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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

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Here's a humble suggestion for the first order of business new NMFS chief Eric Schwaab should tackle: Pick a name for your agency and stick with it.

Granted there are many problems more pressing that Mr. Schwaab must address — the mess that fisheries enforcement policy has become leaps to mind, among others — than this one. But it would be good for the agency to have a single identity.

Industry members are of course familiar with the name "National Marine Fisheries Service," as the agency has been around for many years. But over the past few years, NOAA officials have developed a taste for referring to NMFS as "NOAA Fisheries."

There's never been an announcement or proclamation that henceforth and going forward, NMFS would now be known as NOAA Fisheries. Somehow the new name seemed to just develop a life of its own.

Which is not to say that NMFS has gone gently into that good night (though rogues in the peanut galley probably like that idea). At least I think it's still around.

If you go to the agency's Web site, the banner at the top screams "NOAA Fisheries Service." You are greeted on the home page with the following sentence: "Welcome to NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service).'"

Oh. Gee, that's not confusing at all.

NOAA seems desperate to have its name attached to NMFS. Click on the "About Us" button, and it refers to the agency repeatedly as "NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service."

But it's kind of like trying to give yourself a nickname, isn't it? And anyone who's a fan of "Seinfeld" knows that others thrust nicknames upon you (Hi there, George "Cocoa" Costanza).

In the end, it doesn't matter which name the agency chooses. Just ditch the dual personalities and settle on one as the official name.

Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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