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In this summer edition of the policy report you will find: information about proposed federal policies such as the Inflation Reduction Act, the American Fisheries Advisory Committee, Alaska's special election results, and permanent protections for Pebble Mine, as well as Team Ocean Strategies updates and a Q&A with Clayward Tam.
Ocean Strategies Principal Brett Veerhusen sat down with Clayward Tam, Director of Cooperative Fisheries Research for the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group, about what fisheries issues are rising to the top in the West Pacific, how they bring together different islands and voices in the management process, and what can be done to make fisheries management more adaptive, inclusive, and equitable.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency have made moves to protect Bristol Bay’s wildlife, its habitats, and the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on this abundant ecosystem. Now, NOAA, which houses the National Marine Fisheries Service, is accepting public comments on a proposed Equity and Environmental Justice policy through August 31, 2022. So what does this have to do with Pebble?
Our mission in this work is to open the door to more conversations and actions that expand the commercial fishing workforce, diversify the industry and the beneficiaries of its success, and lay the groundwork for policies that can help commercial fishing fleets and communities thrive. As we deepen our understanding of these inequities, we will learn more about how they affect different people and communities, as well as how multiple inequities may exist between different cultures and across fisheries.
Ocean Strategies recently chatted with Diani Taylor, fifth generation shellfish farmer in Washington state and General Counsel for her family business, Taylor Shellfish Farms. Diani discussed the importance of seafood stakeholders engaging in discussion around climate issues, making sure shellfish regulatory processes work for farmers, and increasing diversity among sectors in order to ensure a robust, sustainable, and successful seafood supply chain.