Alaska/Pacific Coast

Chuitna River listed among most endangered rivers
Mine proponents cite huge economic benefits for state citizens coalition say its a choice between wild salmon and shipping coal to China
Cordova Time by Margaret Bauman – April 7, 2015
American Rivers has named Alaska’s Chuitna River, which flows from the base of the Alaska Range to its mouth at Cook Inlet, as one of the nation’s most endangered rivers, saying a proposed coal strip mine poses a danger to wild salmon. http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1515chuitna-river-listed-among-most-endangered

Strong King Salmon Forces Early Closure for Trollers
The Fish Site – April 8, 2015
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US – Strong king salmon harvest has forced an early closure for trollers in south east Alaska, reports Rob Reierson in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/25427/strong-king-salmon-forces-early-closure-for-trollers/

International

North sea cod stocks bounce back, analysis shows
The fish that was once one of the most disastrous examples of overfishing could be certified as sustainable within five years, according to new research
Guardian by Lewis Smith – April 8, 2015
North Sea cod stocks are improving rapidly and could be certified as sustainable within five years, according to fresh analysis.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/08/north-sea-cod-stocks-bounce-back-analysis-shows

Environment/Science

NOAA Fisheries Statement: Unmanned Aerial Systems and Protected Species
April 7, 2015 — The following was released by NOAA:
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) provide exciting new ways to obtain unique views of wildlife and natural landscapes and we encourage their use for bona fide scientific research, emergency response, or law enforcement. However, since UASs are so readily available for purchase and use by the public, these great opportunities also come with stewardship responsibilities to protect and preserve the wildlife and natural environment.
http://www.savingseafood.org/science/noaa-fisheries-statement-unmanned-aerial-systems-and-protected-sp-2.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

Atlantic Salmon Federation Concerned Government Didn’t Notify Public Of Virus
The Canadian Press by Michael Tutton – April 3, 2015
A conservation group is criticizing federal and provincial agencies for not publicizing a preliminary test showing the presence of a potentially deadly salmon virus at a New Brunswick aquaculture operation.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/04/03/conservation-group-concerned-with-lack-of-public-notification-of-salmon-virus_n_7001352.html

Labeling and Marketing

Diversified Says Boston Seafood Show Broke Exhibit Records this Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] – April 8, 2015
The 35th edition of the exposition -now called Seafood Expo North America- had a record breaking year in terms of exhibit space and square footage.  Over 20,680 seafood professionals participated in the three-day event, held March 15-17 in Boston, MA., which is down from the highest level of visitors recorded by the show in prior years.

However, this year’s exposition is by far the largest  in terms of exhibit space and company participation said Diversified, reflecting the importance of doing business in the North American market.

Diversified Communications, producers of Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America, announced they sold 220,130 square feet of exhibit space to 1,204 exhibiting companies from 51 countries— surpassing last year’s record by 22,700 square feet. New and expanded country participation included Brazil, Canada, Senegal, Morocco, China, Ecuador and Spain.

“This is the first time that a Brazilian Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture came to an international expo,” says Boston’s first time exhibitor, Emerson Raiol, Head of Service – International, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Mr. Helder Barbalho was very pleased to see the significant representation of Brazil at the exposition and is considering expanding the Brazilian presence next year.”

“This year’s exposition is by far the largest edition in the event’s history in terms of exhibit space and company participation, reflecting the importance of doing business in the North American market,” says Liz Plizga, Seafood Group Vice President at Diversified Communications.

“Being at the show gave us excellent exposure to the right people and high quality leads. We’re expecting to receive many calls after the expo as a result,” states Christa Svensson, Export Sales, Marketing and Sustainability, Bornstein Seafoods.

A press release issued on April 2, 2015 by Trade Shows News Network (TSNN) announced that Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America made the 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show List. The list represents the top 250 trade shows held in 2014 in the United States ranked by net square footage.

The 36th edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America will take place March 6-8, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/970967/Diversified-Says-Boston-Seafood-Show-Broke-Exhibit-Records-this-Year

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet (18.3 meters) Length Overall Using Jig or Hook-and-Line Gear in the Bogoslof Pacific Cod Exemption Area in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/08/2015
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using jig or hook-and-line gear in the Bogoslof Pacific cod exemption area of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the limit of Pacific cod for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using jig or hook-and-line gear in the Bogoslof Pacific cod exemption area in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/04/08/2015-08051/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-less-than-60-feet?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #1 and #2
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/08/2015
NMFS announces two inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial salmon fisheries in the area from the Cape Falcon, OR, to Point Arena, CA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/04/08/2015-08054/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-modifications-of-the-west-coast-commercial-salmon-fisheries-inseason?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/08/2015
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that an exempted fishing permit application contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. This exempted fishing permit would allow up to three commercial fishing vessels to conduct exploratory fishing in year-round groundfish closed areas (Closed Areas I and II) for the purposes of obtaining fisheries dependent catch information. This research is being conducted by Atlantic Trawlers Fishing, Inc.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/04/08/2015-08056/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-general-provisions-for-domestic-fisheries-application-for-exempted?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Opinion

Johnstone fires first salvo in Fisheries Board confirmation battle
Alaska Dispatch News – Chip Treinen – April 5, 2015
The Alaska Board of Fisheries system — to paraphrase Winston Churchill — is the worst way to regulate fisheries, except for all the others. Decisions made by the board can have far-reaching consequences for the state as well as for direct users, be they commercial, recreational, personal use, subsistence, urban or rural. As a commercial fisherman for nearly 40 years, my main interest in BOF issues is related to my livelihood, but I have also fit in any of the other categories at one time or another. I have spent countless hours at BOF meetings and know first-hand that the opportunity to present issues in the BOF forum and perception of fairness in the way decisions are made is a crucial component of Alaska’s enviable position as the world leader in sustainably managed fisheries. Since BOF members are tasked with resolving extremely contentious conflicts, they can easily end up being vilified by nearly everyone. Rarely, if ever, has service on the BOF led to higher office. It is a thankless but important job that requires a lot of hard work, time and critical thinking.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150405/johnstone-fires-first-salvo-fisheries-board-confirmation-battle

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April 8, 2015