Alaska/Pacific Coast

Good Samaritans rescue 46 people who abandoned fishing ship off Aleutians
Alaska Dispatch News by Jerzy Shedlock, Annie Zak – July 27, 2016
Forty-six people abandoned a sinking fishing vessel shortly before noon Tuesday and were rescued by merchant ships that responded to a U.S. Coast Guard emergency broadcast, an official said.

Governor should recognize value of Alaska groundfish industry
Alaska Dispatch News by Al Burch – July 23, 2016
Something remarkable happened in my hometown of Kodiak recently. Roughly 1,000 people turned out to celebrate our groundfish trawl fishery. It was a family affair, with processing workers and their kids, fishing families, support businesses and local officials all participating in the parade and the barbecue picnic that followed. More than 2,000 meals were served and $17,000 was raised for the local Brother Francis Shelter.

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – July 21, 2016
Coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report, an Icelandic processing technology analyst visits the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Then, an ongoing study of king salmon in the Bering Sea has so far yielded some surprising results. Also, an ongoing literary project could inspire newcomers to the fishing industry and ease the transition for aspiring fishermen. That and more on the Alaska Fisheries Report.


Chile’s salmon output likely to fall sharply under new rules
Reuter by Anthony Esposito and Felipe Iturrieta – July 25, 2016
Chile’s farmed salmon production could drop by almost 25 percent because of stricter regulations aimed at tackling environmental crises that have decimated fish populations in recent years, government and industry sources say.



New and rare whale species identified from carcass found in Pribilofs
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – July 26, 2016
A stroll on the beach of a remote Bering Sea island two years ago has produced a scientific breakthrough — the discovery of a previously unidentified species of beaked whale that dwells in the deep waters of the North Pacific Ocean.

Fishing gear abandoned in ocean being collected in B.C. town for recycling
The Globe and Mail by Megan Dolski – July 24, 2016
Massive bags of nylon – stripped from old fishing nets – are being collected in Steveston, B.C., in an attempt to put a dent in the tonnes of gear lost and discarded in the world’s oceans every year that clog up harbours and endanger marine life.

Labeling and Marketing

Tesco drops John West products over sustainability concerns
Just-Food by John Shepherd – July 26, 2016
Some of John West’s tuna products are being removed from Tesco stores in the UK after the company failed to meet the retailer’s sustainability standards.


UFA asks for fishermen’s input on habitat
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – July 26, 2016
The biggest commercial fishing trade organization in the state is looking for a little more information about engagement and habitat from its members.


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July 27, 2016