National Fisherman


ANCHORAGE - Senators from the Lower 48 are concerned the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay will have a negative impact on the commercial fishing industry.

Five U.S. Senators—Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Patty Murray (D-WA)—sent a letter to President Obama on Monday.

They cite the EPA’s recent Watershed Assessment of the proposed mine saying it would destroy the salmon habitat.

“If anyone doubts the devastating impacts of losing salmon fisheries, they need look no further than California. In 2008 and 2009, California’s salmon fishing industry lost thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars, due to a catastrophic drop in salmon populations,” states the letter.

Pebble Partnership C.E.O. John Shively said while fishing is an important industry to Alaska, so is mining. He said taxes on the Pebble Mine would bring in more revenue to the state than commercial fishing does.

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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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