Alaska/Pacific Coast

Red King Crab fishery off to great start
KDLG by Laura Kraegel – October 31, 2016
The fleet caught two thirds of its quota in a dozen days, the quality is excellent, and the price is up, all helping make up for slashed TAC of Bristol Bay red king crab this season.
http://kdlg.org/post/red-king-crab-fishery-great-start

Westward Region January tanner crab fisheries to remain closed
Low stock assessments still preventing opportunity in popular Kodiak, Chigniks, and South Peninsula winter fisheries.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – October 31, 2106
It’s been a good season so far for Bristol Bay red king crab fishermen. The quotas were cut, but the catches have been good, and the prices are up. But on the Pacific side, news came last week that the Westward Region tanner crab fisheries will be closed again this January. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more:
http://kdlg.org/post/westward-region-january-tanner-crab-fisheries-remain-closed

Committee Opposes King Salmon Subsistence Permits
KYUK by Anna Rose MacArthur – October 31, 2016
Two fishery proposals passed and two proposals failed at the Lower Kuskokwim Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting Friday. The group consists of representatives from the lower Kuskokwim communities from the river’s mouth northeast to Tuluksak. The advisory group’s work then goes to the state Board of Fish for a final decision.
http://kyuk.org/post/lower-kuskokwim-fish-and-game-advisory-committee-opposes-king-salmon-subsistence-permits#stream/0

Pacific Northwest fishing industry took big hit in 2015
Chinook Observer – October 31, 2016
ILWACO — Demonstrating links between ocean health and the economy, the definitive annual federal report on U.S. fisheries released last week showed a plunge in some West Coast catches in 2015.
http://www.chinookobserver.com/article/20161031/ARTICLE/161039999

National

Hey, Looks Like Americans Are Finally Eating More Fish
KUCB by Clare Leschin-Hoar – October 31, 2016
San Diego native Megan Olbur didn’t grow up eating much seafood beyond tuna sandwiches, fish sticks or the occasional salmon dinners her parents made. But in 2015, when Olbur became pregnant with a daughter of her own, she heeded the advice of her physician and deliberately began adding more seafood to her diet as a way to boost brain development and to ensure the health of her growing baby.
http://kucb.org/post/hey-looks-americans-are-finally-eating-more-fish

Labeling and Marketing

ASMI upbeat despite seafood industry challenge
Tonkovich: ‘We are lucky enough to promote the best seafood in the world’
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – October 28, 2016
In the face of unpredictable harvests and unfavorable currency rates, wild Alaska seafood is still the best in the world and opportunities to market it abound, says Alexa Tonkovich, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/10/28/asmi-upbeat-despite-seafood-industry-challenge/

FYI’s

AMSEA to offer marine safety instructor course
Cordova Times – October 28, 2016
A six-day marine safety instructor training course to be offered in Seward April 25-30 the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will be free to qualified commercial fishermen, thanks to scholarships offered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/10/28/amsea-to-offer-marine-safety-instructor-course/

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