Written by Jen Finn
2009 Year in review
On the Brink
In many fisheries, 2009 was marked by low prices, caused in large part by recession. Elsewhere, we saw contested stock assessments, shifting regional council demographics, a questionable default to catch shares and an investigation of law enforcement.
The good news after a bad year is that things generally improve.
Indeed, the recession seems to be abating, if not lifting. NOAA has found a director for NMFS. And, as I write these words, fishermen, after centuries of practicing individuality, were preparing to gather by the thousands at the nation's Capitol.
Onward! — Jerry Fraser
Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.Read more...
The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.