Alaska COVID-19 Vaccinations for Seafood Workers Stepped Up Fisherman's News - March 24, 2021 A collaborative effort led by the Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command is getting a number of seafood industry workers and residents of communities dotting the Aleutian Chain vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2021/03/covid-19-vaccinations-for-seafood.html New Study Updates Economic Importance of Bristol Bay, Underscores Urgency in Protecting the Region Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association - March 18, 2021 A new report prepared for Bristol Bay Defense Fund by McKinley Research Group. New economic analysis of Bristol Bay’s famed salmon runs show that the fishery’s economic benefits exceeded $2.2 billion in 2019, generating more than 15,000 jobs while feeding hundreds of thousands of people. The commercial fishery supplies as much as 57% of the world’s sockeye salmon catch, driving $990 million in economic activity in Alaska alone, and $800 million in induced impacts for the Pacific Northwest. https://www.bbrsda.com/updates/2021/3/18/new-study-updates-economic-importance-of-bristol-bay-underscores-urgency-in-protecting-the-region West Coast National Ocean Exploration Act Reintroduced in Congress Fisherman's News - March 24, 2021 Legislation to update national priorities for ocean mapping, exploration and characterization is included in the National Ocean Exploration Act, which has been reintroduced by five U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2021/03/national-ocean-exploration-act.html Environment/Science Saildrones Deployed to the Arctic Validating Data from Satellite Remote Sensing Fisherman's News - March 24, 2021 A new report from Saildrone, one of the world’s leading collectors of ocean related in situ data on unmanned vehicles, says data collected by the wind and solar powered saildrones are validating information gathered via satellite remote sensing. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2021/03/saildrones-deployed-to-arctic.html FYI’s NOAA’s Paul Doremus: Seafood aligns well with Biden’s sustainability goals SeafoodSource by Steve Bittenbender - March 22, 2021 Senior officials from NOAA Fisheries speaking at the Seafood Expo North America Reconnect event on Thursday, 18 March, said U.S. President Joe Biden’s emphasis on action on climate change could align well with support for the domestic seafood industry. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/noaa-s-paul-doremus-seafood-aligns-well-with-biden-s-sustainability-goals Peter Pan Seafood Names Kevin Larsen as VP of International Sales and Business Development Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - March 23, 2021 Peter Pan Seafood announced seafood industry veteran Kevin Larsen will become the company’s vice president of international sales and business development in April. The company shared that Larsen comes from a seafood family with his father fishing in Southeast Alaska, with Larsen following him fishing for eight seasons before his transition to sales. Larsen has worked throughout the West Coast with his most recent stop at Bornstein Seafoods. “I have a passion for the seafood industry and working in sales. I most value the relationships I’ve made over the years because the people I’ve met and worked with aren’t just business partners, they’re really my friends,” said Larsen. “My experience at Bornstein Seafoods has been invaluable, and I’m excited to join the Peter Pan team. I’ve always had a love for seafood, but Alaska is also really special to me and so when I had the opportunity to join a company with such a long and established history in the state, I had to take it.” From the international standpoint, Peter Pan highlighted Larsen’s experience in Europe with Icicle Seafoods. The company also noted his fish trading, which will complement and help expand Peter Pan Seafood’s trading business. “Kevin brings so much to the table for Peter Pan. He’s a great team builder and he’s going to be a key leader of Peter Pan’s sales team,” said Rodger May, Peter Pan Seafood president and chief growth officer. May is also the owner of Authentic Wagyu, Copper Leaf, LLC and MayDay Movies. Peter Pan said the addition of Larsen follows the hire of Jon Hickman, who is set to lead the company’s Alaska operations. The company came under new ownership at the start of 2021 and is looking to become a “vertically integrated seafood company with a focus on value-added sales channels combined with the legacy of a storied seafood processor in Alaska.” https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1194882/Peter-Pan-Seafood-Names-Kevin-Larsen-as-VP-of-International-Sales-and-Business-Development The Pacific Hake/ Whiting Agreement U.S. Delegation Meeting NOAA Fisheries - March 24, 2021 The U.S. Delegation to the Joint Management Committee (JMC) and Advisory Bodies created under the Pacific Hake/Whiting Agreement between the Governments of the United States and Canada (Agreement) will meet by webinar to discuss the lack of a bilateral agreement on the 2021 Pacific hake/whiting coastwide total allowable catch (TAC) during the JMC and Advisory Panel (AP) meeting held March 15-17, 2021. In addition, NMFS will provide information on the procedures to establish the 2021 Pacific whiting U.S. TAC as identified in the Pacific Whiting Act of 2006 (16 U.S.C. 7007(c)) when the JMC does not recommend a final coastwide TAC. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/bulletin/pacific-hake-whiting-agreement-us-delegation-meeting Vaccination Resources for Commercial Fishermen Fishing Partnership Support Services Saving Seafood - March 24, 2021 The following was released by the Fishing Partnership Support Services: Make a Plan to Get Vaccinated! COVID-19 is frightening – especially for commercial fishermen who don’t receive paid sick time. The economic costs of catching the virus can be greater than the physical toll of becoming ill. Effective March 22nd, commercial fishermen became eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Make a plan of action to protect yourself and your loved ones. Vaccines are safe and effective, free of cost regardless of your insurance status, and have been approved for emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA. https://www.savingseafood.org/safety/vaccination-resources-for-commercial-fishermen/
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