Alaska/Pacific Coast

Washington’s senators call for salmon, crab fishing seasons to be declared “disasters”
Seafood Source by Christine Blank – December 5, 2016
Several commercial fisheries on the U.S. West Coast should be declared disasters, a move that would make federal funds available to those affected by poor fishing seasons, United States senators representing Washington state said.

Fish tax coming back to Nushagak?
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – December 7, 2016
Dillingham, Manokotak petitions to annex Nushagak district cleared big hurdle with Local Boundary Commission support last week. A tax on the harvest could be back in place by 2017 season.

Bristol Bay students cautiously positive about commercial fishing, survey finds
KDLG by Avery Lill – December 7, 2016
The age of state fishing permit holders rose to 50 in 2014. Last spring, researchers surveyed students in Bristol Bay and Kodiak in an effort to better understand the barriers to Alaska fisheries for young fishermen. This week, they are in the area to present their findings.

Labeling and Marketing

Marine Debris Removal Continues in Kodiak Archipelago
Fishermen’s News – December 7, 2016
More than a quarter- century after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, oil on the shores of Shuyak Island in the Kodiak archipelago has been replaced by marine debris, prompting a long-term cleanup project set to conclude in September of 2017.

Ocean Acidification Workshop Draws Seafood Harvesters, Researchers
Fishermen’s News – December 7, 2016
Growing concern over increased acidity in the ocean and the need for adaptation strategies drew seafood harvesters, researchers and others to an ocean acidification workshop in Anchorage to learn how to enhance monitoring and engage communities.


NMFS Seeks Comments on Proposed 2017, 2018 Groundfish Harvest Specifications
Fishermen’s News – December 7, 2016
National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed 2017 and 2018 harvest specifications, apportionments and prohibited species catch allowances for groundfish for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail:; Website:
Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.

December 8, 2016