Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 05 December 2008
I went to see the movie "Flow" this week. While I don't think the film's makers will be up for any Oscar nods, the overall point was pretty clear. That is, water resources are being bought and bottled up by international corporations, and at least in this country, there's no legislation to regulate it.
Fishermen have been grappling with water pollution, surface runoff and water access for generations now. This is not the time to get complacent.
As bottling plants continue to fight for access to the water flowing under the land they own (the use of which is both unprecedented and as yet unregulated in this country), court rulings and inevitable legislative measures may have an effect on fishermen's rights down the line.
On top of that, the chemicals used to make all those plastic bottles are very likely to find their way to the ocean and the creatures that live in it.
One thing you can do is pause to think before buying your next bottle of water (keeping in mind that tap water has far stricter standards than bottled water).
Fishermen all over this country are fighting for their water rights by opposing aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, drilling in Bristol Bay, mining at Pebble and pollution in the Chesapeake, just to name a few high-profile cases. But this is just the beginning.
Water is a public resource, so what happens when corporations decide it is a commodity they can bottle and sell back to the communities from which it came?
NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.
The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.Read more...
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...