Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 13 April 2012
I was thrilled to learn yesterday that a House committee is drafting a change to the Magnuson-Stevens Act in an effort to reinstate sound management practices on the federal level.
The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources is attempting to write an amendment that would ensure "informed decisions based on sufficient scientific information," committee Chairman Doc Hastings told the Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times.
While many New England groundfishermen are relieved for a one-year emergency management rule that allowed the New England council to cut cod quotas by 22 percent instead of 80 percent (which would have been justified if the trawl survey were not suspect), they are understandably concerned about what happens in 2013 without new science or a change to the method of gathering the data.
We can only hope the answer lies in this new legislation and that it sees the light of day.
Federal managers have nothing to fear from cooperative research and data. It's time we brought the expertise of fishermen to the table across the country.
NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.
The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.Read more...
Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.
Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.Read more...