Friday, January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - January 24, 2019
The partial federal shutdown continues to cause problems for Alaska’s fishermen. With NMFS offices closed, and the folks at the National Register out as well, fishermen are wondering how NMFS will open the March halibut and sablefish seasons.

Survey on US seafood consumption contains surprises
Seafood Source by Cliff White - January 23, 2019
While almost half of all Americans eat little to no seafood, many Americans love the stuff – and are willing to spend more time shopping for it and more money to buy it so they can eat it regularly.

The ocean is full of drifting DNA. The United States needs to collect it, researchers say
Science Magazine by Alex Fox - January 22, 2019
U.S. government agencies monitoring fisheries, endangered species, and environmental impacts ought to leverage the DNA present in every drop of seawater, say the organizers of a conference on marine environmental DNA (eDNA), held at Rockefeller University in New York City in November 2018. Biological surveys based on eDNA are reliable and poised to cut costs and save time, they argue in a report released last week.

Science Center for Marine Fisheries Continues Work with New National Science Foundation Grant
Science Center for Marine Fisheries - January 23, 2019
The following was released by the Science Center for Marine Fisheries:
Following the completion of its initial 5-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) has been awarded a new Phase 2 grant by the NSF to continue its work. SCeMFiS will use the new grant to further its track record of quality, collaborative research with its fishing industry and academic partners.

Understanding salmon management subject of science talk
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - January 24, 2019
Understanding in-season management and escapement goals for salmon are the topics of a talk in Petersburg Thursday, January 24. The Petersburg Science Series is featuring Milo Adkison , a professor at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

National Science Foundation grant to continue work on key fishery management issues
Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender - January 24, 2019
A cooperative research center that brings together seafood industry leaders and academic experts has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to continue its work on a number of issues that impact sustainable fisheries.

Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Non-American Fisheries Act Crab Vessels Operating as Catcher Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/25/2019
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by non-American Fisheries Act (AFA) crab vessels that are subject to sideboard limits, and operating as catcher vessels (CVs) using pot gear, in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2019 Pacific cod sideboard limit established for non-AFA crab vessels that are operating as CVs using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.

Fishing industry seeks help for USCG families
The Cordova Times - January 24, 2019
North Pacific fishing trade associations on Jan. 23 announced a campaign to raise thousands of dollars in tax-deductible contributions to help Alaska’s U.S. Coast Guard families who have not been paid since Dec. 31, due to the partial government shutdown.

Seafood Processing Water Can Help Supply the World with Protein
FoodTank - January 2019
Research from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden shows that seafood processing water is a valuable source of protein and can play a vital role in fulfilling the world’s growing demand for nutrient-dense food. Seafood processing water is the water fish and seafood are caught, held, and processed in. Many seafood manufacturers currently treat it as waste and dispose of it, which can be costly. An article in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management reported it can cost fisheries in India between US$500 and US$1,500 per day to treat or dispose of seafood processing water.

Press Release: ADF&G Commissioner Vincent-Lang Continues to Fill Out Leadership Team
Rutz and Rabung Appointed Directors of Sport and Commercial Fisheries
ADF&G - January 24, 2019
(Anchorage) — Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang today announced two director-level appointments as he continues to fill key leadership roles at ADF&G. Lang has named Dave Rutz Director of the Division of Sport Fish. Sam Rabung has been appointed the Director of Commercial Fisheries.

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