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Brine shrimp harvester update

January 5, 2011

Dear Brine Shrimp Harvester

A sampling run on the south arm of Great Salt Lake was conducted on January 3–4, 2011. The enumeration and analysis have been completed. All presented values are per liter of lake water.

Accordingly, we are exercising the first seven day timeout of this harvest season pursuant to Rule R657-52-12(1)(c). The brine shrimp harvesting season in the South Arm (both lake and beach) will suspend Friday, January 7, 2011 at 5:16 p.m. MST (official sunset). All other aspects of the rule will remain in effect.

During the closure period, we will continue to sample and determine if there are sufficient quantities of cysts to resume harvest. If the season resumes, it will open at noon on Saturday, January 15, 2011. The decision will be based upon resource conservation. We will be in contact with the harvesting companies toward the end of the closure period regarding our decision.

Daily harvest reports during the timeout will not be required except for harvest occurring in the salt ponds and on the North Arm. Daily harvest reports will still be required for January 6 and 7. Weekly harvest reports will be required for harvest occurring through January 7 and must be sent to us by noon on January 10, 2011.

The cumulative harvest poundage totals through harvest day January 4, 2011 are listed below:

Due to incomplete harvest reporting on December 26, 2010, our record of cumulative harvest totals has changed. The corrected values from December 25, 2010 through January 4, 2011 are given below:

  Harvest date     Cumulative  
  lake  
  Cumulative  
  shore  
  Cumulative  
  ponds  
December 25, 2010 10,781,181 10,739,045 170,505
December 26, 2010 10,996,701 10,755,995 170,505
December 27, 2010 11,197,766 10,758,995 170,505
December 28, 2010 11,484,796 10,783,970 170,505
December 29, 2010 11,484,796 10,795,220 170,505
December 30, 2010 11,484,796 10,795,220 170,505
December 31, 2010 11,484,796 10,795,220 170,505
January 1, 2011 11,484,796 10,795,220 170,505
January 2, 2011 11,558,411 10,807,220 170,505
January 3, 2011 11,704,356 10,807,220 170,505
January 4, 2011 12,057,441 10,809,620 170,505

Thank you for your support of our work at The Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program.

John Luft
Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program Manager