IN BRIEF - Congress Is About to Gut the Law That Restored Our Fisheries
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Every now and then, lawmakers, advocates, scientists, and stakeholders come together in good faith, find common ground, and work amicably with one another to craft sound public policy that ends up benefiting both people and the environment. When it happens, we rightly applaud—and wish aloud that it would happen more often.
A prime example is the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, or the MSA for short. Named for the Pacific Northwest senators—one Democrat, one Republican—who vigorously championed its passage back in 1976, the MSA codified into law a responsible, sustainable, science-based approach to our nation’s fisheries management. In doing so, it created the legal framework for rules that prevent overfishing, conserve fishery resources, preserve habitats, and safeguard the long-term health of the marine environment.
Over the years, the MSA has done more than any other piece of legislation to protect and replenish our fish and shellfish populations, which remain highly vulnerable to depletion caused by overfishing. Updates and amendments to the MSA have been crucial to helping fisheries managers rebuild their stocks, and this in turn has helped the many stakeholders that depend on fisheries—not only fishermen, seafood suppliers, and restaurateurs, but all the businesses that support them—stay afloat amid shifting economic tides. (In 2015, commercial and recreational fishing generated an estimated USD 207.6 billion in sales impactsthroughout the U.S. economy.)
Salmon are being allowed back into a fish farm lease in Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania, which was destocked last year because of environmental degradation.
Lease operator Tassal was ordered to remove fish from the Franklin lease, the closest to the World Heritage Area (WHA) border, after testing found there had been a significant decline in the number and range of organisms.
Petuna, which now operates the Franklin lease with the state's biggest producer Tassal, said the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has now given it the go-ahead to restock.
Visakhapatnam: Two weeks after the 60-days fishing ban, fishermen of Visakhapatnam region are very unhappy over the poor catch of fish in the blue waters. Due to lack of quality and good catch, the seafood lovers are expressing displeasure over the high prices of seafood varieties.
The catch constitutes small fish, low quality prawn and less quantity of popular varieties. The price of seafood, particularly fish have soared of late, keeping most popular varieties of fish out of consumers reach even after the fishing season started with big hopes.
The mouth-watering popular varieties including Silver Pomfret, popular with local name as Chanduva fish price is Rs 1,000 per kg at the fishing harbour and it was around Rs 1,200 to 1,300 a kg in retail markets.
The Tasmanian seafood industry would be the winner of a voluntary trial for country of origin labelling, says Labor Braddon candidate Justine Keay.
She announced a Shorten Labor government would work with the state government to develop a two-year, voluntary pilot program in Tasmania to trial country of origin labelling on menus to indicate if seafood is imported or is Australian.
Ms Keay said if in power Labor would invest $500,000 and that the trial would commence in 2020 and apply only to Tasmania.
The Texas shrimp industry is celebrating a handful of recent legislative wins while also dreading next year’s shrimp season if changes aren’t made to the seasonal foreign worker visa program.
The Brownsville-Port Isabel shrimp fleet starts this season, which opens today, without enough workers. Andrea Hance, executive director of the Texas Shrimp Association, estimates that 70 percent of the fleet’s 140 trawlers will head out to the Gulf shorthanded.
That usually means having to do without headers, the crew members tasked with removing the shrimp heads before they are frozen at sea. Hance said headless shrimp bring $1 to $1.50 more per pound at the dock compared to shrimp with heads.
LÝ SON — The central province of Qu?ng Ngãi has allocated funds of VNÐ42 billion to support ecosystem recovery and biodiversity supervision as well as strengthening the protection of the Lý Son Marine Protected Area (MPA) for the 2018-22 period.
The province said the funds will be used to rebuild coral reefs and sea weed and aquatic species, raise awareness among community members of the need for marine protection and supporting fishermen living in the core zone of strict protected area in the MPA in changing their livelihoods.
The fund will also aim to conserve over-exploited unique seafood products including abalone, holothurian, giant clam and pearl that are threatened with extinction.
Illegal salmon nets seized in Donegal United Kingdom
Inland Fisheries Ireland has seized 26 untagged salmon in the Glenties area in Donegal and 1100 yards of illegal salmon drift nets off Inishbeg Island.