Maine Lobster Businesses Trapped By Virus and Trump Tariffs

Maine Lobster Businesses Trapped By Virus and Trump Tariffs

The Hill and Time Magazine report that, despite all his pandering, President Trump is not winning over Maine’s lobster fishers nor is he helping Maine’s embattled Republican Senator Susan Collins.  Trump’s trade war with China and the coronavirus have delivered a one-two punch to the lobster industry in Maine. 

Why This Matters:  Unfortunately for Trump and Senator Susan Collins (in a tough re-election fight), his efforts to “help” are, according to The Hill, “falling flat.” 

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Federal Court Rules Federal Government Cannot Allow Fish Farms in the Gulf of Mexico

Federal Court Rules Federal Government Cannot Allow Fish Farms in the Gulf of Mexico

This week two Republican-appointee federal judges overturned a Trump Administration-endorsed plan that would have allowed “up to 64 million pounds of seafood” to be produced in fish farms in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Why This Matters: Fish farming is happening all over the world — except here in the U.S.  Chances are the shrimp, salmon or tilapia you buy in the store is farm-raised in another country – more than 50% of the world’s supply of fish now comes from aquaculture.

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US Coast Guard Backs Wind Developers’ Plan in New England

US Coast Guard Backs Wind Developers’ Plan in New England

President Trump has slowed the development of offshore wind in the Atlantic, but the U.S. Coast Guard just completed its study of how wind farms in the ocean off New England would impact ports in the region and its recommendations are “largely in line with a proposal that the five developers that hold leases for offshore wind sites off New England made late last year,” according to State House News Service in Massachusetts

Why This Matters:  Regional fishers advocated for a grid layout with navigation lanes 4 nautical-miles apart — arguing that wider spacing would be necessary “to preserve safe and efficient passage along the routes most often used by fishermen.”

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An Ocean Climate Action Plan For A New Blue Economy

An Ocean Climate Action Plan For A New Blue Economy

By David Helvarg and Jason Scorse As we enter another hurricane season in the midst of a global pandemic, there are growing calls to respond to the climate emergency at the scale we’ve responded to COVID-19. Yet many climate solutions being proposed fail to address the 71 percent of the planet that’s blue. In early […]

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Alaska Confronts COVID: State May Close Salmon Season Just as Energy Projects Lose Funding

Alaska Confronts COVID: State May Close Salmon Season Just as Energy Projects Lose Funding

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is home to the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries (and also an infamous mining project – the Pebble Mine) but salmon towns in the region lost 30% of their population to the 1918 Spanish Flu and locals fear it will happen again due to lack of medical capacity to handle the virus, unless the Governor, Republican Mike Dunleavy, shuts down fishing for this summer.

Why This Matters:  Alaska could be hit hard by a double whammy of no fishing this year and the loss of new oil and gas jobs in the future.

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Fishers Caught In Coronavirus Storm, Some Change Business Model While Others Sit It Out

Fishers Caught In Coronavirus Storm, Some Change Business Model While Others Sit It Out

With many fishermen all around the U.S. forced to stop fishing due to restaurant closures and lack of tourism caused by the coronavirus, many are changing their businesses to sell directly to supermarkets and other retailers for home consumption. 

Why This Matters:  Like family farms, in the U.S., family-owned and small fishing businesses almost all struggle to stay in business due to stiff competition from cheap imports, and that was before COVID -19 struck.

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