Tag Archives: Senator Mark Begich

Discharge exemption ok’d; USCG Act reauthorized

 Fishermen can safely hose down their decks without fear of violating the Clean Water Act. Congress yesterday voted unanimously to extend a moratorium for three years that exempts commercial fishing vessels from needing incidental discharge permits. Senator Lisa Murkowski spearheaded the bipartisan push –Read the rest here    18:35

WWF, MSC owe explanation, apology to Alaska fishermen – Senator Mark Begich

kevinhearnAs chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Oceans and Fisheries, I have the chance to brag about Alaska’s fisheries. That’s why I was offended by the recent “We don’t farm like this” video produced by World Wide Fund for Nature Canada (WWF) in support of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The short animated video grossly misrepresents the harvesting methods of longline, purse seine, and trawl fisheries and smears them as unsustainable. [email protected] 11:19

Alaska Fish Radio: US troops will get AK salmon; People Mag says farmed fish is best; Begich calls EPA visit “good”

US troops will be eating Alaska salmon after all. Sodexo, the France-based food contractor did an about face after getting blasted by Senator Mark Begich.  Sodexo, which has an eight year contract to provide food services to the US military,  said it would only serve seafood meriting one particular eco-label that Alaska salmon doesn’t have. Senator Mark Begich – “They want to get an understanding of the chain of control or handling of seafood products and they have offered to work with our folks. And I think that’s a great sign that they recognize the value – and we pointed out some things they just didn’t understand.” [email protected]