Seafood, Oceans and Water

Responsible stewardship of our oceans is critical for our planet’s health. We support legislation that protects marine species and the health of our waters.

PCC ends the sale of Pacific Northwest chinook salmon (September 10, 2018)

PCC stops selling Chinook salmon caught in the waters of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The lack of salmon for our region’s Southern Resident Killer Whales prompted this decision. While other threats to their survival exist, reducing potential competition over their food supply is on way we can try to help

PCC stops selling Chinook salmon caught in the waters of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The lack of salmon for our region’s Southern Resident Killer Whales prompted this decision. While other threats to their survival exist, reducing potential competition over their food supply is on way we can try to help

PCC joins Our Sound, Our Salmon Coalition (August 1, 2018)

A coalition asks the BC premier to join Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska in excluding Atlantic Salmon net pens because of the threat to wild salmon and killer whales.

A coalition asks the BC premier to join Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska in excluding Atlantic Salmon net pens because of the threat to wild salmon and killer whales.

Protect Bristol Bay salmon fishery from mining (June 10, 2017)

PCC supports EPA's determination to prohibit a mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, to protect a world-class salmon fishery from a destructive mine.

PCC supports EPA's determination to prohibit a mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, to protect a world-class salmon fishery from a destructive mine.

End net-pen aquaculture in Washington waters (April 10, 2017)

To Gov. Inslee: Please prohibit net-pen aquaculture for invasive, non-native Atlantic salmon in Washington waters and align with California, Oregon and Alaska policies.

To Gov. Inslee: Please prohibit net-pen aquaculture for invasive, non-native Atlantic salmon in Washington waters and align with California, Oregon and Alaska policies.

Net pen aquaculture is unsustainable (March 3, 2017)

The Dept. of Ecology should invest in better practices and protect ecologically sensitive Washington waters from the damage and pollution caused by net-pen fish farms.

The Dept. of Ecology should invest in better practices and protect ecologically sensitive Washington waters from the damage and pollution caused by net-pen fish farms.

Extend comment period for fish farming in Puget Sound (January 13, 2017)

PCC requests a 60-day comment period on the Dept. of Ecology's proposed framework and timeline for net pen aquaculture, due to the social and ecological impacts.

PCC requests a 60-day comment period on the Dept. of Ecology's proposed framework and timeline for net pen aquaculture, due to the social and ecological impacts.

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (October 1, 2016)

Updates to the Magnuson-Stevens Act should have stronger legislation to protect fish habitats, reduce bycatch, and address the ecological role of forage fish.

Updates to the Magnuson-Stevens Act should have stronger legislation to protect fish habitats, reduce bycatch, and address the ecological role of forage fish.

Sen. Patty Murray supports Bristol Bay salmon (March 25, 2015)

Thank you, Sen. Murray, for protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska and its world-class salmon fishery from a proposed, large-scale mine.

Thank you, Sen. Murray, for protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska and its world-class salmon fishery from a proposed, large-scale mine.

Sen. Maria Cantwell supports Bristol Bay salmon (March 25, 2015)

Thank you, Sen. Cantwell, for protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska and its world-class salmon fishery from a proposed, large-scale mine.

Thank you, Sen. Cantwell, for protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska and its world-class salmon fishery from a proposed, large-scale mine.

Don’t weaken state water standards (March 4, 2015)

The proposed water quality standards by Washington's Dept. of Ecology are unacceptable. They don't hold polluters accountable and would allow increased risk from PCBs.

The proposed water quality standards by Washington's Dept. of Ecology are unacceptable. They don't hold polluters accountable and would allow increased risk from PCBs.

EPA protects Bristol Bay salmon fishery (September 16, 2014)

PCC supports EPA's decision to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska and its world-class salmon fishery from a proposed, large-scale mine. The impact of open-pit mining is evident in British Columbia.

PCC supports EPA's decision to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska and its world-class salmon fishery from a proposed, large-scale mine. The impact of open-pit mining is evident in British Columbia.

Environmental impact of Canadian GE salmon (December 19, 2011)

AquaBounty failed to disclose infectious anemia in its GE salmon in Canada. FDA should consider the full range of environmental risks from GE salmon farming before deciding whether to approve it.

AquaBounty failed to disclose infectious anemia in its GE salmon in Canada. FDA should consider the full range of environmental risks from GE salmon farming before deciding whether to approve it.

