Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall –  June 13, 2018
Optimism is as scant as the salmon Petersburg this week.
The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation votes Yes on Yes For Salmon, but the measure gets mostly thumbs down from candidates for governor.
http://kmxt.org/2018/06/alaska-fisheries-report-june-14-2018/

Optimism scarce as commercial fisheries start up in Southeast
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – June 12, 2018
Activity is picking up in the harbors in Petersburg this week as fishing boats and tenders prepare for the start of several commercial fishing seasons, but optimism is a little scarce on the docks. Fishermen this summer are feeling the impacts of reduced catches, low forecasts and increasing competition from marine mammals.
https://www.kfsk.org/2018/06/12/optimism-scarce-as-commercial-fisheries-start-up-in-southeast/

Politics

BBEDC supports Yes for Salmon
KDLG by Isabelle Ross – June 12, 2018
On June first, the board of directors for the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation voted unanimously to support the Yes for Salmon ballot initiative.
http://kdlg.org/post/bbedc-supports-yes-salmon

House Oceans Caucus Urges More Understanding of Ocean Stressors
Fishermen’s News – June 13, 2018
Co-chairs Suzanne Bonamici, D- Oregon and Don Young, R-Alaska of the House Oceans Committee say environmental stressors impacting oceans threaten the economy and the livelihood of millions of people.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/06/house-oceans-caucus-urges-more.html

Environment/Science

‘Blob’ is blamed: Alaska’s Copper River sees low commercial-salmon harvest
Seattle Times by Associated Press – June 12, 2018
ANCHORAGE — The commercial salmon harvest in Alaska’s Copper River is so far the second lowest in 50 years, state officials said.
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/alaskas-copper-river-sees-low-commercial-salmon-harvest/

Eating Plants & Seafood
Sustainable Seafood by Max Mossler – June 13, 2018
A paper we wrote about yesterday, Hilborn et al. 2018, went out with a press release that argued that a selective diet of seafood could have a lower environmental impact than a vegetarian or vegan diet. This claim comes from comparing the results of Hilborn et al with Poore and Nemecek 2018, a paper published just a few weeks before the Hilborn paper that used the same kind of analysis to also evaluate the environmental cost of food.
http://sustainablefisheries-uw.org/eating-plants-and-seafood/

Labeling and Marketing

Survey finds Americans put premium on Alaska seafood
Seafood Source by Christine Blank – June 13, 2018
New research has found that nearly 40 percent of Americans would pay more for Alaska seafood. With the Alaska salmon selling season now underway, that’s music to the ears of retailers and restaurants looking to grow their profit margins.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/features/survey-finds-americans-put-premium-on-alaska-seafood?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter

Federal Register

North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC); Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/13/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will host an Assessment Methods Workshop in June.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/13/2018-12688/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-npfmc-public-meeting

FYI’s

Dillingham honors fishermen at Blessing of the Fleet
Dillingham gathered Sunday to salute Bristol Bay fishermen who earn their living from the sea. KDLG’s Austin Fast was in attendance and has more on how this ceremony honors both the living and the dead.
KDLG by Austin Fast – June 11, 2018
“We are gathering together by the shores of Bristol Bay; We come to ask your blessing on our fishers and our fleet,” a crowd of faithful voices sang out in unison across a nearly empty harbor at the annual Blessing of the Fleet Sunday afternoon in Dillingham.
http://kdlg.org/post/dillingham-honors-fishermen-blessing-fleet#stream/0

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June 14, 2018