National Fisherman


SEATTLE, Wash. — Dozens of Seattle fishermen rallied Thursday to call on President Barack Obama to stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska.
Fishermen said the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay, Alaska, would threaten local jobs that depend on wild sockeye salmon.
 
A report released last week by the Environmental Protection Agency says pollution from the mine could devastate salmon runs.
 
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., sent a letter to Obama asking him to use the Clean Water Act to halt the mine.
 
"The science is in," Cantwell said. "Oil and water don't mix and neither do salmon and toxic mining pollution."
 
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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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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.

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