In the moments on Monday, 26 July, after U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman officially announced the filing of a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, statements supporting the legislation started to flow out from the press offices of seafood and fishing interest groups and environmental non-governmental organizations.
Conservation groups lauded H.R. 4690, sponsored by the California Democrat and U.S. Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii). In particular, those… Read More
The total area used in the top three U.S. states for catfish production shrank 3 percent last year, according to a report released in July by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...
Photo courtesy of Alabama A&M and Auburn Cooperative… Read More
U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) announced on Monday 26 July, 2021, that he introduced a reauthorization bill for the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal law that oversees fishery management in the United States.
In a statement, Huffman said it’s time for a new reauthorization of the landmark legislation because of changes within the industry and the challenges it faces.
“We know that the MSA has worked well, but new approaches… Read More
The Vineyard Wind project, an 800-megawatt offshore wind energy installation slated to be built off the coast of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, is now facing a federal lawsuit.
The suit is challenging the permit for the Vineyard Wind offshore energy. It was filed by a solar energy generation company, but the potential impact on the commercial fishing industry is a cornerstone of the suit’s argument against the project.
The… Read More
Commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico said they were shocked to see their share of the red grouper quota cut by 600,000 pounds.
A statement released Tuesday, 29, June by the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance said the reallocation to recreational fishermen means a loss of about USD 3 million (EUR 2.5 million), a significant loss for “fishing families.” They also fear it could lead to overfishing of the… Read More
A nonprofit conservation group has given notice to NOAA Fisheries that it plans to file a lawsuit after the federal agency did not respond in a timely manner to a petition to list black teatfish sea cucumbers as either an endangered or threatened species.
In May 2020, The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition the U.S. government. Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the agency had 12 months to make a determination.Read More
A budget deal reached between state lawmakers and California Governor Gavin Newsom includes funding that will complete the state's buyout of drift gillnets from commercial fishing operators who catch swordfish.
The USD 1.3 million (EUR 1.1 million) will help fishermen purchase safer gear that doesn't threaten other marine wildlife.
California is the last state in the U.S. where such nets, which are typically cast at night, are used. The… Read More
The University of Missouri and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have teamed up to conduct a study that may help officials better control the spread of carp species across the country …
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological… Read More