Press Release: Federal Agency COVID-19 Update: USDA, FDA Underscore Current Epidemiologic and Scientific Information Indicating No Transmission of COVID-19 Through Food or Food Packaging FDA.gov - February 18, 2021 The following is attributed to Acting USDA Secretary Kevin Shea and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. After more than a year since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a global health emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to underscore that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging associated with or as a likely source of viral transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing COVID-19. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/covid-19-update-usda-fda-underscore-current-epidemiologic-and-scientific-information-indicating-no National NFI’s John Connelly: US seafood industry faces whole new set of challenges under Biden Seafood Source by Cliff White - February 17, 2021 Donald Trump’s presidency was a mixed bag for the U.S. seafood industry, according to National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly. Now almost a month into the presidency of Joe Biden, the industry faces a whole different set of challenges, Connelly told SeafoodSource [Read Connelly's full interview here]. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/nfi-s-john-connelly-us-seafood-industry-faces-whole-new-set-of-challenges-under-biden Environment/Science Researchers demonstrate new method to track genetic diversity of salmon, trout Oregon State University - February 17, 2021 CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scientists at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service have demonstrated that DNA extracted from water samples from rivers across Oregon and Northern California can be used to estimate genetic diversity of Pacific salmon and trout. https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/researchers-demonstrate-new-method-track-genetic-diversity-salmon-trout Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2021 and 2022 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/19/2021 NMFS announces final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications, apportionments, and Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the remainder of the 2021 and the start of the 2022 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). The 2021 harvest specifications supersede those previously set in the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications, and the 2022 harvest specifications will be superseded in early 2022 when the final 2022 and 2023 harvest specifications are published. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the GOA in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/19/2021-03194/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-gulf-of-alaska-final-2021-and-2022-harvest FYI’s Young Fishermen’s Development Act offers training, resources for the industry’s newest participants KCAW News - February 16, 2021 “A harvest-based lifestyle is inherently one of the most satisfying expressions of humanity that I can think of,” says AMCC director Marissa Wilson. “Knowing that there are young people out there interested in pursuing it is really exciting to me.” (AMCC image) https://www.kcaw.org/2021/02/16/young-fishermens-development-act-offers-training-resources-for-the-industrys-newest-participants/ Opinion Opinion: Setting Biden's seafood policy table The Hill by Linda Behnken and Mike Conroy, opinion contributors - February 16, 2021 Fishermen have been invited to be partners with the Biden administration on ocean policy and we are prepared to engage. 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