Alaska/Pacific Coast

Washington state halts salmon farm permits after fish escape
San Francisco Chronicle – August 26, 2017
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the Department of Ecology to put on hold any new permits for net pens after thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped into Puget Sound earlier this month from a damaged salmon farm.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Washington-state-halts-salmon-farm-permits-after-11985916.php

Larger commercial coho harvest sparks concern in Mat-Su
Upper Cook Inlet’s drift gillnet and east side set gillnet commercial fishermen saw a larger harvest of coho than in recent years this season.
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – August 22, 2017
Not all commercial fishing is done for the season in the management area — setnetters in the northern district, on Kalgin Island and some drift gillnetters on the west side of Cook Inlet are still operating — but the vast majority of commercial fishing ended Aug. 15. So far, commercial fishermen have harvested about 2.5 millon salmon altogether, 1.8 million of those being sockeye salmon, far and away the most common species in the commercial fishery.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2017-08-22/larger-commercial-coho-harvest-sparks-concern-mat-su

Environment/Science

Fish database could identify fraud and substitution
Fis.com – August 29, 2017
A team of scientists ensures that they are making strides toward the development of a protein database capable of definitively identifying fish species.
https://thefishsite.com/articles/washington-salmon-farm-moratorium-established

FYI’s

NOAA Hosting Public Meeting, Webinar to Discuss Seafood Import Monitoring Program
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 29, 2017
NOAA Fisheries is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 29, to address the final rule establishing a Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP)

SIMP was created in 2016 as a way to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, as well as seafood fraud. The program, which has a mandatory compliance date of January 1, 2018, breaks down the reporting and recordkeeping that importers must maintain — from “the point of harvest to the point of entry into the U.S. commerce.”

A webinar discussing SIMP, which is the first-phase of a risk-based traceability program, will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The event is two hours long, and industry members interested in watching must register here ahead of time. Those unable to watch the webinar can also attend a implementation roundtable being hosting at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday, September 7. Registration information for the event can be found here.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1073846/NOAA-Hosting-Public-Meeting-Webinar-to-Discuss-Seafood-Import-Monitoring-Program

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August 29, 2017