National

USDA Revises Salmon Purchase Requirements
Fishermen News Online – February 15, 2017
The US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued revised supplemental eligibility requirements for salmon processors and processing facilities engaged in competitive bidding on USDA solicitations for seafood.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/02/usda-revises-salmon-purchase.html

Sea to Table’s Supply-Chain Makeover
Fish Site – February 16, 2017
US – Driven by conscious consumers such as university student bodies, fish distribution in North America is switching to a more local, more sustainable model. Rachel Lane reports on the rise of Sea to Table in the US, with its swifter, simpler rethink of an overwrought supply chain.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/28799/sea-to-tables-supplychain-makeover/

Environment/Science

Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate
Washington Post by Chris Mooney – February 15, 2017
A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world — a long-predicted result of climate change that could have severe consequences for marine organisms if it continues.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/15/its-official-the-oceans-are-losing-oxygen-posing-growing-threats-to-marine-life/?utm_term=.72bcb5946b87

Following last year’s massive die-off of Alaskan seabirds, scientists still looking for answers
KTUU by Leroy Polk – February 14, 2017
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – It’s been over a year now since dead murres washed ashore in the tens of thousands along stretches of Alaskan coastline and other, more unusual areas. This die off was conservatively called “unusually large” at the time in a statement by Alaska Migratory Bird Management (AMBM).
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Following-last-years-massive-die-off-of-Alaskan-seabirds-scientists-still-looking-for-answers-413757753.html

Labeling and Marketing

Report sees uptick in value for Alaska seafood
National Fishermen by Sierra Golden – February 15, 2017
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the McDowell Group, a research and consulting firm in Alaska, recently released market reports suggesting a possible upturn in value for some Alaska seafood despite a strengthening American dollar.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/report-uptick-value-alaska-seafood/

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Marketing Update
ASMI – February 2017
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Hires New Communications Director, Alaska Onigiri (Rice Ball) Fair Showcases Alaska Seafood, Culinary Institute of America Collaborative Increases Accessibility of Alaska Seafood on Menus Nationwide, German Food Blog Festival 2017, Foodable TV Episode Features Alaska Salmon, King Crab, and Cod, ASMI To Sponsor Upcoming SeaWeb Seafood Summit & Seafood Champion Awards …
http://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=bcd6d5bec392f12ce703f7e00&id=7c921d53dd

Federal Register

Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/15/2017
NMFS issues this notice to inform persons of the unsuccessful referendum for a second fishing capacity reduction loan in the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery, effective January 17, 2017.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/15/2017-03054/fishing-capacity-reduction-program-for-the-southeast-alaska-purse-seine-salmon-fishery

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February 16, 2017