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Alaska Alaska tribe nominates Pribilof Islands area for sanctuary AP News - June 8, 2022 JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native tribe has nominated for consideration as a national marine sanctuary an area around the Pribilof Islands that supports Stellar sea lions, northern fur seals and other marine life. https://apnews.com/article/alaska-government-and-politics-sea-lions-seals-oceans-a3a40275523ae427097898d3252ba060 National Marine Economy Shrinks in 2020; Fisheries and Other Bio-Products Hit $27 Billion in Sales Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - June 10, 2022

The U.S. marine economy contributed roughly $361 billion to the country’s gross domestic product in 2022 according to the annual Marine Economy Satellite Account released today by two Department of Commerce agencies, NOAA and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The total is about 5.8% ($23 billion) less than 2019, in real terms (adjusted for inflation), outpacing the general economy’s decline of 3.4%. Fisheries and other biological products came in fifth place in terms of Marine Sectors Sales in 2020, according to the report. Sales for the sector reached $27 billion, a 4.1% growth from 2019, per NOAA. The report also found that in terms of employment, the accommodations and food services sector of the marine economy came in as the second-biggest level for employment, at 353,000 in 2020. “From shipping and maritime commerce to travel and tourism, the health of the marine economy touches the lives of every American,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “Supporting the maritime economy while also addressing the climate crisis is an essential and existential component of the Commerce Department’s work to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.” Experts from NOAA and BEA described 10 sectors representing businesses dependent on the nation’s ocean, coasts and Great Lakes between the years 2014 and 2020. Businesses included in the report generated a total of $610 billion in sales and supported 2.2 million jobs in 2020. “Our oceans and Great Lakes are essential to America’s overall economy, as it is nearly impossible to go a day without eating, wearing or using items that come from or through our ports,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “These economic data are essential for understanding how the marine economy influences coastal communities and the American economy as a whole.” Here are how the sectors ranked: -Coastal tourism and recreation ($191 billion in 2020, with a 20% decline from 2019). -National defense and public administration ($187 billion in 2020, with a 5.5% growth from 2019). -Offshore minerals ($97 billion in 2020, with a 12% decline from 2019). -Marine transportation ($54 billion in 2020, with a 16% decline from 2019). -Living resources, such as fisheries and other biological products ($27 billion in 2020, with a 4.1% growth from 2019). -Ship and Boat Building ($16 billion in 2020, with a 0.9% decline from 2019). -Coastal Utilities ($15 billion in 2020, with a 1.6% decline from 2019). -Research and Education ($11 billion in 2020, with a 9.8% growth from 2019). -Marine Construction ($7 billion in 2020, with a 0.6% decline from 2019). -Professional and technical services ($6 billion in 2020, with a 2.1% decline from 2019). The data, report and other materials are available at NOAA’s Digital Coast website and on BEA Marine Economy website. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1227781/Marine-Economy-Shrinks-in-2020-Fisheries-and-Other-Bio-Products-Hit-27-Billion-in-Sales International NRF, NFI renew push urging Biden to drop tariffs on Chinese goods Seafood Source by Christine Blank - June 9, 2022 The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) are making renewed efforts to fight the impact of Section 301 tariffs on seafood and other goods from China. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/nrf-nfi-renew-push-urging-biden-to-drop-tariffs-on-chinese-goods NOAA Fisheries Speaks at UN On Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management Fishermen's News - June 8, 2022 NOAA Fisheries is taking a lead on the global stage in sharing its ecosystem approaches to fisheries management with interested nations, including opportunities at a recent United Nations conference. https://fishermensnews.com/noaa-fisheries-speaks-at-un-on-ecosystem-approaches-to-fisheries-management/ Environment/Science Biden proposes new marine sanctuary as part of newly-created “National Ocean Month” Seafood Source by Chris Chase - June 8, 2022 The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden announced on 8 June – World Oceans Day – a set of measures it says are intended to be a part of creating the country’s first-ever ocean climate action plan. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/biden-proposes-new-marine-sanctuary-as-part-of-newly-created-national-ocean-month FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Celebrates World Ocean Day with Actions to Conserve America’s Deepest Atlantic Canyon, Cut Plastic Pollution, and Create America’s First-Ever Ocean Climate Action Plan WhiteHouse.gov - June 8, 2022 President Biden: “During National Ocean Month, we celebrate the beauty and bounty of our ocean and reaffirm our commitment to protecting and conserving our marine environments for a sustainable future.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/06/08/fact-sheet-biden-harris-administration-celebrates-world-ocean-day-with-actions-to-conserve-americas-deepest-atlantic-canyon-cut-plastic-pollution-and-create-americas-first-ever-o/ Labeling and Marketing FOR RELEASE: ASMI and Holland America Line to Promote Alaska’s Tastiest Resource ASMI and Holland America Line Partner to Promote Alaska’s Tastiest Resource Collaboration Highlights Organizations’ Shared Commitment to Sustainable Alaska Seafood Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute - June 9, 2022 JUNEAU, Alaska – In celebration of 75 years exploring Alaska, Holland America Line is partnering with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) to highlight the line’s leadership and commitment to sustainably sourced local seafood. The first formal partnership of its kind between ASMI, a partnership between the state of Alaska and Alaska’s fishing industry, and a major cruise line will highlight Holland America Line’s use of Alaska seafood exclusively on all six ships serving the Great Land. https://www.alaskaseafood.org/news/asmi-and-holland-america-line-to-promote-alaskas-tastiest-resource/ FYI’s Salmon bycatch, electronic monitoring on the table at Sitka meeting of North Pacific Fishery Management Council KCAW by Robert Woolsey - June 8, 2022 The bycatch of chinook and chum salmon is on the agenda, as the spring meeting of the North Pacific Management Council gets underway in Sitka this week (June 9-14). https://www.kcaw.org/2022/06/08/salmon-bycatch-electronic-monitoring-on-the-table-at-sitka-meeting-of-north-pacific-fishery-management-council/

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