Alaska/Pacific Coast
Sockeye catches falling short in central Southeast

KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – July 27, 2018
Returns of sockeye salmon in central Southeast Alaska have been disappointing this summer and fishing effort in this area has been low.
It’s not unusual in the start of the season for the bulk of the gillnet fleet to focus on the northern end of Southeast, chasing hatchery chums returning to the Juneau area and Lynn Canal. That normally leaves fishing effort low in districts 6 and 8 near Wrangell and Petersburg.


US Chamber analysis shows helping all sectors hit by tariffs would cost $39 billion

The Hill by Vicki Needham – July 30, 2018
A new U.S. Chamber of Commerce analysis found that providing similar aid to all sectors affected by President Trump’s tariffs would cost U.S. taxpayers $39 billion.

Alaska: Front Line in the Global Trade War
Bloomberg – July 25, 2018
President Donald Trump’s trade war is hitting a wide variety of goods produced in America, and Alaska’s fisheries are caught in the crossfire. The industry has become highly dependent on ties with China, thanks to shipments that head there for processing and are then exported again. How is a state that voted big for Trump and Republicans in 2016 coping with the threat to one of its most vital economic sectors? Alexa Tonkovich, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and Ralph Townsend, an economist at the University of Alaska Anchorage, discuss the issue with Scott Lanman and Reade Pickert of Bloomberg News.

Murkowski Questions Administration on Impacts of Seafood Tariffs
Karina Peterse, Office of Senator Murkowski – July 27, 2018.
WASHINGTON D.C.— During a Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee hearing recently, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) questioned Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, on the administration’s plans to ensure our trade policy allows seafood producers to thrive, citing China’s recently announced 25 percent tariff on American seafood imports.


Alaska mine project review proceeds over governor’s doubts
AP News by Becky Bohrer – July 27, 2018
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proceeding with an environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine located near a major salmon fishery in Alaska, despite a request from the state’s governor that the review be halted.

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July 31, 2018