Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 18 December 2009
As many of you may have seen on our home page and in our news updates this week, February brings an opportunity to count your voice and face among many other fishermen in a march on Washington.
Though the original release posted an earlier date, the protest is now scheduled for Feb. 24, which prevents it from falling during Congressional recess.
Fishermen from all walks will be gathering to urge for flexibility in the Magnuson-Stevens Act's rebuilding guidelines for overfished stocks.
As noted in our editor and publisher's Fish eNews mailing today (sign up here if you would like to receive Jerry Fraser's weekly editorial), Northeast fishermen may be well on their way to garnering some flexibility with Senate passage of a bill that allows for some wiggle room near the Hague Line, which divides Canadian and U.S. fishing grounds.
This little victory adds impetus to the agenda for the march.
Now is the perfect time to be heard and be relevant.
The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.
The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”Read more ...
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.Read more ...