Alaska/Pacific Coast

Board of Fisheries not expecting more cuts
KDLG by Molly Dischner – May 5, 2016
As the Legislature finishes its work in Juneau, budgets remain in flux. But so far, there’s one little pocket of state government not anticipating any more cuts – the state Board of Fisheries.

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – May 5, 2016
This week, the Togiak herring fishery closed over the weekend, less than two weeks after its surprise opening, learning how to add value to roe, and an acquisition by Pacific Seafoods is blocked by the 9th Circuit Court. All that and more, coming up, on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KTOO’s Matt Miller in Juneau, KMXT’s Kayla Desroches in Kodiak, and KDLG’s Dave Bendinger in Dillingham.

2015 salmon harvest falls short except in escapements
Homer News by Cristy Fry – May 5, 2016
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its annual Commercial Fisheries Management Report for the 2015 season in Upper Cook Inlet.


FDA Officially Recognizes Canada’s Food Safety System Comparable to US Standards
The FDA signed an arrangement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Department of Health Canada (Health Canada) recognizing each other’s food safety systems as comparable to each other.

The arrangement was signed at a meeting of the FDA-CFIA Health Canada Joint Committee on Food Safety. This is the second time that the FDA has recognized a foreign food safety system as comparable, the first being New Zealand in 2012. A similar system recognition process is underway between FDA and Australia and the European Commission.

“By recognizing each other’s systems, FDA, CFIA, and Health Canada, have confidence that they can leverage each other’s science-based regulatory systems,” the FDA said in a Constituent Update.

The FDA said systems recognition establishes a framework for regulatory cooperation in a variety of areas that range from scientific collaboration to outbreak response.

Systems recognition involves reviewing a foreign country’s domestic food safety regulatory system to determine if it has legal authorities and regulatory tools that together provide public health outcomes comparable to those provided by the FDA. Domestic systems provide the baseline level of public health protection that helps assure the safety of exported foods from that country. Systems recognition will help the FDA be more risk-based in planning the scope and frequency of its inspection activities, including foreign facility inspections, import field exams, and import sampling.

The FDA, working with the CFIA and Health Canada, conducted a systems recognition review and assessment using the International Comparability Assessment Tool (ICAT). The process includes a comprehensive review of key elements of the country’s national food safety control system such as its relevant laws and regulations, inspection programs, response to food-related illness and outbreaks, compliance and enforcement and laboratory support.

Systems recognition is voluntary and not required in order for a country to export foods to the U.S.


High-Tech Tracking in the Bering Sea
Electronic tags reveal secrets of foraging fur seals
Mammal Research Consortium – April 19, 2016
One population of northern fur seals is declining, while another population just 250 miles away is thriving. What is the cause? New Consortium research used sophisticated tags to track the seals far from shore to get to the bottom of what is going on.?

Labeling and Marketing
Growing Desire for Convenience to Boost the Global Frozen Fish and Seafood Market Through 2020, Says Technavio
Business Wire – May 04, 2016
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to their latest report, Technavio analysts expect the global frozen fish and seafood market to exceed USD 60 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period.

Federal Register

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Trawl Rationalization Program; Flow Scale Requirements
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/05/2016
This action revises scale requirements for processing vessels that are required to weigh fish at sea, i.e., mothership and catcher/processor vessels, and Shorebased Individual Fishery Quota Program (IFQ) first receivers. For motherships and catcher/processors that weigh fish at sea, the action requires the use of updated scale technology, requires enhanced daily scale testing for flow scales (also known as belt scales), and requires the use of video to monitor the flow scale and the area around the flow scale. For Shorebased IFQ first receivers, the action adds criteria for inseason flow scale tests. In addition, the action includes housekeeping changes that are intended to better align the regulations with defined terms, and to provide clarity and consistency between paragraphs. Action is needed to provide precise and accurate catch estimates and to reduce the likelihood that vessels will under report harvests.


Steller Sea Lion Spotted Entangled in Marine Debris
KMXT by Kayla Desroches –  May 5, 2016
Community members have been reporting sightings of a Steller sea lion with a rope constricting its neck. It appears to have gotten entangled in marine debris.

Video: Enormous humpback whale surfaces dockside in Ketchikan
Alaska Dispatch News – May 4, 2016
A Ketchikan sportfishing crew saw more action than they expected Monday when a humpback whale surfaced beside their dock long enough to be caught on video.

Swap Meat for Seafood: See how seafood transforms traditional dishes
Herald Courier- May 4, 2016
When it comes to the environment, seafood offers an advantage as well – it’s the most environmentally friendly of all the animal proteins. In a comparison of environmental costs, wild-capture fisheries have a miniscule cost compared to foods such as beef, chicken, pork and dairy.

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May 6, 2016