Alaska/Pacific Coast

Native Fishermen’s Group Seeks To Close Unalaska Bay To Commercial Trawl Fishing
KUCB by Greta Mart – March 5, 2016
A proposal to permanently close Unalaska Bay to commercial trawl fishing is up for discussion at an upcoming Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting.
http://kucb.org/post/native-fishermens-group-seeks-close-unalaska-bay-commercial-trawl-fishing#stream/0

Future is uncertain for tanner, blue king crab stocks
Cordova Times – March 4, 2016
Federal fisheries scientists engaged in ongoing research on Alaska’s crab fisheries say there is a growing body of evidence that suggests the future for tanner and blue king crab stocks in Alaska is, at best, uncertain.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1609future-is-uncertain-for-tanner-blue-king-crab

International

B.C. First Nation vows to stop herring roe fishery in its territory
Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore – March 3, 2016
The Tla’amin First Nation has served notice that it will take action to halt any commercial herring roe fishery in its traditional territory.
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/first+nation+vows+stop+herring+fishery+territory/11760943/story.html

MSC certified fisheries do not destroy Arctic ecosystems, MSC states
Fis.com – March 09, 2016
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries in the Barents Sea are some of the most well managed in the world and are taking action to ensure the long-term health of sensitive Arctic sea habitats.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=82886&ndb=1&df=0

Environment/Science

Warm water Blob is prime suspect in marine mortality, habitat changes
KTOO by Matt Miller – March 6, 2016
Scientists are increasingly alarmed about the potential for more species die-offs and other adverse effects on marine mammals and seabirds if the suspected cause, a huge anomaly of warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean, persists into summer. The warm seawater may be a catalyst for a variety of ongoing ecological incidents along the West Coast, including a breakdown in the marine food web.
http://www.ktoo.org/2016/03/06/warm-water-blob-is-prime-suspect-in-marine-mortality-habitat-changes/

Labeling and Marketing

All Ahold USA Banner Stores Get MSC, ASC or BAP Certification for Entire Seafood Category
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – March 7, 2016
All of the seafood sold at Ahold USA’s banner stores, including its Nature’s Promise Brand and its own private label brand, are now certified sustainable either by the Marine Stewardship Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council or the Best Aquaculture Practices program.

Ahold’s retail divisions include Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle.  In total, more than 200 sustainable seafood items–including frozen shrimp and tuna– at Ahold USA’s retail divisions now qualify for an ecolabel from the three major sustainability schemes.

The effort was part of the retailer’s program to source seafood from farms or wild capture fisheries that the meet standards of a responsibly managed fishery. Ahold developed a comprehensive training program to teach retail division associates about responsible sourcing and sustainable seafood, including species specific origin and sustainability criteria.

“Sustainable seafood is the right consumer choice and is also better for the health of the aquatic ecosystems that produce it,” said Marissa Nelson, senior vice president of responsible retailing and healthy living, Ahold USA. “We work with seafood suppliers who share our same values of respect for the environment and responsible product sourcing. By supporting these environmentally responsible fisheries and fish farms, our division stores provide high quality seafood that is not only good for our customers, but ensure the same quality seafood will be available for years to come.”
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1010468/All-Ahold-USA-Banner-Stores-Get-MSC-ASC-or-BAP-Ceritification-for-Entire-Seafood-Category

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March 8, 2016