Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southcentral commercial fishing jobs inched up in 2016
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – November 7, 2017
More people worked in commercial salmon fishing in Southcentral Alaska in 2016 than in 2015, even as total catch declined.

Report: Alaska tops nation in total fishing volume for 20th year
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Naomi Klouda – November 8, 2107
The annual report detailing national and regional economic impacts of U.S. fisheries totaled $9.6 billion in value in 2016 with Alaska as usual producing more than the rest of the nation combined.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; American Fisheries Act; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/09/2017
NMFS issues regulations to implement Amendment 48 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (Crab FMP) and to revise regulations implementing the American Fisheries Act (AFA) Program and the Crab Rationalization (CR) Program. This final rule revises the Crab FMP and regulations that govern how NMFS determines the amount of limited access privileges held and used by groups in the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program (CDQ Program) for the purposes of monitoring the excessive share limits under the AFA Program and the CR Program.


Gorton’s Seafood Teams Up With SeaShare To Donate Pollock to Hurricane Victims
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amanda Buckle – November 9, 2017
Gorton’s Seafood is the latest company to team up with SeaShare, a nonprofit organization that delivers seafood to those in need. The Massachusetts-based company donated 214,000 pounds of pollock tenders, which comes out to approximately 856,000 servings.

“As the only nonprofit dedicated to bringing nutritious seafood to food banks, SeaShare provides an essential service,” Gavin Kennedy, Director of Consumer Marketing for Gorton’s Seafood, said in a statement. “With the increased need for wholesale meals in the wake of recent hurricanes, we are happy to be able to support SeaShare’s critical efforts.”

According to Kate Tompkins, Director of Development at SeaShare, the donation from Gorton’s Seafood will go to communities in Florida who are struggling to recover after Hurricane Irma.

SeaShare announced in early October that they would be donating two million servings of seafood to hurricane victims Other companies that have contributed to SeaShare’s cause includes Trident Seafoods, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Clear Springs Foods, Harvest Select, High Liner Foods, North Pacific Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Orca Bay Seafoods, Regal Springs, Sealord North America and Unisea. Customs Cold Express and Preferred Freezer also donated freight and cold storage to SeaShare to aid in getting the seafood to those in need.

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November 9, 2017