Alaska/Pacific Coast

Processor Plans Fall Short of Bristol Bay Harvest Forecast
Fishermen’s News – March 25, 2015
Processors of Bristol Bay’s famed sockeye salmon say they are prepared to purchase and process 35.5 million reds, out of a run forecast of 37.6 million fish.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2015/03/processor-plans-fall-short-of-bristol.html

Sockeye escapement ranges widened for 2015
KDLG News – March 25, 2015
The sockeye escapement goals for most of Bristol Bay’s rivers are changing. Members of an 18 month study recommended widening the ranges rather than just raising them, and the Department of Fish and Game has now adopted those ranges. Then the Alaska Board of Fish added language requiring management for the low end of escapement on small run years, and the high end during years with bigger runs. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more:
http://kdlg.org/post/sockeye-escapement-ranges-widened-2015

Politics

Four Running for Two Seats on BBRSDA Board
Fishermen’s News – March 25, 2015
Another election cycle is underway for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, with two candidates each vying for the Alaska resident and non-Alaska resident seats respectively.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2015/03/four-running-for-two-seats-on-bbrsda.html

Saluting Salmon
Alaska Wild Salmon Day bill moving through House
The Cordova Times by Cordova Times Staff – March 25, 2015
Legislation by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D- Dillingham, to establish Alaska Wild Salmon Day annually on Aug. 10, is moving through the House, co-sponsored by Representatives Bob Herron, D-Bethel, and Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1513saluting-salmon

MSA changes focused on flexibility, science
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – March 25, 2015
Taking the lead on legislation he’s been involved with since it first passed in 1976, Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young introduced a bill March 4 to reauthorize and amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/March-Issue-5-2015/MSA-changes-focused-on-flexibility-science/

Labeling and Marketing

Powdered Salmon Project Shows Promise for Marketing and Nutrition
Fishermen’s News – March 25, 2015
Wild Alaska salmon processed into a powder is a work in progress of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, in an effort to market millions of pounds of the fish, while providing protein to hungry people worldwide.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2015/03/powdered-salmon-project-shows-promise.html

FYI’s

ComFish 2015 Offers Federal and State Updates, Filleting and Films
Fishermen’s News – March 25, 2015
Representatives of state and federal fisheries agencies, research and environmental entities are on tap for presentations April 2-4 during ComFish 2015, Kodiak Island’s annual fisheries forum and trade show.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2015/03/comfish-2015-offers-federal-and-state.html

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March 26, 2015