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

 

JHathaway2 Today a BP official lauded the team who placed a sealing cap on the gusher in the gulf.

But don't get too excited, he warned, the oil giant is still conducting "integrity tests" to see if this cap will actually cap the well.

"People feel very good about what we accomplished in the last couple days," said BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells, according to a CNN report. "But the job is not over."

I'll say.

On the bright side, maybe once they finally get around to capping this well, we can move on to the job of conducting "integrity tests" on BP itself.

I still want to know more about those reports in the early days of the spill (which seem to have been glossed over, since we've all been rightfully more concerned with putting a stopper in this catastrophe) that indicated the chain of command ignored several signs that the rig was going to blow.

Not only do we owe the devastated people of the Gulf Coast a full investigation, but we cannot forget that 11 workers died on that rig.

A lot of the details can be lost in the chaos that is and will continue to be for who knows how many years or decades.

Let's not lose sight of how this happened in the first place and push our representatives to make some changes.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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