Alaska/Pacific Coast

Transition Reports Released
State of Alaska- January 20, 2015
JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott today released the Transition Team Conference reports to the public via the Governor’s website (link below). A common theme among the 17 working groups is a call for an open, accountable and participatory government.

…Fisheries Transition Report

1. Clear “Fish First” Policy for Alaska
2. Prioritize and Improve Fishery Access for Alaskans: Develop policies, strategies, management to return fishery access opportunities to residents of Alaska’s fishing communities
3. Adequate Funding for ADF&G and Fisheries Science
4. Alaska fisheries should be managed based on Science over politics
5. Alaska fisheries management should be locally based and adaptive

http://gov.alaska.gov/Walker_media/transition_page/fisheries_final.pdf

Dillingham Aims To Reimpose Raw Fish Tax
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – January 20, 2015

Driftnet vessels in the Dillingham Harbor waiting on another push of sockeye. (Photo by Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham)
Driftnet vessels in the Dillingham Harbor waiting on another push of sockeye.
(Photo by Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham)
Dillingham will try again on the fish tax. The City Council voted last week to send an annexation petition forward to the Alaska Local Boundary Commission to annex the Nushagak River Commercial Fishing District. The annexation was adopted by a local vote in 2012 but overturned by a court ruling.

The city hopes to reimpose a 2.5 percent raw fish tax on the district, which is the only commercial fishing district in Bristol Bay that does not currently collect a tax for local use.

Critics say Dillingham needs to find a way to share the tax with other Nushagak drainage communities, or focus on forming a borough.

The city’s annexation petition will now be sent to the LBC for review. The city hopes it ends up in Juneau for a legislative review in 2016.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/01/20/dillingham-aims-to-reimpose-raw-fish-tax/

Bering Sea’s Pollock Fleet Set to Go With 2015 Quota Up; First Deliveries Expected Next Week
SEAFOODNEWS.COM
[KUCB] by Lauren Rosenthal – January 21, 2015
The Bering Sea’s largest fishery opened up on Tuesday afternoon. Pollock crews are gearing up for a potential increase in their harvest — while still keeping an open mind about what the winter has in store.
http://kucb.org/news/article/bering-sea-pollock-fishery-casts-off/

National

Lawmakers cracking down on seafood imports
The Hill by Tim Devaney – January 20, 2015
Seafood imports could be facing new, more stringent regulations.
A new food safety bill introduced Tuesday in the Senate would tighten restrictions on foreign seafood that is exported to the U.S.
http://thehill.com/regulation/230061-lawmakers-cracking-down-on-seafood-imports

House Members Rally Against Senator McCain’s Jones Act Amendment
Gcaptain.com by Mike Schuler – January 20, 2015

Jones Act ships under construction at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. File Photo.
Jones Act ships under construction at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. File Photo.In the latest show of support for the Jones Act, 32 bipartisan Representatives have sent a letter to Senate leadership urging them to reject a “misguided” amendment piggybacked onto a Keystone XL Pipeline bill by Senator John McCain that would repeal the U.S. build requirement of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
http://gcaptain.com/house-members-rally-against-senator-mccains-jones-act-amendment/

International

Reports Are of Strong Holiday Sales of King Crab and Snow Crab in Japan
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews]  January 21, 2015
Dealers in the Tokyo area are reporting strong holidays sales on king crab and snow crab at levels significantly better than expected.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/960299/Reports-Are-of-Strong-Holiday-Sales-of-King-Crab-and-Snow-Crab-in-Japan
Plumeting Exchange Rates Causing Unpredictable Seafood Market
Fish Site – January 19, 2015
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http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/24955/plumeting-exchange-rates-causing-unpredictable-seafood-market

Labeling and Marketing

Russia calls for ‘greater stringency’ to certify seafood exporters
fis.com – January 21, 2015
Chilean and Russian officials met recently in Berlin, Germany, to discuss the results of an audit conducted in Chile by Russian health authorities and certification systems, among other issues.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=74032&ndb=1&df=0

FYI’s

Trevor King Beeston
Obituary

Trevor King Beeston, 79, of Lynnwood, Wash. went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 7, 2014. He was born on May 18, 1935 in Seattle to Erna and Eric Beeston. He grew up on San Juan Island and graduated from Friday Harbor High School. Trev served in the Air Force for four years. Trev worked for the Alaska Salmon Fishing Industry for forty years managing plants in Bristol Bay, Ketchikan and Petersburg. He met the love of his life, Judy Norrby, on a blind date in August of 1960 after working in Alaska. They were married on April 8, 1961 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. They were married for fifty-three years. He is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Brian (Denise fiancé); and daughter, Christie Cook (Rick). Trev left behind four grandchildren, Ashley, Taylor, Trevor and Taryn; and many other close family and friends. A celebration of life will be held on January 24, 2015 at 1 p.m., at Maple Park Church in Lynnwood. In lieu of flowers, please send to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or Maple Park Church.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldnet/obituary. aspx?n=trevor-king-beeston&pid=173894219

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January 21, 2015