National Fisherman

The late Sen. Ted Stevens had a great idea 40 years ago: kick unregulated foreign fishing fleets out of our waters and give those jobs to American fishermen. And while we’re doing that, let’s apply science to ensure the resource lasts forever.
 
Working with his bipartisan ally, Sen. Warren Magnuson of Washington state, they later created the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, better known today as MSA.
 
The wise vision behind this law created a powerful economic engine for Alaska. Fishing had always been part of our history, but MSA increased Alaska’s catch by almost 5 billion pounds and doubled the nation’s production of seafood.
 
Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Kodiak were instantly propelled to the top of the leader board among the nation’s top fishing ports. And MSA did this with rules and tools that ensured our fisheries were sustainable. No Alaska species is overfished.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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