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

Enviro-Mich message from mgaden <mgaden@glfc.org>

Mr. Wright:

Thank you for your e-mail.  The increased appropriation was not a rider.  It
was authorized in the State Department bill and proposed in President
Clinton's fiscal 2000 budget.  The measure was accepted by the Senate,
rejected by the House, and, ultimately, with the help of the delegation,
survived in the conference bill.

I hope this response is helpful.

Marc Gaden
Communications Officer
Great Lakes Fishery Commission

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	David Wright [SMTP:wrightd@Voyager.net]
> Sent:	Thursday, December 16, 1999 11:16 PM
> To:	mgaden; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
> Subject:	Re: E-M:/ Errata--GLFC News Release
> 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>
> >-------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> >Errata
> >
> >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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