National Seafood Month Spotlight: Linda Behnken

National Seafood Month Spotlight: Linda Behnken

To celebrate National Seafood month, we’re highlighting the women and men who bring sustainable seafood to our dinnertables. We’ll start our October series with Network Policy Council co-chair Linda Behnken, who’s fished the waters off Alaska her entire adult life. This article appeared in the Network’s From the Waterfront blog in 2017 and is reprinted […]

The Pendulum Swings for Bristol Bay

The Pendulum Swings for Bristol Bay

Top photo: Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, via Earthjustice and courtesy Of Fish Eye Guy Photography The fight to protect Bristol Bay’s still near-pristine ecosystem, which includes the world’s largest run of wild salmon, untainted by hatchery fish—or, if you’re on the other side of the issue, the fight to develop the Pebble Mine and its […]

Why Small-Scale Fisheries Matter

Why Small-Scale Fisheries Matter

Photo: Author Linda Behnken on the water off the coast of Alaska Small-scale fisheries support a way of life that has become increasingly rare in our industrialized world—a way of life that is inexorably tied to the natural world, where individuals face forces far greater than human power and thrive only through humility and a […]

The Call to Protect Bristol Bay

The Call to Protect Bristol Bay

Recently, the Marine Fish Conservation Network joined Bristol Bay tribes, local residents, businesses and conservation organizations in supporting the Call to Protect Bristol Bay. We believe it is past the time to permanently protect this national treasure. The Network has consistently supported protections for the Bristol Bay watershed, and the Call to Protect Bristol Bay […]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Denies Pebble Mine Permit Application

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Denies Pebble Mine Permit Application

Army Corps lets science and common sense prevail over politics On Nov. 25, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) notified the Pebble Limited Partnership and the public that they had denied the application for the permit for the Pebble Mine project. The Corps said the project would not comply with the Clean Water Act […]

Alaska’s “Salmon Forest” is in Jeopardy

Alaska’s “Salmon Forest” is in Jeopardy

Why Removing Roadless Protections for the Tongass National Forest is a Mistake In late October, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) issued a final rule and record of decision exempting Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule (2001 Roadless Rule). The 2001 Roadless Rule prohibited timber harvest and road construction in designated […]

Kevin Scribner: Pebble Mine Threatens the Largest Wild Salmon Run in the World

Kevin Scribner: Pebble Mine Threatens the Largest Wild Salmon Run in the World

Communities and fishermen in and around Bristol Bay, Alaska have depended for generations on abundant salmon runs for food, income, and a way of life. Fishermen and salmon have maintained this sustainable relationship through science-based fisheries management and a respect for the salmon’s natural habitat. That relationship is facing an uncertain future right now. First, […]

Kevin Scribner: Support Fishermen and Communities in Bristol Bay During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Kevin Scribner: Support Fishermen and Communities in Bristol Bay During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Communities and fishermen in and around Bristol Bay, Alaska have depended for generations on abundant salmon runs for food, income, and a way of life. Fishermen and salmon have maintained this sustainable relationship through science-based fisheries management and a respect for the salmon’s natural habitat. That relationship is facing an uncertain future right now. First, […]