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HR 200 – 24 Fishing Groups from Around the Nation Call for Magnuson-Stevens Act Reforms

Twenty-four members of Saving Seafood’s National Coalition for Fishing Communities (NCFC) are calling on Congress to enact broad reforms to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), including allowing for greater flexibility in how stocks are rebuilt and changes to how new management programs are implemented. The proposals, delivered in a letter to Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan, would, according to the signers, lead to a reauthorization that “allows for both sustainable fisheries management, and the long-term preservation of our nation’s fishing communities.” >click to read< 13:22 

New nationwide coalition seeking to unify commercial fishing interests

world_war_ii_fish_poster_1943_thumbA Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group with strong New Bedford ties is creating a national coalition of commercial fishing interests to boost outreach and communication for the industry, which supporters claim often can be overmatched by unified environmental groups that promote competing interests. “We’re aiming to bring the entire supply chain of fishermen, shoreside businesses, processors, markets and restaurants together to join this effort to move the national conversation in a positive direction.”  Read the rest here 08:43

Fishermen in the Northeast win a small victory

duncey peteAccording to Climate Wire, an online publication of Environment and Energy Publishing LLC, New Bedford native son Bob Vanasse uncovered, through the use of Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of Saving Seafood in Washington, D.C., a cluster of emails being circulated among several environmental groups hoping the president would be convinced to announce the New England monuments in Chile. The emails urged recipients to keep the plan a secret. “I hope no one is talking about Chile to the outside world,” an email from Conservation Law Foundation Interim President Peter Shelley said. Read the rest here 09:49

House Natural Resources Committee Demands Obama Administration Info on Marine Monument Designtions

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has demanded records of all meetings, correspondence and memos related to marine monument designations. The letter references emails that “show representatives from the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Pew Charitable Trusts warning their members to avoid talking to the ‘outside world’ about the organizations’ efforts to influence the Administration to announce a Marine National Monument off of New England during the ‘Our Ocean Conference’ in Chile.” The emails in question were originally obtained by Saving Seafood via public records requests, and were first reported by GreenwireRead the rest here 17:00

Oceana’s Bycatch Report and Media Coverage Ignores Key Successes in U.S. Fisheries

logoEnvironmental special interest group Oceana made headlines last March with its bycatch report, “Wasted Catch: Unsolved Problems in U.S. Fisheries.” Since the report’s release, mainstream media publications and other environmental organizations, like the Pew Charitable Trusts, have further presented one-sided coverage of issues regarding bycatch in the United States — often providing little or no information about the significant and successful efforts taken by many commercial fisheries to curb unintended catch. These omissions of facts are misleading, ultimately providing the public a skewed perspective on U.S. fisheries management. Read more here  14:53

Saving Seafood -“we find CLF’s characterization of our statement as a “flat-out falsehood”

WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) — June 10, 2013 — The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) recently criticized as a “flat-out falsehood”  Saving Seafood’s description of the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force’s report as lacking peer review.  Subsequently, the Pew Charitable Trusts made the same argument in a letter to the editor of Seafood News. Saving Seafood would like to  clarify our statement referencing the “unproven assumptions, as well as a  lack of peer-review of the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force.” continued here

The Saving Seafood Crew exposes the Myths of Blue Ocean Institute’s Elizabeth Brown

n her online article, “Reopening New England’s Closed Fishing Areas Would Be Bad For Mammals, Too,” the Blue Ocean Institute’s Elizabeth Brown echoes these claims, stating: “We need to fully evaluate these effects before any areas alogore reopened.” But Framework 48 will not simply “open” these closures. The proposal only allows fishing sectors the ability to apply for access to these areas, after which, NOAA will weigh their requests against any possible environmental impacts. continued

Saving Seafood Responds to Eco Ocean Story, “Saving Seafood Offers Red Herring for Groundfish”

The following is an excerpt from the article “Saving Seafood Offers Red Herring for Groundfish,” originally published April 12 by Mike Misner on the blog Eco Ocean. Saving Seafood’s response  to Mr. Misner’s article is below.logo

In favor of opening protected areas in New England, Saving Seafood has offered red herring. continued

CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION: Saving Seafood is “rather discomposed” Really?!!!

The Conservation Law Foundation’s Sean Cosgrove responds to our analysis of their criticism of NEFMC Council Member Laura Ramsden and their arguments on proposed changes to closed areas.  13 March 2013  “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair continue

Note Saving Seafood has been more than generous providing space for the ENGO agenda. They have always been accurate in their analysis, unlike the pampered poodles of the ENGO crowd. Sean Cosgrove should be absolutely ashamed of himself for quoting Upton Sinclair, especially if he understands the quote, and avoids looking in the mirror!

ANALYSIS: Why are fishermen angry about the new cod quotas if they can’t catch cod anyway?

logoIn the wake of Wednesday’s  vote by the New England Fishery Management Council to slash cod catch  rates by 77% in the Gulf of Maine and by 55% in Georges Bank,the  question arose: “Why, if the fishermen can’t find fish anyway, do they care if the quota is cut?”  Saving Seafood interviewed fishermen,  industry members, and scientists to pose that question, and compiled their answers.  The result follows: Read more