Alaska/Pacific Coast

Ocean Beauty Moving to Renton, as They Have Outgrown Historic Location Near Ballard Bridge
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – March 30, 2017
Ocean Beauty Seafoods will relocate its Seattle production and distribution operations to Renton, just south of Seattle, by the end of 2017. The new facility will provide over 78,000 square feet of space with easier highway access and will help the company continue to grow and improve customer service.

Corporate offices will stay in Seattle, but move out of the current building at the same date.

Explosive growth around their historic location in the South Lake Union area has dramatically increased transit time from the plant to the major highways, increasing costs and jeopardizing the service levels Ocean Beauty’s customers have come to rely on.

“We have outgrown this building and we are in a location that is very difficult to move trucks in and out of,” said Tom Sunderland, Ocean Beauty’s Vice President of Marketing. “It’s a scenic and historic location, and we’ve been here since the 1970s, but it’s become a major undertaking just to get on the freeway from here. Renton is ideal for both production and distribution, because it has great access to I-5 and the Eastside, and it’s near the airport.”

The current Ballard location also houses Ocean Beauty’s corporate offices. Once distribution and production have vacated the building, the offices will also move to a new location. While no office site has been determined, the search is focusing on areas of Seattle that will make commuting easier for the majority of the office employees.

Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC has been a leader in food safety and quality for over 100 years, and is one of the largest seafood processors in the United States. Ocean Beauty operates six plants, seven distribution facilities, and maintains offices in Seattle and Tokyo.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1056219/Ocean-Beauty-Moving-to-Renton-as-They-Have-Outgrown-Historic-Location-Near-Ballard-Bridge

California proposal to raise fish landing fees 1,300 percent worries processors
Seafood Source by Aaron Orlowski – March 29, 2017
California wants to raise commercial fishing landing taxes 1,300 percent, or USD 12.4 million (EUR 11.5 million) – a tax hike commercial fishermen and seafood processors are unsure they can survive.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/california-proposal-to-raise-fish-landing-fees-1-300-percent-worries-processors

Yurok Tribe cancels salmon season
Commercial catch denied again due to low fish population
The Del Norte Triplicate by Jessica Cejnar – March 28, 2017
The Yurok Tribe is canceling its commercial salmon fishery for the second year in a row due to low numbers of chinook and coho predicted to return to the Klamath River.
http://www.triplicate.com/news/5185927-151/yurok-tribe-cancels-salmon-season

Togiak Herring Sac Roe Harvest Set
Fishermen’s News – March 29, 2017
Harvest allocations for the 2017 Togiak, Alaska, herring sac roe fishery are set at 22,943 tons, with 19,060 tons, or 70 percent for the purse seine vessels, and 6,883 tons, or 30 percent for gillnet harvesters.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/03/togiak-herring-sac-roe-harvest-set.html

Environment/Science

Alaska senators get behind bill to clean up America’s trashed coastlines
Alaska Dispatch News by Erica Martinson – March 30, 2017
WASHINGTON — Alaska’s U.S. senators and a bipartisan group of colleagues introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at managing the problem of marine debris off America’s coasts and in inland waterways.
https://www.adn.com/politics/2017/03/29/alaska-senators-introduce-bipartisan-marine-debris-bill/

Temporary Shutdown of Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Production
Fishermen’s News – March 29, 2017
Hilcorp Alaska has agreed to a temporary shutdown of its oil and gas production to reduce environmental impact and safety risks in the wake of the company’s gas line leak in Cook Inlet.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/03/temporary-shutdown-of-cook-inlet-oil.html

FYI’s

Alaska’s Marine Conservation Alliance Launches Website that Explains Federal Fishery Management
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – March 29, 2017
The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) has launched an interactive website called the ‘Seven Principles of Sustainability,’ that provides a comprehensive overview of federal fisheries management in waters off Alaska.

The website includes sections on habitat protection, bycatch management, food webs and environmental change.  It also covers community protections and protections against overfishing. Interactive tools allow users to view areas closed to fishing in the North Pacific, explaining how each closure applies and why it was developed.

MCA is a consortium of stakeholders including harvesters, processors, and communities.  The organization’s purpose is to promote sustainable fisheries through science-based management.

“There is nothing else like this available to illustrate the complexity of North Pacific fisheries regulations, interactions, and their impacts,” said MCA Executive Director Lori Swanson.  “Ecosystem-based fishery management continues to evolve in this area.  Managers are doing a lot of things right.”

The site can be viewed at www.ebfm.marineconservationalliance.org.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1056074/Alaskas-Marine-Conservation-Alliance-Launches-Website-that-Explains-Federal-Fishery-Management

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March 30, 2017