Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – December 8, 2016
Coming up this week, we hear how fishermen can maximize their profits by minimizing their boat’s energy usage; folks in Kodiak are trying to ease the way for the coming and going of anadromous fish, and we hear more from the new head of the Bering Sea Crabbers, all on this edition of the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUCB’s Laura Kraegel in Unalaska, KMXT’s Kayla Desroches in Kodiak, and KCAW’s Emily Russell in Sitka.

Fukushima radiation has reached U.S. shores
USA Today Network by Tracy Loew – December 9, 2016
SALEM, Ore. — For the first time, seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States.

Board of Fish approves guide regulations
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – December 6, 2016
The Board of Fisheries on Saturday reinstated the logbook and licensing program for sportfishing guides around the state.


Obama Administration Publishes Final Rule on IUU and Seafood Fraud; Shrimp Implementation Delayed
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – December 9, 2016
NOAA Fisheries released the final rule establishing the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) yesterday, December 8th. The Program establishes the reporting and recordkeeping requirements needed to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)-caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce for 13 species of fish.
The reporting requirements will become effective on Jan 1, 2018 with the exception of shrimp and abalone.  NOAA will not announce a date for shrimp to be under the reporting requirements until a parallel program is in place for both shrimp and abalone which are grown in the US.

The effort started in 2014 when the first Presidential task force to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud representing 12 federal agencies was established.  The Task Force was reorganized into the current standing Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud under the National Ocean Council, which continues to implement the 15 recommendations. This final rule implements Recommendations 14 and 15 which called for a risk-based traceability program as a means to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud by excluding illegal and misrepresented fish products from U.S. commerce.

The collection of catch and landing documentation for these priority seafood species will be accomplished through the International Trade Data System (ITDS), the U.S. government’s single data portal for all import and export reporting.

NOAA notes that the Seafood Import Monitoring Program is not a labeling program, nor is it consumer facing. In keeping with the Magnuson-Stevens Act authority (under which the regulatory program has been promulgated) and the strict information security of the ITDS–the information collected under this program is confidential.

The importer of record will be required to keep records regarding the chain of custody of the fish or fish product from harvest to point of entry into U.S.

The species involved are:
Atlantic Cod
Blue Crab (Atlantic)
Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi)
King Crab (red)
Pacific Cod
Red Snapper
Sea Cucumber
Tunas: Albacore, Bigeye, Skipjack, Yellowfin, and Bluefin

January 1, 2018 is the mandatory compliance date for species listed in the rule,  except that shrimp and abalone compliance will be phased in at a later date. The effective date of this rule for all imported shrimp and abalone products – wild capture and aquaculture-raised – will be stayed until commensurate reporting and/or recordkeeping requirements have been established for domestic aquaculture-raised shrimp and abalone production. At such time, NOAA Fisheries will announce a compliance date for shrimp and abalone.

The following mandatory data will be collected.

– Name and flag state of harvesting vessel(s)
– Evidence of authorization to fish (permit or license number)
– Unique vessel identifier (when available)
-Type(s) of fishing gear Note: The fishing area and type of fishing gear should be specified per the reporting convention and codes used by the competent authority exercising jurisdiction over the wild capture operation. If no such reporting requirements exist, the Food and Agriculture Organization fishing area and gear codes should be used.

– Species of fish—Scientific/Acceptable market name (ASFIS three-alpha code)
– Harvest date(s)
-Product form(s) at time of landing – including quantity and weight of product
– Area(s) of wild-capture or aquaculture harvest
– Point(s) of first landing
– Name of entity(ies) to which the fish was landed or delivered

In cases where entries and products comprise more than one harvest event, each event that is relevant to a shipment must be reported but the importer does not need to link each event to a particular fish or portion of the shipment.


Puffin Die-Off On St. Paul Island May Point to Larger Ecosystem Problems
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – December 7, 2016
In the past two months, 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island, alarming residents who had only seen six carcasses over the last decade.

Northern Sockeye Salmon Found to Manage Heat Stress
Fish Site – December 9, 2016
US – Sockeye salmon that evolved in the generally colder waters of the far north still know how to cool off if necessary, an important factor in the species’ potential for dealing with global climate change.


Conservation council looking for fish tales for new almanac
KTVA – December 8, 2016
Have any good personal or commercial fishing stories, anecdotes, pictures or art? The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is “calling all writers, artists, know-hows and know-nots” for a new Young Fisherman’s Almanac.

Hey Techies, Wanna Make an App to Help the Ocean?

National Geographic by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson of Ayana Elizabeth – December 6, 2016
We have a lot of data about the ocean, but much of it is in obscure databases – unintegrated, unanalyzed, and largely inaccessible for the public. There is so much we could do with all that information if it was easy to visualize and interpret. At our fingertips, we could have alerts about the presence of water pollution and jellyfish at beaches. We could track seafood and make sure it is fresh, sustainable, and the supply chain is free of the human rights violations that currently proliferate. We could have an early warning system for ocean acidification, before it decimates oyster aquaculture.

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation Announces the 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – December 8, 2016
WRANGELL, Alaska — Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced yesterdat that it will hold the 24th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2017.     The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is a competition for new value-added products made from Alaska seafood.  The Call for Product is now available and entry forms and fees are due by January 6, 2017.   All information is available at AFDF’s website: .

Events in 2017 will be held in Seattle (January 25) and Juneau (February 22).  The winners will be given an opportunity to display their winning products at the Seafood Expo North American (SENA) in Boston (March 19-21).   The event’s multiple locations give seafood companies the opportunity to introduce new value-added products from Alaska seafood and gain exposure with industry and culinary experts, seafood distributors, and national media. The overall goal is to inspire innovative ways to use Alaska’s seafood resources.

Each product entered in the competition is grouped into one of four categories: Retail/Smoked Products, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg. Product entries are then individually evaluated by a panel of expert judges during a private judging session. Evaluations are based on the product’s packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.

After the judges are finished reviewing and tasting the products, the chefs, manufacturers, buyers, sellers and media are also invited to vote on their favorite product at the Seattle reception. This award – “Seattle People’s Choice” – will be announced at the end of this event. The overall grand prize, and first, second and third place winners of each category are kept confidential until the Open House and Award Ceremony in Juneau.  The “Juneau People’s Choice” will also be announced then. First place winners from each category will receive complimentary booth space as well as free airfare to and from the Seafood Expo North America, the industry’s biggest event of the year.

Since 1993, Alaska Symphony of Seafood has celebrated creative and innovative ideas in the seafood industry, bringing together a host of new products before a panel of judges and the public. It was created by AFDF to promote new product development for seafood harvested in Alaskan waters by encouraging participation and sponsorship from a wide variety of companies and organizations that together, are building the future of the Alaska fishing industry.  For more information, visit .

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) is a private, non-profit organization created in 1978 for the purpose of further developing Alaska’s seafood industry utilizing the broad perspective of seafood harvesters, processors and support sector businesses.  Since its conception, AFDF has been dedicated to identifying problems common to the Alaska seafood industry and developing efficient, sustainable solutions that provide benefits to the economy, environment and communities.  For more information, visit

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December 9, 2016