Alaska/Pacific Coast

One way to try to reduce bycatch in Alaska: Tax it
Alaska Dispatch News by Annie Zak – February 25, 2016
Alaska fisheries that unintentionally reel in specific types of fish would have to start paying taxes on that bycatch, under a bill introduced Wednesday.
http://www.adn.com/article/20160225/one-way-try-reduce-bycatch-alaska-tax-it

Senator Sullivan Examines Magnuson-Stevens Act
KTBY by Maria Athens – February 25, 2016
Anchorage, AK- U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan chaired a Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard hearing, coined, “Magnuson-Stevens Act at 40,” that examined the law’s effect on directing the country’s fisheries.
http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/senator-sullivan-examines-magnuson-stevens-act/article_80f2c7ce-dc19-11e5-a1a5-af48f217efbe.html

Herring fishery’s strength is in the sum of its parts, study finds
Phys.org by Michelle Ma – February 25, 2016
A wise investor plays the financial market by maintaining a variety of stocks. In the long run, the whole portfolio will be more stable because of the diversity of the investments it contains.
http://phys.org/news/2016-02-herring-fishery-strength-sum.html

Oregon biotech fish-labeling bill dies
Capital Press by Mateusz Perkowski –  February 25, 2016
An Oregon bill requiring labels for genetically engineered fish has died in a Senate committee after earlier passing the House.
http://www.dailyastorian.com/da/capital-bureau/20160224/oregon-biotech-fish-labeling-bill-dies

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT – February 25, 2016
Coming up this week, earning a license will soon become an even greater challenge for fishing guides in Western Alaska, legislators look into raising fisheries taxes to help fill the state’s budget gap, and you’ll hear a story about a message in a bottle – canned salmon style. We had help from the Alaska Historical Society’s Anuli Grantham in Kodiak, KDLG’s Hannah Colton in Dillingham, KFSK’s Angela Denning in Petersburg, and KDLG’s Molly Dischner in Dillingham.
http://www.kmxt.org/content/view/7072/2/

International

Russian Federation may Slap Export tax on Fish Products, at Rate of $.30 per kg
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – February 26, 2016
Moscow- Russia is considering a duty on fish exports.

The Russian Association of Industrial and Commercial Fishing Enterprises, one of Russia’s public associations, which unites the country’s leading fish producers and processors of has called on the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) to introduce a duty on the exports of fish to abroad, according to recent statements of Alexey Aronov, executive director of the Association.

According to analysts of the Association, implementation of this measure will help to reduce prices on fish and seafood in the domestic market and to allocate additional funds to the  Russian federal budget.

It is planned that the duty may be set at the level of US$ 30 cents per kilogram. This may result in the allocation of additional US$500 million to the budget and the increase of the supply of fish to the Russian market in the volume of 200,000-300,000 tonnes per year.

According to Aronov, currently up to two-thirds of domestic consumption of fish products accounted for pollack, cod, salmon and herring, while cod, pollock and salmon species form the basis of Russian fish exports.

The introduction of the export duty has already been supported by the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS), which has recently sparked its concerns, regarding with the current situation in the domestic fishing market. According to Igor Artemyev, head of FAS, in recent months the Russian fishing market has faced with the problem of overpricing, which became mainly due to the existence of cartels and scams throughout production and sale chain of fish and seafood in the country.

According to state plans, the introduction of export duty should stimulate the increase of consumption of fish in Russsia, which significantly declined in recent years.

According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, the consumption of fish in Russia in 2015 dropped to 14 kilograms per person, which is 6 kilograms less than the minimum recommended by the Ministry of Health. At the same time last year the volume of fish production in Russia set a new record and amounted to 4.4 million tons.

There is a possibility that the duty may be introduced as soon as March 15th of the current year.

On January, 2015 the Russian Parliament (State Duma) had already proposed to introduce a temporary ban on the exports of Russian fish to abroad, with the aim to increase the volume of supplies to the domestic market and reduce fish imports, however the proposal was rejected by the Russian government at that period of time
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1009788/Russian-Federation-may-Slap-Export-tax-on-Fish-Products-at-Rate-of-30-per-kg

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Western Aleutian Islands District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/26/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod, including for the Community Development Quota program (CDQ), in the Western Aleutian Islands district of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the Western Aleutian Islands district Pacific cod harvest limit of the 2016 total allowable catch (TAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/26/2016-04205/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-western-aleutian-islands?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Seafood Expo North America
March 6-8, 2016
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
http://www.seafoodexpo.com/north-america/

Black cod: Bay Area’s sustainable fish is looking for love
San Francisco Chronicle by Tara Duggan – February 19, 2016
In Bay Area seafood markets, there’s a preoccupation with seasonal rock stars like Chinook salmon, Dungeness crab and California halibut that causes us to overlook, ahem, the other fish in the sea.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/recipes/article/Black-cod-Bay-Area-s-sustainable-fish-finally-6842740.php

5 facts about the loved and hated McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish
USA Today by Mary Bowerman – February 26, 2016
Despite being known as a burger-giant, during Lent McDonald’s has another top-seller: The Filet-O-Fish sandwich.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/02/26/facts-filet-o-fish-sandwich-mcdonalds-sandwich/80808494

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February 26, 2016