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No Ballast Discharge in Isle Royale Waters
(2007-09-17)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Steps are being taken to protect Lake
Superior from a deadly fish virus.
Boaters and commercial shippers will be prohibited from emptying
ballast tanks within Isle Royale National Park. Officials say they
can only do so if the ballast water is treated to kill invasive
species.
The park's superintendent says the emergency regulation is
designed to protect the park's fish populations from VHS.
VHS hasn't shown up in Lake Superior, but it has caused large
die-offs in other lakes and some inland waterways.
Isle Royale officials will ballast discharge logs from ships to
monitor compliance. Each violation carries a $5,000 fine.
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