Alaska/Pacific Coast

PWS state waters P-cod jig season opens
Cordova Times – December 30, 2017
New Year’s Day marks the opener for the Prince William Sound state waters Pacific cod season for vessels using jig gear.

Danger and Routine: An Inside Look at Alaska’s Fishing and Crabbing Industry
Alaska is the only state in the country with a mandate for sustainable seafood written into its State Constitution.
Food & Wine by Charlie Heller – December 28, 2017
Every year, the Alaskan seafood industry feeds millions of people across the United States and throughout the world. The state not only supplies over half of the wild-caught seafood in the US and up to 95 percent of North America’s wild salmon, but is one of the most sustainable seafood industries in the world. In fact, it’s only state in the country with a mandate for sustainable seafood written into its State Constitution.


Pebble again tops Bristol Bay’s 2017 news
Bristol Bay Times by Carey Restino – December 29, 2017
The proposed Pebble Mine again topped the Bristol Bay region’s news stories of 2017 as a new federal administration changed the game in what many thought was a dead deal. The controversial mine, once proposed as the largest open-pit gold, copper and molybdenum mine in the world, had all but shut down its bid to take root in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay salmon waters, but with President Donald Trump taking office, the protections of the area fisheries put into place by former President Barack Obama and action by the Environmental Protection Agency were reversed.

Is Alaska’s climate risk, a credit risk?
KTOO by Rashah McChesney –  December 29, 2017
In late November, one of the world’s largest credit rating agencies announced that climbing global temperatures and rising sea levels would have an economic impact on the U.S. In short, climate change could become a credit rating problem for some U.S. cities and states.

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Pacific Halibut Predictions Leading up to 2018 Catch Limit Announcements
TradexFoods Published on Jan 1, 2018
— Preliminary catch statistics for the 2017 Alaska Halibut season were released last week, sparking predictions for this year’s fishery leading up to the Annual Meeting.

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Trawl Rationalization Program; 2018 Cost Recovery
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/29/2017
This action provides participants in the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program with the 2018 fee percentages and “MS pricing” needed to calculate the required payments for trawl rationalization program cost recovery fees due in 2018. For calendar year 2018, NMFS announces the following fee percentages by sector: 3.0 percent for the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Sector; 0 percent for the MS sector; and 0 percent for the Catcher/Processer Cooperative (C/P) sector. For 2018, the MS pricing to be used as a proxy by the C/P sector is $0.09/lb for Pacific whiting.


Is US Fisheries Policy Working? Getting the Message to Congress
Ray Hilborn, Bevan Seminar Series January 4, 4:30 pm  in room 102 Fisheries Sciences  1122 NE Boat Street

Here is an abstract:
The Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management and Conservation Act of 1976  is the primary piece of federal legislation governing fisheries whose objectives include

·  exploring, exploiting, conserving, and managing all fish within the exclusive economic zone

· to promote domestic commercial and recreational fishing under sound conservation and management principle

· to provide for the preparation and implementation, in accordance with national standards, of fishery management plans which will achieve and maintain, on a continuing basis, the optimum yield from each fishery

· to encourage the development by the United States fishing industry of fisheries which are currently underutilized or not utilized by United States fishermen

Optimum yield is defined the yield from a fishery, means the amount of fish which will provide the greatest overall benefit to the Nation, particularly with respect to food production and recreational opportunities, and taking into account the protection of marine ecosystems.

This talk will focus on how the U.S. is doing with respect to these objectives, and my perspective on how scientists can let Congress know how well we are doing, and help Congress make good decisions.

I will discuss the success at rebuilding fish stocks and protection of marine ecosystems,  a mix of success and failure at producing benefits to food production, and recreational fishing opportunities.  I will discuss my limited experiences at communicating with Congress through invited testimony to House and Senate committee hearings over 25 years,  and two separate briefings of Congressional staff.

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
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January 2, 2018