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NFC: Taken from www.flyshop.com "Conservation Corner"

I thought you all might finfd this of interest:


Bozeman, MT -- This year, the conservation committee of the Federation of
Flyfishers (FFF) is inaugurating a campaign to list and publicize five of
the most endangered fisheries in this hemisphere.
Since most of our members are in the U.S. and Canada, we expect most of the
nominations to come from waters in those two countries. This initiative is
based on the American Rivers Association's very successful "Endangered
Rivers" publicity campaign. That effort lists rivers most threatened by
pollution and other insults, and effectively gets out publicity about these
rivers to the public. State and federal agencies responsible for the rivers
are sensitive to this publicity, and often a positive effort is made to
correct the problem after American Rivers lists a waterway as endangered.
Since our organization is a national conservation/recreation organization
with an emphasis on fly fishing, listing endangered fisheries would be more
appropriate for us. The fisheries that we will list may be endangered
because of many factors, including mismanagement of the fisheries or the
water levels, interference of dams, introduced species competition or poor
water quality.
The criteria for nomination and process for selection are as follows: If a
member or club wishes to nominate a fishery in trouble, the following
information should be forwarded to one of the thirteen FFF councils' Vice
Presidents for Conservation, who now comprise the National Conservation

1. Name the river, estuary, or lake in which the fishery is located, and the
area most in need of help.

2. List reasons why the fishery is endangered. Include the influences of
water quality, fishery management decisions, dams, water use issues and
other pertinent factors.

3. Make your recommendations of what should be done to recover the fishery.
Also include the recommendations of state and federal agencies that are
generated from biological/ecological studies of the fishery and habitat.

4. Include names, addresses and e-mail addresses of the state and federal
agencies responsible for the fishery.

For contact information for the one of the council presidents in your
region, contact the FFF National Office at P.O. Box 1595, Bozeman, MT 59771,
(406) 585-7592, fax: (406) 585-7596, or e-mail
. Info can also be sent to the National Office and will be forwarded

The conservation committee will discuss and vote on the nominations in
February 1999, and publish the results in the Flyfisher, on the FFF website,
news releases and other ways that the communications committee sees fit.
 Do YOU have a fishery in your backyard that you feel is in need of national
attention to bring it back to its former excellence? Conservation officers
of clubs are urged to poll their membership, establish communication with
their Council Vice Presidents for Conservation, and submit their