National Secretary of Commerce Announces Allocation of an Additional $255 Million in CARES Act Funding to States and Territories NOAA Fisheries - March 29, 2021 Congress also designates new funding specifically for Tribes and Great Lakes. NOAA Fisheries announced the allocation of an additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The funding will support activities previously authorized under Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). It will be allocated to states and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/secretary-commerce-announces-allocation-additional-255-million-cares-act-funding Legislators call for more ocean mapping Cordova Times - March 25, 2021 Legislation before Congress reintroduces the National Ocean Exploration Act, which would authorize the National Ocean Mapping, Exploration and Characterization Council, updating priorities for ocean studies. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/03/25/legislators-call-for-more-ocean-mapping/ Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; IFQ Program; Modify Temporary Transfer Provisions A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/30/2021 NMFS issues this temporary rule (referred to herein as “emergency rule”) to modify the temporary transfer provision of the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries for the 2021 IFQ fishing year. This emergency rule is intended to provide flexibility to quota share (QS) holders in 2021, while preserving the Program's long-standing objective of maintaining an owner-operated IFQ fishery in future years. This emergency rule will not modify other provisions of the IFQ Program. This emergency rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the IFQ Program, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, and other applicable laws. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/03/30/2021-06509/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-ifq-program-modify-temporary-transfer-provisions FYI’s Alaska Fish Radio: Wild Salmon is Better for Healthy Hearts Seafood News by Laine Welch, Alaska Fish Radio - March 30, 2021 This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – More great news on eating fish and healthy hearts. I’ll tell you more after this - Halibut and black cod buyers and sellers: simplify your sales online from one location at the Seafood Auction. Visit www.seafoodauction.net The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute provides digital and print marketing materials to the Alaska seafood industry. Find access to thousands of stunning photos, high quality video footage, and sales tools at www.alaskaseafood.org. There’s more good news about eating fish and healthy hearts. And there are some big differences between eating farmed salmon and wild, and the way it’s prepared really matters. The Garden City Telegram reports on the Journal of the American Medical Association, which pooled data from four international studies of nearly 200,000 people. The goal was to make the connection between eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and the risk of getting and dying from heart disease. For those who already have a bad heart, JAMA concluded that eating two to four, 4 ounce servings of fish a week reduces their risk of dying by a whopping 36%. They touted salmon as delivering some of the biggest doses of omega-3’s along with protein, selenium, B12 and vitamin D. And they noted some big differences between farmed and wild salmon. A small wild salmon fillet has 131 fewer calories and half the fat content as the same amount of farmed fish. Farmed salmon can have slightly more omega-3s, but it also has 20% more saturated fat. The JAMA also mentioned higher levels of “persistent organic pollutants” that are resistant to biodegrading. Levels of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, for example, are five to 10 times higher in farmed salmon than in wild caught. The adverse effects of PCBs were so widespread the chemical was banned in the U.S. in 1979, but most farmed fish comes into the U.S. from other countries that don’t have the same restrictions. The study also referred to the wide use of antibiotics in most farmed fish growing operations. The Center for Disease Control said there are heart-healthy benefits from other fish besides salmon, notably sardines, anchovies, herring, trout, flounder and canned tuna. How the fish is cooked really matters. A weekly diet of fried fish increases heart attack by 17% as it cancels out the healthy fat benefits of the fish. Researchers recommend broiling, steaming, sautéing, poaching or stewing fish and making it a permanent part of a heart-smart diet. It's more proof that you are what you eat. Find links at www.alaskafishradio.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Fish Radio is also brought to you by OBI Seafood -- an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture. In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1195432/Alaska-Fish-Radio-Wild-Salmon-is-Better-for-Healthy-Hearts
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