Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Groundfish Data Bank Looks at High Numbers of Bycatch in Trawl Fisheries
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – May 4, 2017
The race for fish continues to be a concern for Kodiak’s pollock, cod, rockfish, and flatfish trawl fisheries moving into the coming season, especially with the quickly rising numbers of Chinook bycatch.
http://kmxt.org/2017/05/alaska-groundfish-data-bank-gives-perspective/

Petersburg fishermen share concerns with ADFG leadership
KFSK by Angela Denning – May 3, 2017
Two of Alaska’s top Fish and Game leaders visited Petersburg April 28 to hear from local fishermen. As KFSK’s Angela Denning reports, they discussed a variety of topics including state budget cuts to herring management and the federal observer program.
https://www.kfsk.org/2017/05/03/petersburg-fishermen-share-concerns-adfg-leadership/

Politics

Bills seek to provide $140M to fishing fleets
Eureka Times-Standard by Will Houston – May 3, 2017
After Congress chose not to include millions in disaster relief funds for West Coast fishing fleets in its newest spending bill this week, 2nd District Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced he is contributing to two bills on Wednesday that would provide $140 million to struggling California fishermen.
http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20170503/bills-seek-to-provide-140m-to-fishing-fleets

Environment/Science

NOAA Fisheries Names New Northwest Fisheries Science Center Director
NOAA Appoints Dr. Kevin Werner as the New Science and Research Director for the Northwest Fisheries Science Center
NOAA –  April 28, 2017
Today, NOAA announced the appointment of Kevin Werner, Ph.D., as the new Science and Research Director for NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. As director, Dr. Werner will continue the work of planning, developing and managing a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research on the living marine resources in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington, Oregon, and northern California coasts and in freshwater rivers of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  He will assume his new role on May 14, 2017.
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2017/04/new-nwfsc-director.html

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Poor Weather and a Strong Fresh Market Keep Rockfish Inventories Bare
TradexFoods – May 8, 2017
Poor weather conditions and a strong fresh market keep frozen Rockfish inventories bare, leading up to the busy summer season.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBGsT8NJGmU

New Alaska salmon MSC certification appeals to Europe
Seafood Source by Christine Blank – May 2, 2017
All Prince William Sound, Alaska, salmon will soon be Marine Stewardship Council- certified, making it more attractive to European buyers.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/new-alaska-salmon-msc-certification-appeals-to-europe?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/08/2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/08/2017-09217/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/08/2017
The Center of Independent Experts will meet May 22 through May 25, 2017 to review the stock assessment of Gulf of Alaska Pollock.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/08/2017-09221/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

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May 8, 2017