A View from the Hill: 2022 in Review

A View from the Hill: 2022 in Review

Happy Holidays from our nation’s capital! As 2022 comes to a close, we’re looking back at significant actions that Congress took on oceans and fisheries policy this year. Update This week (12/19-25) is the last week of the 117th Congress. The text of the $1.7 trillion FY23 omnibus spending package was released just before 2:00am […]

Message to NOAA: Time to Prioritize Climate-Ready Fisheries

Message to NOAA: Time to Prioritize Climate-Ready Fisheries

This piece first appeared on NRDC’s expert blog and is reprinted with permission. Top photo by John McMurray. Healthy fish populations are building blocks of a healthy ocean. They support marine ecosystems, including other wildlife like whales and seabirds. They are also engines of our coastal economies and the communities that rely on them, with […]

Watch: Fishing Guide & AFFTA Executive Director Lucas Bissett Joins Tom Sadler for a Waterside Chat

Watch: Fishing Guide & AFFTA Executive Director Lucas Bissett Joins Tom Sadler for a Waterside Chat

Capt. Lucas Bissett joined host Tom Sadler on September 28, 2022 for latest of the Network’s monthly Waterside Chats (now available as a podcast). Lucas is the executive director of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, and he’s also an award winning saltwater fly-fishing guide, a member of the Marine Fish Conservation Network’s National Policy […]

NMFS Seeks Angler Input on Recreational Fishing Policy

NMFS Seeks Angler Input on Recreational Fishing Policy

Photo by John McMurray Most anglers probably don’t realize that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has a policy that addresses recreational fisheries management (Recreational Policy). Most anglers have probably never even considered the issue. Yet it’s an issue that deserves some thought for, as the introduction to the Recreational Policy notes, “The purpose of […]

Does the Inflation Reduction Act Fund Network Partners’ Priorities?

Does the Inflation Reduction Act Fund Network Partners’ Priorities?

When the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (H.R. 5376) cleared its last congressional hurdle on August 12th, Robert Vandermark, the Network’s executive director, released the following statement applauding its passage: U.S. ocean fisheries support American fishing and seafood industries that have been important drivers to our nation’s economy for generations. Our fisheries sustain local businesses […]

Meet an ‘Accidental Fishmonger’, Jen Levin of True Fin

Meet an ‘Accidental Fishmonger’, Jen Levin of True Fin

Jen Levin, the president of sustainable seafood supplier True Fin, recently joined Waterside Chat host Tom Sadler for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about the seafood industry in the Gulf of Maine and much more. Jen calls herself an “accidental fishmonger”, since she never planned to become a seafood distributor. In fact, she was working […]

Restoring Resilience: Anglers Must Lead on Climate Change

Restoring Resilience: Anglers Must Lead on Climate Change

This article first appeared in Moldy Chum and is reprinted with permission. Top photo: Fly fishing on the South Fork of the Boise River, Idaho At the end of February, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released another massive report — this one pulled together by researchers from 67 countries — describing […]