NOAA is considering the creation of an aquaculture opportunity area in the U.S. state of Alaska, the agency announced 1 June.
Alaska could become the third region with an aquaculture opportunity area (AOA), joining Southern California and the Gulf of Mexico, though Alaska's is likely to be declared in state waters, whilethe previous two AOAs are in federal waters.
AOAs have been evaluated as suitable sites for future to aquaculture… Read More
A federal judge has rejected a motion from the U.S. state of Alaska, the Alaska Trollers Association, and NOAA Fisheries to stay his order earlier this month that will effectively close the winter and summer commercial chinook troll fishery in Southeast Alaska.
The groups are now looking to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for relief as they race against the clock to ensure the commercial fishery can open on July 1.
Alaskan fishing… Read More
NOAA Fisheries has recommended 40 projects to receive USD 11 million (EUR 10.3 million) in grant funding.
“These grant awards support the promotion and marketing of U.S. fisheries which supports U.S. fishing and aquaculture industries and our nation's working waterfronts,” NOAA Fisheries Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations Jim Landon said in a statement.
Established in 1954, the Saltonstall-Kennedy Program is a U.S.… Read More
The United States Supreme Court rolled back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate wetlands under the Clean Water Act, ruling that the law only applies to wetlands that are indistinguishable from “waters of the United States.”
Environmental groups have condemned the court’s decision as a limitation on the ability of communities to protect waterways and the fish that live in them, but others argue… Read More
NOAA Fisheries released its first Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy on 22 May, with the goal of ensuring the agency is treating all communities equitably.
“The federal government recognizes that barriers to equity have left many communities underserved, and they are often the most vulnerable to environmental issues, such as climate change,” the strategy reads.
According to NOAA Fisheries Deputy Assistant Administrator for… Read More
Sysco revealed earlier this month that it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack, with the perpetrators possibly stealing social security numbers of some employees and financial information of some customers.
The breach, believed to have begun on 14 January, 2023, was first discovered by the company in March, although it was only revealed in a quarterly earnings report filed at the beginning of May.
“Immediately upon detection, Sysco… Read More
The U.S. Mid-Atlantic region saw its lowest year of seafood production by volume on record in 2021, paired with its lowest commercial revenue for seafood sales since 1987.
“When we look at performance relative to management objectives in the Mid-Atlantic, we see that both seafood production and profits as indexed by revenues have a long-term downward trend and are currently below the long-term average,” NOAA NMFS Research Fishery… Read More
A half-dozen U.S. senators say that NOAA’s plan to expand the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) doesn’t go nearly far enough and are asking the agency to revise its proposal.
“The proposed rule is far too narrow in scope,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to U.S. regulators. “As SIMP currently only requires catch documentation and traceability for approximately 45 percent of seafood imports, there is a need to… Read More
New regulations in the U.S. state of Oregon are concerning local seafood processors, who are worried they will be forced to treat wastewater to be cleaner than drinking water.
The West Coast Seafood Processors Association (WCSPA) said in an issue brief the regulations will force many of its members to close unless the state legislature intervenes.
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempts seafood processors from these types of… Read More
A new report says U.S. labor force participation is returning to pre-pandemic levels, although some groups of workers are still falling short.
Specifically, white Americans and male Hispanic Americans have been slow to return to the labor force, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), a nonprofit based in Washington D.C.
“The pandemic halted many long-term trends in the American labor market. Many Americans dropped out… Read More