Like most big headline-grabbing policy breakthroughs achieved through the regional fishery management council process under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the recently announced protections for deep sea essential fish habitat (EFH) on the West Coast took years of painstaking work. Many fishermen and environmentalists are rightfully celebrating their collective achievement, but it’s worth taking a moment to […]
About Joel Kawahara
Joel Kawahara is the captain of the F/V Karolee, fishing for salmon out of Quilcene, Washington. He is currently serving as the Vice President of the Coastal Trollers Association and is the Commercial Fisheries representative on the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Habitat Committee.
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Fishing is a rich part of our American tradition. Fisheries policy and management can be highly technical, but at the heart of it lies stories of the men and women who make a living off of the last wild places, or who connect with nature, families, and communities through fishing recreationally and eating the bounties of the ocean. The Marine Fish Conservation Network is committed to ensuring that wild ocean fisheries are as much a part of our nation’s future as they are of its past.
“From the Waterfront” shares stories of our fishing past, present, and future to demonstrate the invaluable role that healthy, well-managed fisheries play our American fishing tradition.