Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – August 5, 2016
Coming up this week, Where the heck are all the humpies? And why are the ones being caught so freakin’ huge? Could it be climate change? We have a story on ocean acidification, too. All that, and why can’t fishermen sell their catch in Quinhagak? We had help from Alaska Energy Desk’s Zoe Sobel in Unalaska, and KYUK’s Adrian Wagner in Bethel.
http://kmxt.org/2016/08/alaska-fisheries-report-4-august-2016/

Campbell River BC – Center of Farmed Salmon Industry – Strongly Supports Funding for Wild Salmon
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 9, 2016
The BC City of Campbell River said today that they fully support the David Suzuki Foundations call for more funding and for open and transparent scientific research on Canadian salmon fisheries.

Science is the key to the future for aquaculture and the natural environment, and the sustainability of wild fisheries.

The Mayor of the City of Campbell River emphasizes that while the community relies on these farmed salmon and forestry, people also recognize the vital importance of wild fish stocks and the marine ecosystem, both of which are considered of primary value.

“Campbell River has a proud legacy as the Salmon Capital of the World. Our oldest organization, is the Tyee Club, and we have a very healthy recreational fishery – one of the best and most accessible on the coast,” says Mayor Andy Adams. “We also have a network of individuals and companies dedicated to salmon enhancement and habitat protection to ensure wild salmon thrive in our area.”

The key to finding the best way to support industry and the natural environment relies on ongoing scientific research, the Mayor confirms.

“In Campbell River, we want to be part of the solution that determines how to best keep the natural environment thriving and support aquaculture. That is why, for our own community, and for our neighbours and partners in the northern Vancouver Island region, we support the David Suzuki Foundation’s call for more funding for open and transparent scientific research,” he says. “Some of the best scientists and researchers in the world work at the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences in Campbell River, and their efforts provide sound scientific research on our unique coastal environment to help ensure the viability of local natural resources and the industries that rely on these resources, for generations to come.”

“Some of the people most passionate about and dedicated to wild salmon causes are involved in the aquaculture business themselves because they understand that, with more than 50 per cent of the world’s seafood coming from aquaculture, this helps take the pressure off our wild stocks,” says Rose Klukas, the City’s economic development officer.

“Aquaculture, including farm-raised salmon, is B.C.’s number one agricultural export and the province’s second most valuable agri-food – and demand continues to grow for this valuable product,” she says.

“The head offices of Canada’s top salmon aquaculture companies are based in Campbell River and their collective business is now worth more than $1 billion to the B.C. economy. The direct and indirect jobs the industry creates have become some of the highest paying, most stable jobs in the area,” Klukas adds.

“There is no other industry operating in our area with future potential like aquaculture,” adds the Mayor.

Along with the economic engine provided by aquaculture in the region, Adams applauds the community support shown by the industry.

“Over the last 15 to 20 years, salmon farmers have become part of the fabric of the Campbell River community,” he says. “Visit one of our many playing fields or ice arenas and you’ll see the names Cermaq, Marine Harvest and Grieg Seafood on rink boards, scoreboards and jersey fronts. Our youth have been given opportunities to participate in recreational activities that wouldn’t be what they are without the support of these companies.”

“The community needs great people, a diversified economy, a sense of working together and philanthropy. The people involved in salmon farming help bring these qualities to Campbell River and contribute immensely to our pride in being the Salmon Capital of the World,” the Mayor concludes.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1028813/Campbell-River-BC-Center-of-Farmed-Salmon-Industry-Strongly-Supports-Funding-for-Wild-Salmon

Politics

U.S. appeals court upholds Pacific whiting fishing quotas
SFGate by Bob Egelko –  August 3, 2016
A federal appeals court upheld the government’s annual fishing quotas Thursday for the Pacific whiting, which dwells near the ocean floor off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington.
http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/U-S-appeals-court-upholds-Pacific-whiting-9110096.php

International

Fish exports from Russia down 10.5% in H1, 2016 to 838,000 tonnes
Port News – August 9, 2016
Fish product exports from the Russian Federation between January and June 2016 decreased by 10.5% from the same period a year before to 838,000 tonnes, Rosstat’s provisional data showed. The Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) reports that fish production in Russia in the first half of the year increased by 1.4% to 1.952 million tonnes.
http://en.portnews.ru/news/224173/

Environment/Science

Polymer Coatings Could Aid Food Safety in Processing Plants
The Fish Site – August 8, 2016
US – One of the keys to preventing food-borne illness and food waste is making sure that the surfaces at production facilities remain free of contamination between scheduled cleanings.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/28017/polymer-coatings-could-aid-food-safety-in-processing-plants/

FYI’s

Sitka chef competes for national seafood crown
KCAW by Emily Kwong – August 5, 2016
A Sitka chef has been chosen to compete in the 2016 Great American Seafood Cook-Off. On Saturday, Collette Nelson will battle chefs from across the country in front of a live TV audience in New Orleans. She is the owner and executive chef of the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Ludvig’s Bistro in Sitka.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/08/05/sitka-chef-competes-for-national-seafood-crown/

Opinion

My Turn: Longstanding fisheries act doesn’t need changing
Juneau Empire by William Hogarth and Steve Murawski – August 3, 2016
Those who catch ocean fish, dine on the country’s marine bounty or simply appreciate the remarkable improvement in the state of America’s fisheries can thank the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. From its passage in 1976, the nation’s premier fisheries law has been remarkably free of the party politics so often exhibited these days. And that’s exactly why we need to be careful about some current initiatives to change it.
http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2016-08-03/my-turn-longstanding-fisheries-act-doesnt-need-changing

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August 9, 2016