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“It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F). Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible. ... Climate change is the result of more than a century of unsustainable energy and land use, lifestyles and patterns of consumption and production. This report shows how taking action now can move us toward a fairer, more sustainable world.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III Co-Chair Jim Skea, in a news release about the latest IPCC report on climate change and how there is still time to adapt ... if we act now.

I asked if I could take a photo. They complied with a couple thumbs up.
 
Tales

What a difference two years makes! While we capitalized on the convenience of online platforms to connect remote fish harvesters with classrooms, the in-person dynamic is a much richer, more satisfying and more effective experience. See the story below with a link to a blog about the visit. We're also busy helping to coordinate a webinar with Slow Fish North America and Slow Food USA on the proposed Advancing the Quality of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act, a bill that would open the floodgates on industrial offshore finfish aquaculture. And we continue to help plan the Local Catch Network's 4th Local Seafood Summit in October in Alaska. In other news, we're keeping an eye on new reports about how climate change is affecting our oceans and fisheries from the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Maine and learning what climate justice really means. We also talk about the environmental cost of feeding farmed fish and visit with a cute(!???) Stargazer. Finally, we have a simple recipe for sauteed sea clams. Enjoy!
 
One Fish Foundation News
April 2022

Live, and in person ... FINALLY!

Our first in-person class in two years was a momentous occasion. In fact, I had to stop and collect my thoughts. The lively, interactive discussion, the ability to read the room and gauge people's reactions to different facts ... all reinforced two significant points: 1.) For all of the convenience of Zoom and other online communications platforms, there is no substitute for face-to-face engagement; and 2.) We will be incorporating a hybrid model of in person and recorded or live stories from fish harvesters, chefs, researchers, etc. from around the country. Check out the blog from my visit with University of Southern Maine education graduate students earlier this month.
 

AQUAA Act webinar

Mark your calendars! The next Slow Fish North America/Slow Food USA webinar will focus on the Advancing the Quality of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act, April 28 at 2 p.m. ET. The AQUAA Act would open federal waters to industrial netpen and seaweed aquaculture operations, jeopardizing marine ecosystems and causing market havoc and socio-economic fallout. The webinar will focus on what the legislation is, what it would do, the implications, and what we can do to effectively speak out against it. We'll hear inspirational stories from folks engaged in and promoting responsible, small-scale, low-input, low-impact aquaculture. We'll also learn how an environmental attorney is fighting the bill and how a well-known Seattle chef sources local oysters and seaweed and serves wild harvested salmon. Register via this link.

Join the One Fish Foundation Team!

Are you interested in advocating for fair and equitable food systems? Do you want to meet a wide range of dedicated and creative folks from across North America and around the world who are deeply involved in advocating for community-based fisheries? If so, apply to become the One Fish Foundation Communications Coordinator. This is a terrific opportunity to step into the world of sustainable seafood education, advocacy, campaign building, and event planning. This is a part time role (20-30 hours per month) that helps spread the One Fish Foundation message. The Communications Coordinator will help craft the monthly newsletter, update the website, maintain social media platforms, and plug into  national and international sister communities including Slow Fish North America, Slow Food USA, Local Catch Network, Slow Fish International, and North American Marine Alliance. Follow this link for more info and to apply.

 

Local Catch Network Local Seafood Summit Registration is Open!
Join the Local Catch Network for the 4th Local Seafood Summit on October 2-3, 2022 in Girdwood, Alaska! Seafood harvesters, businesses, and allied partners from across North America will gather for an immersive two-day summit to network with like-minded peers, exchange best practices, and work together to identify and elevate key and emerging issues and opportunities to Build the Future of Local and Regional Seafood Systems. Space is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged. Receive early registration rates until June 1, 2022. Visit the LCN website for more information about the summit and discount details for travel, lodging, and more.

LCN Local Seafood Summit Call for Proposals
Do you have a compelling story to tell, or would you like to share some business or processing tips with an audience? Submit a proposal by April 17.
Presentations and sessions are encouraged to provide tangible learning takeaways and practical skills, tools, and strategies for summit attendees, and they must align with the summit theme, "Building the Future of Local and Regional Seafood Systems." Submit a proposal here.

 

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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
  • Stop Pebble Mine Now action page with info on the work still to do to ensure EPA finalizes its protection of Bristol Bay. There's still more work to be done.
  • Tune into Mark Titus's "Save What You Love" podcast.
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
  • Watch "UNDERSTORY", a compelling documentary about the magic, mystery, and immense importance of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. This documentary follows a young fisherwoman's stunning journey to protect the world's largest remaining coastal temperate rainforest.
  • Take action by signing on to this letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack:  www.salmonstate.org/tongass
 Help #BlockCorporateSalmon
Sustainable Seafood News
Here's what you need to be hearing about, thinking about, and why.
Report: We can limit the worst of climate impacts if we act NOW
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report suggests we may be able to stave off cataclysmic effects of unchecked climate change if we act now. However, acting now means collective, well-funded, and broad policy and socio-economic shifts. It means incentivizing more green energy infrastructure to support low-impact housing and transportation, and likely re-thinking food systems to ensure equitable food access for all communities. According to an earlier report, "Increased heatwaves, droughts and floods ... have exposed millions of people to acute food and water insecurity, especially in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, on Small Islands and in the Arctic."  Perhaps we should be thinking about solutions in terms of climate justice. Per the IPCC AR6 report issued in February: "The term climate justice…generally includes three principles: distributive justice which refers to the allocation of burdens and benefits among individuals, nations and generations; procedural justice which refers to who decides and participates in decision-making; and recognition which entails basic respect and robust engagement with and fair consideration of diverse cultures and perspectives."
 
