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“The time has come to heed fishermen’s warnings that catch shares, promoted heavily as a management tool by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, are creating this trend toward billion-dollar “sealords.” Congress must place an immediate moratorium on any future catch share programs coupled with significant safeguards to ensure that existing programs do not further exacerbate the inequities and ecological damage that we see playing out in New England and around the country.”

Captain Ryan Bradley, a fifth-generation fisherman, and executive director of Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, speaking out against catch shares as a fisheries management tool in an op-ed for The New Bedford Light. Catch Shares effectively create a system in which the wealthiest investors own a majority of the access to fisheries, forcing out small- and medium-scale independent seafood harvesters.

KNOW FISH Dinner engaging the community in the story of the seafood they are eating. These types of events will be part of a  collaboration between One Fish Foundation. Slow Food USA. and Slow Fish North America under a new grant.

When we launched One Fish Foundation in 2015, we had many details to sort out. The mission, the board of directors, school outreach, curricula/lesson planning and the website. Fortunately we contracted a talented web developer who designed the One Fish logo and created a clean, vibrant website that held up well for several years. However, as One Fish has grown, our needs for the website have evolved as well. That, coupled with some broken functionality on the previous website prompted us to start over after the New Year. We have expanded our team, further defined our mission and values, and expanded our services. We invite you to explore the new website and let us know what you think! Other big news: One Fish Foundation is a beneficiary of a grant from Grace Communications that is administered by Slow Food USA and aimed at growing the Slow Fish North America network. Additionally, you'll see stories about the impact ocean privatization and industry consolidation has on small- and mid-scale fishing operations and local supply chains; the legal implications of fish hatcheries on wild chinook stocks and Pacific killer whales; efforts to remove ghost gear in Maine; and the record sockeye salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska, which proves again why this pristine watershed deserves protections from the Pebble Mine. Also check out the eerie box jellyfish and a heartwarming wild fish and acadian redfish tacos recipe. Enjoy!
One Fish Foundation News
August 2022
New One Fish Foundation website

Check out our new website! We are seven years old. We've grown, adding new staff and expanding our services. We've also refocused our values. So it is time to revamp our online presence. The new site is still home to all the details on our education programming, KNOW FISH Dinners, and more. You can also find the archive of the monthly recipes, the One Fish Podcast, our column in Edible Maine, and more educational offerings and information for better understanding our work supporting sustainable fisheries. 

We invite you to visit the website and let us know what you think. Thanks for all of your support, and BIG thanks to LD Creative Designs for the beautiful re-design! Thanks also to One Fish Foundation Communications Coordinator Malia Guyer Stevens and Digital Adviser Jennifer Halstead for guiding the transition! It takes a village.

Grant helps One Fish support community-based seafood systems

Thanks to a Grace Communications grant administered by Slow Food USA, One Fish Foundation will be working with Slow Food USA and Slow Fish North America teams to promote responsibly harvested seafood in Slow Food communities across the country. We are working to create Slow Fish North America Rising Tide events that invite seafood harvesters, fishmongers, chefs, Slow Food communities, and others to celebrate local seafood systems and educate seafood eaters more about who harvests and prepares their seafood. Stay tuned for more updates!
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Calls for Action
Here are concrete action items and opportunities to make your voice heard
or learn more about crucial issues.
Support permanent protections for Bristol Bay
Sign on letter calling for a stop to Canadian mining near salmon rivers
  • Salmon Beyond Borders' sign on letter to the Biden Administration calling for outreach to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to ban toxic mining near critical, cross-boundary salmon watersheds such as the Taku, Stikine and Unuk rivers.
Take action to defend the Tongass National Forest
 Help #BlockCorporateSalmon
Sustainable Seafood News
Here's what you need to be hearing about, thinking about, and why.
Cleaning up near Bar Harbor. Photo: Gigi Veve/Ocean Conservancy
Groups remove nearly 5,000 pounds of ghost gear from Maine island
Ghost gear (derelict lobster traps, nets, buoys, ropes, etc. that break free and is no longer used) is a chronic problem in all oceans. One collective of groups recently removed 4,723 pounds of gear from a small island off Bar Harbor in Maine. Aside from the fact the gear can continue to kill lobsters, fish, and other species long after use, much of the gear is made of plastic and styrofoam, which deteriorates and pollutes oceans. Efforts to remove this gear from isolated islands is making a dent, but the ultimate solution will be how to stop it from getting lost at sea in the first place. 
Opinion: It’s time to end the era of billion-dollar ‘sealords’ and heed the fishermen
Captain Ryan Bradley, a fifth-generation fisherman, and executive director of Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United wrote an opinion piece in response to the investigative report on foreign private equity's takeover of New Bedford's fishing industry. He argues that in light of this investigation, it's time to do away with catch share policies, which are pushing out independent fishermen and allowing non-fishing, outside investors to replace them. The call from Senators Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, and Elizabeth Warren for stronger protection of fishermen and fish stocks must be taken a step further, and Congress must heed the warnings that fishermen have been giving since the 1990's about the dangers of catch shares. Read the full opinion here. 
Feds consider Kennebec River dams' impact on wild Atlantic Salmon
Four dams on Maine's Kennebec River are up for review as the company that owns them, Brookfield Renewable U.S., aims to get a new 40-year operating license for one of them. The Kennebec River is home to some of the last wild Atlantic salmon in the U.S., and this review could open up an opportunity to restore their full access to the river. While the best solution for protecting wild salmon is to remove the dams all together, the federal review of their dams may require Brookfield to introduce mitigation measures such as building new fish passages for wild salmon to migrate and spawn. 
photo: Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/TNS
Judge rules against hatcheries plan to rebuild chinook populations
A federal judge recently ruled that a National Marine Fisheries plan to use hatcheries to rebuild wild chinook populations depleted by Southeast Alaska fishing harvests is not acceptable. The suit filed by Wild Fish Conservancy claimed that NMFS' plan was flawed and that the hatcheries would not adequately compensate for the rapid decline in chinook populations that endangered orcas depend on. One significant concern is that the hatchery fish might out-compete wild stocks for habitat and food. The southeast Alaska chinook fishery mostly consists of trollers (hook fishing with minimal bycatch). Seiners, gillnetters, recreational anglers and subsistence harvesters are allowed a smaller allocation of southeast Alaska chinook. This issue is another example of the challenges that climate change can bring to shared resource allocation and fisheries management.

