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The Fishery Problem from Hell: Right Whales and Gear Entanglement (The Winding Glass)

The right whale population is hovering at the brink of failure, with around 400 surviving individuals.  In some years, there has been some population increase, and in other years not.  But the fact is that unintentional killing of right whales through both ship strikes and gear entanglements is preventing the population from increasing to a safer level and exacerbating the risk the entire species will go extinct.

Although the population increased between 1990 and 2010, since then it has begun another decline...

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Opinion: B.C. Still “Dragging its Feet” on Mine Safety. UFA Asks AK Delegation to "Lock it In."

[Note: Almost a month ago, eight U.S. senators sent a letter to British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concern over the province’s mining practices and its impact on rivers that flow into the United States...]

United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) is grateful to Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan, as well as the senators of Idaho, Washington and Montana, for coming together across party lines to urge British Columbia Premier John Horgan to clean...

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Hilborn: Rebuilding Plans for Widow Rockfish Caused the Collapse of the Fishery

The June 12 article by Cassandra Profita misrepresents the history of the widow rockfish fishery and the lessons learned.

Widow rockfish was declared overfished in 2001, and the subsequent rebuilding of the species is cited by Ms. Profita as a great success of the management of US fisheries.  From 1995 to 2001, annual widow catch averaged 6,600 MT. After the rebuilding plan was implemented, from 2003 to 2012, annual widow catch averaged 194 tons.  What Ms. Profita and most media coverage ignore, is that by 2007...

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The Winding Glass:  Importers Should Steer Clear of New Shrimp Duty Investigations

It is highly ironic to see some major US shrimp importers try and use department of commerce duty investigations to sabotage the competition.

This is precisely the behavior of the domestic shrimp industry that has been criticized for years by the shrimp importing sector.

Domestic shrimp processors have tried to undermine buyer confidence in imported shrimp by repeating false allegations about lack of inspection and a high presence of antibiotics in imported shrimp.

This week we ran a story about CongressmanDarin LaHood from Illinois who sent a letter to the head of customs and border protection and to the secretary of commerce, calling attention to a single publicly initiated complaint against Minh Phu Seafoods.  The complaint, which has not been investigated, alleges that Minh Phu...

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Op-Ed: Murkowski's Lack of Oversight on Pebble

It’s May and my pre-fishing season to-do list is growing longer along with the Alaskan days. Springtime momentum is building toward the crescendo of the salmon fishing season in Bristol Bay.  Along with all of the pre-season boat preparations I am preoccupied with Pebble Mine, which is hurtling at breakneck speed through the permitting process. The US Army Corp of Engineers is at the helm with the throttle maxxed and they’re ignoring the hazards and shoalwater they are tasked to navigate. The proposed mine plan and...

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OPINION: Many Alaska Peninsula Corporation Shareholders Aren’t Willing to Trade Salmon for Gold

Why would APC lend an air of credibility to a project that would threaten our fish and our way of life, while benefiting a foreign mining company?

The Alaska Peninsula Corporation (APC) is the merged Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act village corporation for the Bristol Bay communities of South Naknek, Newhalen, Port Heiden, Ugashik and Kokhanok. Recently, ADN ran an opinion piece from APC CEO Dave McAlister regarding the proposed Pebble Mine, a project he believes can save the communities around...

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John Kerry and Julie Packard Discuss their 5 Nation Asia Aquaculture Initiative

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Boston Globe] by John F. Kerry and Julie Packard - October 30, 2018

Tip O'Neill said, “All politics is local." It is just as applicable to global environmental diplomacy as it is to local ward politics. You have to go to the source of the problem to solve a challenge as vast as the health of the world's oceans. That's exactly what the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Monterey Bay Aquarium are doing — starting in Southeast Asia, the region from which ...

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The Winding Glass: New Canadian Fisheries Law a Step Forward, But it Won't Resolve Conflicts

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

The new Canadian fisheries act is a long-overdue modernization that clearly helps fix some management issues with Canadian fisheries, but also enshrines into law some of the problematic aspects of Canadian Ocean protection efforts.

With the third Reading of the fisheries bill under the Canadian system, the bill will now quickly become law once signed by the governor general, the Queen's representative in Canada...

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The Winding Glass: We Need a New Magnuson Act to Deal with Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

50 years ago fisheries were in crisis.  The prevailing international law allowed no national control of ocean activities beyond 12 miles.  

Similar fishing situations were occurring around other coastal nations. 

The key features of the Magnuson-Stevens Act passed in 1976 were regional councils,  the best available science, and to involve all stakeholders in the council and decision-making process.

Today we are facing a new crisis...

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Highly Ironic That Export Award from Gov’t Went to Maine Company Most Hurt by Seafood Tariffs

[The Winding Glass is an opinion and commentary column from SeafoodNews Founder and Publisher John Sackton.]

The danger of an escalating trade war with China for the seafood industry runs on two tracks.  For importers, especially of tilapia, the prospect of a permanent 25% tariff will force a major reshuffling in the category.  Unless the exemption on taxing products from the US processed in China is revoked, other items like pink salmon, twice frozen cod and pollock, and processed flatfish which are...

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The Winding Glass: If Your Only Tool is Anti-Trust, Everything Looks Like Price Fixing

This week Euclid fish launched a US class action price-fixing suit against the major salmon companies.

Over the past several years, we have seen several major price fixing or anti-trust cases.  The one that has legs is the tuna price-fixing case, in which a conspiracy to control competition and limit discounts was discovered by the Dept. of Justice, and the three companies involved all pled guilty.

Several tuna executives have pled guilty as well, and currently, Chris Lischewski, former CEO of Bumble Bee...

 

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Op-Ed: At Close of 115th Congress, Modern Fish Act Demonstrates Bipartisanship is Still Possible

On Wednesday night this week, the House of Representatives passed Senator Roger Wicker’s “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017,” commonly referred to as the Modern Fish Act.

Stakeholder engagement resulted in a bill that includes:

  • A GAO study to assess the ecological, conservation, economic and social factors of each component of mixed-use fisheries, and an assessment of the budgetary requirements for periodic allocation reviews at the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Councils
  • A NAS study examining limited access privilege programs...

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Tom Mazzetta Not Bothered by Tariffs on AK Seafood, Says Shrimp Tariffs Forced Him to Close Plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SEAFOODNEWS] Opinion - by Tom Mazzetta - August 21, 2018

The following opinion was written by Tom Mazzetta, President of Mazzetta Company, regarding some of the issues surrounding the proposed tariffs on Alaskan seafood exported to China for Processing.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it would require roughly $811 million to support U.S. fishermen affected by retaliatory Chinese tariffs set to go into effect this week.  

Included in that number is financial support that would theoretically go to Alaskan seafood ...

 

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