Alaska/Pacific Coast

PWS salmon harvest estimate estimated at 1.4 M plus
Coghill, Eshamy districts open with 36-hour periods
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – June 29, 2018
Lori Kilby picks fish during a commercial opener in the Coghill District on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Lori Kilby
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/06/29/pws-salmon-harvest-estimate-estimated-at-1-4-m-plus/

Egegik 2-2 Fish Not Showing So Far at Port Moller; But Forecast Expected a Lot of These Fish
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – June 29, 2018
On their latest Bristol Bay Report, KDLG’s Austin Fast talked with Jack Erickson, research coordinator for the Bristol Bay region with ADF&G.

The issue is that fish that are called 2-2’s, ie. 2 years in fresh water, than two years in salt water, are not showing up in the Port Moeller data, even though this was the basis for about 9 million fish in the run volume forecast for Egegik.

Erickson said that it was important to understand the forecasts are only models, and the ADF&G does not expect each forecast to play out exactly as planned.

However, if the 2-2 fish do not show up in Egegik, it would mean a substantially lower volume of sockeye in this district of Bristol Bay.

As is the case with other sockeye right now, the managers are unsure if they are seeing a lack of fish or a change in the timing when these fish appear.

But it seems like Egegik may be another district where the run may not be panning out as forecast.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1108476/Egegik-2-2-Fish-Not-Showing-So-Far-at-Port-Moller-But-Forecast-Expected-a-Lot-of-These-Fish

National

Eleven of 27 Amendments Proposed for Magnuson Reauthorization Bill HR 200 Could Go to House Vote
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers – June 27, 2018
An anticipated House of Representatives floor vote on H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, was delayed Tuesday. More than 25 amendments were proposed for the bill reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. It went to the Rules Committee instead.

The Rules Committee held a hearing Monday night and passed a rule to provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration. The rule included 11 of the 27 amendments.

H.R. 200, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, was the primary bill proposed to re-authorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act. It garnered both strong support and strong opposition.

Opponents blanketed Capitol Hill offices and committees with reasons why the bill should not pass. At the same time, many Democratic lawmakers proposed amendments or changes, some that could fundamentally change Young’s original bill.

Outside supporters and lawmakers were also busy lining up votes and proposing amendments to the bill.

By Monday night, 27 amendments had been submitted: 16 from Democrats and 7 from Republicans; four were bi-partisan. Five were revised amendments and four were submitted late, after the 10 a.m. Monday deadline.

California Democrat Jared Huffman led the opposition to H.R. 200. Both he and Young were the invited witnesses to the Rules Committee hearing Monday evening.

Young, one of the creators of the first Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, said he recognizes the successes this bill and subsequent reauthorizations have made over the years and that he, better than anyone, understands what else is needed to protect fish stocks while helping communities. “This legislation is dear to my heart,” Young said during the Rules Committee hearing.

Young also referred to recent lawmakers proposing changes to the bill as “Johnny-come-latelys” who don’t understand the fundamentals of the language that protects the stocks while balancing communities’ needs. The proposed bill was made with the suggestions from regional Councils and scientists, Young said.

Huffman countered that several provisions in the bill would roll back fish stock protections and the current language doesn’t prevent overfishing. He also noted that all previous bills reauthorizing the Fishery Conservation and Management Act were bipartisan; this one isn’t he said. It passed out of committee on party lines, Huffman added.

To that end, Huffman proposed four amendments, one considered a substitution for the entire bill. That particular amendment was not included in the committee’s final rule

By the end of the hearing, the Rules Committee passed a rule that included 11 of the 27 amendments — also along party lines. If that rule also passes the House, only those 11 amendments can be considered when H.R. 200 comes up for a floor vote again.

Those amendments, in order, include:

1. A revised manager’s amendment by Young and Rep. Garret Graves, R-La. It revises some sections and adds a new section regarding the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program;

2. An amendment to create an industry-based pilot trawl survey for the new England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council regions (Reps. Joe Courtney, D-Conn. and Lee Zeldin, R-NY);

3. A provision for a voting representative from Rhode Island on the MAFMC (Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, D-RI);

4. An amendment ensuring rebuilding plans are successful in rebuilding overfished fish stocks (Reps. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., and Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.);

5. Waiving compensatory mitigation requirements for maintenance dredging projects in certain waterways (Reps. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Daniel Webster, R-Fla.);

6. Requiring the Comptroller General to report to Congress on the resource rent of Limited Access Privilege Programs in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council areas (Rep. Garret Graves, R-La.);

7. A plan to establish fully operational electronic monitoring and reporting procedures for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery (Rep. William Keating, D-Ma.);

8. A requirement for NOAA to conduct a study on all fees it charges the lobster industry and report those findings to Congress (Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine);

9. Lifting the ban on striped bass fishing in the Block Island transit zone between Montauk, NY and Block Island, RI (Rep. Zeldin, R-NY);

10. Directing the Secretary of Commerce to use funds collected from penalties and fines for monitoring, in addition to traditional enforcement activities (Rep. Keating); and

11. Rewarding the elimination of lionfish from US. waters by allowing individuals to exchange lionfish for tags authorizing fishing for certain species in addition to the number of such species otherwise authorized to be taken by such individuals (Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.)

