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The Growing Threat to Magnuson-Stevens

The Growing Threat to Magnuson-Stevens

Now that H.R. 200, a bill that would amend and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens), has passed the House of Representatives, it poses an even greater threat to the federal fishery management system. Much of that threat arises out of the uncertainty that would be introduced by many of the provisions […]

Magnuson Reauthorization Bill Goes from Bad to Worse

Magnuson Reauthorization Bill Goes from Bad to Worse

For the last several months, the Gulf’s fishing community has kept a close eye on H.R. 200, also known as the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” Republican co-sponsors advertised the bill as a reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) that would allow more “flexibility” in […]

Congress Take Heed: Magnuson-Stevens is Working

Congress Take Heed: Magnuson-Stevens is Working

Commercial and recreational fishing; photo by John McMurray H.R. 200, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act,” is scheduled to come to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday, July 11th. The Network and its partners oppose this bill because it undermines the strong science and conservation measures within the […]

Why Wild Fish Matter

Why Wild Fish Matter

Photo: Chef Lionel Uddipa As a chef in Alaska, I’m fortunate to have ready access to some of the highest quality and most sustainable seafood in the world. In Juneau where I am the Executive Chef at Salt Restaurant, thousands of cruise ship tourists descend on our small town every day in the summertime seeking […]

Learning the Language of Fisheries

Learning the Language of Fisheries

Atlantic bluefin tuna, photo courtesy of Wikipedia When I was a senior in high school, my German class trekked into Manhattan to attend a play based on the Franz Kafka novel, Der Prozess. I didn’t have a clue about what was going on. Kafka’s work can be difficult enough to understand, even in translation. I […]

The FISH Act Smells Fishy

The FISH Act Smells Fishy

Among the first things I learned about fisheries management is that fish moving across jurisdictional boundaries present a challenge. Whether in rivers and streams, in the ocean, or migrating between the two, the arbitrary boundaries the U.S. has devised sometimes aren’t malleable enough to accommodate the lifecycle and behavior of fish species that cross between […]