National

Report: Increase in Alaska commercial fisheries landings despite nationwide decline
KTUU by Beth Verge and Sidney Sullivan – May 11, 2017
ANCHORAGE  – A recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a slight decline overall in the United States’ commercial fishing industry, but one state – the Last Frontier – stands far ahead of the rest.
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Report-Increase-in-Alaska-commercial-fisheries-landings-despite-nationwide-decline-422045234.html

International

Russian Salmon Fishermen Say Sockeye Drift-net Ban is Plot by US Fishemen, NGO’s to Reduce Catch
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – May 12, 2017
Russian salmon producers have called on the national government to lift the recently imposed ban on drift-net fishing in the Russian territorial waters.

Fisherman say the ban was lobbied by the US fishermen through the certain Russian environmental organizations affiliated with them, with the aim to kill off Russian and Japanese competitors from the premium market of sockeye salmon and chum salmon.

Prior to the introduction of a ban on January, 2016, drift-net salmon catch in the Russian Kamchatka and Sakhalin areas had actively conducted by the Russian and especially Japanese fishermen.

According to recent assessments of the Japanese government, direct losses of the economy of the Hokkaido island (the main center of drift-net fishing) amounted to 25 billion yen (US$200 million), which forces its authorities to ask for additional state support.

In the meantime, Russian fisherman are also unhappy with the imposed ban. According to recent statements of Sergei Siyanov, vice-president of the Association of Fishermen of Sakhalin (AFS), despite some protests of ecologists, there is a need to lift the existing ban on the drift-net salmon catch, as it negatively affects profits of Russian fisherman.

Siyanov says in the case of the US more than 30% of salmon in Alaska is caught by nets, while in the case of Canada, these figures are even higher – 35%. At the same time in case of Russia, prior to the ban only 5% of the total catch of Russia in the Far East accounted for drift-net fishing.

Analysts of AFS also disagree with the statements of some Russian state officials, that drift-net fishing negatively affects Russia’s salmon population.

According to their data, since 2008, the average annual catch of salmon in Kamchatka has grown by 1.8 times, while sockeye salmon by 1.6 times, including 2.7 times in the Kamchatka River.

The number of salmon in Russia has almost doubled for the last 15 years and currently at historical maximums in some areas of the Russian Far East.

According to Siyanov,  the inability of Russian fisherman, specializing on salmon catch by drift-net way, to supply their products to abroad, results in the increase of the share of the US producers in the premium segment of the global salmon market.

In the meantime, a spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture said that the government will consider the petition by May, 30 of the current year.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1061246/Russian-Salmon-Fishermen-Say-Sockeye-Drift-net-Ban-is-Plot-by-US-Fishemen-NGOs-to-Reduce-Catch

Environment/Science

Obama blocked this controversial Alaskan gold mine. Trump just gave it new life.
Washington Post by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis – May 12, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a legal settlement with a Canadian company hoping to build a massive gold, copper and molybdenum mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, clearing the way for the firm to apply for federal permits.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/12/obama-blocked-this-controversial-alaskan-gold-mine-trump-just-gave-it-new-life/?utm_term=.13fa5a2d357f

Tillerson: US won’t rush climate change policies
Associated Press by Mark Thiessen – May 11, 2017
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming, but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States will not rush to make a decision on its policies.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-05-11/tillerson-us-won%E2%80%99t-rush-climate-change-policies#.WRW8Qsm1vUo

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017-2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/11/2017
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery. This action implements an increase in the incidental Pacific halibut retention ratio in the sablefish primary fishery, and changes to recreational fisheries management measures that will reduce recreational groundfish and rockfish bag limits and eliminate length requirements for recreationally caught lingcod in all areas.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/11/2017-09577/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery

FYI’s

DIPAC unveils 2 new totem poles at hatchery
KTOO by Associated Press – May 8, 2017
A Juneau salmon hatchery is honoring its founder’s wishes by adding two totem poles.
http://www.ktoo.org/2017/05/08/photos-dipac-unveils-2-new-totem-poles-at-hatchery/

Werner Named to Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Fishermen’s News – May 10, 2017
NOAA Fisheries has announced the appointment of Kevin Werner as the new science and research director for NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, effective May 14.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/05/werner-named-to-northwest-fisheries.html

51st Annual Pacific Marine Expo to be held from November 16-18 at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle
Pacific Maine Expo, which serves all aspects of the commercial fishing and marine industries, including vessel owner and operators, commercial fishermen, boat builders and seafood processors, will be held in Seattle Nov. 16-18.
24-7PressRelease – May 08, 2017
SEATTLE, WA — Dates were announced today for the 51st Pacific Marine Expo, the West Coast’s largest commercial fishing and marine industry trade show.
http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/51st-annual-pacific-marine-expo-to-be-held-from-november-1618-at-centurylink-field-event-center-in-seattle-438096.php

Herring Gets No Respect. This Man Wants To Change That.
KUOW by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong – May 3, 2017
Small oily fish get no respect—but as climate change reshapes the food landscape and sustainable foods gain currency, it may be time to change the way we eat.
http://kuow.org/post/herring-gets-no-respect-man-wants-change

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