Another record wild sockeye salmon run in Bristol Bay
A record 78,366,952 sockeye returned to Alaska's Bristol Bay so far this season, which breaks the previous record of 67.7 million sockeye set last year. These records continue to demonstrate how a preserving pristine habitat supports a healthy salmon population, the communities that depend on it, and the very productive fishery it supports. Protection of Bristol Bay is vital to their future, and there's still time to speak out on behalf of the Bay's communities and wild salmon. The call to protect the bay is now more urgent as Pebble's owners, Northern Dynasty Minerals, recently announced up to $60 million in investment from an unnamed private investor that could help the company fight EPA's ruling. The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that would protect the region from the proposed Pebble Mine ends on Sept. 6. This magical fishery and everyone who depends on it would be in jeopardy if Pebble were allowed to store over 10 billion tons of toxic waste at the headwaters of this watershed. Now is the time to act and call on EPA to finally close the door on Pebble!
Fascinating Fish of the Month
Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute
Box Jellyfish (Cubozoa)

Size: up to 10 feet long, and 10 inches across
Habitat: Coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific.
Good at: Winning swim races
Bad At: Finding a friend to swim with 

They have a bad wrap for having some of the most deadly venom in the world, but Box Jellyfish are fascinating for much more than that. Unlike other jellies, they're able to move deliberately instead of just floating with the movement of the water, and can move up to four knots through the water. They also have clusters of six sophisticated eyes on all four sides of their bell! 
Sustainable Seafood Recipes
Acadian Redfish is an abundant, well-managed species in the Atlantic ranging from Norway to Georges Bank off the New England Coast. They live in deep waters, hence the large eyes, and grow slowly. They are similar to several Pacific species of rockfish, but should not be confused with Red Drum (often called "Redfish" in the southern Atlantic and Gulf Coast states).
Acadian Redfish Tacos with Mango Salsa, Fresh Slaw and Smokey Crema 
from Wulf's Fish

Serves 4


For the Smokey Crema
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the Fresh Slaw
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (about 1/4 head)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the Salsa (or use store bought salsa!)
  • 1 mango, small diced
  • 1 small red onion, small diced
  • ½ jalapeno, minced
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
For the Fish
  • 1 lb Acadian Redfish (or your favorite fish — any kind will work)
  • 3 tablespoons blackening spice (or your favorite spice mixture)
  • ½ cup avocado oil (or your favorite cooking oil)
For the Tacos
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges

For the Crema
Combine all ingredients until well blended, then refrigerate until you’re ready to use. Smoky crema can be made a day ahead. You can also substitute plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and sour cream.

For the Slaw

Add cabbage to a medium mixing bowl, sprinkle with salt, and toss. Add mayonnaise and lime, and mix until combined. Adjust salt and add pepper to taste.

For the Salsa

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Adjust the levels of jalapeno, lime, cilantro, salt and pepper to your liking, and set aside.

For the Fish
  1. Lay fillets on paper towels and pat both sides dry. If you are using skin-on fillets, use a sharp knife to score the skin to prevent the fish from buckling when the skin hits the heat and begins to shrink. Generously season both sides of each fillet with blackening spice.
  2. Heat pan to medium-high with enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Set aside the remaining oil, and add additional oil as needed to cook all the fish.
  3. Place fish skin side down in the pan and apply gentle pressure with your spatula so that the skin is in contact with the pan. This will help ensure crisp, delicious skin. Cook the fish in small batches, 3-4 pieces at a time, to avoid over-crowding the pan.
For the Tacos
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Wrap up 12 tortillas in foil and heat for 5 to 10 minutes until warmed through.
  2. Each tortilla should get a small pile of slaw, then a piece of fish, top with mango salsa, spoon crema over the top. Garnish with cilantro leaves & a lime wedge.
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