Alaska/Pacific Coast

Board of Fisheries member resigns
KDLG – February 1, 2016
The newest member of the state Board of Fisheries is planning to resign after less than a year on the job.
http://kdlg.org/post/board-fisheries-member-resigns

Alaska Board of Fisheries Could See Big Member Changes in 2016
KSRM by Ashley Smith , February 1, 2016
On top of considering the two Alaskan Board of Fisheries members whose terms are up this summer, Governor Bill Walker must now also find an appointee for Robert Mumford’s seat following his resignation last week.
http://www.radiokenai.us/alaska-board-of-fisheries-could-see-big-changes-of-members-in-2016/

Alaska’s Fish Managers Name 2016 Advisory Committee Excellence in Serve Award Winners
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – February 2, 2016
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten, along with the chairmen of the Alaska Board of Game and Board of Fisheries announced the winners of the 2016 Advisory Committee Excellence in Service award yesterday. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in service to Alaska’s communities, fish and wildlife, and regulatory process by Fish and Game Advisory Committee members across the state.

Alaska is a leading example of a locally-driven fish and game management system. Over 700 Alaskans belong to 84 advisory committees up and down the coast and throughout the interior. These volunteer individuals work on issues so that regulatory bodies like the Alaska Boards of Game and Fisheries develop regulations that respond to local needs.

The 2016 awardees are:

• The Grayling, Anvik, Shageluk, and Holy Cross (GASH) Advisory Committee, chaired by Ken Chase. With dedication, perseverance, and leadership, the GASH AC transformed a vision of re-introducing wood bison into a reality. The AC was critical to bringing together tribal, state and federal entities to ensure the bison’s release. The bison will provide an alternate meat source, stimulate local economies and provide educational opportunities.

• Frank Kelty (Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Advisory Committee). Through 35 years of service, Mr. Kelty has been critical to the Unalaska AC, revitalizing it in 2001 and serving as chair ever since. He has long led community participation to improve resources throughout the region, and been instrumental in support of the Pacific cod fishery and protecting salmon and halibut stocks for local users.

• Pete Schaeffer (Kotzebue Advisory Committee). Jim Dau testifies that “Pete has contributed more to the AC system in Unit 23 than anyone else I’ve worked with since arriving here in 1988.” Over the course of more than 30 years of service, many as chair, Mr. Schaeffer has been instrumental in the regulatory process throughout the region, including Unit 23 subsistence wildlife management.

• Jehnifer Ehmann (Matanuska Valley Advisory Committee). As the Mat Valley AC chair, Ms. Ehmann has demonstrated leadership through contentious issues and advocacy for protecting resources in the Mat-Su rivers. She has also been the energy behind the AC’s efforts to build local participation in fish & game issues.

• Dave Martin and Steve Vanek (Central Peninsula Advisory Committee) Serving as chair and secretary of the AC, respectively, Mr. Martin & Mr. Vanek have volunteered vast knowledge of resources, a commitment to participation, and immeasurable time and energy advocating sound management for a combined 60+ years.

The Excellence in Service Certificate is for AC members who perform a service that is of high value to the AC or board process. Examples of high value service may include strong recruitment of new AC members, re-establishing a dormant AC, working well with the Department, diverse user groups, or the public, and working towards consensus on divisive issues.

No more than five awards are made each year.

Nominations for Excellence in Service certificates may come from Department of Fish & Game staff, Game and Fisheries board members, and other AC members. Members of the public who would like to nominate an AC member can work through ADF&G staff, AC members, or board members. Nominations are accepted each fall, and awards are presented during the winter-spring meeting cycle.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1007688/Alaskas-Fish-Managers-Name-2016-Advisory-Committee-Excellence-in-Serve-Award-Winners

National

FDA bans imports of genetically engineered salmon — for now
Washington Post by Brady Dennis – January 29
Genetically engineered salmon won’t be hitting U.S. dinner tables anytime soon. Two months after federal regulators approved the nation’s first genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a ban on the import and sale of the fish until the agency can publish guidelines for how it should be labeled.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/01/29/fda-bans-imports-of-genetically-engineered-salmon-for-now/

Environment/Science

Scientists think Gulf of Alaska seabird die-off is biggest ever recorded
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – January 29, 2016
The mass of dead seabirds that have washed up on Alaska beaches in past months is unprecedented in size, scope and duration, a federal biologist said at an Anchorage science conference.
https://www.adn.com/article/20160129/scientists-think-gulf-alaska-seabird-die-biggest-ever-recorded

Labeling and Marketing

Chum Salmon Inventories Tighten; Chinese Tilapia Prices Predicted to Rise
TradexFoods – February 1, 2016
The 2015 Chum Salmon harvests in Alaska and British Columbia were very strong, following poor landings in the previous year. As a result, inventories were well stocked towards the end of last season. As the Roe Herring fishery approaches, processors are emptying inventories.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlETyv7YhCU

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/01/2016
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/01/2016-01751/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-630-in-the-gulf-of?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/01/2016
NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) announce their intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to analyze the short- and long-term impacts on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) environment of Amendment 28 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This notice also requests written comment.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/01/2016-01759/pacific-fishery-management-council-notice-of-intent-to-prepare-an-environmental-impact-statement?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Symphony of Seafood entries are ready to eat, wear
Salmon pollock cod halibut and herring treats are among 2016 competitors
Cordova Times – January 29, 2016

Salmon, pollock, cod, halibut and herring retail and food service entries will share the spotlight at the 2016 Symphony of Seafood with seafood products ranging from wallets, belts and money clips to jewelry and ant-aging skin serum.

http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1604symphony-of-seafood-entries-are-ready-to-eat

 

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