King salmon fishing closed on Kenai KDLL by Elizabeth Earl - June 8, 2020 Starting Wednesday, king salmon fishing on the Kenai River will be closed entirely through the end of June. https://www.kdll.org/post/king-salmon-fishing-closed-kenai Pacific Seafood suspends operations at five locations due to COVID-19 outbreak Seafood Source by Ben Fisher - June 9, 2020 Positive COVID-19 tests for 124 employees of Pacific Seafood and its contractors have led the company to suspend operations at its five processing facilities in Newport, Oregon, U.S.A. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/pacific-seafood-suspends-operations-at-five-locations-due-to-covid-19-outbreak International World Oceans Day: Marine Stewardship Council Encourages Consumers to Look for the Blue Fish Label to Protect our Big Blue Future Marine Stewardship Council - June 8, 2020 The following was released by the Marine Stewardship Council: The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a non-profit whose sole mission is to make sure wild seafood is around forever, is celebrating UN World Oceans Day (June 8) by kicking off its ‘Little Blue Label, Big Blue Future’ campaign. Through aspirational messages and a compelling video, the eight-week MSC campaign runs the duration of US National Oceans Month and demonstrates how daily decisions as simple as meal planning impact the ocean and its inhabitants. https://www.savingseafood.org/news/conservation-environment/world-oceans-day-marine-stewardship-council-encourages-consumers-to-look-for-the-blue-fish-label-to-protect-our-big-blue-futur/ Sustainable Seafood Could Feed A Billion People A Day Forbes by Daphne Ewing-Chow - June 9, 2020 It might come as a surprise to hear that Oceana, the world’s largest international advocacy organisation dedicated solely to ocean conservation would be advocating for seafood consumption, especially given that overfishing is a major driver in the decline of ocean wildlife populations. But while overfishing has caused a decline in 34.2 per cent of the world’s fish stocks, potentially leading to the depletion of a quarter of all fish by the end of the century, sustainable fisheries, on the other hand, are beneficial for fish populations, the environment and people. https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2020/06/09/sustainable-seafood-could-feed-a-billion-people-a-day/#46ac532e5e5e Labeling and Marketing ASMI plans for smaller budget in 2021 Seafood Source by Ben Fisher - June 9, 2020 The budget for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) will be smaller for the 2021 fiscal year, though it won’t be due to cuts made as a result of the coronavirus. Rather, the natural and gradual reduction in funding is a result of how the group managed the spending of a grant it received in 2019, ASMI said. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/asmi-plans-for-smaller-budget-in-2021 Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in the Herring Savings Areas of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/10/2020 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock by vessels using trawl gear in the Herring Savings Areas of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2020 herring bycatch allowance specified for the midwater trawl pollock fishery in the BSAI. This action includes prohibiting directed fishing for pollock by vessels participating in the Community Development Quota Program. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/10/2020-12566/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-the-herring-savings-areas-of-the FYI’s Saltonstall-Kennedy 2021 Grant Application Now Open NOAA Fisheries - June 9, 2020 NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the 2021 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant competition is currently open. The goal of the Saltonstall-Kennedy program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The FY21 solicitation seeks applications that fall into one of two priorities: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNOAAFISHERIES/bulletins/28fdc02
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