Magnuson-Stevens: Is Familiarity Breeding Contempt?

Magnuson-Stevens: Is Familiarity Breeding Contempt?

People too often take things for granted, depreciating what they have simply because it’s familiar; sometimes, things must be seen through someone else’s eyes before they are fully appreciated. That certainly seems to be true of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens). When the Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996 (SFA) became law, amending […]

Dealing With Localized Depletion, Where And If It Exists

Dealing With Localized Depletion, Where And If It Exists

Top Photo: Atlantic Menhaden Localized depletion has, over the past few years, become a hot topic in forage fish management. It’s based on the notion that, even though the overall stock of fish is healthy, intense fishing pressure in a particular region could significantly reduce abundance in that location, and have adverse impacts on the […]

The America COMPETES Act moves on to the Senate: What’s relevant to MFCN?

The America COMPETES Act moves on to the Senate: What’s relevant to MFCN?

In early February, the House passed the America COMPETES Act, a bill that intends to enhance U.S. competitiveness with China by strengthening America’s supply chain, among other things. The bill has now moved on to the Senate where it is expected to be conferenced with Senate legislation that passed last year. The Senate bill was […]

Watch the Network’s Inaugural Waterside Chat with Linda Behnken

Watch the Network’s Inaugural Waterside Chat with Linda Behnken

The Network’s new Waterside Chat online discussion series connects people who depend on healthy oceans and fisheries with the issues that directly affect them and their communities. In each edition, Network Deputy Director Tom Sadler talks with guests about current ocean policy and fisheries management topics and what policy decisions mean for people’s livelihoods, communities, […]

NOAA Taking Comments for Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA Taking Comments for Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Harbor at Morro Bay; Photo by Robert Schwemmer On November 10, NOAA began a 60-day comment period (ends January 10, 2022) for the public to tell NOAA what they think about the proposed designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. As NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad stated in a video announcement: Some of the earliest […]

National Seafood Month Spotlight: Hannah Heimbuch

National Seafood Month Spotlight: Hannah Heimbuch

To celebrate National Seafood month, we’re highlighting the women and men who bring sustainable seafood to our dinner tables. Our series finale features Hannah Heimbuch, who was born and raised in Homer, AK and currently lives in Kodiak. She is a commercial drift and setnet salmon fisherman and a commercial longline halibut fisherman. How did […]

National Seafood Month Spotlight: Leigh Thomet

National Seafood Month Spotlight: Leigh Thomet

Top photo: Winter crab fishing, Kodiak To celebrate National Seafood month, we’re highlighting the women and men who bring sustainable seafood to our dinner tables. Next we hear from Leigh Thomet from Kodiak, Alaska, whom we first met earlier this year. She fishes for salmon, halibut, herring, and Tanner crab. Why has commercial fishing been […]

National Seafood Month Spotlight: Theresa Peterson

National Seafood Month Spotlight: Theresa Peterson

Top photo: A family affair aboard the “Patricia Sue”, as Theresa on leads on deck, her husband Charlie is running the deck and bringing the bag of salmon on board, their daughter Liz is on corks, and the photo was taken by their son, Charlie, in the skiff. See the full-sized version of the photo. […]