Thursday, June 21, 2012

NY Schneiderman announces arrest of Snakehead smuggler

Snakehead (Associated Press)
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the filing of felony charges in the Town of Amherst Court against Muk Leung “Jim” Ip, a Canadian-based pet dealer whose operation smuggled and exported invasive and endangered species into the U.S.

The 49-year-old Ontario man was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of Illegal Commercialization of Fish, Shellfish, Crustaceans, and Wildlife. The fish in question: the invasive beastie known as the Snakehead, and a cuddly protected amphibian, Axolotls.

From AG's Press Release:
Snakeheads are highly invasive and have the potential to disrupt recreational fishing, harm native fish and wildlife, and impact our economy. New York State prohibits the possession, sale and live transport of Snakehead fish. Importation and interstate transport of Snakeheads is prohibited under the federal Lacey Act. Northern snakeheads are dangerous predators capable of growing to at least three feet long and surviving throughout the continental United States in a variety of habitats. With teeth similar to pike and walleye fish, they are superb predators and they feed voraciously.
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Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said, “International smuggling of invasive and endangered species in to New York State is a major concern to the health of our natural ecosystems. If released into the wild, the species targeted in this undercover operation could have caused significant environmental damage to our native species. Since smugglers do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries, it is only through cooperative efforts involving partnering law enforcement and conservation agencies that we can enforce wildlife laws across national and international borders to protect our ecosystems.”
 Read the entire article HERE
Learn more about the Snakehead HERE at the CSA Discovery Guides
Source: Albany Times Union Capitol Confidential

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Urban Agriculture Summit 2012

Around the world, people are growing food in cities!

You can learn new tools to advance urban agriculture in your community. Register now for the 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit, August 15 – 18 2012 in Toronto.

Learn, network, train, tour … Summit programming is an action-oriented combination of workshops, panels, keynotes, tours, networking events and professional development opportunities.

The 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit will connect you with inspiring experts from across the spectrum of urban agriculture. Announcing renowned keynote speakers :
  • Will Allen, Founder & CEO of Growing Power and author of ‘The Good Food Revolution’
  •  Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms hydroponic greenhouse farms and supply chain expert
  • Joe Lobko, Principal of duToit Allsopp Hillier, interdisciplinary architect, landscape architect and urban designer
  •  PLUS over 75 session presenters who are leaders in the fields of community and commercial development, policy, research, design and more.

Summit programming also includes:
  • Half day professional development courses and training / skills workshops, several of which are approved for continuing education units / professional development hours
  • Half day tours and full day tours to visit exceptional and inspiring urban agriculture projects and producers across the Greater Toronto Area.

CAPACITY IS LIMITED. Register online today.

Coming from out of town? Affordable rooms are available at Ryerson Residence - book your room early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing in Toronto at the Urban Agriculture Summit in August.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Emergency Rule Enacted to Combat Invasive Water Plant

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation adopted an emergency rule to allow for herbicide treatment to combat hydrilla, an invasive plant species that has plagued parts of the Cayuga Inlet since last summer.
Hydrilla spreads quickly and outcompetes native aquatic species.

This temporary, emergency regulation allows the use of fluridone pellets in waters less than two feet deep for 90 days. Upon the regulation's expiration, DEC intends to renew it until a permanent rule is in place. The rule amends 6 NYCRR 326.2(b)(4)(ii), which prohibits the application of fluridone pellet formulations in waters less than two feet deep.

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Source: EnvironmentDEC