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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H.  13

Joint resolution supporting the importance of fishing in Lake Champlain and the urgency of eliminating sea lampreys and cormorants from the lake

Offered by:  Representatives Johnson of South Hero, Randall of Troy and Brennan of Colchester

Whereas, sea lampreys pose a grave threat to the integrity of Lake Champlain and its fishing industry, and

Whereas, despite the department of fish and wildlife’s best efforts to eliminate sea lampreys from the lake, the threat they now pose has risen to an emergency situation, and

Whereas, the department continues to treat infested tributaries at the maximum legally allowable rate, but the lampreys’ hit rate on fish remains higher than expected, and

Whereas, similarly, the double crested cormorant population is a serious threat to the health of the islands and shoreline of the lake, and

Whereas, the density of these birds and their nesting habitats have deforested certain of the lake’s islands in their entirety, and

Whereas, the cormorants’ waste stream presents a significant phosphate loading problem into the lake, and it may even carry the viral infection known as VHS which is the most dangerous infectious disease threat confronting fish species in the entire Lake Champlain basin, and

Whereas, VHS is already infecting lakes in western New York state, and it is urgent to prevent any VHS infection in Lake Champlain, and

Whereas, threats to Lake Champlain, and its fishing industry, are direct threats to the Vermont economic engine that must be fought to the greatest degree possible, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the grave threat that sea lampreys and double crested cormorants pose to the Lake Champlain fishing industry and to the economy of the state of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the general assembly urges the agency of natural resources and the department of fish and wildlife to proceed with the greatest possible effort to eliminate any and all threats of sea lampreys and double crested cormorants

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to George Crombie, secretary of the agency of natural resources, to Brad Wright, clean and clear specialist at the agency, and to Wayne Laroche, commissioner of fish and wildlife.                 


____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


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Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                               Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont