Alaska/Pacific Coast

Board of Fish rejects proposal process changes
KDLG by Molly Dischner  – May 25, 2015
The process for considering changes to state fisheries regulations will stay the same for the time being.
During a May 24 teleconference meeting, Alaska’s Board of Fisheries quickly declined to make any changes to its proposal process, at least for now.
http://kdlg.org/post/board-fish-rejects-proposal-process-changes

Gillnetting, trolling closed for Stikine king salmon
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – May 24, 2016
Commercial fishing for Stikine River king salmon has been closed down in Southeast Alaska because of low numbers in early May.
http://www.kfsk.org/2016/05/24/gillnetting-trolling-closed-for-stikine-king-salmon/

Labeling and Marketing

Murkowski Mandates Labels on GE Salmon, Supports AK Fisheries in Appropriations Bill Before Senate
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – May 24, 2016
Last Friday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

The bill contains provisions written by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski that will protect American consumers and support Alaska’s vital fishing industry. A labeling mandate for genetically engineered (GE) salmon, recommendations for nutritional advice on seafood, assistance for Alaska’s farmers, and support for critical food assistance programs, are included.

“Genetically engineered salmon pose a serious threat to the livelihoods of fisherman and the health and well-being of Americans across the nation,” Murkowski said.

“Alaska is known around the world for our sustainably-caught, wild, delicious seafood. Requiring labeling of genetically engineered salmon helps us to maintain Alaska’s gold-standard reputation for years to come, and protects consumers,” she explained.

“I thank my colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee for recognizing the importance of making sure people know what they are buying for their dinner table. I am certainly not going to serve it to my family, because I don’t think we should experiment with food safety and food security.”

After the FDA’s decision last year to approve GE salmon for human consumption, Murkowski promised to fight back for the health of both consumers and Alaska’s fisheries.

Alaska’s senior senator also secured language which directs the FDA to ensure that pregnant and nursing women receive consistent and understandable nutrition advice on what seafood is safe and healthy to consume that is based on the FDA’s latest scientific review of the net effects of seafood consumption.

In the bill, Murkowski encourages the Food and Drug Administration to research and report whether fish species shown to be nutritious and low in mercury (especially wild Alaska salmon) should be included in WIC Food Packages that serve children age 1 to 4 years and pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women.

The bill also contains language to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to update the FDA’s seafood list to change the acceptable market name of Brown King Crab to “Golden King Crab”.

Murkowski also funded the Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions at $3.2 million to help improve and expand their ability to prepare graduates for the food and agricultural sciences and to research effects of climate change on invasive species and pests in agricultural settings.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1019941/Murkowski-Mandates-Labels-on-GE-Salmon-Supports-AK-Fisheries-in-Appropriations-Bill-Before-Senate

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery and Shallow-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/25/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery and the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the second seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for each of these trawl fishery categories in the GOA has been reached.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12354/fisheries-of-the-economic-exclusive-zone-off-alaska-deep-water-species-fishery-and-shallow-water?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Milk-Run in an Alaska Airlines 737-400 Combi… for Salmon
Airline Reporter by David Parker Brown – May 23, 2016
For the past six years, I have gotten up early and headed down to Alaska Cargo, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, to welcome the first Copper River Salmon of the season. It has always been one of my favorite yearly events, but I was hoping to do something different this year.
http://www.airlinereporter.com/2016/05/alaska-737-400-combi/

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May 25, 2016