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Friday, October 1, 2021


SeaShare donations are in demand at nations food banks and throughout AK One in six children are predicted to experience food insecurity this year. You can help get nutritious seafood into food banks by donating during our WEEK OF SEAFOOD GIVING! Seafood contains the building block nutrients (omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, selenium, Vitamin D, Zinc) critical for all ages to maintain a healthy lifestyle and immunity. For every $1 donated to SeaShare, we’re able to provide 8 seafood servings to food banks. We need to fund 80,000 seafood meals this week — the end of Hunger Action Month and beginning of National Seafood Month — to feed to those in need. Donate today so that food bank clients, especially children and the elderly, can have healthful seafood as an option.

*********************************** Alaska Catch Fish, Not Covid: Fishing safety org launches vaccination program National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - September 30, 2021 The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will run a national vaccination promotion campaign this fall with the aim of encouraging commercial fishermen to get vaccinated against covid-19. Jones Act Case: Judge Shuts Down Alaska Shipping Firms' Restraining Order; Companies to Try Again Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - September 29, 2021 A federal judge denied a request from a pair of Alaskan shipping companies to enforce a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Preliminary Injunction to halt a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforcement action that includes $350 million in fines on September 28. The lawsuit, involving shipments of pollock that travel from Dutch Harbor to the U.S. east coast, began when KIFF and ARM were issued over $350 million in fines for violating the Third Proviso of the Jones Act. That proviso exempts seafood deliveries between Alaska and U.S. mainland ports from using only U.S.-flagged shipping vessels if the route uses Canadian rail lines. The two companies who filed the motion, Kloosterboer International Forwarding LLC (KIF) and Alaska Reefer Management LLC (ARM), explained that U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason found that in terms of functionality, “the BCR [Bayside Canadian Rail] rail line would appear to be substantially identical to other Canadian rail lines on which merchandise is carried solely to comply with the Third Proviso.” However, the two companies noted that the Third Proviso does require a tariff to be filed to cover the transportation route, which is contrary to prior CBP rulings on the issue, per the shippers. The Court invited the firms to renew their request for injunctive relief after updating their tariff filing and pursuing administrative remedies with CBP. “Plaintiffs’ Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction at Docket 4 is DENIED without prejudice to renew at such time that Plaintiffs can demonstrate that they have filed a rate tariff for the BCR Route with the STB and that Plaintiffs are diligently pursuing available administrative remedies,” judge Gleason wrote in the order. KIF and ARM said the remedies will be addressed within a week and the original motion filed by the companies will be renewed at that time. "As a result of this outcome, which in large part is positive, we will not be able to resume trucking goods as fast as we had hoped," said Per Brautaset, President of ARM. "However, we are encouraged and will continue to pursue the available legal and administrative options to resolve this issue." The penalties on the shipping companies have paralyzed the Alaska-Maine frozen seafood transportation system and supply, Andy Pillon, Terminal Manager of Kloosterboer Dutch Harbor (KDH) explained. “There are approximately three cold storage facilities that together can store approximately 53 million pounds of frozen seafood. The average amount of pollock products landed in Dutch Harbor during B season, which we are currently in the middle of, is roughly 457 million pounds. While the Bayside Program1 was in operation and product was flowing freely in the supply chain, the cold-storage capacity was sufficient to support the storage of shippers’ seafood products. With the supply chain stalled, however, this cold-storage capacity is insufficient,” Pillon wrote in court documents. SeafoodNews’ Peggy Parker explained why the supply of pollock will be impacted as one of four shipping companies in Dutch Harbor that ship seafood under the Jones Act without using the Third Proviso, has a shortage of refrigerated shipping containers. Another firm has had delays moving their customer’s product out of KDH’s cold storage since June. Inge Andreasson, president of American Seafoods, explained further broke down why the four companies that use U.S. flagged vessels for shipping to U.S. ports cannot handle the volume expected for the remainder of the pollock season. Andreasson estimated that 1.5 million pounds will be overdue for delivery to their customers by September 30, another 3 million pounds at risk for October deliveries, and several million pounds due in November and December. Even if the capacity was found to timely ship pollock to the Western U.S. then transport the frozen seafood to the Eastern U.S. via truck or rail, the third leg of the stool — timely delivery customers who have limited if any cold storage capacity -- would be unlikely and, Andreasson says, "unable to prevent the collapse of the supply chain. National /Fisheries Management 129 Fishing Reps Urge Congress to Reconsider Bill Featuring New Vessel Monitoring Requirements Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - September 27, 2021 129 representatives of the fishing industry sent a letter to Congress urging them to take another look at a bill that would require all fishing vessels to use Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) in U.S. waters and on the high seas, the reps noted “redundancy” with other systems already in use, cost and privacy concerns. The letter was organized by the Saving Seafood Coalition and was delivered to the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, concerns H.R. 3075, the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act. According to the Coalition, the new bill would enforce the installation of AIS systems. The issue is that most vessels already use Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) to track their locations. The letter notes several reasons why vessel operators prefer VMS to AIS, specifically privacy concerns associated with adopting AIS. “We