Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bristol Bay reaches fourth largest salmon harvest
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner  – July 29, 2016
Bristol Bay’s salmon run hit yet another milestone this season.
If 2 billion fish on the books and a record catch in Ugashik weren’t enough, the Bay solidified its larger-than-average stance with a catch that — so far — is the fourth largest on record, surpassing the 2015 harvest.

Herring fishermen call season a bust so far
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – July 29, 2016
After about a week of futility, herring fishermen are calling it quits, at least for now.
“There were no fish. It was a bust,” said Lisa Fox, who manages the Dutch Harbor food and bait herring fishery for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Sand Point.

Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission reviews emergency transfer regulations
Bristol Bay Time by Molly Dischner – July 29, 2016
The state Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission is considering formally allowing emergency transfers of fishing permits in one additional scenario.

Stikine sockeye run is the best return in a decade
KTOO by Ed Schoenfeld – July 29, 2016
The sockeye salmon run returning to the Stikine River near Petersburg and Wrangell was predicted to be good, but it’s turning out to be even better than expected.

Work, Fish, Hope: Money
KYUK by Adrian Wagner – July 29, 2016
Coastal Villages Region Fund has shut down all onshore fish processing operations of its Coastal Villages Seafood subsidiary. The corporation receives a Community Development Quota of offshore fisheries and is meant to use its income to infuse Alaska’s southwest coastal villages with economic growth. But the sudden shutdown of all onshore processing capacity in the area leaves a situation in which it’s not clear who is benefiting: the region, or CVRF executives and non-Alaskans.


Alaska Ocean Acidification Network seeks to inform public of ocean acidity
Alaska Public Radio Network By Zoë Sobel – July 29, 2016
Climate change may get all the attention, but it has a less-talked-about but no less troubling twin: ocean acidification. And a growing chorus of Alaskans, from shellfish growers to fishermen, are fretting about the potential impacts to the state’s waters. Now a new collaboration is aiming to bring ocean acidification into the spotlight – with the hope that better understanding it will better prepare the state to adapt.

Unalaska hosts Aleutian science conference
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin  – July 29, 2016
Unalaska is again hosting the Aleutian Life Forum science conference Aug. 16-21, at the Grand Aleutian Hotel. The theme is “Building resilience in the face of change,” or bouncing back and getting used to it. Numerous cultural and recreational activities round out a full week of fun and science.

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Alaska Pollock Inventories Dwindle as Production Capacity is Booked
TradexFoods – August 1, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
– Finished goods typically leave the facilities within a week of production during the busy season so inventories are LOW.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Modifications to Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/01/2016
NMFS issues a proposed rule that would modify the recordkeeping and reporting requirements for the groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands management areas. This proposed rule is organized into four actions. Under the first action, NMFS would implement a requirement for tender vessel operators to use the applications software “tLandings” to prepare electronic landing reports. This action is necessary to improve timeliness and reliability of landing reports for catcher vessels delivering to tender vessels for use in catch accounting and inseason management. Under the second action, NMFS would modify the definition of a buying station. This action is necessary to clarify the different requirements that apply to tender vessels and land-based buying stations.


Healthy Fats Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Fox 5 Atlanta by Beth Galvin – July 28,2016
Atlanta – For years, we’ve been taught to fear fat.   But, when it comes to your risk of diabetes, Dr. Guillermo Umpierrez says all fats are not created equal. He heads up  Grady Memorial Hospital’s diabetes clinic

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August 1, 2016