Alaska/Pacific Coast

Harbour seals selectively eat juveniles of salmon species most at risk
Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore – June 5, 2017
Harbour seals in the Strait of Georgia may be eating millions of juvenile sockeye, coho and chinook salmon as they transition from fresh to salt water, according to a new study that sheds new light on poor salmon survival rates.


Seafood sustainability target unveiled
Fish Site – June 6, 2017
A new global initiative that aims to ensure that at least 75 percent of global seafood comes from more sustainable sources by 2020 has been launched in the US this week.


Opponents rally against copper prospect they fear could become another Pebble
Alaska Dispatch News by Alex DeMarban – June 6, 2017
Critics of a copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region who fear it could become a smaller version of its giant neighbor, Pebble, have launched an early campaign to stop it.


Race to Alaska Update: Ready to Fly
Fly with the Burd brothers, that is.
Tripp, Chris, and Trevor Burd are prepping for the race of a lifetime, competing in the Race to Alaska, a 750 mile race by water (with no engines) from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. The action starts June 8th.

The race started tomorrow  @5am from Port Townsend.

Tour shows value of commercial fisheries

Examined fishing, seafood processing and boat building
The Daily Astorian by Katie Frankowicz – June 1, 2017
Positive news about successful local efforts to build and maintain a strong fishing community in Clatsop County jostled with concerns about attracting workers at the first ever Clatsop Commercial Fisheries Tour Wednesday.

Seafood Champion Awards Announced in Seattle During 2017 SeaWeb Summit
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 6, 2017
The Seafood Champion Awards were announced in Seattle this week during the 2017 SeaWeb Summit.

The annual Seafood Champion Awards recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in promoting ocean health and responsible practices with honors in four categories: leadership, innovation, vision and advocacy.

“The 2017 Seafood Champions demonstrate that courage and creativity can drive progress on seafood sustainability worldwide,” said Mark Spalding, president of SeaWeb and The Ocean Foundation. “These Champions have made smart use of strategies and tools tailored to their unique situations. Some employed teamwork and diplomacy to patiently overcome resistance. Others took bold actions. All have shown the determination and leadership that are the core qualities of Seafood Champions.”

The Seafood Champion Award for Leadership went to Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries since 2014. She has banned the use of bottom trawlers and other unsustainable catching devices; led the fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing in her geographically dispersed island nation; and fought against the use of forced labor on fishing vessels.

FISH-i Africa, a partnership of eight East African countries, received the Seafood Champion Award for Innovation for sharing information and taking collective enforcement action to combat large-scale illegal fishing. FISH-i’s string of investigations and prosecutions has created a strong deterrence to illegal activity and promoted legitimate operators.

Matthew Beaudin, executive chef of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, earned the Seafood Champion Award for Vision for leading the shift to local and sustainable seafood within the Monterey Bay restaurant scene. In 2016, Chef Matt visited more than 20 cities to promote Seafood Watch and responsible sourcing. He is a regional and cross-border leader, having also developed aquaponics programs to support HIV-positive orphans in Mexico.

Sharing the Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy were the International Pole & Line Foundation and Ned Bell, Ocean Wise executive chef at the Vancouver Aquarium and founder of Chefs for Oceans. IPNLF earned its place at the top for spearheading Indian Ocean tuna fisheries reform, most notably the adoption of a precautionary harvest strategy by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission—a huge leap forward for global tuna management. Chef Ned has made sustainable seafood his mission. In 2014, he rode his bike 8,700 km across Canada, hosting 20 events alongside some of the country’s best chefs to raise awareness of sustainable seafood.

“This year’s Seafood Champions show an important trend: providing practical and affordable solutions for small-scale fishers and developing nations is now a priority,” said judge Katie Miller, sustainable seafood project lead for UK-based ClientEarth. “I’m looking forward to seeing how these play out on the water.”

The judges chose winners from a group of 16 finalists doing remarkable work in their home waters or in multinational coalitions. They winnowed the finalists from an outstanding group of 115 nominees working in 43 countries, reflecting a sector that is increasingly global, collaborative and distributed throughout the supply chain.

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June 7, 2017