Our Blog: From the Waterfront

At the May ASMFC/MAFMC MEETING, Here’s What Went Down

At the May ASMFC/MAFMC MEETING, Here’s What Went Down

Striped Bass, Menhaden, Bluefish & Recreational/Commercial Allocation Topped the Agenda Top Photo: Bunker and striper; Credit: John McMurray Last week the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met, in part, jointly with the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council to consider a number of issues. Of course, because of the COVID 19 pandemic, Commissioners and Council members […]

Keeping a Clear Head in the Face of COVID

Keeping a Clear Head in the Face of COVID

Although I am not quite in the dire straits that many American families are facing in the COVID-19 crisis, things are not going all that well for the recreational sportfishing community. In 30 years of guiding, I’ve found out that it isn’t just fish that our customers need to come fishing, it’s expendable income. And […]

Alaska Fishermen and Processors Donate to Families in Need

Alaska Fishermen and Processors Donate to Families in Need

Photo courtesy of Linda Behnken As the COVID-19 pandemic creates a greater economic downturn with each passing day, many Alaskans are facing difficult decisions about how to cover daily needs with little or no income. With people out of work, many families are finding it increasingly difficult to put food on the table. Those who […]

April Reflections from Alaska

April Reflections from Alaska

April is a predictable month in Alaska. The days grow longer, the snow melts, foliage blossoms and salmon feel the call home. Fishermen and policy-makers fight their own pull back to the sea and train their attention on the last few meetings before the lives of thousands of commercial fishermen and processors will revolve around […]

COVID-19 Impacts Fisheries Management

COVID-19 Impacts Fisheries Management

Photo by John McMurray COVID-19 has disrupted businesses, people’s lives, and government functions. The fisheries management system has not been immune to its effects. At the state, regional and national level, some fisheries management meetings have been postponed, while others have been converted from in-person meetings to webinars where only the most urgent matters are […]

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 […]