National Fisherman


A battle over commercial oyster farming is acceptable on certain lands in York County reached the Supreme Court of Virginia earlier this year, however it may be resolved by a different Richmond institution.
 
The Virginia Senate is currently considering House Bill 1089, which has already cleared the House of Delegates with support from both Historic Triangle delegates. The bill, introduced by Del. Rick Morris (R-64th District), would bar municipalities from requiring special-use permits to engage in certain activities, including aquaculture, on land zoned for agriculture.
 
That change would be a big win for Greg Garrett, a Dandy man who wants to use his property to facilitate a commercial oyster harvesting operation in nearby waters despite objections from the county dating back to 2010. He has twice filed for a special-use permit for his oyster operations, however the applications were both pulled by him before they reached the York County Board of Supervisors, which has the final say over the issuance of special-use permits.
 
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Inside the Industry

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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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