Alaska/Pacific Coast

Domoic Danger Delays Dungeness
Fishermen’s News by Terry Dillman – February 1, 2017
For the second straight year, Oregon’s fishermen endured a frustrating delay in the Dungeness crab season as concerns about potentially deadly levels of domoic acid in the highly-sought crustaceans again prompted state and industry officials to belay the start of the state’s most lucrative fishery.
http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2017/02/01/features/domoic-danger-delays-dungeness/447.html

Alaska mariculture task force get closer to industry plan
KSTK by Aaron Bolton – January 23, 2017
Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order in early 2015, creating a mariculture task force in hopes of boosting aquatic farming and fisheries. The task force has been examining all areas of the mariculture industry and will present a comprehensive plan to Walker in 2018.
http://www.ktoo.org/2017/01/23/alaska-mariculture-task-force-get-closer-industry-plan/

International

Trump’s nixing of trade pact disappoints Alaska fishermen
Alaska Dispatch News by Jeannette Lee Falsey – January 25, 2017
Alaska seafood exporters are disappointed by President Donald Trump’s decision to officially withdraw from a sweeping trade agreement among Pacific nations that would have eradicated import duties imposed by Japan and other countries on pollock and salmon, the two fish species that bring in the most revenue and create the most jobs in the industry.
https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2017/01/24/trumps-nixing-of-asia-trade-pact-disappoints-alaska-fishing-industry/

FYI’s

Sullivan will chair Senate Subcommittee on Oceans
Cordova Times – January 20, 2017
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, has been named chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard for the 115th Congress.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/01/20/sullivan-will-chair-senate-subcommittee-on-oceans/

ASG offering seafood processing and marketing classes in February
YourAKLink Newsroom – January 23, 2017
ANCHORAGE, AK – As part of its mission to support and develop the state’s fishing and seafood processing industries, Alaska Sea Grant will is offering three educational and training opportunities in February.
http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/asg-offering-seafood-processing-and-marketing-classes-in-february/article_41231950-e19f-11e6-adcb-f710cbadfc68.html

“Internet of Things” Solution for Trawl Net Fishermen
Fishermen’s News by Rob Terry – February 1, 2017
It’s an early foggy morning in November off the coast of Oregon. The F/V Seeker is out searching the cold, choppy water for the perfect place to drop its trawl net. This is only going to be a test run for the captain, meant to find out what kind of fish lie in wait below his ship on the ocean’s floor. The captain is noticeably concerned about staying within the strict new regulations and catching only the fish he is permitted to, particularly with a fisheries inspector standing by on board. He’s been worried since the US West Coast adopted an individual boat quota allotment system, which stipulates that each boat has a biomass weight allotment for a given time period for each fishery based on that boat’s historical average yield – the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ). There are reports that these new regulations are effective in rebuilding some fish stocks, but the stricter regulations are also making it harder for the smaller fleets to stay in business and for the larger fleets to stay profitable. If the captain fails to comply with these regulations, he may be fined, lose his boat or even face criminal charges.
http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2017/02/01/features/andquotinternet-of-thingsandquot-solution-for-trawl-net-fishermen/448.html

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January 25, 2017