National Fisherman

Former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski unfortunately and inaccurately draws parallels between attempts to stop oil exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and the EPA's involvement in the Pebble Mine debate.

The analogy, in a Nov. 4 commentary, is inappropriate and deserves correction.

Oil and gas development has been in the hearts and minds of Alaskans for a long period of time. We find ourselves highly dependent on oil for revenue to finance the state. We depend on natural gas for heat and electricity. The Pebble Project as-proposed bears no comparison for Alaskans with NPR-A.

Gov. Murkowski's comments about Pebble mine -- an effort to unearth what's believed to be a mother lode of gold and copper near the headwaters of Bristol Bay, among the world's most successful wild commercial salmon fisheries -- and EPA's involvement in that discussion, are wrong and ill-considered.

Read the full story at the Alaska Dispatch>>

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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