Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – December 15, 2016
Coming up this week – President Obama puts a big chunk of the Bering Sea under permanent protection before he leaves office, Craig is on its way to a new harbor, and would you describe a Pribilof Blue king crab as more like a unicorn, or ‘Where’s Waldo?’ We’ll find out, on this edition of the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from APRN’s Liz Ruskin in Washington DC, Coast Alaska’s Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau, Alaska Energy Desk’s Zoe Sobel in St. Paul, and KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman in Juneau.
http://kmxt.org/2016/12/alaska-fisheries-report-dec-15-2016/

Seafood plant scrapped for former Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way
Seattle Times by Mike Rosenberg – December 14, 2016
A fish-processing plant planned for the former Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way has been scrapped, a victory for neighbors who had fought what they saw as a smelly and noisy intrusion into the idyllic site.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seafood-plant-scrapped-for-former-weyerhaeuser-campus-in-federal-way/

Another low King run forecast for Stikine River
KFSK by Angela Denning – December 15, 2016
Another low forecast for Stikine River Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska won’t allow for commercial fishing in early May. And there could be additional restrictions. KFSK’s Angela Denning has more:
http://www.kfsk.org/2016/12/15/another-low-king-run-forecast-for-stikine-river/

Council allows sport guides to buy commercial halibut quota
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – December 15, 2016
Culture shifts, as does policy.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, master of the nation’s most valuable fishing region, decided on Dec. 10 to implement a new plan that in some ways reflects changing attitudes and economies in the North Pacific and in Alaska.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-12-15/council-allows-sport-guides-buy-commercial-halibut-quota#.WFQI4JJOFA4

Gillnetters oppose WDFW initiative to raise commercial fishing license fees for residents, lower for non-residents
Is the WDFW proposal anti-small business?
Ballard News-Tribune by Shane Harms – December 13, 2016
Salmon is the epicenter of the livelihoods of thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest, and therefore contention can come up surrounding the regulation of the fish. Indeed, and come this January a proposal to change how much it will cost to fish will come to a head.
http://www.ballardnewstribune.com/2016/12/13/news/gillnetters-oppose-wdfw-initiative-raise

Environment/Science

Fishermen Team Up With Scientists To Make A More Selective Net
KUCB by Fred Bever – December 13, 2016
Some New England fishermen are pinning their hopes on a new kind of trawl net being used in the Gulf of Maine, one that scoops up abundant flatfish such as flounder and sole while avoiding species such as cod, which are in severe decline.
http://kucb.org/post/fishermen-team-scientists-make-more-selective-net

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Update
ASMI – December 15, 2016
New and Improved Salmon Buyer’s Guide,
Students Learn About Alaska Seafood at Akemi, Japan Elementary School, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo Provides Perfect Place for FEED YOUR FITNESS® and SWAP Meat®  Initiatives, Chefs Explore New Alaska Seafood Menu Trends at Third Annual Culinary Combine …
http://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=bcd6d5bec392f12ce703f7e00&id=70c9516904

FYI’s

Steller sea lions in western Aleutians still dwindling
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – December 15, 2016
Steller sea lions, iconic Alaska marine mammals known for their loud roars and endangered status, continued their decadeslong downward spiral in Alaska’s westernmost islands even as their relatives to the east are staging a comeback, said a federal report issued Tuesday.
http://www.homertribune.com/article/1650steller_sea_lions_in_western_aleutians_still


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December 16, 2016