National Fisherman


On behalf of my fellow Bristol Bay fishermen, past and present, I would like to issue a friendly challenge to the Pebble Limited Partnership, and specifically its Chief Executive Officer, John Shively. But first, let's review a few things that we know about the Bristol Bay watershed and the proposed Pebble Mine:

• The salmon runs of Bristol Bay have sustained residents of this region for approximately 9,000 years, or about 350 generations.

• The proposed mine will sit atop a seismically active saddle that separates two of the most productive salmon-spawning drainages on Earth, Alaska's Nushagak and Kvichak river systems.

• The mine as envisioned for build-out will produce up to 10 billion tons of tailings, which, when exposed to air and water, will produce sulfuric acid.

• The Pebble Limited Partnership suggests that their gigantic lakes of poison stew will be contained in perpetuity behind earthen dams taller than the Space Needle.

"In perpetuity" means forever, which presents a problem for Earth-based business planning, so in order to frame this in something other than cosmological time, let's give Pebble's bean-counters an undeserved break and tell them they only need to come up with enough money to contain the mine tailings for the next 9,000 years.

Read the full story at the Alaska Dispatch>>

Inside the Industry

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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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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