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>>
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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