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The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard on Tuesday held a hearing to examine third-party sustainability certification of U.S. seafood and its impact on the seafood options in grocery stores and restaurants.
 
The hearing also explored ways to make sure current and future sustainability certification efforts can benefit both the seafood industry and consumers.
 
Chaired by Alaska Senator Mark Begich, the list of panelists included Stefanie Moreland, special assistant at the office of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell; Jeffrey Rice, Walmart’s senior director of sustainability; Michael Montelongo, senior VP for public policy and corporate affairs for Sodexo; and John Connelly, National Fisheries Institute (NFI) president.
 
“Our goals are shared goals,” said Rice. “To provide delicious and sustainable seafood for years to come.”
 
NFI’s Connelly said that he and NFI members are confused as to the singular focus of seafood sustainability.
 
“NOAA’s fisheries management is generally excellent, that’s been a common theme throughout this morning,” he said. “Yet few in government or the public know this.
 
“The fact the GSA, HHS and the park service developed policies without coordinating with NOAA, it suggests that NOAA is too quiet even within the federal family. This has left other to define what sustainability is and what it’s not,” said Connelly. “Congress should require NOAA to develop an integrated communications strategy that describes in lay terms how the government manages our nation's fisheries resources.
 
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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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