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Friday, June 9, 2023

Alaska Rockfish bycatch reduction in place for PWS groundfish fisheries Cordova Times - June 8, 2023 State fisheries officials have established a guideline harvest level (GHL) of 150,000 pounds, and are requiring full retention of all rockfish caught in directed groundfish or halibut fisheries in the Prince William Sound management area. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2023/06/08/rockfish-bycatch-reduction-in-place-for-pws-groundfish-fisheries/ A conservation group's lawsuit already closed an iconic Alaska fishery. Now, it's pushing for Endangered Species Act protections for king salmon. The Washington-based Wild Fish Conservancy plans to ask the federal government to list Southeast Alaska, Southwest Alaska and Cook Inlet king salmon under the Endangered Species Act. Northern Journal by Nathaniel Herz - June 7, 2023 A Washington-based conservation group whose actions have already caused the closure of an iconic Southeast Alaska fishery is now planning to ask the federal government to list several Alaska king salmon stocks under the Endangered Species Act. https://northernjournal.substack.com/p/a-conservation-groups-lawsuit-already West Coast NOAA Announces $3.31 Billion Investment in Coastal Resilience, Salmon Recovery and Infrastructure Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - June 7, 2023 A whopping $3.31 billion has been dedicated to build climate resilience and support coastal communities through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding. Part of the funding is set to support salmon recovery in Washington, as well as rebuild the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington made the announcement regarding the funding on Tuesday. “This is a record amount of investment in salmon, salmon habitat, and in salmon recovery,” said Senator Cantwell. “[This funding] is about removal of fish barriers, such as levees – or what we call deadbeat dams – investments in culverts and blockages, and helps to ensure salmon migration and routes enable more salmon to return to their spawning grounds.” Breaking down the funding, $83 million is set to go towards the replacement of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. Plans including replacing the lab, the hope is that the cutting-edge research studies can continue for generations. An additional $3 million is being put towards a down payment for construction of a new discovery center for the Olympic Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center in Port Angeles. The whole cost of the project is projected to be around $15 million, so this funding is just to get the project started. A total of $390 million is being put aside for tribal priorities. This includes $240 million for salmon and steelhead hatchery infrastructure; $60 million for Mitchell Act hatcheries; $20 million for capacity building; and $70 million for fish passage. Finally, $575 million is going to fund a new competitive grant program that will invest in collaborative coastal resilience projects. And another $349 million is going towards supporting projects to conserve fisheries and protected species in coastal regions around the country. “Coastal communities face a unique and widespread climate change, including more severe ocean storms, sea level rise, ocean acidification, [and] shifting fish populations that impact fishing communities,” continued Senator Cantwell. “This funding makes a one-time investment in science we need to make smarter decisions. We know that our large scale ecosystems are being impacted by climate, and we need to build what is our natural infrastructure to prevent against those storm surges, those floods, and other things that can be mitigated by us making some natural resource infrastructure investments.” https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1254423/NOAA-Announces-3-point-31-Billion-Investment-in-Coastal-Resilience-Salmon-Recovery-and-Infrastructure National Higher prices forcing US shoppers to get creative to keep eating seafood Seafood Source by Christine Blank - June 8, 2023 U.S. shoppers are spending more on groceries this year as they balance their desire for quality and healthiness with the higher cost of food, including seafood, according to two new surveys. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/premium/foodservice-retail/higher-prices-forcing-us-shoppers-to-get-creative-to-keep-eating-seafood FDA to conduct survey testing mercury levels in seafood Seafood Source by Nathan Strout - June 9, 2023 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants a better understanding of the mercury levels in seafood products available to American consumers, and it’s conduct an extensive survey to gather that data. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/food-safety-health/fda-to-conduct-survey-testing-mercury-levels-in-seafood 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. 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