National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

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.

Inside the Industry

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.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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