Offshore wind: Seven things every fisheries professional needs to know

July 2nd, 2020, by Annie Hawkins, NationalFisherman.com By now, you have probably seen quite a bit about offshore wind energy development planned for multiple regions of the United States. Fishermen and related businesses understandably run the gamut from bewildered (“That would never happen where I fish”), to overwhelmed (“There’s too much else going on to […]

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Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement

This is a useful synthesis of current knowledge on ocean alkalinity enhancement, an approach to carbon removal that could have far-reaching effects (both positive and negative) on the ocean and coastal communities. This amounts to capturing carbon dioxide and trapping it back in mineral form. Getting the CO2 to stay put, maximizing its benefits, and managing […]

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Alaska’s warming ocean is putting food and jobs at risk, scientists say

By Jordan Evans, CNN, June 28th 2019 The ice around Alaska is not just melting. It’s gotten so low that the situation is endangering some residents’ food and jobs.”The seas are extraordinarily warm. It is impacting the ability for Americans in the region to put food on the table right now,” said University of Alaska climate specialist […]

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Mining power: EPA’s Pruitt aims to short-circuit Clean Water Act

By Jessica Hathaway  June 28, 2018, NationalFisherman.com Three days before the deadline for public comments on the proposed Pebble Mine project  in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed his staff to create a rule limiting the agency’s ability to regulate projects under Clean Water Act guidelines. These are the exact guidelines that commercial fishermen and […]

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Simple rules can help fishery managers cope with ecological complexity

To successfully manage fisheries, factors in the environment that affect fish — like food sources, predators and habitat — should be considered as part of a holistic management plan. That approach is gaining traction in fisheries management, but there has been no broad-scale evaluation of whether considering these ecosystem factors makes any economic sense for […]

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The Law That’s Saving American Fisheries

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: It’s a Keeper This in-depth and comprehensive look at our nation’s most important fisheries management law was the result of the combined work of several of our board members, at the request of some of the most prestigious national conservation funders. As the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act […]

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Identifying Fisheries Research Needs

NFCC supported the Sloan Foundation’s initial planning efforts for a Census of the Fishes, which evolved into the Census of Marine Life, by reviewing a wide range of fishery council stock assessments and planning documents to extract region- and species-specific research and data needs. This information contributed to the Sloan Foundation’s assessment of the needed […]

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