Alaska/Pacific Coast

Tanner crab may still open
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – November 12, 2016
Prospects for a Tanner crab fishery are looking a little brighter.
The 2015-16 Tanner season was canceled a few months ago by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for conservation reasons, despite appeals for at least a limited fishery from the city governments of Unalaska and St. Paul, and the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1645tanner_crab_may_still_open

International

MSC Initiates Second Round of Collections for its Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund
SEAFOODNEWS.COM- November 15, 2016
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has started the second round of collections for its Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund (GFSF).

The GFSG is an initiative that helps small scall and developing world fisheries achieve MSC certification. The fund is open to organizations including fisheries, governments and research scholars. It is designed to improve the research, knowledge, technology and guidance available to small scale and developing world fisheries working towards MSC certification.

So far, £207,500 (US$257,232) has been allocated to the Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund in 2016/17. The fund uses income from sustainable seafood sales to support fisheries which are yet to achieve the MSC Standard. It reflects a commitment to increase the accessibility of the MSC program to fisheries around the world.

“Fisheries which meet the MSC Fisheries Standard are helping to ensure healthy oceans for the future. For many fisheries, however, achieving the scientific, independently verified criteria required for MSC certification is a significant challenge. We established the Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund to support fisheries with the knowledge, tools and expertise they require to achieve the MSC Standard. This investment will not only help more fisheries to achieve their aspirations of sustainability, it will also help to secure seafood supplies and fishing based economies for future generations.” says David Agnew, Director of Standards at the MSC.

Winning projects from the first year of the fund (2015/16) include risk assessment of tuna supply chains in Indonesia, data limited management methodologies for Suriname coastal artisanal fisheries, and the use of smartphones to capture octopus fishery data in Madagascar.

The deadline for applications for 2016/17 is 13 February 2017, with awardees to be announced by May 2017.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1041090/MSC-Initiates-Second-Round-of-Collections-for-its-Global-Fisheries-Sustainability-Fund

Salmon leaps ahead of tuna as Britain’s favourite chilled fish
HEALTH-CONSCIOUS Britons have sent salmon leaping to the top of the chilled fish league table, according to a new report.

Daily Express – November 14, 2016
For the latest research shows that the fishy favourite has now toppled tuna to take the crown as the biggest seller in the fresh seafood market.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/731996/salmon-britains-favourite-fish-overtake-tuna

Environment/Science

Scientists searching for reason wild salmon are mysteriously dying
USA Today Network by Alison Morrow –  November 11, 2016
SEATTLE —  More sockeye salmon are dying before they spawn this year, and scientist want to know why.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/11/scientists-searching-reason-wild-salmon-mysteriously-dying/93642382/

FYI’s

Pacific Marine Expo 2016 Highlights
Commercial Fishing Film Festival – November 14, 2016
Its time for the Pacific Marine Expo! Come by the Fishermen’s Lounge and enjoy some of the best commercial fishing videos from the 2016 cycle. Keep the videos coming! The best of the best will be uploaded to the Haul Of Fame in January. Here, we have a look at ten of the shorts that will play in the Fishermen’s Lounge. Tune in tomorrow for the another ten!
http://fishfilmfest.com/pacific-marine-expo-2016-highlights/

NPFMC posts agenda for December meeting
Cordova Times – November 10, 2016
Federal fisheries officials will take final action in Anchorage in December on measures involving electronic monitoring integration and the charter halibut recreational quota entry program.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/11/10/npfmc-posts-agenda-for-december-meeting/

Tom Suryan, captain of the F/V Bristol Mariner, on Bristol Bay red king crab 2016
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – November 11, 2016
This interview originally aired on the November 4 Bristol Bay and Beyond.
Captain Tom Suryan of the F/V Bristol Mariner just wrapped up Bristol Bay red king crab and tells us about the season. He says the fishing was great, the quality superb, and the prices are sky high, helping make up for the lower quota and reduced BSAI crab fishing this year.
http://kdlg.org/post/tom-suryan-captain-fv-bristol-mariner-bristol-bay-red-king-crab-2016

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November 15, 2016