Written by Leslie Taylor
Fishermen have come to realize that they are inextricably linked to the sum health of the ocean. Our very existence depends upon it.
Gone are the presumptuous times of our past, when people believed the world’s oceans were impervious to our every advance and forgiving of our every transgression.
When a single stock comes down with a cold, the fishing industry is arranged to contract pneumonia. We in the industry don’t reject the concept of accountability; we embrace it as a component of our survival. Healthy ecosystems support healthy economies. Should the system suffer, and stocks falter, we are the only quantifiable entity. As the ecosystem is compromised, so hardened is our journey, so lessened is the quality of our lives.
Several thousand miles from Point Judith, in Bristol Bay, Alaska, a battle is being waged that is destined for our backyard. Make no mistake about it: the Pebble Mine is our battle, too. It is a battle between David and Goliath, of big business versus small. It matches a globally driven, industrial lust for raw material against a community’s right to continue to enjoy a lifestyle based on resilient wild stocks. In short, it pits the needs of the global economy versus that of a local community.
The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.
The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”Read more ...
The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.Read more ...