WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry is asking that the most recent report of the investigation into the alleged unfair treatment of fishermen by the attorneys and officers who enforce the nation's fishery laws be released "immediately or, at the very least, no later than the end of this year."
"In light of a declared fishery disaster, we must do all that we can to assist our fishermen," Kerry wrote to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Wednesday. "It is more important now than ever that our government agencies work cooperatively and rationally with our fishermen to ensure the success of new management systems.
The perceived delay in releasing the report has resulted in further eroding of public trust in the agency."
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National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15
In this episode:
Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.
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.