Alaska/Pacific Coast

2016: Looking back on a year of change
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner & Jim Paulin –  December 30 2016
Bristol Bay fishermen
harvest 2 billionth salmon
The 2016 Bristol Bay salmon fishery was one for the books: fishermen netted 39.2 million salmon, the largest harvest in at least two decades; hit the 2 billion fish mark midway through the season, and brought in a record catch in Ugashik.

Navy will report to NPFMC on GOA plans
Council establishes electronic monitoring as part of North Pacific Observer Program; halts GOA trawl bycatch management plan
Cordova Times – Margaret Bauman – December 30, 2016
U.S. Navy officials are scheduled to report to federal fisheries managers in Seattle in late January on Gulf of Alaska training exercises scheduled for early May, just before the start of the Copper River salmon fishery.

USDA seeks bids to sell Pollock
The Cordova Times – December 30, 2016
Federal agriculture officials are soliciting bids for 554,400 pounds of frozen Alaska Pollock for use in the National School Lunch Program and other federal food and nutrition assistance programs.

NOAA Fisheries has busy week in Alaska
The Cordova Times – December 30, 2016
Enforcement officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration apparently had a busy week in Alaska in late December.

NOAA aims to reduce catch of non-targeted species
The Cordova Times – December 30, 2016
Federal fisheries officials have released a new national plan intended to reduce bycatch and bycatch mortality, in support of sustainably managed fisheries and to help in the recovery of protected species.

Walker aims to balance budget for FY2018
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – December 30, 2016
Alaska spends more than it earns in a year, drawing on reserves to do so. But those reserves won’t last at current spending rates, and the governor and lawmakers did not reach a path to balance the budget during the last Legislative session.


Obama pledges support for Bering Sea climate
Bristol Bay Times by Shady Grove Oliver – December 30, 2016
With only weeks left in his second term as president, Barack Obama put forth an executive order this month establishing the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area, encompassing 112,300 square miles off the western coast of the state.

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Where Are All The Salmon Inventories?
TradexFoods –  January 2, 2017
3-Minute Market Insight:
Many West Coast vendors speculate strong inventories of Headed and Gutted sockeye salmon heading into the new year.

Federal Register

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/03/2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Team (BS FEP) will meet January 19-20, 2017, in Seattle, WA.


HACCP workshop set for Feb. 13-14
The Cordova Times – December 30, 2016
A Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point workshop to prepare seafood processors to develop an approved HACCP plan will be offered Feb. 13-14 at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center in Kodiak.

Alaska Marine Science Symposium is Jan 23-27
The Cordova Times – December 30, 2016
The 2017 Alaska Marine Science Symposium opens Jan. 23 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, with five keynote speeches fill the agenda for the afternoon.

Commission moves forward on annexation
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – December 30,  2016
The effort to generate more revenue for two Bristol Bay communities with a fish tax in the Nushagak District keeps moving forward.

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January 3, 2017