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

 

This week three workers for a now-defunct U.K. wholesale and retail company were sentenced for a scam in which farmed salmon was falsely labeled as organic.

False or misleading labeling has been a problem for the fishing and organic industries for years.
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The Maine lobster fishery has gotten a lot of press this summer for heightened tension in several fishing communities.

But the most explosive blow came this week from the U.S. Coast Guard.
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JHathaway2 A year and a half ago, I was standing in the hallway of the Rhode Island Convention Center discussing with the late Phil Ruhle Sr. the pitfalls of establishing groundfish catch shares.

I will never forget the voracity with which he attempted to plead the case of so many fishermen who were arguing at a recent New England Fishery Council Meeting that their catches were not recorded correctly and would, therefore, negatively affect their catch shares under the new program.
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Yesterday Alaska's Anchorage Daily News reported that Exxon's lawyers are paving the way for the last payments to Valdez claimants.

Since December Exxon's legal team has been sending out checks for $383 million, most of the original punitive damages award. The interest on the damages totals another $470 million.
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Yesterday Commerce Secretary Gary Locke officially approved the Arctic Fishery Management Plan recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Also yesterday, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski held a Senate field hearing on the topic in Anchorage.
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JHathaway2 Yesterday, a colleague of mine arranged for a screening of the upcoming documentary "A Sea Change" in our office.

I was excited to get a sneak preview of what I hoped would be a thorough documentary on ocean acidification.
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I've been chatting with a West Coast friend this week about different perspectives on the Gloucester (Mass.) Seafood Display Auction case. (Find daily updates on our Top News page.)

As a West Coaster and a former Alaska commercial fisherman, this friend has a radically different view of fisheries, management and the industry in general than the average East Coaster.
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In an odd and happy coincidence this week, I heard a story about scientists producing the next generation of biofuels with algae. And lo and behold, Mother Nature is growing it for us in big, stringy batches in the Chukchi Sea!
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I have to admit, when I read the news of Exxon's opting not to appeal the 9th Circuit Court's ruling that the oil giant must pay interest on its meager settlement in the 20-year Valdez fight I was first excited for the stakeholders, then a little suspicious.

Why would Exxon give up their epic battle now, especially after their series of victories that slowly ratcheted down the damages due from $5 billion to roughly $500 million?
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Great news out of Maine this week (nope, not the tangle over sector management) is Commerce Secretary Gary Locke's appointment of Glen Libby to the New England Fishery Management Council.

Libby, of Port Clyde, Maine, is the chairman of the Midcoast Fishermen's Association and a pioneer of community-based fishing.
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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

ANCHORAGE, AK – Coastal Villages Region Fund has reached an agreement with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to help fund its fisheries research activities in Western Alaska this summer. The fund will provide up to $92,152 to support the operation of weirs on the Goodnews Bay and Kanektok rivers.

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The U.S. Commerce Department announced the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NMFS to manage ocean fish stocks. The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on Aug. 11.

Each year, the Secretary of Commerce appoints approximately one-third of the total 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils. The secretary selects members from nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories and tribal governments.

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