Friday, January 4, 2019

January 4, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - January 2, 2019
The federal shutdown is closed federal offices, but it won’t stop the federal fisheries set to open in January.
http://kmxt.org/2019/01/alaska-fisheries-report-jan-3-2019/

Last great Pacific cold snap was nearly 1,000 years ago
Cordova Times - January 3, 2019
A new study released in early January says that cooling observed in Pacific deep-ocean temperatures indicates that the deep Pacific is still adjusting to surface cooling that occurred during the Little Ice Age that began nearly 1,000 years ago.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2019/01/03/last-great-pacific-cold-snap-was-nearly-1000-years-ago/

Sea Watch: Fed shutdown affects fisheries
Peninsula Clarion by Cristy Fry - January 3, 2019
While federal fisheries are expected to open on time despite the ongoing partial shutdown of the government, there will be effects on fisheries in Alaska.
https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/news/sea-watch-fed-shutdown-affects-fisheries/

Harvesting the haul
National Fisherman by Josh Warren - January 3, 2019
After a steep drop in 2016, seafood harvesting employment rebounded in 2017, growing 8.3 percent and hitting a record of 8,509 average monthly jobs in the state of Alaska.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/viewpoints/alaska/harvesting-the-haul/


Politics
ADF&G releases terms of new Pacific Salmon Treaty
State, commercial harvesters wrestle with terms of new agreement
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - January 3, 2019
A new Pacific Salmon Treaty negotiated between the United States and Canada, and critical to fisheries and the economy of Southeast Alaska, is now in effect for the decade ahead, as state and commercial harvester entities wrestle with how to deal with it.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2019/01/03/adfg-releases-terms-of-new-pacific-salmon-treaty/


Environment/Science
The massive floating device created to clean up plastic in the ocean has broken
CNN by Gisela Crespo, David Williams and Amanda Jackson - January 3, 2019
A 2,000-foot-long system created to clean up plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean is broken and being towed back to port for repair.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/02/us/ocean-cleanup-system-breaks-pacific-garbage-patch-trnd/index.html


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2019 Gulf of Alaska Pollock Total Allowable Catch Amounts
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/04/2019
NMFS is adjusting the 2019 total allowable catch (TAC) amount for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock fishery. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined this TAC is incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock TAC is the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific information for pollock in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/01/04/2018-28464/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-inseason-adjustment-to-the-2019-gulf-of-alaska


FYI’s
Alaska Made: A new rule makes this easy-to-build gadget a required kit for the tackle box
KRBD by Leila Kheiry - December 26, 2018
“Rockfish Recompression” — it’s a song and a soon-to-be required Southeast Alaska fishing regulation. As part of CoastAlaska’s “Alaska Made” series, here’s an easy-to-build gadget that’s a simple solution and good fishing karma.
https://www.ktoo.org/2018/12/26/alaska-made-a-new-rule-makes-this-easy-to-build-gadget-a-required-kit-for-the-tackle-box/

Why Does Halibut Cost So Much?
There are good reasons why putting halibut on your plate can strain your wallet.
Hakai Magazine by Larry Pynn - December 11, 2018
Dishes fly across the galley. Water gushes through the scuppers and onto the deck. Five crew members on the 17.5-meter commercial halibut boat Borealis I walk like drunkards, holding onto anything stable. “We’re going to get bounced around a bit,” Dave Boyes, the boat’s captain and owner, deadpans.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/why-does-halibut-cost-so-much/

Cora Campbell Named New CEO, President at Silver Bay Seafoods
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - January 3, 2019
Silver Bay Seafoods announced on Wednesday that their Chief External Affairs Officer, Cora Campbell, will assume the role of President and CEO, effective January 1, 2019.

Campbell, the former president and CEO of commercial fishing and processing company Siu Alaska Corp, joined Silver Bay’s management team in the role of Chief External Affairs Officer back in June 2018. Less than a year after assuming the position, which required her to focus on Silver Bay’s communications, government and community relations, Campbell was promoted to replace Richard Riggs and CEO and Troy Denkinger as President.

Riggs has been Silver Bay’s CEO since its inception back in 2007. Meanwhile, co-founder Denkinger has held the position of President since 2012. According to Silver Bay Seafoods, both Riggs and Denkinger will remain active with the company as Managing Partners, as well as members of the Silver Bay Board of Directors.

“This internal promotion/ transition is yet another strategic growth initiative for Silver Bay,” Riggs said in a press release. “Cora has a proven track record, both as an Alaskan fisherman and seafood executive, and under her leadership Silver Bay will continue to promote the values of the company in the quest to build a world class seafood company.”

“Cora is the right person to lead Silver Bay into our next chapter, as Richard and I take on more focused roles,” Denkinger added. “Silver Bay has always prioritized finding the best team to serve our fishermen, and Cora’s skills and experience in fisheries management, policy, and business make her uniquely qualified to lead our company.”

Prior to her positions with Silver Bay and Siu Alaska Corp, Campbell served as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She also served as policy advisor to two Alaska governors on fisheries, wildlife, climate change, natural resources, marketing, and Arctic development. In addition, Campbell “served on numerous boards and committees, including United Fisherman of Alaska, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the Silver Bay team,” said Campbell. “Silver Bay is unique among processors. We are owned by our fishermen and committed to maximizing value and fishing opportunity. We have an excellent team in place and I’m pleased to be part of the Silver Bay success story.”
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1127977/Cora-Campbell-Named-New-CEO-President-at-Silver-Bay-Seafoods
 

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