National

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.
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060054000

International

Legislators request GAO to investigate imported seafood safety
Fis.com – May 4, 2017
Five Congress members have requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the safety of potentially dangerous imported seafood.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=91450&ndb=1&df=0

FYI’s

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.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/05/npfmc-meets-in-juneau-alaska-june-5-14.html

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.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/05/lowell-wakefield-fisheries-symposium.html

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.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/29085/competition-for-fish-oil-heats-up/

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.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/business-finance/fish-2-0-evolves-to-fight-industry-fragmentation?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter

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