Alaska/Pacific Coast

Stakeholders of all types leave Cook Inlet meeting unsatisfied
Peninsula Clarion by  Elizabeth Earl – March 15, 2017
KENAI — The Board of Fisheries wrapped up its Upper Cook Inlet meeting with few changes for the inlet’s commercial drift gillnet fleet, with small gains possible for the drifters and disagreements between the sport and commercial users left intact.

First In-Season Cod Closure Announced for Some Southeast AK Waters
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – March 15, 2017
SITKA – The first in-season closure of selected areas of Southeast Alaska for the Pacific cod directed fishery was announced yesterday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).

The closure was effective yesterday at 11:59 p.m. in all waters of Cross Sound, Icy Strait, Port Frederick, Lynn Canal, Berners Bay, an area of northern Chatham Strait, and in parts of Gastineau Channel and Stephens Passage. Specific boundary locations for the closure are available on the announcement.

The Pacific cod season in state waters of Southeast Alaska is open year-round and managed in-season by ADF&G. The guideline harvest range for P-cod in both Northern Southeast Inside (NSEI) and Southern Southeast Inside (SSEI) Subdistricts is 750,000 – 1,250,000 pounds.

Over 270,000 lbs of Pacific cod have been taken from the northern section of the NSEI area during the 2016/2017 seasonal fishing period. The directed fishery catch rates and harvest have declined compared to recent fishing seasons and this area closure is announced to distribute effort and harvest throughout the remaining open areas of NSEI and SSEI. These areas will re-open to directed fishing for Pacific cod on July 1, 2017.

This closure affects the directed Pacific cod fishery only. Pacific cod taken as bycatch in other fisheries may continue to be retained in these areas as permitted by established bycatch allowances.

Pacific cod catches will be closely monitored and fishermen are advised that additional area closures may occur on short notice. Closures are announced by ADF&G news release, United States Coast Guard “Notice to Mariners” report and the National Weather Service broadcast. Area closures will also be announced on the Groundfish Hotline at 907-747-4882.


Senators Call for Protection of Coast Guard Budget
Fishermen’s News – March 15, 2017
A bipartisan group of 23 senators is urging the Trump administration to stop proposed plans to cut $1.3 billion from the US Coast Guard budget, citing its importance to national and economic security and halting the flow of illegal drugs.

Labeling and Marketing

MSC achieves GSSI recognition
Seafood Source by Cliff White – March 14, 2017
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has become the first global sustainable seafood certification program to achieve recognition from the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
ASMI- March 2017
Kicking Off Lenten Season With National Coupon for Frozen Alaska Pollock Products on Ibotta, White Castle Menu Items to Promote Alaska Pollock, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center Internships Supported by Alaska Sea Grant and ASMI, “How to Fillet a Wild Alaska Halibut” Video Live on YouTube!, Halibut and Sablefish Season Now Open, Retailers Embrace In-Store Demos for Frozen Alaska Pollock Fillets, Alaska Salmon Fishery Awarded Continued Alaska RFM Certification…

Federal Register

Permanent Advisory Committee To Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission; Meeting Announcement
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/15/2017
NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) on April 13, 2017. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. The meeting will be held via conference call.


Sustainable shipping standard launched
Fish Site – March 14, 2017
Friend of the Sea (FoS) is set to include a new sustainable shipping standard in the next update of its sustainability certification criteria, in a bid to ensure that seafood is transported in an environmentally friendly manner as possible.

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March 16, 2017