Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – September 22, 2016
Coming up this week, an explosion at the Westward plant in Unalaska this week caused considerable damage, but didn’t stop production; we hear how a cannery was vital to the founding of Petersburg, and… what is that? A giant tadpole or something? All coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUCB’s Laura Kraegel and from Alaska Energy Desk, Zoe Sobel, both in Unalaska, and KMXT’s Kayla Desroches and from the Historic Cannery Initiative, Anjuli Grantham, both in Kodiak.

Southeast commercial king crab season will remain closed
KFSK by Angela Denning – September 22, 2016
There will be no commercial season for red and blue king crab in Southeast again this year. There has been a slight increase in some crab numbers but not enough to warrant opening the fishery.

Federal relief asked for pink salmon disaster
Stutes: weak run impacts whole fisheries communities
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – September 22, 2016
Alaska officials are seeking federal disaster relief for the 2016 pink salmon fisheries in Prince William Sound, Kodiak, Chignik and Lower Cook Inlet.

Kodiak Wants the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to Acknowledge its Rural Status
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – September 21, 2016
The Kodiak Fisheries Work Group, which has been active in decisions related to fisheries management affecting the island community, now wants the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to acknowledge the Kodiak community’s rural status.


Mallott discusses opportunities and issues facing Alaska
KRBD-FM by Maria Dudzak – September 21, 2016
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was in Ketchikan earlier this week to address Ketchikan Indian Community’s Southeast Tribal Environmental Conference.
During the environmental conference in Ketchikan, the lieutenant governor addressed transboundary mining and other environmental issues that affect Southeast.


PODCAST: Urner Barry and Seafood News Launch Podcast Network; GOAL 2016 News Recap Featured
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh – September 22, 2016
Urner Barry and Seafood News have launched a podcast network that will provide market and industry news in a convenient audio format that is accessible on mobile devices.

The Urner Barry Market Digest and the Seafood News podcast are available for download and to stream through your iPhone or Andriod devices using iTunes, Google Play or SoundCloud.  Search “Urner Barry” or “Seafood News” to find the podcast stations. Subscribe to each channel to receive notifications for when new content is available.

Seafood News readers can also listen to the podcast directly from the  homepage. Find the embedded podcast player on the left-hand side of the homepage just under the daily story list.

This week’s Seafood News podcast summarizes some of the major news stories that came of out the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s GOAL 2016 Conference in China, which concludes today.

Comments are encouraged so we can continue to shape the content of each podcast. Look for crossover episodes between Urner Barry and Seafood News that will feature interviews with seafood market reporters. We also hope to feature interviews with some of our friends from around the industry.

In the meantime, check out this week’s News from GOAL 2016 below:

Barents Sea Cod, Haddock and Saithe Fisheries Recertified by MSC
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – September 21, 2016
The Barents Sea fishery of cod, haddock and saithe has been recertified by the Marine Stewardship Council for environmentally sustainable fishing.

“The re-certification of our fishery to MSC standard for sustainable fisheries is a proof that our strategy aimed at development of sustainable fishery is effective. We’ve played a leading role in promoting sustainable fishery values among other actors in fishery sector in Russia and worldwide. In five years of MSC certification we have managed to implement actions to close all six conditions set under initial MSC certification” says Sergey Sennikov, Chief Sustainability Officer of Ocean Trawlers, the client company to MSC.

The MSC website notes that cod and haddock have completed the once-every-five year reassessment and that saithe is undergoing assessment.

The three fisheries are in the waters of Norway and Russia and employ a fleet of 16 bottom trawlers.

“The re-certification of the Ocean Trawlers cod-haddock-saithe fisheries confirms the state of the art sustainability credentials of the Barents Sea whitefish fisheries. It is a recognition of the successful management of these stocks by the Joint Russian-Norwegian Fisheries Commission, as well as of the improvements made by Ocean Trawlers’ in its first certification period, where new lower impact gears were tested, and sensitive habitat impact mitigation was achieved.” says Camiel Derichs, Regional Director for MSC Europe.

The ecosystem and the fishing activity in the Barents Sea has been the focus on attention from NGO’s concerned about the impact of the trawls on the ocean bottom.

“The effects of fishing on the seabed is carefully analyzed during an MSC assessment, and the impact on habitats is taken very seriously,” states the MSC press release.

“The decision to certify this fishery with no conditions and several clear recommendations is based on our commitments to decrease impact of the fishery on vulnerable habitats and vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in general. We expect that further implementation of the measures to protect VMEs will strengthen the sustainability of our fishery in future” adds Sennikov.

The independent assessment of the fishery was conducted by Acoura, an accredited third-party conformity assessment body. Acoura assembled a team of fishery science and policy experts who provided four recommendations for this fishery concerning habitat impact that will be reviewed each surveillance audit. The fishery is already actively engaged in developing less damaging (and more fuel efficient) trawl gear.

The management of cod and haddock stocks is based on two bilateral treaties between Norway and Russia through the Joint Norwegian‐Russian Fishery Commission which regulates fishing, determining management measures and setting Total Allowable Catches (TAC), while the management of the saithe fishery is performed by Norway at the national level. Management is informed by ICES advice, supported nationally by the Institute of Marine Research (Norway) and PINRO (Russia).

The fishery is one of the world’s largest supplier of Atlantic cod and haddock from the North Atlantic, and is serving over 20 countries in 5 different continents. In 2014, the total amount of landings for this fishery for cod and haddock was 132 347 tonnes, where cod catches amounted to 86% of these.


Ask a Climatologist: The Blob is back
Alaska Public Media by Annie Feidt – September 21, 2016
The Blob is back. The term was coined a few years ago to describe a warm patch of water in the Gulf of Alaska and northern Pacific Ocean. It can turn the weather warm and dry in the state.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/23/2016
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 47 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (Crab FMP) and to make minor clarifications to regulations implementing the Crab FMP. This proposed rule addresses how individual processing quota (IPQ) use caps apply to the Bering Sea Chionoecetes bairdi Tanner crab fisheries: The eastern C. bairdi Tanner (EBT) and the western C. bairdi Tanner (WBT). This proposed rule would exempt EBT and WBT IPQ crab that is custom processed at a facility through contractual arrangements with the processing facility owners from being applied against the IPQ use cap of the processing facility owners, thereby allowing a facility to process more crab without triggering the IPQ use cap.


Better Communications Urged Between Navy and Fisheries Communities
Fishermen’s News- September 21, 2016
Coastal communities’ concerns over military training exercises scheduled in the Gulf of Alaska next summer have prompted Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska to ask the US Navy to be more transparent about what’s on tap for Northern Edge 2017.

IPHC Survey Manager
Location: Seattle, WA
Department: Fisheries Statistics Program
Type: Full Time
Min. Experience: Experienced
The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) seeks a full-time manager for its Fishery-Independent Survey Program which operates over 1,200 stations annually off the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.

The IPHC manages the Pacific halibut resource for the U.S. and Canadian governments, with its head office in Seattle, Washington, United States.

City Staff Still Working on Harbor Rate Increase
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – September 22, 2016
Staff at the Kodiak Harbormaster’s Office is still trying to implement a harbor rate increase.
City Finance Director Kelly Mayes and Harbormaster Lon White made a presentation to the Kodiak City Council at its work session Tuesday. Mayes went over a few different projected options for rate increases, which they had developed after a prior meeting.

September 23, 2016