Bering Sea Snow Crab looking to cool off.  Photo: NOAA
Alaska snow crab fishery changes with climate
The warming Bering Sea is having a significant impact on the Alaskan snow crab fishery. Check out this really insightful, in-depth story about what's happening to the harvest and the impact on fishermen and the market. This story highlights the added dangers ("Deadliest Catch"-level dangers) that come with spending more time in the icy, stormy conditions looking for thinning crab stocks.
 
Gulf of Maine News

Shifting Gulf of Maine fuels lobstermen's calls to revisit new regs

Maine Lobstermen are pointing to recent research indicating that right whales are following their primary food source, a copepod called calanus finmarchicus, north and away from the Gulf of Maine toward cooler waters as evidence of why NOAA should revisit new regulations that would severely limit the industry over the next decade. Announced last August, the new regulations not only call for a seasonal ban on using traditional rope gear in a nearly 1000-mile area off midcoast Maine, but also the use of expensive ropeless gear or barely available weak-link ropes, along with an overall 98% reduction of right whale entanglement in 10 years. The Maine Lobstermen's Association, which has sued NOAA in an effort to reconsider the rules, argues that since research shows both the whales and copepods they feed on appear to be moving away from the Gulf of Maine, the new restrictions aren't fair and should be revised.

Study: GOM has most diversity of marine mammals on East Coast
The deep canyons and steep shelves of the Gulf of Maine provide the habitat to attract the most diverse array of marine mammals on the East Coast, according to a new study. One area whose cold water nutrient-rich upwelling is a magnet for beaked whales looking for squid and other food is the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, about 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. However, many researchers and fishermen question the real efficacy of roping off large areas of good habitat to selected uses like fishing, when larger oceanic regime shifts like ocean acidification, climate-driven warming trends, pollution and toxic runoff (among others) have a more direct impact on species health. According to a 2021 study of MPAs off the southeast coast of the U.S., "there was either no change or a decrease in managed reef fish abundance in each MPA relative to adjacent fished areas. Based on these metrics, it does not appear that the [Southeast U.S.] MPAs have yet been effective at protecting managed reef fish species." As the Gulf of Maine and other oceans shift with climate change, we need to think holistically of how to address the larger issues related to those changes as we consider how to manage different species.
 
Photo: NOAA
Cleaning up ghost gear in Gulf of Maine
Ghost gear such as abandoned lobster traps, derelict trawl lines,  and torn and drifting gill nets are a global problem. In some cases they can continue killing marine creatures long after the gear has been lost. Some researchers estimate that Maine lobstermen lose up to 30,000 lobster traps in the Gulf of Maine every year for a variety of reasons, including notoriously vicious weather. One organization is working to clean up some of those traps, and even restore them to their owners or offer them to young apprentices looking to enter into the industry. Check out the story of OceansWide's project here. Check out the cool video of the project here.
 
Despite public outcry, work to begin on massive salmon farm
Industrial aquaculture company Whole Oceans is starting the pre-construction phase of its land-based salmon farm in Bucksport, Maine. Sited where the old Verso paper mill used to be on over 100 acres along the Penobscot River, the facility will be one of the largest recirculating farms in the world once built out. Site work is expected to continue for the rest of the year and as of now, there is no construction start date. Once completed, Whole Oceans aims to produce 20,000 metric tons of salmon a year. While land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) like this eliminate some of the issues with offshore net pens, like escapes, they still carry many significant issues: feed (both soy- or fishmeal-based feed pose ecological problems); treating the effluent that goes into the bay; the massive draw on local water tables; dealing with disease, and antibiotics use.

 

What a Waste: the ecological and nutritional cost of salmon feed
A new study has found that farming salmon is “an inefficient way to produce nutritious seafood” and millions of tons of mackerel, sardines, and anchovies that are fit for human consumption are instead being wasted as fish feed. The study found that the wild-caught species used in fish meal and fish oil “have higher concentrations of key micronutrients than farmed salmon” including omega-3 and DHA concentrations. Meanwhile, Scottish salmon continues to be marketed as a good source of omega-3s. Along with this, the species being turned into fish meal are often caught off coasts in the global south, directly taking food away from artisanal and subsistence fish harvesters. To hear some accounts of the impacts that industrial fishing activities have on coastal communities around the world, check out this video
 
Fascinating Fish of the Month
Stargazer (Uranoscopidae family)

Size: 18cm - 90cm
Habitat: 5-150m deep, worldwide
Good at: 
Bad at: Making friends


With over 50 species, stargazers are found all around the world. Stargazers are ambush predators who bury themselves in the sand, using different methods to lure prey closer before snatching them up, creating a vacuum with their mouths as they launch out of the sand. While all species of stargazers are venomous, some are even able to produce electric shocks, thought to be a defense mechanism to warn off predators. To learn more about these cool creatures, check out this video
Sustainable Seafood Recipes
Unlike their smaller cousins that we're used to eating fried, you don't eat the bellies of Atlantic surf clams and instead eat the foot (or tongue). This recipe comes from Captain Scott Nolan and appeared as a guest recipe in Edible Cap Cod. Not sure where to source clams? Check out the Local Catch Network Seafood Finder to connect with a fish harvester in your area. Photo: Edible Cape Cod
Sautéed Sea Clams
Captain Scott Nolan, Edible Cape Cod

Ingredients
  • Fresh shucked sea clams, rinsed thoroughly
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Fresh chives or scallions
Directions

1. Slice the tongue (or foot) of the clams into 1/2-inch strips
2. Add butter and olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. 
3. Add garlic and stir
4. Add clam and sauté for about 5 minutes
5. Top with chopped fresh chives or scallions and plate with a starch of your choice (Scott recommends al dente linguine)

 
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