Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 03 April 2009
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game declared recently that pristine Alaska salmon does not need external certification of sustainability (or the price tag that comes with it).
Guess who disagrees? If you said the Marine Stewardship Council, you get a pat on the back (or an aspirin if you have the same headache I do).
Alaskans have worked tirelessly to promote wild salmon, to sustain its future and to improve its market quality.
Why do they need to continue to pay the MSC to check off their boxes and put a stamp on some of the best salmon in the world? Did I mention that the certification group gets its hand in to run annual audits and full recertification every five years?
What if someone proposed that in an effort to ensure carbon emissions cuts, you had to get your car approved with a state inspection sticker, but then you had to run it over to the Nature Conservancy for a follow-up inspection that will also come out of your pocket?
Wouldn't you ask why the state inspection is not good enough?
Well, that's what many representatives of Alaska's salmon industry have declared to the MSC. Their product is gold, with or without a big green stamp on it.
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.
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.Read more...