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 […]

Learn More about the ‘Heart of the Ocean’

Learn More about the ‘Heart of the Ocean’

Join us August 24th for a Waterside Chat featuring the proposed Heart of the Ocean (Alaĝum Kanuux) marine sanctuary in the waters off Alaska. Host Tom Sadler will speak with guests Marissa Merculieff, director of the Office of Justice and Governance Administration for the Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island, host Tom Sadler, and Lauren […]

The Bluefish Conundrum

The Bluefish Conundrum

It’s difficult to describe what fishing for bluefish was like in Long Island Sound forty or fifty years ago. Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and for a while after that, bluefish defined the summer fishery along the Connecticut shore. Every morning, in at least one local harbor, untold hundreds of bluefish, many of them […]

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 […]

Join the July 27th Waterside Chat with Jen Levin of True Fin

Join the July 27th Waterside Chat with Jen Levin of True Fin

Top photo: Gulf of Maine fisherman Jim Ford on the water on the Lisa Ann III The Network’s next online Waterside Chat is coming up soon! Join us on Wednesday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. ET for a conversation with Jen Levin, president of True Fin, a sustainable-seafood supplier in Portland, Maine. Register for the […]

Fishermen and Communities Come Together to Address (Sea)Food Insecurity in Alaska

Fishermen and Communities Come Together to Address (Sea)Food Insecurity in Alaska

Top photo by Lione Clare Salmon is fundamental to Western Alaska culture, community, and food security, but climate change and other factors have crippled salmon returns to many Western Alaska river systems. Communities in Chignik and the Yukon and Kuskokwim River watersheds face another summer of low salmon returns, leaving many Alaska Native families without […]

Gulf of Mexico Port Ambassador Program: Peer-to-Peer Networks Can Ease Implementation of New Data Collection Systems

Gulf of Mexico Port Ambassador Program: Peer-to-Peer Networks Can Ease Implementation of New Data Collection Systems

This article first appeared on EM4Fish and is reprinted with permission. Top photo: Port Ambassador meets with a group of local charter for-hire captains to walk through the ELB program and system requirements. Photo Credit: Bobby Kelly Industry Takes Initiative to Improve Data Collection and their Fishery The Port Ambassador program is a peer-to-peer industry-led […]

Why Do We Need a Crisis to ‘Organize?’

Why Do We Need a Crisis to ‘Organize?’

I’ve spent a fair amount of my adult life organizing anglers to do good for fish. It seems that unless there’s a crisis (i.e. hatcheries closing) most anglers are content just going about their business, taking advantage of the good times, and critiquing agency policy during the bad times. I think it may stem from […]