National Fisherman

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court has cleared the way for an initiative that would require legislative approval for major mining operations in the Bristol Bay watershed, like the proposed Pebble Mine.
The court issued a brief order Monday, after hearing arguments June 11. It plans a more expansive order, explaining its reasoning, later.
In January 2013, a lawsuit was filed over certification of the "Bristol Bay Forever" initiative. The measure would require legislative approval for metallic sulfide mining operations within the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve that disturb at least 640 acres of land.
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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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