Alaska/Pacific Coast

BOF will take up PWS crab issues in March
Proposal from CDFU urges use of trawl survey to develop harvest strategy
Cordova Time by Margaret Bauman – February 24, 2017
Seven proposals for Prince William Sound are among the 38 proposals on king and tanner crab up for discussion when the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets in Anchorage March 20-24.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/02/24/bof-will-take-up-pws-crab-issues-in-march/

Our mysteriously shrinking Kenai king salmon
Alaska Dispatch News by Mike Chihuly – February 25, 2017
I attended a book signing at a Ninilchik book club meeting in early January of this year and met a bubbly lady by the name of Shirley, who, it turned out, is the stepdaughter of Les Anderson.  You may remember that Anderson, fishing with friend Bud Lofstedt, caught the largest king salmon ever taken on rod and reel in North America.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/we-alaskans/2017/02/25/our-mysteriously-shrinking-kenai-king-salmon/

National

Walmart backs GSSI, MSC, BAP in update to sourcing policy
Seafood Source by Cliff White –  February 24, 2017
Global retailing giant Walmart has added the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) to its list of trusted certification schemes in its latest seafood sourcing policy guide.
http://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/walmart-backs-gssi-msc-bap-in-update-to-sourcing-policy

Labeling and Marketing

Candied salmon ice cream, kelp salsa & halibut bisque baby food: Seafood contest shows off the new and unusual
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – February 24, 2017
In any supermarket, you’ll find dozens of pork, beef and chicken products. Not so for salmon.
http://juneauempire.com/local/2017-02-24/candied-salmon-ice-cream-kelp-salsa-halibut-bisque-baby-food-seafood-contest-shows

Seafood Marketing Institute names communications director
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – February 24, 2017
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has a new communications director.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1708seafood_marketing_institute_names

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/27/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2017 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/27/2017-03784/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-vessels-using-pot-gear-in-the

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/27/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season apportionment of the 2017 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/27/2017-03875/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-using-trawl-gear

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2017 and 2018 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/27/2017
NMFS announces final 2017 and 2018 harvest specifications, apportionments, and Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2017 and 2018 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the GOA in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/27/2017-03697/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-gulf-of-alaska-final-2017-and-2018-harvest

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; 2017 and 2018 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/27/2017
NMFS announces final 2017 and 2018 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2017 and 2018 fishing years, and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the BSAI in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/27/2017-03698/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-2017-and-2018

FYI’s

HACCP course in Anchorage set for March 23-24
Cordova Times – February 24, 2017
A seafood safety system course that prepares participants to develop a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan will be offered by Sea Grant Alaska March 23-24 in Anchorage.  The registration fee for the workshop is $200.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/02/24/haccp-course-in-anchorage-set-for-march-23-24/

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February 27, 2017