Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall – July 11, 2018
Lots of fish news this week. Unfortunately, much of it is not good.
First up, and this is a developing story so things could change, President Trump proposes a tariff on reprocessed fish coming from China that could signal big problems for Alaska’s seafood industry.

With Herring In Deep Water, Dutch Harbor’s Fishery Starts Off Slow
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – July 9, 2018
Dutch Harbor’s commercial herring season is off to a slow start.
Since opening July 1, seiners have harvested about one quarter of their 1,810-ton quota in the Unalaska and Akutan districts.

PWS commercial catch tops 3.5M fish
Overall statewide harvest at 28.8 M, humpy harvest down 71 percent from 2016
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – July 12, 2018
Commercial harvests in Prince William Sound have reached 3.5 million salmon, even as the surge in the catch in late June slowed somewhat in early July.

NVE opposes reduction in hatchery production
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – July 12, 2018
In a resolution to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, Native Village of Eyak Traditional Tribal Council urged that hatchery production issues be reviewed during the board’s normal meeting cycle.


Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Heads to House Floor
Seafood Source – July 11, 2018
oday, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 200, also known as the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility on Fisheries Management Act.” The bill would update and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the primary law governing fisheries management in the United States.

House votes to overhaul fishery management law
The Hill by Timothy Cama – July 11, 2018
The House on Wednesday passed controversial legislation that aims to overhaul how the federal government manages the nation’s fisheries.

Fisheries: Why Young wants to change a beloved law
Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin – July 11, 2018
The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a revision of the Magnuson Stevens Act sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don Young. The original 1976 Magnuson Stevens is almost universally praised. It’s the law that keeps foreign fishing fleets off America’s shores and established regional management councils to rebuild fish stocks and ensure sustainable harvests. But Young’s renewal of the law is not without controversy.


ASMI says latest China tariffs likely to hit pollock, salmon, Pacific cod
KMXT by Daysha Eaton – July 12, 2018
On Tuesday, the Trump administration proposed $200 billion in new tariffs on China, upsetting markets worldwide.
Michael Kohan, with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, says those new tariffs include some that may affect Alaska seafood.

US hits back at China with more tariffs; most seafood hit with 10 percent duty

Seafood Source by Cliff White – July 11, 2018
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced tariffs on USD 200 billion (EUR 170 billion) of Chinese goods on Wednesday, 11 July – the latest escalation in the ongoing trade war between the two countries.

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July 13, 2018