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 […]

COVID Shows the Need for New Risk Management Tools in Fisheries

COVID Shows the Need for New Risk Management Tools in Fisheries

Much of the crucial aid distributed to fishing families in response to the COVID-19 emergency this year has been provided using the regulatory machinery from the NOAA fishery disaster program . Forty years ago, Congress included the fishery disaster program in the Magnuson-Stevens Act in order to protect fishing communities from rare and unpredictable environmental […]

Mid-Atlantic Fisheries: Time To Abandon the Past, And Embrace the Future

Mid-Atlantic Fisheries:  Time To Abandon the Past, And Embrace the Future

“Them that’s got shall get Them that’s not shall lose…” Billie Holiday, from “God Bless the Child“ When jazz singer Billie Holiday belted out the words to “God Bless the Child” back in 1941, she certainly wasn’t thinking about fisheries. But some of the words of that song still apply, as fisheries managers, reflecting fishermen’s […]

Linda Behnken Describes the Economic Toll of the Coronavirus Pandemic on America’s Fishermen

Linda Behnken Describes the Economic Toll of the Coronavirus Pandemic on America’s Fishermen

Top photo: Linda Behnken Straight from the waters off Sitka, Alaska, Linda Behnken describes the hardships that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to America’s fishermen. 2020 has been a hard year for her and her fishermen peers, just as it has for all fishermen, coastal communities and many others across country. Fishermen provide our country […]

It’s Time for the Tightlined Slam

It’s Time for the Tightlined Slam

Anglers in and around western Long Island Sound will once again have a chance to compete for awards, prizes and bragging rights at this year’s Tightlined Slam running October 2-4, 2020. The Tightlined Slam is a catch-and-release, fly and light tackle fishing tournament run by the Tightlined Conservation Coalition. Cash prizes are awarded to top anglers in pre-determined categories. […]

Pebble Mine Update: What the Army Corps Did and Didn’t Do

Pebble Mine Update: What the Army Corps Did and Didn’t Do

Top Photo: Fly-fishing in Bristol Bay, via World Wildlife Fund If you are following the saga of the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, you would be forgiven if you thought recent action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was the death knell for the proposed mine. On August 24, the USACE […]

My New Pellet Smoker Upped My Seafood Game

My New Pellet Smoker Upped My Seafood Game

Photo: Sockeye Salmon Candy Contributors to this blog often write about fishery policy and the love they share of catching fish. Every so often, there’s a discussion of the culinary delights that drive most of us to the sea and fuel our love for seafood. I’ve cooked a lot of fish in my life, but […]