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"When it comes to equity and inclusion, the current management system under the MSA is failing us. In the North Pacific this is particularly clear and stark, as Alaska Native people, who are the original stewards of this place, have no seat at the table in a system that has been set up to prioritize economic benefits over Indigenous ways of life and gives primary management responsibility to those with a financial interest in the fisheries over those who depend on it for subsistence."

Mary Peltola, Executive Director of Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission giving powerful testimony during a recent Water, Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee hearing on Congressman Jared Huffman's bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the country's primary fisheries policy.

Cioppino (Italian seafood stew) Christmas Eve 2020
 
Tales
What's your holiday seafood tradition? Do you go with "seven fishes" or just keep it simple with one or two options? We typically make some sort of seafood stew, using a variety of different local in-season fish and shellfish. We sometimes use different cultural influences, be they Italian, French, Moroccan, creole. Every dish tells a different story. We've been telling a lot of seafood stories in classrooms of late. November and December are very busy months for One Fish Foundation. We continue to engage students remotely in conversations about why they should care about where seafood comes from and why they're better off knowing about their relationship to seafood as a resource. We've shared a broad range of perspectives with them, including oyster and kelp growers, fishermen, and scientists, either directly or indirectly. We'll continue to do so. In this issue, we'll learn about a colleague's cool new book on kelp as a health and food benefit, East Coast herring populations in trouble, a push to add Indigenous voices to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and some cool research into why ancient Indigenous fishermen mostly harvested male salmon. This newsletter also features snailblazers, Christmas tree worms, and a tasty flounder recipe from "The Fisherman's Wife."
Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday ... with responsibly sourced seafood!
One Fish Foundation News
December 2021

Slow Food Snailblazer Award
Slow Fish and Slow Food both seek to spread the message about shorter, transparent supply chains, and the importance of buying direct from producers. Both networks do this by honoring those members exemplifying the shared values of providing food that is good, clean, and fair. Thus, I'm incredibly honored and humbled to have received the Slow Food Snailblazer Award for 2021. I'm especially honored to have been chose along with dear friend, collaborator, and my setnet teacher Melanie Brown, who has been a force for opposition to the Pebble Mine while advocating for community-based fish harvesters and Indigenous access to natural resources. I view this award as a collective effort with the many folks in Slow Fish North America, Slow Food USA and sister networks who have united to uphold those shared values.
 

New book sheds light on kelp's health and ecological benefits
Slow Fish colleague and marine biologist Amanda Swinimer has just released a thoroughly researched and vivid portrait of kelp forests in the Pacific Northwest and the health and dietary benefits of responsibly harvested seaweed. The book dives into the huge ecological role seaweed plays in nurturing critical marine habitats. Looking for a cool and thoughtful Christmas gift? Check it out here! 
 
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Opportunities for Action
Here are concrete action items and opportunities to make your voice heard or to learn more about crucial issues.
Support Hurricane Ida relief and recovery projects
  • Chef Dana Honn is raising money to support Lance Nacio’s efforts to help his community and feed first responders and line workers.
    • Venmo: @Lance-Nacio
    • PalPal: orders@annamarieshrimp.com
    • Zelle: Lance Nacio
  • Coastal Communities Consulting, Inc. is a nonprofit organization supporting coastal businesses and fishermen in La. It is doing good work to provide info on everything from prescriptions to food and water as well as coordinating donations.
  • Gulf South Rapid Response Community Controlled Fund provides disaster relief directly to frontline communities in the Gulf South impacted by climate disasters. Local leaders have committed to a transparent and accountable process for the money – which will allow communities to practice self-governance and self-determination.
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
  • 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
 
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Sustainable Seafood News
Here's what you need to be hearing about, thinking about, and why.
Maine needs to do more to preserve working waterfronts
A recent report from the Island Institute suggests that a host of different factors threatens the working waterfronts that drive the local seafood economy. Climate change, development, access, housing costs, shifting economies, and changing habits are among the many challenges forcing fishermen in Maine and around the world into hard choices about where they can offload and process their catch. Access to suitable infrastructure such as offloading cranes, ice machines, water, fuel, electrical services, etc. are essential to any successful fishing business. But as waterfront properties are increasingly developed for other uses, or the cost of housing in coastal communities becomes harder for fishermen to afford, working waterfronts are imperiled. The report sites a number of potential remedies, including public/private partnership and funding to specifically protect working waterfronts, founded on user input. One example is the recent purchase of the iconic Union Wharf in Portland, ME, by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, which will enable fishermen, lobster wholesalers, and other maritime businesses to continue to operate. Another example is Congresswoman Chellie Pinegree's bill that would protect these waterfronts with funding and specific measures to ensure long-term access to community fishermen. This Portland Press Herald news story effectively summarizes the full report. 
 
