National Fisherman


THIS is a nation accustomed to making tough choices between the development and protection of our natural resources.
 
When I served as U.S. secretary of the Interior, the country weighed the merits and risks of offshore oil drilling and made decisions that were both difficult and controversial.
 
But the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska is not a tough choice.
 
The question of whether to build a massive copper mine in the heart of the planet’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery has a simple answer: no. Pebble is the wrong mine in absolutely the wrong place.
 
Understanding these risks, the Obama administration has pledged to use the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay.

Yet, the project’s supporters have not given up, turning to specious legal arguments and a handful of allies in Congress as a part of a last-ditch effort to save a fundamentally flawed proposal. 
 
Read the full story at the Seattle Times>>
 
Want to read more about Pebble mine? Click here...
 
 

Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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