Senate candidates square off in Kodiak at lively debate
Alaska Dispatch News by Nathaniel Herz – October 13, 2016
KODIAK — Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski squared off with her challengers Wednesday for the first time, fielding criticism and questions from Democrat Ray Metcalfe and independents Margaret Stock and Breck Craig at the biennial Kodiak fish debate.

Alaska Senate candidates meet to debate fisheries issues
Associated Press by Becky Bohrer – October 13, 2016
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski cast herself as a champion for Alaska’s fishing industry Wednesday, while independent Margaret Stock questioned the pace of progress by Alaska’s congressional delegation on several issues during a Senate debate in Kodiak.


New Report Shows Accelerated Growth in Sustainable Seafood
Fish Site – October 13, 2016
GLOBAL – The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has published its 2015-16 Annual Report, showing that the volume of MSC certified catch has increased by six per cent since 2014-15, while the MSC certified supply chain has climbed 16 per cent over the same period.

Q&A with MSC Chief Exec Rupert Howes
Seafood Source by Joanne Friedrick – October 11, 2016
Rupert Howes is chief executive for the Marine Stewardship Council, an international nonprofit organization established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. MSC released its annual report today, Wednesday, 12 October – read SeafoodSource’s coverage here.



Global Whitefish Supply Predicted to Decline Slightly in 2017; Led by Atlantic Cod
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – October 12, 2016

The Groundfish Forum, currently being held in Hamburg, Germany, heard that groundfish supplies will largely continue to be stable, with the primary exception of Atlantic cod.

Barents Sea Atlantic cod, harvested by Norway and Russia, will decline 11% as there has been lower recruitment to the fishery.  However, the fluctuations in Barents Sea cod are considered to be within the normal high stock range and do not suggest a change in the productivity or health of the robust cod stock.

Cod harvests will also decline slightly in the EU, but will rise in Iceland and Canada.

Overall groundfish supplies will decline 1.59% in 2017, according to the projections.

Outside of Atlantic cod, global groundfish supplies were stable.  Haddock will decline by 2.3%, while saithe and redfish will increase by 3.9% and 2.9% respectively.

Alaska pollock is also stable with catches fluctuating by less than 10,000 tons out of 3.4 million tons.

South American Hake will also increase slightly.

The full pdf from the forum is here.

Overall, the growth and stability of groundfish has shown that the issues that once occupied the venerable groundfish forum have completely changed.

At the time the forum began, groundfisheries were in crisis in many parts of the world.  Overfishing was occurring, and due to collapses in stock, new aquaculture species like tilapia and pangasius were making rapid inroads in the whitefish market.

Even pollock, which has never been overfished in Alaska, was collapsing in Russia after a period of overharvesting.

But with the application of fishery management principles of harvest control and scientific limits on stock removals, virtually all the groundfish stocks are now fluctuating in healthy ranges.  That is why some of the press campaigns by NGOs on overfishing of groundfish, such as Greenpeace’s redlisting of Alaska pollock, are so outdated.



Navy Commits to Meeting With Stakeholders
Fishermen’s News – October 12, 2016
US Navy officials have committed to working with fishermen and other stakeholders in advance of the next Northern Edge, a major simulated warfare exercise scheduled for the summer of 2017 in the Gulf of Alaska.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
Whitehouse.gov – October 6, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

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