Alaska/Pacific Coast

WCA fisheries program hoping to restore salmon sources
Wrangell Sentinel by Dan Rudy – March 3, 2016
Members of Wrangell Cooperative Association and the wider community were invited out to an informational workshop Tuesday night, introducing them to the Tribe’s latest program.

Alongside its Transportation and IGAP (see article inside) offices, the Subsistence Fisheries Management Program intends to improve quality of life and opportunity for tribal members, in this case through salmon restoration in traditional watersheds.



New GE salmon labeling bill requires third party review
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – March 3, 2015
Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill on March 3 that would require all genetically engineered salmon to carry the words “genetically engineered” or “GE.” The bill’s language resulted from discussions between Murkowski and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, strengthening earlier FDA language that made the labeling voluntary rather than mandatory.

Beyond labeling requirements, the bill would also require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to mandate a third party review of the previous FDA decision that declared AquAdvantage salmon fit for human consumption. The third party review would focus on ecological effects as well as human consumptive safety.

Rep. Don Young introduced a companion House bill.

Legislative legal, CFEC question Walker’s adminstrative order
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – March 2, 2016
The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission is once again fighting to stay abreast of fisheries officials who want to narrow its scope of duties.

Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order on Feb. 16 that folded several of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission’s key duties into the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, effective immediately. These functions include licensing and permitting, IT, accounting, payroll, procurement, and budgeting.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Update
ASMI – March 3, 2016
Alaska Crab Cake Burger Promotion in Japan, Feed Your Fitness with Alaska Seafood, Southeast Asia Trade Mission, Japanese Media Tour in Alaska, Updated Whitefish Buyers Guide …

The Alaska Seafood Brand Takes Top Ranking Among Restaurant Menus in Nation
Seafood News – March 3, 2016
For the first time, the Alaska seafood brand takes top billing among brands featured on menus across the nation, according to new research commissioned by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute…


Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Jig Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/04/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using jig gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using jig gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Recreational Management Measures
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/03/2016
NMFS proposes to modify recreational fishery management measures for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock, including daily bag limits, size limits, and seasonal possession restrictions. This action is necessary to increase recreational fishing opportunities and catch of cod and haddock in a manner consistent with anticipated catch limit increases. The intended effect of this action is to ensure the recreational fishery can achieve but not exceed its catch limits.


Young harvesters embark on educational tour
AMCC sponsored fishermen will visit Boston Washington DC and New Orleans
Cordova Times – March 3, 2016
Ten young Alaskan harvesters, including Marissa Wilson of Cordova, have embarked on a spring educational tour to learn more about seafood markets, fisheries policy and food system issues,with stops in Boston, Washington D.C. and New Orleans.

Meet the mom behind Alaska’s award-winning fish-flavored baby food
KTVA by Jessica Stugelmayer – March 1, 2016
A two-story white house in Midtown doesn’t look like any other on its block, but the sounds inside are familiar. Last Friday afternoon, laughter emanated from a toothy grin on the face of 1-year-old Athina Tziolas. She chewed a cookie while in the arms of her mother, Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas.

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March 4, 2016