Alaska/Pacific Coast

ADF&G’s Kimball Moves to Pacific Seafood Processors Association
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – February 18, 2016
Seattle, WA – The Pacific Seafood Processors Association (PSPA) announced today that Nicole Kimball has joined PSPA as Vice President – Alaska. Kimball will be based in Anchorage.

“Nicole Kimball has been involved in Alaska fisheries and resource management for over 17 years and is well respected for her work ethic and professionalism,” said Glenn Reed, President of PSPA. Her recent areas of focus include policy and analytical work in cooperative program design, bycatch reduction, and strengthening shorebased fisheries.

“PSPA is excited to welcome such a dynamic and experienced professional to our team,” said Reed.

For the past several years, Kimball has held the position of Federal Fisheries Coordinator at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). Kimball represented the state in regional, national, and international fisheries venues, and served as the alternate to the ADF&G Commissioner on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council). Previous to this she worked as a fisheries analyst for the Council for over 12 years.

“After spending most of my career in the public sector, I look forward to the opportunity to work with private sector businesses whose economic activity benefits the state of Alaska and its coastal communities. I look forward to continuing to support and promote Alaska’s world-leading sustainable fisheries,” said Kimball.

PSPA’s new vice president holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Maine and an M.A. in Environmental Policy from Tufts University. She was born in Ketchikan, and grew up in Juneau and Anchorage.

She will be based in Anchorage, where PSPA will establish a second Alaska office location. PSPA’s Juneau office, headed by Captain Vince O’Shea, was established in the 1960s. Kimball starts her new job in mid-March.

PSPA was formed in 1914 and represents the interests of the North Pacific seafood processing industry on both legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal levels. Its member companies participate in virtually all of Alaska’s fisheries through ownership and operation of both shoreside and floating processing facilities from the Aleutian Islands to Southeast Alaska.

Fishermen, lawmakers weigh in on proposed fish tax increase
Associated Press by Rashah Mcchesney,  – February 18, 2016
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Fishing industry and lawmakers on Thursday puzzled over the origins of a proposed one percent tax increase in fisheries business taxes and fishery resource landing taxes.

ADFG closes early Kenai kings
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – February 18, 2016
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order on Feb. 18 closing the Kenai River early king salmon run to sport fisheries. The closure will be in effect May 1 – June 30.

Crabbing season opens in Southeast Alaska
Associated Press – February 18, 2016
PETERSBURG — Fishing season for tanner and golden king crab has opened in Southeast Alaska.


Researchers record Arctic Ocean belugas diving to depths of nearly 3,000 feet
Associated Press by Dan Joling – February 16, 2016
Beluga whales off Alaska’s northern coast target Arctic cod and will dive to great depths to reach them, according to data collected over 15 years that provides insight into their foraging patterns in the remote region undergoing profound changes from climate warming and a loss of sea ice.

Labeling and Marketing

New Seasons partners with FishWise on seafood training
Supermarket News – February 19, 2016
New Seasons Market, Portland, Ore., has tasked seafood sustainability organization FishWise with training staff on seafood and implementing its sustainability rating system.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/19/2016
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Community Development Quota pollock directed fishing allowance from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.


New Funds Aid GOA Debris Cleanup
Fishermen’s News – February 17, 2016
Ongoing cleanup of tons of marine debris on Gulf of Alaska shores will be aided in 2016 by the recent Japanese government donation of $950,000, via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris program.

Sustainable seafood entrepreneurs share their tips for success
Science Magazine by John H. Tibbetts – February 16, 2016
solutions, you need to have good ideas and also be able to sell them,” Gaines continues. “That’s what Norah and Laura do so well.”

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February 19, 2016