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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Alaska More of the same a good thing as Bristol Bay gets underway Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - June 30, 2021 Early indicators are pointing to yet another strong year in the massive Bristol Bay sockeye fishery, which is contrasted against the continued struggles in many of the state’s other large salmon fisheries. Environment/Science Alaska Congressional Delegation Pushes for More Transboundary Rivers Protection Fishermen's News - June 30, 2021 Alaska’s congressional delegation is urging federal action by the State Department and the Canadian government to protect salmon habitat in transboundary waters flowing from British Columbia into Southeast Alaska from potential pollution from mines. Labeling and Marketing Research Shows Japanese Seafood Consumers Have Preference for Alaska Seafood Fishermen's News - June 30, 2021 Officials with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) say new consumer data affirms the importance of the Alaska brand with Japanese consumers of seafood. Federal Register Pacific Island Fisheries; Amendment 9 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific; Modifications to the American Samoa Longline Fishery Limited Entry Program A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/30/2021 NMFS announces that the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) proposes to amend the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific (FEP). If approved, Amendment 9 would reduce regulatory barriers that may be limiting small vessel participation in the American Samoa longline fishery. Specifically, Amendment 9 would consolidate vessel class sizes, modify permit eligibility requirements, and reduce the minimum harvest requirements for small vessels. The Council recommended Amendment 9 to provide for sustained community and indigenous American Samoan participation in the small vessel longline fishery. FYI’s AMSEA course will train the trainers Cordova Times - June 28, 2021 An intensive “train the trainer” marine safety instructor course specific to commercial fishing will be offered by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association in Sitka Sept. 20-25.

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