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Brine shrimp harvester update

January 19, 2012

Dear Brine Shrimp Harvester

A sampling run on the south arm of Great Salt Lake was conducted on January 13, 2012. Enumeration and analysis of the sample was completed and indicates the following values, presented in number per liter of lake water:

Accordingly, we are exercising the second 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 continue to be suspended through Thursday, January 26, 2012. All other aspects of the rule will remain in effect.

During the closure period, we will continue to sample (as safe weather allows) and determine if there are sufficient quantities of cysts to resume harvest. If the season resumes, it will open at noon on Friday, January 27, 2012. 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 be required for harvest occurring in the salt ponds and on the north arm. Weekly harvest reports will also be required for harvest occuring during this time.

The cumulative harvest poundage totals through harvest day January 18, 2012 are:

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

John Luft
Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program Manager