3, 2010, by the Center for Biological Diversity and four other groups, requested that EPA ban all lead in all fishing tackle on all U.S. waters. The petition also included a request to ban the use of lead ammunition in the hunting and shooting sports. That part was denied on August 27 because EPA does not have the legal authority to regulate ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Opposition from anglers was strong; over 43,000 anglers sent comments requesting dismissal of the petition to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson through www.KeepAmericaFishing.org.

In dismissing the petition, EPA indicated that the “petitioners have not demonstrated that the requested rule is necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, as required by the TSCA.”  EPA also cited state-specific actions and the increasing education and outreach activities being undertaken, stating that those actions “…call into question whether a national ban on lead in fishing gear would be the least burdensome, adequately protective approach to address the concern, as called for under TSCA.”

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British Columbia Sees Largest Salmon Run In A Century
Written by NPR   
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:43
Sockeye salmon are making their run up the Fraser River in numbers not seen since 1913. More than 34 million salmon are reportedly in the British Columbia river system, befuddling scientists who last year tallied less than 2 million fish.

The BBC has an interactive report on the run — and some words of caution from scientists who warn against interpreting the boom of 2010 as a promise that similar numbers of salmon will return in 2011.

The long-term pattern of smaller runs has been blamed on both commercial fish farms and an increase in predators in the sockeyes' migratory path.

Professor Daniel Pauly, a world fisheries authority at the University of British Columbia, says he doesn’t expect this year's massive run to start a new trend.

"I think science is very good at predicting long-term trends over larger areas and it's not good at predicting details over shorter time periods in limited areas," Pauly told the BBC.

One theory behind this year's outsize salmon run suggests that ash from the volcanic eruption of Kasatochi in 2008 put nutrients into the Gulf of Alaska — and that, in turn, put out a smorgasbord of diatoms for the adolescent salmon to eat.

As research scientist Tim Parsons tells the CBC, "So, we get back, in my hypothesis, 34 million salmon — which was totally unpredicted — instead of the 1.5 million salmon of the previous year, which fed on a diet… composed of very small plankton."

After last year's small run, the Canadian government formed a panel to explore the reasons for it. And as the Vancouver Sun reports, the Cohen Commission inquiry has spurred public demonstrations and posturing by those in favor and against fish farming.
 
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Grand Haven to launch second phase of municipal marina improvements
Written by Muskegon Chronicle   
Sunday, 03 October 2010 15:25
With the aid of a state grant, the city of Grand Haven is planning more improvements to the municipal marina on the Grand River channel.

Julie Beaton, project manager for the city of Grand Haven, said the $994,125 project will be 50 percent funded by the state and the remaining half by the city's marina fund.

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Commercial, sport anglers spar over Lake Michigan trap net fishing
Written by Green Bay Press Gazette   
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 14:15

Representatives of a coalition of sport fishing and wildlife federation groups Monday night said they want to see commercial trap net fishing in part of Lake Michigan closed in the summer.

Don't stifle the business because sport fishermen aren't willing to educate themselves about where the traps are located and take appropriate precautions, Two Rivers' Mike Le Clair and Steve Kulpa responded.

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DNRE Proposes 73 More Miles of Gear-Restricted Trout Streams
Written by Michigan DNR   
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:48
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment proposes to classify an additional 73 miles of streams under Michigan’s gear-restricted streams category.
 
The proposal, which will be presented to DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries at the Oct. 7 meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, is the result of lengthy meetings with fisheries officials and the Citizens Coldwater Regulations Steering Committee.
 
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