National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


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

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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