National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


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 anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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