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.
Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.Read more...
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States.
The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.Read more...