National Fisherman

Corning, NY — Citing threats to the Finger Lakes and other upstate New York waterways, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is proposing a federal grant program to combat invasive aquatic species.

Schumer wants to create an early detection and rapid response grant program to “attack these species when they are easily and cheaply eradicated.”

Many invasive aquatic plant and animal species can be easily spread and can take hold quickly, affecting tourism, recreation, commercial fishing and shipping, he said.

Under Schumer’s proposed legislation, states could petition the Department of Interior for a grant and technical assistance as soon as they identify a threat from an invasive species.

His plan calls for “active detection networks” at the local level to identify a potential threat, and he wants multiple agencies at the federal, state and local level to work together to contain or eradicate the invasive species. Schumer’s legislation would put funding in place quickly, he said.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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