National Fisheries Institute Questions National Park Service's Planned Use of Monterey Bay & MSC Seafood Ratings
WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) June 19, 2013 -- In a letter to the Secretary of the Interior, John Connelly, President of the National Fisheries Institute, takes issue with a National Park Service proposal to modify food offerings in national parks, by implementing its Sustainable Food Choice Guidelines for seafood. The guidelines state: "where seafood options are offered, provide only those that are 'Best Choices' or 'Good Alternatives' on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list, certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, or identified by an equivalent program that has been approved by the NPS."
Mr. Connelly writes that the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the law managing US fisheries, is "a rigorous, participatory, and transparent system that ensures fish caught in US waters is sustainable." Because of this, and fisheries management that is "recognized as one of the best in the world," Mr. Connelly states that fish caught in the United States do not need additional third-party certification.
October 21, 2014 -- Look, It’s time our federal lawmakers tackled this issue — and NOAA’s budgeted revenues — head on.
That means ensuring that a far greater share of this money — dedicated to the fishing industry, not the federal government’s grotesque management of it — is headed this way.
- ASMFC 73rd Annual Meeting Supplemental Materials Part II: American Eel Working Group Recommendations and GARFO Draft Strategic Plan