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Alaska/Pacific Coast

Study finds three rivers generate millions in economic activity
Capital City Weekly – November 23, 2016
Study finds three Southeast Alaska rivers generate $48 million annually
The McDowell Group released an economic study commissioned by Salmon Beyond Borders on Nov. 17 which found the present value of three transboundary watersheds threatened by British Columbia (B.C.) mining are valued at just under $1 billion when considering a 30-year horizon. McDowell Group also stated with appropriate management, Southeast Alaska’s transboundary watersheds can generate economic benefits in perpetuity.

Sand Point Petitions To Expand City Limits, Hoping to Collect More Fish Tax Revenue
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – November 22, 2016
Officials in Sand Point have wanted to expand city limits for years, but they’ve never filed a formal petition until now.

Oregon, Washington Take Caution, Delay Commercial Dungeness Season for More Domoic Acid Testing
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers – November 23, 2016
Oregon and southern Washington crabbers hoping for a traditional Dungeness crab season start on Dec. 1 are out of luck, thanks to recent toxin tests.

Fortunately, most fishermen and processors seem to be OK with that. In Oregon, state-monitored price negotiations have been temporarily suspended.

Domoic acid was at an alert level in only one area in Oregon, but other places were trending upward. So, based on discussions with the crab industry and state officials, managers in both states decided to proceed with caution.

The commercial fishery from the Columbia River north to Klipsan Beach on the Long Beach Peninsula and the Willapa Bay commercial fishery in Washington are both closed. The entire Oregon ocean waters will remain closed as well.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife delayed the opening following talks today with fishery managers in Oregon and California. Commercial crabbing will be closed along the entire Oregon coast.

Public health officials in California are still evaluating domoic acid levels along the state’s northern coast.

Recent tests indicate crab caught along Washington’s ocean coast are safe to eat, but shellfish managers decided to conduct additional testing before opening the commercial fishery.

The department will review test results from the Washington Department of Health before setting an opening date on the south coast, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. Ayres said he hopes the test results allow for the season to open by mid-December.

“We’re taking extra precautions due to the high volume of crab typically caught within the first weeks of the commercial opening,” he said in a press release. “We want people to feel confident the crab they buy is safe to eat.”

Ayres said commercial crabbers generally support WDFW’s decision.

WDFW typically opens the area north of Klipsan Beach to state commercial crabbing later in the season in coordination with tribal co-managers. Crab now coming into the market from tribal fisheries currently open along the central and northern Washington coast have been tested and are safe, Ayres said.

Oregon fishery managers echoed Ayres’ comments.

“Oregon’s commercial crab industry and the department place a high priority on making sure that seafood consumers can be confident that they are buying a safe, high‐quality and sustainable product when they purchase Oregon Dungeness crab,” said Caren Braby, ODFW Marine Resource Program Manager.

ODFW will continue to work closely with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry to test crab along the coast to ensure an opening of the commercial crab season on safe and high quality crab. In close coordination with ODA and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry, ODFW plans to evaluate options for opening the commercial season once additional domoic acid test results are available.

Despite the delay, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers. Whole-cooked crab from Washington or California areas for sale at some markets in Oregon was going for retail prices of $5.99 a pound.


Trump to withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership on first day in office
President-elect says he will leave TPP, with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe warning trade deal would be ‘meaningless’ without US
The Guardian – November 22, 2016
Donald Trump has issued a video outlining his policy plans for his first 100 days in office and vowing to issue a note of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership “from day one”.


Global Warming Alters Arctic Food Chain, Scientists Say, With Unforeseeable Results
New York Time by Carl Zimmer – November 22, 2016
The Arctic Ocean may seem remote and forbidding, but to birds, whales and other animals, it’s a top-notch dining destination.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2016 Gulf of Alaska Pollock Seasonal Apportionments
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/22/2016
NMFS is adjusting the 2016 D seasonal apportionments of the total allowable catch (TAC) for pollock in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) by re-apportioning unharvested pollock TAC in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 of the GOA. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2016 pollock TAC, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; American Fisheries Act; Amendment 113
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/23/2016
NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 113 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). This final rule modifies the management of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Pacific cod fishery to set aside a portion of the Aleutian Islands Pacific cod total allowable catch for harvest by vessels directed fishing for Aleutian Islands Pacific cod and delivering their catch for processing to a shoreside processor located on land west of 170° W. longitude in the Aleutian Islands (“Aleutian Islands shoreplant”). The harvest set-aside applies only if specific notification and performance requirements are met, and only during the first few months of the fishing year.

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Commercial Sablefish Fishing Regulations and Electronic Fish Tickets
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/23/2016
This final rule revises fishery monitoring and equipment requirements for all commercial groundfish fisheries. In particular, it establishes a requirement for submitting electronic fish tickets (EFT) in the limited entry fixed gear fisheries and open access fisheries. This final rule also: revises administrative procedures for limited entry permits, providing greater flexibility and efficiencies for limited entry groundfish fishery participants; requires vessels registered to Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) to make an initial declaration report; and makes administrative changes and clarifying edits to improve consistency of the regulations with past Pacific Fishery

Editorial Comments

Sockeye forecast adds concern to fish board process
Peninsula Clarion – November 19, 2016
Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery stakeholders should be concerned with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2017 sockeye forecast for many reasons — not the least of which is that the predicted low harvest will inject even more economic and allocation concerns into the debate when the Board of Fisheries meets in February.


SeaWeb Seafood Champion Award Nomination Deadline Set for December 3
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – November 22, 2016
The deadline for nominating sustainable seafood leaders for SeaWeb’s 2017 Seafood Champion Awards is set for Dec. 3, 2016.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations in four categories: leadership, innovation, vision and advocacy. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding commitment to advancing seafood sustainability in the fishing, aquaculture, supply and distribution, retail, restaurant or food service sectors, or through conservation, science, academia or the media. Self-nominations are allowed.

In addition to providing recognition, the awards can help important initiatives move forward, according to past winners.

“Becoming a Champion opened those slightly locked gates so that our work could be showcased at a higher level. I had access to press, marketing folks and partners that were always just out of reach previously,” said T.J. Tate, formerly of Gulf Wild, the 2015 Seafood Champion for Vision.

Helen Packer of Anova Fishing & Living, the 2015 Seafood Champion for Innovation, said “getting the Seafood Champion award was a way for us to know that we had somehow succeeded, and it motivated us even more to keep going. It showed that industry is also part of the equation in moving toward sustainable fisheries.”

Guidelines and the nomination form are available on the Seafood Champions website

Finalists will be announced in early 2017, and winners will be named at the 2017 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, taking place June 5-7 in Seattle.

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November 23, 2016