Some of the amendments that didn’t pass muster in the Rules Committee included refinancing a Pacific Coast groundfish buyback loan; two amendments related to sharks and shark finning; a prohibition on offshore drilling In essential fish habitat areas on Atlantic and Pacific coasts; additional funding for stock assessments; two amendments related to aquaculture; and more.

The earliest the committee’s rule and H.R. 200, with the 11 amendments, is likely come up on the House floor for a vote is the week of July 11. However, it may be delayed again if appropriations bills are ready in the next week and a half.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1108191/Eleven-of-27-Amendments-Proposed-for-Magnuson-Reauthorization-Bill-HR-200-Could-Go-to-House-Vote

Environment/Science

New oceanographic insight pinpoints marine ‘hotspots of risk’
Phys.org – June 26, 2018
Increased computing power has given fisheries researchers new tools to identify “hotspots of risk,” where ocean fronts and eddies bring together masses of fish, fishermen and predators, raising the risk of entangling non-target fish and protected species such marine mammals, sea turtles and sharks.
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-oceanographic-insight-marine-hotspots.html

Labeling and Marketing

Chinese Supermarkets Update Their Salmon Labels to Show Country of Origin
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [YCWB] translated by Amy Zhong – June 27, 2018
Last week one influential Cantonese newspaper, Yangcheng Evening News, reported that some local supermarkets had written that salmon products’ places of origin were the supermarkets themselves — not the foreign country or domestic region — on product labels in the stores. Such labels provide little help to consumers when they try to distinguish imported salmon from the domestic ones. One local consumer complained to the Guangdong Administration of Ocean and Fisheries about the labels through the bureau’s hotline. In response to the complaint, the bureau head, Wang, said that eating domestic freshwater salmon makes it easy for consumers to be infected with parasites. Furthermore, local sellers should provide clear information about salmon products’ places of origin, so consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying, he said.

This report caught great public attention. After its publication, Aeon has updated the salmon labels of its 21 supermarkets in Guangdong to provide more detailed information. For example, one Aeon supermarket in Tianhe district of Guangzhou has added in the “ingredient” section of the product label that the salmon products are from the Faroe Islands, though it still has words that say that the supermarket is the place of origin. According to its manager, this supermarket got these salmon from foreign suppliers, filleted and then packed them in the store. And in accordance with relevant regulations, it had to tell consumers that the place of origin was that supermarket. But now it has also provided extra information in the ingredient sections to let consumers know exactly whether the salmon are from foreign countries like the Faroe Islands or Norway.

In the retail store ParknShop, instant salmon food products have labels that show that they are from Norway, while the cooked products are said to come from Chile. In Grandbuy supermarkets, frozen salmon have labels that read that they are Atlantic salmon. Wang has emphasized the importance of telling consumers exactly where their salmon are from on labels. He also added that different departments should work together to ensure that this becomes an unspoken rule among salmon sellers, though it is not a written regulation yet.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1108167/Chinese-Supermarkets-Update-Their-Salmon-Labels-to-Show-Country-of-Origin

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Alaska Plaice in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/28/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Alaska plaice in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2018 Alaska plaice total allowable catch (TAC) specified for the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/28/2018-13918/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-alaska-plaice-in-the-bering-sea-and-aleutian

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Other Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/28/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for other flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2018 other flatfish total allowable catch (TAC) specified for the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/28/2018-13917/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-other-flatfish-in-the-bering-sea-and-aleutian

FYI’s

Buying frozen fish isn’t what it used to be. Here’s what you need to know.
Washington Post by Bonnie S. Benwick –  June 26, 2018
Standing in your grocery store seafood department, you see a counter with fillets of salmon, cod and tuna bedded on ice. Their tenderness beckons. Somewhere nearby, packages of those same fish and more, each fillet vacuum-sealed, wait behind a freezer glass door. They look . . . well, you can’t quite tell, but the labels indicate where the stuff comes from and its sustainability. Which ones will go in your basket?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2018/06/26/buying-frozen-fish-isnt-what-it-used-to-be-heres-what-you-need-to-know/?utm_term=.79f47f43605e

NOAA Announces 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Recommendations
NOAA – June 28, 2018
Today, NOAA Fisheries announced recommendations to fund 38 projects for almost $9 million under the 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grants Program. The list of projects fall into four categories:  Marine Aquaculture; Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystems; Promotion, Development and Marketing; and Territorial Science.
https://www.savingseafood.org/science/noaa-announces-2018-saltonstall-kennedy-grant-recommendations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

Marine safety instructor training set for Sitka
Cordova Times – June 28, 2018
A six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training workshop will be held Sept. 24-29 by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association at the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/06/28/marine-safety-instructor-training-set-for-sitka/

SeaShare donates 1,700 pounds of fish in Kodiak this week
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 27, 2018
A Seattle-based nonprofit is organizing the donation of 1,700 pounds of fish to be distributed in Kodiak this week.
http://kmxt.org/2018/06/seashare-donates-1700-pounds-fish-kodiak-week/

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