National Fisherman


The Marine Stewardship Council has a mess on its hands in Alaska.

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When Tom Collier thinks about his ongoing battle with the EPA, he recalls Rita Lavelle. Ms. Lavelle was an assistant administrator there in the early 1980s when she was accused of improperly coordinating with businesses her agency regulated. More than 20 officials ultimately resigned, and Ms. Lavelle went to prison for perjury.

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Salmon in local markets and restaurants.

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The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association expects to hear in June whether NOAA will fund any of its three Saltonstall-Kennedy grant proposals that deal with elements of seafood culinary education, fishery sustainability and the expanded use of underutilized seafood species.

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Just 3 miles from the catastrophic BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Louisiana company is seeking to unlock the same oil and natural gas that turned into a deadly disaster.

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Bristol Bay elder Bobby Andrew, who has been a leading voice in the fight against Pebble Mine, passed away at the age of 73. State troopers say Andrew died of natural causes, and was found at his cabin on Lake Aleknagik Tuesday afternoon.

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In response to John Sackton’s editorial on the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act as well as Rod Moore’s response, I offer the following.

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The Alaska Seafood Processors Association (ASPA) is leaving major Alaska salmon processors without easy access to the suddenly hard-sought Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) approval this summer.

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NMFS scientists at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center have developed a deeper understanding of cod development after successfully growing Artic cod in the laboratory.

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In February 1953, the Washington State Department of Lands granted a 10-year lease to E.W. Steffen of Seattle for an oyster farm in Dungeness Bay. The farm was to be located between the shoreline and the eelgrass beds on the north side of Dungeness Harbor next to the spit. Steffen and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service agreed on harvesting by hand and a harvest season that avoided disturbing wintering waterfowl.

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Inside the Industry

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.

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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.

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