Alaska/Pacific Coast

Social scientist explores gender and Alaska fisheries
Sea Grant – September 13, 2017
Marysia Szymkowiak has studied fisheries for the last decade. But when her son was born earlier this year, Szymkowiak’s view of the world shifted, as did the focus of her research.


Mallott rejects salmon habitat ballot initiative
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer – September 12, 2017
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott denied an application on Sept. 12 to put a voter initiative on the 2018 statewide ballot that would have tightened the state’s permitting requirements for development projects with the potential to impact salmon streams.


East and West Coast Fisheries Associations Testify Today Before Senate Subcommittee on Magnuson
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – September 12, 2017
Two members of the National Coalition for Fishing Communities (NCFC) are testifying before a key Senate Subcommittee today on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

The hearing is being convened by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, and is the third in a series of hearings on the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Lori Steele, Executive Director of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association based out of Oregon, and Greg DiDomenico, Executive Director of the Garden State Seafood Association based out of New Jersey, will discuss the state of U.S. fishery laws and the needs of commercial fishermen.

In written testimony submitted to the Subcommittee, Ms. Steele said in part:

“Based on my prior experience with the New England Council and currently with the seafood industry on the West Coast, I feel confident the next MSA reauthorization can build on lessons learned from our past experiences in order to truly fulfill one of the fundamental and original goals of the MSA, emphasized in National Standard 1, the Act’s guiding principle – to prevent overfishing while achieving, on a continuing basis, the optimum yield from each fishery. From its beginning, the MSA has conserved, protected, rebuilt, and sustained marine resources in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). As we move forward with this next reauthorization, we have an opportunity to better conserve, protect, and sustain the people, the economies, the culture, and the communities that rely upon healthy and abundant fisheries.”

Read Ms. Steele’s full testimony here

In written testimony submitted to the Subcommittee, Mr. DiDomenico said in part:

“We believe there are four main threats to the domestic fishing industry that are consistent with the concerns of this Subcommittee. They are as follows: (1) the status of the implementation of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), specifically the 2006 Amendments which were interpreted to be overly precautionary and limit management flexibility; (2) the growing efforts of the environmental industry to curtail commercial fishing access via use of the Antiquities Act, National Marine Sanctuary designations, and marine planning created pursuant to the National Ocean Policy; (3) the chronic inability to estimate and manage recreational fishing mortality; and (4) the potential for unfair implementation of catch shares.”

Read Mr. DiDomenico’s full testimony here


The Ecology of Glacial Rivers–Su River runs of humpback, sockeye, and coho
KTNA – September 3, 2017
The seventh in a series from the Susitna Salmon Center. This segment by Jeff Davis deviates from the ecology theme to tell about the runs of the other four species of  salmon in the Susitna River drainage. From tagging studies, Department of Fish and Game biologists have information about when the runs are, where most of the salmon spawn, how long they spend in freshwater habitats, and other details of the spawning season. Chinook salmon were covered in the previous episode.

Labeling and Marketing

SeaChoice raises red flags about eco-certified seafood in Canada
Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore – September 11, 2017
The eco-certified fish in your fridge may not be as virtuous as you think, according to a study released by SeaChoice.

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September 13, 2017