Excused Absence

Excused Absence

Top photo: Malheur National Forest Recently, I made a much-anticipated return to Malheur National Forest to hunt for elk. Maybe I was forecasting my own fate, but I prefaced my excitement internally and externally with the statement, “I don’t even care if I harvest an elk, I just really enjoy walking through the woods this […]

Watch: Waterside Chat with Joel Johnson of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Watch: Waterside Chat with Joel Johnson of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Joel Johnson, the President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, joined the Marine Fish Conservation Network and host Tom Sadler for an online Waterside Chat on September 22, 2023. The foundation is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, working with communities to conserve and expand those special places for a healthy ocean, […]

Waterside Chat: Joel Johnson of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Waterside Chat: Joel Johnson of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Joel Johnson, the President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, will join the Marine Fish Conservation Network and host Tom Sadler for an online Waterside Chat on Friday, September 22nd. The foundation is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, working with communities to conserve and expand those special places for a healthy […]

New Public Comment Opportunity on the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

New Public Comment Opportunity on the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

On August 25, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a 60-day comment period (ends October 25) on the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary draft management plan and environmental impact statement (EIS), which will determine the final boundaries, permitted activities, and general regulations of the marine sanctuary. NOAA is hosting in-person and virtual informational […]

Legislation Focuses on the Chesapeake Bay

Legislation Focuses on the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is an iconic marine ecosystem that inspires stories, songs, and lifelong memories. I’ve fished, hunted, and raced sailboats in and around the bay. And while now I live in the headwaters of the bay watershed, I continue to be closely connected to it. This summer, members of Congress in the Chesapeake Bay […]

Don Young Veterans Advancing Conservation Act

Don Young Veterans Advancing Conservation Act

New legislation taps a uniquely trained and highly motivated workforce eager to contribute to conservation. The Don Young Veterans Advancing Conservation Act, S. 1918, introduced by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-chairs of the Senate Oceans caucus, creates a grant program to hire, retrain, and redeploy veterans to work on coastal, […]

Building a Better Working Waterfront

Building a Better Working Waterfront

The news just keeps getting better for West Coast groundfish. Ringing in the New Year comes with good news for saltwater anglers in Oregon, and other West Coast ports as well. For starters, the seasonal depth restriction has been lifted, which should excite many anglers. It’s like the good ol’ days all over again, with […]