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

 

Organizers of London's 2012 Olympic Games announced this week that they will stick to "demonstrably sustainable" seafood when feeding more than 23,000 athletes and officials during the games.

The host country will include Marine Stewardship Council certification and Marine Conservation Society standards when choosing approximately 90 tons of seafood for what they claim will be a diverse menu — including some farmed species.

While I'd prefer any major event like this to draw attention to the overwhelming benefits of wild seafood, rather than lumping it in with particular farmed species, I do believe it's a decent jumping-off point.

The Marine Stewardship Council has made no bones about its refusal to certify farmed fish. For that, I applaud them. Their label would mean a lot less to me if it were slapped on non-wild fisheries.

Let the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the like take up the cause of aquaculture over recovering and sustainable U.S. fisheries. But let us not forget that where our food comes from is a significant aspect of its nutritional value and its value to our economy.

Trend or not, local and wild foods sustain local economies.

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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