NOAA: 3 contenders emerge to lead fisheries service
E&E News by Emily Yehle, Greenwire:  May 3, 2017
A former Louisiana official, an Alaskan fishery manager and a Sea Grant program director are reportedly in the running to head the National Marine Fisheries Service.
NMFS — an agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — oversees fishing regulations, endangered species listings and fisheries research. It is headed by an assistant administrator for fisheries, a position that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can fill without Senate confirmation.


Legislators request GAO to investigate imported seafood safety – May 4, 2017
Five Congress members have requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the safety of potentially dangerous imported seafood.


NPFMC Meets in Juneau, Alaska June 5-14
Fishermen’s News – May 3, 2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has posted the agenda and schedule for its Juneau June 5-14 meeting online. The agenda includes finalizing five-year research priorities, and final action on Area 4 halibut IFQ leasing by community development quota groups. Also on the agenda for final action are the Bering Sea yellowfin sole trawl limited access fishery and the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands crab harvest specifications for three stocks and plan team report. Federal fisheries managers will also hear discussion papers on American Fisheries Act and non-AFA small sideboard elimination, Gulf of Alaska crab habitat conservation measures and allocation review triggers.

Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium Set for May 9–11 in Anchorage
Fishermen’s News – May 3, 2017
Discussion on the latest research on changing fisheries is on tap for the 31st annual Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, May 9-11 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. This year’s symposium will examine the impact of a changing environment on the dynamics of high-latitude fish and fisheries.

Competition for fish oil heats up
Fish Site – May 4, 2017
The aquafeeds industry will face increasing levels of competition for fish oil from the human health products market in the coming years.

Fish 2.0 evolves to fight industry fragmentation
Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch – April 24, 2017
The business competition Fish 2.0, now in its third installment, is evolving into a nexus of communication that is helping fight fragmentation in the seafood industry, according to its founding director Monica Jain.

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