Alaska/Pacific Coast

New tool helps biologists keep Copper River salmon healthy
KTVA by Emily Carlson –  May 17, 2016
CORDOVA –Copper River fishermen have mixed feelings about the first catch of the season. While they’re seeing record prices at the dock, their salmon are the smallest they’ve been in years.
http://www.ktva.com/new-tool-helps-biologists-keep-copper-river-salmon-healthy-963/

Environment/Science

Alaska’s $100 million plastic problem catches congressional attention
Alaska Dispatch News by Erica Martinson – May 17, 2016
WASHINGTON — Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan turned the focus of a congressional committee toward the mounting problems of marine debris polluting the shores of Alaska and the oceans Tuesday, in an effort to seek bipartisan policy solutions.
https://www.adn.com/article/20160517/alaskas-100-million-plastic-problem-catches-congressional-attention

Fast-Warming Atlantic to Get New Climate Strategy
Courthouse News Service by Ramona Young-Grindle – May 17, 2016
WASHINGTON (CN) – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requests public input on its draft action plan to address climate change threats to its northeast fisheries and protected species. The plan was developed in response to increasing demand for science-based information to aid in preparing for and responding to climate-related impacts, the agency said.
http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/05/17/fast-warming-atlantic-to-get-new-climate-strategy.htm

Labeling and Marketing

From Ocean to Plate: Ensuring Traceable Supply Chain in the Seafood Industry
Food Safety Magazine by Lucy Anderson, Ph.D. – May 17, 2016
In 2013, the ‘horsemeat scandal’ sent tremors through the European food industry. The fraudulent replacement of beef with cheaper equine alternatives in burgers and convenience food left consumers and retailers reeling, alarmed that they had fallen victim to the largest food fraud in decades.
http://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/enewsletter/from-ocean-to-plate-ensuring-traceable-supply-chain-in-the-seafood-industry/

FYI’s

Aggressive sea lion harasses fishermen
KCAW by Brielle Schaeffer – May 16, 2016
A 2,500-pound terrorist has been surprising sport and commercial fishermen outside Sitka harbors. There’s one thing he’s after—fish — and the season is just ramping up. This federally-protected mammal is causing more trouble than his weight for the city.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/05/16/aggressive-sea-lion-harasses-fishermen/

Safety fair set for Friday at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle
Practical Skills to save your boat and your life.
Friday May 20, 2016 9-3pm
http://www.seattlefishermensmemorial.org/fishermens-safety-fair.html

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
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Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail: pspafish@gmail.com; Website: www.pspafish.net
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May 18, 2016