A View from the Hill: October 2020

A View from the Hill: October 2020

It has been quite some time since our last View from the Hill edition, and there is plenty to report from 2020, but we’ll keep focused on activity that has taken place since the summer in order to keep this edition as succinct as possible. Not long after returning from their August break, Senate Majority […]

Recommendations for the Economic Recovery of Working Waterfronts, Coastal Communities, and the Seafood Supply Chain: Part Two

Recommendations for the Economic Recovery of Working Waterfronts, Coastal Communities, and the Seafood Supply Chain: Part Two

Top photo: Kodiak Harbor Waterfront, Alaska. Read Part One of this series. As we mentioned in our first post in this series, many of the small fishing- and seafood-related businesses around the country have suffered catastrophic consequences from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Many small business owners, however, have turned this economic downturn into […]

Recommendations for the Economic Recovery of Working Waterfronts, Coastal Communities, and the Seafood Supply Chain: Part One

Recommendations for the Economic Recovery of Working Waterfronts, Coastal Communities, and the Seafood Supply Chain: Part One

Top photo: Newport, Oregon harbor. Read Part Two of this series. When it comes to supporting the fishing and seafood industries during the coronavirus pandemic and the economic slowdown in America, Congress cannot use the same broad brush stroke it uses to paint other small businesses. Past efforts aimed at supporting small business payrolls in […]

Resources to Support Local Fishermen & Seafood Businesses

Resources to Support Local Fishermen & Seafood Businesses

The Marine Fish Conservation Network is hearing from all sectors that times are obviously very tough, and we’ve been looking for resources that can be helpful to small seafood and fishing businesses in making it through these difficult times. Because restaurants that are now closed or reducing hours of business had largely driven the demand […]

COVID-19 and CARES Act Resources for Fishing and Seafood Communities

COVID-19 and CARES Act Resources for Fishing and Seafood Communities

Photo: Waterfront in Sitka, Alaska These tough times are creating uncertainty and instability for the seafood and fishing industries, and we know many of our friends and partners, from seafood suppliers, chefs, fishing guides, and family commercial fishermen, are struggling. Coastal communities around the U.S. are made up of family businesses that provide fresh, local […]

A View from the Hill: March 2020

A View from the Hill: March 2020

A lot has happened since our last View from the Hill in early November, not the least of which has been a presidential impeachment trial and an on-going global pandemic. But there’s also been news on the federal fisheries front, and here are several highlights. In November, the Senate Commerce Committee held a full committee […]

Rep. Huffman’s Listening Sessions Foster Meaningful Discussions Around Federal Fisheries Management

Rep. Huffman’s Listening Sessions Foster Meaningful Discussions Around Federal Fisheries Management

Listening Session in Seattle. Photo by Kevin Scribner. As 2019 comes to a close, the future of our federal fisheries policy looks like it’s heading in the right direction for 2020. Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA), who is chair of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife, began his nationwide tour in October to listen […]