The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking information on nations whose vessels are engaging in illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing, bycatch of protection living marine resources, and fishing activities in waters beyond national jurisdiction that target or incidentally catch sharks. The agency is collecting information until December 31, 2020.
NMFS Seeks Information on Illegal, Unreported, or Unregulated Fishing
Groups Challenge Trump’s Rescission of Fishing Ban in Marine Monument
Groups Challenge Government Over Failure to Sanction Mexico for Illegal Fishing
The Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare Institute have filed suit against the Department of Interior for failing to respond to a 2014 petition seeking increased sanctions against Mexico for turning a blind eye to illegal fishing operations that further threaten the vaquita, an endangered porpoise.
Federal Magistrate Says Groups Too Late Stop Salmon Fishing
A federal magistrate has ruled that Wild Fish Conservancy’s bid for an injunction to halt commercial salmon fishing off the coast of Alaska was lodged too late. The request arose out of a lawsuit challenging the government’s decision to allow fishing on the basis that it threatened the local endangered orca whale population.
Trump Lifts Fishing Restrictions in Marine Monument
President Trump has lifted a fishing ban in a marine monument about 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.
Washington State Sues Over Tuna Price Fixing Scheme
Washington state has filed suit against Starkist, parent company Dongwon Industries, and the CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, alleging that the defendants conspired to artificially increase the price of tuna.
Sea Shepherd Sues United States Over New Zealand Fishery Imports
Sea Shepherd has filed suit against a variety of federal agencies, alleging that the agencies’ failure to ban imports from certain fisheries in New Zealand that cause harm to endangered dolphins violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.
FWS Proposes Hunting and Fishing Information Collection
The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed an information collection “on the uses and demands for wildlife-related recreation,” such as fish stocking, boating access, and fishing and hunting opportunities. The agency is accepting comments on this action until July 13, 2020.
EPA Releases Draft NPDES Aquaculture Permit in New England
The Environmental Protection has announced the availability of the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Aquaculture General Permit for discharges for Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production facilities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The agency is accepting comments on this document until June 10, 2020.
Trump Signs Executive Order Designed to Support Seafood Industry
President Trump has signed an Executive Order that directs the Department of Commerce to create a list of actions that will “reduce burdens on domestic fishing” within six months. The Order also directs agencies to complete all environmental reviews of proposed aquaculture projects within two years.