Daily Archives: December 10, 2012

Shrimpers praise new bill The Customs Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2012 (H.R. 6642)

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) has hailed the act, commending “the efforts and leadership” of Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA) for shepherding the “Preventing Recurring Trade Evasion and Circumvention Act” or the “PROTECT Act,” which is also designed to combat the fraudulent circumvention of antidumping duties by importers of foreign shrimp. Read More http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=12-2012&day=11&id=57453&l=e&country=0&special=&ndb=1&df=0

Galesburg fishing start-up catches Forbes’ eye

 sitka salmon The president of one of Galesburg’s most successful start-up companies was as surprised as anyone to find his company featured on the Forbes magazine website. Sitka Salmon Shares was included in an article titled ‘Seven Sustainable Foodie Holiday Gifts.’ Company President Nic Mink said he began wondering what was going on when he noticed a huge spike in traffic on the Sitka website Wednesday. He said it took him a while to figure out what was going on. http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1781242594/Galesburg-fishing-start-up-catches-Forbes-eye

Senator seeks $15M for tsunami debris – Begich – “We have that option right now to do something,”

Sen. Mark Begich said it’s embarrassing that the government of Japan has put  more funding toward the debris cleanup than the U.S. government has. He said the  impact of debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan reaching U.S.  shores is as much a natural disaster as a hurricane, drought or wildfire — it’s  just unfolding in slow motion. Read more: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/December-Issue-2-2012/Senator-seeks-15M-for-tsunami-debris/

Letter: Fishermen’s aid can’t trump Sandy – Captain PAUL COHAN, F/V Sasquatch Gloucester

To the editor: While we (fishermen) have been burdened by a callous, vindictive, government agency admittedly bent on the ultimate destruction of the families, economies, and communities who are historically dependent upon fisheries, no comparison can, nor should, be made to the plight of our fellow citizens who have struggled through the ravages that Sandy left in its wake.

People who have lost houses, been left without the basic necessities of life — power, water, food, and fuel — clearly take precedence over a disaster of human origin. Read More http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x520558881/Letter-Fishermens-aid-cant-trump-Sandy

IG cites NOAA for lack of response – implies clearly that NOAA officials are showing insufficient interest in resolving these problems.

“We are currently reviewing NOAA’s controls and processes surrounding fisheries rulemaking as the first phase of our assessment of transparency and the rule of fishery councils in rulemaking,” the Zinser report states. “An effective regulatory environment requires a fair and transparent rulemaking process. Our review will consider the interactions among federal officials, fishing industry members, and non-government organizations in the development of fishing regulations.”