Alaska/Pacific Coast

Western Alaska salmon advisory group resolves internal fight, agrees to support effort to create new committee
Alaska Dispatch News by Lisa Demer – April 2, 2017
BETHEL – A long-standing group that advises the state Department of Fish and Game on managing salmon – a vital wild food for Kuskokwim River residents – may slowly morph into a new entity.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2017/04/01/western-alaska-salmon-advisory-group-resolves-internal-fight-agrees-to-support-effort-to-create-new-committee/

How industry may help fund a “core program” of Bristol Bay management tools in 2017
Amidst state budget cuts, Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute, BBRSDA, and processors are looking to pool $720,000 to keep counting projects, test fisheries, surveys and ADF&G staff in place to avoid “conservative” management of world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – March 31, 2017
The Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishing season is right around the corner. The Department of Fish and Game’s management of the fishery has not been immune to state budget cuts, and that has stakeholders increasingly concerned about how to keep the tools of a well-managed fishery in place. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more about a collaborative effort aiming to fund an agreed upon “core program” in the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.
http://kdlg.org/post/how-industry-may-help-fund-core-program-bristol-bay-management-tools-2017

Pot codders hauling away as crabbing wraps up
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – March 31, 2017
Running through 60 big pots twice a day, the Dutch Harbor state waters small boat Pacific cod fishery is moving right along, even with the loss of 75,000 pounds of fish from one grounded vessel.
http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1713pot_codders_hauling_away_as_crabbing_wraps_up

Politics

Board of Fish nominees move through committee, weigh in on membership
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – March 29, 2017
The Alaska House of Representatives’ Resources Committee advanced the three Board of Fisheries nominees to a joint Senate and House hearing with little controversy during its hearing Wednesday.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2017-03-29/board-fish-nominees-move-through-committee-weigh-membership

International

Executive Order by President Trump Strengthens U.S. Trade Enforcement and Job Creation
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – March 31, 2017
President Trump signed two executive orders this morning aimed at combating foreign trade abuses that contribute to the US’s half-trillion-dollar trade deficit.

Trump’s executive orders will initiate a large-scale review of the causes of the US’s trade deficits, ordering stricter enforcement of US anti-dumping laws.

“We are very pleased that President Trump has taken major action today to strengthen U.S. trade enforcement,” said American Shrimp Processor Association (ASPA) Executive Director Dr. David Veal.

“This action makes it harder for foreign companies to evade legally required duties helps to level the playing field for U.S. companies like ASPA members against unfair foreign competitors,” he added.

Briefing reporters at the White House on Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council, reiterated that “these actions are designed to let the world know that this is another step in the president fulfilling his campaign promise to (tackle trade abuses).”

“For imported shrimp and many other imported products covered by orders, there have been problems with importers disappearing or not paying duties found owed,” explained ASPA’s Gulf Trade Counsel, Eddy Hayes.

“Under this order, Customs and Border Protection will have 90 days to devise a plan to protect the revenue where importers pose risks by requiring additional bonding or other security,” said Hayes.

“Ensuring that high risk importers cannot import dumped or subsidized imports and then escape liability for duties owed is an important step towards improving the effectiveness of U.S. trade remedies,” he commented.

As a result of the first executive order, the Commerce Department and US trade representative will compile a thorough accounting of the US’s trade deficits with its top trading partners within 90 days. The report will look to determine the extent to which the US trade deficit is a factor of cheating, unfair trading practices and currency imbalances.

Ross said the report would “form the basis” for further actions by the Trump administration to tackle trade imbalances.

The second executive order will seek to bolster US agencies’ authority to combat dumping by foreign companies and countries, which is a form of trade cheating.

“In an industry like shrimp, where small, family-owned American businesses have to compete with large volumes of unfairly traded imports, foreign duty evasion is a perennial and widespread problem,” commented Dr. Veal.  “When this order is implemented, duty collection should immediately improve. That means the competitiveness of our U.S. shrimp industry improves and our ASPA members can create more jobs.”

Navarro said $2.8 billion in import taxes imposed against violators of US anti-dumping laws have gone uncollected since 2001.

ASPA was formed in 1964 to represent and promote the interests of the domestic, U.S. wild-caught, warm water shrimp processing industry along the Gulf Coast with members from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1056435/Executive-Order-by-President-Trump-Strengthens-US-Trade-Enforcement-and-Job-Creation

Environment/Science

Who Runs The Lab? In Unalaska, It’s This Woman
KUCB by Zoe Sobel – March 31, 2017
The fishing industry in Unalaska is dominated by men. But behind the scenes, at the local branch of a public health and safety company, there’s a woman running the show.
http://kucb.org/post/who-runs-lab-unalaska-it-s-woman

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Chum and Pink Salmon Update – Pricing, Forecast, Catch, Expectations
TradexFoods – April 3, 2017
Alaskan Pink Salmon is expected to be in abundance this odd-numbered year, with steady pricing expected for the foreseeable future.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utezPKbE_BA

FYI’s

The Bering Sea, Where Humans and Nature Collide
Fishers and crabbers in such a harsh environment occasionally create opportunities for beauty.
National Geographic by Daniel Stone – March 31, 2017
The Bering sea, near the chain of the Aleutian Islands, is one of the most intense patches of ocean on Earth. Strong winds, freezing temperatures, and icy water are normal conditions. The combination makes for some of the most ferocious waves on the planet, where the water can rise and fall 30 feet on a normal day.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/03/corey-arnold-alaska-fishing/

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