Alaska/Pacific Coast

Togiak sockeye are late, again
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – August 12, 2016
Fishing in much of Bristol Bay has wound down, but sockeye activity in the fishery’s smallest district continued after activity elsewhere tapered off.

Lowest sockeye run on record prompts fishery closures, outcry
The Canadian Press – August 12, 2016
VANCOUVER — Predictions of an abysmal sockeye return has forced the closure of all salmon fishing on the Lower Fraser River, prompting an outcry from recreational users who say they are leading the way to preserve that fishery.

Watershed Coalition tracks salmon stream temp trends
KSTK News by Aaron Bolton – August 12, 2016
The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition plans to record the temperature of salmon streams across Southeast Alaska over the next two years. The project aims to collect the data to measure climate change’s affect on Alaska’s most prominent fish.

State seeks commercial fishing fee increases
Although most commercial fishing license fees are proposed to increase, the cost of a salmon gillnet license would remain at $585. (ALLEN THOMAS/The Columbian
Columbian Outdoors Reporter by Al Thomas – August 11, 2016
A proposal to increase commercial fishing license fees — including a new crew member charge — has been unveiled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Low-Powered LED Lights Can Improve Snow Crab Catchability
The Fish Site by Sam Andrews – August 11, 2016
CANADA – The Atlantic Canada snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) fishery may have started out as a bycatch fishery over 60 years ago, but today it has become the second most valuable export fishery in Canada.

The Blob That Cooked the Pacific
When a deadly patch of warm water shocked the West Coast, some feared it was a preview of our future oceans.
National Geographic by Craig Welch – September Issue 2016
The first fin whale appeared in Marmot Bay, where the sea curls a crooked finger around Alaska’s Kodiak Island. A biologist spied the calf drifting on its side, as if at play. Seawater flushed in and out of its open jaws. Spray washed over its slack pink tongue. Death, even the gruesome kind, is usually too familiar to spark alarm in the wild north. But late the next morning, the start of Memorial Day weekend, passengers aboard the ferry Kennicott spotted another whale bobbing nearby. Her blubber was thick. She looked healthy. But she was dead too.

Arctic fish populations changing as ice dwindles, report says
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – August 14, 2016
Pacific cod, walleye pollock and some types of salmon have been found in more areas of U.S. Arctic waters and sleeper sharks are now established there, according to a new report released by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Westcoast Rockfish Market Update; Quotas, Catches, Expectations, Pricing…
TradexFoods – August 15, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
– West Coast processors indicate smaller catches of Pacific Rockfish as Hake continues to come in strong. As we see every year, landings of red rock species like Pacific Ocean Perch and Yellowmouth are in abundance.

Federal Register

Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/15/2016
This final action implements the import provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This rule establishes conditions for evaluating a harvesting nation’s regulatory program to address incidental and measures to address intentional mortality and serious injury of marine mammals in fisheries that export fish and fish products to the United States. Under this rule, fish and fish products from fisheries identified by the Assistant Administrator in the List of Foreign Fisheries can only be imported into the United States if the harvesting nation has applied for and received a comparability finding from NMFS. The rule establishes procedures that a harvesting nation must follow and conditions to meet, to receive a comparability finding for a fishery. The rule also establishes provisions for intermediary nations to ensure that intermediary nations do not import, and re-export to the United States, fish or fish products subject to an import prohibition. Agency actions and recommendations under this rule will be in accordance with U.S. obligations under applicable international law, including, among others, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement.


Hold the Salmon, How About Scup? For Sustainable Seafood, Variety is Key
Carnegie Council by Amrita Gupta – August 12, 2016
In February 2015, 49 health and environmental advocacy groups in the United States urged the federal government to incorporate environmental sustainability into the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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August 15, 2016