San Francisco Bay has most non-native...

San Francisco Bay has most non-native species in world - Marin ...

There are 3 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Feb 22, 2008, titled San Francisco Bay has most non-native species in world - Marin .... In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

San Francisco Bay is the most invaded aquatic region on Earth, with more than half its fish and most of its bottom-dwelling organisms representing non-native species, according to a new report released by the ...

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Dipsea Boy

San Rafael, CA

#1 Feb 22, 2008
This makes no sense:

When a ship gets to, say, the Port of Oakland, it may only be half filled and its carrying a lot of balance water," Moore said. "Once it is loaded up at the port with goods, less ballast water is needed and it is flushed into the bay."

Ships from Asia are packed with cargo. They return half-filled with recycled cardboard and scrap metal -- America's great exports these days.
ballast pathogen

Rochester, NY

#2 Jan 11, 2011
Interesting Senator Boxer of California kills ballast water legislation passed in the house 395-7, back in 2008 that would have protected the whole country equally over her wish for California to be able to enact stronger laws. Now articles are saying California is backing down on its current ballast water laws for being to strict. NY laws will be next to go, making President Obamas week military plan look attractive. Senator Boxers position in 2008 killing ballast water legislation, to allegedly preserve her states rights to stronger laws,(despite president Obama's reported rhetoric voicing support for legislation) was as the sponsor of the bill, former Rep Oberstar suggested "bullshit" and now it is being shown by California's latest action.
Now after all the wasted money this administration created leaving the states to create useless laws, the Presidents delayed Coast Guard plan will provide a weakened standard with a longer time line and President Obama and the Coast Guard will be praised for creating protection, when the reality will be, that killing what the house voted for in 2008 and the delayed weakened plan will favor the foreign shipping industry more than the American environment and human health or help create a level playing field for American manufacturing cost.
It really is not funny how our politicians waste our money to posture their political stature. Odd Paterson, governor of NY created strong ballast water laws- GONE!, Strickland strong advocate for ballast protection- GONE!, Oberstar creator of ballast legislation h.r.2830- GONE! Granholm strong advocate for national ballast water regulation mentioned for Obama positions,- PASSED OVER! Governor Schwarzenegger strong environmental advocate for ballast water, GONE!- coinciding with a newly created weakening of California's ballast water laws. Senator Boxer the killer of national ballast water laws RETAINED!, because of a large show of support from President Obama during elections.

San Rafael, CA

#3 Jan 11, 2011
biggest non native species is two legged and comes from south of the border
particularly invasive
encourged to spread by sanctuary status and excessively generous welfare programs

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