Note: PSPA will resume updates January 2, 2018.  Have a happy New Year.
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Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – December 29, 2017
On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, a Washington-state based catcher/processor is trying to fight back against a 24-year-old landing tax. It’s a tax that helps keep a lot of fishing communities in the state going. In the case of one city, it makes up roughly 15 percent of the municipality’s revenue.
http://kmxt.org/2017/12/alaska-fisheries-report-dec-28-2017/

Upbeat in advance of the 2018 salmon season
McCune: Enthusiastic, still ‘the ocean always throws us something’
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – December 28, 2017
Salmon, as one major processor observed, is always complicated.
The Prince William Sound commercial salmon forecast was still being calculated in late December, with state fisheries biologists planning to have it out by mid-January 2018.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/12/28/upbeat-advance-2018-salmon-season/

Southeast Alaska’s king salmon are disappearing, and fishermen are grappling with the consequences
Anchorage Daily News by Nathaniel Herz – December 28, 2017
There’s an unsolved fish mystery playing out right now along a rugged, 300-mile stretch of Southeast Alaska coastline: What’s killing off the thousands of king salmon that, at an increasing rate, swim out to sea and don’t return to spawn?
https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2017/12/28/southeast-alaskas-king-salmon-are-disappearing-and-fishermen-are-grappling-with-the-consequences/

National

NOAA Celebrating 10 Years of Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – December 29, 2017
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program, NOAA Fisheries has announced the availability of approximately $2.4 million for projects.

The Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program was created to support the “development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices” in order to minimize bycatch. NOAA provides funding for missions that have creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch. In the 10 years since the creation of the program, NOAA has been able to fund 102 projects, or about 13 to 18 projects a year.

For the upcoming year, NOAA is seeking specific proposals. Check out their list of high-priority areas below:

  • Developing innovative and effective technologies; gear modifications; avoidance programs and techniques; and/or improved fishing practices in commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture to reduce bycatch impacts.
  • Improving understanding and reduction of post-release and other indirect mortality, including barotrauma, predation, and unaccounted mortality in commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture. This includes target and non-target species of fish or protected species. Proposals addressing this priority may be projects that specifically test descending devices or identify high-priority release and discard mortality needs and provide baseline information for important discarded species (in particular, but not limited to red snapper, Atlantic cod, striped marlin, etc.).
  • Developing techniques to reduce interactions between fishing gears and corals, sponges, and other structure-forming invertebrates. Proposals that specifically reduce impacts to essential fish habitats, deep-sea coral sites, and endangered tropical corals.
  • Conducting comprehensive international bycatch analyses or research that will inform conservation engineering in U.S. commercial, recreational, and aquaculture fisheries.

http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1087369/NOAA-Celebrating-10-Years-of-Bycatch-Reduction-Engineering-Program

Environment/Science

Gulf of Alaska ‘blob’ refugees may fish cod in Bering Sea
The Dutch Harbor Fisherman by Jim Paulin – December 28, 2017
The warm water “blob” is the likely culprit in the crash of Gulf of Alaska cod stocks, potentially leading to an influx of small boats into state water fisheries in the Dutch Harbor and Aleutian Islands areas.
https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2017/12/27/gulf-of-alaska-blob-refugees-may-fish-cod-in-bering-sea/

As Alaska Glaciers Shrink, Salmon Populations May Also Decline
Glacier Hub by Amanda Evengaard – December 27, 2017
Alaska is experiencing some of the most rapid changes to glaciers and ice fields on Earth. Global warming is causing drier summers and wetter autumns, and changing the landscape through the melting of glaciers and the loss of wetlands and wildfires. The salmon population in the area will also likely be impacted from these environmental changes: some will benefit from the changes, while some will be negatively impacted. A new study in Fisheries Journal investigates the region’s Kenai River and the future climate change impacts on healthy salmon populations.
http://glacierhub.org/2017/12/28/alaska-glaciers-shrink-salmon-populations-may-also-decline/

CRWP will present at AMSS on citizen scientists
Data gathered is added to ADF&G’s Anadromous Waters Catalog
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – December 28, 2017
Efforts to train some 400 citizen scientists in researching salmon habitat in the Copper River watershed will be in the spotlight on Jan. 23, during the Gulf of Alaska day at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/12/28/crwp-will-present-amss-citizen-scientists/

FYI’s

Alaska Glacier Seafood delivers for the holidays
Seafood Source by Madelyn Kearns – December 25, 2017
Meal kits and home delivery packs have quickly evolved from quirky concepts created to coax busy Millennials back into the kitchen to viable, broadly-embraced ways of life and shopping. If meal kits and home deliverables are the future, then the latest consumer trends and preferences seem to loudly proclaim that “The future is now.”
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/alaska-glacier-seafood-delivers-for-the-holidays

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
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December 29, 2017