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Opinion: Public Has Right to Want NPFMC, NMFS Manage Trawl Sector Better and Reduce Bycatch

Fishery management discussions are often complex, with acronyms and jargon that can cloud the conversation. Real-world outcomes of fishery decisions, however, are easier to understand and many members of the public are frustrated with the results. Take, for example, the following issues associated with industrial trawling in Alaska.  Any one of these could raise the ire of those who appreciate Alaska’s ocean ecosystems and rely on fish for their livelihoods or to fill their freezers:

  • Tanner crab fisheries remain closed off Kodiak, while ...

 

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BC Salmon Farmers Association’s Youth Council Pens Letter to PM Regarding Discovery Island Farms

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau;

The BC Salmon Farmers Association’s Youth Council is reaching out to you today regarding Minister Bernadette Jordan’s announcement on the closure of salmon farms in the Discovery Islands, on December 17th, 2020 – putting potentially 1,500 families in limbo. The BCSFA Youth Council is comprised of and represents young professionals under 35 working across the value chain of salmon aquaculture in British Columbia, and we are concerned for our future.

Just before Christmas, Minister Jordan announced...

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The Winding Glass: How Last Night’s Muddled Election May Impact our Industry

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

I admit to wearing rose colored glasses. I thought yesterday would lead to a clear Biden win, a reset of our national conversation, and a new commitment to serious fiscal stimulus, aid to states, and governance by science.

This is roughly the type of policy we have seen in countries who have controlled the pandemic, and now have growing economies:  China, S. Korea, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, for example. It is not what we are seeing in Europe or the U.S.

After last night, I no longer think we will see much change...

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OPINION: Visa Restrictions Are Threatening the Survival of the U.S. Shrimp Industry

It’s our busy season right now in the Texas shrimping industry. Seventy percent of our income is made between July and October, and during this time we need workers. Lots of them. Of course, we’d like to hire from our state’s growing pool of unemployed workers, but that’s not possible. Shrimpers need years of experience to safely operate a boat. That’s why we look abroad—we need seasoned fishermen. They travel from Central and South America to work on our boats for three months...

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The Winding Glass: 35% of Restaurant Purchasing Evaporates in 2020; Where Does That Leave Us?

[The Winding Glass is a commentary and opinion column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

Like most of us individually, the seafood industry has adjusted to a new normal during this pandemic. However, despite hoping to return to where we were last year, it is increasingly unlikely that will happen even with a vaccine in 2021. Personally, and on an industry level, we have to confront that we are in a new world, and there is likely going to be a multi-year period of...

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OPINION: Morgan Stanley Dumps the Pebble Mine, Northern Dynasty

This article was originally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Multinational investment banking and financial services firm reports over 99 percent reduction in shares of Northern Dynasty Minerals, sole owner of widely-condemned Bristol Bay mining scheme; Bristol Bay leaders applaud the sell-off.

Adding to the financial woes of embattled Pebble Mine owner Northern Dynasty Minerals, global investment banking firm Morgan Stanley filed a form 13F with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2020 reporting a reduction of 99.14 percent in its...

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Statement from Maine’s Fishing Community on Offshore Wind Development

Editor's Note: This opinion piece is written on behalf of Patrice McCarron, Maine Lobstermen's Association; Ben Martens, Maine Coast Fishermen's Association; Annie Tselikis, Maine Lobster Dealers Association; Rocky Alley, Maine Lobstering Union; Paul Anderson, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries; and Sheila Dassatt, Downeast Lobstermen's Association

Maine fishermen are deeply committed to clean energy and protecting the environment. We draw our livelihoods from the ocean and recognize the fragility of our shared marine environment. Maine fishermen understand and support the need to develop clean renewable energy sources, but do not share the...

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OPINION: Dr. Al Gross Will Talk Truth, Not Tow the Party Line

Alaskans should not be surprised that it took Dan Sullivan a decade to say he opposes the Pebble Mine. That came only after the Pebble Tapes revealed mine backers boasting about how Sullivan was hoping to “ride out the election” and that “he’s off in a corner being quiet.” 

Remember that it was Dan Sullivan as Commissioner of the AK Dept. of Natural Resources in 2012 who removed the words “conserve,” “enhance,” and “future Alaskans” from the DNR mission statement, sidestepping a state law requiring legislative approval...

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The Winding Glass: Pandemic and Election Could Revitalize Seafood Industry; We Need to Think Big

It could be that the loss of significant sales by the U.S. seafood industry due to the pandemic may provide some real opportunities.

For these to happen we will need the entire country to commit to a huge infrastructure and jobs program, which will only happen if democrats win control of the White House and senate. The pandemic and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression offers the possibility for large scale recovery programs.

We have published a few stories this month on...

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OPINION: Adak: This is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die

Editor's Note: Steve Minor is a long-time advocate for Alaska coastal communities.

Last year we warned of the slow economic death of Alaskan fishing communities as their access to nearby fisheries that they depend on becomes squeezed by off-shore interests, lawsuits and slow or non-existent political and regulatory responses.  The first casualty came sooner than expected. In this case, a lawsuit by several off-shore corporate fishing interests has stripped the western Aleutian communities of Adak and Atka of their access to federal waters Pacific cod and...

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The Winding Glass: Strength of Frozen Lobster Means We Survive the Summer

 [The Winding Glass is the opinion and commentary column by John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

Two things have combined to help both the snow crab and lobster fisheries avoid the worst-case scenarios that were feared back in April.

First, the government stimulus programs and employment benefits have protected consumer spending to a large extent. And what people are not spending going out, they are spending on the seafood they crave when they see it priced aggressively at retail...

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