Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fraser River sockeye returns predicted to be dismal — again — this summer
Vancouver Sun by Larry Pynn – July 15, 2016
Sockeye returns are predicted to be so low this summer on the Fraser River that they won’t support a commercial or recreational fishery.
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fraser-river-sockeye-returns-predicted-to-be-dismal-again-this-summer

Alaskan Pollock Surimi Production Down Over 3% in 2016
SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Michael Ramsingh – July 20, 2016
Alaskan pollock surimi production from this year’s “A” and “B” seasons topped 100,000 tons at the start of July, which is down over 3 percent from this time last year according to figures from NMFS.

Production reached 10,000 tons in a single between the last week of June and start of July. Still, combined surimi production out of Alaska is down from last year.

Surimi production has trended lower all season according to NMFS figures. June totals were down 35 percent last month.

Meanwhile, NMFS also said pollock fillet production during the “B” season was  down 29.5% from a year ago to 16,849 tons.

Reports say that headed and gutted (H&G) production has not reached its peak and is at about half of the level compared to 2015.
http://seafoodnews.com/Story/1026618/Alaskan-Pollock-Surimi-Production-Down-Over-3-percent-in-2016

Environment/Science

St. George Takes Steps To Preserve Marine Environment
KUCB by Zoe Sobel – July 19, 2016
St. George Island is taking steps to protect the marine environment in their backyard. The city council passed a resolution earlier this month that could establish a National Marine Sanctuary. Eighty people live on the island of St. George. They’re primarily Unangan and they rely on ocean resources for subsistence.
http://kucb.org/post/st-george-takes-steps-preserve-marine-environment

Global Temperatures Are on Course for Another Record This Year
New York Times by Henry Fountain – July 19, 2016
The world is on pace to set another high temperature benchmark, with 2016 becoming the third year in a row of record heat.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/science/nasa-global-temperatures-2016.html?emc=edit_th_20160720&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=60894292&_r=0

Labeling and Marketing

Genetically modified foods and the fight
Associated Press by Mary Clare Jalonick – July 6, 2016
WASHINGTON — It’s a food fight in Congress over genetically modified foods.
The Senate is moving ahead on bipartisan legislation that would for the first time require food packages to carry labels listing genetically modified ingredients. Vermont’s senators — Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy — argue that the measure falls short, especially compared to the tougher labeling in their state that kicked in last Friday.
http://juneauempire.com/nation-and-world/2016-07-06/genetically-modified-foods-and-fight

FYI’s

Groundfish Industry Donates to Brother Francis Shelter
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – July 18, 2016
Most nonprofits run off grants and donations, and one vital service recently got a boost from the groundfish industry in Kodiak.
http://kmxt.org/2016/07/groundfish-industry-donates-brother-francis-shelter/

 

 

 

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July 20, 2016