National Fisherman

Since 2010, I have fought alongside the Natural Resources Defense Council to stop the Pebble Mine -- a colossal open-pit copper-and-gold mine that a consortium of global mining giants want to gouge out of the spectacular untamed wilderness above Alaska's Bristol Bay.

Nothing like this place exists anywhere else on Earth.

Tens of millions of salmon course through this unspoiled Eden, feeding not just an abundance of bears, whales, seals and eagles but also the Alaskan Native communities that have thrived here for thousands of years. Salmon are the backbone of the region -- a renewable resource supporting a commercial fishing industry worth around $480 million a year. The fishery provides 14,000 full and part-time jobs, whereas the Pebble Mine promises only 1,000 permanent jobs.

The Pebble Mine is a disaster waiting to happen.

Now, a long-awaited study by the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the Pebble Mine — along with its estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste — would spell disaster for Bristol Bay, its legendary salmon runs, its pristine environment and its people.

Read the full story at the Huffington Post>>

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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