Alaska/Pacific Coast

Chignik fishermen stuck ashore as sockeye run fails
KDLG by Mitch Borden – July 5, 2018
Sockeye returns to the Chignik River are the lowest in 50 years, devestating local subsistence and commercial fishing. Area villages are requesting assistence from Governor Bill Walker and from the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The BOF will consider the request at a July 17 emergency meeting.


Deadline for comments for BOF special meeting is July 9
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – July 5, 2018
July 9 is the deadline for written comments for a special meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries on four emergency petitions, including one on hatchery production in Prince William Sound.


US-China tariffs: What’s behind them, who stands to be hurt?
Daily Mail by Associated Press – July 2,  2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has boldly declared that trade wars are easy to win. He’s about to find out.
Barring a last-minute breakthrough, the Trump administration on Friday will start imposing tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports. And China will promptly strike back with tariffs on an equal amount of U.S. exports.


NOAA chief backs away from comments about climate change
Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender – July 2, 2018
The acting head of the U.S. agency that oversees the country’s oceans policy is downplaying remarks he recently made about climate change.

Last week, The Hill reported that Tim Gallaudet, the acting administrator for NOAA, gave a presentation at a conference put together by the U.S. Commerce Department where he floated a new mission statement for the agency. Gallaudet, a retired Navy rear admiral who also serves as the assistant commerce secretary for oceans and atmosphere, reports to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Currently, NOAA’s mission statement begins with “To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts.” In his presentation, Gallaudet offered an amended mission statement that read: “to observe, understand and predict atmospheric and ocean conditions.”

The Union of Concerned Scientists released the presentation to the public. After its release, Gallaudet issued a statement saying he intended his remarks to show how NOAA could find new ways to work with in the Commerce Department’s strategic plan. He said his presentation was not to be considered as a finished product, according to The Hill.

“Secretary Ross, the Department, and I support NOAA’s mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources,” Gallaudet said. “We are also fully aware of the congressional mandates and will continue to adhere to them.”

Gallaudet’s remarks come at a time when the Trump administration is either implementing or considering several changes to the country’s fishery management and related policies. The Hill noted Gallaudet also mentioned reducing the seafood trade deficit, which has been a major focus for Ross since he was confirmed as commerce secretary in February 2017.

Last month, President Trump issued an executive order that rescinded a national oceans policy established under President Obama. In addition, Trump is considering making revisions to several national marine monuments, and those revisions could open up opportunities for commercial fishing. The administration also has floated the possibility of merging NOAA Fisheries with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is an agency under the Interior Department.


Eating Seafood Could Lead to Better Grades for Kids in School
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – July 5, 2018
Although school may be out for summer, that doesn’t stop stores from stocking their shelves with back-to-school items. And it certainly shouldn’t stop parents from feeding their kids superfoods.

Research has shown that kids who eat fish at least once a week are more likely to get better grades in school. Just take a look at a study conducted by scientists in Sweden back in 2000. The researchers evaluated the “association between fish intake and academic grades among 9,448 school children” aged 15. The data showed that the subjects who consumed fish once a week were more likely to have higher grades than those who ate fish less than once a week. “Grades were even higher in subjects with fish consumption of more than once a week,” the researchers found.

Seafood is high in vitamins A and D, which is necessary for the development of eye and bone. In addition, most seafood is high in Omega-3 fats, which aid in the growth and development of the eyes and brain, and could ultimately aid in memory and learning.

Joe Urban, the director of food and nutrition services for Greenville County Schools, recommends introducing seafood to children at an early age in an effort to develop a “fondness for the cuisine.” For picky eaters, seafood can be substituted in favorite dishes like tacos and burgers.

For recipes and other recommendations visit the Seafood Nutrition Partnership.

Commentary: Hatcheries provide ocean raised wild salmon for all users
Cordova Times by Jerry McCune – July 2, 2018
Summer is here, and salmon are returning to Alaska’s rivers. Boats stream out of our harbors while Alaskans ready their sport rods, dipnets and subsistence nets to take part in the annual harvest. Amid this swirl of activity runs another current that is far less enjoyable – the swirl of fish politics. The current topic of discussion, misinformation and debate is Alaska’s hatchery program.


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July 6, 2018