An Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission panel voted earlier this week to seek a vote of noncompliance for Virginia’s menhaden fishery.
The commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board voted on Tuesday, 28 October, in New Hampshire. It now will be reviewed by the ASMFC’s policy board on Thursday, 31 October.
Even if the commission agrees with the noncompliance finding, it will be up to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur… Read More
A California congressman on Thursday, 17 October filed a bill in Congress that he claims would restore and protect the country’s salmon rivers and watersheds.
By drafting H.R. 4723, dubbed the Salmon Focused Investments in Sustainable Habitats (Salmon FISH) Act, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman in a statement said he wants to make the rivers that support salmon populations more resilient. The Democrat’s bill would call on NOAA… Read More
A South Carolina congressman filed a bill on Tuesday, 15 October, that calls on the government to determine what actions fishery managers are taking to address climate change and provide recommendations for what else can be done to address it.
The bill, titled the Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-South Carolina) would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to identify fishery… Read More
The founder of a Texas aquaculture company was convicted earlier this week on sex trafficking charges involving a minor in a federal court in Texas.
A jury found David Keith Wills guilty on 17 of 18 counts. While he was out on bond during the trial, Wills was remanded into custody after the jury’s decision. His sentencing remains to be scheduled, but the 67-year-old faces up to life in prison.
Wills was the co-founder and part owner of… Read More
One of the top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will begin a series of roundtable discussions this weekend to help him prepare a bill that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California) will hold the first roundtable on Saturday, 5 October, in Arcata, California. Two days later, he’ll hold a similar session in San Francisco. The events are free and open to the public, though registration is… Read More
Shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico caught just 13.3 million pounds of shrimp in August, continuing the down year they’ve been enduring. That total, reported by NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center, represented the worst August in nine years …
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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced on Wednesday, 25 September, that he approved disaster declarations for Gulf of Mexico states due to the extreme flooding that hit the Mississippi River basin earlier this year.
In the same statement, Ross announced disasters were also declared for multiple fisheries in Alaska, California, Georgia, and South Carolina. Those disasters occurred between 2017 and earlier this year.
“Fishing is the… Read More
Connecticut Public Radio reported over the weekend that a final decision to approve the Vineyard Wind Project may not occur until the end 2020, adding a layer of doubt about when the offshore wind power project would actually start.
Last month, National Fishermen reported Vineyard Wind could miss its planned construction start of later this year due to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s delay in reviewing the 800-megawatt… Read More