Alaska/Pacific Coast

NOAA Fisheries Priorities and Annual Guidance for 2018
NOAA – February 7, 2018
This document provides guidance to all NOAA Fisheries employees in executing our mission responsibilities in the next year and guides the development and execution of the agency’s Annual Operating Plan.

Where Are the Yukon Chinooks Headed?
Seward City News by Ned Rozell – February 8, 2018
In a packed university conference room, biologist Randy Brown spoke of chinook, the fatty king of far-north salmon.
“It’s more than just a fish, it’s a culture,” Brown said to the Fairbanks crowd, many of them Alaska Natives.

Southeast Tanner crab fishery looks promising while Golden King fishery sees more reductions
KFSK by Angela Denning – February 9, 2018
The upcoming commercial Tanner crab fishery in Southeast could bring another high harvest while the Golden King crab fishery will likely be slow again. Both fisheries open Saturday, February 10.


MSC seeks public input on new forced labor policy
Seafood Source by Christine Blank – February 13, 2018
The Marine Stewardship Council is seeking public input on a new policy on forced labor and related issues.

NOAA Issues SIMP Update; All Data Must Be Complete Before Entry Beginning April 7
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amanda Buckle – February 13, 2018
The Seafood Import Monitoring Program, also known as SIMP, became mandatory for importers on January 1.

The new rule requires strict data reporting and record keeping of specific priority fish that are vulnerable to IUU fishing and seafood fraud. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been lenient since the introduction of SIMP, allowing a temporary ease on entry rules in order to prevent disruption at the start of the year.

Well, time is ticking for brokers to get their shipments cleared with incomplete or missing data.

NOAA announced that beginning April 7, 2018, “all filings covered by the Seafood Import Monitoring Program regulations must comply with the electronic filling requirements in order for an entry to receive a ‘may proceed.’”

According to the new announcement, filings that contain incomplete or inaccurate data must be corrected before they will be accepted. Currently, filings that don’t include SIMP data could get a “may proceed.” However, the broker or importer must still fill out all the data at a later date.

Species that fall under SIMP include Atlantic and Pacific cod, blue crab, mahi mahi, grouper, king crab, sea cucumbers, red snapper, sharks, swordfish and all tunas. Shrimp and abalone were not required to meet the initial mandatory compliance date, but as we previously reported, Senate leaders are pushing for shrimp to be included as soon as possible.

Late last week several Senators wrote a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy to support the bill that would include shrimp in SIMP. If the bill passes, shrimp could potentially be included within the next 30 days.

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February 14, 2018