Need to improve salmon restoration plan (August 9, 2011)

We need a stronger federal policy to restore wild salmon in the Columbia-Snake Basin. Salmon is invaluable to regional economies. Previous protections have failed.

We need a stronger federal policy to restore wild salmon in the Columbia-Snake Basin. Salmon is invaluable to regional economies. Previous protections have failed.

Standards for Canadian “organic” farmed fish (May 31, 2011)

The proposal for "organic" farmed fish allows pesticides, antibiotics, and nonorganic feed contaminated with PCBs, heavy metals and dioxins. It doesn't meet consumer expectations.

The proposal for "organic" farmed fish allows pesticides, antibiotics, and nonorganic feed contaminated with PCBs, heavy metals and dioxins. It doesn't meet consumer expectations.

FDA considers approving GE salmon (August 27, 2010)

A coalition of 31 stakeholders criticizes FDA's plan to approve GE salmon. Approving transgenic fish will exacerbate the problems facing wild fisheries.

A coalition of 31 stakeholders criticizes FDA's plan to approve GE salmon. Approving transgenic fish will exacerbate the problems facing wild fisheries.

B.C. salmon decline linked to fish farms (July 6, 2010)

Canada and the U.S. share salmon fisheries, raising concern about the heavy concentration of net pens in B.C. These fish farms play a role in the decline of wild salmon in the Fraser River.

Canada and the U.S. share salmon fisheries, raising concern about the heavy concentration of net pens in B.C. These fish farms play a role in the decline of wild salmon in the Fraser River.

A conservation plan for Puget Sound Rockfish (May 20, 2010)

Puget Sound is "the most depressed fishery in North America." PCC supports marine reserves and a conservation plan for Rockfish, an indicator species.

Puget Sound is "the most depressed fishery in North America." PCC supports marine reserves and a conservation plan for Rockfish, an indicator species.

Catch-share fishing quotas harm family fishers (October 28, 2009)

Control of U.S. fisheries is skewed to larger companies less interested in healthy fisheries than profit. Catch-share programs harm family fishers and marine life.

Control of U.S. fisheries is skewed to larger companies less interested in healthy fisheries than profit. Catch-share programs harm family fishers and marine life.

Proposed organic standards for aquaculture (November 3, 2008)

Open-water, net-pen aquaculture is not compatible with organic principles. Finfish aquaculture and net pens should not be permitted.

Open-water, net-pen aquaculture is not compatible with organic principles. Finfish aquaculture and net pens should not be permitted.

Supporting Salmon-Safe certification (August 26, 2004)

PCC supports the Stewardship Partners' Salmon-Safe Program that recognizes producers using salmon-friendly practices. We label Salmon-Safe products and promote the program.

PCC supports the Stewardship Partners' Salmon-Safe Program that recognizes producers using salmon-friendly practices. We label Salmon-Safe products and promote the program.

Assess impacts of offshore aquaculture (July 1, 2004)

Washington officials should assess open-water aquaculture under NEPA rules. Despite the ecological impacts, NOAA hasn't conducted an environmental impact statement.

Washington officials should assess open-water aquaculture under NEPA rules. Despite the ecological impacts, NOAA hasn't conducted an environmental impact statement.

Require LEIS for fish farming in ocean waters (June 9, 2004)

NOAA has ignored federal law requiring an environmental assessment of offshore fish farms. PCC urges representatives to support policies that protect our oceans.

NOAA has ignored federal law requiring an environmental assessment of offshore fish farms. PCC urges representatives to support policies that protect our oceans.

Hold Teck Cominco liable for polluting Columbia River (May 21, 2004)

PCC urges EPA to support a rejection of Teck Cominco's appeal in dumping toxic waste. The mining company is liable for polluting Columbia River with heavy metals and must be held accountable.

PCC urges EPA to support a rejection of Teck Cominco's appeal in dumping toxic waste. The mining company is liable for polluting Columbia River with heavy metals and must be held accountable.

Pew Oceans Commission study on ocean health (February 18, 2004)

We join Seattle chefs to ask Gov. Locke to advocate marine reserves, protect coastal habitat, and control pollution. Stronger laws are essential for marine health.

We join Seattle chefs to ask Gov. Locke to advocate marine reserves, protect coastal habitat, and control pollution. Stronger laws are essential for marine health.