Alaska/Pacific Coast

President Obama Protects Untouched Marine Wilderness in Alaska
Whitehouse.gov by Mike Boots, Dan Utech- January 27, 2015
Today, the President is taking another step to protect our most valuable natural resources. Relying on an authority used by presidents of both parties since Eisenhower, President Obama is designating 9.8 million acres in the waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska’s coast as off-limits to consideration for future oil and gas leasing. This action builds on recent steps by the President to protect Bristol Bay and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/27/president-obama-protects-untouched-marine-wilderness-alaska

Trident Seafoods Donates 37,000 lbs of Pollock to Vegas Food Bank During NFI’s Marketing Conference
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 28, 2015

At the Global Seafood Marketing Conference in Las Vegas, the National Fisheries Institute’s Future Leaders Class of 2014 announced that they had raised over $27,000 and 134,000 lbs of seafood for hunger relief.

As in other years the class kicked off the Conference by donating their time to a local food bank, this time the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas.

SeaShare’s Director Jim Harmon took the class members to for a tour of the Three Square’s facilities where the class did some volunteer work sorting food. The Class prepared approximately 500 produce bags, packed 6,640 lbs of food, bagged 2,750 lbs of apples and 3,000 lbs of oranges.

Trident Seafoods also donated a truckload of pollock portions to the food bank totaling 37,000 pounds.

Three Square Food Bank serves four counties in southern Nevada or about 315,000 food insecure individuals. Three Square currently provides more than 34 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 28 million meals – per year to nearly 600 Program Partners including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/961281/Trident-Seafoods-Donates-37000-lbs-of-Pollock-to-Vegas-Food-Bank-During-NFIs-Marketing-Conference

Changes in Steller Sea Lion Protections Challenged
Fishermens News – February 1, 2015
A National Marine Fisheries Service decision to scale back protections for western Steller sea lions and allow more directed fishing in the Aleutians for pollock, Pacific cod and Atka mackerel is being challenged in US District Court in Anchorage.
http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2015/02/01/features/changes-in-steller-sea-lion-protections-challenged/304.html

Environment/Science

Where the world ends up when the ocean spits it out
CAPITAL CITY WEEKLY by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN – January 28, 2015
Courtesy of Sitka Sound Science Center
Every day, debris from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami washes up on Alaskan shores. Lost crab pots “ghost fish” on the ocean floor. Tiny pieces of plastic almost indistinguishable from sand settle into Southeast Alaskan beaches.
http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-28/where-world-ends-when-ocean-spits-it-out

Contracts signed to equip new vessels
World Fishing – January 27, 2015

Layout of the automatic tub transport system

Layout of the automatic tub transport system

HB Grandi has signed contracts worth ISK1,190m (approx. $8.8m) with Skaginn and 3X Technology for a revolutionary new fish handling and fishroom system for its three new wetfish trawlers.
http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/products/fish-processing/contracts-signed-to-equip-new-vessels

Labeling and Marketing

IN BRIEF – FTC OKs Albertsons-Safeway merger
FIS.NET – January 29, 2015
The Federal Trade Commission officially approved the merger of Albertsons and Safeway on Tuesday. The companies said that AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons, planned to finish the acquisition of Safeway in the next five business days.

The merger will bring together two big players in the food retail space, with combined sales of approximately $61.6 billion. In order to get FTC approval, Safeway and Albertsons had previously agreed to divest 168 stores in eight states — 111 from Albertsons and 57 from Safeway — and agreed to settlements with attorneys general in California, Nevada and Washington.

Haggen, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Associated Foods Stores and Supervalu announced plans to purchase the divested stores, with Haggen purchasing 146 stores.  The combined company will have approximately 2,200 stores after the divestment, according to an FTC release.

The proposed merger had originally been announced March 2014.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/search_brief.asp?l=e&id=74225&ndb=1

Federal Register

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska; Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a revised comprehensive conservation plan (plan/CCP) and final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (refuge, NWR) for a 30-day public review. In this revised plan and final EIS, we describe how we propose to manage the refuge for the next 15 years.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/01/27/2015-01514/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-alaska-revised-comprehensive-conservation-plan-and-final?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Task force offers plan to entice more federal research jobs to Juneau
KTOO by Casey Kelly – January 27, 2015
The City and Borough of Juneau should seek state financing to build facilities that would lure federal research jobs to Alaska. That’s the recommendation of a city task force that’s been looking at why so many scientists who support Alaska’s fishing industry are based in the lower 48.
http://www.ktoo.org/2015/01/27/task-force-offers-plan-entice-federal-research-jobs-juneau/

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January 28, 2015