National Fisherman

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a source of pride, ire and debate in coastal communities the world over.

Later this year, NOAA fisheries and the New England Fishery Management Council will make an important decision about MPAs in New England. It has been 16 years since NOAA and the council established fisheries habitat protection areas in our region as required by federal law. After ten years of research, planning and negotiation, decisions will be made this fall about the future of these areas.

A public comment period will open this fall to inform decisions about whether current MPAs will stay or go, and whether new ones will be established.

So, are MPAs working? Could they be improved? What have we learned by studying the environment and organisms inside and outside our local MPAs? Or MPAs around the world?

Long story short, it is complicated.

Read the full story at Working Waterfront>>

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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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