Written by Jen Finn
Care much about the decline of Alaska's king salmon and halibut? I do. You do, and protecting Alaska's fish and clean water is why you voted in 2006 for strict water quality standards to prevent cruise ship companies from dumping poorly treated, damaging copper and by products from human waste — 20,000 gallons of inadequately treated discharge at a time — into our fishing waters. Unfortunately the Governor and GOP-led House passed a bill last week to weaken this voter initiative.
I'm not a big fan of reversing voter-passed initiatives, or of endangering Alaska fish, including king salmon and halibut which we are losing in numbers far too fast. The desire to protect Alaska's world class fishing — from the Yukon to the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak and across the state — binds us together as Alaskans.
The next step is to hope the Senate won't agree with what Governor Parnell and the House pushed.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...