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Re: E-M:/ Errata--GLFC News Release

Enviro-Mich message from David Wright <wrightd@Voyager.net>

Did he use a rider to get the budget increased?

At 01:27 PM 12/16/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Enviro-Mich message from mgaden <mgaden@glfc.org>
>Our recent news release about funding for the GLFC and its sea lamprey
>control effort failed to properly acknowledge Congressman Joe Knollenberg's
>key assistance in increasing the U.S. budget for this program.  We regret
>the oversight.  The following is an update of our news release:
>Great Lakes Fishery Commission
>For Immediate Release
>December 14, 1999
>Contact:  Marc Gaden
>734-662-3209 x. 14
>Congressman Knollenberg, Michigan Delegation 
>Rally to Protect the Great Lakes Fishery
>U.S. federal budget provides boost for Great Lakes sea lamprey control
>	The Great Lakes Fishery Commission today applauded Congressman Joe
>Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Hills) and his Michigan colleagues for their
>recent work to secure an additional $1 million for sea lamprey control, a
>vital component of a healthy, vibrant, and valuable Great Lakes fishery.
>Knollenberg helped lead the charge in the House Appropriations Committee to
>include these funds in the recently completed fiscal 2000 budget, largely to
>address the sea lamprey problem on the St. Marys River.  This increase,
>along with  funds provided by the State of Michigan, will allow the
>Commission to reign-in the last uncontrolled populations of sea lampreys in
>the Great Lakes:  those produced in the St. Marys River.  The benefits of
>Knollenberg's work will be felt in Lake Huron and northern Lake Michigan
>where sea lampreys currently claim far more fish than humans.
>	Sea lampreys invaded the Great Lakes in the early part of the 20th
>Century through shipping canals.  Their impact on the valuable fishery was
>tremendous:  fish harvest declined dramatically and the thriving fish
>communities, based on self-sustaining fish stocks, were thrown seriously off
>balance.  In 1955, the governments of Canada and the United States created
>the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to control sea lampreys.  Since then, the
>commission has been able to suppress lamprey populations in most areas by
>90%, paving the way for successful stocking, fisheries rehabilitation, and
>the resurgence of sport and commercial fishing.
>	Despite the commission's success, there is a major trouble-spot in
>the Great Lakes:  the St. Marys River.  The river currently produces more
>sea lampreys than all of the other Great Lakes combined.  These lampreys
>migrate downstream and feed on large numbers of fish in Lake Huron and
>northern Lake Michigan.  Sea lampreys currently kill more than 50% of the
>fish in Lake Huron and northern Lake Michigan, compared to 20% harvested by
>sport, tribal, and commercial fishing combined.
>	"Sea lamprey control contributes significantly to the $4 billion in
>economic return the fishery provides annually to the region," said Van
>Snider, President of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, located in
>Livonia, Michigan.  "The Michigan Boating Industries Association joins with
>a broad coalition of businesses, anglers, and other stakeholders in
>supporting sea lamprey control and in thanking Congressman Knollenberg and
>his colleagues for their commitment to the fishery."
>	Dr. Ken Merckel of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fisherman's
>Association added: "Sea lampreys are enormously destructive to our fishery.
>We observe sea lamprey wounds on all kinds of fish including chinook salmon,
>lake trout, brown trout and even walleye.  In the worst-hit areas, only one
>out of seven fish attacked by a sea lamprey will survive.  It is a good bet
>that for every wounded fish we catch, up to six more could be dead on the
>bottom of the lake.  We need to do everything possible to reduce the
>population of these noxious pests." 
>	Merckel Continued:  "The work of Congressman Knollenberg and his
>Michigan colleagues, particularly Senators Abraham and Levin and Congressman
>Barcia, will mean a significant reduction in parasitic sea lampreys and,
>ultimately,  will be a tremendous boost to the health of our valuable
>fishery.  More than five million people fish the Great Lakes each year.  The
>Steelheaders are very pleased to see our representatives in Congress going
>to bat for the resource."
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