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Alaska ADF&G predicts largest ever GHL for Sitka Sound herring fishery Cordova Times - January 20, 2022 State fisheries biologists have set a guideline harvest level for the 2022 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery at 45,164 tons of mature herring, based on a forecast of the largest GHL ever set for that area. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2022/01/20/adfg-predicts-largest-ever-ghl-for-sitka-sound-herring-fishery/ Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers named 2021 MSC Ocean Champion Seafood Source by Chris Chase - January 20, 2022 The Marine Stewardship Council announced during the National Fisheries Institute’s Global Seafood Market Conference that the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) has won a 2021 Ocean Champion Award. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/genuine-alaska-pollock-producers-named-2021-msc-ocean-champion Alaska Fisheries Report January 20, 2022 KMXT - January 20, 2022 On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Kodiak Tanner Crab Kicks Off, story by KMXT’s Kirsten Dobroth, Mussels Die in Droves, by Mike Swasey, of KHNS, SE Mariculture Gets Grant, story by KRBD’s Eric Stone, and Sitka Spring Herring is Happening, from Robert Woolsey, who hails from KCAW. https://kmxt.org/2022/01/alaska-fisheries-report-january-20-2022/ Alaska seafood showing 'partial recovery,' ASMI says KDLL by Sabine Poux - January 20, 2022 Things were looking up for Alaska’s seafood industry in many ways in 2021. More people around the world took to buying and cooking seafood at home and seafood prices went up statewide. https://www.kdll.org/post/alaska-seafood-showing-partial-recovery-asmi-says#stream/0 National Surge in salmon sales to continue in 2022 Supermarket Perimeter By Christine Blank - January 20, 2022 Fresh salmon sales have soared throughout the pandemic, and experts expect that trend to continue in 2022. Over the past year, salmon sales grew 10.7% to reach nearly $235 million, according to IRI and 210 Analytics data for the 52 weeks ending Nov. 28. Fresh salmon accounted for 34% of all fresh seafood sales over the past year, or 56% of all new seafood dollars in 2021. https://www.supermarketperimeter.com/articles/7663-surge-in-salmon-sales-to-continue-in-2022 OBI, Trident win US government salmon contracts Seafood Source by Christine Blank - January 17, 2022 OBI Seafood and Trident Seafoods have won contracts to supply nearly USD 7 million (EUR 6 million) worth of canned pink salmon for the U.S. government’s child nutrition and other domestic food-assistance programs … https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/premium/supply-trade/obi-trident-win-us-government-salmon-contracts * Subscription Required International “Everyone’s crystal ball is broken” – COVID-19 has scrambled the industry’s ability to plan ahead Seafood Source by Cliff White - January 20, 2022 Historically, conversations around logistics didn’t always reach the top level of the seafood industry’s decision-making hierarchy, but in the past two years, that has changed. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/-everyone-s-crystal-ball-is-broken-covid-19-has-scrambled-the-industry-s-ability-to-plan-ahead Environment/Science Gulf of Alaska Harvesters Seek Path to Resilience as Climate Changes Fishermen's News - January 19, 2022 Gulf of Alaska seafood harvesters have lots of ideas about how to make themselves and their fisheries more resilient as climate continues to change, and NOAA Fisheries research scientist Marysia Szymkowiak is working with them to prioritize and mobilize plans for the rapidly emerging future. https://fishermensnews.com/gulf-of-alaska-harvesters-seek-path-to-resilience-as-climate-changes/ FYI’s New ASMI Board Member Urges More Domestic Seafood Processing Fishermen's News - January 19, 2022 Veteran Kodiak seafood harvester and processor and marketer Duncan Fields says that in an economy challenged by a global pandemic and rising transportation costs, more Alaska seafood should be processed in the United States, and more effort put into increasing domestic consumption. https://fishermensnews.com/new-asmi-board-member-urges-more-domestic-seafood-processing/ Gulf Fishermen Surveyed on Climate Change KBBI by Jay Barrett - January 20, 2022 Salmon swim upstream in Seattle in 2017. A mass of abnormally warm water off the west coast of the U.S. known as "The Blob" that year contributed to a federal fishery disaster. Warming oceans and rising sea levels are threatening coastal economies as the world's climate changes. https://www.kbbi.org/local-news/2022-01-20/climate-head Two Alaska Board of Fisheries Meetings Now Set for March in Anchorage Fishermen's News - January 19, 2022 The Alaska Board of Fisheries, which is overseen by the state Department of Fish and Game, has rescheduled two meetings. Image via ADF&G. https://fishermensnews.com/two-alaska-board-of-fisheries-meetings-now-set-for-march-in-anchorage/ Leadership Changing at NMFS West Coast Region, Pacific States Commission SeafoodNews.com by Susan Chambers - January 20, 2022 After more than a dozen years at the NMFS West Coast Region, Administrator Barry Thom is moving on. But he's still staying in fisheries, as the new executive director of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Thom served as the NMFS regional administrator for the last five years. Prior to that, he served as deputy administrator at the then-Northwest Region in 2006, moving from Silver Spring, MD, where he worked for NOAA Fisheries on salmon policy and budget and other salmon issues. During his tenure at the Region, Thom helped merge the Northwest and Southwest Regional offices in 2013, served as a commissioner to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and convened the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force, according to a letter from current PSMFC Executive Director Randy Fisher to Commission staff and members. NMFS noted in an email several of Thom's additional accomplishments while at the West Coast Region, including:

  • managing the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund;

  • implementing the groundfish catch shares program and rebuilt groundfish stocks;

  • issuing hatchery and genetic management plans for salmon;

  • developing NMFS only Safe Harbor Agreements with landowners;

  • creating new fishing opportunities with innovative use of exempted fishing permits;

  • reintroducing captive bred white abalone into the wild; and

  • representing the needs of endangered salmon in California’s Central Valley water operations and across the West Coast.

Thom's roots in the Pacific Northwest should serve him well at the Commission, as it did at NMFS. He grew up in Alaska and attended both Oregon State University and Washington State University, concentrating on fisheries science, policy and management. He also worked seasonal fisheries jobs and for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for a time while attending college. He move to Silver Spring in 2001. "Barry’s work across the five Commission states and with NOAA Fisheries will serve the Commission well as we continue to advance fisheries conservation along the West Coast and Alaska," Fisher said. "My last day with the Commission will be April 15," Fisher said in his announcement. "I can honestly say working for the Commission has been a great experience. I have mixed emotions about leaving, but it is time and Barry will do a great job. Thank you all, the Commission has made a real difference and we should all recognize that and be proud of that." Thom's last day at the Region will be March 12; he starts work at the Commission on March 28 which will allow some transition time before Fisher's last day in mid-April. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1217009/Leadership-Changing-at-NMFS-West-Coast-Region-Pacific-States-Commission Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail: admin@pspafish.net; Website: www.pspafish.net Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.

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