were concerned by the viewpoint expressed by Rep. Ed Case [D-HI], a cosponsor of the bill, that no one ‘fishing in [United States] waters has an inherent right to privacy’ and that VMS data should not be considered proprietary,” the letter states. “That viewpoint is contrary to twenty-seven years of agency policy set forth by NOAA Administrative Order 216-100, which created a strict regime of controls to protect the privacy of data collected by the agency for purposes including the regulation and conservation of our fisheries.” The Coalition also explained that VMS hardware is different from AIS based on secured end-to-end transmissions. AIS uses radio signals which are susceptible to interception and being spoofed. “Additionally, AIS data can be seen by other vessels and competitors, undermining privacy and data security that up until now has been an important part of NOAA’s vessel monitoring and data collection policies,” the Coalition warned. “[Section 501 of H.R. 3075] is duplicative of existing Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) requirements since it would require those vessels already equipped with VMS to carry AIS without significant benefits. AIS is primarily a collision avoidance system, but VMS are more effective for tracking fishing vessel movement and effort, are less susceptible to tampering, and have better tools for two-way communications with vessels.” October is National Seafood Month SeafoodNews by Laine Welch - October 1, 2021 This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Is your town celebrating seafood month? I’ll tell you more after this – Grundéns’ DECK-BOSS 15-inch boots feature a protective toe cap, uppers that won’t crack, and compression molded rubber outsoles for better traction on wet decks. Made in the USA. Did you know that eating wild and sustainable Alaska seafood can boost your immune system? Learn more about Alaska seafood’s many proven nutritional benefits at October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress over 30 years century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries. Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry puts over 250,000 people to work and contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year. Pacific salmon, sea scallops, shrimp and lobster contributed the most to total U.S. revenues. For poundage, Alaska pollock, menhaden and Pacific salmon accounted for more than half of all US fish landed. Alaska deserves special merit during Seafood Month, as it produces more than 60% of our nation’s seafood – more than all the other U.S. states combined. The seafood industry is Alaska’s number one private employer, and Alaska’s seafood industry ranks second only to Big Oil for the tax dollars it pumps into state coffers. Americans eat 16 pounds of seafood per person each year. That compares to more than 108 pounds of red meat and nearly 73 pounds of poultry. America’s seafood favorites have remained largely the same. The top five are shrimp, salmon, canned tuna, pollock and tilapia. America’s seafood appetite is being fed mostly by foreign imports– more than 85 percent of all fish and shellfish eaten in the U.S. comes from other countries. Speaking of other countries -- that 16 pounds of seafood that Americans eat pales when compared to other parts of the world. The Japanese, for example, eat 146 pounds of seafood per person each year. U.N. figures show that it is 186 pounds in Greenland and more than 200 pounds per person in Iceland. The country with the lowest seafood consumption is Afghanistan at zero. And where in the world is the most seafood eaten? The South Pacific islands of Tokelau where each person eats more than 440 pounds of seafood every year. In October and every month, celebrate seafood in your community! Find links at Fish Radio is also brought to you by OBI Seafoods - who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch. Federal Register Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modification of the West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #26 Through #30 A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/01/2021 NMFS announces five inseason actions in the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the recreational and commercial ocean salmon fishery in the area from the U.S./Canada border to Cape Falcon, OR. FYI’s More Alaska Pollock products are on the way Cordova Times - September 25, 2021 More new wild Alaska Pollock products will be coming to retail markets, thanks to incentives from the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), which has invested over $1.6 million in 14 seafood partners to create new ways to enjoy this sustainable white fish. ADF&G Selects All Pre-Registered Snow Crab Vessels for Observer Coverage Fishermen's News - September 29, 2021 Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials have taken the precautionary step of selecting all vessels pre-registered for the 2021-22 Bering Sea snow crab fishery for observer program coverage. Groundfish Management Team to hold online meeting October 18-22, 2021 Pacific Fishery Management Council - September 29, 2021 The following was released by the Pacific Fishery Management Council: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a webinar meeting of its Groundfish Management Team (GMT) for a weeklong work session that is open to the public. The online meeting will be held on Monday, October 18 from 1:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), until business for the day is completed. The GMT will reconvene on Tuesday, October 19 through Friday, October 22, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. PDT until business for each day has been completed. Press Release: Alaska Organizations Partner to Move 22,500+ Pounds of Salmon from Bristol Bay to CVRF Communities Ryan Air, Alaska Marine Lines, King Salmon Ground Services, SeaShare and CVRF provided residents with salmon to support subsistence lifestyle this winter Anchorage Press - September 28, 2021 For the first time in many years, the Department of Fish and Game closed subsistence fishing in Chevak, Hooper Bay, and Scammon Bay leaving many unable to fill their freezers and fish racks for the winter. Today, Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) announces that in collaboration with Alaska organizations including Alaska Marine Lines, Ryan Air, King Salmon Ground Services and SeaShare,more than 625 households in CVRF’s largest communities were provided salmon in mid-August. Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail:; Website: Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 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