IFR’s Northwest Regional Director Defends the ESA

IFR’s Northwest Regional Director Defends the ESA By Glen H. Spain In this day and age, it’s easy to fool oneself into thinking we humans somehow create wealth in factories or from computers. But in the end, we are all economically dependent on the same Earth, breathing the same air and drinking the same water. The natural world is the ultimate source of all human wealth — and our own […]

Fishermen Succeed in First Round of Battles to Force State and Federal Officials to Comply with the Clean Water Act on the San Joaquin River and SF Bay Delta Estuary

Fishermen score a victory in protecting California’s water September 3, 2012-  The Institute for Fisheries Resources’s sister organization, The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), along side member group San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association and conservation groups won the first round in their attempt to get state and federal officials to follow water quality laws and comply with the Clean Water Act. For years West side Irrigators have […]

U.S. Congress Members Write Letter to NOAA on Catch Share Policy

U.S. Congress Members Write Letter to NOAA on Catch Shares Policy Eight members of the U.S. Congress wrote a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) on 3 November, 2011. The letter asks that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is an agency under NOAA, provide better guidance on catch share policy to the country’s Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMCs). The letter emphasizes the need for fishing […]

IFR President Writes President Obama

IFR Writes President Obama The Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) was recently asked to provide a fisheries perspective on the Obama Administration’s jobs bill, together with the various proposals aimed at reducing the nation’s deficit. IFR’s President, Pietro Parravano, rose to the occasion and crafted his thoughts on how America’s oldest industry should be addressed within the American Jobs Act. President Obama is encouraged to visit the nations’ fishing ports, […]

San Francisco Community Fishing Association Opens!

San Francisco Community Fishing Association Opens! It took a long time (2005 – 2011) but the fleet of small, family-owned commercial fishing vessels that call San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf home, now have their own business. A business that will allow the fishermen to decide how much they can get for their catch and where they will sell it. This video documents the first phase in a new way the San […]

Stop the Certification of Farmed Salmon as “Sustainable” and “Responsible”

Stop the Certification of Farmed Salmon as “Sustainable” and “Responsible” The Institute for Fisheries Resources has joined the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) and a slew of other organizations in taking a stand against the certification of farmed salmon as “responsible” and “sustainable” by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council has proposed a farmed salmon certification system called the “Standards for Responsible Salmon Aquaculture” which shamefully allows: […]

Urge Congress To Take A Stand Against GE Fish!

Urge Congress To Take A Stand Against GE Fish! Support the Bipartisan Legislation to Ban GE Fish, Require Labeling: Despite nearly 400,000 comments in opposition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to announce its approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon any day now. To make matters worse, FDA argues that these GE salmon don’t even need to be labeled! Go to the Center for Food Safety website to […]

The IFR and Other Groups Sue for More Water Over Dams for Salmon

The IFR and Other Groups Sue for More Water Over Dams for Salmon In efforts to protect salmon and steelhead, the IFR and other conservation and fisherman’s groups sued the Washington state Department of Ecology on Thursday June 3, 2010 to allow more water to spill over dams along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The lawsuit’s goal is to lift some of Washington’s Department of Ecology standards on the amount […]

Farmed Salmon Exposed – The global reach of the Norwegian salmon farming industry

Farmed Salmon Exposed – The Global Reach of the Norwegian Salmon Farming Industry The IFR is pleased to be a part of the 25+ groups from Norway, Canada, Chile, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, UK, and the US to participate in this Tuesday 16 February global launch of “Farmed Salmon Exposed – The global reach of the Norwegian salmon farming industry.” Follow the link below to watch this highly anticipated 4 part […]

IFR Exectutive Director Calls Attention to Vanishing Salmon Habitat on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Click to read Zeke Grader’s San Francisco Chronicle editorial