National

Trump tariffs sting farmers, businesses from sea to shining sea
Politico by Doug Palmer – August 1, 2018
As President Donald Trump prepares to continue ratcheting up tariffs, the duties he has already imposed on $34 billion worth of goods from China and around $50 billion worth of steel and aluminum exports from around the world are causing pain across the United States.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/01/trumps-tariffs-sting-farmers-businesses-from-sea-to-shining-sea-717555

Bend rather than break
National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway – August 2, 2018
The range of responses to the passage of the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization in the House of Representatives on July 11 shows the diversity and breadth of this industry.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/viewpoints/national-international/bend-rather-than-break/

 

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fraser River sockeye salmon fishing bonanza to start next week
Vancouver Sun by Susan Lazaruk – August 3, 2018
The Fraser River will open next week for its first sockeye salmon run of the season, in a year that is expected to bring in millions of fish for the first time in four years. For local fishermen, it’s better than Christmas.
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fraser-river-sockeye-salmon-fishing-bonanza-to-start-next-week

Politics
Columbia River Sea Lion Predation on Salmon Runs Attracts Senate Attention
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers – August 2, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the successful U.S. House passage in June of bill allowing for Columbia River sea lion removal to protect Endangered Species Act-listed runs, Pacific Northwest senators are now pushing forward on the issue — with similar but competing bills.The bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., HR 2083, was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation after it passed the house.

Subsequently, a companion bill in the Senate, S. 3119, the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, sponsored by Sens. James Risch, R-Idaho, and Maria Cantwell D-Wash., was approved by the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Wednesday morning, Aug. 1, with Cantwell providing an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

But the day before, on Tuesday, July 31, Oregon Democrat Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, introduced the Predation Reduction of Salmon (PRO Salmon) Act, which also addresses the urgent issue of sea lion predation of endangered salmon on the Columbia River and at Willamette Falls, the senators said in a press release. It also would promote tribal management of natural resources and ensure the humane removal of animals, according to the release. The proposed legislation would allow Oregon, Idaho, and Washington to enter into agreements with tribes who have legal or historic interests in the protection of salmon to manage sea lion predation.

The differences and nuances of both bills will likely be sorted out in the coming weeks.

“Wild salmon are central to the culture, economy, and tribal treaty rights of the Pacific Northwest and protecting these fish is crucial to the health of Southern resident orcas,” Cantwell said in a statement about her bill. “This science-based, bipartisan bill enhances existing tools that state and tribal wildlife managers need to address salmon predation, protect the health of sea lion stocks, and ensure that we are managing wildlife based on the best science available. Pacific salmon should be protected for generations to come.”

It’s well documented that sea lions have a devastating impact on endangered salmon and steelhead recovery, eating up to 25 percent of some salmon runs. An Oregon State University found that increasing predation from sea lions has decreased the fishery harvest of adult Chinook salmon in the Pacific Northwest. According to the study, if sea lions continue their current salmon consumption habits, there is an 89 percent chance that a population of wild steelhead could go extinct.

Current efforts to manage sea lion predation, including hazing and non-lethal deterrence, have not been effective. When ODFW captured two sea lions at Willamette Falls and transported them 230 miles away to Newport, the sea lions returned to the falls in less than a week.

The Oregon senators also understand the pressing need for federal action.

“Salmon are critical to Oregon’s culture and heritage, and it’s clear that sea lions are creating a serious threat to endangered salmon that needs to be solved,” Merkley said in a press release supporting the Oregon senators’ bill. “It’s possible to address this problem in a targeted way that enables equitable tribal management and does not impact sea lion populations, and that is what we should strive for.”

“Sea lions are taking a bite out of Oregon’s salmon and steelhead stocks, and it’s clear a response is needed to reverse the rapidly reducing supply of these endangered fish in Oregon’s rivers and waterways,” Wyden stated in the press release.

Removing sea lions, particularly from the Columbia River, would help commercial fishermen who rely on Chinook salmon for their livelihoods. Removal would also will support the recreational fishing industry and fishing communities.

The PRO Salmon Act would target critical endangered salmon habitat and give wildlife managers more flexibility to remove the sea lions from areas where salmon are most at risk, including Bonneville Dam, Willamette Falls and other emerging areas. The PRO Salmon Act would also ensure humane treatment of sea lions — stronger than current federal law, according to the Oregon senators.

At the same time, the Cantwell/Risch bill that already passed the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has the support of several Pacific Northwest tribes, sportfishing associations and the governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

“The Senate companion to the recently passed House bill, S. 3119, sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. James Risch, would augment existing authorities and allow for quicker and more efficient intervention while still limiting lethal removal, changes that are vital to the long-term survival of salmonid species in our states,” the three governors wrote in their June 2018 letter. “We believe the final version should allow wildlife managers to address sea lion populations within their appropriate jurisdictions.

“No one wants to harm these great marine mammals, but effectively dealing with a small fraction of the healthy sea lion population is preferable to losing unique and irreplaceable species of salmon.”
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1111840/Columbia-River-Sea-Lion-Predation-on-Salmon-Runs-Attracts-Senate-Attention

 

Environment/Science

Small bones, big impact on fish harvesting regulations
KTUU by Victoria Taylor – August 3, 2018
HOMER, Alaska (KTUU) — Summer is the season in which many Alaskans look to fill the freezer while scientists spend their days in the field collecting data from some of the daily catches.
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Small-bones-big-impact-on-harvesting-regulations-490020311.html

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Financial Constraints Facing Chinese Processors
TradexFoods –  August  6, 2018
This week’s 3-Minute Market Insight is brought to you by GQ Freight. GQ Freight, Excellence Delivered. On Time, Every Time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEghKsXXyCU

Something’s ‘Fishy’ On The Blockchain, But Can This Tech Reduce Seafood Fraud?
Forbes by Roger Aitken – August  3, 2018
Whitebait or halibut? Now, are you sure that the expensive “Wild-caught” Atlantic salmon you had for dinner last night was in fact the gourmet fish you thought it was? Or, was it just a cheaper farm-grown salmon – or perhaps not even salmon at all? This is not the shipping news, but you’ll get the picture pretty soon.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogeraitken/2018/08/03/somethings-fishy-on-the-blockchain-but-can-this-tech-reduce-seafood-fraud/#78b5e4582fdf

 

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