Tim McCormack wrote:This issue is a good case of where perception could become "reality". If people (like paddlers in particular) get the idea rolling that seaplanes are the cause of all the environmental woes like invasive species, we don't stand a chance of being able to fly into the remote lakes that we all love to go to. Our best defense is a good offense. We need to be proactive in making the perception that "we are ahead of this problem" dominant over the thought that we "ARE" the problem.The good people on the shaky coast(CSPA & WSPA) are ahead of the curve on this, as usual, and have done a great job getting this started.
I wonder where the SPA is?
RKittine wrote:Unfortunately "Perception is Fact Until Proven Otherwise" I read some where and I agree that we need to get out inf front of this so the true facts are presented to the public who believe what they read and hear without taking the time to check things out.
While running a division of a paper company, we got a pair of spotted owls to mate and produce offspring in a park in San Franciso in less than 3 acres when the environmentalists forced the shut down of one of our operations because they claimed that it took 3,000 acres to get one pair to successfully mate. The public believed it though and for a long time that operation and all its employees was shut down.
KlausNW wrote:Jason, to prevent ISO Credit costly copyright lawsuits... maybe I should donate a couple ISO credits to the seaplaneforum fundraiser.
If you buy one Al Gores Global Warming off-sets he plants a tree somewhere. maybe we should offer to go duck hunting or something.
RKittine wrote:But if this administration gets its way, you won't have a gun to go Duck Hunting with, so maybe a fish trip, which as of now are still legal.
RKittine wrote:Sound advise as always and we had to show the owls by example what to do .......
MPs Ron Cannan and Dan Albas were in Kelowna Friday to announce proposed regulations to battle invasive aquatic species.
The regulatory framework would give provinces and territories new tools to prevent the introduction of these types of species to Canada, from other countries or within provinces and regions.
"From an educational perspective, we are aware of the issue of invasive species coming into our community," Ron Cannan said. "Whether it's through a float plane or a boat, intentional or unintentional, the fact is that we want to ensure the health and productivity of all our water systems."
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans currently has a $14-million budget to battle invasive aquatic species. If the new regulations are approved, any rollout costs would come from that pool of money until new funding initiatives come online.
"Once in place, these regulations will help prevent species like Asian carp from establishing in Canadian waters and most importantly, give us new tools to battle them if they are introduced," said Dan Albas. "The proposed AIS regulations will ensure that the import, transport, possession and release of specific aquatic invasive species, including all species of Asian Carp and zebra and quagga mussels, are strictly prohibited."
Currently, compliance with provincial rules regulating the movement of aquatic invasive species is voluntary.
Albas said that the proposed regulations will give Canadian Border Service agents the authority to compel a person to comply with provincial and national regulations, a power they currently do not have.
Tom Therriault, a research scientist with the DFO said there is "no silver bullet" for eradicating invasive species once they establish themselves in our waterways.
"It's a species-specific response typically. But prevention is always the key," he said.
The announcement coincided with a roundtable discussion with local stakeholders at the Kelowna Yacht Club.
The new regulations will be published Dec. 6 in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 30-day public comment period.
Q: I live on a lake and we have an AIS (aquatic invasive species) inspection station for boats, yet nothing for the planes that fly in. Are there procedures or inspections for floatplanes regarding invasive species?
A: The guidelines and regulations for preventing the spread of invasive species is similar for floatplanes as it is for watercraft and water-related equipment; it is illegal to transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels or prohibited species, or place/attempt to place into waters of the state a watercraft, float plane or trailer with invasive species attached.
Much of the focus on AIS prevention is focused on watercraft, as they vastly outnumber floatplanes in Minnesota as a probable vector for AIS transport, and inspection stations are limited to those areas with high volumes of traffic and high risk for the spread of prohibited species. Following the laws and regulations is the responsibility of the operators of planes, watercraft, and other equipment.
Look online at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/invasives/ais-seaplane.pdf for more information on cleaning and inspecting floatplanes to prevent the spread of AIS.
Matthew S. Miller is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer with the Lake Superior Marine Unit. Send your questions to email@example.com.
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