Alaska/Pacific Coast

Seafood News Weekly Recap August 12, 2016
Seafood News –  August 12, 2016
Lots of new seafood data in the news. FDA Refusals were up again in July; Alaska’s odd pink salmon year; Imported Stats and California’s Dungeness crab plan.

Plans for flash-freezing fish facility on Spit move forward
Company plans to bring fish processing facilities to Alaska villages, train workers in Homer
Homer Tribune by Carey Restino – August 2016
A nonprofit company planning to use flash-freezing technology to create seafood products not only in Homer but in villages across Alaska has applied for a 20-year lease for two lots on the Homer Spit at the corner of Fish Dock Road.

In brief: CFEC extends timeline for considering rule changes
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – August 12, 2016
The state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission is extending the comment period on its proposed rule changes.

Preserving the history of Alaska’s canned seafood
KFSK by Angela Denning – August 15, 2016
There used to be hundreds of seafood canneries all along Alaska’s coastline. Two people are involved in documenting and preserving some of that rich history in order to share it with others. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports from Petersburg:



China to trim fishing fleet as fish stocks shrink
Strait Times – August 16, 2016
HONG KONG • China reckons it is time to shrink the country’s fishing fleet, currently the world’s largest, to protect fish stocks which are being seriously depleted.

Federal Register

List of Fisheries for 2017
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/15/2016
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2017 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan (TRP) requirements.

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; National Standard 2-Scientific Information; Regional Peer Review Processes
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/16/2016
NMFS is providing notice of the regional peer review processes established pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). This notice provides a summary of each regional peer review process which has been jointly established by the Secretary and the relevant regional fishery management council (Council) for review of scientific information used to advise the Council about the conservation and management of fisheries. It also directs the public to a Web page where detailed guidelines can be found for each peer review process. NMFS and the Councils may update those guidelines as necessary.


Fast internet bypasses Unalaska
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – August 12, 2016
The future was floating, on a ship in Dutch Harbor last week, on its way to do good things in another part of Alaska, though the city manager hopes strongly for a subsea cable bringing high speed Internet to the Aleutians.

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