National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

Yesterday's bloodshed in Seattle has left many of the area's residents in shock. But another slow-moving threat could bring a different kind of devastation to the Pacific Northwest community.

The Pebble Partnership is working on a permit application to submit to the state of Alaska for a potential copper and gold mine at the head waters of Bristol Bay.

Meanwhile, the EPA released a draft scientific study of the watershed, under the authority of the federal Clean Water Act. The agency will accept public comments until July 23.

The Bristol Bay commercial fishery delivers about $100 million in revenue to the state of Washington. If you have a stake in this fishery, you are probably in Alaska already, poised for the start of fishing tomorrow.

But if you are in Seattle today, or know someone who can represent you, please find your way to the Jackson Federal Building at 915 2nd Ave. by 2 p.m. for a public hearing hosted by EPA.

For more information on the study and how to submit your comments, go to the EPA's Bristol Bay information page.

Alaska public meetings are scheduled for the coming week.

Anchorage: Monday, June 4
5:30 p.m., University of Alaska, Wendy Williamson Auditorium

Dillingham: Tuesday, June 5
11:30 a.m., Middle School Gymnasium

Naknek: Tuesday, June 5
5 p.m., Naknek School Auditorium

Levelock: Wednesday, June 6
4 p.m., Rainbow Hall

Igiugig: Wednesday, June 6
5 p.m., Igiugig Airport Hangar

Nondalton: Thursday, June 7
5 p.m., Nondalton Community Center

New Stuyahok: Thursday, June 7
1 p.m., Cetuyarag Community Center

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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