Alaska Federal Management Of Lower Kuskokwim Kings Likely This Summer KYUK by Anna Rose MacArthur - April 24, 2021 Management of lower Kuskokwim River king salmon will likely be similar to last year. That would mean federal management, only a handful of fishing openers during the month of June, and restricting king harvest to local subsistence users. https://www.kyuk.org/post/federal-management-lower-kuskokwim-kings-likely-summer Higher sockeye returns predicted for Fraser River but not enough for a harvest Times Colonist by Carla Wilson - April 25, 2021 Sockeye salmon returns to the Fraser River are forecast at 1.3 million this year — higher than the past two disastrous seasons, but still so low that fishing opportunities are not anticipated. https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/higher-sockeye-returns-predicted-for-fraser-river-but-not-enough-for-a-harvest-1.24311342 West Coast WDFW Eases Dungeness Crab Rules as Domoic Acid Levels Drop in Washington SeafoodNews.com by Susan Chambers - April 21, 2021 Dungeness crabbers and processors in Washington no longer have to eviscerate crab, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said earlier this month. Soon, crabbers will also have to get summer buoy tags to fish after May 1. Crabbers can also help with gear recovery after May 1. "Due to low levels of domoic acid in recent crab samples taken from all coastal WA sample locations, WDFW is removing evisceration requirements for all areas," the agency said in a notice last week. "Hold inspection certificate numbers no longer need to be noted on fish tickets." Crabbers must request summer buoy tags from WDFW to fish after May 1, WDFW said. Already, an unprecedented demand for summer tags, the agency is issuing several types of buoy tags. Fishermen need to be aware of which tags are used for summer fishing so pots aren't inadvertently take during gear recovery operations, which are permitted through Oct. 31. Participants with a WDFW issued gear recovery permit will be able to recover crab gear owned by state licensed crabbers that remains in the ocean without summer buoy tags attached. It's little wonder Washington crabbers want to keep fishing and requesting summer buoy tags. They got a late start due to domoic and the ex-vessel price in March was averaging $5.04 a pound, according to the PacFIN database. California and Oregon ex-vessel prices were similar, at an average of $6.76 per pound in California and $6.27 per pound in Oregon. At those prices, any 2-pound crab could gross between $10 and $14 apiece. With only preliminary data available for April, ex-vessel prices seem to continue to skyrocket: California ex-vessel price averages $7.57 per pound; Oregon is at $7.88 per pound average; and Washington's ex-vessel average has risen to $6.26 per pound. Oregon and Washington already have harvested more than 10 million pounds apiece -- a relatively small number in the history of the crab fishery. However, the value remains high, with both states bringing in more than $50 million in ex-vessel revenue alone. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1197134/WDFW-Eases-Dungeness-Crab-Rules-as-Domoic-Acid-Levels-Drop-in-Washington International Global Seafood Alliance Board Meets for First Time Following Global Aquaculture Alliance, Global Seafood Assurances Merger Perishable News - Global Seafood Alliance Seafood - April 21, 2021 The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has officially changed its name to the Global Seafood Alliance following votes by the GAA board of directors and the board of directors of its sister organization, Global Seafood Assurances. The new name reflects the merger and the nonprofit organization’s growing involvement in wild fisheries through the addition of the Seafood Processing Plant Standard (SPS) Issue 5.1 and the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS). https://www.perishablenews.com/seafood/global-seafood-alliance-board-meets-for-first-time-following-global-aquaculture-alliance-global-seafood-assurances-merger/ Biden’s early days show new tack on trade, but little chance of China tariff removal Seafood Source by Chris Chase - April 23, 2021 As the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden approaches its one-hundredth day in charge, its early actions are laying the groundwork for the country’s stance on trade. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/biden-s-early-days-show-new-tact-on-trade-but-little-chance-of-china-tariff-removal GAPP Eyes Collaborators for Next Round of Partnership Program Funding Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - April 23, 2021 The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is looking for proposals for its next round of Partnership Program funding in North American and Europe. GAPP is looking for applications for partnerships in the two continents from any organization that is interested in building both awareness and demand for Wild Alaska Pollock in their marketplace. “Our Board continues to see incredible value in these partnerships and bringing so many new Wild Alaska Pollock products—now more than 3 dozen—to market with our previous partners,” said Craig Morris, GAPP Chief Executive Officer. “This year, we want to think even bigger, bringing new partners into the program and working to identify new opportunities for more unique products, including those made with Wild Alaska Pollock surimi and roe.” GAPP said proposals will be due by July 20. The proposals will then be reviewed by the appropriate GAPP Committee and the Board of Directors and final funding announcements will be made no later than early September. The goal of the partnership, as GAPP explained, is to communicate the species’ storied attributes, with a particular focus on bringing this fish into new channels, new formats, or associating it with new influencers and/or recipes. All product inputs will be considered—fillets, surimi, roe, fishmeal, or oil. Both the application and the requirements for partnerships have been updated. GAPP encouraged those interested to visit its website to review the requirements. The Association will also host a webinar to answer questions, the webinar date will be scheduled soon and registration can be found on the GAPP website. In 2020, GAPP’s Board approved $2 million-plus in funding for Partnerships in North America and Europe, with the program funding dozens of projects. “Our previous partners have created everything from Wild Alaska Pollock jerky to meal kits to trendy menu items at some of our favorite restaurants and convenience stores worldwide,” said Morris. “GAPP is here to help companies of all shapes and sizes with a vision and a dream for our fish. This is an opportunity to seize on the incredible potential to build awareness and demand for Wild Alaska Pollock, together.” Application forms and additional information about the Partnership Program can be found here. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1197370/GAPP-Eyes-Collaborators-for-Next-Round-of-Partnership-Program-Funding FYI’s News Release: Coast Guard 17th District changes command, Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr. retires after 36 years of service U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska - April 23, 2021 JUNEAU, Alaska - Coast Guard 17th District personnel conducted a change-of -command ceremony Friday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau. Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr. transferred the command of the Coast Guard’s 17th District to Rear Adm. Nathan A. Moore under the supervision of Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan. Bell then retired after 36 years of service. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2d06630
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