Alaska Feds sue state over salmon fishing rules on the Kuskokwim Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin - May 18, 2022 The federal government is suing the state of Alaska over its management of salmon fishing on the Kuskokwim River. The lawsuit says the state is violating Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act by allowing all Alaska residents, no matter where they live, to engage in subsistence fishing of king and chum salmon when there isn’t enough fish for all uses. But ANILCA specifies that the subsistence preference is for “rural Alaska residents.” https://www.alaskapublic.org/2022/05/18/feds-sue-state-over-salmon-fishing-rules-on-the-kuskokwim/ All eyes on Bristol Bay after state predicts a record season, but fishery’s economics still in flux Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - May 18, 2022 The summer salmon season is due to ramp up in Alaska over the next few months, and the main focus of this year’s salmon fishery statewide will be on Bristol Bay sockeye. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2022-05-18/all-eyes-bristol-bay-after-state-predicts-record-season-fisherys-economics-still-flux Federal Register Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modification of the West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #3 Through #11 A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/19/2022 NMFS announces nine inseason actions in the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modify the commercial ocean salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to the U.S./Mexico border. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/05/19/2022-10597/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-modification-of-the-west-coast-salmon-fisheries-inseason-actions-3 FYI’s A New Landmark: Colorful Wild Alaska Pollock Mural at Seattle’s Pier 91 Will Be Seen by Millions SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - May 17, 2022 Step aside Space Needle — Seattle has a new landmark that celebrates Wild Alaska Pollock, the industry that delivers it to the global market, and the legacy of seafood harvesting and processing shared by Seattle and Alaska for more than a century. “Heritage” was unveiled May 11 at Seattle’s iconic Pier 91 to a crowd of over 200 art-lovers and industry members, many of whom were crew preparing to head north for the pollock “B” season next month. The party was hosted by Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), Glacier Fish Company, and the Port of Seattle, and featured mural artist Kyler Martz. “This beautiful new mural is at home in Seattle where much of the Wild Alaska Pollock industry is based and is a fitting tribute to the men and women who work in support of the Wild Alaska Pollock fishery every day and who bring this amazingly versatile, nutritious and sustainable fish to global consumers,” said Craig Morris, GAPP CEO. The work of art, made with adhesive and polyester mesh, "utilizes the rich colors seen on cans of seafood from the Pacific Northwest’s rich seafood industry past and that is the lineage that supports the strong Wild Alaska Pollock industry we have today," Morris said. It all started with an idea and an offer. The idea was brainstormed by members of the GAPP who wanted an art piece that would support the associations branding and marketing efforts, but also be interactive and tell the story of the “under-the-radar” fish to new audiences. The offer was from Glacier Fish Company, with global headquarters at Pier 91 and a canvas offered as a full wall of the company’s warehouse.
“We were honored to provide this canvas on behalf of the entire industry to showcase the amazing Wild Alaska Pollock that we all harvest and are honored to be the stewards of this amazing new landmark,” said Jim Johnson, CEO of Glacier Fish and GAPP Board Member. With a nod to tradition and where the fish are caught, the mural design is reminiscent of original canned salmon labels but with a quirky modern look — Martz started out as a tattoo artist and still inks body art in addition to creating murals for the Whale Wins restaurant in Ballard and Ballard PCC Community Markets, illustrations for the Fremont Solstice Festival, the Amazon Treasure Truck program, Filson clothing, and more. “This mural will be seen by nearly one million cruise-goers every year as they depart for their ‘bucket list’ trip to see the beauty of Alaska out of this very port at Pier 91 and that’s incredibly exciting,” said Kelli Goodwin, Maritime Operations Senior Manager with the Port of Seattle at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Fittingly, the mural faces north — to Alaska in the distance and to the affluent neighborhood of Magnolia nearby — while an adjoining fence covered with an extension of the mural, showing pollock in schools and featuring the aspects that make it "The World's Best Whitefish" faces west to neighboring cruise ships during the summer. “When cruise ships dock at Pier 91 at Smith Cove, passengers will now be greeted with more than a view of surrounding neighborhoods. They will step off the ship to a colorful 100-foot-long mural starring the North Pacific Fishing Fleet’s greatest catch – Wild Alaska Pollock – in an ode to one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and thriving industries,” Port of Seattle’s Marketing and Communications Manager Omie Drawhorn wrote in the POS Newsroom blog. "There is much to love about Wild Alaska Pollock, and the mural aims to educate and build interest and excitement for the “World’s Best Whitefish.” “Although pollock is caught in the pristine icy waters of Alaska, it has strong ties to the economy and dinner tables in the Pacific Northwest,” Drawhorn noted. “The mild tasting fish is best known as the main ingredient in fish sticks and surimi, but can be so much more as demonstrated in recipes by local chefs. It's plentiful, healthy, tasty, sustainable, and supports the local commercial fishing economy.” The Port of Seattle was the first in the nation to have a public art program, displaying museum-caliber contemporary works from both local and internationally known artists to users of Port facilities. In 2019, the Port Commission approved an allocation one percent of the major capital project budget to public art. The Wild Alaska Pollock mural was paid for by GAPP, but having it located on Port of Seattle property brings benefits of its own. Besides coverage on POS’s website, the platform features more stories on the benefits of Wild Alaska Pollock and the economic growth Seattle has seen as a result of the pollock industry. “I think this mural will stick with people as they pass it and will prompt them to learn more about the fish they more than likely have already had and love but maybe don’t know by name,” said Morris. “With this mural we’ve definitely made our mark loud and proud on the Seattle skyline indefinitely. Many Seattleites and visitors probably didn’t know that Wild Alaska Pollock has such strong ties to Seattle. But, now everyone can join us in celebrating the name and what our fish both brings to the tables of consumers around the world and means to the local economy.” https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1225928/A-New-Landmark-Colorful-Wild-Alaska-Pollock-Mural-at-Seattles-Pier-91-Will-Be-Seen-by-Millions
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