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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Alaska Ahead of convention, Alaska Federation of Natives proposes Congress move to permanently protect rural priority for subsistence fishing Anchorage Daily News by Alex DeMarban - October 17, 2023 As the Alaska’s largest gathering of Indigenous people gets underway in Anchorage later this week, the Alaska Federation of Natives is proposing that Congress update a key protection for rural subsistence fishing that faces a legal challenge from the state of Alaska. https://www.adn.com/politics/2023/10/16/ahead-of-convention-alaska-federation-of-natives-proposes-congress-move-to-permanently-protect-rural-priority-for-subsistence-fishing/ National US retail seafood sales continued to drop in September Seafood Source by Christine Blank - October 17, 2023 U.S. fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable seafood sales at retail stores all declined in September despite price deflation among seafood categories. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/premium/foodservice-retail/us-retail-seafood-sales-continued-to-drop-in-september *Requires Subscription International Russia kicks off pollock 'B' season, but there isn't much fish left to catch Because of a strong 'A' season the country is expected to reach its 2 million metric ton harvest projection this year. Intrafish by Evgeny Vovchenko - October 18, 2023 Russia’s pollock “B” season officially kicked off in the Sea of Okhotsk last week, with 76,000 metric tons left to be harvested by the end of the year. https://www.intrafish.com/whitefish/russia-kicks-off-pollock-b-season-but-there-isnt-much-fish-left-to-catch/2-1-1536472 Trident Seafoods Call to Action: We Must Do Better Tridentseafoods.com - October 13, 2023 Seattle, Wash. – Earlier this week, The New Yorker published an in-depth report highlighting human rights abuses in the Chinese seafood sector. The report reveals what is essentially an open secret in some parts of the world, exposing the heartbreaking and inhumane treatment suffered by Uyghur and other workers in seafood processing plants throughout China. https://www.tridentseafoods.com/about-us/news/trident-seafoods-call-to-action-we-must-do-better Environment/Science DNA analysis reveals pink salmon swim home with incredible accuracy Alaska Native News by Jeff Richardson - October 16, 2023 Analysis of a massive database of pink salmon DNA has revealed unexpected details about the abundant salmon species, including its ability to return to spawn at nearly the same spot within streams as their parents. https://alaska-native-news.com/dna-analysis-reveals-pink-salmon-swim-home-with-incredible-accuracy/70313/ Federal Register North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/17/2023 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Climate Change Taskforce (BSFEP CC) will meet November 1, 2023 through November 2, 2023. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/10/17/2023-22827/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting 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 10/18/2023 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 2023 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/10/18/2023-22958/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea-subarea-of-the Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/18/2023 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the annual 2023 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/10/18/2023-22961/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-630-in-the-gulf-of FYI’s Nomination Period Is Now Open for the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Nominations are being accepted through December 15, 2023. NOAA Fisheries - October 16, 2023 NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. The Committee advises the Secretary of Commerce on all marine life matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. It researches, evaluates, and provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary and NOAA on agency policies, activities, science, conservation, and regulatory programs critical to the mission and goals of NOAA Fisheries. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/nomination-period-now-open-marine-fisheries-advisory-committee-0 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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