News Summary July 12, 2019
The Winding Glass: Alaska's Fisheries No Longer the Gold Standard, as Budget Fiasco Threatens Research and Management
SeafoodNews publisher John Sackton writes in his weekly column, The Winding Glass, that for nearly 40 years, Alaska has been the gold standard in global fisheries. State management brought wild salmon back from the brink of commercial extinction in many rivers, so that today Bristol Bay, for example, is consistently producing bigger runs than in the past 100 years. State management also lived by a few broad principles. Fisheries sustainability was written into the Alaska constitution and decisions were guided by science. Further, the active fisheries management of NOAA and the ADF&G rested on a foundation of broad support. This included research at the University of Alaska, the Sea Grant Program, ASMI, and the revenue sharing from fish taxes with local communities. Now much of that infrastructure is under attack...
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