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Thursday, August 13, 2020

*********************************** Please Help Hungry Families eat more seafood: PSPA and APA have a joint venture underway to help feed hungry families, children, and communities more seafood in 2020. We realize that in this age of COVID-19 all of us in the seafood industry are navigating challenging times. Even so, there are friends and neighbors in our nation that have it even worse than we do. Food banks are struggling to keep up with demands to feed hungry people protein and seafood is largely absent from their menus. SeaShare is a nonprofit organization that was established 25 years ago to help us maximize the results of our collective donations and we’ve once again partnered with them to get food to people in need. PSPA and APA have worked with others to donate over one million pounds of high protein seafood over the last 3 months, but the need remains. We know there is more seafood available for hungry families if we can raise the funds needed to process and distribute to food banks. PSPA and APA are asking our friends, colleagues, and associates to consider giving during this time of incredible need. We have set up a live donation page at Please make a donation to help. Thank you. ***********************************

Alaska Alaska salmon: Bristol Bay a bright spot on landings; Cordova declares disaster National Fisherman by Laine Welch - August 11, 2020 Unless you fished for salmon this summer at Bristol Bay, it’s been slim pickings for fishermen in other Alaska regions. We'll start with a few notable mentions for Alaska’s 2020 salmon fishery. Low salmon numbers close subsistence fishing on the Yukon KYUK by Johanna Eurich - August 12, 2020 The fishing has gone from bad to worse on the Yukon River. Fall chum numbers are so low that managers have closed subsistence fishing on the lower Yukon. West Coast Fifth Area 2A Halibut Opener Set for Next Week Off the West Coast by Susan Chambers - August 13, 2020 The International Pacific Halibut Commission has set vessel limits for a fifth halibut opener for fishermen in Area 2A -- where low attainments and low vessel limits have prevailed over most of the summer. Fishermen will be able to set their gear at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17; the opening will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The IPHC also provided some statistics for the first four openings so far: The 2020 total allocation for the directed commercial fishery is 115.41 metric tons, or 254,426 pounds. An estimated total of 21 mt were landed during the first opener; an estimated total of 27 mt during the second period; an estimated total of 21 mt were landed during the third; and an estimated total of 23 mt were landed during the fourth opener. Roughly 24 mt, or 53,000 pounds, remain to be landed, according to the IPHC press release. The following fishing period limits -- identical to the very low limits during the first opener and less than half of the limits for the fourth opener -- will be in effect for this fishing period by vessel class: Vessel Class A, 1-25 feet, 905 pounds; Vessel Class B, 26-30 feet, 905 pounds; Vessel Class C: 31-35 feet, 905 pounds; Vessel Class D: 36-40 feet, 1,364 pounds; Vessel Class E: 41-45 feet, 1,364 pounds; Vessel Class F: 46-50 feet,1,818 pounds; Vessel Class G: 51-55 feet, 1,818 pounds; and Vessel Class H: 56+ feet, 2,045 pounds. The fishing period limit above is a dressed, head-on weight, and fishermen are reminded that regulations require that all Pacific halibut be landed with the head naturally attached. Additionally, the Pacific Fishery Management Council is set to discuss next year's fishery and the management transition of the fishery from the IPHC to NMFS and the Council over the next few years when the Council meets virtually in September. The halibut agenda item will also be discussed in the Groundfish Advisory Panel meeting. For more information, see the meeting notice on the Council's website at National Seafood processors pay a steep price to keep workers safe from coronavirus Personal protective equipment, private charter flights, temperature scanners and on-site medical providers are just some of the costly measures weighing heavily on US seafood processors this year. Intrafish by Rachel Sapin and John Fiorillo - August 12, 2020 When it comes to COVID-19 hotspots none are hotter than US meat and seafood processing plants, where virus outbreaks are hard to contain in the crowded, largely indoor spaces. Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area NOAA Fisheries - August 11, 2020 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Aleutian district (WAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2020 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific ocean perch in the WAI allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. FYI’s Should the 2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend specific seafood to boost consumption? Food Navigator-USA by Elizabeth Crawford - August 13, 2020 Seafood industry stakeholders and public health advocates want more clarity in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans around how much seafood children and pregnant women should eat to reap its potential cognitive developmental benefits, but they diverge on the best messaging to lift low consumption rates. GSA urges seafood industry to take short online global survey on worker voice Seafood Source by Nicki Holmyard - August 13, 2020 Global Seafood Assurance (GSA) is urging anyone involved in the seafood industry to help it gather data on how workers’ voices are heard by filling in a short online global survey. The exercise is part of the Fishing Vessel Crews Worker Voice project.

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