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Australia Seeks to Extend Commercial Fishing in Protected Waters

Australia plans to allow fishing across 80 percent of its protected maritime sanctuaries, the government said on Friday in a proposal that would vastly extend commercial activity in the world’s largest marine-reserves network. If the plan, backed by the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, is approved by Parliament, it would be the first time a nation has scaled back its regulations….
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DHS Opens Up 15,000 More H-2B Visas in Response to Business Pressure

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers….
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Sustainability Is Focus of New Seafood Initiative

Informing the public and the restaurant industry about seafood sustainability has been a decades-long mission of a number of groups, including Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Now chefs associated with the James Beard Foundation have joined the effort with Smart Catch, a program created in Seattle by Paul G. Allen, a founder of Microsoft. Its goal is for at least 80 percent of a restaurant’s seafood to be sustainable.
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FishNews – July 5, 2017

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HIGHLIGHTS

Celebrating Habitat Month at NOAA Fisheries

Law Enforcement Priorities Document – Open for Public Comment

Seafood Import Monitoring Program Roundtables 

Endangered Species Recovery Guidelines – Extended Comment Period

Alaska

Pollock Fare Better than Expected in Warm Water

Traditional Fishing Practices in Alaska

 West Coast
North Pacific Right Whale Status Review

Pacific Islands

International Partnership for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

June’s Monk Seal of the Month

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