National Fisherman


The following statement was released by the Marine Stewardship Council regarding the World Wildlife Fund Canada's 'We don't farm like this' animation. 

The MSC understands the concerns about the animation recently released by WWF Canada and appreciates their swift action at the request of MSC to remove it from their media channels. The MSC did not participate in the creation of the animation, nor does it endorse it.

The message delivered in the animation is confusing, creates a negative message about some fishing gears and fails to indicate the positive commitment to sustainability made by many fisheries.

The MSC Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing are internationally recognized as setting the highest standard for sustainability of wild capture fisheries. We welcome all types of fishery to apply for assessment against that standard.

We would point out that currently MSC certified fisheries use a variety of gears all of which have met the MSC’s high standards for sustainable impacts on the environment, and we congratulate these fisheries on their environmental performance.

Participation in the MSC program continues to grow year on year, receiving support from retailers, governments, non-governmental organizations, conservationists and the fishing industry.

The MSC fully supports and celebrates all the fisheries in its program and values their commitment to fishing our oceans sustainably.

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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