Alaska/Pacific Coast

Latest McDowell Group seafood report shows job growth
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – January 20, 2016
Harvesting Alaska seafood ranks between oil and tourism in economic impact, according to a new report detailing on the commercial fishing industry.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-01-20/latest-mcdowell-group-seafood-report-shows-job-growth#.VqD2k1JOH5c

New federal rule lowers halibut bycatch limits in Alaska
Alaska Dispatch News by Annie Zak – January 20, 2016
A new measure that aims to reduce halibut bycatch in four sectors of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries has been approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
https://www.adn.com/article/20160120/new-federal-rule-lowers-halibut-bycatch-limits-alaska

Board of Fish adds erosion criteria to Alaska Peninsula meeting agenda
KDLG by Molly Dischner – January 20, 2016
The state Board of Fisheries will likely finalize a new policy on how to address setnet sites impacted by coastal erosion when it meets to discuss the Alaska Peninsula next month.
http://kdlg.org/post/board-fish-adds-erosion-criteria-alaska-peninsula-meeting-agenda

Politics

Restricting board-generated proposals among fisheries bills
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – January 20, 2016
Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, is proposing a change to the Boards of Fisheries and Game process that would put certain proposals back into public oversight under House Bill 103.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-01-20/restricting-board-generated-proposals-among-fisheries-bills#.VqD8fVJOH5c

Labeling and Marketing

ASMI Reports to Legislature
Fishermen’s News – January 20, 2016
On the first day of the new legislative session in Juneau, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute was there to testify before the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on ASMI’s progress over the past year.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/01/30-percent-of-global-catch-goes.html

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/21/2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) for review. If approved, Amendment 109 would amend the FMP to support increased participation in local small-scale groundfish fisheries managed under the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/21/2016-01034/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-western-alaska-community-development-quota?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Pass the dogfish nuggets? Seafood industry rebrands ‘trash’
Associated Press by Patrick Whittle – January 21, 2016
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Call them fish sticks for millennials. At any rate, Dana Bartholomew is banking on college students warming up to “Sharck Bites.”
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/21/the-associated-press-pass-the-dogfish-nuggets-seafood-industry-rebrands-trash.html

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