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

 

Blogpic Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico welcomed the reopening of more than 5,000 square miles of waters in the eastern gulf yesterday, as well as news that they will be able to send samples to a federal lab.

But before they could get too excited, environmental groups sampling waters off the Louisiana coast announced their skepticism of the safety of seafood from gulf waters.

While I can't say I blame anyone for worrying about the safety of seafood gathered in waters potentially plagued by the Deepwater Horizon spill, I have to question the approach of the environmental groups who are testing the seafood.

Instead of targeting seafood already on the market or reaching out to commercial fishermen to test their catches, these groups have tested oysters right from the water, seafood that is not reaching the public.

Commercial fishermen in this region are eager for adequate testing. The last thing they want is to fight to get their product back on the market only to have its reputation marred by widespread (or even localized) contamination.

Louisiana has kept much of its coastline closed to oyster harvesting. Why? Because the state's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries does not want to risk putting contaminated product on the market or even in fishermen's holds.

I don't believe we should put blind faith in government, but we should ask ourselves: What motive would state and federal governments have to falsify seafood safety after the most publicized contaminating event in recent history?

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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