Alaska/Pacific Coast

Harvest of Salmon in Alaska Tops 201 Million Fish
Fishermen’s News – August 30, 2017
Commercial harvesters in Alaska have now exceeded the 201 million fish mark in their catch so far this year. The latest preliminary harvest data released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADG&F) includes delivery to processors of 123.9 million pink, 51.8 million sockeye, 21.8 million chum, 3.5 million coho and 243,000 king salmon.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/08/harvest-of-salmon-in-alaska-tops-201.html

Stakeholders voice preferred changes to federal fisheries act
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – August 30, 2017
SOLDOTNA — Sportfishing groups and advocates want to see the federal government separate the management of sport and commercial fishing in the upcoming renewal of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-08-30/stakeholders-voice-preferred-changes-federal-fisheries-act#.WaghiIqQw_U

Cleanup of collapsed fish pens removes 120,000 farmed salmon
KOMO News by Kara Kostanich – August 29, 2017
ANACORTES, Wash. – Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon have been pulled from Puget Sound as the clean-up of a collapsed fish farm continues in the waters off the San Juan Islands.
http://komonews.com/news/local/cleanup-of-collapsed-fish-pens-removes-120000-farmed-salmon

National

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on regional seafood sector still being determined
Seafood Source by Christine Blank – August 30, 2017
Hurricane Harvey has caused significant damage in Southeast Texas, but experts in the shrimp industry don’t believe there will be a long-term impact on the United States’ Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/hurricane-harveys-impact-on-regional-seafood-sector-still-being-determined?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter

Environment/Science

9th Circuit Court affirms ruling – NFMS wins Stellar sea lion case brought by Oceana
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit – August 29, 2017
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1872599.html

New Marine Environment Protections Announced for Canadian Arctic
Fishermen’s News – August 30, 2017
The Canadian government has announced an investment of more than $175 million to help protect Arctic waters as part of an Oceans Protection Plan launched late last year by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said this week that the funds would be spread over seven areas, including $94.3 million for more efficient Arctic resupply operations through safety equipment and basic marine infrastructure in a Northern Communities initiative.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/08/new-marine-environment-protections.html

FYI’s

The man for the job: Chris Oliver takes the lead at NMFS
National Fisherman by Samuel Hill – August 29, 2017
When former NMFS director Eileen Sobeck stepped down from her position in January, as the Trump administration moved into the White House and federal agency staffs flipped across the board, she described the changing of the guard at NOAA as a complicated process, but one that the agency would complete with confidence.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/national-international/man-job-chris-oliver-lead-nmfs/?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter

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August 31, 2017