East Coast herring fishery declared a disaster
Herring populations from Maine to Florida are at critically low levels, and smaller catch limits cut fishing revenues. So U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo formally declared the fishery a disaster on Nov. 22. As forage fish, herring are crucial to entire marine ecosystems because so many species depend on them for food. They are also a significant economic species given their primary role as bait for lobster traps. However, the current situation suggests that we need to act now to protect herring from being pushed beyond their capacity to sustain their populations. This will take collaboration between scientists and policy makers along with critical input from fishermen to develop strategies to support the resource toward future stock health. A herring collapse would be devastating on many levels. Let's hope we don't get there.
 
Video still of Mary Peltola during her Nov. 16 testimony on MSA reauthorization.
Push to add Indigenous voices on fisheries policy council intensifies
One key part of Congressman Jared Huffman's bill to reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Act, the primary fish policy bill, calls for more representation of Indigenous voices in fisheries management bodies. Specifically, the bill calls for two seats to be added to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) to accommodate Indigenous representation on the council. During a hearing in November, Mary Peltola, executive director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, testified at a recent hearing on Huffman's bill about how Alaska Natives' concerns are largely ignored at state and federal levels. She spoke specifically about the terrible squeeze Indigenous communities along the Kuskokwim and other Western Alaskan watersheds feel with declining chinook stocks leading to subsistence fisheries closures and higher food prices. Fair fisheries management starts with inclusive discussions and policy decisions. Huffman's bill is still in committee. There will be more hearings in the next few months.

 
“Without the DNA stuff, we wouldn’t be able to trace the history of this Indigenous practice, and without the Indigenous knowledge, if we’d just discovered a bunch of male salmon, we wouldn’t have known what happened.”
Thomas Royle, Simon Fraser University Archaeologist and lead study author.
Photo: NOAA
2,000-year-old salmon DNA reveals secret to sustainable fisheries
Let’s cut to the chase: the key to maintaining a salmon fishery for thousands of years without exhausting the species is harvesting mostly males, based on Indigenous wisdom. A team of researchers conducted archaeological research on salmon bones collected from four historic settlements near Vancouver. From those bones, they extracted ancient DNA. The DNA confirmed that the settlements mainly harvested chum salmon. Further, the team did a second round of DNA analysis that confirmed historical records that indicated that Indigenous fishers preferentially harvested male salmon over females. In this case, pairing Indigenous knowledge and history with ancient DNA extraction was key to understanding the successful management strategy. 

 
Fascinating Fish of the Month
Time to put up the trees -- these worms are way ahead of the game! Photo: NOAA
Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus)

Size: 1.5 inches tall
Habitat: Coral reefs
Good at: Putting decorations up
Bad at: Moving


For Christmas Tree Worms, it’s always the season to be jolly. These polychaetes are easily spotted because of their brightly colored crowns protruding from their tube-like bodies. Their crowns are not just for looks though, and are important in respiration and catching dinner. While their "plumage" is easily spotted, most of their bodies are anchored in burrows that they bore into live corals.
 
Sustainable Seafood Recipes
Stephanie Villani's cookbook not only has great recipes, but it's an interesting inside look at many aspects of the fishing life. Career changes, business and marketing lessons, customer relationships, logistics and the funky and fun things that can happen along the way, interwoven with tasty seafood preparations.
Flounder with Mushroom Tarragon Sauce
By Stephanie Villani, adapted from her cookbook, "The Fisherman's Wife."

Ingredients
1 pound flounder fillets
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 large clove garlic, chopped
2 cups chopped mushrooms (any kind, or use a blend of baby bella,
shiitake, or oyster mushrooms)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon
1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions
1. In a deep skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium heat while shaking the pan back and forth to integrate.
2. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add the mushrooms and cook for 6 to 9 minutes until they've released their water and softened. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Stir in the wine and simmer for 2 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, oil a non-stick skillet and cook the flounder fillets over medium heat, 2 minutes per side.
6. While the flounder fillets are cooking, turn the heat under the mushroom sauce to low. Stir in the tarragon and the cream.
7. When the sauce is heated thoroughly, distribute it over the flounder fillets and serve.

 
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