Alaska/Pacific Coast

MSC Re-certifies Alaska’s Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska Pollock Fishery
[SeafoodNews] – January 15, 2016
The Marine Stewardship Council has recertified Alaska’s pollock fishery in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska.

Alaska pollock is the largest fishery in the US and largest to be certified sustainable in the world. The 2016 TAC is set 1.34 million metric ton annual quota for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; the Gulf of Alaska Pollock quota is 257,872 metric tons, a 30% increase from the 2015. The 2016 Alaska Pollock season will begin on January 20.

“The fishery management system is known for its conservative management practices, so these quota increases indicate an exceptionally healthy Alaska Pollock fishery in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Seafood buyers and consumers can rest assured that Alaska Pollock is one of the world’s largest and most sustainable fisheries,” said Pat Shanahan, Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers.

This marks the 11th year since the MSC certfied Alaska pollock in 2005.

“We are proud to be one of the 10 fisheries globally to be certified as meeting the MSC’s rigorous sustainability standard three times. Alaska Pollock continues to earn among the highest certification scores of any fishery in the MSC program,” said Jim Gilmore, At-sea Processors Association, the fishery client for the Alaska Pollock. “This re-certification reaffirms the Alaska Pollock industry’s continued leadership in responsible fishing.”

The independent assessment of the Alaska Pollock fisheries was conducted by MRAG Americas, an accredited third-party conformity assessment body.

“The MSC’s vision is for oceans to be teeming with life for future generations. Alaska Pollock has successfully created and maintained new markets, especially in the U.S. and Europe, over the past decade. We are extremely pleased to see this fishery succeed in the MSC process yet again,” said Brian Perkins, MSC regional director – Americas.

Federal Subsistence Board votes to improve Alaska relations
KNBA by Joaqlin Estus – January 14, 2016
The Federal Subsistence Board voted Tuesday to work to re-establish better relations with the state of Alaska.

Fish board heads into deliberations at Fairbanks meeting
News Miner – January 15, 2016
The Alaska Board of Fisheries begins voting this morning on proposals that will set fishing rules for this region for the next three years.

WDFW Seeks Public Comment on Fisheries Priorities
Fishermen’s News – January 13, 2016
Residents of coastal communities in Washington State are being asked to tell the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife on Feb. 4 where their values and priorities lie regarding the state’s fisheries resources.

OceanBeauty signing up fishermen for 2016
KDLG by By Molly Dischner  – January 8, 2016
BBEDC CEO says OceanBeauty looking for a few good fishermen.
OceanBeauty is signing up Bristol Bay fishermen for the 2016 season.



McLerran study finds EPA s scientific study was legal and based on sound scientific analysis
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – January 13, 2016
A new federal report says that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed no bias in its study of potential adverse effects of large-scale copper, gold and molybdenum mining on the world’s largest sockeye salmon run in Bristol Bay.


Grubhub Says Seaweed Salad is Fastest Trending Item in all its Major Metro Markets
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] – January 14, 2016
It looks like seaweed may become one of the hot culinary trends in 2016.

Grubhub, which provides delivery from restaurants in many urban areas, says that seaweed salad is the hottest trend in nine major metro markets, including Miami, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, LA and Atlanta.

Seafood salad has been sold by gourmet Japanese retailers for years, and is available in Costco.  But the latest restaurant trends expand the types of edible seaweed used, from traditional Japanese types of seaweed to things like Dulse.

Seaweed aquaculture is likely to grow strongly as a result.  The salads are all low calorie, full of trace elements, and becoming very popular with healthy eaters.

Mystery deepens as second ‘alien’ ragfish that lives 4,000 feet under the sea washes up in Alaska
Daily Mail by Stacy Liberatore – January 11, 2016
The fish was discovered by a state transporter and thought it was a halibut
Ragfish are limp, rag doll-like with soft skin and grow up to seven feet long
Six-foot fish only second sighting in 40 years – and first six months ago
Both of the fish were dead adult females that were full of eggs

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January 15, 2016