Written by Jen Finn
FisherPoets read from their repertoire at Clemente's Restaurant Friday in support of efforts to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay.
The bay's pristine headwaters could become a district for open-pit mining of copper deposits, and potential impacts on the environment and fisheries have fishermen and others keenly concerned.
Many Oregon and North Coast commercial fishermen travel to Bristol Bay to fish the large salmon runs that make it a premiere spot.
On Saturday, a panel of seven experts discussed the environmental impacts of mining, environmental law and philosophical decisions pertaining to climate change at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
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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...