Alaska/Pacific Coast

Kasilof River sees big personal use sockeye salmon harvest
Washington Times by Rashah McChesney –  April 4, 2016
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Fishermen harvested nearly 533,000 salmon in Cook Inlet personal-use fisheries last year and the Kasilof River saw its highest sockeye salmon harvest to date.

Forage fish off West Coast get new protection from commercial fishing
Seattle Times by Hal Bernton – April 4, 2016
A federal rule published Monday prohibits West Coast commercial fishermen from targeting eight types of forage fish that help support the broader maritime food chain.


Canada set its snow catch for the 2016 season
Seafoodnews – April 4, 2016
Canada set its snow catch at 43,802 tons for the 2016 season which started this week in Southern Areas.


West Coast Governments Taking Action Over Increasing Ocean Acidification
Fish Site – April 5, 2016
US – The ocean chemistry along the West Coast of North America is changing rapidly because of global carbon dioxide emissions, and the governments of Oregon, California, Washington and British Columbia can take actions now to offset and mitigate the effects of these changes.

Labeling and Marketing

ASMI Board Approves $17 Million Budget for FY2017; Plans to Attend Brussels Show
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – April 4, 2016
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Board of Directors approved a pared-down budget of $17 million last week for FY2017, starting July 1, 2016.

The group also elected Jack Schultheis of Emmonak, AK as chairman and Allen Kimball of Trident as vice chair. Schultheis has served on the board since 2007.

The budget is the leanest in decades for the award-winning marketing arm and now certification standards owner for Alaska’s seafood industry. In the past five years, ASMI’s annual budget has ranged from $19.8 to $24 million.

The new budget will maintain consumer public relations at the current year level, retail and foodservice at 4% below current year level. Consumer advertising was eliminated, as recommended by industry committees and ASMI staff.

There were further reductions to budget programs of communications, administration, and international activities from current year expenditures. The Board approved a slight increase from the committee-approved budget of $700,000 to matching contribution on the international program. The total for that program still reflects a reduced budget from the current year.

The board included two new members appointed last month by Governor Walker: Tom Enlow of Seattle-based UniSea and Richard Riggs of Sitka-based Silver Bay.

“The board affirmed a commitment to RFM within ASMI,” said executive director Alexa Tonkovich. They tasked the Responsible Fishery Management committee to continue their look at organizational and funding models for the program with a recommendation report for the annual All Hands meeting later this year.

The board also made no changes in their attendance of the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels.

There’s been “no decision affecting Brussels,” Tonkovich said. “ASMI still plans to attend at this point.”

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Northern Rockfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/04/2016
NMFS is opening directed fishing for northern rockfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2016 total allowable catch (TAC) of northern rockfish in the BSAI.


Fishing officials work to get young people fishing permits
KTUU – April 2, 2016
KODIAK (AP) -People in the fishing industry are looking for ways to help young fishermen join the workforce.




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April 5, 2016