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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Alaska Upcoming survey to examine seafood consumption habits in Wrangell KSTK by Sage Smiley - September 20, 2021 How much seafood do people eat on a day-to-day basis, and how does that number play a role in regulating clean water? A Southeast Native environmental group is partnering with Wrangell’s tribe to try to find out how much fish coastal Alaskans actually eat day-to-day. https://www.kstk.org/2021/09/20/upcoming-survey-to-examine-seafood-consumption-habits-in-wrangell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcoming-survey-to-examine-seafood-consumption-habits-in-wrangell Alaska Governor, Mining Firms, and Native Corporations Get More Salmon to Yukon Villages SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - September 20, 2021 Governor Mike Dunleavy continued his efforts to get salmon to residents of Yukon River communities, who could not fish this year due to extremely low returns of Chinook and chum salmon. Two weeks ago 12,000 pounds of salmon were purchased from Copper River Seafoods by the state and sent to communities along the Upper and Lower Yukon. Six thousand pounds were trucked to Fairbanks by Lynden Transport Inc., and 6,000 pounds were flown to Emmonak by Everts Air. Tanana Chiefs Conference will distribute the salmon out of Fairbanks, and Kwik’Pak Fisheries is distributing salmon out of Emmonak. The Yukon stretches across the breadth of Alaska from the Bering Sea to Canada’s Big Salmon Range in the Yukon Territory. For two years in a row, chum and chinook salmon have returned at record low numbers to the river. This year less than last year’s low level have returned so far, not enough for escapement or even subsistence harvests. The numbers are also low on coho salmon in recent weeks. “This has been a tremendous team effort to get salmon into the hands of our fellow Alaskans in need. Salmon is the lifeblood for those along the Yukon, and my administration wasn’t going to sit on the sideline while our rural communities struggled to put food on the table,” said Dunleavy. “Alaskans are at their finest when hardship strikes. I am grateful for the strong partnerships and collaboration between local businesses, tribal and village leaders, seafood processors, and shipping companies who all played an integral role in the success of this project.” In addition to spearheading the effort two weeks ago and earlier in the summer, the state helped coordinate a $40,000 donation by four companies last week. Thanks go to Donlin Gold, Doyon Ltd., Calista Corporation, and Nova Minerals who each donated $10,000. Donlin and Nova are both mineral mining companies. Three thousand pounds of salmon from Doyon and Nova Minerals was trucked to Fairbanks last Thursday and 5,000 pounds from Calista Corporation, Donlin Gold, and Nova Minerals were flown to Emmonak last Friday. “Participating in this fish donation program to the lower Yukon Delta area aligns with Calista Corporation’s vision of cultural stewardship and corporate responsibility. Providing for our neighbors is also a core value of both our culture and our company,” said Calista’s President Andrew Guy. “I am proud to represent Nova Minerals, most especially today with this initiative to donate fish to remote villages,” said Christopher Gerteisen, Nova Minerals CEO/Director. “When the Governor called us up, we didn't hesitate to step up front and center along with our other industry partners in this effort. As a natural resource company, Nova is focused on community support and sustainability as key pillars of our operations and social license. On the personal side, I’m Alaskan, so when fellow Alaskans are in need, we lend a helping hand, it's that simple. I’ve told the Governor to put Nova Minerals on speed dial, for this or any other future initiatives of this kind that require reliable partners. Nova Minerals has a long-term commitment to Alaska with jobs and helping to support and build stronger communities,” Gerteisen said. “It’s an honor to support this partnership alongside Calista Corporation, to bring fish to Yukon communities. In addition to food security, it’s about the Alaska Native values of sharing and cultural identity tied to fish. Donlin is committed to responsible development and meeting the needs of Y-K communities now and in the future,” noted Cristina Woolston, Donlin Gold External Affairs Manager. Friday’s announcement by Dunleavy on the purchase of 12,000 pounds of salmon adds to the State’s prior $75,000 purchase. To date, the state has purchased $135,000 worth of salmon, totaling 37,000 pounds for donation to Yukon River communities hit hard by poor salmon runs. With Dunleavy’s effort to reach out to private company donors, Yukon community members have received more than 70,000 pounds of salmon this year. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1208358/Alaska-Governor-Mining-Firms-and-Native-Corporations-Get-More-Salmon-to-Yukon-Villages Labeling and Marketing Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute reports dramatic rise in retail sales of seafood KINY Radio - September 20, 2021 Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute gave insight into the economic status of Alaskan fish that are commercially harvested in Alaska during the southeast conference annual meeting. https://www.kinyradio.com/news/news-of-the-north/alaska-seafood-marketing-institute-reports-dramatic-rise-in-retail-sales-of-seafood/ National Seafood Council Task Force planning major seafood marketing campaign Seafood Source by Chris Chase - September 20, 2021 The National Seafood Council Task Force announced it is holding an initial meeting of an expert working group in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. to start the work on what it is calling “the most-comprehensive, consumer-facing seafood marketing campaign in our nation’s history.” https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/seafood-industry-leaders-meet-to-plan-most-comprehensive-seafood-marketing-campaign-in-u-s-history Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/21/2021 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod, except for the Community Development Quota program (CDQ), in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the non-CDQ allocation of the 2021 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/21/2021-20419/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea-subarea-of-the FYI’s Bristol Bay Thanks EPA Natural Resources Defense Council by Taryn Kiekow Heimer - September 17, 2021 Thank You Ads Run in DC and Alaska A broad, bipartisan coalition is running ads thanking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for restarting the process to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay and stop the Pebble Mine. https://www.nrdc.org/experts/taryn-kiekow-heimer/bristol-bay-thanks-epa Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail: admin@pspafish.net; Website: www.pspafish.net Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. 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