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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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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