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

 

JHathaway2 As the attendees of the International Arctic Fisheries Symposium get down to work on day two of a gathering that will carefully analyze the possibilities for commercial fisheries in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, the Obama administration has approved Shell Oil's plan for exploration and drilling in the Beaufort.

Natives and environmentalists are raising concerns, as well they should, that the proper precautions are not in place in the event of a spill.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, "Measures used to contain oil in open water were ineffective in tests off Alaska's coast. Just getting equipment to a catastrophic spill in the Beaufort, which has few support facilities and some of the worst weather and light conditions in the world, would be challenging."

Shell's defense is that they continue to make advances in spill prevention response and technology. While I applaud them for ongoing R&D success, I'm appalled that they would be permitted to drill in any location without a safety net.

What is the point of tiptoeing our way to sustainable Arctic fisheries if the federal government is going to allow another industry to go rogue with potentially disastrous results?

Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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