Alaska Salmonstate Voices Support for Biden Administration Oceans Conservation Plan Fishermen's New - February 3, 2021 A new Biden administration plan calling for conservation of 30 percent of lands and oceans by 2030 is winning kudos from SalmonState to increase protection of wild salmon watersheds. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2021/02/salmonstate-voices-support-for-biden.html Atka, Nikolski And St. George Almost Completely Vaccinated Against COVID-19 KUCB by Hope McKenney - February 4, 2021 Unalaska's neighboring communities of Atka and Nikoski — as well as St. George in the Pribilof Islands — are almost completely vaccinated against COVID-19 through the tribal vaccine rollout. https://www.kucb.org/post/atka-nikolski-and-st-george-almost-completely-vaccinated-against-covid-19#stream/0 Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska; Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/04/2021 NMFS publishes the standard ex-vessel prices and fee percentage for cost recovery under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program (Rockfish Program). This action is intended to provide participants in a rockfish cooperative with the standard prices and fee percentage for the 2020 fishing year, which was authorized from May 1 through November 15. The fee percentage is 3.0 percent. The fee payments are due from each rockfish cooperative on or before February 15, 2021. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/04/2021-02334/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-groundfish-of-the-gulf-of-alaska-central-gulf-of Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/05/2021 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/05/2021-02451/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-vessels-using-pot-gear-in-the FYI’s Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Helps Americans Cook Seafood that's Good for People and the Planet with NEW Cookbook Featuring Recipes from Notable Chefs "Top Chef" All Star Gregory Gourdet named first U.S. Ambassador for the MSC, helping the global nonprofit on its mission to end overfishing PR News by Marine Stewardship Council - February 3, 2021 WASHINGTON -- The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a nonprofit whose sole mission is to end overfishing, today introduced a new resource designed to help Americans choose seafood that's good for them, the ocean and the planet. The Healthy Oceans Too Cookbook, a digital compilation of sustainable seafood recipes from celebrity chefs and influencers, is now available in celebration of February Heart Health Month and March Nutrition Month. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/marine-stewardship-council-msc-helps-americans-cook-seafood-thats-good-for-people-and-the-planet-with-new-cookbook-featuring-recipes-from-notable-chefs-301221515.html Sitka Salmon Shares Announces Three New Hires Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - February 5, 2021 Sitka Salmon Shares, a community-supported fishery providing wild Alaska seafood to its members across the country announced four new hires. The new staff additions are a move by the team to attempt to achieve its mission of building a more “responsible, transparent, and ethical seafood system." The company welcomed Michael Kohan as fisheries science and policy director, Steve Ricci as fisheries and fleet director, and Lauren Mitchell as Sitka fleet manager. "Against the backdrop of the growing threat of climate change, we are striving to create a more just seafood system that focuses on stability for small-scale fishermen, environmental stewardship and better-tasting fish that our members can trust," said Nic Mink, co-founder, CEO and chief fishmonger at Sitka Salmon Shares. "By expanding our team with these proven leaders in Alaska fisheries, we are investing in the company's commitment to building a values-driven supply chain that benefits fishermen, communities, food systems and our oceans." Kohan is expected to drive innovation for the company and ensure it is focused on the impact of climate change on Alaska. He will work closely with supply chain leaders and the fleet of small-boat fishermen-owners, SSS explained. “A seasoned policy leader in Alaska, Steve Ricci will actively support the growth of Sitka Salmon Shares' fleet of small-boat fishermen-owners with the goal of improving their livelihoods and well-being. Ricci spent more than a decade serving in the legislative and executive branches of Alaska state government, working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on key budget, policy and legislation. Formerly a skipper himself, Ricci was previously quota manager for the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association,” Sitka Salmon Shares shared. Mitchell joins the company with a strong maritime background. Mitchell will develop and support the company’s expanding fleet to ensure it focuses on environmental, social, and quality standards across its supply chain. Previously, Mitchell served as staff member to Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association and as captain and deckhand of the F/V Northwind in Sitka. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1191340/Sitka-Salmon-Shares-Announces-Three-New-Hires
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