Alaska/Pacific Coast

Kenai River bank at popular fishing spot to get restored
Associated Press – April 23, 2017
KENAI, Alaska (AP) – A heavily trafficked stretch of the Kenai River’s southern bank is getting repaired in time for the sockeye salmon season thanks to a $37,500 grant from the federal government.
http://www.ktva.com/kenai-river-bank-popular-fishing-spot-get-restored-507/

Politics

Governor’s bill would cut CFEC commissioners’ pay
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – April 19, 2017
Gov. Bill Walker has introduced a bill to trim the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.
The CFEC, the state agency that manages commercial fishing limited entry permits, is a relatively small agency with an approximately $3.6 million operating budget in the final fiscal year 2017 budget. Walker introduced a set of bills in the House and the Senate on Saturday to cut $78,733 out of the agency’s annual operating budget by reducing pay for the eight positions on the commission from range 27 to range 24, according to the fiscal note attached to the bill, and moving employees from the exempt service to the classified service.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2017-04-19/governor-s-bill-would-cut-cfec-commissioners-pay

Environment/Science

Researchers: Algal Toxins Could Have Killed Whales in 2015
Researchers say 44 whales that died two years ago in the Gulf of Alaska could have been killed by algal toxins but are not ruling out other possibilities.
US News by Associated Press – April 21, 2017
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers say 44 whales that died two years ago in the Gulf of Alaska could have been killed by algal toxins but are not ruling out other possibilities.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2017-04-21/cause-of-2015-whale-die-off-in-gulf-of-alaska-still-unknown

Labeling and Marketing

Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Quota Beats Expectations; European Whole Salmon Floods US Market
Seafood News – April 21, 2017
In our latest edition of the Seafood News Weekly Round Up show, the highly anticipated quota for the Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery is released and is better than expected. Meanwhile, whole salmon imports from Europe are cutting into Canada’s once dominant share of the US market. Meanwhile, Vietnam said it is stepping up inspections at shrimp producing facilities and Fortune International enters the e-commerce world to sell its seafood. Brought you by Urner Barry’s Seafood Import Workshop Series.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=126&v=pECOv6iWAUk

Alaska seafood climbs to most popular protein on menus
ASMI’s annual report gives credit to foodservice promotions
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – April 21, 2017
Extraordinary market challenges notwithstanding, Alaska seafood now ranks as the most popular protein on menus of the top 500 domestic restaurant chains, says the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/04/21/alaska-seafood-climbs-to-most-popular-protein-on-menus/

3MMI – Strong Alaskan Halibut Landings; Russian Halibut Pricing Strengthening
TradexFoods – April 24, 2017
As we continue to wait for Russia’s Halibut fishery to get underway, Alaska has had two consecutive weeks of strong Halibut landings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=rLJTBJrYibk

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April 24, 2017