Alaska/Pacific Coast

Northern Alaska Peninsula has strong 2016 sockeye returns
To the west of Bristol Bay, Area M fishermen are still hauling in fish offshore from the Alaska Peninsula.
KDLG by Molly Dischner – July 27, 2016

(Credit Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
Area M fishermen have hauled in nearly 9 million salmon so far this summer, including almost 5.5 million sockeye. Most of that catch comes from the North Alaska Peninsula, which has seen strong sockeye returns this summer.

Recovery plan underway for fishing vessel abandoned by crew of 46
Alaska Dispatch News by Chris Klint – July 28, 2016
A salvage crew is headed toward the last known location of a fishing vessel abandoned by its crew of 46 in the Bering Sea when it began taking on water Tuesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.


East Coast Fishery

A new device is helping Maine fishermen avoid protected cod
The Nature Conservancy provides new technology that helps avoid unwanted by-catches of the threatened groundfish species.
Press Herald by Kevin Miller July 25, 2016
GEORGETOWN — Like many Maine fishermen, Bryan Kelley faces a dilemma as he looks to diversify beyond the lobster that account for the bulk of his catch.
To target pollock, which are relatively common in the Gulf of Maine, he has to fish in the same areas frequented by cod, a type of groundfish protected through strict federal catch limits.


NFWF Announces $1.19 Million in Grants to Support Sustainable Fisheries in the U.S.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – July 27, 2016
Washington D.C. — Last month the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)  announced the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States.

The 11 grants for 2016 total $1.19 million, and will be matched by over $1.3 million in additional support from the grantees, for a total conservation impact of more than $2.5 million. Altogether, the grants will support conservation work in 15 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.

In the North Pacific, the Bristol Bay region won $114,450 to expand marketing opportunities for salmon through Fiar Trade Certification. Alaska Marine Conservation Council was granted $105,000 to build the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network. The Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust won $150,000 to remove barriers for younger fishermen to enter the Gulf of Alaska groundifsh fishery.

In the Western Pacific, $82,000 was given to Oceanic Libra/Kula Lawaia to preserve traditional fishing practices in Hawaii.

Along the Pacific Coast, the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust won $60,000 to develop a fish hub for Monterey in central California. San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanograph won $118,000 to “develop a progressive curriculum of classwork and on-the-water training for students and recruit veteran fishermen as employers to provide opportunities for new entrants into California commercial fisheries.”

Ecotrust will address market barriers to fresh frozen fish with a new metric to measure seafood freshness. The project will partner with fishing communities in Alaska, California, and Oregon. The grant was $100,000.

In New England, the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island won $105,000 to establish a Next Generation Commercial Fishing Crew Apprenticeship Program.

GreenWave won $100,000 to devlop ocean farming training programs. A company called BackTracker won $199,995 to “integrate a marketing, traceability and fishery improvement program to increase market access and promote local, underexploited resources of New England groundfish.”

The Island Institute will implement a community sustainability plan for the state of Maine with a $54,700 grant from NWFW.
The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.  NFWF’s Fisheries Innovation Fund is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Walton Family Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and this year welcomes a new funder, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.


Washington Scientist Launches Effort to Digitize All Fish
ABC News by Phuong Le – July 27, 2016
University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of stingray and other fish.


PhD Students Win Best Paper Award for Study of U.S. Catch-Share Fisheries – July 25, 2016
DURHAM, N.C. – Anna Birkenbach and David Kaczan, doctoral students in the Duke University Program in Environmental Policy, won the Best Student Paper Award at the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, last week for their study of U.S. catch-share fisheries.

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July 28, 2016