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Friday, December 15, 2023

Friday, December 15, 2023


Alaska Board of Fisheries approves new salmon management plan and limits in lower Cook Inlet KBBI by Hope McKenney - December 13, 2023 King salmon caught in this year's Winter King Salmon Tournament. The Board of Fisheries approved a proposal to raise the guideline harvest level for both summer and winter king salmon seasons. Limited availability of Alaska red king crab gives it dominant market position Seafood Source by Cliff White - December 14, 2023 This year’s quota for Alaska’s Bristol Bay commercial red king crab season was smaller than usual, but fishermen are reaping the reward of high demand in the lead-up to the holidays. PWS Hope Spot designation causing concern among some commercial fishermen Cordova Times by Kinsey Brown - December 13, 2023 An international marine conservation nonprofit announced this week that it has named Prince William Sound as a critical environmental location, but the designation’s implications are causing concern among some in the commercial fishing industry. West Coast High-value US West Coast stocks may migrate out of reach due to climate change Seafood Source by Emma Desrochers - December 14, 2023 Recent NOAA research forecasts that three high-value groundfish species will migrate toward deeper offshore waters along the United States West Coast due to climate change in the near future, which will likely require fishery managers to adapt their strategies in response. Politics Unifying Efforts: Bipartisan Legislators Introduce Bill Ensuring Protection and Welfare of Commercial Fishermen National Fishermen by Carli Stewart - December 14, 2023 U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Dan Sullivan (R-AL), and Edward Markey (D-MA) led a bipartisan group of Senators introducing the Fishing Industry Safety, Health, and Wellness Improvement (FISH Wellness) Act. This legislation will build upon the success of the Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research & Training Program to further address the range of occupational safety and health risks that fishermen face, which include worker fatigue and substance use disorder. Authorized funding for the program will increase, and research and training grants will become more accessible by eliminating match requirements.

National USDA to purchase 405,000 pounds of wild salmon, awards catfish contracts Seafood Source by Christine Blank - December 13, 2023 The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting companies to bid on contracts to supply 405,000 pounds of wild salmon, in a continuation of the department's support for the Pacific Northwest commercial salmon fishery. The announcement comes soon after the agency awarded more than USD 2 million (EUR 1.85 million) in contracts to supply domestic catfish.

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