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March 16. 2013 8:12PM
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Poacher charged


Multiple charges have been filed against Mark Nicholas Jarema, 37, Leesburg, N.J., for multiple criminal and game code violations. Jarema was extradited on Jan. 28 from New Jersey Mid-State Correctional Facility by Wayne County Wildlife Conservation Officer Frank Dooley, with assistance from Pennsylvania State Police officers from the Honesdale barracks. Jarema was arraigned in Pennsylvania before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards in Honesdale. Jarema's bail was set at $50,000 and he was remanded to the Wayne County Prison.


Dooley charged Jarema with several criminal charges, including one felony count of aggravated assault, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, two felony counts of a felon not to possess firearms, one misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats, and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. Game and Wildlife Code charges included 26 felony counts for the taking or attempting to take big game during a closed season, two first degree misdemeanor counts for killing or attempting to kill deer through the use of lights, one misdemeanor count for discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, and one summary count for possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Charges were filed at the office of Judge Edwards, on Oct. 22, 2012.



Action sought for Susquehanna

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is urging anglers and boaters throughout the Susquehanna River watershed to contact their members of Congress to demand action to fix the Susquehanna River.


Congress needs to join the growing chorus of concerned citizens and businesses calling on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare the river impaired and start a timeline for developing a restoration plan, said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. If officials do not act to address the water quality issues on the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania risks losing what is left of what was once considered a world-class smallmouth bass fishery.


Mounting evidence presented by the PFBC demonstrates that the river is sick and needs help, including:


• Data reveal that both the minimum daily dissolved oxygen concentration and pH fail to meet the federal and state established criteria for the protected use of warm water fishes. The failure to meet these criteria stresses young-of-year smallmouth bass and causes them to get sick and die.


• Dissolved phosphorus levels are increasing at exponential rates, resulting in large and unprecedented harmful blooms of nuisance algae which deplete oxygen form the river's water.


• Scientific studies have documented that smallmouth bass populations have been steadily declining since the early 2000s. These data are supported by countless angler claims of a diminishing population. Many guides who once made their living guiding for smallmouth can no longer book trips due to the decreased quality of the fishery.


• Gross lesions and disease are decimating the young-of-the-year smallmouth bass resulting in extremely poor survival from one year to the next. The river has not experienced a successful year class of smallmouth bass since 2005.


• The river has a high incidence of intersex condition – male fish having female cells or the precursors to female cells.


The Susquehanna River is sick and official action needs to be taken to address the poor water quality which impacts the fishery and the citizens, businesses, and visitors of the Commonwealth, Arway said. We urge you to contact your elected officials today with two simple messages. Tell them what the Susquehanna River means to you, and ask them to tell EPA to put a plan in place to fix the Susquehanna River before it is too late.


Refer to the PFBC website at http://www.fishandboat.com/susq-impairment.htmfor a map showing individual members of Congress serving the Susquehanna River watershed. Members may be contacted by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 or by visiting www.house.govorwww.senate.gov.


Individuals are also urged to share a copy of all Congressional correspondence with Larry Merrill from EPA atmerrill.larry@epa.gov.


For more information about the problems plaguing the Susquehanna River, visit www.fishandboat.comand select Susquehanna River Impairment under Featured Topics in the right column.




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